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by Callum Todd
Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 29
Views: 9608

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

JackHurst wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:00 pm
Events won would be a good column to add. Imagine Worsley/Foster would have a dominant lead over the rest?
Pretty sure Innis was ahead on this until around 2016. Then Jack Worsley evolved or something.
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:44 pm
I just found out that Rob Foster has never won COLIN.
Yeah, he's shit isn't he?
by Callum Todd
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 44
Views: 16480

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

When organisers book halls / rooms, what kind of hire fee does a co-eventer usually go for? I can’t imagine Molineux would have been cheap. Had a look at The Oval’s corporate events site today and the best I could find was still prohibitively expensive. Obviously not booking anything until the Rona...
by Callum Todd
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Wat?! 2020 - Countdown in Waterford (15/08/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 5827

Re: Co:Wat?! 2020 - Countdown in Waterford (15/08/2020)

Good question Gevin. Anyone who wants to come from Britain would have to be quarantine for 14 days prior to the event... so from that point of view, technically, if someone was determined to travel for this, it would be possible to attend. So, yes based on that weird loophole, it is still a FOCAL e...
by Callum Todd
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 573
Views: 206984

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:01 pm
His Dark Materials. Also Blackadder II is being repeated on BBC 1. I think all series might be on the iPlayer actually.
Missed HDM season 1 at the time, just caught up on iPlayer over the past couple of weeks. Decent. Good cast. Will watch season 2.
by Callum Todd
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words 'in the wild'
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Words 'in the wild'

That was your cue to take over the lecture and teach the lecturer a thing or two.
by Callum Todd
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Love it.
by Callum Todd
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 198
Views: 32691

Re: Music

Anyone who likes hip-hop should listen to Immortal Technique. The lyrics are at times ridiculous or uncomfortably violent, but it's great music.

Tool are good if you like proggy metaly stuff.

Tim Minchin has an album out now, which has some truly great songs on it.
by Callum Todd
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words 'in the wild'
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Words 'in the wild'

Dan Byrom wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:43 am
I've started studying Biology this year.

So many sequences of letters have become real-life words!

E.g. ____ZOANS, LIGATES, DENATURED, and many more
Bear
by Callum Todd
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354233

Re: Ask Graeme?

Abdirizak Hirsi and Mark Hartnett smashed it in series 69 too.
by Callum Todd
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 549

Re: Squarebot

Say square again! I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say square one more goddamn time!
by Callum Todd
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Re: Combination Lock

These puzzles were lifted from this website.

They refer to reels as 'the first reel' and 'reel A' (and so on) interchangeably.

Many of the puzzles can have multiple solutions.
by Callum Todd
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195350

Re: Politics in General

Inb4 the cyclist was Jezza.
by Callum Todd
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4569

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:38 pm
If the overlay isn't pumpkin orange I will be disappointed.
Yes! Please do this. Orange background, black text.
by Callum Todd
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195350

Re: Politics in General

On the face of it, the government providing extra support to ensure that kids get a decent meal during a pandemic seems like a good idea. Wales and Scotland seem to think it is. But whatever your views, it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories. For the relatively small cost, it should ...
by Callum Todd
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 54
Views: 3753

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Well that escalated quickly. I bet people don't get so angry on Scrapheap Challenge forums.
by Callum Todd
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 54
Views: 3753

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Cancel the whole show and bring back Scrapheap Challenge in its place.
by Callum Todd
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 7 Recaps
Replies: 6
Views: 1488

Re: Co:Vid 7 Recaps

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:06 am
JackHurst wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:51 pm


Players are ranked by wins, then points.


