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by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 12
Views: 468

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

Ye, we need to be hush-hush about the details of recordings, I suppose. Clause 7 in the user agreement and all that... (Just in case people are wondering why some posts here got deleted.) I'm not a massive fan of the way this poll is set up here... One on facebook would work better, coz you would s...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 24 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 15)
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Spoilers for Monday 24 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 15)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:40 pm
Were there Ibuleve ads today?
Ibuleve so.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 12
Views: 468

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

Days correspond to guests (I've always assumed) so this could be checked easily enough.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 11961

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I've done the Lincoln parkrun twice.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 2692

Re: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?

Always wondered who that was. And back OT... If you define 'ordinary' to mean 'non-apterite' then there's a slim possibility as there are plenty of top Scrabblers who haven't had a crack at the show yet and have the potential to do well (John Hardie is certainly one of the top Scrabblers in the cou...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 123
Views: 5060

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Anyone fancy a trip here?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 284
Views: 19886

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

I just checked this for the first time in a while and Conrad Teixeira has jumped from 14th to 9th with a time of 20:07! Right, I'm going to put up a ranking list of Countdown/Apterous parkrunners. I'll check it every so often to see if anyone's beaten their PB, and if anyone is really insistent that...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 2692

Re: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:29 pm
I wasn't an Apterite for more than a handful of days when I did my heats, if that lends any credence here.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, does an ordinary person look back at you?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 77
Views: 5999

Re: TENNIS

I think Federer's two grand slam titles this year make his claim for greatest ever stronger than it was before. As I alluded to before, Nadal had generally had the better of him in grand slam finals, so winning the Australian Open against Nadal definitely makes a difference. And Nadal is still playi...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 2692

Re: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?

Since this thread was last posted in, I think I'm right in saying that all series winners have been Apterites, and I think this pretty much instantly disqualifies them from being "ordinary". If someone had just played a couple of games on Apterous so it hadn't affected their skill level too much, th...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 9)
Replies: 5
Views: 922

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 13 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 9)

Philip Wilson wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:21 pm
As Nick was asking who in the audience could solve the conundrum I said 'Anthony Endsor' ! Ok, I spotted him a few days ago but it was still a bit spooky!
And what you've also not told us is that you've got Anthony Endsor Tourette's, so you were bound to be right eventually!
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 48
Views: 4148

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:42 pm
Well, since this thread looks like it may have run its course
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Ongoing series 77 general discussion thread (will contain spoilers!!!)
Replies: 7
Views: 1259

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

I didn't notice it, but did notice that 228 had come up a few times recently - it came up in a Cats game recently I think too.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 9)
Replies: 5
Views: 922

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 13 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 9)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:37 pm
ARTILISED as a beater in the LARDIEST round.

Which Grand Prix is going on tomorrow?
British GP (in Formula One) - though just the practice.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Has MOTLIER ever actually been valid?
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Has MOTLIER ever actually been valid?

The stupid thing is that there's nothing obvious to say that you'll get any more detail by paying for a subscription. There's nothing to get people interested in their paid-for service at all, because there's no reason to believe it even exists unless you already know about it.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th July 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 944

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th July 2017

Came here to post OMNIBUSES. I'll go away again then.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 7th July 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 668

Spoilers for Friday 7th July 2017

That was amazing listening to Susie Dent talking about people having the horsiest face while sitting right next to Greg Rusedski. I wonder what he thought of it.

Edit - Oh and lots of beaters or equallers or something around today as well, blah blah blah.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 11961

Re: Deathwatch 2017

by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th June 2017 (Series 76, QF4)
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th June 2017 (Series 76, QF4)

Good game. I actually thought Annie was the stronger player anyway despite her lower seeding. Elliott bulked up his points score by getting all his conundrums, but I found him easier to beat than Annie during their runs. Also, I might have mentioned this before, but Elliott always picked three vowel...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 48
Views: 4148

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Robbo will be livid.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 26th June 2017 (Series 76, QF3)
Replies: 8
Views: 783

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

I was surprised Wes didn't consider CHITTIES risky. I mean, it's in, but CHITTIES?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 26th June 2017 (Series 76, QF3)
Replies: 8
Views: 783

