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by Gavin Chipper
Mon May 22, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former contestants
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: Former contestants

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 10:04 pm
You could get into the quarters with 2 wins? Crazy.
What about this guy?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon May 22, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 111
Views: 6599

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Motorbike racing champion, Nicky Hayden!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon May 22, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Effing Susie Dent
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Effing Susie Dent

Cunting Hell - how rude!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon May 22, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 41
Views: 2312

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

By the way, to join the 1000 club in parkrun, you need to run it in 16:40 or faster. (Or run 1000 parkruns to join the "official" 1000 club).
by Gavin Chipper
Sun May 21, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 86
Views: 4786

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Mindhorn - Reasonably amusing and watchable film. 7/10.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat May 20, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th May 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Spoilers for Tuesday 9th May 2017

I wondered if Stephen offered OOGENIC because he'd heard something similar before.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat May 20, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Irritable vowel syndrome
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Irritable vowel syndrome

It does happen from time to time.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed May 17, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 60
Views: 3054

Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Charlie Reams wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 7:44 pm
I have switched to paratha since reading this topic. Never going back.
Excellent. We have a winner.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 16, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Personality types
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Personality types

I got INFJ-A - the Advocate. I was only 53/47 feeling versus thinking though, and I wouldn't take it as more than a bit of fun anyway.

Edit - I was only 54/46 introverted as well, which doesn't really sound right.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 16, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.

Yeah, very good run. Nicely over the 900 mark. Obviously 1000 would have taken a fair bit of good fortune as well as good play, but blame Eoin for spreading the thought around the forum.

Edit - I think the max was only 1021 anyway, so not conducive to a 1000 score!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 16, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Personality types
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Personality types

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 4:50 pm
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They've made "bumbling overbearing forgetful tosser" sound quite admirable here.
They've got things as opposites that don't oppose each other so it's clearly BS. But I will have a go later. I'm sure I've done something like it before though.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 16, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Personality types
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Personality types

Whatever the best one is.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon May 15, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 465
Views: 55850

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Bit of a mixed group dream last night. I was playing korfball with a few teammates, familiar opponents and for some reason, a couple of apterites that included Zarte, Tom C, Matty, Jen and someone I didn't recognise who claimed to be Matty's sister. Unfortunately the fun was ruined by the arrival o...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat May 13, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 199
Views: 28173

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

That reminds me. Dylan Taylor has been using the pseudonym "Pascal Wehrlein" to pursue his F1 career.

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by Gavin Chipper
Fri May 12, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 1st May 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Re: Spoilers for Monday 1st May 2017

Freaky.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu May 11, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3445

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

It's being reported that Corbyn won't be participating in TV debates if May doesn't. Why on earth? I'm struggling to think of any way to see how this isn't the stupidest tactical decision I've ever heard. I agree, I think it's a mistake. But I can kind of see the rationale behind the decision; this...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed May 10, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 111
Views: 6599

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Robert Miles has died.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed May 10, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 10 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 86)
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 10 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 86)

ATLASES was a beater in one of the rounds.

And well done again to Stephen, although the 1000 is slipping away. You'll have to apply again in 10 years if you don't make it.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon May 08, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 8th May 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: Spoilers for Monday 8th May 2017

Well done on another great game, but your target average of 125 is now up to 128.5 (I think) for your remaining six games (assuming you remain unbeaten and get to play six more).
by Gavin Chipper
Sun May 07, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 280
Views: 17662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Things have just got a whole lot more competitive. As well as Jonathan Rawlinson further lowering his PB to 18:15, the appearance of Tim Springett (Mike's dad) at CO:LON makes him eligible for this list, and he goes straight in in 6th place with a time of 18:32! Right, I'm going to put up a ranking ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun May 07, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 280
Views: 17662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Conrad Teixeira did the South Manchester parkrun yesterday before the CO event in Manchester: 66. Conrad Teixeira - 21:16 This gives him 50 points in the annual competition, so the leader board now looks like this: 1. Gevin Chapwell - 80 2. Mike Springett - 60 3. Conrad Teixeira - 50 4. Zubair Pate...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun May 07, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)
Replies: 29
Views: 5001

Re: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue May 02, 2017 5:20 pm
James Laverty wrote:
Tue May 02, 2017 4:55 pm
Sounds good, Highbury Fields is just one tube stop away from where I'm staying so will join you for that. Might skip breaky as I think I have breakfast included in my stay
Two breakfasts. Yum.
This happened. Nice work, James.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu May 04, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3604

