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by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 12
Views: 328

Re: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

It's so genuinely weird to read stuff about Countdown that's written by people who grew up with Vorderman. In the few episodes I've seen with her in, she is *absolutely unbearable*, yet there's a whole generation that sees her as a presenting icon. Crazy. Objectively Countdown is much better than i...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 12
Views: 328

Re: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=12275&p=174290&hilit=cashmore#p174290 Is this him? Anyone speak to him? He was definitely a contributor to this forum or one of its predecessors a while back. And I may be mis-remembering, but I think he incurred Damian's displeasure by trying to be...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 12
Views: 328

Re: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

I think most people on here have generally agreed in the past that Nick isn't exactly a brilliant host. As for the celebrities, they probably have always been a mixed bag, but it is true, even if it was also true in the past, that most of them are very fast-forwardable. And sometimes it's just Nick ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 515
Views: 69764

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

I found out last night that Tony Atkins has a PB at my local parkrun of 18:23 (might have been 18:22). Much faster than me!

Must be the standard method.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown
Replies: 3
Views: 1683

Re: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown

There was also a Christmas special, which is still on All 4.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 38323

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who have their faces turned into those stupid cartoon animals and put them on the internet, especially when they have them for profile pictures. What the fuck is that actually about? Pleasingly, I've not seen any of my FB friends do this. I must be extremely discerning. I'm not sure any of m...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 38323

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who have their faces turned into those stupid cartoon animals and put them on the internet, especially when they have them for profile pictures. What the fuck is that actually about?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 462
Views: 38320

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why do people call Alfred Tennyson "Alfred Lord Tennyson" like it's his middle name? No other Lord in history is referred to like this.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 227
Views: 16302

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Ian Volante wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:57 pm
I watched the Christmas special of Upstart Crow - first time I've seen it. Reasonably predictable fare, but enjoyable enough I suppose. I wonder if knowing the characters better will help.
I've watched both series of this. I find it reasonably amusing, but not all-time-classic material.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 3106

Re: Countdown Bristol 2018

I've booked into the Lewins Mead Premier Inn for both Friday and Saturday. Decent location and £110 in total. Also, it's the top-ranked Bristol hotel on Tripadvisor!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Leak...
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Re: The Leak...

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:25 am
Maybe a better story is to leak the success of Apterites on countdown over the last 10 years or more
That would be fun.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Leak...
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Re: The Leak...

Pretending to clap though? You're just a bunch of fraudsters.

I like the bit where they've worked out the number of "please"s that minimises overall complaints.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 5th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 4)
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Spoilers for Friday 5th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 4)

Ray Wilding wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:16 pm
SUPERATE in R2

LEVATOR in R4, I didn't get the 8.
ROTAVATE. I got it!
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 394
Views: 32472

Re: Politics in General

It's really bad that we still have homeless people and people that feel the need to beg on the streets isn't it? Well yes, but apparently only because they might spoil some sort of "royal wedding".
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA18 - Saturday 31st March 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: COREA18 - Saturday 31st March 2018

Easter Saturday this year?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 184
Views: 12884

Re: Music

I've never been one to really actively seek out music, but I used to listen the top 40 and watch Top of the Pops etc. Now I'm too lazy to seek out the top 40 on the radio, and there is no TOTP, except at Christmas and new year. But anyway, I do sometimes stick the radio on, and from what I've gather...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 733

Re: Deathwatch 2018

I propose picking a constant x (we're essentially doing it with 1 here), 1.05 seems like a decent value from playing around a little bit feel free to change, and then a fixed age N (say 90) and then multiplying whatever points you would get by x^(N-[age of death]). This is just a suggestion after a...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 733

Re: Deathwatch 2018

If we're gonna suggest rule changes I think 120 is too high. It ruins the risk reward element of going for young people. You may as well just pick a list of people over 90. I know people are living longer than ever but who realistically lives to 120? To get over 20 points for people in their 90s is...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 23007

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:21 am
also requesting all lists to not have duplicates of others.
Really? Bit sneaky to get your list in before the rule exists and then make it a rule!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 733

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:36 pm
I also think points deduction for those already seriously ill.
Leah Bracknell is a shoe in
How are you going to define that objectively though?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 23007

Re: Deathwatch 2017

We'll need a new thread for 2018 soon as well. I'm not sure any of mine have died, so I could just submit the same entry again.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 3106

Re: Countdown Bristol 2018

Mark Murray wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:50 pm
Doors open at 10am for a 11pm start
Maybe you've gone a bit too far?

