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by Craig Beevers
Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 24 Hour Scrabble World Record Attempt
Replies: 3
Views: 653

24 Hour Scrabble World Record Attempt

Hi folks, just fractionally under 24 hours to go to my world record attempt with Ray Tate. The two designated charities are Daisy Chain and End Polio Now. To donate to Daisy Chain you can go on the Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Craig-Beevers or text SCRA99 £5 to 70070 - changing the cas...
by Craig Beevers
Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 25th February 2013 (30th Champs, QF 3)
Replies: 3
Views: 770

Re: Monday 25th February 2013 (30th Champs, QF 3)

I'll feign surprise that GLADIUS isn't in, pretty strange omission but then it is ODE.
by Craig Beevers
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Monday February 25th 2013
Replies: 45
Views: 2122

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Monday February 25th 201

You were one of a select few to beat the predictor so far (against Innis), which is something to be proud of. Kirk actually said after beating Innis that for some reason it didn't quite feel enough. But then it was pointed out that he had beaten the predictor and he was ecstatic. ;) Anyway, great g...
by Craig Beevers
Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday January 23rd 2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1067

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday January 23rd 2

Finding Chris' throat goatee strangely intriguing.
by Craig Beevers
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Prague Mind Sports Festival
Replies: 9
Views: 1338

Re: Prague Mind Sports Festival

Taking feedback on Vienna (provisionally 16th-18th February for the Main Event) here: http://forum.mindsportsinternational.com/yaf_postsm619_MSI-Scrabble-Vienna.aspx My video of the Prague event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnpm4rs17Sc Also there are various brief videos on Mind Sports TV: http:/...
by Craig Beevers
Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Prague Mind Sports Festival
Replies: 9
Views: 1338

Re: Prague Mind Sports Festival

Cool, make sure you've got a card with you if you want to enter the main event. There's an Early Bird event (1st December, Saturday morning) and an Elimination Event (4th December all-day, Tuesday) as well which are more flexible.
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 30971

Re: Countdown in the news

Not really about Countdown, more about Rachel Riley. But anyway: http://www.praguemindsportsfestival.com/news/ In short she'll be working at the Mind Sports Festival (which includes Scrabble) start of next month in Prague (feel free to enter). I'll ask her if Kirk's head as gotten any bigger but I'l...
by Craig Beevers
Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Prague Mind Sports Festival
Replies: 9
Views: 1338

Re: Prague Mind Sports Festival

http://praguemindsportsfestival.com/news/ The news item is finally up. Most of it is about the £20,000+ smart board (which will interest the more technically minded among us). Of more interest is the bit towards the end announcing Rachel Riley's participation. Here are the full details of the Scrab...
by Craig Beevers
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Prague Mind Sports Festival
Replies: 9
Views: 1338

Re: Prague Mind Sports Festival

The first big public release about the Scrabble (very swanky board worth over 20 grand, it uses RFID technology to enable top notch media coverage) on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PragueMindSportsFestival

The bit you folks will be particularly interested in will be tomorrow morning.
by Craig Beevers
Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: National Scrabble Champ' final - live 10.30am this Sunday
Replies: 5
Views: 961

National Scrabble Champ' final - live 10.30am this Sunday

Taking place in Cavendish Conference Centre in London on Sunday. The event is covered in a traditional online annotated format (ie graphic boards where you just navigate webpages to advance the game) and it will also be covered live on Ustream. I'm told there will be cameras in the auditorium (Brett...
by Craig Beevers
Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Prague Mind Sports Festival
Replies: 9
Views: 1338

Re: Prague Mind Sports Festival

Hope to see you some of you there in December, or in a future event. The Scrabble element is well backed, with some big news to come in the next week or so which will be of particular interest to this forum. Here's the Scrabble part of the site: http://www.praguemindsportsfestival.com/festival-sched...
by Craig Beevers
Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 24 Hour Scrabble World Record Attempt (in aid of Polio Plus)
Replies: 7
Views: 876

24 Hour Scrabble World Record Attempt (in aid of Polio Plus)

I'm doing a 24 hour Scrabble world record attempt this weekend. It will take place this Saturday starting at 10am (GMT+1) up in Paisley, Scotland. The record is to score as many points between us (myself and Ray Tate) in 24 hours of playing Scrabble, the current record is 162,171 - so it's sort of a...
by Craig Beevers
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?
Replies: 59
Views: 2398

Re: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?

