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by JackHurst
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 2199

Re: Future of this forum

Done.
by JackHurst
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

All you're doing with such a statement is diverting the discussion and diluting the experiences of Black people. Time to start listening. Neither you nor I have any horse in this race, as we are not from America, and therefore have no need to take on any of the social baggage that goes along with t...
by JackHurst
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Each time Rhys posts in this thread I do an even bigger face palm than before...
by JackHurst
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

I am fortunate in that I've never been negatively discriminated against: Male White Heterosexual Middle Class However, as a person living in Belfast, were I born at the same time as my parents, things could have been different. I'm lucky that I don't really remember much of what happened here. I wa...
by JackHurst
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk Podcast Episode 6 (Damian Eadie)
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Focal Talk Podcast Episode 6 (Damian Eadie)

Enjoyed listening to this! Some really good stuff in there.
by JackHurst
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 1610

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

I'm just trying to have some fun with my mates and share the results with fellow countdown fans because I thought they would find it interesting. Can't you just let people do things their own way without complaining and telling them to do it differently?
by JackHurst
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 1610

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

It seems a bit weird having a whole series of quite big Countdown events that are invitation only. And then expect us to watch the final! Results for the final are now in the top post, with hidden colour to prevent spoilers for those wanting to watch the final. Of the handful of people who were not...
by JackHurst
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 1610

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

Gevin's Facebook friends on Facebook:
We are delighted to share with you our wonderful wedding photos.
Gevin's reply:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:23 pm
Why is this secret until after the event? What are the entry criteria? This seems like a wedding equivalent of the sanctum.
by JackHurst
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 253
Views: 34301

Re: You Are The Ref

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:39 am
Videprinter?
Come on Gev. You really have been living under a rock if you don't know what this is...
by JackHurst
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 1610

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

Round 1 Table 1 James R 52 - 61 Luke Luke 57 - 62 Jack Jack 52 - 66 James R Table 2 Bradley 74 - 84 Tom Tom 63 - 43 Zubair Zubair 56 - 66 Bradley Table 3 James H 39 - 86 Rob Rob 64 - 81 Conor Conor 87 - 77 James H Table 4 Josh 49 - 51 Callum Callum 68 - 0 Prune Prune 0 - 81 Josh Round 2 Table 1 Tom ...
by JackHurst
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 1610

Co:Vid 5 Recaps

Today was the Co:Vid 5 - The 5th in a series of online Countdown webcam tournaments. We had an amazing 11 participants, and a total of 37 games were played. There were three rounds of Swiss pairs (with apterous prune making up the 12th player) followed by a grand final between the top two players. T...
by JackHurst
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Shuffling Algorithms
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Letter Shuffling Algorithms

Something I find truly astounding when looking at the stats on average maxes with these algorithms is looking at Octorun maxes: Assuming all numbers rounds are solvable (as an upper bound), you'd have 50 pts per games available in numbers and conundrums rounds, so that's 400 pts per Octorun. Then un...
by JackHurst
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 253
Views: 34301

Re: You Are The Ref

You are hosting a Co:Event, and after a crucial conundrum has determined the result of the grand final, a couple of audience members interject to point out that the conundrum used for the final is actually invalid*. What do you do? The contestant that won might no longer be in a mental state to play...
by JackHurst
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Shuffling Algorithms
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Letter Shuffling Algorithms

I have been experimenting with different ways to generate letters selections and seeing how it affects the average length of the best available word in a letters selection 10000 rounds generated for each algorithm and maxes from those rounds analyzed Rounds are picked to be 40% 3V 40% 4V and 20% 5V ...
by JackHurst
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: 30BC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday March 1st 2013
Replies: 132
Views: 17197

Re: 30BC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday March 1st 2013

Interesting that people talk about records in terms of format when arguably a bigger factor is Lexicon.
by JackHurst
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 253
Views: 34301

Re: You Are The Ref

Fair point. I think you have to have made your decision on what word you're going to offer when you declare your length. I would prefer a situation where someone who had the ability to write down every combination of letters on their paper in 30 seconds couldn't draw every letters round that they d...
by JackHurst
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317427

Re: Ask Graeme?

