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by Tim Down
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 512
Views: 118400

Re: Is Apterous down?

Seems to be down again, doing the same thing as last time where it disconnects immediately when trying to log in.
by Tim Down
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 58
Views: 2296

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

I've only ever worn pyjamas to go swimming in. Bollock-naked is the way to sleep, and if you're cold like that, you need a better quilt. I've only once worn clothes in bed that I can remember (apart from when sharing rooms, when I think general decorum suggests at least keeping my pants on), and th...
by Tim Down
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 4920

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

I've never really understood why the "group" format (often used with Bristol-style, but in principle could be used with Edinburgh-style too) has endured. You play three games, and that decides what section of the table you're going to finish in. If you're 9th after three games, you go into group B ...
by Tim Down
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 3231

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I've already given a system that I think would work. Basically, in a one-person event, they'd get 50; for two it would be 66.7, 33.3; for three it would be 75, 50, 25 etc. There's a formula out there somewhere but I can't be bothered to find/work it out again right now. I think it's the fairest lin...
by Tim Down
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 3231

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I get the issues people have with the current system, and I get that it's not perfect. But I felt that it was the right one at the time, and I'm yet to see one that eradicates enough issues to make it worth changing it when it's guaranteed to lose much of the simplicity and self-calculation. Ultima...
by Tim Down
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 3231

FOCAL scoring system

I’d like to propose a new scoring system for FOCAL standings from 2019 onwards. The current system works fine when there are similar attendances at each event. However, a particularly large event such as CO:LON, which has roughly double the number of players of an average event, carries so many poin...
by Tim Down
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 4
Views: 1993

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

I did an analysis on which words would be most useful to learn for each of 3, 4, and 5 vowel picks in standard letters rounds. You can find the results here: http://bit.ly/2KXffJw Download the file as an Excel spreadsheet (don't try and open it as a Google Sheet) and feel free to play around - you ...
by Tim Down
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 18th June 2018 (Series 78, QF3)
Replies: 9
Views: 1898

Re: Spoilers for Monday 18th June 2018 (Series 78, QF3)

Ciaran McCarthy wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:15 am
3rd number round:-

10 x 6 x (7+5) - (3+1)
Indeed. Not that complicated, so I was quite surprised Rachel missed it in 30 seconds and then very surprised she didn't get it over the ad break, unless it was cut.
by Tim Down
Thu May 03, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: App.terous
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Re: App.terous

I would vouch for this but it would be a large hassle to make I'd imagine. It definitely would. What would be more feasible would applying a responsive design to the existing web version, by which I mean a design that adapts the layout to the screen size of the device. Still not a small job but mas...
by Tim Down
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds - Saturday 21st April 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 8825

Re: Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds - Saturday 21st April 2018

Will there be post-tourney boozing? Likely. The co:event will finish at 5:30pm and the post-event quiz at around 6:30pm so there will probably be some people in the pub by 6ish and many by 7ish. The pub of choice last year was The Bridgewater Arms in Cardigan Fields, and I suspect it will be so aga...
by Tim Down
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds - Saturday 21st April 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 8825

Re: Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds - Saturday 21st April 2018

Will there be post-tourney boozing?
by Tim Down
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 42)
Replies: 14
Views: 2077

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 42)

Zarte's awesome obviously, but has anyone else ever scored with a three letter word declaration? If so, I suspect it wouldn't be someone with a near-perfect record of century game scores! I did (eh eh, nudge nudge), although I was not in anything like Zarte's league, as is apparent from that link.
by Tim Down
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 9th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 24)
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

Re: Spoilers for Friday 9th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 24)

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:48 pm
Got 404 too, surprised she missed it. Though she is only human I guess.
Same. It's still significantly more frequent that she gets one I've missed than vice versa though.
by Tim Down
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 14711

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:36 pm
I'm probably going to do the Linkin parkrun before COLIN. Rumours suggest Giles and Zubair may also be doing it. Anyone else?
Ego and the usual stinkage problems prevent it for me.
by Tim Down
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 6)
Replies: 7
Views: 1511

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 6)

Surprised Susie didn't extend Mary's NOTATE to ANNOTATE in R1. Bad miss! I was doubting as to whether I was seeing a phantom letter there :D I doubt she missed it - she likely just didn't want to embarrass Mary and so withheld it. If she did miss it though then meh, it's much easier to do sat at ho...
by Tim Down
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 15th December 2017 (Series 77, QF2)
Replies: 17
Views: 2664

Re: Spoilers for Friday 15th December 2017 (Series 77, QF2)

Cheers Ray & Samir! If he had declared 814, it would have been a 14 point swing, would have won by 8. It was tense in the studio watching it! Quite right, if all the other rounds had gone the same. So it was quite fortunate for me! Maybe it made up for the awkwardness of some of the letters rounds....
by Tim Down
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)
Replies: 35
Views: 4388

Re: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)

Yep, I like this.

