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by Noel Mc
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2365

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

I am fortunate in that I've never been negatively discriminated against: Male White Heterosexual Middle Class However, as a person living in Belfast, were I born at the same time as my parents, things could have been different. I'm lucky that I don't really remember much of what happened here. I was...
by Noel Mc
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2365

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

The thought of anyone 'not being happy' is so laughable. Suck it up, seriously. I'd be amazed if Nick, Susie or Rachel are upset about it. Anyone who is upset from a viewer perspective, especially in terms of the competition etc. (is it a special, is it not, octoruns blah blah blah), need to get a l...
by Noel Mc
Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown vs Scrabble
Replies: 8
Views: 516

Re: Countdown vs Scrabble

FIBRATE is valid in Scrabble, but not in Countdown :cry: :cry: :cry:
by Noel Mc
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 40
Views: 12571

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

That's a bit obscure . She played a principal role in a blockbuster movie. Hardly obscure. The reason she doesn't get a wiki page is because she never did anything else (out of choice). That in itself doesn't exclude you from a wiki page. The boy who played Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Fact...
by Noel Mc
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it
Replies: 252
Views: 113564

Re: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it

Strikes me that an easyish way to make cheating more difficult might be to prevent copy from the letters, and paste in to the answer box. I can't think of a single instance where you'd legitimately need to do this. I copy and paste pretty much all declarations these days. That's only because I'm pl...
by Noel Mc
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317060

Re: Ask Graeme?

You're like a wizard.

Statistically, it shouldn't be surprising that there have never been two identical rounds, but somehow it is.
by Noel Mc
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317060

Re: Ask Graeme?

From the start of the current 15-round format to the end of series 81... Single player: 78 is the most common score (68 times) followed by 80 and 82 (64 times each). Final score (ignoring order, writing the winner's score first in all cases): 74-69 (6 times) followed by 78-62, 80-70 and 98-77 (5 ti...
by Noel Mc
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 136
Views: 50095

Re: Countdowners in the news

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/darts/53536189

You can discern who this mentions without even clicking the link.
by Noel Mc
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317060

Re: Ask Graeme?

Single player and then final result.
by Noel Mc
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317060

Re: Ask Graeme?

What is the most common final score in the current format?
by Noel Mc
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317060

Re: Ask Graeme?

Any idea of the highest intermediate number of a number round solution for which you must go via that number?

That's worded horribly.
by Noel Mc
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 4993

Re: Offensive Words

I had FAPS broadcast. Albeit they had to cut out Susie and Rachel's laughing. All that remained was Nick's bewilderment.
by Noel Mc
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 705
Views: 163620

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:01 pm
I notice how you haven't given away your natural pronunciation!
I'm a haitch/Meery sort of person!
by Noel Mc
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 705
Views: 163620

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Regarding the aitch/haitch situation, where I live there is a rather funny/depressing split along typical Northern Ireland lines for the pronunciation. I taught in a school for a year and intentionally changed my pronunciation of the letter, mainly just to avoid boring conversation. I did randomly d...
by Noel Mc
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 34087

Re: You Are The Ref

The AELUROIDS episode was actually what prompted the question.

I wonder how many declarations down the years have been spelt wrong? I know sometimes Susie aske how it's being spelt, but not always.
by Noel Mc
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 34087

Re: You Are The Ref

Sorry, in this case you only have two options, say MAWSONITE and AWMSONITE. You know your gonna pick one of them, by decide to wing it when asked. They declare first, saying MAWSONITE and getbapproving looks from dictionary corner. What would you do in that instance? Purposely pick the wrong one or ...
by Noel Mc
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 34087

Re: You Are The Ref

What if you knew there was a 9, had two possible options and resolved that you were gonna pick one, regardless of what the other person does.

They declare first and you see DC give a smile and a nod.

In that case, what do you do?
by Noel Mc
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 34087

Re: You Are The Ref

Letters round, selection is MNTSWAOIE. You are declaring second and know there is a 9. Unsure what it is, you write down a few random ones. WAMNIOTES MAWSONITE AWMNIOTES Player 1 declares a 9, you also declare a 9. Wait for them to declare MAWSONITE. You then say 'Yep, same word' and point to the co...
by Noel Mc
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Copyright Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1214

Re: Copyright Issues

Just went for it in the end. As you say, doubt they'll care too much!

