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by Elliott Mellor
Sat May 20, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Irritable vowel syndrome
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Irritable vowel syndrome

Great topic to start with I guess.
Serves him right for his consonant-loving ways. And it produced a beautiful HETAIRA.
by Elliott Mellor
Thu May 18, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.
Replies: 5
Views: 537

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.

Congrats to Stephen on becoming an octochamp, a member of the 900 club and also the all centuries club :D Think TRILOGUES was there in the OUTLIERS round. Shame you had to suffer the most boring dictionary guest I've ever witnessed for the last part of your run. Gives the impression he'd rather be ...
by Elliott Mellor
Tue May 16, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.
Replies: 5
Views: 537

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.

He must be fairly high up on the max % and number of maxes list...he hardly missed a thing!
by Elliott Mellor
Tue May 16, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.
Replies: 5
Views: 537

Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.

Congrats to Stephen on becoming an octochamp, a member of the 900 club and also the all centuries club :D Think TRILOGUES was there in the OUTLIERS round. Shame you had to suffer the most boring dictionary guest I've ever witnessed for the last part of your run. Gives the impression he'd rather be e...
by Elliott Mellor
Wed May 10, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 10 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 86)
Replies: 6
Views: 660

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

Aye, he's been unlucky to have a fair few bad selections and only one (relatively obscure) 9 thus far. Still on track to get 888, which is more than respectable.
by Elliott Mellor
Wed May 03, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd May 2017

2nd nums (within time too!)
(25*100-7)/(2+1)-9=822
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 24th April 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1166

Re: Spoilers for Monday, 24th April 2017

MOUSERY available in the MOUSER round, surprised DC didn't pick up on this.

Nick clearly fudged that last numbers game. "Twen--ty fi-ve timeeees twooo"
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th April 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1553

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th April 2017

Berkan seemed somewhat surprised when Rachel said that 77*12=924. Makes you wonder if he had perhaps miscalculated It as something like 914 and added on the 10 after, but just blagged that that was his final step when Rachel said 924. The way he said it certainly didn't make it sound like that was h...
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1141

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:15 pm
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!
Or even three, as I believe has happened on the show before.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1141

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

COLIN XII attendees who are good at Touchdown may have seen the exceptionally rare 9 that was one letter out in the DIOXIN round... I actually did spot that it would have been there but for one letter, which made me look very smart lol. Anyone else get the impression that Berkan is really nervous?
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6849

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Possibly not a great surprise but Emma Marano - formerly the world's oldest person - has died today at the age of 117. I think this also means that the only people who are living now were born in or after 1900 (but will have to check that out). I thought she might reach 118, but having followed all...
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13th April
Replies: 0
Views: 941

Spoilers for Thursday 13th April

Just feel it's worth mentioning that OUTLIED was spelt perfectly backwards on the board.... :)
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 12th April 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1090

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 12th April 2017

ISOGENIC as a beater in the last letters round.

I was rooting for the challenger to win today, he was so cheerful :)
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 6th April 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 6th April 2017

Loved his consonants did today's challenger. 6C3V every time urgh.
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?
Replies: 19
Views: 2714

Re: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

Good luck with your audition today, L'oisleatch McGraw!
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 4 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 61)
Replies: 4
Views: 969

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 4 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 61)

My dad, who normally is quite bad at the game and comes up with loads of invalid words, walked in the room in r10, looked at the screen and instantly said "what about RETINOL for 7?". Not the max, but still a pretty good find.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd April 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Re: Spoilers for Monday 3rd April 2017

"An inverted L please Rachel"...come on....what's wrong with "3 large and 3 small"?

