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by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Take Me Out
Replies: 4
Views: 1627

Re: Take Me Out

Jordan is now one of the Ranganation.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown
Replies: 20
Views: 11937

Re: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown

The couple of new episodes this week have been hilarious.

Also the regular players are getting better which I guess is not unexpected but still good to see.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on YouTube [etc.]
Replies: 16
Views: 5791

Re: Countdown on YouTube [etc.]

Tom Rocks Maths Appeal Does Countdown

Featuring Kai Laddiman and James Martin!
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 2168

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

I am also pleased to see ginger representation.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 2168

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

I thought The Weakest Link was great and that her act made it. Zero chance she doesn't play it straight on Countdown though...

I think it's a good fit... interested to see how she will do.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252509

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Its a Sin. Probably the best British drama i have seen in a good five years. Highly recommended. If you dont cry you are a hard bastard 😊 Huge It's a Sin SPOILERS below... I know I'm probably going to take pelters for this but I think it's massively overrated. I didn't like Richie. What a prick. He...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic

I've saved approximately 300 hours of time spent on trains commuting to work and re-invested that into time asleep.

I expect more acceptance of working from home in general, which means many future hours will be saved as well.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)
Replies: 10
Views: 518

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)

I thought the challenger was unlucky with GUNKIEST. I think two-syllable adjectives that end in Y should be considered standard enough to take -IER and -IEST without it having to be specified. This is the ungaiest thing you've ever suggested. They should send you to another planet, making you the a...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 1085

Re: Hate Speech

I think the best/only defence is put forward by Graeme: I think the most compelling argument for removing the slurs is that games get streamed online and photos of boards get shared around and seen by people who aren't necessarily "in the community". We've all become accustomed to the idea that word...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 1085

Re: Hate Speech

There is a whole thread for this actually:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=14163

Going to re-read now as Graeme defended the idea I think.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 1085

Re: Hate Speech

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:49 pm
I'd be interested to hear if there was anyone who thought this was a good idea. It does seem insane to me. And I am a woke snowflake bitch.
The Scrabble thing, I mean, although the Thomas the Tank Engine reboot looks shit as well.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 1085

Re: Hate Speech

I'd be interested to hear if there was anyone who thought this was a good idea. It does seem insane to me. And I am a woke snowflake bitch.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown and Cricket
Replies: 8
Views: 1022

Re: Countdown and Cricket

This is exciting.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 208282

Re: People you shouldn't trust

A couple of points here. 1. Flannels, sponges, loofahs and body puffs are basically bacteria-growing machines and it's disgusting that you put them all over your body, even with detergent. 2. Re: bars of soap. I am a shower gel guy - always have been. I once played golf and was showering in the chan...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best steak restaurants
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Best steak restaurants

Since I became a pollopescatarian 2.5 years ago, steak as a treat is one of the things I miss most. And pulled pork. And a Big Mac. And anything involving chorizo. Best steak I had was at a place called La Relais de Venise. Very "city" place but not unreasonably priced. The whole menu is steak and c...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganuary
Replies: 17
Views: 2117

Re: Veganuary

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:47 pm
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:13 pm
Saddest thread on the forum this.
Sad, how?
Callum Todd wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:41 pm
a roast brocoli head can be a good base for a meal
I now realise that I didn't really need to get involved though... apologies. I'll take my leave.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganuary
Replies: 17
Views: 2117

Re: Veganuary

Saddest thread on the forum this.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Double contractions
Replies: 11
Views: 1381

Re: Double contractions

You couldn't've butchered the poll options any more.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 53
Views: 10358

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Yes, but twice if both players get it.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 53
Views: 10358

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

This is all good stuff. Splitting hairs but one caveat is that some of the words would not have been in the dictionary for as long as others. While there is no "date entered dictionary" thing on Lexplorer, you could work out appearances/day since the first appearance. That's not perfect because the ...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 54263

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I am sick and tired of the BBC and Sky telling us we need longer and harder lockdown. Lockdowns should be a last resort, and if you don’t think so then you really don’t understand how much we are suffering. Perhaps journalists, WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM LOCKDOWN, shouldn’t be celebrating with glee like B...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 795
Views: 314628