If I've understood the system correctly, Conor's ended up on the total of everyone's score going into the 30BC? Several of whom (including you) were unbeaten, which in turn means he scoops up several series worth of contestants. As I think an octochamp who goes on to win the series basically ends u...
by JackHurst
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317427

Re: Ask Graeme?

If players retained a score a bit like in conkers, i.e My score is 1 if I never played before. My score goes to 1 if I lose. My score goes up by my opponents score when I beat them. Who has the highest score now? What has the highest score at any point in time been? Which series champs had the highe...
by JackHurst
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317427

Re: Ask Graeme?

I can only do the first bit. For each letters round the database stores the most points available, but I didn't make it store what words were available. MAX FREQ 3 2 0.0043% 4 44 0.095% 5 825 1.78% 6 6720 14.54% 7 20058 43.39% 8 15977 34.57% 9 2596 5.62% Can we have an update on this please Graeme?...
by JackHurst
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Harassment/awareness
Replies: 4
Views: 660

Re: Harassment/awareness

Is that the same Martin Peters who scored for England in the world cup final?
by JackHurst
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013
Replies: 86
Views: 13998

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013

I enjoyed reading back through this thread! Retrospective apologies to Wayne for how much of a little shit I was, and to those who were offended by my over defensive response in this thread. I think I wasn't the most mature 20 year old and it showed in this episode and in the way I responded to the ...
by JackHurst
Wed May 20, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your skin colour?
Replies: 37
Views: 3580

Re: What's your skin colour?

Surely View Unread Posts is more useful? It's what my c4c bookmark points to. I've lost all respect I ever had for you. Probably for a second time, but I'd forgotten about this post. Active topics is better in every way. And you've linked to the wrong thing. New posts instead of unread posts. Such ...
by JackHurst
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 30th Birthday Championship reruns
Replies: 1
Views: 819

30th Birthday Championship reruns

I just had the following email which I guess means 30BC will be running 4th May - 26th join if things stay as they are. ---- Dear Jack, I hope you are well. Due to the current Coronavirus situation and filming restrictions, Channel 4 will be repeating past episodes of Countdown. We wanted to let you...
by JackHurst
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 20 chapter 2 recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 819

Co:Vid 20 chapter 2 recaps

Co:Vid 20 chapter 2 happened 10:30am - 4:00pm on Easter Sunday 2020

There were 8 participants:
Jack Hurst
Josh Hurst
Conor Travers
Rob Foster
Dan McColm
Jon O'Neill
Callum Todd
Jonathan De Souza

Conor and Dan contested the final with Dan winning.

Recaps and full standings soon.
by JackHurst
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 7
Views: 4523

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Great work Rob!
by JackHurst
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps
Replies: 7
Views: 1555

Re: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps

It's like a conundrum but more Super
by JackHurst
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps
Replies: 7
Views: 1555

Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps

Countdown in Video happened first on 18th March 2020 It was a Tltournament hosted over webcam between Conor Travers Rob Foster and myself. Format: GL GL GL N GL GL GL N SN It took us 2 hours to play 3 games because we spent too much time chatting about our lives and such Conor wins on 2/2 wins Rob s...
by JackHurst
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 4016

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

Absolute scenes going on here. Callum is a top lad and a great Countdown player, don't worry about stuff that happened 6 years ago when he was a nipper.
by JackHurst
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 4016

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

100% Callum Todd. He fucked the system by cheating on Apterous to make his opponents think he was way better than he was, intidimidating them into underperforming just enough so that he could narrowly beat them as his true (still quite good) self.

