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by Conor
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 150
Views: 19699

Re: You Are The Ref

1. (c) they've given a valid answer, plus there's some precedent for this 2. (b) 3. This is a tough one. I first thought (b), but now I am leaning more towards (c), provided that (i) I've been giving 5 sec warnings in previous rounds, so it's reasonable to expect I'd do the same for the conundrum an...
by Conor
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)

Susie managed to misread the definition of POUNDAL . "A unit of force equal to that required to give a mass of one pound an acceleration of one foot per second." Which is of course nonsense. A foot per second is a unit of speed, not acceleration. Maybe she saw the end of the definition which says '...
by Conor
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Poll: The strongest series? [S01-S81]
Replies: 11
Views: 816

Re: Poll: The strongest series? [S01-S81]

S69 is clearly the strongest by some distance. S61 is, imo, the second strongest, having 3 exceptional players. And I'd make the claim that my own (S54)
is the strongest pre-Apterous, but would now barely make the top 10.
by Conor
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134992

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Also quizmasters. On Pointless Richard Osman says things like "teams in the 2018-19 Champions League" and I have no idea what that means. I know the names of some football teams, so I could have a wild guess, but I have no idea whether I'm meant to be guessing local or national teams or whether the...
by Conor
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 171
Views: 40849

Re: How many countries have you been to?

I did do Iceland and Japan, and also India and China. Including just airports, you can add Qatar, UAE and South Korea.
by Conor
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1559

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Yes. On a superficial level. But there is still the question of why Tory remainers were less likely to change their voting habits than Labour leavers. It's not enough to say it's just because. And I do think that must come partly down to how Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party were seen generally. N...
by Conor
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1559

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Equally, given that a majority of Labour's 2017 vote base (and a bigger majority of their MPs and members) were Remain voters, it takes a lot of faith to imagine that the leadership could have fobbed off all calls for a second referendum without an unmanageable backlash. Of course, with perfect pol...
by Conor
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 12th December 2019 (Series 81, QF1)
Replies: 5
Views: 922

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 12th December 2019 (Series 81, QF1)

There was also MONACTINE in one round.
by Conor
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)

His best performance so far IMO, getting a 'letters max' (I think) with an instant conundrum, and only two tricky numbers games eluding him.
by Conor
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Alex Rivers
Replies: 17
Views: 2266

Re: Alex Rivers

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:43 pm
Is this the same guy ?
Almost certainly. His c4c profile shows his age to be 50 matching the 49 when the article was written, and Cheriton is a suburb of Folkestone.
by Conor
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Alex Rivers
Replies: 17
Views: 2266

Re: Alex Rivers

Unfortunately, not far from the truth:
Matthew Green wrote:
Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:44 pm
I exposed him as a paedophile and he fucked off back to his bedsit.
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone ... rs-205130/

This disappearance in 2010 likely coincides with his first jail term.
by Conor
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113775

Re: Politics in General

I don't think 75% is such a crazy marginal tax rate, but 50k is too early for it to kick in - in some places it's barely above the median income. The £20,000 threshold from the 70s translates into around £150k today. And while people do respond to more than financial incentive, they are disproportio...
by Conor
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Yahoo groups are closing soon
Replies: 7
Views: 1656

Re: Yahoo groups are closing soon

That's a bit shit. How would you archive a Yahoo group anyway other than by saving each post individually? I used https://www.httrack.com/ to download everything from gevincountdown (it just does it page by page). I don't have my old Yahoo account so someone else would need to do that. You did mana...
by Conor
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 11207

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

FOCAL Countdown wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:56 am
Conor - What data would be of most interest in a bitesize table?
Just name, position, total points and number of events played would do.
by Conor
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 11207

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

All of the Top 8 have accepted our invitation to take part in the Finals, and confirmed that they will be joining us. What's the easiest way to see the current standings? I usually find it as an excel file linked to from the recap of the latest event, but it would be nice to have it more accessible...
by Conor
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday 30th October 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1978