No, I don't understand. What are you actually complaining about? If you refuse to participate in any social setting with existing friendship groups then you'll be in for a fairly solitary existence. There's nothing preventing anyone else from having a private forum and forming their own "clique" ar...
by Craig Beevers
Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?
Replies: 59
Views: 2398

Re: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?

Hmm straw man arguments and people effectively saying being funny = good guy. Fun. I don't think you realise how many people have been hounded off this site or simply haven't bothered joining in in the first place. People don't have to be a bully or be nasty to be funny. I'm sure they're busy tearin...
by Craig Beevers
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?
Replies: 59
Views: 2398

Re: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?

Who is calling who cunts and arseholes? Pretty much every sane person who isn't one of the odious clique would agree that Corby on here is a cunt. I don't think there's any serious doubt about that. I'm pretty much irrelevant to that reality. I accept that one of the strategies on here is to endles...
by Craig Beevers
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?
Replies: 59
Views: 2398

Re: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?

Hmm I see the clique is circling again. Just out of curiosity is Corby just as big a cunt in person as he is on here?
by Craig Beevers
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 22573

Re: The Chase

Just want to punch the people who want to 'get home' and go for the middle option which absolutely makes NO MATHEMATICAL SENSE WHATSOEVER. :?: If you go for the higher offer, you run a higher risk of being caught by the Chaser and losing out on a chance to share in the final prize pot. It's not roc...
by Craig Beevers
Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 22573

Re: The Chase

Just want to punch the people who want to 'get home' and go for the middle option which absolutely makes NO MATHEMATICAL SENSE WHATSOEVER.

Today's options for last guy were £40k, £1k and £-1k. Why the fuck would you go for £1k.
by Craig Beevers
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Perfection
Replies: 84
Views: 5512

Re: Perfection

Thanks thought it would probably be last year.

I wonder what wordlist or program their researchers used, the new book was out but I suspect they just flicked through a Collin's Gem or it got played on the hideous Scrabble iPhone app.
by Craig Beevers
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Perfection
Replies: 84
Views: 5512

Re: Perfection

Yea I saw that, it was very impressive - also having the guts to rebuff all the offers at the end and go it alone. I notice they had a question about Scrabble in today, it was (roughly) "the word Innit is acceptable in UK Scrabble" - the 'correct' answer was TRUE. However if the show was filmed befo...
by Craig Beevers
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 13974

Re: Hex

I've never won on word soup. Hexagrams however I win the jackpot virtually every time. Hex, as played in Lincoln with the other Countdowners, we won 6/6 times. It's a shame the new machines have scrapped Hexagrams and made Hex so hard to win on. I suppose it helps if you know some basic 3s/4s. But ...
by Craig Beevers
Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 13974

Re: Hex

Yes good Apterous players should be able to at least get their money back on Word Soup after a little practice, unless you're in a really tough area for pub machines (such as parts of London) in which case however good you are you'll lose money. Getting the end right so you clear is the most importa...
by Craig Beevers
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 22573

Re: The Chase

Gavin Chipper wrote:What was the answer - a straight line?
Yea. But that's not the angle you're describing, you're describing the line. It's a sort of vague trick question, which is weird for this program. Anne got it wrong - went with one of the angle names (obtuse or something like that).
by Craig Beevers
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 22573

Re: The Chase

Slightly weird question at the end of today's show:

In mathematics what is a 180 degree angle called?
by Craig Beevers
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Google Demographics
Replies: 26
Views: 1193

Re: Google Demographics

I think I got somebody else's this time. Below, you can review a summary of the interests and inferred demographics that Google has associated with your cookie. You can remove or edit your categories at any time. Science – Biological Science - Psychology – Persecution Complex Arts & Entertainment – ...
by Craig Beevers
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Google Demographics
Replies: 26
Views: 1193

Re: Google Demographics

Your categories Below, you can review a summary of the interests and inferred demographics that Google has associated with your cookie. You can remove or edit your categories at any time. Beauty & Fitness - Fitness - Bodybuilding Games - Computer & Video Games - Casual Games Sports - Team Sports - C...
by Craig Beevers
Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 2037

Re: Who Dares Wins Series 5

Yea I think "o-huh-roo-goo" is the most popular one. Still most pairs would have killed to have gotten that question - Olympic gold medallists (track athletics) since 1980.
by Craig Beevers
Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 22573

Re: The Chase

Yea I don't think any team has a chance if The Chaser is getting them all right. I remember weeks ago watching Anne Hegerty losing when she had about 3 steps needed with a minute left, 'the team' is very much a secondary factor to The Chaser - they only have an input on the outcome if The Chaser all...
by Craig Beevers
Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!
Replies: 204
Views: 16971

Re: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!

