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by Fred Mumford
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 20
Views: 306

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

I think the cover is ok, but never "far superior". I wasn't expecting many people to agree, hence why I thought it suited the thread title perfectly. Here's another one - I find Joni Mitchell almost unbearable to listen to. Just something about the tone/pitch of her voice, I always think it's about...
by Fred Mumford
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 20
Views: 306

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Covers of Beatles songs were far superior to the originals. Exhibit A - Dear Prudence. Siouxsie knocked it out of the park.
by Fred Mumford
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 207
Views: 69785

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Was the reference to Willie Thorne being a world snooker champion some kind of piss take, 25 years after Baddiel and Skinner used to mercilessly mock him on Fantasy Football?
by Fred Mumford
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

8.33% is just the first available increment, so the truly acceptable level could be anywhere between 0.01% and 8.33%. Of the 3 main options, 169 is therefore clearly way too high, and 145 almost certainly too low. I'm going to suggest 152.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 96)
Replies: 9
Views: 2015

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 96)

In the days when the London Underground still employed guards on their trains, the guard would shout "Minotaurs" at each station once they thought all the passengers had finished getting off and on.
by Fred Mumford
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 506
Views: 151609

Re: Best ever contestants

Indeed, Whiteley introduced him in the Supreme final as "the only unbeaten Countdowner", which must have pleased Nic Brown no end.
by Fred Mumford
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 506
Views: 151609

Re: Best ever contestants

It's an interesting quirk that all the serious contenders that might be considered the best ever all have a defeat to their name, whilst none of the unbeaten players are held in quite the same regard. That said, I do disagree with the Wiki's view that Harvey Freeman once lost. Countdown Masters was ...
by Fred Mumford
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 105053

Re: People you shouldn't trust

If you ask for someone's PI number though they might just say 3.14159, which isn't going to advance your career as a fraudster much.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 105053

Re: People you shouldn't trust

I am Dave Butt's mum.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2019 (S80, Grand Final!)
Replies: 24
Views: 3706

Re: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2019 (S80, Grand Final!)

Loved the look of confusion/momentary self doubt on Dinos' face when Elliott declared 7 in the TREASURE round.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)
Replies: 20
Views: 3679

Re: Spoilers for 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)

Fiona T wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:08 pm
There was a conversation afterwards about what a chaparral was, and the conclusion was that we had no idea, but we knew there was a high one!
As a motorsport fan I spotted chaparral immediately but had no idea it was a real word, hence wouldn't have buzzed.
by Fred Mumford
Wed May 29, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Favourite Numbers Selection
Replies: 20
Views: 2777

Re: Favourite Numbers Selection

If I'm loosing, 3 large. If I'm tighting, 1 large.

2 large can be pretty evil, despite what any computer analysis will tell you. There's often no obvious start point. It might be the easiest selection given 30 minutes, but in 30 seconds it has to be 1 large.
by Fred Mumford
Wed May 29, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday 28th May 2019 (Series 80 Prelim 90)
Replies: 11
Views: 1765

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday 28th May 2019 (Series 80 Prelim 90)

There certainly seems to be an increased recycling of DC guests.
by Fred Mumford
Mon May 27, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 103
Views: 31727

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

The 5 areas that most damage the max score % are missed conundrums (Elliott didn't), missed 9s (Elliott didn't), missed numbers (he maxed 31/32), invalid words (just Moonies), and being beaten by your opponent (he wasn't).

This octorun record could last 20 years.
by Fred Mumford
Mon May 27, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 103
Views: 31727

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Scoring 1000 in the 9 round era would have been special indeed.

Anyway, it'll be like the 4 minute mile - now 1000 has been broken, within weeks every octochamp will be doing it (I don't really need a sarcasm emoji for that one do I?).
by Fred Mumford
Mon May 27, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)
Replies: 23
Views: 2394

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)

Fewest points dropped in an octorun: 26 so far. Jen dropped 72. This is perhaps the most ridiculous of the records. Fucking hell. I assume he didn't drop many today, so I withdraw my comment about the maxes being the most impressive record. I'm also now confused as to who obviously didn't make it t...
by Fred Mumford
Mon May 27, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)
Replies: 23
Views: 2394

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 1:58 pm
Oh yes. Maxes.
If any bitter Dylan fans start arguing that high scores are easier these days because of all the new dictionary additions, the counter argument is that it's therefore harder to get maxes. Beating the maxes record too is possibly the most impressive record of the lot.
by Fred Mumford
Sat May 25, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)
Replies: 17
Views: 2365

Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 6:23 am
Depends who is the 8th seed
At least the 8th seed can console themself with having had several good on-screen performances prior to their sadistical and gruesome slaughtering.
by Fred Mumford
Sat May 25, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)
Replies: 17
Views: 2365

Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Elliott's discomfort in the last couple of days when he's thinking he might be condemning his opponent to a score of 0 is more than evident. At least such a scenario is unlikely to develop in his post-octorun (no spoiler, I have no idea if he won his 8th game) Countdown career of finals and potentia...
by Fred Mumford
Tue May 21, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 85)
Replies: 10
Views: 1517

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 84

Thomas Carey wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 12:54 pm
Fiona is genuinely the best thing to happen to this community in the last month or so
The debate about the worst thing shouldn't take long.
by Fred Mumford
Sat May 18, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)
Replies: 31
Views: 4210

Re: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)

Kirk got a 130, but that was the old 15 round format.

