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by Callum Todd
Thu Jul 18, 2024 6:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16151

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

in my reading of that thread I think Fiona especially went out of her way to not "derail" the thread by sufficiently cordoning off her CSW comments from the main narrative of the thread. ffs Callum. I dunno if you are more interested in lick-arsing Fiona or throwing shade on me... but at ...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jul 17, 2024 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16151

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

Fiona T wrote: ↑Wed Jul 17, 2024 3:01 pm Can't find moistener either!
Oh! Maybe we really can't take any words for granted anymore :D

Ell still gets 1000 though <3
by Callum Todd
Wed Jul 17, 2024 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16151

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

I don't have Oxford Dictionaries Premium but I just had a quick check and if I'm right only two of the 9s in Ell's octorun (NODALIZES and POSTERIAD) will no longer be valid, so he would likely still have comfortably beaten 1000 with this dictionary. NEOTERISM is gone; along with various other maxes...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:44 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16151

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

Nobody's ever going to get near Cillian/Tom/Elliott's points records without all the extra words are they? This whole era of Countdown will be looked back on like the few years of swimming where LZRs weren't banned I wouldn't be so sure. Certainly high scores will be harder to come by now, but by n...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jul 17, 2024 9:15 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16151

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

Talking about CSW on a dictionary-related ticket is no more derailing that ticket than talking about an apterous ticket on a c4c thread is derailing the thread 😊 Agreed that the larger debate about Oxford Vs CSW is a meaty enough topic to merit it's own ticket/thread, but a couple of allusive posts ...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jul 15, 2024 8:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024
Replies: 16
Views: 1109

Re: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024

if it's been removed from the pile then we may now have to consider it an ex-letter.
by Callum Todd
Mon Jul 15, 2024 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 381
Views: 202887

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

will just leave this here in case anyone else somehow believes the trump shooting thing was some set-up or something:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor
by Callum Todd
Sun Jul 07, 2024 6:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 136
Views: 7539

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

I think The Lib dems were the only party to get the same number of seats as their share of the vote The vote share analysis is really interesting, and doesn't look great for Labour. Their vote share only just makes the second quartile in a ranking of their performance in all UK general elections on...
by Callum Todd
Sun Jul 07, 2024 6:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793487

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Is Duo Lingo actually a good way to learn a language? I've never used it, but I know loads of people who have been using it for ages and I'm not convinced any of them can do anything more than ask for bread or the way to the station. I haven't used it too intensively but the impression I get is tha...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jul 03, 2024 4:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235854

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Jon O'Neill wrote: ↑Tue Jul 02, 2024 10:09 pm
Callum Todd wrote: ↑Fri Jun 07, 2024 4:57 amI'm a fan.
Still?
I can't defend whatever is going on at this tournament because I still don't understand what's gone wrong. Still a lot of good will in the bank for past achievements though.

I concede that your pre-tournament suspicions have been vindicated :)
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 18, 2024 5:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793487

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Saw this on twitter but it was a good question and I have thought about it before. You know how, sometimes, you miss your exit on a roundabout and have to go around again? How long can you keep driving around a roundabout, not taking any exits before some sort of law enforcement would intervene? Pr...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jun 17, 2024 4:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793487

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

https://www.audiolinks.com/blog/mike-vs-mic/ As I suspected, mike is the preferred grammatically, particularly when used as a verb, but the shift to mic is likely due to abbreviations on actual equipment, where the extra letter takes more space and adds no clarity. By the way, if I see "mic&qu...
by Callum Todd
Sun Jun 16, 2024 8:05 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent Awarded MBE
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Susie Dent Awarded MBE

It's worth listening to what Benjamin Zephaniah said on the subject . What a guy Benjamin was. Thanks for sharing this Gev. Not that I think anyone has done anything equivalent to this on here yet, but just to head it off I think it's worth saying that Susie shouldn't be criticised or judged too ha...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 14, 2024 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

I'm genuinely curious to know from hosts what would happen if a player deliberately beat prune 1-0 (or 0-0 on a TB) in order to boost their overall chances of winning an event. I dunno if I'd ever have the balls to do it, but for example if Oxford were to have 5 or 6 more sign ups and I got prune i...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 14, 2024 4:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 784
Views: 715689

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Not seen them yet but really looking forward to watching Inside No 9 final season; it's such a great show.