Re: Spoilers for 30th October 2019

Toby McDonald wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:06 pm
WANTIES in R12
Was INTWINES in that round iirc.
by Conor
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Yahoo groups are closing soon
Replies: 7
Views: 1656

Re: Yahoo groups are closing soon

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:46 pm
That's a bit shit. How would you archive a Yahoo group anyway other than by saving each post individually?
I used https://www.httrack.com/ to download everything from gevincountdown (it just does it page by page). I don't have my old Yahoo account so someone else would need to do that.
by Conor
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134992

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Obviously I haven't always wanted this question answered but: I'm no cricket fan anyway, but how do people (both players and fans) motivate themselves to really give a shit about the Ashes almost immediately after winning the World Cup? Aside from the history and rivalry, the difference between the...
by Conor
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 171
Views: 40849

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Rep, Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, America, Croatia, Bosnia, Brazil, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Russia now. Iceland shortly and at least Japan later in the year. US states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania...
by Conor
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 463
Views: 138402

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Black Mirror (series 5) - always good, though nothing really groundbreaking this series

White Gold (series 2) - fun watch, good characters

The Sopranos - exceptional show. Been waiting years to properly watch this.

I am also re-watching Bojack Horseman. Such a relatable show.
by Conor
Tue May 28, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 105
Views: 39291

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

Conor wrote:
Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:18 am
won't happen
:)
by Conor
Sun May 26, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 276764

Re: Ask Graeme?

Found a couple recorded as 30s ( http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4419 and this wonderfully ironic entry http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_761 ) Also a couple of 29.75s ( http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_5293 and http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_5326 ) and a 29.9 after an incorrect 29s buzz ( http:/...
by Conor
Fri May 24, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 276764

Re: Ask Graeme?

What’s the latest (correct) conundrum solve there’s ever been on the show? The latest I can recall is Mark Tournoff’s PARTRIDGE on 27 seconds in the S52 final, but surely there have been even later ones. I’d also sub-categorize this into solves where the opponent buzzed in already (and so someone ma...
by Conor
Fri May 24, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 87)
Replies: 24
Views: 4542

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 87)

My memory is a bit hazy of it, but from what I recall both of our buzzers did something and there was a bit of confusion as to who got there first (though me and the crew seemed to generally agree it was her)...she answered incorrectly and they decided to redo the entire conundrum for some reason t...
by Conor
Wed May 22, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Negative picking
Replies: 20
Views: 5977

Re: Negative picking

Well, I'd say you've got to question why someone would not be picking in order to win. Though at Co-Events, aggregate points also make a difference, so in a Lincoln-style game I can understand a bit of the frustration towards negative picking: you might spot all the words and still have your chances...
by Conor
Fri May 03, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 607
Views: 133520

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Jeanne Calment?
by Conor
Fri May 03, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 41
Views: 8201

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

Using statistics can help with your own probabilistic acceptance of Calment's case (e.g. maybe based on the evidence you'd be 95% sure she's genuine but you think she's enough of an outlier that you'd revise it down to 80%) but will not provide a conclusive answer on its own. There are too few data ...
by Conor
Thu May 02, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 41
Views: 8201

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I don't think the argument that she was a fraud amounts to much. Statistically it's of course very unlikely that any individual person will reach 122, but we're looking for the probability of one person out the several billion candidates making it to 122, and that's much harder to answer. It's often...
by Conor
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90132

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Point Break - about time I’d watched it, and good to watch on a plane to California. Scratched an itch; oh to be young and free again. The Conjuring - trope-heavy but well made and just a bit scary at times The Nun - the above’s prequel or sequel or something. Complete garbage. Can you ever forgive ...
by Conor
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th December 2018 (Series 79, SF 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 1805

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th December 2018 (Series 79, SF 1)

