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by Howard Somerset
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown
Replies: 50
Views: 24087

Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

Charlie Reams wrote:
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:45 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jennifer Steadman wrote:Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else?
I'd not heard this!
I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time.
I don't think I was speaking to Charlie from beyond the grave. Maybe I should check
by Howard Somerset
Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 10th January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 1)
Replies: 6
Views: 2586

Re: Monday 10th January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 1)

Ryan Taylor wrote: Just nobody (nor me) could see the 9 CAPITALLY! Typical.
Very surprisingly, I did see it, in about 5 secs.

It won't last.

Maybe it's not in the ODE3
by Howard Somerset
Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Winter Closed Round 3
Replies: 58
Views: 7850

Re: Apterous Winter Closed Round 3

Aplogies to all.

I'm not going to be continuing in this competition. Apologies particularly to James, who I'm due to play later today, and to Andrew who's organising it.

H
by Howard Somerset
Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 10 December 2010 -Coronation Street Special
Replies: 21
Views: 2448

Re: Friday 10 December 2010 -Coronation Street Special

Having just seen the clip on YouTube, Mike, why on the "credits" is the clock at 20 seconds but Norris buzzes in at 8? I've not seen the programme on TV yet, but certainly during the recording, I'd have said it was more like 20 seconds than 8. But then on many programmes (other than Countdown), wha...
by Howard Somerset
Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 10 December 2010 -Coronation Street Special
Replies: 21
Views: 2448

Re: Friday 10 December 2010 -Coronation Street Special

Mike Brown wrote:I think Howard may have been making notes as well, so he may be able to add to this.
No sorry, Mike, I wasn't taking notes of this game.

Well done with the recap, Joseph!
by Howard Somerset
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 299
Views: 94388

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Joseph Krol wrote:Anyone gonna do a recap for it? :D
I'm sure it will get done. After all, someone did the Gotcha episode. How about you?
by Howard Somerset
Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Winter Closed Round 2
Replies: 74
Views: 9592

Re: Apterous Winter Closed Round 2

Thanks for the games, Rhys
by Howard Somerset
Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Local Numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 1672

Re: Local Numbers

I'm assuming that you're looking for something like the probablity that the spread is x or less when considering y consecutive rounds. Or are you looking for the probablity that the somewhere in a game of z rounds there are y consecutive rounds in which the spread is x or less? Or maybe you're looki...
by Howard Somerset
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 214
Views: 95177

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

Ben Hunter wrote:I thought Sophie was Joseph's mum.
So did I, till she told me she's not a teenager yet.
by Howard Somerset
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Yahtzee
Replies: 4
Views: 1394

Re: Yahtzee

I used to play it with my mother when she was in a nursing home. Now I play it with my grandchildren (no doubt they're wishing to play it with me in a nursing home) usually in the evenings when we're on a skiing holiday. Love the Wiki link, Michael. I started working on something similar last skiing...
by Howard Somerset
Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Game of the Week voting
Replies: 19
Views: 2508

Re: Game of the Week voting

I think there are two reasons why I'd got this voting system the wrong way round. Firstly, in most surveys in which I'm asked to select from a horizontal list of options, the best is generally on the left. This idea is supported by "abstain" being at the far right. Secondly, and I hadn't realised th...
by Howard Somerset
Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Game of the Week voting
Replies: 19
Views: 2508

Re: Game of the Week voting

You can vote on as many or as few games as you like. Games are shown in a random order. If you vote on every game, you will receive an ostracon and nobles will genuflect before you in the street. 5 is best, 1 is worst. I've only just read this instruction properly. For the last few weeks I've been ...
by Howard Somerset
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 39
Views: 4146

Re: Project Euler

I'm currently stuck on 53 solutions, so I set about in search of another similar website. And I found one. Once you've registered, it's worth checking out this problem . It's incredibly rewarding once you've solved it. How long does it take the confirmation email to come? It's been about 40 mins so...
by Howard Somerset
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:42 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 39
Views: 4146