I'm probably coming to this by the way. I'll come to Za Za Bazaar as well, even if you guys go somewhere else!
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 23007

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Quite a good list here.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 38323

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who wear the so called "fashionable" ripped jeans. It looks tacky. What's even more stupid is that they pay full price for these jeans, sometimes even more than an unripped pair. Why don't they just buy a pair of well-worn second-hand jeans from a charity shop or something? It would be much ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 38323

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who wear the so called "fashionable" ripped jeans. It looks tacky. What's even more stupid is that they pay full price for these jeans, sometimes even more than an unripped pair. Why don't they just buy a pair of well-worn second-hand jeans from a charity shop or something? It would be much ...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13th November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 94)
Replies: 23
Views: 2111

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13th November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 94)

As a small afterthought, after someone has thought for a while and gone for the 'safe seven', Susie will sometimes ask them what their 'dodgy eight' was. I'd like to see this more often. When they come up with a word it's interesting to find out if it's valid or not. If they don't have a word to of...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16 November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 97)
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 16 November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 97)

Always something unnerving about the Gyles and Susie sideshow. He invades her personal space and peers intensely, while she sits as far away from him as she can without actually falling off her chair. Not as bad as it used to be, when a younger Susie was clearly highly uncomfortable and there was s...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13th November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 94)
Replies: 23
Views: 2111

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13th November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 94)

I'll say again. Hesitate for a nanosecond and it's obvious you are trying to match your opponent's word after the time, so you're cheating. If you find yourself in that situation the only thing you can do is say "I'll stick with a safe seven", which at least makes it possible that you had a dodgy e...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1826
Views: 116450

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Yes, welcome and to anyone else who has posted above with little or no response.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 23007

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Tom S wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:12 pm
Leon Bernicoff of Leon and June fame on Gogglebox has sadly passed away.
Scraping the barrel now.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd December 2017 (Series 77, GRAND FINAL!)
Replies: 12
Views: 1020

Re: Spoilers for Friday 22nd December 2017 (Series 77, GRAND FINAL!)

Tom S wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:50 pm
Great game. Great show. Great players. Great series. Need I say more? Well done to both!
I echo this. Except to add - shit conundrum. Should be a real word.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 20th December 2017 (Series 77, SF1)
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 20th December 2017 (Series 77, SF1)

Interestingly, Tom's 134 comes almost exactly 2 years to the day that Jonathan Wynn compiled his 134, also in his semi final (on 22/12/2015). For almost 2 years no one matched or beat this. Seeing as it wasn't the exact day, high scores will often be achieved by the best players, finals are always ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th December 2017 (Series 77, QF4)
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th December 2017 (Series 77, QF4)

Probably the best game of the series so far!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2018 - Saturday 24th March 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1349

Re: CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2018 - Saturday 24th March 2018

This might be a bit close to the London Marathon for me, but we'll see.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2018 - Saturday 24th March 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1349

Re: CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2018 - Saturday 24th March 2018

These will be 10-round matches, as per the current television format, bar the fact that the last part is just a conundrum (6L 3N 1C). This format is unblanced and mental. Why not just have nine-rounders, as it's only one round difference anyway? I'd understand if it was a "real" (TV) format, but yo...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.
Replies: 27
Views: 1750

Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.

...but Farah is a contender for the best British athlete ever. I don't get this and I don't get why it's being pushed so hard by the media. He's occupying much the same position now as Bekele was ten years ago (and Bekele had a lot more competition, given that he and virtually everyone else was can...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 23007

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:26 pm
Heinz Wolfe has passed away
Wolff though isn't it?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 15th December 2017 (Series 77, QF2)
Replies: 15
Views: 784

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

Noel Mc wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:25 pm
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!
Yeah, forgot Bradley scored in that round.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 15th December 2017 (Series 77, QF2)
Replies: 15
Views: 784

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

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:22 pm
James could have got 814 from that and he'd be 7 points up right now.
And he lost by 6!
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)
Replies: 35
Views: 2569