Shove that up your apto arses
by JackHurst
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Preferred format for event finals
Replies: 17
Views: 2516

Re: Preferred format for event finals

The first option assumes that an event might have consistency throughout, and suddenly change format for the final only. (e.g. CO:LON 2020... which is probably why the poll exists) What about if various formats are used in equal measure throughout the event? (e.g. if the preliminaries are 9R, but t...
by JackHurst
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 19827

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I think one of the best examples highlighting the flaws of the current system is that Josephine Sinclair turned up to just CO:LON and came 30th there, but finished higher in the annual standings than Ed McCullagh who turned up to both Newcastle and Dublin and won both events. It's not even close to...
by JackHurst
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 23
Views: 6057

FOCAL Code of Conduct

I had a great time yesterday at my first FOCAL Countdown competition I've attended in Milton Keynes and would like to thank everybody involved in running it! Based on my experience yesterday, and my research on https://focalcountdown.co.uk/ it appears that there is no code of conduct that participan...
by JackHurst
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 20650

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Was the venue picked after the name?
by JackHurst
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2019 (S80, Grand Final!)
Replies: 24
Views: 6499

Re: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2019 (S80, Grand Final!)

That was so thrilling to watch! Dinos - One of the first friends I made when I started playing countdown over ten years ago. You're a thoroughly nice bloke and from what I see it looks like you've become a great dad too recently. I'm glad they let you back on, and was thrilled to see you smash it. W...
by JackHurst
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 36757

Re: C of C Draw......

I am willing to pretend to be related to this Martin Hurst chap in order to have a battle of the Hursts once the CoC dust has settled :)
by JackHurst
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 9116

Re: CO-MSO 2018

Tony, The event page you linked to is either missing a date or has it somewhere that is not very visible ob a mobile. I think the summary of the event could be rewritten to be more accessible to people who don't already go to co-events. Would they know what apterous dictionary or "Bristol style" mea...
by JackHurst
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 3489

Re: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017

VELAMINA available as a beater in the round before origin of words.

Thanks to Chris Davies for teaching me that one!
by JackHurst
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: My Daily Puzzle Blog
Replies: 0
Views: 3161

My Daily Puzzle Blog

I've started a daily puzzle blog which I'm hoping will take off. I'll be posting 3 puzzles every day this February.

Please take a look:
http://jackhurst.co.uk/blog/

comments/Feedback welcome.
by JackHurst
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 30177

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

FWIW I totally agree with Jono here. You go to Co-Events to play countdown, so may as well make it as much like the show as possible. I've always found letters rounds at co-events frustrating, firstly due to the excessive duplication of letters, and secondly due to bad shuffling (and so getting near...
by JackHurst
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 12747

Re: FOCAL 2017

Well done on a successful year. I had a great day at the event I came to. See you in LDN ;) I do think Gevin's suggestion about charging entrants for the final event makes a lot of sense though. There is no need to do it because anybody keen enough to go to enough events to qualify will obviously be...
by JackHurst
Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see in DC?
Replies: 219
Views: 22270

Re: Who would you like to see in DC?

James Laverty wrote: Ainsley Harriott- Always entertaining
If this ever happens, please somebody let me know so I can have audience tickets.
by JackHurst
Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Aggregated Pro Ranks leaderboard
Replies: 5
Views: 3185

Aggregated Pro Ranks leaderboard

I requested this here but never got it, so I made it myself instead. Apterous players ranked by Peak pro rank, and then by number of weeks in that position. Any player that ever [1][2][3] got into the top 5 should appear. Observations and suggestions welcome! Standings 1: 1 (157 times) Innis Carson ...
by JackHurst
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 26146

Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

I thought I'd share this here too since there has been discussion on how to adjudicate words: The chance of being able to declare a new word as a max is around 16%. The chance you can beat the old max (OED max) by playing a new word is around 7% http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11488...
by JackHurst
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?
Replies: 15
Views: 3695

Re: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?