Re: Project Euler

I'm currently stuck on 53 solutions, so I set about in search of another similar website. And I found one. Once you've registered, it's worth checking out this problem . It's incredibly rewarding once you've solved it. How long does it take the confirmation email to come? It's been about 40 mins so...
by Howard Somerset
Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointles Series 3
Replies: 191
Views: 17067

Re: Pointles Series 3

Racoonboy and CF on right now.
by Howard Somerset
Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1
Replies: 89
Views: 13743

Re: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1

Flight B. I beat Martin Long 2 - 1 Howard 67 - 76 Martin Martin 59 - 77 Howard Howard 75 - 70 Martin All three games very close, two going to crucial conundrums, and the other only settled during the final numbers game. In fact, I left thinking I'd lost the third game. It was only when putting the s...
by Howard Somerset
Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1
Replies: 89
Views: 13743

Re: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1

I've tried aptomailing both of my first week's opponents. First time I've tried using aptomail. How do we see replies? ... It's just a web-based front to an e-mail address, Howard - so whatever you send just gets sent to the e-mail address they have registered on apterous, whilst remaining secure a...
by Howard Somerset
Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1
Replies: 89
Views: 13743

Re: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1

Junior mint. Matthew Tassier 2 - 0 against me

Howard 55 - 93 Matthew
Matthew just one short of his Junior PB

Matthew 95 - 66 Howard
Matthew beats PB by one. Almost prevented it - fraction of a second behind him on conundrum.

Thanks for the games, Matthew :)
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Heads-up to anyone who uses the same password everywhere
Replies: 65
Views: 4390

Re: Heads-up to anyone who uses the same password everywhere

Just to clarify Jono's response, RB is 100% responsible, all on his jack. He is a dba as he set up the database stuff originally. It's very common to have more than 1 dba anyway (e.g. there were 12 dbas in the regional team at my last IT employer with responsibility for ~250 machines, all with unli...
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Contestant pictures
Replies: 22
Views: 2364

Re: Contestant pictures

Dinos Sfyris wrote:
Howard Somerset wrote:probably the most notable of those I submitted is the one now on Dinos's page
:) Since when was "notable" synonymous with "looks like he needs a poo" ?
Ever since I took that pic, Dinos. :)
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Heads-up to anyone who uses the same password everywhere
Replies: 65
Views: 4390

Re: Heads-up to anyone who uses the same password everywhere

Jon Corby wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:Derek still has an account here so he's welcome to dispute the claim if it's untrue.
Or he could just use Kirk's.
Or probably a lot of other people's.
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Heads-up to anyone who uses the same password everywhere
Replies: 65
Views: 4390

Re: Heads-up to anyone who uses the same password everywhere

Derek Hazell has modified his popular Gandiseeg forum in such a way that he can see everyone's password. He used this ability to get Kirk's password and then handed that on to Richard Brittain, who used it to log into Kirk's personal email, c4c and apterous accounts. If that's true, then he's as de...
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Contestant pictures
Replies: 22
Views: 2364

Re: Contestant pictures

After spending a good while idling around the countdown wiki, I realised that almost every series winner has a picture of themselves (apart from Stuart Wood). However, few players who are not series winners have any pictures of them. Anyone who has pictures of any contestant, not just those of note...
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sports Personality of the Year 2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2633

Re: Sports Personality of the Year 2010

Richard Brittain
by Howard Somerset
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1
Replies: 89
Views: 13743

Re: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1

I've tried aptomailing both of my first week's opponents. First time I've tried using aptomail. How do we see replies? I know that one of my opponents has been logged on to apterous a few times since I aptomailed him. Indeed, he was logged in when I was playing earlier today, but had logged out befo...
by Howard Somerset
Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday November 29th 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1847

Re: Spoilers For Monday November 29th 2010

I know you artists will tell me that white is "absence of colour", but hey-ho. Isn't black supposed to be the absence of colour, and oppositely, white is the complete spectrum of all colour combined? I seem to remember from being told when in primary school that there are two ways of looking it at....
by Howard Somerset
Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday November 29th 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1847

Re: Spoilers For Monday November 29th 2010

As you are probably aware, Greg Hayhurst is the current champion with 2 wins, so if he loses today, all the octochamps will remain as the #1-6 seeds for the finals, beginning in just 10 days time. Today's winner, whether it's Greg or the challenger, has still time to become an octochamp and even th...
by Howard Somerset
Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: He's gettin' married in the morning...
Replies: 19
Views: 2891

Re: He's gettin' married in the morning...