Grandame in r1 and Padanda in a later round. Good contest today!
by Conor
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 70
Views: 24835

Re: How much do you weigh?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:54 am
Conor wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:19 pm
I weigh 11st. Trying to get it down to 10 by COLIN.
Is that why you didn't come this year?
Yes. But now I weigh 10st again, so looking better for next year.
by Conor
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 23898

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

Jews II
American Pig
Schindler’s Lust
Fappy Gilmore
by Conor
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 105
Views: 39291

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

won't happen If you wanna put your money where your mouth is, €10 says it happens before S80, and €100 says it happens before the end of the year 2020. :) It is interesting reading back over this thread more than 7 months later... here are a few things that stand out:- 1. Of the known Apterites we ...
by Conor
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 70
Views: 24835

Re: How much do you weigh?

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:46 pm
Actually, at the top there, can I see that it's got two USB ports? Maybe it truly is multipurose after all.
Aren't they just buttons?

I weigh 11st. Trying to get it down to 10 by COLIN.
by Conor
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90132

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched "Ted" earlier on Channel 4 (actually Channel 4+1, I got in too late to catch the start on normal C4). Now, I've seen it before and remember enjoying it a lot (of which more later), but I was never sure how much of that was because it was any good, or funny, or whatever. I'm pretty sure I ma...
by Conor
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 171
Views: 40849

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Conor wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:18 pm
UK*, Ireland*, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands*, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Rep, Poland, Serbia, Hungary*, Slovakia, America. I have lived in the countries marked *
I can now add Croatia, Bosnia, Brazil, Italy and Greece to the above.
by Conor
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The New Crystal Maze
Replies: 11
Views: 7612

Re: The New Crystal Maze

Good essay. They've made those games harder as well - you have to get two out of three, when Mumsie would have been happy with just one (content warning: wrong aspect ratio). For the new maths game, the Jailer puzzle in the Medieval zone, it looks like they're still tinkering with the format. In mos...
by Conor
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 7928

Re: Do you know what you know?

Mean confidence: 75.60% Actual percent correct: 70.00% Mean confidence on correct answers: 78.57% Mean confidence on incorrect answers: 68.67% 35 correct out of 50 questions answered (70.00%) 8 correct out of 15 questions answered with low (50 or 60%) confidence (53.33%) 14 correct out of 20 questi...
by Conor
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best 9 of all time
Replies: 17
Views: 7753

Re: Best 9 of all time

Would also go for MYOGLOBIN. Also impressed by POTBOILER (http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_3792) and DESPERADO (http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4030).
by Conor
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 50
Views: 19099

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Kenilworth Road (Luton - many times) Stamford Bridge (Chelsea vs Southampton) Old Trafford (Man Utd vs Everton) Estádio António Coimbra da Mota (Estoril Praia vs Sporting da Covilhã) Stade de France (France vs Iceland) Amsterdam ArenA (Netherlands vs France) Maracanã (Flamengo vs Coritiba) San Siro ...
by Conor
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 30 March 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 58)
Replies: 1
Views: 2122

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 30 March 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 58)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:43 pm
MINIATED as a beater in the DEVIANT/INVITED round. Also PICADOR and BLEATER as alternates to PARODIC and REVALUE.
Bateleur for 8.
by Conor
Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 607
Views: 133520

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Language needn't prioritize concision over clarity (IMHO). Being sometimes tautological is just how we naturally communicate, and you are not clever for pointing out potential redundancies in people's writing.
by Conor
Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 27661

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I guess if we was talking about musician deaths of the last forty years on impact and shock then IMHO 1. John Lennon 2. Elvis 3. Michael Jackson 4. David Bowie 5 George Harrison 6. Marvin Gaye 7. Prince 8 Frank Sinatra 9. Freddie Mercury 10. George Michael Kurt Cobain the big omission there. I woul...
by Conor
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?
Replies: 17
Views: 4327

Re: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?