I believe they're doing a stage show this year so anyone based around London should really try and get to see it!
by Callum Todd
Wed Jun 12, 2024 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 136
Views: 7539

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

This Sky News leaders thing is awful; I've had to turn it off. Just blatant 'gotcha' setups one after the other. What's the point in having the two leaders on, advertising it as a chance for voters to see what they can vote for, and then not allowing them to speak freely? What a load of self-congrat...
by Callum Todd
Sat Jun 08, 2024 7:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 136
Views: 7539

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

It was at least a novelty to see a candidate give shoplifting advice on live national TV.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 07, 2024 4:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235854

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Are we watching the Mens Euros ? I think with the General Election and The Olympics its a little overshadowed. That said I think England will win , we made the final 3 years ago and we are a better team than that Absolutely; could be the last proper international tournament for a while and should b...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 136
Views: 7539

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Agreed Sunak outperformed Starmer, although both came across fairly poorly.
by Callum Todd
Thu May 30, 2024 6:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793487

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark James wrote: ↑Wed May 29, 2024 7:44 pm What was the @ symbol for before the Internet?
Another invention ahead of its time
by Callum Todd
Thu May 30, 2024 6:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Getting back on for a second go
Replies: 105
Views: 34526

Re: Getting back on for a second go

Fiona T wrote: ↑Tue May 28, 2024 5:59 pm Attended a couple of events - played extremely well! Hope he does reapply when his time comes and gets a slightly friendlier draw!
He was incredible at Co:Man 2020
by Callum Todd
Tue May 14, 2024 5:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Kurt Zouma and animal abuse
Replies: 161
Views: 18439

Re: Kurt Zouma and animal abuse

Saw this today and was reminded of Fiona's above question:
https://youtu.be/o7d6cZsLo6c?si=Uln7ZlFzRlxPQBsz
by Callum Todd
Sun Apr 28, 2024 8:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Dead of 2024
Replies: 86
Views: 24113

Re: The Dead of 2024

Gavin Chipper wrote: ↑Wed Apr 24, 2024 12:41 pm Daniel Dennett was on my list.
Despite his age I was shocked by this. The night prior I had watched a fairly recent debate he had taken part in where he had specifically mentioned a couple of times that he was in good health. Sad times :cry:
by Callum Todd
Thu Apr 18, 2024 9:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Sheffield - Saturday 18th May 2024
Replies: 9
Views: 28901

Re: CO:Sheffield - Saturday 18th May 2024

Gutting. I know of one other place to eat nearby but it's also in Kelham so unlikely to be available.
by Callum Todd
Sat Apr 06, 2024 8:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361160

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The colours of American pool balls are in numerical order. So the stripes are the same colour as the solid ball that is 8 numbers lower, e.g. the yellow solid is 1 and the yellow stripe is 9, and so on.
by Callum Todd
Sat Apr 06, 2024 8:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 361160

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Saw a news headline that said "Kaizer Chiefs Defender Shot" and I thought why would you shoot someone just because they liked that band, then I realised it was a South African footballer who was killed in a car jacking. Woops The band are named after the football team. They are Leeds Unit...
by Callum Todd
Sun Mar 24, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1938400

Re: Politics in General

Why are politicians expressing opinions about the design of a football shirt? I really don't get the big hoo-ha about that cross thing on the England shirt. Total non issue, even at a football/design level, never mind social/political. One of the most acute examples of the depressing tendency for t...
by Callum Todd
Mon Mar 18, 2024 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793487

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I take it to mean you should be able to see at least 2 chevrons on the ground between yourself and the car in front.