Re: Politics in General

by Jon O'Neill
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 795
Views: 314628

Re: Politics in General

https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/12/free-sch ... -13887331/

They really are shameless. If there was a GE tomorrow they'd probably still get a majority. What the fuck is wrong with people?
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 56
Views: 12360

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:19 pm
Haunted by Chuck Pahunek ( I kbow its incorrectky spelt but the guy who wrote Fight Club) .
I enjoyed haunted as the author did the narration.
Chuck Palahniuk... I read this a little while ago at Eddy Byrne's suggestion. It certainly stays with you.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 56
Views: 12360

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

Merged.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Makes You Appi
Replies: 4
Views: 1416

Re: What Makes You Appi

Chess.com and Chess Tempo are good fun. They're clearly not good for improving though as I am still rubbish at Chess.

I've had to delete Instagram, Flamingo (Android Twitter client) and Reddit Sync because they were having a deleterious effect on my attention span.

Google Maps.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3893

Re: Genius things

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:53 pm
OK, what are these doorbells and what to they do?
They ping your phone when someone's at your door.
The doorbell has a camera, speaker and microphone built in, so you can see/speak to the person at your door from your phone.

Adding to the list...

Google Maps/StreetView.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 54263

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

This is all Labour's fault!
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3893

Re: Genius things

Automatic/video doorbells sound like hell to me. Great, you can answer the door remotely and see who's there, but there's bugger all you can do if they start doing something contrary to what you'd like. I'd rather not know. Also, I'm aware of landlords (in the USA I believe) who are able to lock pe...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3893

Re: Genius things

Parking sensors
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3893

Re: Genius things

Automatic/video doorbells sound like hell to me. Great, you can answer the door remotely and see who's there, but there's bugger all you can see if they start doing something contrary to what you'd like. I'd rather not know. Also, I'm aware of landlords (in the USA I believe) who are able to lock p...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3893

Re: Genius things

I meant lamp in a more generic sense. Not sure why I chose that word.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3893

Re: Genius things

How new are we talking?

mRNA vaccines
Ring doorbell
LED lamp
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 208282

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Shakin' Stevens for the line "It's the season love and understanding". Of The song is completely trashed by that omission. I always thought it was in there but so clipped as to be almost inaudible. But there. So I found a live version to see if it was more clear. Not only is there no "of" but he ha...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 208282

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Shakin' Stevens for the line "It's the season love and understanding". Of The song is completely trashed by that omission. I always thought it was in there but so clipped as to be almost inaudible. But there. So I found a live version to see if it was more clear. Not only is there no "of" but he ha...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1476
Views: 398147

Re: Ask Graeme?

What is the record for the same number of matching declarations in a game? 11, between Jack Hurst and David O'Donnell in this 30BC game . I've taken "matching declarations" to mean that in a letters round the players declared the same word and scored the same number of points, and in a numbers roun...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 1835

Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Fantastic shows this week. Really enjoyed them all. Colin is fantastic. Loved that he took a big interest in the contestants and also the people at home playing along.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1476
Views: 398147

Re: Ask Graeme?

What is the record for the same number of matching declarations in a game?
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Catsdown - Why the Small Dictionary?
Replies: 7
Views: 1363

Re: Catsdown - Why the Small Dictionary?

I had rather a fiesty discussion about this yesterday. I only ever watch Catsdown because of the “down” bit (and also because as you can see with Clarkson-era Top Gear the unscripted bits are MUCH better than the badly scripted jokes). It must have been filmed in February admittedly, but Sean Lock ...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Monday 21 December 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 2364

Re: Special Spoilers for Monday 21 December 2020

JackHurst wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:18 pm
It was a shame to see Tom denied what would have been his highest score
Could, not Would.

Was the turning over of the board animated? Or was that just me?

Anyway that was a really enjoyable show.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Computerphile - Brute Forcing the Countdown Numbers Game
Replies: 10
Views: 1792

Re: Computerphile - Brute Forcing the Countdown Numbers Game

I did see this.

