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by Callum Todd
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 12
Views: 478

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: 30
Views: 677

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: 30
Views: 677

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: 30
Views: 677

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: 1343
Views: 295202

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: 111
Views: 5445

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: 702
Views: 128479

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: 111
Views: 5445

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: 215

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: 111
Views: 5445

Re: Joke Items

:!:
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5445

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: 702
Views: 128479

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: 211
Views: 25080

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: 211
Views: 25080

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: 211
Views: 25080

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: 894

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: 694
Views: 150742

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: 694
Views: 150742

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: 32
Views: 1978

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: 120
Views: 13012

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: 32
Views: 1978

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: 111
Views: 5445

Re: Joke Items

VAR.
by Callum Todd
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 702
Views: 128479

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: 702
Views: 128479

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: 894

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: 608

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: 111
Views: 5445

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: 894

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: 271
Views: 65313

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: 702
Views: 128479

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: 120
Views: 13012

Re: Trade Secrets

Fiona and Matt dropping absolute wisdom bombs here.
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 702
Views: 128479

Re: Politics in General

I've seen many political compass tests online before. All of them have been bad. That one is comfortably the worst.
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: SIGN-UPS SUSPENDED: Countdown in Edinburgh (CoEdi5) - Saturday 27th June 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 9837

Re: SIGN-UPS SUSPENDED: Countdown in Edinburgh (CoEdi5) - Saturday 27th June 2020

I was holding out hope for as long as possible but the event is now cancelled. Will formalise that on this post and focal site when I get the time. I hope to bring back Coedi at some point, although it's far too soon to speculate when that could be. As for other events in 2020, I plan to go ahead wi...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ratio of letters to numbers
Replies: 20
Views: 2735

Re: Ratio of letters to numbers

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:24 am
2008 Gevin knew his shit!
What went wrong?
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154672

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

If an asteroid like the one that killed the dinosaurs stuck again tomorrow (same weight, size, speed, location etc.) what would happen? Would we go extinct or would we somehow survive it with our ability to adapt? I guess we would know it was coming... Exactly. We could send Bruce Willis up there t...
by Callum Todd
Fri May 29, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)
Replies: 17
Views: 1237

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

I think I heard a minister on the radio this morning saying you are allowed to use their bathroom, so long as you 'thoroughly wipe down afterwards'. A few weeks ago, me and a few friends were in a debate over to what extent the government is responsible for non-compliance with the lockdown regulatio...
by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3051

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, somet...
by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3051

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 sa...
by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3051

Re: Cummings and goings

Dominic Cummings is the most senior adviser to the cabinet. This isn't some unknown junior aide we're talking about. He would have been heavily involved in deciding on the lockdown rules and how they were communicated to the public, e.g. "you must stay at home", "this is not a request, it is an ins...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3051

Re: Cummings and goings

Ah, thanks. Perhaps you're right, without claiming to have read every single word of the actual legislation around travel, it would appear the Barnard Castle trip (but not the London-Durham and Durham-London) trip was probably illegal. Feel free to substitute "and probably even illegal" for the word...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3051

Re: Cummings and goings

Ultimately, the guy's actions were the irresponsible but legal behaviour of a private individual. Perhaps it's reasonable that a private individual who also sometimes operates in a public role is subject to more scrutiny of their private behaviour than most others. But what's the absolute cap on a ...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3051

Re: Cummings and goings

Jono - I can understand why people are galled by it. I just don't agree with that reaction. I do appreciate what people are going through. I just don't think that a fixation of the witchhunt of one nobhead who's broken some rules will help them. It shouldn't feel like a personal affront, because it'...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 3051

Re: Cummings and goings

Whatever you make of the guy's actions (you could have the strongest opinions either way) the persistent obsession with this story is so depressing. It's been the first item on every news bulletin I've heard for two days. That's an eternity in modern news. In this time, the government has announced ...
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 703

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

Has nobody said The Simpsons yet? Surely they must have.
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 11:13 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: 1237

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. I think the social attitude changes I predicte...
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 10:07 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: 1237

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

Cash will still be a thing but probably used less frequently. The contactless limit will probably remain at £45 rather than £30. Banks will probably move as much of their services as possible online, likely leading to far fewer high street bank branches. Working from home will probably take off big ...
by Callum Todd
Sun May 17, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 24
Views: 3688

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

So did you get into the car or not?
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 30BC - a better way of drawing the contestants?
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: 30BC - a better way of drawing the contestants?

I believe Tom is posting the description of a meat feast pizza to imply that a hypothetical match-up between Jack and Kirk would be 'meaty'.
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1

bout tree fiddy
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th
Replies: 23
Views: 2510

Re: Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th

Definitely in so long as it's safe and legal at the time.
by Callum Todd
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

The one-guest formula could work, I suppose. It would be interesting to hear if people preferred Episode 3, in which we had just one guest, to other episodes.

Quite rude of you to imply that Jack is a troll there.
by Callum Todd
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

But why not have one per podcast? We could release each guest chat separately. But if we were to do that, I would like to then stitch the chats together, with the intro and outro that Paul and I do, into a 'this month on the Podcast' anyway. In which case, why bother going to the effort (which is h...
by Callum Todd
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

Hi Mark! Thanks for the feedback, and don't worry: it comes across as very constructive. The length is the most common point of feedback, but as I've said to it every time: the entire point of this podcast is to have unrestricted and not contrived conversations. I just don't think this is possible w...
by Callum Todd
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

The fifth episode of the Focal Talk podcast, and the first one in full video, is out now here.

Hope you all enjoy!
by Callum Todd
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 48545

Re: Religion

However, religious beliefs are prevalent in every single human society ever found. If a new isolated population were found on some remote island today that we'd never known about before and we studied their culture to find they didn't have religion, every scientist in the world would be flabbergast...
by Callum Todd
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 48545

Re: Religion

I'll address your replies to my points here Gavin. But first just a clarification: none of what I said was in defence of religious belief, which I do believe to be unnecessary (and in some circumstances positively harmful) in the modern age. This is all just to attempt to answer your question as to ...
by Callum Todd
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 48545

Re: Religion

I find it interesting how different forms of unscientific / delusional / superstitious etc. (delete as appropriate) beliefs are seen very differently by society. If you're a climate change denier or you're anti-vaccine, you're not just wrong, but you're some sort of baddie. If you think the Earth i...
by Callum Todd
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154672

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Could be wrong, but I think it's because F isn't grade, it means Fail (so no grade at all). This is probably why there is no E, as it would make F look like the next grade along, but it isn't a grade at all. When I was at school there were no Fs anymore, you got a U (Ungraded). This move was possibl...
by Callum Todd
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 6258

When Countdown episodes run out

I just looked on on the wiki to see if there was any information on how many pre-recorded episodes of Countdown are left to broadcast, and learned that As a result of the filming disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, this series is expected to take a break after episodes run out on 1 May. Whil...
by Callum Todd
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Top Tens
Replies: 10
Views: 757

Re: Top Tens

Top ten things that I am able to do during lockdown. 8. Sleeping until I wake up naturally. This might be the best part of lockdown for me - I can actually get some proper rest and don't have to conform to some schedule. If you conform to a sleeping schedule for long enough, with sufficient discipl...