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by Elliott Mellor
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 1019

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

What arguments is he giving for them being fake, exactly?
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 70)
Replies: 11
Views: 1123

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 70)

Happy to also get a max game here. Felt really bad for Susan - she seemed very strong on the letters and if her numbers had been up to scratch she could have had 11 or 12 maxes. One of the more capable contestants of late and I was rooting for her to win.
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Impossible Rachel
Replies: 20
Views: 3172

Re: Impossible Rachel

Countdown Team wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:16 pm
We tell Rachel if the game is impossible.

……

Edit to add......
How do we know it's impossible? We text Elliott Mellor.
Only just seen this :lol:
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A Word of Thanks
Replies: 13
Views: 1137

Re: A Word of Thanks

Noel, It's been an absolute delight to know you as part of the community. As has been echoed above you're the greatest 4 large player there has ever been and the 925 numbers solve in your semi final will always remain an iconic moment. I have very fond memories of being soundly beaten in 4 large rou...
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 9015

Re: C of C Draw......

James Robinson wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:03 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:02 pm
What with Rhys wondering about Annie, I'm wondering if Jeff Clayton was invited?
He wasn't, I was so shocked that he didn't even get an invite, especially as there's only one from S76.
If that's the only basis you have for his case, I'm not surprised he wasn't invited at all.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Impossible Rachel
Replies: 20
Views: 3172

Re: Impossible Rachel

My simulations indicate that the estimates of the number of impossible answers are: no big numbers: 16.97% one big number : 2.73% two big numbers: 1.92% three big numbers: 5.35% four big numbers: 10.19% Do these estimates look reasonable? If I want a solution then I would pick two big numbers. Not ...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 9015

Re: C of C Draw......

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:23 am
Whilst I actually remember (and can't quite believe it hasn't come up) - Annie Humphries, was she invited?
I think she was invited but declined.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 115843

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Had a brief dream last night that Eddy Byrne had the world record for the longest marriage, at 95 years and was still going. Or sommat like that.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 36
Views: 3185

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Essentially the question was, what if what's shown on TV isn't the same as what happens in the studio. C1 and C2 are level going into the conundrum. Nobody gets it. They're given a tiebreak, and C1 gets it. The first conundrum is cut out for some reason. Does it count as a tiebreak? I think this is...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 36
Views: 3185

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Q: in event of a TB which is cut from broadcast (such as my first show), will this go down as a margin of 10 or a TB? Here’s how it will work: … In the event of a tie-break conundrum, this will be taken to be a 0 point win. ... Best of luck! I don't think that answers the question as well as you th...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 36
Views: 3185

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:53 pm
Q: in event of a TB which is cut from broadcast (such as my first show), will this go down as a margin of 10 or a TB?
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:13 am


Here’s how it will work:


In the event of a tie-break conundrum, this will be taken to be a 0 point win.

...

Best of luck!
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 12th September 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 900

Re: Spoilers for 12th September 2018

NASTALIQ!!!! <3 :D :D :D :D :D
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 115843

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Very detailed one last night...in this dream, I'm actually in champion of champions and it's implied I've won a series. My first match is against Spike, and I somehow beat him about 120ish to 50ish (heavily unrealistic!). The first rounds starts with Spike declaring 7 to my 8 and it turns out he had...
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 115843

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:06 pm
I dreamt that Dylan Taylor was the Tory candidate in my constituency at the next general election. What happened next is not appropriate for this board.
The Tories got elected?
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: incoherency solver
Replies: 23
Views: 2074

Re: incoherency solver

Gavin Chipper: Elliott Mellor: I am using the incoherency solver and it often gives more than one solution. My original question was whether the solution set is complete. If incoherency gives only one answer then my question is not a meaningful question in the first place. Mathematics is never cons...
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: incoherency solver
Replies: 23
Views: 2074

Re: incoherency solver

I've just checked and it actually seems you are now right, it does give more than one solution. However I am certain this never used to be the case. It seems the solution set is complete - I just typed in a set of numbers and target that should give loads of solutions and indeed it gave me a heck of...
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: incoherency solver
Replies: 23
Views: 2074

Re: incoherency solver

Gavin Chipper: Thanks for the pointer to the "can of worms". I do not wish to re-open this "can of worms" but the equivalence problem is not exactly "rocket science"; any competent mathematician should be able to solve the problem. Maybe they could, but then another mathematician could solve the pr...
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: incoherency solver
Replies: 23
Views: 2074

Re: incoherency solver

Elliott Mellor: "More than 1. It will only ever give 1 solution regardless of whether there is 2 solutions or 200 solutions." I do not understand your statement. I have seen up to six alternative solutions from the incoherency solver. I've never really cared that much about it, but from any times I...
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)
Replies: 11
Views: 905

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)

Ryan Lam wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:18 am

Alternative to R6: ((25 x 2) + 6) x 10 + (4 x 3)
This was the way my mum did it, she promptly felt very proud of herself for getting one right :)
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: incoherency solver
Replies: 23
Views: 2074