Agreed it's unclear though.
by Callum Todd
Sat Mar 09, 2024 11:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793487

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What's so iconic about the Abbey Road album cover? It's just some people walking. My impression is it's more than the album itself is iconic and, many of us being very visual in our thinking/memories, the album cover is the most available candidate to be a visual memory of the album, so it took on ...
by Callum Todd
Mon Feb 26, 2024 6:41 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The 1% Club
Replies: 71
Views: 22756

Re: The 1% Club

Adam Gillard wrote: ↑Mon Feb 26, 2024 5:00 pm
Callum Todd wrote: ↑Mon Feb 26, 2024 1:31 pm Regional accents probably changed the answer for that one too. For example I would consider OUR and HEN to be valid answers in my dialect but not in Queen's (King's?) English
Hem and Hex alongside Hen in that case
Yep. Maybe OAR in Irish accent?
by Callum Todd
Mon Feb 26, 2024 1:31 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The 1% Club
Replies: 71
Views: 22756

Re: The 1% Club

Regional accents probably changed the answer for that one too. For example I would consider OUR and HEN to be valid answers in my dialect but not in Queen's (King's?) English
by Callum Todd
Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:13 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Adam S Latchford wrote: ↑Fri Feb 16, 2024 9:42 am What is the most successful first name in countdown (if we say at least 3 people have to have been called this and do it by percentage of games won)
My money is on Tom/Thomas. Or maybe Mark.
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 14, 2024 9:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 445
Views: 318443

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Django Unchained. Good.
by Callum Todd
Fri Feb 09, 2024 10:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 445
Views: 318443

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Poor Things was absolutely batshit. Loved it. Very funny. Off to see Argylle tomorrow. Poor Things second to Oppenheimer as film of the year. Let me know what you think of Argylle I have no real standards when it comes to films. Any light entertainment pap will do me. Argylle was rubbish. Can't rem...
by Callum Todd
Thu Feb 08, 2024 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 445
Views: 318443

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Poor Things was absolutely batshit. Loved it. Very funny.

Off to see Argylle tomorrow.
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 07, 2024 7:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XX- your input desired
Replies: 15
Views: 6049

Re: COLIN XX- your input desired

I think there's nothing wrong with selling the books to make sure everyone can have one. Obviously FOCAL events are non-profit and all that but given that COLIN has tended to run over budget in recent years and these books could cost you a bit to produce, making it more likely to happen again next y...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jan 31, 2024 7:44 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Sheffield - Saturday 18th May 2024
Replies: 9
Views: 28901

Re: CO:Sheffield - Saturday 18th May 2024

Going to suggest this place for post-event scran if no plans have already been made:

https://templeof.fun/
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Comedy Gig
Replies: 11
Views: 5270

Re: Favourite Comedy Gig

Stewart Lee for me! Enjoy it Marc πŸ˜„
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024
Replies: 44
Views: 27716

Re: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024

Agreed, everything Mark mentioned being good about the Fox and Hounds applied to the social club, and in greater measure than the F&H (in its current iteration) is capable of providing. I had to ask some locals how to get to the social club as I had found it but thought I would be breaking and e...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Agreed, it may sound simple but manually redistributing the letters packs is a massive ballache. Please don't mess the packs up when playing with them everyone! I also found the selections benefitted from the marvellous efforts of MSR and Beachy this weekend. I have to say I absolutely adored using ...
by Callum Todd
Sun Jan 21, 2024 10:03 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Countdown Android App is now out!
Replies: 158
Views: 40935

Re: The Countdown Android App is now out!

There's a maxmimum amount of times you can do it within a fixed time period. At the moment it's twice in 48 hours. Then you just have to wait for one of the abandoned games to fall out of that time window. So if you abandon two head to head games in 48 hours, you can't start another head to head ga...
by Callum Todd
Sun Jan 21, 2024 7:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Matt Rutherford wrote: ↑Sat Jan 20, 2024 9:35 pm Goat/Co Brum will be back in August (will open sign-ups post-Rugby), so some newer stuff could be trialled. From what's written above, my initial thoughts would be...

-Have both Goat and Co at six games.
Wouldn't a 6 game event on a Friday night be a bit long?
by Callum Todd
Sun Jan 21, 2024 7:19 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Countdown Android App is now out!
Replies: 158
Views: 40935

Re: The Countdown Android App is now out!