Game 1: LOWER
Game 2: HIGHER
Game 3: HIGHER
Game 4: HIGHER
Game 5: LOWER
Game 6: HIGHER
Game 7: HIGHER
by Tim Down
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Ongoing series 77 general discussion thread (will contain spoilers!!!)
Replies: 67
Views: 16273

Re: Ongoing series 77 general discussion thread (will contain spoilers!!!)

Yay, prediction time. I shall studiously avoid reading previous predictions in this thread for the next few minutes. Quarters Tom Chafer-Cook vs. Graeme Staples 1 vs. 8 is usually and obviously the easy prediction and this is no exception. Tom to win by 40. Bradley Horrocks vs. James Kennedy Bradley...
by Tim Down
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 107)
Replies: 6
Views: 1597

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 107)

OPALESCED was brilliant, one of the best I’ve seen on the show.

I was pleased with ESPALIERS but OPALESCED seems better to me.
by Tim Down
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.
Replies: 22
Views: 2899

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th November 2017.

I was surprised (read "cackled gleefully at the screen") when Rachel missed the first numbers. It's a testament to her excellence that it's always a surprise when she misses one.

(100 * 2 - 10) * 2 + 9, since you ask.
by Tim Down
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The New Crystal Maze
Replies: 11
Views: 3776

Re: The New Crystal Maze

I dunno, it does provide for some entertainment. The team where the guy spectacularly failed on the planets game, for example, while his mates jeered him on. :D I know it's cruel but I laughed my head off at that one. Possibly my favourite moment of the series. I love Adam Buxton. I miss his BBC 6 ...
by Tim Down
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 326
Views: 59319

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

I'm more optimistic than I was a few months ago about being able to run enough to improve my 5K PB and I've given up on all the marathon nonsense so I'm eyeing up second place. I think Oliver's time is out of reach for me. That's also really good. I had actually thought from stuff that had been sai...
by Tim Down
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 326
Views: 59319

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

As promised, here is the updated list with Jonathan Rawlinson in 2nd place. Could he chip away a bit more and challenge Oliver Garner? Or maybe he'll be threatened from behind by the great Gevin Chapwell before long. I'm more optimistic than I was a few months ago about being able to run enough to ...
by Tim Down
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 32)
Replies: 9
Views: 1402

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 32)

Some top four-larging from Noel today. Getting Noel's method in R3 in 30 seconds is very impressive, and would have been even more so had there not been a couple of simpler methods. I had R9 Noel's way as well and was slightly surprised by Rachel's hesitance at getting to 197, given that she's used ...
by Tim Down
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday, 15th August 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2340

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Ah, I enjoyed FAPS. Saw it early on and then realised with rising anticipation that there wasn't much else hence a great chance someone would declare it. Lo and behold, Noel obliged, and with a straight face. Well done, Noel. I thought Rachel might have still had a bit of a smirk going on at the sta...
by Tim Down
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2416

Re: Spoilers for Thursday, 3rd August 2017

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:49 pm
He seems a bit sure of himself, which doesn't make for great viewing.
I disagree too, I find him likeable. Confident but not cocky. He was quality today.
by Tim Down
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)
Replies: 21
Views: 3443

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)

Dunno who you're apologising to, Tim. Hopefully not to the dude who hasn't watched the shows in question. ;) I'm apologising for making insinuations on here that John sometimes buzzed in without having solved the conundrum at the point at which he buzzed because I don't think it's constructive to d...
by Tim Down
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)
Replies: 21
Views: 3443

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)

Fair enough. I thought I should probably have kept my half-formed, speculative opinions on this particular player's conundrums to myself and I wish I had done now. Sorry everyone.
by Tim Down
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)
Replies: 21
Views: 3443

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:58 pm
Good to see he's not dirty playing the cons now.
Have you watched today's game?
by Tim Down
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 26 July 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 2073

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 26 July 2017

John made a right pig's ear of the third numbers, don't know why he didn't see the rather easier 9 x 5 x 10 + 8 + 7 - 1. Rachel appears to be wearing an ice lolly today. I disagree. The target was fairly obviously a multiple of 8 and of 16, so that seems a natural first strategy to try, especially ...
by Tim Down
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 16)
Replies: 5
Views: 1427

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 16)

He got a couple of excellent ones early on in his run so I think he has the ability but it's very easy to blank the odd numbers round under pressure.