Re: incoherency solver

Gavin Chipper: Thanks for the pointer to the "can of worms". I do not wish to re-open this "can of worms" but the equivalence problem is not exactly "rocket science"; any competent mathematician should be able to solve the problem. Going back to the incoherency solver, suppose that there are "too m...
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: incoherency solver
Replies: 23
Views: 2074

Re: incoherency solver

Owen Carroll: Why are you so certain that the incoherency solver gives all possible solutions to a given problem? I presume that you have not analysed each and every problem. Of course he hasn't analysed every single problem - he hasn't the time and nor has anyone. I can safely say that the numbers...
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 34)
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 34)

Owen Carroll wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:51 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:16 pm
After the conundrum went unsolved, Nick rolled it right away. I've often wondered why this sometimes happens - is it because someone in the audience guessed it wrong or some other reason?
Maybe sometimes they can forget?
Could be, just wondered if there was something more.
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 34)
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 34)

After the conundrum went unsolved, Nick rolled it right away. I've often wondered why this sometimes happens - is it because someone in the audience guessed it wrong or some other reason?
by Elliott Mellor
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 19
Views: 2666

Re: Special event for former contestants?

The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000. Really doubt it'd be even close to that tbh. Most one time winners who were on 12 years ago aren't going to be interes...
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 6th August 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1265

Re: Spoilers for 6th August 2018

Cannot help but feel the challenger was very similar to James Kennedy :lol:
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2801

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Why particularly if you like football? In your Facebook discussion, I think it was worded as if it was exclusively for people who liked football, so I feel I'm at least allowed to comment here. But I think most of what I'm about to say has been covered on Facebook. Basically, people like the sport(...
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 31st July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 25)
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 31st July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 25)

Extending on that, I can see Bob posing at least a bit of a threat in the finals, though his conundrums are definitely a weakness.
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 31st July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 25)
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 31st July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 25)

HOMELAND was a fabulous spot today by Bob, beat me completely there.
by Elliott Mellor
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Looking to sell my laptop prize
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: Looking to sell my laptop prize

Because all of my devices are Windows, and Windows and Apple don't always play together so well when you try to make them talk (At least, they don't when I try and make them - it's probably easy for someone who's less technophobic). Additionally I already have a "serious" laptop for my job, so if I...
by Elliott Mellor
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Looking to sell my laptop prize
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: Looking to sell my laptop prize

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:21 pm
How come you wanna sell it Zarte?
You could try reading the post, you know.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 115843

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Accidentally quoted instead of edited. Deleted.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 115843

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Very weird one last night...Jeff Clayton had been allowed back on Countdown and was filming his 8th game in his run (his points total was something around 690 so far I believe, I have a feeling it was 694). He was facing some really old geezer who seemed to either win the round or offer an invalid w...
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 27th July 2018.
Replies: 14
Views: 1305

Re: Spoilers for 27th July 2018.

Think Bob is the best bet we've seen for octochampdom so far I think. He has a good wordbank for a non-apterite and his numbers are solid enough. Nevertheless, despite the difference in maxes, Alex put up a good fight and left with a decent losing score. Though , Bob's mannerisms make him remind me...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 18)
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 18)

Well done to Ryan, but he didn't half spend ages declaring (gave the impression he was looking for something longer to declare eg sssssssssssssssssss could have turned into sssssssssssseven has he spotted one).
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 3586

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

The basic rule is that single-syllable adjectives can have ER and EST added by default, whereas with adjectives that have two or more syllables, the comparatives and superlatives have to be explicitly specified. If a cheese is more goaty, then you can call it "more goaty". GOATIER might seem logica...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 3586

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

It'd be interesting to see the verdict of the actual producer on this. I'm happy to concede if wrong but there are certain rules that they apply eg the restaurant rule. If a cheese is more goaty than the other than how do you describe it? GOATIER, GOATIEST seem logical. The basic rule is that singl...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 3586

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

Sarah Millican tried goatier once on Cats Countdown - disallowed When? Don't know. Some time back. U could find it on All4 Then it holds no water. Dictionary updates happen all the time and many words disallowed previously are now valid. The only way to know for sure if it would be allowed is to as...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 3586

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

Steve Hawdon wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:51 pm
Sarah Millican tried goatier once on Cats Countdown - disallowed
When?
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 3586

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

Fred Mumford wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:26 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:41 pm
If a cheese can have a goaty flavour, how do you refer to a cheese that is a bit more so?
Repulsive?
*Likes comment*
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 3586

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

It'd be interesting to see the verdict of the actual producer on this. I'm happy to concede if wrong but there are certain rules that they apply eg the restaurant rule. If a cheese is more goaty than the other than how do you describe it? GOATIER, GOATIEST seem logical.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 3586

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

Sorry. Comparative adjective needs to be specified in the OED to be valid. It is not. Therefore invalid It's not specified in the free online dictionary, but it might be in the paid-for version. It's valid on Apterous so it probably is. I'm surprised you can't tell from what I've written that I've ...
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 9015

Re: C of C Draw......

