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by JackHurst
Sat Jul 20, 2024 7:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 84
Views: 20903

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

Also I bet you wouldn't be saying this if "Rachel" was a man.
by JackHurst
Sat Jul 20, 2024 6:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 84
Views: 20903

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

After watching every episode of the last three months, I am convinced Rachel Reily is fed the answers through an earpiece. She can't be this good, conjuring all kinds of obscure solutions. What a shame. Rachel is literally the only person on the planet who gets paid a salary to be as good as possib...
by JackHurst
Thu Jul 18, 2024 6:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App
Replies: 19
Views: 6825

Re: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App

Jack, I would disagree with your opinion that it matters little if co-events diverge from the show. I get that you may feel the TV show no longer relevant just because you and some of your peers are done with the show, but for a whole swathe of newer players who have yet to go on, they are as obses...
by JackHurst
Wed Jul 17, 2024 12:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App
Replies: 19
Views: 6825

Re: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App

Adam S Latchford wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:48 am As soon as we have enough intel to make the update happen - and it updates on apto / the app then it should come into immediate effect (even if this is quite literally minutes before the co event)
This is pretty much my idea of hell. I'm getting more grey hairs now just thinking about it.
by JackHurst
Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:LON - 24th August 2024 - Countdown in London - sponsored by Word Game Geeks
Replies: 7
Views: 3792

Re: CO:LON - 24th August 2024 - Countdown in London - sponsored by Word Game Geeks

As with most Countdown events, the first round will be drawn randomly, but don't worry if you have a bumpy start - for the remaining games you will be playing opponents that have scored similarly to you, so everyone should get some good, well matched games. The primary aim is to have fun! Have you ...
by JackHurst
Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:44 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App
Replies: 19
Views: 6825

Re: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App

Birmingham doesn't seem problematic - although the dictionary has changed (and Oxford have confirmed it is 'permanent') the dictionary on episodes still being aired will be the old one. Are you implying that the ideal is to have events in sync with exactly what would happen on the TV show at any po...
by JackHurst
Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:38 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16151

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

What should co events do about this? I've updated a thread here for that discussion As for what happens on the TV show, is it that important? Surely the producers will just do whatever is best for the TV show, they don't really owe anything to "Apterites" do they? I think it's important to...
by JackHurst
Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App
Replies: 19
Views: 6825

Re: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App

With a bit of a discussion cropping up yesterday about some potential dictionary changes: http://c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=212141&sid=3cc843b7d3e1b5261271f4e029894bcf#p212141 I think it would be good to reach an agreement on what word lists will be used for upcoming co-events. I would pr...
by JackHurst
Wed Jul 03, 2024 5:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Looks good Fiona, nice job. "Player 1 Buzzed" -> "⬅️ This player buzzed" "Player 2 Buzzed" -> "This player Buzzed➡️" Some sort of visual indication that makes it very obvious to the host because I don't think a host would necessarily remember who is P1/P2/Red/...
by JackHurst
Tue Jun 25, 2024 5:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Request for event conundrum setters!
Replies: 10
Views: 2424

Re: Request for event conundrum setters!

Conundrums with people's names in it are great fun at a co-event (a proper one with divisional QFs and a big screen showing selections). I do it every year, and will never stop. The more I think about this, the more I am inclined to agree with Eoin. Let hosts do what they deem fit for an event and ...
by JackHurst
Fri Jun 21, 2024 7:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

Are the results for this event available anywhere to look at?
by JackHurst
Fri Jun 21, 2024 6:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Would love to see this given a go. Much more drama and tension than a standard Conundrum. From a gameplay perspective, it's a better test of consistency and composure which is probably what you want in a final. Also can't be Hansforded. More downsides: - 10 times more like the setter can make a mist...
by JackHurst
Mon Jun 17, 2024 6:54 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

Thanks Darren and Co for a fantastic day 🎉 Congrats to Rob on a fantastic win, and becoming the first and only person to beat Zohaib in a co event! Best bit of the day for me was getting to meet Junaid. He's one of the old skool players I'd never had the chance to meet in person. Just got Jeffrey Ha...
by JackHurst
Sun Jun 16, 2024 1:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: RoboRiley

Co:Pilot
by JackHurst
Thu Jun 13, 2024 1:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

Looks like this will be one of the most stacked events in Co event history!
by JackHurst
Thu Jun 13, 2024 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