Re: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)

Easy win for James today. He was never really troubled.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 15th December 2017 (Series 77, QF2)
Replies: 15
Views: 784

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

James could have got 814 from that and he'd be 7 points up right now.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)
Replies: 35
Views: 2569

Re: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)

In future, could it be a good idea for people to come up with their own margins? Maybe with different choices depending on who contests the semis/finals (or change them up as the results come in like real fantasy football)? A lot of people guess winning margins anyway so might as well combine these...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 115
Views: 6981

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

Chris Froome now in trouble. It's astounding the number of asthma sufferers you find at the top level of cycling It's reckoned that the training that elite athletes do actually brings on the asthma. And I think asthma medication is open to all athletes anyway. For most of the past decade, Olympic a...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)
Replies: 35
Views: 2569

Re: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)

Today's game was tight. Tom looked like he had it until that conundrum spot from Graeme. 40 points up after 9 rounds as well.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 115)
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 115)

Richard Priest wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:58 pm
Bit of an un-PC introduction of the challenger. Wouldn't surprise me if there are a few complaints about that one.
I missed the introduction. Did he do a rendition of "Who ate all the pies?"
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 115)
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 115)

I think Rachel was a bit too encouraging in round 14 when that guy was doing the numbers. She should have left him to it a bit more to see if he could make it on his own.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 115)
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 115)

Bradley Horrocks wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:42 pm
TELLINA as a less significant beater in same round
Also in that round was ENTAIL for six. Worth mentioning because DC seemed to go for desperate measures in getting a six by getting a very obscure word (can't remember what it was).
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Game of the Year (GotY) 2017 - nominations
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: Game of the Year (GotY) 2017 - nominations

Since this is Apterous' 10th year, could we also do a Game of the Decade? Yes we could, nice idea! It'd be easy. Just do it after the 2017 winner is chosen... Allow people vote on what they consider the greatest of the 10 annual winners so far. I've been running the annual poll since 2010, the year...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 23007

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:12 pm
Charles Manson and Jana Novotna.
Tom S wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:03 am
Couple of days late but Jana Novotna.
Yeah, you were.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 23007

Re: Deathwatch 2017

by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 515
Views: 69764

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Had one last night where I seemed to have eventually got around to applying and filming for Countdown. Now, I must have been suffering from amnesia or something because I somehow could not remember ever filming at all despite the fact 3 of my episodes had aired, with me scoring a record 154 in the ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)
Replies: 35
Views: 2569

Re: Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)

Ray Wilding wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:49 pm
I'll play it fast and loose...

Game 1: HIGHER
Game 2: HIGHER
Game 3: HIGHER
Game 4: HIGHER
Game 5: HIGHER
Game 6: HIGHER
Game 7: HIGHER
Interesting. In which case:

Game 1: LOWER
Game 2: LOWER
Game 3: LOWER
Game 4: LOWER
Game 5: LOWER
Game 6: LOWER
Game 7: LOWER
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 305
Views: 27385

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

At the Huddersfield parkrun before CO:Hud, me and Mike Springett both took part, and here are the results with points in brackets : 10. Gevin Chapwell - 19:04 (66.7) 97. Mike Springett - 23:23 (33.3) And here is the updated points table: 1. Gevin Chapwell - 355 2. Mike Springett - 110 3. Oliver Gar...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 110)
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 110)

RAJOID.

(I just took the S off RAIOIDS and did a search to find it.)
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 115
Views: 6981

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

https://www.balls.ie/athletics/doug-logan-378970 Great article this. Yeah, I don't think it's anything new though. I think it's been discussed before that you could just allow anything, but the women would end up as men, and the men would and up as monsters, and young people wouldn't aspire to be l...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 227
Views: 16302

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

On Robot Wars, they've just had the grand final. I won't put any major spoilers, but I quite enjoyed the 10-way fight at the start. But I think it would have been much better without the pit or house robots. In fact the whole show would. And the Fog of War is just pathetic. Also, Detectorists and Ma...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 110)
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 110)

...are we being trolled? This is the first time for a while I've wanted to be really disparaging about the ability of a contestant... but she is, so far, bloody hopeless. I was going to say the same about both contestants yesterday. Though the winner got 90, it could easily have been about 30. Toda...