P W Pts
1 Conor Travers 5 4 387
2 Rob Foster 5 5 375
Should these two be the other way round?
Final result spoilers!
by Callum Todd
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 131
Views: 19896

Re: Trade Secrets

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:38 pm
Defo wear a visor rather than a face mask indoors at least, i e. at work
One bonus of the visor over the face mask is that it stops you doing stupid shit like shoving pen lids in your eyes.
by Callum Todd
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 395
Views: 145095

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

In other news, in the absence of parkrun, you can still submit times each week and they get registered as (not)parkruns. And the last couple of weeks, my MP James Cleverly has registered times for my local parkrun. Also we're now following each other on Strava . How does one do this? And are you co...
by Callum Todd
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1818

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

Soya is shit.

Almond is okay.

Coconut is decent but I've heard it's not so good for you/the planet.

Oat is very good.

Cashew is nice if you can find it.

Hazelnut makes everything taste like Nutella.

For hot drinks, the best milk is no milk.
by Callum Todd
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 16
Views: 5799

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

If you are an expired apterous user or want to play anonymously, then create yourself a new (trial) user (for free) using a second email address. You will need to declare your pseudonym on registration under your real name and your real name will not be revealed until after the event is complete. C...
by Callum Todd
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 2459

Re: Victor Meldrew

Alright is fine but it's silly to say all right is wrong. Al'right should be okay too really.
by Callum Todd
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 9298

Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

Great news, good luck with it Ben.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17452

Re: Joke Items

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:26 pm
Roman numerals.
What did they ever do for us?
by Callum Todd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 47
Views: 6221

Re: Inventions corner

Some kind of app that tells you if something is vegan friendly by scanning the bar code rather than having to scan the ingredients as not all packaging has the vegan symbol Apps like this do exist but because there are billions of products the database will never be big enough to have widespread co...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 5580

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Observing the live chat from last nights episode I was thinking we should do a 'making of ZoomDown' behind the scenes style episode but I suppose this has covered most of it.
by Callum Todd
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 5580

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Nice predictions LM! Might be worth doing a ZD finals prediction poll thread like there is for Countdown finals.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6797

Re: Offensive Words

There is a list. They've presented it here in a clever way that prevents them actually having to write the words out. That was a fun list of conundrums. Some of the words on it do have other meanings that are totally innocuous though. And some of them are just mild swearwords; it'd be ridiculously ...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6797

Re: Offensive Words

Matty Artell wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:25 pm
**** ***** **** ** **** *** ****** *** *** ***** ** ******* **** ** **** **** ****** ********* ** *** ****
Wash your mouth out Matty!
by Callum Todd
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6797

Re: Offensive Words

I suppose if it was just the N word that wouldn't make much difference for Countdown as it has well known anagrams. I'd like to hope that if someone had that word they would also have spotted its anagrams and would choose to declare one of them instead. Obviously in scrabble it may be necessary to p...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354233

Re: Ask Graeme?

I think in boxing they consider someone who retires as lineal champion to be the end of that lineage, and a new one begins with whoever picks up the title after their retirement. The problem with Countdown is that everyone sort of 'retires' at the same time, so we'd just go through an endless cycle ...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17452

Re: Joke Items

I think Gavin has a point. That article he links does seem to make some good points, but does so without offering evidence and I'm suspicious of the bias it may have. Especially the protect the lanes bit seems off, for reasons Gavin has already laid out in this thread. Good debate!
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195350

Re: Politics in General

I refuse to share that. You have Google, don't you? I went to their Twitter page and found a few things about Israel/Palestine, and it was obvious to me that none of the tweets were going to explicitly say what you say they are saying - it would be down to interpretation. So I thought it might just...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17452

Re: Joke Items

The happy coincidence line is a zinger.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you iron your clothes
Replies: 6
Views: 1190

Re: Do you iron your clothes

What Ian said.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17452

Re: Joke Items

:!:
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17452

Re: Joke Items

Snooker cues. Why do I have to use the equipment provided that has been specifically designed to play the sport properly? Why can't I just use a stick I found or roll the balls with my hand? Because A) that would be shit B) It would fuck up the table and the balls By all means if you have your own ...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195350