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

I'm not convinced that it pulled up other people's performances. I mean, other British 400m runners might not have had Koch or Kratochvilova to compete against, but they've still often had plenty of runners faster than them to pull them up. If you're running 51 seconds, I don't see why someone runn...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu May 04, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3604

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

This is actually quite an interesting phenomenon in itself. To return to the women's 400m, when the likes of Marita Koch and Jarmila Kratochvilova (I know, I'm absolutely obsessed with these two in particular*) were posting their drug-assisted times in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it actually pu...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed May 03, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3604

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

By the way, I don't think there's any chance of this happening. I think it's just posturing for whatever reason. It's also just an idea that's come out of European Athletics, and not something that's originated from the IAAF, who would be the arbiters of this. Actually I was unaware that Jonathan Ed...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 02, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3604

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

It seems that they're thinking of "resetting" the athletics world records back to 2005 . I'd be very surprised if it actually happened. Also, it's not as if you can just wipe the earlier performances out of existence. Some of the records are obviously dodgy (not looking at anyone in particular, Mari...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 02, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)
Replies: 29
Views: 5001

Re: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)

James Laverty wrote:
Tue May 02, 2017 4:55 pm
Sounds good, Highbury Fields is just one tube stop away from where I'm staying so will join you for that. Might skip breaky as I think I have breakfast included in my stay
Two breakfasts. Yum.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 02, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)
Replies: 29
Views: 5001

Re: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)

I'm not going to be able to do my local parkrun and get here in time, so I've decided that, as long as the trains are running properly, I might get into London early and do a parkrun nearby. My research leads me to believe that the nearest parkrun to CO:LON is the Highbury Fields one. It seems slig...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 02, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 465
Views: 55850

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Jono had a brief cameo in a dream of mine that was otherwise unrelated to Countdown. He accosted me in the street, held up a giant photo of his face, and basically shouted at me, "AM I MORE ATTRACTIVE HERE [points at his current face] OR THERE? [points at giant photo]". I said the photo, because it...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New set
Replies: 5
Views: 2087

Re: New set

I seem to notice it more when watching 8/10 Cats Does Countdown, but the current set has these weird lumps on the panel in front of the contestants that make it look like the front is peeling away.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Google search keyphrases
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Google search keyphrases

So searching for these terms puts your website at the top? I would try it out, but I might get some sort of record.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 73
Views: 6853

Re: Favourite board game

Settlers is great, but moved in to a few other ones recently: Carcasson, Puerto Rico (both like Catan to a certain extent) Dead of Winter (cooperative Zombie board game) Pandemic (another cooperative game) I quite like Dead of Winter and Pandemic as well actually. Interestingly the sequel to Pandem...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 21 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 74)
Replies: 4
Views: 1175

Re: Spoilers for Friday 21 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 74)

Could have popped an extra letter into Carl's word for ADJOINTS. Slightly surprised nobody spotted this. I'm not. That's great. There was a point to what I said though - that you can't expect DC to follow through on what's been spotted. So if there's a word that gets offered without an S on the end...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3445

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:22 pm
Corby is beyond parody
Can't disagree with that.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th April 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, April 18 2017

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:08 pm
Lots of beaters today, but I can't remember what rounds they were in.
Lovely.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 21 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 74)
Replies: 4
Views: 1175

Re: Spoilers for Friday 21 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 74)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:45 pm
Could have popped an extra letter into Carl's word for ADJOINTS. Slightly surprised nobody spotted this.
I'm not.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 24th April 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1153

Re: Spoilers for Monday, 24th April 2017

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:29 pm
MOUSERY available in the MOUSER round, surprised DC didn't pick up on this.
I'm not. It's pretty standard.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 1559

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

There is no article for the actual person Without wanting to be indelicate she didn't achieve much of note apart from Disappearance of Madeleine McCann . Again on a touchy issue, neither Ian Brady or Myra Hindley have individual pages. Interesting. We could ignore people who have a de facto page ab...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 280
Views: 17662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:08 pm
Why are you egevin chapwell in the list
Obviously because it's my name (well, adjusting for you mashing the keyboard).
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 280
Views: 17662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Do you search everyone every Saturday or do people secretly report in to you? Neither. I just do random checks occasionally. Ran a PB today :) Well, sometimes people report to me. A few weeks ago, I saw on James Laverty's Facebook page that he'd set a PB as well. But normally if I check one, I chec...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 73
Views: 6853

Re: Favourite board game

I've been playing The Resistance quite a lot recently, and despite its simplicity (or because of it), I think it's really good. Also Medici is good, and Abyss, Wits and Wagers, and Camel Up.

