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by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5424

Re: Joke Items

Next time you go bowling , sometime in 2023/4 , try to bring extra footwear , play two games , one with bowling shoes on and one without and compare scores Eh, more like play multiple games with each and compare how your knees feel after each set. Of course, to make it a fair test, you should take ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 211
Views: 25067

Re: You Are The Ref

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:14 pm
Wonder how C2 could only get a 3 from a selection
Can you find a 3 from CUCUCUCUA?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 79
Views: 6174

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

Yes, it was shown at the usual time.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ratio of letters to numbers
Replies: 20
Views: 2731

Re: Ratio of letters to numbers

As long as each player gets two numbers picks. We're not savages.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3901

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013

I was surprised to see today, after Jon was apparently still choosing between PODGIER and FIREDOG in R2 when asked for his word, that he didn't immediately forfeit the round.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 211
Views: 25067

Re: You Are The Ref

If I had for example noted lacquerer and relacquer without being sure of either, and my opponent went for one, I'd go for the same one every time. Note that, as Gevin has been alluding to, if it's at the end of the game and you're more than 20 behind, declaring the one that your opponent didn't dec...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 211
Views: 25067

Re: You Are The Ref

It's the final letters game. C1 declares 8, and C2 declares 9. C1 says their word is NEMATOID, C2 says their word is MONRADITE. Points to C2. Later on, as the contestants shake hands for the crucial conundrum, C1 catches a glimpse of C2's paper and notices that DOMINATER is written in large letters,...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Have you put weight on during lockdown
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Re: Have you put weight on during lockdown

I had put on weight, but I just shaved for the first time since lockdown and that must have shed the weight again.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5424

Re: Joke Items

The hyphen Our IT helpdesk at work also decided that the hyphen was a joke item, and introduced a new rule meaning that it wasn't allowed in anyone's name. Boy was that fun for me. The number of internal processes that just don't work for me any more is ridiculous. The best one was when we rolled a...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 22nd 2013
Replies: 81
Views: 7711

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 22nd 2013

An additional advantage of doing 75 + 50 is that you get to watch Rachel awkwardly convert the "1" that she's prematurely written on the whiteboard into a "7"
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154551

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:49 am
How do you say 15 days in French?
Quinze jours de boulanger
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150709

Re: People you shouldn't trust

It maybe goes without saying, although I will say it, that this effect manifests itself almost entirely unconsciously, and most people won't realise they do it. It's human nature to feel wary of people who are marked as different, and language is one way that happens. Sadly this means that people wh...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150709

Re: People you shouldn't trust

I pretty much agree with you there Callum, although I don't quite understand the last paragraph. I was thinking less though about language like your f) for which a good case can be made of its unsuitability in various contexts, and more about things like the two examples Gevin has given in this thre...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150709

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Its the idea that there is one true "right" way to speak and write English, which happens to roughly correspond roughly to the form of English spoken and written by the white southern middle classes. Historically, by the way, there's a popular theory that much of the grammar and vocabulary of that f...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150709

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who make judgements of character based on prescriptivist grammar rules that aren't even universally accepted.

People who use language to reinforce the class and cultural boundaries that disproportionately disadvantage BAME people.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1343
Views: 295113

Re: Ask Graeme?

Thanks for doing the homework for me.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1343
Views: 295113

Re: Ask Graeme?

Inspired by today's replay of Episode 5646 - how often has a contestant offered a conundrum answer containing more than 9 letters? What is/are the longest guess(es) ever offered?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Monday February 18th 2013
Replies: 52
Views: 6318

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Monday February 18th 2013

Maybe they've been listening to Rhys and decided that VIRULENCE was too close to the bone.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 14th 2013
Replies: 66
Views: 6006

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 14th 2

Yeah, I kinda went down that route - you're looking for 29 * 75 divided by 3, but since there was no 3 anyway I then looked at doing 58 * 75, and dividing by 6, which luckily turned out to be fairly easily achievable. Good technique. I'll make sure I don't forget that. On tenterhooks waiting to see...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 120
Views: 13005

Re: Trade Secrets

This is a good way of setting up filters to ignore emails from particular online services: if you know you aren't going to care about emails from the Doohickey Company but they force you to sign up with an email address to buy a Doohickey from them, then use joebloggs+doohickey@gmail.com and filter ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 12th 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 2293

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 12th 2013

No-one's mentioned the objectively best method for the second numbers yet: 5*7*9 + 6 + 2 = 323
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150709

Re: People you shouldn't trust

You don't need to be able to define where the distinction is exactly to recognise that there is one. I think we can all agree that (for example) it's stupid to call you an influencer but quite sensible to call (e.g.) James Charles an influencer. "Ooo-er, shades of grey exist so what does it even mea...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 65294

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Not everyone knows their blood type I just asked my missus (in her mid fifties , as am I) what her blood type was and she didn't know. I guess unless you have had a surgical procedure , why would you ? Pregnant women find out their blood type too, which is something that describes a significant pro...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3047

Re: Cummings and goings

There was a significant increase in the number of people willing to disregard lockdown rules following the Cummings story breaking: https://theconversation.com/we-asked-people-if-they-were-breaking-lockdown-rules-before-and-after-the-dominic-cummings-scandal-heres-what-they-told-us-139994 In particu...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 7th 2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2915

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 7th 2013

What on Earth was happening when they came up with that first TTT? With the two definitions of "nubile" being "sexually attractive" or "suitable for marriage", for the clue to suggest that it's something you're born with is disgusting - especially with Nick's "explanation" of the clue after the brea...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 26398

Re: AV: Yes or No?