Re: Politics in General

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:50 pm
I refuse to share that. You have Google, don't you?
You must have breezed through university. Referencing is for chumps.
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45775

Re: You Are The Ref

Just as an aside, in the whole history of Countdown has anyone ever queried a word or numbers solution after examining what was written down? If you think of the number of times people are unable to complete a numbers solution despite having written it out, an awful lot of gobbledegook must be slid...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45775

Re: You Are The Ref

It would just be a case of pointing to the appropriate position in a continuous stream of letters. Player needs to draw the last letters game. He writes down MAUVES. His opponent declares five, so he declares five as well. Opponent says MAUVE, player says "Same" and shows him the piece of paper. Yo...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45775

Re: You Are The Ref

Letters round, selection is MNTSWAOIE. You are declaring second and know there is a 9. Unsure what it is, you write down a few random ones. WAMNIOTES MAWSONITE AWMNIOTES Player 1 declares a 9, you also declare a 9. Wait for them to declare MAWSONITE. You then say 'Yep, same word' and point to the c...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 2155

Re: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)

The maker of the song I linked in the original post has just uploaded a new one, this time it's 'Somebody I Used To Know'.

I spent the first two minutes wondering how they were going to tackle the 'have your friends collect your records line'. I wasn't disappointed.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 180099

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Interesting points. Clearly there isn't one true "right" way to speak and write English. But there surely aren't an infinite amount either, and therefore there are many "wrong" ways to speak and write English. For example, if I wished to say something like 'Hello; how are you?' then of the following...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 180099

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. I think I understand your first point to be a dig at Gavin's ...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 47
Views: 6221

Re: Inventions corner

Why is the other thread named "Joke Items" and not "Invention scorner"? Should this be in the 'questions you've always wanted answering' thread? Are all the threads merging into one now? <- should that question be in the Questions you've always wanted answering thread? I'm confused. As for the food...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 131
Views: 19896

Re: Trade Secrets

c4c advice from a seasoned user of this forum:
Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:08 am
Gevin's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 47
Views: 6221

Re: Inventions corner

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:08 am
Gevin's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt as he doesn't drink hot beverages
I would say with a teaspoon of salt, in case it's too hot to touch with your fingers. You should be fine to pick the salt up directly with your mouth though.
by Callum Todd
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17452

Re: Joke Items

VAR.
by Callum Todd
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195350

Re: Politics in General

Trial by appearance. The old classic.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195350

Re: Politics in General

Furthermore, the law doesn't exist in a vacuum. It is highly contextual, and I suspect this sentence reflects that. Are you saying that it is there to appease the baying mob? Because that's exactly what an independent and impartial judiciary should not be doing. I'm in way over my head here in term...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 2155

Re: Fun stuff you've just found (music, etc)

Just listened to that Matt, it's great. Will listen to the other seasons too when I get chance.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Paradox: A logic puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 2077

Re: Paradox: A logic puzzle

Must remember to get round to this. Have bookmarked it. Sounds good
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17452

Re: Joke Items

Manual gearboxes (for your average car-lorries and other vehicles are a different story, I know). Automatic is far easier to deal with, not having to fuck about with the clutch and it makes roundabouts much simpler to navigate. About the only thing the US has got right is the demise of 'stickshift....
by Callum Todd
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 2155

Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)

Couldn't find a thread for things like this so started a new one. Yesterday I was introduced to a new musical genre that goes by the name of 'bardcore', or sometimes 'tavernwave'. This is an absolute banger. The concept was introduced to me as a sort of funny meme thing but I think it's genuinely br...
by Callum Todd
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 289
Views: 86205

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

My favourite footballer name is a Belgian defensive midfielder, renowned for his man-marking abilities, called Mark De Man.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195350

Re: Politics in General

C4c > twitter.

Change my mind.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 131
Views: 19896

Re: Trade Secrets

Fiona and Matt dropping absolute wisdom bombs here.