Surely what he does here pales in sophistication to what you did for you solver Graeme? And especially what Charlie did for the apterous solver, which presumably has all spoilage numbers attacks solved...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)
Replies: 42
Views: 3788

Re: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)

91.4 vs. 91.2 raw % score. Surely statistically the closest final of all time, at 50.05% vs. 49.95% implied probability.

I expect a raw max of 125 today so predict the final score of 114.25-114 (but no crucial).

Pretty exciting.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9510

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Victoria Coren-Mitchell
Rob Brydon
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9510

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Noel Edmonds
Richard Ayoade
Richard Osman
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 72
Views: 10583

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:05 am
when Nick retires ( please let it be soon)
Wow. I didn't know you had this level of influence.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 31
Views: 13025

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

Brilliant, Jono. You're amazing. I owe you a drink. Or something. So the "sudden death playoff" was played 3-way, and the "score" includes the round you lost on? That might be difficult to wikicode. Ok, you can buy me a drink, but we can only discuss the Wiki, not politics. We might've all drawn th...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 31
Views: 13025

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

Redhill 2007 is next to wikify but I can't work out for the life of me what's going on. If it's Edinburgh style then nobody's got enough games, plus I find five rounds very difficult to believe if it is Edinburgh style. But if it's Bristol-style, the final table in each round except round one is Ed...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it
Replies: 257
Views: 130949

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

Apart from the fact that it's absolutely obviously cheating... it's also explicitly listed in the OP of this thread: Cheating is using any kind of artificial aid to alter your performance in the game. This includes: using an anagram or numbers solver program or website , to generate solutions or to...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it
Replies: 257
Views: 130949

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

Apart from the fact that it's absolutely obviously cheating... it's also explicitly listed in the OP of this thread: Cheating is using any kind of artificial aid to alter your performance in the game. This includes: using an anagram or numbers solver program or website , to generate solutions or to ...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 53
Views: 10358

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. This really is good.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252509

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I do find it difficult to enjoy films where the protagonists are not likeable but I only watched the pilot of Succession so maybe it gets better. You might struggle with Succession. But give it a go. At worst it's beautifully crafted. How about another example of the protagonists all being horrendo...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252509

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Succession (both seasons but particularly the second) - outstandingly good. I stood up and applauded the TV at the end of some episodes. Queen's Gambit - pretty good. The Crown - only half way through but really enjoying this as an easy watch. And agree with Phil about Thatcher. I'm re-watching Ski...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252509

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Succession (both seasons but particularly the second) - outstandingly good. I stood up and applauded the TV at the end of some episodes. Queen's Gambit - pretty good. The Crown - only half way through but really enjoying this as an easy watch. And agree with Phil about Thatcher. I'm re-watching Skin...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Howard Somerset
Replies: 11
Views: 2118

Re: RIP Howard Somerset

That's really sad news.

He was a great bloke. A joy to be around at Co-Events and his contributions on here were always high quality. He always felt like a very young old guy... he had that glint in his eye. I definitely aspire to be like that in my old age.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)
Replies: 7
Views: 3690

Re: Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)

Fiona T wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:42 pm
Linky here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBQH0XXMyEg
This is amazing. I could watch Kenneth Williams episodes all day.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 73
Views: 10180

Re: Cummings and goings

So Dominic Cummings said in January that he wanted to make himself "largely redundant" by the end of the year (https://dominiccummings.com/2020/01/02/two-hands-are-a-lot-were-hiring-data-scientists-project-managers-policy-experts-assorted-weirdos/) but apparently this is a "news" story which has do...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 25
Views: 2967

Re: Squarebot

Add the sum of the length of the sides together. Add 1. Multiply this by 100 and add 50. What do you get? If 3600, it's a square. If not, it's a rectangle. Is that even right? Doesn't 18 and 16 give the same answer as 17/17? Disregard this. See my first answer. This was a joke answer as you can tel...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 1131

Re: Combination Lock

Is Reel A the first reel?
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 25
Views: 2967

Re: Squarebot

Add the sum of the length of the sides together. Add 1. Multiply this by 100 and add 50. What do you get?

If 3600, it's a square. If not, it's a rectangle.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 25
Views: 2967

Re: Squarebot

"How many squares have you drawn on the paper?"