Dan McColm's 123 remains the only perfect game in the new format as far as I know.
by Fred Mumford
Sat May 18, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)
Replies: 31
Views: 4210

Re: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)

Isn't 3 large the median selection for difficulty? It's not as if he went for 6 small.
by Fred Mumford
Fri May 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)
Replies: 31
Views: 4210

Re: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)

May as well skip the 1000 club altogether and go for 1100.

I hope Elliott's future opponents are all cunts, no half decent person deserves what's coming to them.
by Fred Mumford
Sat May 04, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 36
Views: 4085

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I'm sufficiently intrigued by this to lend you a shovel. I want it back though.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see get a second or third chance on Countdown ?
Replies: 38
Views: 9418

Re: Who would you like to see get a second or third chance on Countdown ?

I believe he turned down such an opportunity, but nevertheless Jonny Rye deserved another go. Impressive and entertaining as George Ford's Countdown career proved to be, it was basically launched by administrative error.
by Fred Mumford
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 131
Views: 35455

Re: Only Connect

Based on what has happened so far, I think it works like this:- 16 teams, so 8 games in the "heats" round. Following this we have 8 winners (1-0) and 8 losers (0-1). Next stage is the "losers" round - win this and you're at 1-1 and survive, lose and you're 0-2 and BFH as Jim Bowen would say. Then al...
by Fred Mumford
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 131
Views: 35455

Re: Only Connect

Just when I thought I had worked out how the Only Connect heats system works, it throws a complete curveball. Surely tonight's game should have been between the Dicers and the Forrests, both of whom won their opening games? What does the withdrawal of the Dragons have to do with it? The Dragons shou...
by Fred Mumford
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see get a second or third chance on Countdown ?
Replies: 38
Views: 9418

Re: Who would you like to see get a second or third chance on Countdown ?

A Frank Mulvey v Will D Downing special needs to happen. I only discovered this forum and the wiki as a result of wondering exactly when Downing's game had taken place, as I could still remember it so well.
by Fred Mumford
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 5291

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Graeme Cole wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:53 pm
The remaining one is someone obscure enough that when I saw the name I didn't immediately recognise it and had to look it up on the wiki.
Jon Corby?
by Fred Mumford
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 5291

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Conor would be one of course. Allan Saldanha and Darryl Francis?
by Fred Mumford
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 17th January 2019 (COC XV, QF 4)
Replies: 40
Views: 5677

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 17th January 2019 (COC XV, QF 4)

Just yesterday I was thinking that 146 was probably safe for ever because of the limited opportunities for all the required pieces of the jigsaw to fit together. Kudos to Nick for letting Zarte know that 150 is a new record, otherwise the loud cheering from the audience might have seemed really conf...
by Fred Mumford
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 14th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 2)
Replies: 9
Views: 2548

Re: Spoilers for Friday 14th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 2)

Rachel clearly hadn't spotted Mike's R14 solution - her voice suggested she thought he was going wrong.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 109)
Replies: 5
Views: 1612

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 109)

Why do so many people insist on pronouncing HOMAGE as if they are pretentious or French? It's "hommidge" ffs.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 114210

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:57 pm
JimBentley wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:11 pm
you're funny, you're clever
Interesting. But I do actually think you're wrong.
Which bit do you most take issue with?

I struggle to think of any fiction that has made me cry, but for some reason Long Lost Family always manages it.
by Fred Mumford
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 64
Views: 12574

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 pm
I'll have you know that I have been partner of the month twice ( in 5 years )
That's a 3% max rate.
by Fred Mumford
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 15384

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

The one potentially valid argument against Bradman is that he only dominated one aspect of his sport - he was not outstanding as a bowler or fielder.
by Fred Mumford
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 3541

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

If the moon landing was faked, why on earth (sorry) would they have taken the unnecessary risk of doing a load more faked landings over the next 3 and half years, with the corresponding increase in risk of being found out and having to involve all those extra people in the conspiracy? Once would hav...
by Fred Mumford
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 7th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 52)
Replies: 4
Views: 1416

Re: Spoilers for Friday 7th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 52)

I hope so - a 15 to 1 Trevor Montague type scandal would be fun.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lunch at Breakfast time
Replies: 8
Views: 2262

Re: Lunch at Breakfast time

Time spent having breakfast is time that could have been spent staying in bed a bit longer instead.