I'll put this here because I don't know where else to. The chance of being able to declare a new word as a max is around 16%. The chance you can beat the old max (OED max) by playing a new word is around 7% I had a very convoluted way of calculating this. I'm happy to do a write up of the method if ...
by JackHurst
Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 10706

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

Brilliant competition. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of those games and it made me wish I could have been there in the audience. Dylan was a superb Champion and I'm really happy for him. He did incredibly well to not wilt under the pressure of Crucial conundrums in his last three games. Well don...
by JackHurst
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 36
Views: 7388

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

I've been reading C4C posts that Gevin can't see.
by JackHurst
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 58824

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

James Robinson wrote:Is there a reason why the quarter-final line-up isn't the usual 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, etc.....??
Because there are no seeds, so why make the order more complicated than it needs to be?
by JackHurst
Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 58824

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

My 16 ( PRESUMING IT'S FILMED IN MAY/JUNE 2015) : DAN MCCOLM ANTOINETTE RYAN GEORGE FORD JEN STEADMAN MARK MURRAY ANDY NAYLOR CALLUM TODD DYLAN TAYLOR ANDY PLATT GILES HUTCHINGS HEATHER STYLES PAUL JAMES GLENN WEBB TRACEY MILLS ANDREW KEITH GERRY TYNAN Adding Thomas Cappleman to the list as well Hu...
by JackHurst
Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317427

Re: Ask Graeme?

1)Most maxes/ most points scored by a non series finalist?
2)Least maxes/ least points score by a series finalist. (Not including finals games)?
3) did the answer to 1) do better than any series champs did in their heats?
by JackHurst
Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015
Replies: 133
Views: 23474

Re: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015

Important question:
Who wants to take the trophy? I can hand it over somewhere in North/Central London or off office hours.

Somebody better volunteer! (PM)
by JackHurst
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C4C/Apterous Twitter list
Replies: 17
Views: 4056

Re: C4C/Apterous Twitter list

Mark Deeks wrote:Next up - Apto SnapChat! Image
Snaptochat.
by JackHurst
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday November 28th 2014 (S71 P96)
Replies: 60
Views: 6886

Re: Spoilers for Friday November 28th 2014 (S71 P96)

It tickles how we have two clear groups of commenters in these threads: Group A (E.g, Tony, Bradley, James...) Who watch the show most days and chip in with their contributions to the rounds. Group B (E.g Corby, MWM, Jen, Zarte...) Who seem to only show an interest when there is controversy or drama...
by JackHurst
Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317427

Re: Ask Graeme?

With the exception of Samir Pilica and Mark Davies, all of the octochamps in 2014 have finished their run on the last filmed show of their second day of recording (ie final day of a DC guest). Does this imply that making your debut straight after the lunch break gives you an advantage or a mere coi...
by JackHurst
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317427

Re: Ask Graeme?

There's 3 I have an idea for, but no idea if the guess is valid:

ROCHESTER is HECTORERS?
BRIAN KENT is INTERBANK?
BASSINDER is RABIDNESS?


do any of them have more than 1 solution?
by JackHurst
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317427

Re: Ask Graeme?

Might have been asked b4. Only counting heat games, and not games with two new challengers, what is the avg score of champ vs avg score of challenger?
by JackHurst
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Champion of champions seedings
Replies: 33
Views: 5211

Re: Champion of champions seedings

Jon O'Neill wrote:Wow. You really need to get a life.
Still applies.
by JackHurst
Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 773
Views: 175624

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why does 0!=1! Because it's a lot neater that way. One reason is that it means the rule: n! = (n+1)!/(n+1) works for all n >= 0. See also Numberphile . n! is the product of the first n natural numbers. From this, it makes sense to say 0! is the product of nothing, which is defined to be 1. This is ...
by JackHurst
Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 11:11
Replies: 0
Views: 926

11:11

I just wanted to get the 1111th topic here.

I'll post another comment at some point when it's 11:11am
by JackHurst
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 58824

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

Great news! The only downside with these things is the toiling over who gets to be included. Obviously there are always going to be people walking away disappointed which sucks, but there's nothing you can do. There's droves of people from series 60-67 who would have been good enough to get into the...
by JackHurst
Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 707
Views: 164014

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who drink fizzy drinks when travelling or playing sport instead of water.