New Year : one of the few events to be more fun as an adult, certainly because it's socially acceptable to get totally hammered. The calling relatives and friends thing after midnight can be annoying when you're already quite drunk. The expection of 'Omg what are your new years plans?!?!?!' is also...
by Conor
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 27661

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Leonard Cohen is another one who wasn't mentioned here.
by Conor
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is this the oldest ever Countdown related forum topic?
Replies: 9
Views: 2772

Re: Is this the oldest ever Countdown related forum topic?

Was thinking a website downloader tool such as https://www.httrack.com/ could be used.
by Conor
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 27661

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

As it's the second half of the year, Castro is perhaps the first octochamp of a new series. And he's looking like the favourite in a much weaker series. I'd also have Alan Rickman comfortably ahead of Victoria Wood. He might even only be behind Ali, Bowie and Prince. He was much more famous internat...
by Conor
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is this the oldest ever Countdown related forum topic?
Replies: 9
Views: 2772

Re: Is this the oldest ever Countdown related forum topic?

Gavin Chipper wrote:Good find.
Is the old channel 4 forum topic still hosted somewhere? I think it was archived on gevincountdown, but Yahoo thinks there's something fishy when I log in and my secondary email no longer exists. It might also be an idea to archive the gevincountdown and c4c yahoo boards.
by Conor
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134992

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

In a nutshell, it is correct to look at the change in velocity rather than the overall velocity. But I could increase a vehicle's velocity by 2m/s or by 1m/s twice. Is there a difference? Not as far as I can see. To increase its velocity by 1m/s takes the same amount of energy whether it's going at...
by Conor
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Exactly how official is a "CO-event" permitted to be...
Replies: 20
Views: 3909

Re: Exactly how official is a "CO-event" permitted to be...

Screw it. I'm thinking about asking my university's administrators for permission to do school by distance for two weeks so that I can come over for either a CO-event or a taping. Do you think I should go through with this? Can't you do an exchange programme in the UK? Otherwise, it's a long way to...
by Conor
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Coincidence
Replies: 219
Views: 52283

Re: Coincidence

This was the biggest coincidence ever. I wonder what the biggest coincidence ever could be Sometimes I wonder if you could get a number (like pi or something but not necessarily pi) that should be irrational, but somehow ends up as rational by some sort of infinite coincidence. So instead of all th...
by Conor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: IRC Countdown...in 2016?
Replies: 36
Views: 7143

Re: IRC Countdown...in 2016?

I quite like it. If anything, it shows us just how spoilt we are by apterous.
by Conor
Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever televised game?
Replies: 19
Views: 5196

Re: Best ever televised game?

For me, still nothing has quite topped the series 52 final: Paul Gallen vs Mark Tournoff. My favourites from watching in the studio are the two 117 losing score games: Matt Shore vs Mark Tournoff and Chris Davies vs David O'Donnell, closely followed by Kirk vs Innis and Jack W vs Jono. Innis vs Chri...
by Conor
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mandela Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 3406

Re: The Mandela Effect

All makes sense so far, I think. It's all just mis-remembered stuff and the memory filling in gaps when needed. NOTHING TO SEE HERE FOLKS. Except...oh, I don't know. There's something to it, I just can't quite "get" it yet. I think some of these are quite interesting (e.g. the Berenstein bears one,...
by Conor
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90132

Re: What films have you watched lately?

http://metro.co.uk/2016/08/23/quiz-how-many-of-the-100-best-films-of-the-21st-century-have-you-seen-6086105/ Only seen 17 and didn't like a third of them. There's also some I've seen bits of but not the whole film. Loads on the list I have no intention of seeing and some biggies I think should be o...
by Conor
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 463
Views: 138402

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Also thought it was generally very watchable. The format is of course poor, though I can see the thought process leading there: if in each heat there are good robots and some shit robots and the good ones beat the shit ones in the early elimination round, then we should get lots of high quality ente...