About 12.05 in this video:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=npOBkKBjmrM
by Noel Mc
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Copyright Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1214

Copyright Issues

Some of you are a lot more knowledgeable than me. I know that episodes and stuff have been taken from YouTube. Making a final assembly video for pupils, which will go on YouTube. Planning on doing a short numbers round, with graphics ripped from the app, then the clock music playing over. I wouldn't...
by Noel Mc
Fri May 29, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4802

Re: Cummings and goings

On my phone, so can't quote. Just responding to two things: Police don't have the power to definitively say someone broke the law, that power lies with the courts. So when the police say 'might have broke the law', all the word 'might' means is that it would need to be confirmed by a court. As far a...
by Noel Mc
Wed May 20, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 1270

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

An update for you: After a lot of procrastination, I finally got round to the intro at about 11 pm last night. I was short on time so didn't have much scope for variety!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHfjmuvG2sg
by Noel Mc
Mon May 18, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 1270

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

Best Opening Credits for me is Catch Me if You Can. Would love to try this! The obvious first answer has to be the A-Team. Single greatest TV intro of all time. Excellent call! Just dropping in to say great work Noel. What age do you teach? Ah cheers Matt! Secondary School age, so 12-18. I just wan...
by Noel Mc
Sun May 17, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 1270

Best TV/Film Opening Credits

I'm looking for suggestions here. I've been making assemblies for my school since we've been closed. They mostly just track my gradual descent in to madness. I've been refilming intros to different films and TV shows. You can see them at the start of these: The Office (US) , Stranger Things , Star W...
by Noel Mc
Thu May 07, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 9720

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

CoC XV due in late July I presume, again, from an email I've just received.
by Noel Mc
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Interactive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 3
Views: 735

Interactive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Hello All, I've been making assemblies for my school since the school has been closed. As part of its I made an interactive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I thought some of you might be bored and want to try: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BG96kO5BSrI It should only take about 10 minutes (in comparis...
by Noel Mc
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 64
Views: 11584

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

Eoin Jackson played Noel McIlvenny in the quarter-finals of Series 77... ... who played Chris Feetenby in series 77... Who played Andy Bodle in the semi-finals of Series 26... ... who played Damian Eadie in the quarter-finals of the Championship of Champions VII... ... who played Chris Hawkins in th...
by Noel Mc
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Contestants by Region: IRELAND
Replies: 8
Views: 1541

Re: Contestants by Region: IRELAND

1. Sarah Capperauld, whom I played in my first game is from NI.

2. Danny McMullan was my chemistry teacher.

3. As a matter of principle, I either want to be moved to the Ireland section, or it needs to be renamed.
(I jest)
(Sort of)
by Noel Mc
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 135
Views: 46911

Re: Only Connect

This may be addressed elsewhere, but I'm too lazy to check: When is Only Connect filmed? More specifically - is it ever filmed in the summer, so someone with (amazing, but) inflexible work holidays (like a teacher) could take part? Many of the episodes are filmed at weekends or during Easter holida...
by Noel Mc
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 135
Views: 46911

Re: Only Connect

This may be addressed elsewhere, but I'm too lazy to check:

When is Only Connect filmed?

More specifically - is it ever filmed in the summer, so someone with (amazing, but) inflexible work holidays (like a teacher) could take part?
by Noel Mc
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Shattered Kryptonite
Replies: 8
Views: 3263

Re: Shattered Kryptonite

samir pilica wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:52 am
Has “diring” been pencilled ?
This is clever, because I actually typed diring instead of during.
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:37 am
Did it break into 2 small pieces and the rest large?
Extra points for this one.
by Noel Mc
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Shattered Kryptonite
Replies: 8
Views: 3263

Shattered Kryptonite

Moving to a new classroom this week.