I'm genuinely curious to know from hosts what would happen if a player deliberately beat prune 1-0 (or 0-0 on a TB) in order to boost their overall chances of winning an event. I dunno if I'd ever have the balls to do it, but for example if Oxford were to have 5 or 6 more sign ups and I got prune in...
by JackHurst
Mon Jun 10, 2024 4:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Carol Vorderman appeared as a guest on HIGNFY on Friday, with former contestant Little Alex Horne as host. Is this the first time a former contestant has hosted a TV show with a former/current Countdown team member as a participant? (excluding Catsdown) No, it isn't; Carol Vorderman appeared in a s...
by JackHurst
Fri May 31, 2024 11:56 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event dictionary
Replies: 38
Views: 10276

Re: Co-event dictionary

Jack - appreciate this isn't like a job thing but there's a dictionary update (very small one) coming on apto https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=6932 Will it be implement on app before oxford? It's only a lil one but clovers out + hammies in look useful I probably wont have time. Every...
by JackHurst
Tue May 28, 2024 5:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Getting back on for a second go
Replies: 105
Views: 34526

Re: Getting back on for a second go

Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue May 28, 2024 1:05 pm Fun fact: Richard Williams is David Williams's son.
So what you are saying is, this was David Williams getting on for a second go via propagation of his genes. Smart move.
by JackHurst
Sun May 26, 2024 11:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

Maybe the one thing I would question is the value of having a 3rd/4th place play off going on at the same time as the final. I've seen it done before at CoMso, and I'd have to admit I really didn't like it. Trying to play 2 games simultaneously from the same selections with an audience is just real...
by JackHurst
Sat May 25, 2024 10:19 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

I just looked at Ronan's wiki page https://wiki.apterous.org/Series_87 Some insane stats from this guy! - Lowest score is 110. Has any series champ done better than that? - Highest score of 150 which was in the GF! - Maxed 2 games in a single series (Has any other player done this?) - Insanely high ...
by JackHurst
Sat May 25, 2024 10:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Getting back on for a second go
Replies: 105
Views: 34526

Re: Getting back on for a second go

Petition to get this guy https://wiki.apterous.org/Richard_Williams invited back early. He was the only guy to lay a glove on Ahmed in series 84, and the most recent heat player to take an eventual series champ to a crucial. It would be a tragedy to make him wait until 2031.
by JackHurst
Fri May 24, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

I must admit, I was initially a bit skeptical about this format, but then I challenged myself to look at some data to see if it backed my skepticism. ... and the data changed my skepticism. If you look at all of the most recent Colin style events, take the standings after 6 games, then however you d...
by JackHurst
Tue May 21, 2024 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown ELO Ratings
Replies: 26
Views: 7952

Re: Countdown ELO Ratings

I would love to have some time to get this updated! Sadly it's quite time consuming to do. Next step will probably be to open a GitHub Repository so that anybody who knows how to code and make GitHub PRs can add events. I know that's still quite a barrier to entry, but even if it increases the numbe...
by JackHurst
Tue May 21, 2024 6:04 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Countdown Android App is now out!
Replies: 158
Views: 40935

Re: The Countdown Android App is now out!

Hi I'm subscribed but still getting ads. I've changed my phone recently and had to install the app on it but when I go to "remove ads" manage subscriptions etc just says "you're already subscribed' and then I get ads again just repeats this cycle endlessly....how can I fix this pleas...
by JackHurst
Sat May 18, 2024 1:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Just realized that's crap. Why would roughly one in 23 games based on the birthday problem? Dingus.
by JackHurst
Sat May 18, 2024 1:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

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by JackHurst
Thu May 16, 2024 7:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

Ahmed lost two letters rounds, two numbers and one conundrum, as well as having a word disallowed when his opponent did By the way, in the round where he had a disallowed word it might not have been a max, but it was actually the correct play. He was 45 ahead with LLNC, and in rd 12 Eddy declared f...
by JackHurst
Wed May 15, 2024 4:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

If you wanted to throw co-events into the mix for 30BC vs CoC16 debate

To date, since the CoC final aired:
- 9 Co events won by 30BC Cohort
- 3 Co events won by CoC16 Cohort

Thats with CoC16 cohort generally outnumbering 30BC cohort at most events.
by JackHurst
Tue May 14, 2024 6:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: RoboRiley

Fiona T wrote: Wed Apr 24, 2024 10:06 pm Would be interested to hear other's thoughts :)
Well it's been a couple of weeks, so seems like we're the only ones that care haha. Not a hill I will die on.
by JackHurst
Tue May 14, 2024 6:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

Ronan M Higginson wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 6:06 pm
JackHurst wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 4:12 pm You've been on this forum for 5 days.
Actually 5 years, only the 70th odd account here is 5 days old.
Wut?