However, a very well deserved win and well done on octochampdom and number1seeddom Jeff:-)
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29 March 2017

A blip today for Jeff today, though I'm sure he needn't worry.
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 14 March 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1139

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday March 14

Aye, it certainly sounded like it. Didn't really affect the outcome of the match luckily. Perhaps Nick had just become accustomed to him being a good player and so assumed he'd said the right answer. The only possible thing this could affect is what seed he is for the finals, though fortunately the ...
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13 March 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13 March 2017

Believe PILOTARI is okay though B-)
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday 8th March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 649

Re: Wednesday 8th March 2017

Tough conundrum today!
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 6 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 574

Re: Spoilers for Monday 6 March 2017

TRIGONAL as well in that round
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st March 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1266

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st March 2017

Method for first nums for the 4 largers:
((100+6)*3*75+50)/25
Well in time as well, though really it's just standard 4l stuff.
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ways to improve your Countdowning skills...
Replies: 11
Views: 2097

Re: Best ways to improve your Countdowning skills...

I've always thought the largest simple improvement the average contestant could make is to learn how to do 'one large'. 1. If your solution starts with, say, 100x6=600 you can multiply any of the other numbers by 6 as well - (100-4)x6=576. 2. If your solution starts with, say, 100x3x2=600 you can m...
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ways to improve your Countdowning skills...
Replies: 11
Views: 2097

Re: Best ways to improve your Countdowning skills...

This is going to be a good read this thread I think, I could certainly use some help!
#milesawayfromserieschamp
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Warning
Replies: 5
Views: 691

Re: Warning

What exactly were the 'apterous lessons' meant to be? Surely you learn yourself by playing apterous? As a relative newby here if someone had offered me 'apterous lessons' for any amount of money I'd have declined rather firmly. That's not to say I think it's right for anyone to be conned out of mone...
by Elliott Mellor
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown
Replies: 44
Views: 3229

Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

I know I am always in awe watching the better contestants, and a few years ago when I didn't really watch Countdown I still watched Countdown for a few days in one series when I had happened to accidentally tune in when someone amazing was playing and I was in awe at how good they were. I even watch...
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16th February 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 627

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 16th February 2017

What I would give for Rachel to, just once, say something like 'Asia' next time someone says 'Continent' instead of 'Consonant'.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13 February 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 25)
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13 February 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 25)

Nice to see APTEROUS make an appearance :)
Even if there was a 9 there with SPORULATE.
by Elliott Mellor
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 465
Views: 55898

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

620-itis is probably stemmed from his horrible numbers game miss with a target of 620. I had a weird dream last night...I dreamt that I'd gone to see a Countdown recording with a family friend, which for some reason was in the hall of my college. Just as I sat down, I received a text of Damian Eadie...
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: The Future Of Recaps
Replies: 15
Views: 2121

Re: The Future Of Recaps

I's be happy to do some recaps, though it appears that this subforum has long since ended :(
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 6th February 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: Spoilers for Monday 6th February 2017

A fine accolade in solving all 8 conundrums, with terrific speed too!
Well done Elliott Mack!
by Elliott Mellor
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 486
Views: 26837

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Don't say that. Furthermore, what's done on apto stays on apto I think is the general consensus. Don't dwell on it.
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 465
Views: 55898

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

I've been infected by the bug it seems... Only a short dream, but a very peculiar one nonetheless. It starts on apterous where I'm chatting away to people on there when out of the blue Giles Hutchings tells me he needs my help on something. It turns out he's got £1000000 to improve University Challe...
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 31 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 16)
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 31 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 16)

Have to say I was a little annoyed that Elliott Mack tried to play a dirty tactic earlier on, I'm pretty sure he didn't have an 8 there. However, his conundrum speed is really something, certainly not someone you'd want to face in crucial!
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 13)
Replies: 7
Views: 501

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 13)

If I can be bothered either later or tomorrow, I'll do some analysis on average number of darrens, max etc per episode this series vs last and see if there is any noticeable difference. It certainly seems that way, a lot more duplicated letters in rounds for certain. Wonder why this is.
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 13)
Replies: 7
Views: 501

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 13)

VERY consistent! Wonder if that has happened before?