So what's the actual consensus on him so far?
by Craig Beevers
Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Carl Williams
Replies: 50
Views: 3353

Re: Carl Williams

Hmm. Someone's trying too hard. And what of people who just accuse others of trying too hard without even bothering to congratulate a fucking fantastic and deserving series winner? How hard are they trying? Meh. Seen about 10 minutes of about 2-3 shows in this past series. So fuck off and have a ni...
by Craig Beevers
Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Carl Williams
Replies: 50
Views: 3353

Re: Carl Williams

Also, credit where credit's due, Carl did extremely well to get as far as he did, and was very magnanimous in defeat. Great player, and definitely the most successful troll this forum has ever seen . I did link you to the game, you prick. I directly quoted your request and linked back to the spoile...
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

Nurses are low-skilled You what? Come again? I'm going to need something from you to back up that statement please, as I guarantee the guy that put me on an aspirator and was inserting NG tubes and compression apparatus, and balanced my internal pressures, seemed to know what he was doing. All nurs...
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

Jon Corby wrote:Have you grabbed one of these well-paid low-skilled jobs Craig, or are you still unemployed?
I look after my sister and have done for a couple of years. Not that it's any of your business.
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

Oh and I'm hugely against the strikes. I'm so sick of the way every news item in general seems to focus on nurses and teachers. Nurses are low-skilled and get a good deal. The general teaching standard is shite and most of them (particularly at primary/secondary school) get a very good deal, they al...
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

Gave up after a minute. What a complete moron. Or as he'd say what a fuck fucking complete fucking moron. Fucking.
by Craig Beevers
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

Yep these short Test series are a travesty. South Africa get horrendous attendances for Test cricket, I'm not sure why really.

When South Africa tour England there are only going to be 3 Tests, despite there being an agreement about how their future series were going to be 5 Tests.
by Craig Beevers
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Power) Snooker
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Re: (Power) Snooker

If John 'I was spooked by the Russian mafia' Higgins is banned from it I might watch.
by Craig Beevers
Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

Unemployment was high under Thatcher. Doesn't automatically follow she caused it (or didn't cause it), it's more complicated than that. As for "there's a reason why so many people refuse on principle to vote Conservative" - the reason is stupidity. Belief in this hysteria Labour amongst others repe...
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

Unemployment was high under Thatcher. Doesn't automatically follow she caused it (or didn't cause it), it's more complicated than that. As for "there's a reason why so many people refuse on principle to vote Conservative" - the reason is stupidity. Belief in this hysteria Labour amongst others repea...
by Craig Beevers
Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

Rather awesome match going on in South Africa right now...

http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-afric ... 14029.html
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday November 9th 2011
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Spoilers For Wednesday November 9th 2011

Just caught the last 5-10 minutes. Julie seemed rather nervous, hopefully that'll die down and she can put a good run together.
by Craig Beevers
Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words You Would Have Thought...
Replies: 432
Views: 29820

Re: Words You Would Have Thought...

Yea it's an easy mistake to have made.

In Scrabble BUMELIA (a thorny tree) is a word. So if ABEILMU sits on your rack or comes up on Zyzzyva and you know there's an anagram it's easy to mess things up.
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

My point is nothing to do with whether they were convicted of cheating, or conspiring to cheat, or defrauding or conspiring to defraud, or whatever. It's that prison isn't an appropriate punishment for this type of crime. Maybe I'm taking a simplistic view but I can't see how locking them up (at th...
by Craig Beevers
Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

The two charges were conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments. If you did the latter in any walk of life you'd be facing prison time - that charge comes with a maximum 7 year prison sentence. These three have damaged the image of cricket. They've cheated spectators, fans and oth...
by Craig Beevers
Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

Butt guilty on both counts. Asif guilty on the lesser count and the jury has been sent out again on the other. Result. Edit: Asif now found guilty on the second count. Amir pleaded guilty to both counts back in September. Just need to see prison sentences now. Made my week this. Their 5 year bans (i...
by Craig Beevers
Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Carol Vorderman on Celebrity "The Chase"
Replies: 7
Views: 1064

