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by Conor
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Monday 21st December 2020 (Special S47)
Replies: 24
Views: 3902

Re: Special Spoilers for Monday 21 December 2020

METALOPH in the POLYMATH round too.
by Conor
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 18th December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

Re: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:36 am
With MAGESHIP and MAEGBOTE, I wonder if Luke just learnt all the words that started with the same four letters and happened to get really, really lucky.
Luke’s very first word (on the show, not as a child) was POSTGAME, so I think he learnt the endings too.
by Conor
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 18th December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

Re: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)

Mega-congratulations to Luke and commiserations Sam. That was a great final. Despite not crunching the stats Luke was around a 75% favorite in my mind heading into this because of his solidity on the letters and the occasional surprising miss from Sam. But Sam didn’t miss anything easy: MAGESHIP, MA...
by Conor
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th December 2020 (Series 82, 1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 20
Views: 3017

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 December (Series 82, First Semi Final)

Very well played Luke, and unlucky Ian. Luke again maxing all the letters rounds! That numbers was the first round which Luke has lost despite having a valid word/numsol. i.e. the first time he has scored raw points that haven't also scored properly. Chinks in the armour? If Sam beats Leo tomorrow w...
by Conor
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 10th December 2020 (Series 82, 1st Quarter-Final)
Replies: 19
Views: 3268

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 10th December 2020 (Series 82, QF 1)

Amazing stuff Luke, supreme performance. MAGNESIC in particular was nowhere near.
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:13 pm
True, but has she ever done it on the day of the game? She'd need to at least find out for herself.
She announced I was on for a max game after rd 13 vs Chris Hawkins.
by Conor
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 44
Views: 23048

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

When I was researching venues, I found that £1000+ was often the going rate for a Saturday in central London at an accessible venue that fit 50+ people [...] Assuming you are talking about the Brighton Oval (I originally did not realise there was a Brighton one and thought you were absolutely mad f...
by Conor
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 44
Views: 23048

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

I think a key thing for a Co:Event is keeping the costs down. Event costs keep creeping up to the participant, and while a cost to offset the facility hire is inevitable, a decent proportion of it seems to be spent on the nick-nacks and individuality that I don't really want anyway. By the time tra...
by Conor
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 803
Views: 251194

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who say 'The Rona' to mean Covid-19.
by Conor
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Howard Somerset
Replies: 11
Views: 2942

Re: RIP Howard Somerset

Really sad to hear this. I had the pleasure of meeting Howard at a few events. He had a really sharp mind and a terrific sense of humour.
by Conor
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 243
Views: 103814

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Been a rather quiet year, all things considering. Bit suspicious really.
by Conor
Sun Oct 25, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 13234

Re: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

In hindsight, it would have been better to bring up the overlay beforehand, but I didn't even think of possible accusations of cheating. I had something I'd made in Python tkinter which was potentially going to be used by the ZD production team but wasn't ready in time. Personally, I find it makes q...
by Conor
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Three words
Replies: 7
Views: 2429

Re: Three words

I should probably say, this was a black IPA with blueberry and maple syrup in it, which should go some way to explain 1 and 3. And well, what do you know - looked up vaccinium and apparently we're talking blueberry. Thanks Conor! Is that a word you know? Not really, but it didn't seem like it could...
by Conor
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Three words
Replies: 7
Views: 2429

Re: Three words

Vaccinium?
by Conor
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 89
Views: 21652

Re: TENNIS

Thiem looks like the best shot for getting to No. 1 outside the big 3. I can see one or more of Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas making a breakthrough and winning a grand slam in the coming years but they don't have the consistency to challenge for no. 1. Especially as Djokovic is super consistent in bot...
by Conor
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 80
Views: 17136

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

I don't agree with going back to 9 rounders. If the problem is too many one-sided games then you should try to reduce these rather than shortening the whole show. I'd allow past contestants to reapply. Not just 'unlucky losers' but everyone (series champions etc). There'd be a min number of years be...
by Conor
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 383
Views: 90201

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

What I would suggest is that we don't have to decide right now what we should do in a year or two years or whatever if things haven't changed. It would obviously be a big problem if no vaccine proves effective and we can't keep the virus under control without big restrictions on our lives. And I th...
by Conor
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 13175

Re: Offensive Words

Regardless of your position about the offensiveness of a word taken out of context or used in a quotation, there is still a double standard here. Strong swear words are expressly forbidden before the watershed in any context but this word is not. Whatever process deemed the F-word unsuitable for br...
by Conor
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 173
Views: 38935

Re: Joke Items

The word "garlicky". Such a horrific construction with "licky" in it and the k is arbitrary anyway. It should be "garliccy" and that's how I will spell it from now on (if I ever need to write it). Similarly it should be "panicced", not "panicked" (though I won't insist on this spelling). You double...
by Conor
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