[EDIT: I've removed my other comment. No good could come of it.]
by Tim Down
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 26th June 2017 (Series 76, QF3)
Replies: 8
Views: 1878

Re: Spoilers for Monday 26th June 2017 (Series 76, QF3)

Excellent game today. Moose's letters ability is superb. I still think his numbers will prevent him winning the series but the sheer consistency of his letters spots will often make up for the odd Apterousy word (such as MAROODIS today) he lacks and I think will be enough to beat Jeff in the semis. ...
by Tim Down
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 76 Finals - predictions (may contain spoilers)
Replies: 16
Views: 2513

Re: Series 76 Finals - predictions (may contain spoilers)

I like making predictions. It's difficult to see much chance of Stephen not winning the series. Here goes: QFs Stephen Read (1) v James Slater (8) - Stephen by 40-50 Jeff Clayton (2) v Lawrie Collingwood (7) - Jeff by 20 Moose Rosser (3) v Wesley Jardine (6) - If mid-run Moose turns up then he wins....
by Tim Down
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?
Replies: 19
Views: 4630

Re: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

#1. Fill an application. - December 1997 #2. Get an audition date. - January 1998 #3. Do the audition. - March 1998 #4. Find out if you passed. - April 1998. Did not pass. #1. Fill an application. - 25 May 2015 #2. Get an audition date. - 10 August 2015 #3. Do the audition. - 12 August 2015 #4. Find...
by Tim Down
Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)
Replies: 11
Views: 1722

Re: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)

Really well played, Martin, you were the best player of the series, played solidly through the finals and held your nerve well in the final against a very dangerous opponent.
by Tim Down
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers
Replies: 25
Views: 3667

Re: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers

Johnny Canuck wrote:What do you get if you win a special, anyway? Just bragging rights?
Guess so. I don't think I've seen any. I wasn't entirely serious about the special anyway, although I was about the rest.
by Tim Down
Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers
Replies: 25
Views: 3667

Re: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers

It's a real shame Annie couldn't make it but my view is that if you can't make the recording of your series final then it should just be tough bananas because it's not fair on contestants on the next series to accommodate you. It'd be better to invite her back for some kind of special. Maybe against...
by Tim Down
Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers
Replies: 25
Views: 3667

Re: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers

What happens to the 8th seed of the next series?
by Tim Down
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers
Replies: 25
Views: 3667

Re: Who Will Win Series 75? -- Caution: Possible Spoilers

I'm going to go for some predictions. Quarters: Martin Hurst (1) vs Tom Stephens (8) - Martin to win by 30 Andrew Fenton (5) vs John Shaw (4) - Difficult, but I'll go for John to win on a crucial Andrew Macleod (3) vs Rik Anstee (6) - Andrew to win by 40 Stephen Fuller (7) vs Jamie Washington (2) - ...
by Tim Down
Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 326
Views: 59319

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

I've been injured since May so there's no prospect of me getting anywhere near my best time this year.
by Tim Down
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 7th June 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 83)
Replies: 0
Views: 477

Tuesday 7th June 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 83)

Jonny Peppiatt is three wins into a run that has already included three crucial conundrums (including one tie-breaker). He still has a chance to take Tony Lock’s place in the finals or possibly carry on his run in series 75. Can he keep it going against Ollie Heath? C1: Champion Jonny Peppiatt (3 wi...
by Tim Down
Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: I'm Writing the Wikicaps!
Replies: 6
Views: 815

Re: I'm Writing the Wikicaps!

The wiki page for Tuesday's show (9 August) has a small error in round 14: RR: 436 = 100 x 7 x 10 ÷ (7 + 1) should read RR: 875 = 100 x 7 x 10 ÷ (7 + 1)
by Tim Down
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 3 August 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 22)
Replies: 9
Views: 1266

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 3 August 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 22)

I believe the audience conundrum solver was Hazel Drury, contestant from series 73 and now an Apterite.
by Tim Down
Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 31st May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 79)
Replies: 0
Views: 530

Tuesday 31st May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 79)

Matthew MacCabe won the first game after Robin McKay’s impressive octorun ended and now faces Alasdair Haines. C1: Champion Matthew MacCabe (1 win, 61 points.) A volunteer at a local advice centre in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. A choir singer and a first dan black belt in jujutsu. C2: Challenger ...
by Tim Down
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 24th May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 74)
Replies: 0
Views: 468

Tuesday 24th May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 74)

Apterite Robin McKay is midway through a possible octorun and has performed very strongly so far. He plays Struan Charters today. C1: Champion Robin McKay (4 wins, 449 points.) An Apterite from Basingstoke. C2: Challenger Struan Charters. DC: Susie Dent and Michael Buerk. RR: Rachel Riley. OT: Other...
by Tim Down
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 20th June 2016 (Series 74, 3rd Quarter Final)
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Re: Monday 20th June 2016 (Series 74, 3rd Quarter Final)

I had RAIDABLE and RIDABLE written down in round 13. Having decided RAIDABLE was too dodgy I should have declared RIDABLE (I didn't because I wasn't sure if it needed an E after the D); the 6 points from RIBALD were no use to me at all at that point.
by Tim Down
Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday June 29th (Series 75 Prelim 3)
Replies: 12
Views: 1181