[*] Rate Limiting for Abandoned Games: To encourage fair play. If you abandon multiple games, you'll be rate limited. Please make sure to finish the games you start. Loving the head to head feature, thanks Jack. Can I ask what "rate limiting" means please? Sorry if I'm being thick but I d...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jan 18, 2024 7:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 70
Views: 33656

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

Gavin Chipper wrote: ↑Wed Jan 17, 2024 10:45 pm Deserved more.
I have no... dog in this fight (re: Jeanne Calment) but I enjoyed the joke :D
by Callum Todd
Thu Jan 11, 2024 7:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024
Replies: 44
Views: 27716

Re: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024

Thomas Cappleman wrote: ↑Thu Jan 11, 2024 3:52 pm Tim finally found a way to break the Tim Down curse and get an actual good seeding then
Yep, good luck to him when he gets drawn against Dan and Latchford in Round 1 :lol:
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 09, 2024 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Kurt Zouma and animal abuse
Replies: 161
Views: 18439

Re: Kurt Zouma and animal abuse

Yeah I did wonder what the difference between eating a dog and eating a cow is. Come to think of it, I think all the animals we traditionally eat are vegetarian - we don't generally eat carnivores - wonder why that is.... Lots of reasons, it's not just humans who play at this. Generally speaking mo...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 09, 2024 10:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Kurt Zouma and animal abuse
Replies: 161
Views: 18439

Re: Kurt Zouma and animal abuse

Dog meat to be outlawed in South Korea

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-67920167
by Callum Todd
Sun Jan 07, 2024 12:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 381
Views: 202887

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

You all (recent commenters) seem to be putting the cart before the horse. Persons under the rainbow flag(s) all deviate from societal norms of fitting with binary gender roles, which is much wider than who/what someone is attracted to. Anyone in these groups has endured, and continue to endure, att...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jan 05, 2024 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 381
Views: 202887

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Being trans is not really related to being gay, except in a superficial sense, and the concept of an LGBT (plus some extra letters maybe) "community" is somewhat bizarre. I basically feel this way too, except I realise I don't know very much about this so it's very possible I'm missing so...
by Callum Todd
Sun Dec 24, 2023 11:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Your favourite Christmas song
Replies: 33
Views: 6387

Re: Your favourite Christmas song

Hadn't heard Kelly Clarkson's before this poll. Its relative success here inspired me to give it a listen. It's made my Christmas playlist. Thank you c4cers!
by Callum Todd
Wed Dec 20, 2023 10:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793487

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Stealing hubcaps was definitely a big thing when I was a kid. (I did not partake!)
by Callum Todd
Sat Dec 16, 2023 3:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 295
Views: 110094

Re: Music

A Spaceman Came Travelling
I Believe in Father Christmas
Xmas Wrapping
Stop the Cavalry
Step into Christmas
Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Also contenders
by Callum Todd
Sat Dec 16, 2023 8:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: December Decathlon: 9th December onwards in the App
Replies: 23
Views: 8498

Re: December Decathlon: 9th December onwards in the App

Yeah thanks Jack, Great idea and it works amazingly well on the app. Some super play from everyone, should be a great final.
by Callum Todd
Fri Dec 15, 2023 9:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 381
Views: 202887

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Mark Deeks wrote: ↑Fri Dec 15, 2023 8:35 pm There's no denying Bush had some swag about him.
https://youtu.be/TCm9788Tb5g?si=M2cm3_iDopAMtmRV
by Callum Todd
Sun Dec 10, 2023 7:29 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15868

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Regardless of the sentiment, "check your privilege" is one of those American imports that's basically meaningless in British English. Ridiculous phrase. The exact phrase is kind of annoying, but the meaning it carries is definitely not meaningless. Those of us with privilege should take t...
by Callum Todd
Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 381
Views: 202887

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

I'm with Gavin on clothes. Either these opinions aren't unpopular enough or I'm just an unpopular kind of guy.
by Callum Todd
Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 381
Views: 202887

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

I'm with Ell on the crisps thing. And with Mark on Nickelback.