With the collusion case, it might not be explicitly overheard but it would likely be pretty obvious what it is going on at a Lincoln style event. The host would pick up on it and if this was the game to decide who makes the final there’d be some spectators to witness it too. But at a Bristol style ...
by Conor
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

With the collusion case, it might not be explicitly overheard but it would likely be pretty obvious what it is going on at a Lincoln style event. The host would pick up on it and if this was the game to decide who makes the final there’d be some spectators to witness it too. But at a Bristol style e...
by Conor
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

If you show the scores but not the standings, it might solve the error correction problem, but for the prevention of potential tactical antics, that's almost the worst of both worlds. The majority of players, who are just naturally curious about where they're finishing in relation to others, now ha...
by Conor
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

I don't like this idea, and not (only) because it would mean the loss of that sweet Atropine videprinter action. I think players like being able to see the running standings. At every event with a public-facing display, there's always a crowd of people gathering round the monitor as tables finish. ...
by Conor
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

It's the "coming to an agreement" thing that makes this bad, not the individual decisions by each player to play conservatively in the hope of not dropping too many points, which itself is of course within the letter and the spirit of the rules. But in Gevin's example they also came to an agreement...
by Conor
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1534
Views: 461668

Re: Ask Graeme?

I've had a tacit assumption that over the years the standard of the top contestants has generally risen while the standard of 'most' contestants has slightly dipped. I don't think there's much point testing the first part, but how about the second? I'd suggest something like comparing the average ma...
by Conor
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

I don't like redoing it if it's an -S plural but not if it's an -S third person singular verb. The former might be explicitly forbidden in the Contestant guidelines, but plenty of people attend Co-events without having been on the show: how would they know? A regular viewer might have reasonably not...
by Conor
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 13175

Re: Offensive Words

It also makes the game more inaccessible, since you'd need to know exactly which words (many of which are in common usage) have been removed.
by Conor
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1534
Views: 461668

Re: Ask Graeme?

ANGRIEST stems with 19 I think. I'd be surprised if that can be beaten. For which words stem with any vowel: http://wiki.apterous.org/Fruitful_8s http://wiki.apterous.org/Fruitful_7s http://wiki.apterous.org/Fruitful_6s Ahh very nice - I thought something like this would likely have already been co...
by Conor
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1534
Views: 461668

Re: Ask Graeme?

ANGRIEST stems with 19 I think. I'd be surprised if that can be beaten.

For which words stem with any vowel:
http://wiki.apterous.org/Fruitful_8s
http://wiki.apterous.org/Fruitful_7s
http://wiki.apterous.org/Fruitful_6s
by Conor
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

All things being equal, I think most players are inclined to copy their opponent’s word just because of an instinctive loss aversion.
by Conor
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

For those that think it's fine, when declaring your word second, to have written down 10-15 plausible words and then just point to the one your opponent says... would you prefer if apterous was coded in this way, instead of the perfectly logical way it's coded now? It would be stone cold mental to ...
by Conor
Wed May 27, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird celebrity crushes
Replies: 27
Views: 6978

Re: Weird celebrity crushes

Ursula von der Leyen
by Conor
Sat May 23, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is picking the letters an advantage?
Replies: 33
Views: 7872

Re: Is picking the letters an advantage?

To test Jack's hypothesis that this is a bigger factor for the strongest players, I looked at games where both players were in the Pro Ranks top 25 at the time the game was played. This leaves about 30,000 rounds. In this case, the picker expects to score 6.58 points per round versus the receiver's...
by Conor
Tue May 19, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird celebrity crushes
Replies: 27
Views: 6978

Re: Weird celebrity crushes

She's also 25 years older than me, which isn't conventionally attractive. But here we are. It might be that most people who are 25 years older than you aren't conventionally attractive, but that's a very weird way of putting it. You could get a freak who doesn't age and is 104 years old, and is ver...
by Conor
Mon May 18, 2020 2:21 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: 4540

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

Hopefully a full review into the mainstream media here in the UK. Its reporting has been far too concerned with "gotcha" questions for the government and asking rubbish. A review into the mainstream media would be a good thing, but how they phrase questions to elected officials is far down on the l...
by Conor
Sun May 10, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 10th (Birthday Prelim 4)
Replies: 48
Views: 8896

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 10th (Birthday Prelim 4)

So much discussion spawned by FLORUITED over the years. Personally I see it as an open and shut case, and anyone who thinks it should be disallowed is an idiot and a savage. No, but really, I'm surprised there was ever so much discussion. 2 of the 3 Lexico example sentences use an inflected form of...
by Conor
Sat May 02, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 326
Views: 149883