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:40 pm
There is a pandemic, Sam. The leadership ratings are hardly in normal times, with mid-term blues effect etc
Silly me. I had neglected to factor in that approval ratings normally increase during times of national emergency. This makes the drop even more stark. Thanks for reminding me.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 26398

Re: AV: Yes or No?

An 80 seat majority would suggest otherwise. I think the 35-point drop in approval rating over the last month is more significant. We're British. Our politicians are usually hopeless with approval ratings. . And given his approval rating shot up two months ago, I guess the curve really has been fla...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013
Replies: 86
Views: 12952

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013

Trying to work out if Jack's hesitation at the end was because he was deciding how to tell Nick that he wasn't in fact playing Jack Worsley next, or if it was because he was trying to work out how to admit he definitely did know Jack W without revealing any trade secrets.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 26398

Re: AV: Yes or No?

Paul Worsley wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:25 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:48 am
Oliver Garner wrote:
Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:55 pm

Ah, interesting. I wondered. The only thing I like about the party is Boris. Far more interesting and less irritating than Ken IMO.
This didn't age well.
An 80 seat majority would suggest otherwise.
I think the 35-point drop in approval rating over the last month is more significant.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed May 27, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3047

Re: Cummings and goings

I seriously can't believe you're defending the media scrumming around him, though, Jen. Not least because it's hypocrisy in the extreme (we're going to break the rules to moan about a guy allegedly breaking the rules), but there is a big difference between being scrutinised and being harassed, not ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed May 27, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3047

Re: Cummings and goings

Yeah, I think I just have this sense of unease that the exit point comes after a long post without any chance to respond. But then again, if it didn't, that would mean there would have been unaddressed points from the other point of view. In fact, whenever you choose to exit the conversation, someth...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed May 27, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3047

Re: Cummings and goings

Tangentially, don't you love it when someone gets into a heated discussion and then says they're going to stop responding to anything anyone says? Because if you continue to try to change their mind, you look stupid for talking to someone who has said they aren't going to talk to you, and if you say...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon May 25, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is picking the letters an advantage?
Replies: 33
Views: 3527

Re: Is picking the letters an advantage?

EDIT: Sniped by David who has explained much the same thing. I mean, in your situation Rhys, saying "six" was obviously the right choice, for much the same reason as David's line of reasoning for the 21-point situation. If your opponent says "six", then if their word is valid you need to have your o...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Wed May 20, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 662
Views: 213316

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Probably the fact that it starred well-known Countdowny person Graeme Cole.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue May 19, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 7155

Re: Higher or Lower

⦁ I now state the problem as playing the game once and finding a strategy to win with probability > 1 / 2. This sidesteps questions around multiple iterations of the game (e.g. shouldn't I be able to learn from previous iterations, does the person picking the numbers play in an adversarial manner, ...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue May 19, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 29th June 2017 (Series 76, SF2)
Replies: 13
Views: 3426

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 29th June 2017 (Series 76, SF2)

Looks shockingly similar to the method that Johnny posted nearly 3 years ago. This standard method stuff is subtle eh?
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Tue May 19, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 7155

Re: Higher or Lower

Depending on exactly which numbers are written on the pieces of paper, the chance that my number falls between them certainly can be made as close to 0 as you desire. In any specific case though, it's still strictly greater than 0. I think that's what you're saying, and if so, we agree.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon May 18, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 7155

Re: Higher or Lower

I know what a normal distribution is. It was you that brought it up and it's got nothing to do with the question. I suggest you read my first post replying to you more carefully then. It's not part of the question but it's definitely part of the answer. There are two numbers on pieces of paper. I p...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon May 18, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 7155

Re: Higher or Lower

Looks like you don't actually know what a normal distribution is, then. It's not one in which intervals of the same size have equal probabilities, which you seem to imply by your post. In fact, your argument correctly shows that it's impossible to have such a distribution (called a uniform distribut...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon May 18, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 7155

Re: Higher or Lower

But the difference between the two numbers is finite, so the probability of the number you pick being between them is zero. Not necessarily. In particular, if you choose your own random number according to, e.g. a normal distribution, then it has a non-zero probability of landing in any given finit...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon May 18, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 21st January 2013 (30th B'day Champ, Round 1, Game 2)
Replies: 3
Views: 2008

Re: Monday 21st January 2013 (30th B'day Champ, Round 1, Game 2)

And MORTALIZE would be available in R12, meaning a potential ambulance is there were this game to be played under the current dictionary.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon May 18, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)
Replies: 17
Views: 1234

Re: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)

Maybe I'm a hardened sceptic. But I reckon that all of the changes that would have happened in the next ~10 years or so (but have been accelerated by the pandemic) will remain, and everything else will fairly rapidly reset to exactly how it was before.
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon May 18, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 7155

Re: Higher or Lower

But the difference between the two numbers is finite, so the probability of the number you pick being between them is zero. Not necessarily. In particular, if you choose your own random number according to, e.g. a normal distribution, then it has a non-zero probability of landing in any given finit...
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday September 18th 2014 (S71 P45)
Replies: 12
Views: 1635

Re: Spoilers for Thursday September 18th 2014 (S71 P45)

INCISURES in the round where DC had CUISINE
(Looks like I was beaten to posting this by one minute!)
by Sam Cappleman-Lynes
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Countdown Marathon - Thursday 28 February/Friday 1 March '13
Replies: 20
Views: 2096

Re: Countdown Marathon - Thursday 28 February/Friday 1 March

Thoroughly enjoyed reading through this, especially as I couldn't follow it all while it was happening. Mega kudos to all involved. I feel a bit mean saying this now, especially in my first post here... In the proposed solution for round 365, you should add the 1 on at the end, not subtract it. Sorry!