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by JackHurst
Tue May 14, 2024 6:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

Jamie Weisenberg wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 5:49 pm I've been watching Countdown on and off since the 90s actually.
Anyway, even if we disagree on Countdown opinions, it's always good to have another enthusiast on board. Welcome to C4C :)
by JackHurst
Tue May 14, 2024 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

Conor should come of of retirement and face him, I think Ahmed would blow him away. Conor still plays, and is still top dog statistically. Most typically in a 15 game: - He'll get 9 or 10 letters maxes - He'll get 40/40 on the numbers - He'll be able to solve most conundrums in under a second. Even...
by JackHurst
Tue May 14, 2024 4:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

Jamie Weisenberg wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 3:49 pm However, in Ahmed's defence I'd say the quality of the opposition was FAR higher than what Conor faced.
Rude.
by JackHurst
Mon May 13, 2024 5:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Favourite Number Plays/Players
Replies: 14
Views: 2025

Re: Favourite Number Plays/Players

James Rowan
by JackHurst
Fri May 10, 2024 7:49 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447415

Re: Best ever contestants

Upcoming champion of champions should be the best ever - Ronan Higginson vs Tom Stevenson in the final ? Tom already played in the previous CoC. Incidentally, that CoC was the strongest ever. We'll need quite a few amazing players to burst on the scene in the next few series for next CoC to come cl...
by JackHurst
Fri May 03, 2024 10:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Countdown Android App is now out!
Replies: 158
Views: 40935

Re: The Countdown Android App is now out!

I am planning a post-game insights page. This would replace the existing (pretty ugly) page you get when you finish submit game. The idea is that you would get customised set of information related to the game you just played. Could be things like: - You've played this format xxx times and this is y...
by JackHurst
Wed Apr 24, 2024 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: RoboRiley

Maybe a much longer disappear (say 1.5 - 2 secs) would work better to give a proper warning? I think the trick is 2 button presses from the host. The first empties the letters from conundrum. The second reveals the shuffle. Whatever length of time you want between those is fine as long as you give ...
by JackHurst
Wed Apr 24, 2024 6:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: RoboRiley

Conundrum reveals Do hosts have a way of knowing which conundrum is about to be revealed yet? If not I think that's a good feature to have. Yeah the host presses a 'reveal' button. A change between the MK finals and Reading was that the CONUNDRUM then disappears from the display for a short time (0...
by JackHurst
Wed Apr 24, 2024 5:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: RoboRiley

I'm not going to stick it somewhere for people to just download as you'll probably need talking through the setup and I want to keep track of who's using it, mainly so I can provide you with an updated dictionary file as and when needed. I have learned the hard way that when you privately distribut...
by JackHurst
Tue Apr 23, 2024 2:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

TCap's suggestion is the best solution. Graeme specifically added this feature to the most recent atropine release after several people requested it. So that would be: - When drawing fixtures, favour equal number of wins between players, but (mostly) ignore points - When producing final rankings, st...
by JackHurst
Mon Apr 22, 2024 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: RoboRiley

Not sure if the name will stand the test of time though...
by JackHurst
Mon Apr 22, 2024 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5519

Re: RoboRiley

Great job making this!
by JackHurst
Mon Apr 22, 2024 10:54 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

Some absolutely batshit crazy final standings from this event
https://greem.co.uk/cgi-bin/colive/tour ... =CoRea2024

Helen Harding 87 pts per game 42nd Place
Paul Talmey 81 pts per game 10th Place

Tom Stevenson 112 pts per game 26th Place
Martyn Pegram 73 pts per game 25th Place
by JackHurst
Sun Apr 21, 2024 9:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

yep I was definitely going too fast on the letter picking Not your fault. My suggestion is lifetime bans for the people who do an all in one letters pick when it's their turn. :) The worst is when they request multiple things in one go that they expect you to remember. x consonants and y vowels is ...
by JackHurst
Sun Apr 21, 2024 8:15 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