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

Yeah, good game. Did Wesley have a risky 9 in the ETHNICIST round? Was it tinchiest?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 9239

Re: EU Referendum

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:49 pm
Interesting statistic . 13.5% of Brexiters have changed their mind
Do you have a source for this though?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown
Replies: 0
Views: 448

New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown

I thought I might start a thread about this, because they can be hard to catch. There was one on last week, and I think tonight as well, but I'll catch that on All4.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New set
Replies: 9
Views: 3323

Re: New set

Peter Clarke wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:39 pm
The actual new set has been shown on Cats Does Countdown this month.
Glad you mentioned that. They keep showing so may repeats that I was completely unaware that they'd started sneaking in some new ones. They're really hard to keep track of!
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st June 2017 (Series 76, QF1)
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st June 2017 (Series 76, QF1)

Good game. I think some people underestimated James a bit by how much they were predicting Stephen would win by, but after a slow start I think he gave a good account of himself. But well played both, and I'm looking forward to the rest!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 48
Views: 4148

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Image

By the way, why do Meakin's all appear as links to start with before turning into pictures?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16th June 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 502

Spoilers for Thursday 16th June 2017

A nice way of doing the last numbers was to multiply the two large numbers together first as the target was near to 625. So: 100*50/8-9+7 = 623. Or maybe even nicer: (100*50-9-7)/8 = 623. Rachel did 89*7 and pointed out that it's a product of two primes, but a product of two primes isn't worthy of a...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 76 Finals - predictions (may contain spoilers)
Replies: 15
Views: 1315

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

By the way, I think Elliott's conundrums are slightly overrated. He may have got them all but not in the impressive speeds of a really top player. I think they were mostly fairly gettable anyway.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 76 Finals - predictions (may contain spoilers)
Replies: 15
Views: 1315

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

First of all, OMG spoilerz . But other than that, I'd agree with the way the poll is going that Stephen Read is the clear favourite. I'm not sure I'd agree that 2 to 7 are quite close though. I think Jeff and Moose are quite a way clear of Wesley and Lawrie, for example. (At the time of their runs a...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Have DC guests become worse or have I just become more intolerant?
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: Have DC guests become worse or have I just become more intolerant?

I don't watch live and I fast forward most of the guests, but I'm not sure if that proportion would be any different in a different era. The most recent I didn't fast forward was Dan Walker. He's quite the raconteur.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13 June 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 13 June 2017

875 = 50 × 7 × (8 − 6) × 5 ÷ 4 Maybe Rachel saw this late. Can't help thinking that multiplying by 2 and dividing by 4 is a sub-optimal solution. Maybe showboating? It was basically 50/2 × 35. If you're not showboating you'd divide by 2 first and never go above the target. Maybe she did see it late...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 48
Views: 4148

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Image

And we're done.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

Marc Meakin: Lots of things.

Ian Volante: Response to one of the lots of things but quoted the whole thing.

Marc Meakin: Assumed Ian had responded to one of the other things.

Ian Volante: Huh?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:36 am
They would do anything for a bit of power.
The principled ex MP Nick Cleft can testify to that
I think they've probably learnt their lesson from last time.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

One other good thing about this result is that hung parliaments give extra weight to the argument for proportional representation. Out of the last three elections, we've had two hung parliaments and one near miss. The main argument people use for wanting to keep First Past the Post is that it gives ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 11961

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Yep. Sad news.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

I'm actually quite cool with the outcome. It's not ideal, in that the Conservatives are still the largest party and are still in charge, but other than that pretty much everything went the way I would have wanted. I freely admit to being a Corbyn fanboy and I'm really gratified that - despite the b...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

While it was quite pleasing to see Theresa May and the Tories doing far worse than they expected and thoroughly embarrassing themselves, when it comes down to it, the Tories are still in government, and so not much has really changed. And while they will have to be a bit more careful about their leg...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

Adam Gillard wrote:
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:55 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:10 pm
Around 21% chance of Corbyn as Prime Minister according to Betfair.