Can't see any pics of the day on your page, Dinos, but I've seen plenty on Emma's. Love them!!

edit - Seen them on yours now, Dinos
by Howard Somerset
Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:36 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1
Replies: 89
Views: 13743

Re: Apterous Winter Closed Round 1

That's a new facility to me - Aptomail. Missed the announcement of that one. Looks useful.
by Howard Somerset
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: He's gettin' married in the morning...
Replies: 19
Views: 2891

Re: He's gettin' married in the morning...

Karen Pearson wrote:
Howard Somerset wrote:So Emma Sale's the dominant partner. Nice one. :)
Clearly! Especially after what Dinos said in Aptochat the other day! ;)
Of course. Forgotten that. I really should've sent that first card.
by Howard Somerset
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another numerical listener puzzle due
Replies: 8
Views: 1890

Re: Another numerical listener puzzle due

I've now scanned and sent today's puzzle to those who've requested it. Sorry for the delay; I think my paperboy had problems getting out of bed this morning. New schedule for 2011 onwards. They're bringing the dates forward by one week to the penultimate Saturday in February, May, August and Novembe...
by Howard Somerset
Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: He's gettin' married in the morning...
Replies: 19
Views: 2891

Re: He's gettin' married in the morning...

Kai Laddiman wrote:
Lesley Hines wrote:Massive congratulations to Mr & Mrs Sale!!!
I thought it was Sfyris?
So Emma Sale's the dominant partner. Nice one. :)
by Howard Somerset
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another numerical listener puzzle due
Replies: 8
Views: 1890

Re: Another numerical listener puzzle due

Michael Wallace wrote:
Matt Morrison wrote:Ok, so how does the regular (words, not maths) Listener crossword compare to a normal crossword, or a cryptic crossword?
It is fucking mental.
No Michael. Far worse than that.
by Howard Somerset
Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another numerical listener puzzle due
Replies: 8
Views: 1890

Re: Another numerical listener puzzle due

It's called The Listener Crossword because it used to feature in the weekly publication The Listener , which was published for many years by the BBC. Along with a whole load of friends at work, I used to have a joine subscription to this magazine, but it was the crossword (the numerical variety in p...
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another numerical listener puzzle due
Replies: 8
Views: 1890

Another numerical listener puzzle due

Dinos normally lets people know when a numerical listener puzzle is due, but as he's got other things on his mind this week I thought I'd let you know that if The Times follows its usual schedule, Saturday's paper will include the last of this year's numerical listener puzzles. And Dinos, if you don...
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Pro Ranks
Replies: 5
Views: 1451

Re: Pro Ranks

Gavin Chipper wrote:It's very good. But just a small thing - when you change the filter, would it be better for it to start at page one again?
That's the one improvement I'd go for, too.

Very neat, otherwise.
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Who do you have as rivals and why?
Replies: 31
Views: 2885

Re: Who do you have as rivals and why?

Martyn Simpson wrote:No one cares about me enough to choose me as a rival :cry:
523 players, and only 10 have revealed their rivals here. You could be the rival of 512 players.
by Howard Somerset
Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Who do you have as rivals and why?
Replies: 31
Views: 2885

Re: Who do you have as rivals and why?