Is it me, or have the selections been a lot less favourable lately?
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 24th January 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 444

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 24 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 11)

BUSTLINE r8
Interesting on the 679 solution it sounded as though 97*7 wasn't the full solution and he just stopped when Rachel said '679'. I think he possibly miscalculated the 97*7 and managed to just play it off when Rachel said 97*7=679.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 23 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 10)
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Spoilers for Monday 23 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 10)

I got MORULAE too, and managed to slip it in my conversation with Susie at the end (mispronounced it though!)
by Elliott Mellor
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)
Replies: 16
Views: 600

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)

For the 841 numbers game, I actually solved this in the audience and went to Rachel after they had finished recording with my solution. We went and found the numbers paper used for that round and I was allowed to write up my solution to it on that very paper with that very pen. She even wrote me a ...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)
Replies: 16
Views: 600

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)

It's not too amazing when you look at the method used. I eliminated getting close and adding/subtracting and just tried to get there by going above and dividing down. So I was aiming for 4205 with a 5 left over to divide it by, and spotted that method.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)
Replies: 16
Views: 600

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)

The 841 solution is ((100-10)*(50-3)-25)/5. There's been quite a lot of bad editing in terms of hands appearing lol.
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)
Replies: 16
Views: 600

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)

I can also confirm that PORNIER was indeed found by DC, but Gyles got a bit excited over it and that's why it has been edited out.
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)
Replies: 16
Views: 600

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)

For the 841 numbers game, I actually solved this in the audience and went to Rachel after they had finished recording with my solution. We went and found the numbers paper used for that round and I was allowed to write up my solution to it on that very paper with that very pen. She even wrote me a m...
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 16 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 5)
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Spoilers for Monday 16 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 5)

PAROLEIN r8 I think

Suzy's a really good spotter of words, certainly one of the most talented non-apterites there has been.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown words spotted in real life
Replies: 106
Views: 13601

Re: Countdown words spotted in real life

Couple of quotes from a history text I was reading today... 'It was a grandiose old ship' '2 gaolers and a clergyman were accused of his murder' Noone else had ever come across the word gaoler before and I wanted to scream something like "HOW CAN YOU NEVER HAVE HEARD OF THAT WORD!!?? IT'S A REGULAR ...
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 5th January 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 5th January 2017

I got all 4 8s in the PTOMAINE round, but I still missed the word I perhaps should have spotted most - APTEROUS:-P Yeah she is undoubtedly a good player, but she missed a few apto-words that might cost her if she comes up against one. However she seems like she could certainly octo and perhaps even ...
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 5th January 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 5th January 2017

Wow, what a performance from Suzy! She seems like strong material, especially considering she isn't an apterite (unless she uses a pseudonym?). I have to confess I missed APTEROUS :oops: Though to be fair it's a tough word to spot. If she keeps the same average every day and octos, she'll post a ver...
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 41
Views: 2471

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

It's not beyond the realms of possibility, but there are so many limiting factors that can affect your score. You're more likely to score a higher octototal if you say, film 3 games at the end of a series and then have a month's break before your next recordings than you are if you film 8 across 2 d...
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6849

Re: Deathwatch 2017

There's a few people who I am fairly certain will die in 2017, but I'm not morbid enough to compete in something that relies on people dying.
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 41
Views: 2471

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

Just going to put my point of view across in here. While I don't doubt that 1000 is possible for a player to achieve in an octorun, indeed most octoruns have maxes of 1000+ available due to the new dictionary words, I still can't really envisage it happening on the show. The reasons for this are: 1)...
by Elliott Mellor
Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)

Just want to add my congratulations to Martin here, a well deserved series champion. You played very well all the way through and held your nerve against a strong opponent. Loved the conundrum, though I have to admit to being a bit disappointed that Martin didn't buzz in with gandiseeg when he didn'...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: IRC Countdown...in 2016?
Replies: 34
Views: 2310

Re: IRC Countdown...in 2016?

Ooh...tough one...erm...erm..:-P
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: IRC Countdown...in 2016?
Replies: 34
Views: 2310

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 Elliott Mellor
Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: IRC Countdown...in 2016?
Replies: 34
Views: 2310

Re: IRC Countdown...in 2016?

Greetings, I'm HC2. I've known about this site for several months now, and Chris Marshall also mentioned it when I sat next to him at a Countdown recording in October. I have come over due to needing tougher competition and just in general needing something better than what I was using. The exotic v...