I never feel hungry first thing anyway, though if someone mentions food to me quite early on in the day then it can make me peckish. Otherwise I can get to about half past 1 without needing food.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: incoherency solver
Replies: 23
Views: 4486

Re: incoherency solver

I've just checked and it actually seems you are now right, it does give more than one solution. However I am certain this never used to be the case. Correct, the main thing that converted me to the crossword tools number solver was that the incoherency one only used to return a single solution. The...
by Fred Mumford
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 26583

Re: C of C Draw......

Nah, it will only offend 15 people. Anyway I didn't exactly put an enormous amount of thought into it, just looked at the basic stats, and tweaked them a little bit to allow for dictionary updates and progress in their series finals. Wouldn't have bothered at all if it hadn't been for the outcry abo...
by Fred Mumford
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 26583

Re: C of C Draw......

He seems the most likely - he got about 83 maxes in his octorun, nobody else in his half of the draw reached 70. But anything can happen.
by Fred Mumford
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 26583

Re: C of C Draw......

Based on points and max rates he would have to be the betting favourite from that half of the draw, although those particular metrics are slightly distorted when comparing players across this range of series due to dictionary updates that boost available points but make maxes harder to achieve. I ha...
by Fred Mumford
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 12615

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

In common with others, too much scoring is the reason I have never got into basketball. Football on the other hand goes too far in the other direction. I think American Football and rugby have got it about right.
by Fred Mumford
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 13373

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:41 pm
If a cheese can have a goaty flavour, how do you refer to a cheese that is a bit more so?
Repulsive?
by Fred Mumford
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COC timeline
Replies: 57
Views: 21034

Re: COC timeline

16-ish times world darts champion. Having said that, you were probably referring to the BDO darts championship, so maybe Zarte does have a fair shout after all.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 15)
Replies: 10
Views: 2205

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 15)

Owen Carroll wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:27 am
Was anyone else hoping John would pick an e as his final vowel in r13?
I'm not sure that's how it works.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COC timeline
Replies: 57
Views: 21034

Re: COC timeline

Owen Carroll wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:27 am
You're right. My money's on Zarte winning it. Probably everyone else's too.
Only if Phil Taylor has definitely retired.
by Fred Mumford
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 19427

Re: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one

Rain Mat
The Green Milk
Picnic at Hanging Cock
by Fred Mumford
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: impossible number problems
Replies: 16
Views: 3520

Re: impossible number problems

Vince, you have greatly overstated the number of possible problems - you seem to be treating the 20 small tiles as if they are all different, which is not the case. Take the easiest case, 4 large - how can there possibly be 190 combinations? The large numbers never change, and even a simple 10 x 10 ...
by Fred Mumford
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 211
Views: 49856

Re: Deathwatch 2017

We discussed that phenomenon a few months ago - in this case it's called the Domino effect.
by Fred Mumford
Tue May 30, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 30 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 99)
Replies: 4
Views: 1841

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 30 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 99)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 2:37 pm
It's almost like Nick doesn't know how the seeding works
In fairness, he probably just hasn't been told about that rule amendment yet - it was only changed in 1983.
by Fred Mumford
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Formula One venues you've been to
Replies: 5
Views: 3298

Re: Formula One venues you've been to

Singapore, Brands Hatch, Spa, Silverstone, Indianapolis, Goodwood.

Only Spa and Silverstone on the actual occasions of F1 events though. Got to stand right behind the barrier on the exit of Eau Rouge for about 3 minutes, until a security guard moved us on.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 211
Views: 49856

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:25 pm
Edit - Actually, not attributing it to the Mandela effect is the Mandela effect in action because it is the Mandela effect. Or something.
This is just an underhand way of calling me a cock.
by Fred Mumford
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 211
Views: 49856

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I thought that incident happened during the 1987 storm.

I'm not quite enough of a cock to attribute this to the Mandela Effect though.
by Fred Mumford
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Jon Corby
Replies: 32
Views: 5649

Re: Jon Corby

I've just had to go look in the mirror. I don't think I am either of you.
by Fred Mumford
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Jon Corby
Replies: 32
Views: 5649

Re: Jon Corby

Mark Deeks wrote:I KNEW IT.
Well I fucking hell didn't.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 211
Views: 49856

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:Also, can't you get together with someone else and murder the people on each other's lists?
In a Strangers On A Train vein? Indeed, good point.

The more you look at it, this rule just hasn't been very well thought out at all.