Rather illogically, I suppose, once rivals were available I kept adding people who I played. I hadn't realised that we are limited to just three rivals until I tried to add the fourth. I've not changed any of my rivals since that time, as it's gives me a false sense of confidence when I see that I'm...
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday November 23rd 2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2506

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday November 23rd 2010

James Robinson wrote:I think we'd all be a bit worse off without your wise mind. :D
I definitely disagree with you there, James. :D
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday November 23rd 2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2506

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday November 23rd 2010

I say that, all he has do is maintain his average points haul, and he'll be just fine. Not quite. Winning is probably more important. If Niall doesn't win both today and tomorrow, he won't pass Peter, no matter how many points he scores. On the other hand, if he wins today, tomorrow and Thursday, t...
by Howard Somerset
Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Side Of The Sanctum - A Rude Awakening (Almost)
Replies: 26
Views: 2531

Re: My Side Of The Sanctum - A Rude Awakening (Almost)

One 'sanctum' I am in has a sacrosanct understanding that anyone who breaks the 'code' is OUT. No-one does. Nobody in the sactum did break the "code", John. It was despicable behavour by someone else, someone who maliciously hacked into accounts, and in full knowledge of what he was doing, cruelly ...
by Howard Somerset
Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Side Of The Sanctum - A Rude Awakening (Almost)
Replies: 26
Views: 2531

Re: My Side Of The Sanctum - A Rude Awakening (Almost)

Well said, James. The manner of your reply confirms what I've heard about you from someone totally unconnected with Countdown. (you may recall who it was, as i mentioned this person to you about eighteen months ago) Very glad that you're not planning to leave. I look forward to reading more from you...
by Howard Somerset
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My thoughts on people.
Replies: 23
Views: 2827

Re: My thoughts on people.

I don't want to go into a description of exactly how I feel about everyone here; I'll simply say that I really do value the friendship of you all. In spite of some of the recent acrimony, it's one of the most friendly forums I've known, and I really do thank all for the welcome I received when I joi...
by Howard Somerset
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

10 digit solution now correctly found by Jack.
by Howard Somerset
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointles Series 3
Replies: 191
Views: 17067

Re: Pointless Series 3

OT: I worked out that, at almost exactly the time Sue and I were seen making our disappointingly early (for us) exit from Wednesday's show, i.e. around 1pm Eastern Time, I was launching myself down the Summit Plummet at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park. You can get an idea of how scary this was b...
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

All correct now from Jono. Both for the initial puzzle, and the two solutions for the extension.
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

And now a correct submission from Jono. Well half a submission anyway. One solution to the extension.
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

Bob has now recovered his composure, and come up with the second possible solution.
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

First the first extension, Jon Corby's the first to get both solutions.
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Howard Somerset wrote:So who's going to be the first to get them both?
Is this another extension? If it is, I'm going for Bob.
I wonder if Bob will hold back, just to prove you wrong, Jono. :)
by Howard Somerset
Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

For the first extension, Bob is the first to get one of the two possible answers.

So who's going to be the first to get them both?
by Howard Somerset
Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

Another correct submission for the 10 digit number. This time from Ben W.
by Howard Somerset
Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

Ok, first extension. Replace the asterisks with numbers, which do not have to be single digits, so that the following sentence is correct. This sentence contains * 0s, * 1s, * 2s, * 3s, * 4s, * 5s, * 6s, * 7s, * 8s and * 9s. Of course, if any of the asterisks are 1, then you can drop the correspondi...
by Howard Somerset
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

Kai Laddiman wrote:I might have a stab at a program for this in a bit.

Might.
You'll find it much more satisfying to do it without programming aids. :)

... unless you simply treat it as an excercise in improving your programming skills. But even then, I'd have a go at doing it by simply thinking.
by Howard Somerset
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

And a correct over-night submission from Dinos.
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

3rd correct solution. This time from Graeme Cole. Well done, Graeme.
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hilarious Personal Injuries
Replies: 20
Views: 1689

Re: Hilarious Personal Injuries

Not really an amusing injury to me, but my discomfort and inconvenience did cause amusement to a lot of others - the bastards! About five years ago, I had a fall in the alps, and broke both arms. Needless to say, I had to have a lot of help with many of my normal activities. It was about a month aft...
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

Bob de Caux has now got a correct solution.

Jon and Bob have both come up with the same 10-digit number. For you two, and for anyone else who manages a valid solution, how many 10-digit solutions can you find? And can you prove convincingly that there aren't any more?
by Howard Somerset
Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another number puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: Another number puzzle

Jon Corby spot on at 14:39. Well done.

I've got an extension for this one too, but I need to be careful how I word it. Later, maybe.