Edit - follow it here.
What are the chances of Toby Pereira as Prime Minister?
I can't find the odds for that one.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

Around 21% chance of Corbyn as Prime Minister according to Betfair.

Edit - follow it here.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

Exit poll suggests that Labour + LibDems + SNP + Green is very similar to Tories. Last time it slightly underestimated the Tories' vote. It could be tight, which itself is much more than most people expected.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 11961

Re: Deathwatch 2017

by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 11961

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:48 pm
My mistake.
And what a big mistake. You must be considering retiring from the internet.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 11961

Re: Deathwatch 2017

by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: IRC Countdown...in 2016?
Replies: 36
Views: 3140

Re: IRC Countdown...in 2016?

Greetings, I'm HC2. Hello. You'll also probably wonder why my pseudonym is HC2 (actually you probably won't lol). HC stands for Human Calculator, which is a nickname I've always had since I seem to have a weird natural ability in that I can give you the answer to any arithmetic equation faster than...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in King's Lynn (Co:KL) - Saturday 27th May
Replies: 8
Views: 3351

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

A bit late, but awesome event, Mike! I just wanted to mention that there was some controversy over some of the conundrums, because the answers were a verb + S, and there was some debate over whether they are allowed or whether it's only plurals that end in S that can't be conundrums. My understandin...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June

I've watched it back and the conversation basically goes like this: Dan: If you got - IRONIC's in there, can you throw an AL on the end? Can you make IRONICAL? Susie: Ah, that's always the big debate. Dan: Is this a regular Countdown debate? Susie: Not in Countdown, but it's in the dictionary, yes. ...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1676

Re: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017

I don't think the free version of the dictionary gives any inflections nowadays.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June

Susie seemed to imply IRONICAL wouldn't have been allowed had it been declared, yet it's perfectly fine on apterous. It seemed she said "Yeah, not on Countdown but it's in the dictionary" when asked if it was okay. CILANTRO as an equaller in the same round. It wasn't clear what her point was. Also ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

Lots of respect for Mr Fallon for his comments last night about the Tories but after the coalition fiasco, I cannot bring myself to vote Lib Dems. By the way could one of you politics experts explain the situation about if there is a hung parliament and the Tories have a small lead but not an overa...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:10 pm
Also, do we reckon Dan got all the words he was implying he got?
Probably. He says often enough that it wasn't him.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st June

Susie seemed to imply IRONICAL wouldn't have been allowed had it been declared, yet it's perfectly fine on apterous. It seemed she said "Yeah, not on Countdown but it's in the dictionary" when asked if it was okay. CILANTRO as an equaller in the same round. It wasn't clear what her point was. Also ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

By the way, according to Betfair, Jeremy Corbyn has approximately a 15% chance of being the Prime Minister after the election. That's non-negligible.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

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

I'm just watching last night's debate on the iPlayer - what exactly is wrong with Paul Nuttall mentioning "Islamist extremism"? I hate UKIP as much as the next man, but all he said in the section on terrorist attacks was that a very small minority of people from the Muslim community were extremists ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed May 31, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1676

Re: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017

In one of the rounds I saw defamity. Not being sure it's a word I checked on the site I think we use, https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/ - and it defaulted to defamer. It didn't say 'no exact match' though, which I usually see! So was I right or wrong? It's not valid on Apterous but that's not nece...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue May 30, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 30 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 99)
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 30 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 99)

I still just don't think it's likely that he's going to make #1 seed for the series, as Nick apparently hoped he would do..... It's almost like Nick doesn't know how the seeding works. But anyway, Moose has really taken off in the last few games. I think he was a little bit lucky today in that all ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon May 29, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1676

Re: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017

Peter Mabey wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Last numbers: (75-7)x50x9/(10x10) = 306
Nice method. I did it a different way (outside the time) - (75+10+10-50)*7-9 = 306.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun May 28, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 284
Views: 19886

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

As well as my updated PB, James Laverty improved his PB from 19:45 to 19:27 over the weekend, now looking to put some pressure on James Bradley. Right, I'm going to put up a ranking list of Countdown/Apterous parkrunners. I'll check it every so often to see if anyone's beaten their PB, and if anyone...