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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: 49
Views: 839

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: 8293

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: 1561

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: 844

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: 1244

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: 2342

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: 10868

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: 10868

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: 10868

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: 3780

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: 5048

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: 11730

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: 1383

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: 11730

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: 9533

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: 2096

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: 205
Views: 39846

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: 1406

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: 2241

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: 205
Views: 39846

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: 205
Views: 39846

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: 3574

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: 3574

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: 205
Views: 39846

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.
by Fred Mumford
Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 39846

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Doesn't rule 4 actively encourage cheating?
by Fred Mumford
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 15273

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

And now Debbie Reynolds has passed away, one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher. Reynolds often appeared on TV chat shows, where she would usually do impersonations of Zsa Zsa Gabor.
by Fred Mumford
Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 2856

Re: Crisps

Marc Meakin wrote:Someone will need to verify this , but I am sure there was hedgehog flavour crisps back in the eighties.
Yep - as with most flavours though, not a patch on the real thing.
by Fred Mumford
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 15273

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Most of his losses came towards the end of his career, long after he should have called it a day. His losses to Frazier and Norton were avenged, he has a winning overall record against them. The years when he should have been at his peak were stripped from him, yet even so in his first (unbeaten) ph...
by Fred Mumford
Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 15273

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

magician guy who was married to someone called Debbie? Was he on TV? I have no idea. You're lucky to have missed out - for a long time it seemed he was never off the TV. I remember watching him die horribly on TV at Silverstone after being hit by a car driven by Jackie Stewart in a magic stunt gone...
by Fred Mumford
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 498
Views: 103439

Re: Best ever contestants

I would have needed that time machine to consider McColm an all time great when I wrote it. I was talking more about talent levels, of course the modern player can improve their game to a point way beyond what the early Countdown champs could achieve. But that's a bit like saying Nico Rosberg is bet...
by Fred Mumford
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 65074

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I'd have thought she is too old to risk having that sort of operation.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 27098

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

So Thom Yorke now hates your girlfriend?
by Fred Mumford
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Songs In Games
Replies: 57
Views: 2847

Re: Favourite Songs In Games

I did make a tape of all my fave C64 tunes once I knew its days were numbered (ie that I was getting an Amiga). Must dig it out. Rob Hubbard also did an excellent synth piece of music that was featured on a freebie tape that came with one of the issues of Zzap! 64. Worth checking out if you are a fan.
by Fred Mumford
Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 65074

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Quite a few adverts show customer data at the bottom of the screen such as "84% of 189 women agree" and so forth. This can easily (if you're stupid or not paying attention) be misread or misinterpreted as "84 out of 189", which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. Why don't they restrict the sample ...
by Fred Mumford
Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Songs In Games
Replies: 57
Views: 2847

Re: Favourite Songs In Games

I remember a game song with the lyrics ' war, never been so much fun' can't remember the game though The rather excellent Cannon Fodder. In the Rob Hubbard debate, I thought Action Biker was his best tune. Tony Crowther did a good job on Suicide Express, especially considering he was a game writer ...
by Fred Mumford
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Coincidence
Replies: 215
Views: 32171

Re: Coincidence

I was certainly impressed, although when you think about it the chance of a 0.213 gap between any 2 drivers isn't all that unlikely I suppose. Also, given that the average IQ on that forum is approximately 100 lower than this one (assuming Steven M McCann is no longer a member here), the chances of ...
by Fred Mumford
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Definition of Since
Replies: 15
Views: 1639

Re: Definition of Since

Gavin Chipper wrote: Are you RPM40? I did wonder if it was someone from this forum that also posted there. It still took the coincidence of the 0.213s gap though.
No, so on reflection maybe that really is freaky. I would imagine the crossover between that forum and this one is pretty small in terms of common members.
by Fred Mumford
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Definition of Since
Replies: 15
Views: 1639

Re: Definition of Since

Not as freaky as the fact that that's the website I was just posting on a few minutes ago just before I came to this one.
by Fred Mumford
Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mandela Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 2034

Re: The Mandela Effect

But every single copy of the film I can track down has her with perfect teeth, no braces. However, I assume this is my brain going wrong rather than some mysterious woo style conspiracy to change reality. My brain must have gone even more wrong than yours then, because not only do I remember the br...
by Fred Mumford
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday August 15th 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2298

Re: Spoilers For Monday August 15th 2016

Steven M. McCann wrote:It may be a self fulfilling prophecy, but I spot more "nines" in the last letters selection than any other letters selection.
Me too, and after a detailed mathematical and statistical analysis of why this might be, I have concluded that it's because I only get home at quarter to four.
by Fred Mumford
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 4540