Re: Carol Vorderman on Celebrity "The Chase"

It's about to start on ITV.
by Craig Beevers
Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 2011 World Scrabble Championship
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: 2011 World Scrabble Championship

Well done to Nigel Richards too who I believe is the only person to win this tournament twice. Don't follow scrabble that closely but this guy seems to be miles ahead of everyone else. Yea pretty much. There used to be a problem with him not being in a position to qualify due to being a New Zealand...
by Craig Beevers
Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Food you like that no-one else does
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: Food you like that no-one else does

I absolutely love ham croissants. Surprisingly the local Asda does really nice croissants, so I have one with ham in daily.
by Craig Beevers
Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

No Mrs Thatcher's legacy was the much stronger position she put the UK in - for a legacy you mostly need to look at the period of time after she knifed in the back. She basically won the election for John Major. She built up the UK, which Major and Blair reaped the rewards of. But at what cost? The...
by Craig Beevers
Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31598

Re: Politics in General

Not when they screw up the lives of millions of people. Do you aspire to be like Hitler or Stalin? Exactly. To use your reasoning from further down your post, there's a reason why so many people refuse on principle to vote Conservative, and that reason is Mrs Thatcher's legacy - a legacy of unemplo...
by Craig Beevers
Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 15594

Re: Pointless Series 5

Okay who actually got some of the answers on the second pass of the cross-dressing film question? I had not a clue, although I did sadly get the 1 point answer on the first pass... Edit: Okay those are officially one of the worst sets of answers I've ever seen for the last round. Just name some semi...
by Craig Beevers
Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Million Pound Drop (Live!)
Replies: 61
Views: 4188

Re: Million Pound Drop (Live!)

The logical thing to do is go well 1st day of the month will be the same as the 8th and the 15th etc. 15th is two days after Friday the 13th. I could imagine a lot of people going wrong when working it out more laboriously and getting the day on the 0th of the month instead of the 1st. What the pair...
by Craig Beevers
Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Million Pound Drop (Live!)
Replies: 61
Views: 4188

Re: Million Pound Drop (Live!)

I've probably worded this badly, but this is a question two people just got eliminated on after spreading 1 million pounds on three answers: What day of the week would the first day of the month have to fall on for there to be a Friday the 13th Friday Saturday Sunday or Monday? :shock: How long do ...
by Craig Beevers
Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Million Pound Drop (Live!)
Replies: 61
Views: 4188

Re: Million Pound Drop (Live!)

I've probably worded this badly, but this is a question two people just got eliminated on after spreading 1 million pounds on three answers:

What day of the week would the first day of the month have to fall on for there to be a Friday the 13th

Friday Saturday Sunday or Monday?
by Craig Beevers
Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 15594

Re: Pointless Series 5

Hmm 3 wrong answers from the same person, nice.

Oh and more people know where Jasper Carrott is born than George Best. Interesting.
by Craig Beevers
Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

lazy groundstaff Citation needed. I remember listening to one of their rained off ODIs before the Ashes Test they stole off a proper cricket ground. They were under-staffed and fannied about getting the covers on and off. If you've ever listened to the diplomats and fence-sitters on TMS you'll know...
by Craig Beevers
Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 15594

Re: Pointless Series 5

Indistinct name = harder to recall who they are and therefore what they do. I've no idea what you mean by an "indistinct" name. If as I suspect you mean "not distinctive", then as Karen pointed out there are other Skinners on TV, while I've never heard of anyone else called Herriot. Basically it al...
by Craig Beevers
Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

It's a farcical situation really. Cardiff couldn't cough up the money they owed the ECB and have asked for more time to pay. Meanwhile you've got Headingley who couldn't afford to bid for the Ashes Tests, so in the future they're going to get less money coming in... and will be even less able to aff...
by Craig Beevers
Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 15594

Re: Pointless Series 5

I've barely heard of James Herriot which is a fairly indistinct name and I've watched the show (I can remember the theme tune). I've no idea what point you're attempting to make here. The Simpsons is much more fresh in people's minds, most people will have watched it at some point I know, I said th...
by Craig Beevers
Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 145
Views: 6740

Re: Cricket

FFS. Cardiff's shithole of a ground gets another Ashes Test to turn into a turdfest nonevent. They've also got the 2012 T20 Finals day, which is even more of a ludicrous misfit.