Fiona T wrote: Sun Apr 21, 2024 5:39 am yep I was definitely going too fast on the letter picking
Not your fault. My suggestion is lifetime bans for the people who do an all in one letters pick when it's their turn. :)
by JackHurst
Sat Apr 20, 2024 5:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

So it's two separate questions. What should the software do? Is the software doing what it's supposed to do? I suppose on the former, it's subjective. Sone people will like more duplication others won't. Everybody is entitled to an opinion. My competitive side favours more duplication, but my fun si...
by JackHurst
Sat Apr 20, 2024 5:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

Great stuff today. Thanks for running the event Fiona - really well organized! Great performances from Maus and TCap today, congrats maus for getting the win. Because you asked for feedback - When you programmed the letters generator what were you hoping to achieve in terms of deduplication? I have ...
by JackHurst
Sat Apr 20, 2024 6:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184866

Re: You Are The Ref

I've said it before that a tablet should be used by each player in Countdown so that answers are visible to the audience like say in The Weakest Link. I think if you winged it with the numbers then a partial completion of workings out would sway Colin to accept the answer. Or maybe do away with NWD...
by JackHurst
Thu Apr 18, 2024 6:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 79
Views: 47584

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Basketball is absolutely a contact sport and the idea that it isn't is a big misconception that needs addressing. It is a non-collision sport, yes, but that's very different. I am interested to know, is there any correlation (positive or negative) between popularity of Netball and Basketball in a g...
by JackHurst
Thu Apr 18, 2024 6:03 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

However, to put my own little spin on it, we will then have two 9-round Bristol-style semi-finals (1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd) played simultaneously to decide who will contest the 15-round final. At the same time, everyone else will get to play one last game, against the person next to them in the standi...
by JackHurst
Mon Apr 15, 2024 9:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184866

Re: You Are The Ref

This is a great suggestion. I think if you were doing Countdown from day 1 you'd do it this way. No, if you were doing Countdown from day 1 you'd never allow NWD on letters games. If you're writing as the time ends you're allowed to finish, otherwise it's tough shit, you spotted it after the time. ...
by JackHurst
Mon Apr 15, 2024 2:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Atropine 1.2.3
Replies: 3
Views: 3850

Re: Atropine 1.2.3

Nice work Graeme!

Does this mean for a single tournament, it is now possible to upload results from separate machines?

Use case: You are at a Bristol style event with 2N players, and you want to minimize waiting time between rounds by having 2 (or more) people inputting results.
by JackHurst
Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:22 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184866

Re: You Are The Ref

Not really answering the question about what I'd do, but perhaps a case for a new convention that if you're declaring 2nd and it's NWD you say 7 Notarise nwd in one breath This is a great suggestion. I think if you were doing Countdown from day 1 you'd do it this way. I think on TV the host can alm...
by JackHurst
Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

In order to get everyone playing comfortably in the space we've got, I've bought clipboards. There will be plenty of tables too for those who want/need them. Great to have so many players signed up! What's the deal going to be with conundrum buzzes? I could imagine adjucating buzzes onto separate c...
by JackHurst
Sun Apr 14, 2024 12:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184866

Re: You Are The Ref

Bristol style: ASREOTINY P1: 8 P2: 8 not written down. After a couple of seconds of hesitation Adjacent table audibly declare NOTARISE before P2 says their word. P2 declares NOTARISE. Similar situation arises 2 more times during the game when P1 declares first. At this point P1 kicks up a fuss that ...
by JackHurst
Sat Apr 06, 2024 7:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

What would people think of doing away with tie-break conundrums and allowing draws to happen? There isn't the same need to declare a winner that the TV show has, and I feel like achieving level scores over 9 rounds should count for slightly more than a defeat and slightly less than a win. Also avoi...
by JackHurst
Sat Apr 06, 2024 7:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Great work Graeme! I am interested to see when this feature gets given a whirl!
by JackHurst
Sat Mar 30, 2024 10:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

People don't necessarily actively complain but I get the feeling that 14-rounders aren't the most popular. I would go as far as saying at an event with 14-rounders, every single participant dislikes them, and the host is the only person in the room who likes them. It's just an awful format with way...
by JackHurst
Sat Mar 30, 2024 7:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Some folk have made the point in the past that the grand final format at an event should be the same as the format played throughout the day for the sake of fairness and consistency. Possibly wait until after Reading, see how the 15R games go and possibly adopt them for the whole of the Finals/Open...