Re: IMDB top 250

Marc Meakin wrote:worst films I have seen
Raise the Titanic
Not only a shit film, but went so far over budget that producer Lew Grade famously remarked that it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic.
by Fred Mumford
Tue May 24, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Dress and make-up when appearing on show
Replies: 25
Views: 2689

Re: Dress and make-up when appearing on show

Jon Corby wrote: fucks sake spoilers
The set's been that colour for about 7 years.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 64684

Re: People you shouldn't trust

JimBentley wrote:I did consider that option but thought that Jon would leave that sort of joke - i.e. one made by someone with a less advanced sense of humour - to someone else
Then he should have left it a bit longer. It's not as if I get chance to login every fucking day.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners on Other (non-quiz) Shows
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Countdowners on Other (non-quiz) Shows

Lol, I can see how you made that mistake, but I think you'll find that's actually David Dimbleby.
by Fred Mumford
Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday February 29th 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Re: Spoilers For Monday February 29th 2016

At the end of Tom Cappleman's run, I noted that he had won 77 of his 120 octorun rounds which I thought might have been the record.

Paul won 82.
by Fred Mumford
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 23rd February
Replies: 10
Views: 1648

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 23rd February

Yeah, he sure knows what he's doing. I think he is very slightly behind Dylan and Jen's max rate, but he's playing safe on the numbers rounds and not risking dodgy words, so The Record Holder might be in trouble. It's a hell of a standard to maintain for 4 more shows though.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3305

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

Shooting Stars did do the Great Wall of China question because I saw it! The bit that made it silly was questioning whether it could ONLY be seen from space. Ulrika said true and Vic pointed out that you could be stood right next to it. I think the General Ignorance of QI can cover any topic whilst ...
by Fred Mumford
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 142348

Re: Ask Graeme?

My only real prediction was that Jen would get to the final, based on a comment she had made about never having made it to a final, which I interpreted as some kind of double bluff.
by Fred Mumford
Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3305

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

Mark Deeks wrote:I think another one of the originals was that Billy Bragg could breath underwater.
Can we test this one?
by Fred Mumford
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3305

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

Stuart Maconie came up with most of those NME ones I think (that wasn't meant to be my deliberately silly factoid by the way). The internet doesn't always allow things to be debunked easily. In my field of interest there are countless times I read things that are pure nonsense but are taken as gospe...
by Fred Mumford
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Who are your heroes?

Another motorsport obsessive here, so Colin Chapman, Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Jimmy Bryan and Mike Hailwood for starters.

In other fields, Ray Davies, Richard Feynman, Herge and Alfred Hitchcock are the first that spring to mind.
by Fred Mumford
Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 12 February 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 15)
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Spoilers for Friday 12 February 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 15)

Tony Atkins wrote:Rachel did badly on the impossible six small - best is 108 not 96 - you add the 1s to the 2s and not to each other before multiplying.
Yeah, you'd think she would know that 3x3 is more than 2x2x2.

I know it must be difficult under the lights with all the pressure and so on, but still. Fuck me.
by Fred Mumford
Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrity fun
Replies: 42
Views: 2094

Re: Celebrity fun

I think Jennifer was simply quoting from the website. I doubt any celebrity insulted her after they had died. She may not even have a brother.
by Fred Mumford
Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrity fun
Replies: 42
Views: 2094

Re: Celebrity fun

Harry H Corbett who was the the original Sooty and Sweep man told my little brother and I to fuck off. We did not know what he meant as we were six and four at the time. I'm quite intrigued to know which Harry Corbett did this - Harry H Corbett of Steptoe & Son or Harry "No H" Corbett of shoving hi...
by Fred Mumford
Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 5650

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

Fabulous end to a wonderful competition, well done to all who took part. It was obvious that the games would be of a ludicrous standard, but it was maybe a little surprising how many of them had twists and turns that hopefully alleviated any worries about the entertainment element of an all Apterite...
by Fred Mumford
Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 3159

Re: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016

Out of interest, what did Jen say that you guys thought was particularly spoilerish? She said something a couple of weeks back about the fact that she had never made it to a final, which was clearly a bluff that totally gave away that she made it to the final in this competition. Fortunately for ev...
by Fred Mumford
Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 5650

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

Jon O'Neill wrote:CoCs never fail to disappoint.
Harsh.
by Fred Mumford
Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 3159

Re: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016

Sent you a PM Graeme - don't want to spoil it for others if I'm right.

EDIT - hmm, it seems to be stuck in my outbox though - is your inbox full or am I doing something wrong?