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Series 80 runner-up Elliott Mellor:

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Irish singer Christy Dignam

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by Conor
Fri May 01, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292084

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Well no, that's the point. If you just throw away wrong answers, I can just list off every possible 'answer' to a question, regardless of whether it actually fits the specifics of what is being asked. For example, if the question is "name a European country with [unusual attribute]", I can just rea...
by Conor
Fri May 01, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292084

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

How do they actually go about asking 100 people for Pointless. Like what if the topic is 'Masters Winners in the last 40 years' and they ask a golf trivia expert and they just rattle off all of them. What do they do? Ignore that guy, scrap the round, allow an impossible round to go through (I doubt...
by Conor
Fri May 01, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292084

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

How do they actually go about asking 100 people for Pointless. Like what if the topic is 'Masters Winners in the last 40 years' and they ask a golf trivia expert and they just rattle off all of them. What do they do? Ignore that guy, scrap the round, allow an impossible round to go through (I doubt ...
by Conor
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 79598

Re: Religion

In addition to Callum's points: most religious people are brought up that way. It's a basis for their moral modus operandi, and if that works for them, I can certainly get why many don't dig too deep to find out if it's actually true. I don't think religious people generally have different morals f...
by Conor
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 79598

Re: Religion

In addition to Callum's points: most religious people are brought up that way. It's a basis for their moral modus operandi, and if that works for them, I can certainly get why many don't dig too deep to find out if it's actually true. In contrast, most people who hold these sort of fringe beliefs li...
by Conor
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292084

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Would one of each be enough? I know I didn't define what it means for the human race to survive (as in for how long), but getting through one more generation won't be enough to satisfy anyone considering this. And when animals are endangered they often talk about the number of breeding pairs needed...
by Conor
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292084

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

If every human above a certain age were to die instantaneously, what is the minimum age that could be for the human race to still survive into the future in some form? I think it'd be somewhere under 1 year old. As Phil mentioned, there have been cases of children being raised by wild animals. Ther...
by Conor
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)
Replies: 13
Views: 4112

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)

Also, I noticed you referred to Conor's natural skill at the game at the start (before he actually came on), and this general subject came up again towards the end, but I thought it would have been interesting to hear Conor's take on it a bit more. To what would he attribute his skill - how much do...
by Conor
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292084

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why are some football transfer fees undisclosed? What's the big secret? Do you reckon it's because the fee was less than or more than you'd expect, or could it be either depending on the player? What could possibly be the harm in disclosing any fee other than the disgust at the obscenity of transfe...
by Conor
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292084

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why isn't wearing helmets in cars a thing like it is on bikes (pedal and motor)? The risk of head injury might not be as high, and it would be annoying, but the risk still exists. Literally no-one ever talks about this. Rally drivers wear helmets. But presumably the marginal benefit is so low that ...
by Conor
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Weird maze/puzzle thing on BBC Micro emulator
Replies: 19
Views: 14968

Re: Weird maze/puzzle thing on BBC Micro emulator

Just solved it. Also felt a bit 'meh' about the solution, but might also be annoyance at myself seeing what was happening quite quickly but not following it up til I'd spent a lot of time trying some methods that led nowhere.
by Conor
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 629
Views: 302675

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Was it just one phone call? I was sure someone said something about several phone calls at one point, but I might have got the wrong end of the stick. The article above hints at it being just one phone call, but I do recall something about several phone calls. Was that to Adrian Pollock's pagers ma...
by Conor
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 629
Views: 302675

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Quiz has now finished, and if I thought Ep2 was a little loose with the truth, Ep3 was flat out lying at points. - The suggestion that Celador added the coughs to the tapes is unfounded and ridiculous. The coughs were turned up for the trial , not as the original cut. Isn't the tape used at the tri...
by Conor
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 18975

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

I like this.
by Conor
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 692
Views: 290996

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

From about a week ago. I'm walking on the street, and then remember I'm expecting a call so go into a public phone box, where Damian Eadie calls and tells me there's going to be a special series of Countdown filmed and do I want in. Of course I say yes, but Damian is a bit rushed and I don't hear an...
by Conor
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 21
Views: 6625

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

First: I'm genuinely hurt you didn't consider my performances to be works of art! When it comes to classing certain games or sports as more artful than others, there seems to be a relationship between 'level of artistry' and 'ability of humans over computers', tying in with definition of art as 'the...
by Conor
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

Re: You Are The Ref

With a pen, I might be concerned about dropping it or missing the table. You just need an easy, not-too-rigid stance. Being more relaxed will help your reaction speed.
by Conor
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 78826

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: 6
Views: 2469

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: 12
Views: 4157

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: 904
Views: 292084

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: 172
Views: 61871

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: 8017

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...