I still don't really see the appeal of Settlers of Catan.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 1559

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

There is no article for the actual person Madeleine McCann.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 1559

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipeda Article

Mark Deeks wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:58 pm
The Chuckle Brothers as individuals.
The Wright brothers as well.

I don't think much of Shovell from the M People though. I was perfectly well aware of the M People at the time, but the only individual I was aware of was Heather Small.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 1559

Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

I've seen a few discussions of this over the years, and Mark Deeks put something on Facebook about it the other day, but amazingly it would appear that there's no thread on here about it. Consider that changed.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3445

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

I'm not going to get into a discussion about Jeremy Corbyn, but deciding that because you think he's a bit crap you're going to vote for the Tories is a bit like saying that your bike helmet looks a bit old and might not work properly so instead of wearing that you're going to repeatedly smash your...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3445

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

This seems pretty arrogant even for T. May: Theresa May says no to general election TV debates Presumably there's nothing stopping debates being arranged anyway? The other party leaders could hardly turn them down now and the Conservatives could be represented by a balloon on a string with a frowny...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3445

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

How big will the Tory landslide be? I'm a bit worried about this one. I'm not going to get into a discussion about Jeremy Corbyn, but deciding that because you think he's a bit crap you're going to vote for the Tories is a bit like saying that your bike helmet looks a bit old and might not work pro...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 280
Views: 17662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Thomas Carey wrote:
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:05 am
gev if i haven't done one by the end of september i'll buy you a bigger, yellower phonecase
Cool. It won't be much use if it's the wrong size for my phone though. Maybe you should buy me a new, bigger phone as well.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3445

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

Still think in Kent and Essex Ukip will get half a dozen seats How come? Theresa May's basically gone in the direction with Brexit that UKIP wanted, hasn't she? I'm not really sure what UKIP have to offer now, especially not in counties that are largely made up of Tory strongholds. Possibly means n...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 34
Views: 1701

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Euan Slatter wrote:
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:19 am
I take it you mean United, right??...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester_Town_F.C.
Yeah, maybe. One generic unimaginative name or another. It's football.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 34
Views: 1701

Re: Football grounds you've been to

You missed one . Wasn't CO:HUD at the Huddersfield grounds as well? If so, I'm already on two. Actually I have been to a few more. I've got a friend who is an Oxford United fan, and I've somehow been forced into going to a few games with him. As well as Oxford United's ground (I have half a feeling...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 280
Views: 17662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

The Paul Gallen? I don't like to add people to my list without a decent body of evidence.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in King's Lynn (Co:KL) - Saturday 27th May
Replies: 3
Views: 1738

Re: Countdown in King's Lynn (Co:KL) - Saturday 27th May

In. I'm staying at The Globe (just the Friday night) and going to the parkrun on the Saturday morning.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

Ah, figured it didn't fall under your "must tell" rule since the word didn't actually appear in the game. It was MINOXIDIL, which was one letter away from Round 7 as well as being the COLIN XII final conundrum. Did you go? I did indeed go, but I didn't remember the final conundrum. And I'm hoping t...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:25 pm
COLIN XII attendees who are good at Touchdown may have seen the exceptionally rare 9 that was one letter out in the DIOXIN round...
What was it? You're spending too much time with Tony Atkins!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

Tony Atkins wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Lucky that "unwashing" was invalid as if he had gone for it, and it was valid, he would have scored 0 for using the N twice.
0 points is 0 points, whether it's disallowed for one reason or two!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4577

Re: Music connection question

Nice, particularly the David Cameron one.

But isn't it Axl Rose?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4577

Re: Music connection question

Stop being so Gevin. Obviously you can't use the same person (or even same identical name) twice, but whether or not you can use an individual name part (John) more than once is up for discussion. Yeah fine. I mean, I did realise you meant this but I didn't think much of your intuition that you cou...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4577

Re: Music connection question

Having never tried, this feels like something you could do indefinitely. But I bet it's much harder than that. Is there not a rule about not using a particular name (John) twice? Well, it's not that it's harder than that. It's just a case of whether there's a rule about it. John Collins (footballer...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 81 Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: 81 Questions

Noel Mc wrote:
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:04 pm
Answers are in the house.
But where are you?