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday June 29th (Series 74 Prelim 3)

Got 853 on third numbers with (100+75-7+4)*5-7 but missed 241 in the first numbers.
by Tim Down
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 24th 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1508

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 24th 2016

Been an odd series for me this, mainly because the recaps have nowhere near caught up yet. Pleasant surprise to see who the finalists are. Sorry. I'm the most behind but I'm intending to get Tuesdays up to date pretty soon. In my defence, there was a backlog when I started and Tuesday is rarely a C...
by Tim Down
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 17th May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 69)
Replies: 0
Views: 346

Tuesday 17th May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 69)

Last time I wrote a recap champion Tony Lock was earning his second win. Since then Tony has amassed just one more win because horses. C1: Champion Tony Lock (3 wins, 261 points.) A retired bank worker from Chalfont St Peter. A fisherman and Spurs fan. C2: Challenger Ian Newman. A retired millinery ...
by Tim Down
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 20th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1523

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 20th 2016

I don't know if I fell asleep (which I doubt because this was a game to keep you awake), but did Phil Hammond have a slot today? It's normally after the second numbers isn't it? Anyway, great game - maybe somewhat spoilt by someone saying beforehand that they thought it was the best quarter final e...
by Tim Down
Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday June 22nd 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1683

Re: Spoilers For Wednesday June 22nd 2016

Great game and a really high standard. Conrad did brilliantly to keep up with Paul's phenomenal level. I would've gone 4-large at the end there too but that's not really a surprise.

Alternative 203-based solution to last numbers: ((100 + 5) x 50 + 75) / 25
by Tim Down
Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 67468

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Femidom Chunderthrust wrote: I think that quote has literally been attributed to the wrong person.
Oops. Sorry. Fixed now.
by Tim Down
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 67468

Re: People you shouldn't trust

sean d wrote:I see the OED has bowed to the stupidity of the general public by including a non-literal definition of literally....
1.1 (informal) Used for emphasis while not being literally true
Nice circular definition there. I'd say defining a word by using the word itself is a bad idea.
by Tim Down
Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 20th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1523

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 20th 2016

Secondly, No.6 Seed Tim "The Leamington Spa Lancer" Down - 8 Wins, 717 Points. (Average: 89.63) I initially misread this as "The Leamington Lap Dancer". Also, not Tim "The Count" Down?? Conundrum Points/Max/%: 20/80 (25%) I've tried to let this go and I'll probably wish I hadn't posted this but... ...
by Tim Down
Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 20th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1523

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 20th 2016

I don't know if I fell asleep (which I doubt because this was a game to keep you awake), but did Phil Hammond have a slot today? It's normally after the second numbers isn't it? Anyway, great game - maybe somewhat spoilt by someone saying beforehand that they thought it was the best quarter final e...
by Tim Down
Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 10th May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 67)
Replies: 0
Views: 310

Tuesday 10th May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 67)

C1: Champion Tony Lock (1 win, 90 points). A retired bank worker from Chalfont St Peter. A fisherman and Spurs fan. C2: Challenger Lee Williams. An outreach worker at the University of Sheffield. Plays football and is a Disney film fanatic. DC: Susie Dent and Greg Rusedski. RR: Rachel Riley. OT: Oth...
by Tim Down
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 13th 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1409

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 13th 2016

I wouldn't have seen GOUTINESS as its not a word that has come up enough for me to remember it. As a non-apterite I find that fascinating. You're actually saying that you've had this exact combination of letters on more than one occasion? Having spent about 25 seconds re-cycling -ING, OUT-, -EST, -...
by Tim Down
Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 7 June 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 83)
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 7 June 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 83)

I'm still curious as to what they're going to do about David Edgar, who failed to qualify for the finals solely on the basis of having OUTRANG disallowed when it was really OK. He would still be at the studios for the finals as the "reserve" #9 contestant if there is one, but as Tim has mentioned (...
by Tim Down
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 7 June 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 83)
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 7 June 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 83)

Oh, and to use a Robbo-ism, WAHEY! The finals lineup is now determined. (Again, I'm assuming that someone in one of the spoilers threads would have warned us long ago if one of the expected finalists wasn't going to turn up.) Best of luck as ever to Paul, Robin, Ann, Conrad, Dave, Tim, Sean and Ton...
by Tim Down
Wed May 25, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 24 May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 74)
Replies: 12
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Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 24 May 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 74)

Screw it, you've swayed me. I'm re-adding THEORIKAS. Made the decision after I looked up one of the other inflected "also" forms that were discussed in Aptomail ("ALTERATE, also ALTERATED") and discovered that ALTERATEDED had in fact been added to aptodic. I had previously thought the decision had ...