Owen Carroll wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:06 pm
They don't usually have a presentation for the winner of the coc like they do for regular series do they?
They do, actually. Glitter falls from the ceiling and the winner gets a new car, £50000 and a lot of pride. It used to be £100000 but budget cuts reduced this.
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Greatest ever Apterites
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Greatest ever Apterites

Christy Cooper wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:41 pm
Jonathan Wynn is a good player too, I'd definitely place him near the top.
With all due respect to him I'm not sure I'd agree with him being amongst the very top. I don't think he would either in fairness. Top guy though.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 16th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 14)
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: Spoilers for Monday 16th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 14)

I also bought the latest dictionary today. Well, that you can buy. That should help me get better at countdown! It's the 2012 edition. They said in the bookshop that that's the most up to date version that you can buy! I'm hoping that the online version won't be too much different. Although I could...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 19
Views: 2666

Re: Special event for former contestants?

And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest? Richard Osman is. It's a little known fact that Richard Osman was on countdown and made the final, losing narrowly to a guy called Harry Peters. However this was never broadcast due to some controversy sadly. The guy on pointless? Yes
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 19
Views: 2666

Re: Special event for former contestants?

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:57 pm
And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest?
Richard Osman is. It's a little known fact that Richard Osman was on countdown and made the final, losing narrowly to a guy called Harry Peters. However this was never broadcast due to some controversy sadly.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 24300

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:04 am
Mark James wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:09 am
Owen Carroll wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:14 pm
What are we supposed to do here?
Watch for death.
No seriously. Please explain the whole thing
1) Watch to see if anyone notable has died.
2) Feel sad/happy/indifferent
3) Report here who has died.
4) If you predicted said person would die, you gain some points.

There you go.
by Elliott Mellor
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 11)
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 11)

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:43 pm
I know it was "only" a 6, but I genuinely think POIPOI might be one of the best spots I've ever seen...
This. There's nothing in that selection that even hints at a 6 being there - magnificent spot.
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 9th July 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Re: Spoilers for 9th July 2018

d) ...that maybe they're just there to have fun? Fine we may nearly all be dedicated weirdos who want to better our play on a constant basis until we've learnt every word in the dictionary, but for so many people just sitting in the chair once is for an adrenalin buzz, or to knock something off of ...
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1898
Views: 145079

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Owen Carroll wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:38 pm
Again, not the place to post it but if I get onto the show, unless I'm coming across one of your family or friends or people who've been on this site longer than me, can I please ask you's to root for me?
:lol:
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thurs 5th July 2018 (S79, prelim 8)
Replies: 15
Views: 1594

Re: Spoilers for Thurs 5th July 2018 (S79, prelim 8)

Think Lewis could become an octochamp? I don't think he will, personally, but he seems nice. His average is just below 90 a game, so yeah if he does he won't be one of the best octochamps we've seen. Impossible to really say tbh - we've had contestants better than him who've met their match and los...
by Elliott Mellor
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 8321

Re: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:35 am
Dour weddings and a funeral
Pretty much sums up most of the soaps that are on TV.
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Mon 2nd July 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1267

Re: Spoilers for Mon 2nd July 2018

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:16 pm
Bad luck Jodine. But I thought that might happen. Well done Lewis. Innis are you two related?

I think you can all guess why I hate that conundrum
Are you related to Lewis Carroll? What about Pete Carroll? Pat Carroll?
by Elliott Mellor
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Mon 2nd July 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1267

Re: Spoilers for Mon 2nd July 2018

Adam Dexter wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:30 pm
URINES mass noun... what about the Restaurant Rule?
Not many people order urine at a restaurant, it seems.
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: impossible number problems
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: impossible number problems

As Elliot Mellor has pointed out, my values were gross over estimates. The correct results appear to be for 6 small, 0 large = 2850 for 5 small, 1 large = 1452*4 = 5808 for 4 small, 2 large = 615*6 = 3690 for 3 small, 3 large = 210*4 = 840 for 2 small, 4 large = 55*1 = 55 total = 13243 This number ...
by Elliott Mellor
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: impossible number problems
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: impossible number problems

A small sample fraction of then solvable and unsolvable problems can be used to study the number problem. It is possible to do (Monte Carlo) simulations without storing much data but the program which classifies the solvable and non-solvable problems has to be 100% accurate. Web based programs are ...
by Elliott Mellor
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: impossible number problems
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: impossible number problems

Thanks for links for solvers. I am interested in analysing (a) impossible problems (b) problems which are solvable but declared as impossible initially (c) problems with unconventional solutions There's such a large volume of numbers games (around 12 million it seems) that could happen that unless ...