Diring the move, my finalist glass thing fell and shattered :shock:
by Noel Mc
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 81 Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 10907

Re: 81 Questions

Danny Boyle is the megalink to this, should anyone be interested in working out how to get there!
by Noel Mc
Thu May 23, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 87)
Replies: 24
Views: 5375

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 87)

I feel like I need that picture from the Simpsons: 'stop it, he's already dead'.
by Noel Mc
Thu May 23, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 80 - Female Winners
Replies: 2
Views: 1053

Series 80 - Female Winners

Any idea what the highest percentage of wins my female contestants in a series is? Could this series take be it?
by Noel Mc
Mon May 20, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 84)
Replies: 7
Views: 2166

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 84)

I just want to issue a public apology. I quietly used to think to myself that Elliott was cheating on Apterous. Nope, he's actually a freak.
by Noel Mc
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 19650

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I feel the need to add Simone Biles to this.
Yes she's only 21 and still competing, but y'know, she's awesome.
by Noel Mc
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 549
Views: 177357

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:28 am
So, the big question about tonight's special "live" episode of Inside No. 9... Was it actually live?
Dunno, but it was awesome regardless!
Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:30 am
My favourite Inside No 9 has always been 12 Days of Christine.
Excellent call
by Noel Mc
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 19650

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

Just as a side note, Pele has 2 votes, Maradona 0.

I think Maradona > Pele.

Id also put Messi as (probably) the best footballer ever though, so what do I know.
by Noel Mc
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 317060

Re: Ask Graeme?

Callum Todd wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:28 pm
- People to have picked 4 large the most times during heat games
- People to have picked 4 large the most times overall (including any and all televised appearances)
Im probably the answer to this (potentially tied).
16/16 4L
20/20 4L including up to semi final
by Noel Mc
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A Word of Thanks
Replies: 13
Views: 5528

Re: A Word of Thanks

:D
by Noel Mc
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A Word of Thanks
Replies: 13
Views: 5528

A Word of Thanks

Hello All, I hope this is the appropriate place to post this. I just wanted to put up a message of thanks to you all. I've had a super 2 or so years preparing for and taking part in Countdown. I always wanted to, so it's checked off my list, but I'm ready to move on. It's been great being a quasi-pa...
by Noel Mc
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 36632

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

Eoin - all your reasoning as far as who should go is sound. The only problem is it's based on the premise that participants should be decided solely on ability (as well as partially how much they have been dying to take part themselves). If I was surmising, I would probably add in audience reaction ...
by Noel Mc
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 27196

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Two options:

Go from TV, in which case it won't count as tie break.

Go from studio, then it does count as tie break.

I would be inclined to go from studio
by Noel Mc
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Dublin #4 29th September 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 10031

Re: Countdown in Dublin #4 29th September 2018

Too late to potentially jump in to this?
by Noel Mc
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 8083

Re: The Irish Question

I do like the Cork accent, or anywhere on the west coast!
by Noel Mc
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 8083

Re: The Irish Question

Yes! This!! This is why C o C law exists!!! Championship of Champions? The alignment of Paisley and Adams with Farage made me laugh. Paisley of old (I assume you’re talking about Sr.) obviously used to just spew a lot of hate filled bile, but in his later years, he definitely did a lot to remedy so...
by Noel Mc
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 36632

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

Show us the seeding!
by Noel Mc
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 8083

The Irish Question

Apologies for a political post, I know they are often not the most popular. As most of the people on here are Scottish/English/Welsh, I’m interested to know how you view NI/RoI/The North/The South, or even what you know about it. I only ask because I find it hilarious how little coverage the affairs...
by Noel Mc
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 36632

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

I had a think about the draw. I reckon it’s manufactured* for a Zarte v Tom final. That’s the real box office encounter. Zarte is the street favourite, slightly edgy, the indie choice. Tom is the eye-candy, loved and adored by young and old. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly distracted by his...
by Noel Mc
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 13717

Re: What Degrees do you have

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:39 am
As my daughter had just graduated with a 2:1 in Drama.
I was wondering what you boffins have all got.
I have barely 2 O levels and a City and Guilds in Air conditioning
Congratulations to your daughter Mark :)
by Noel Mc
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 13717

Re: What Degrees do you have

Maths degree
by Noel Mc
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 13717

Re: What Degrees do you have

Peter Mabey wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:04 pm
BA (pass only) Maths - subsequently paid fee to register as MA.
Oxford/Cambridge? Or does anywhere else do this?
by Noel Mc
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th June 2018 (Series 78, QF1)
Replies: 12
Views: 5345

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 14th June 2018 (Series 78, QF1)

Zarte - Novenas was pretty prophetic. At least where I live anyway!

https://www.irishnews.com/news/2018/06/ ... a-1354323/
by Noel Mc
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)
Replies: 73
Views: 24064

Re: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

So no points for the first game??