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by Phil H
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 458

Re: Internal monologue

Fiona T wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:42 pm

You're from Glasgow? Cunt is a term of endearment, no?
I once had an argument on the bus with someone who said something about "Asian cunts" and then claimed he meant the word in an entirely neutral way.
by Phil H
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 458

Re: Internal monologue

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:06 pm
Yes, but what I really want to know is how people's monologue specifically manifests. I'd say about 20% of mine is in the third person.
I've developed a habit of saying to myself, "He was a fucking arsehole/cunt/etc" and then realising it's myself I'm annoyed with at the time.
by Phil H
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 458

Re: Internal monologue

The first time I played Apterous after contributing to this thread, I found my internal voice a lot more noticeable than previously!
by Phil H
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 458

Re: Internal monologue

Oh, and on the subject of the top players, I don't actually know my 25 times table in the same way I know my 7 times, so I have to check on myself when I'm looking for 425 - "That's 17*25, right? 400 would be 4*4, which is 16, so yeah, 17 for 425." I don't quite say every word of that in my head, bu...
by Phil H
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 458

Re: Internal monologue

Interesting stuff again. I think what Callum describes is more or less what I experience and what I assumed to be standard. It's quite common for people to say that their internal voice seems to disappear when they are reading at their most fluently. I once did an evening class about the "psychology...
by Phil H
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 17
Views: 981

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

Artistry isn't it? That's the word I was looking for! Thanks. I stand by my comment about Countdown/Scrabble/Chess vs. Football/snooker/martial arts in these terms. Countdown, Scrabble and Chess are effectively turn-based games (I know Countdown's 'turns' occur simultaneously, the conundrum especia...
by Phil H
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 17
Views: 981

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

To a large extent, the factors that might be considered to make Countdown less worthy of respect are the things I like about it. Compared with Scrabble, participation levels are much lower, prizes are (I'm guessing) relatively trivial, and games are far shorter, making the element of luck greater (t...
by Phil H
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Contestants by Region: IRELAND
Replies: 8
Views: 608

Re: Contestants by Region: IRELAND

Unsurprisingly, Feargal Delaney was indeed Irish - I recall watching his game while on holiday in Ireland. Likewise Gary McEnaney, who filmed on the same day as me.

However, I'm fairly sure Wayne McSorley, who beat Matty Artell, had an English accent.
by Phil H
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1422

Re: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?

Very good shout I think, David. On a more mundane note, I think Norm Ahmad might have been the Apterite with the highest rating at the time (1550-1600 iirc) not to make the series finals since I joined in 2015. Anyone know if Matt Croy or anyone else before Norm would have been higher? (I assume Zar...
by Phil H
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 26
Views: 7775

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

Tiger Lily Hutchence/Geldof was another which surprised me, at least.
by Phil H
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1529

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

I'm surprised not to have heard David Lammy mentioned yet. I don't feel I know enough about him to champion him, but he's certainly impressed me on occasion. Then again, I have my doubts about whether an apparently pro-Brexit electorate would ever elect a black Prime Minister, and Labour might have ...
by Phil H
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1724

Re: Facebook Culls

A bit like Jen, I've got rid of a decent number in my time and have only regretted one or two. I haven't thought much about the getting it down to 100 thing, but I don't think I'd find it too difficult. For those who say they never unfriend, how have you managed to avoid ever friending someone who ...
by Phil H
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1724

Re: Facebook Culls

A bit like Jen, I've got rid of a decent number in my time and have only regretted one or two. I haven't thought much about the getting it down to 100 thing, but I don't think I'd find it too difficult. For those who say they never unfriend, how have you managed to avoid ever friending someone who ...
by Phil H
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1724

Re: Facebook Culls

Also - even on here, I may be the only person for whom the aesthetic appeal of my current total number is a factor. Last night I was going to get rid of someone who I knew had closed her old profile and started a new one, especially as I prefer the number 225 to 226, but decided against it because I...
by Phil H
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1724

Re: Facebook Culls

A bit like Jen, I've got rid of a decent number in my time and have only regretted one or two. I haven't thought much about the getting it down to 100 thing, but I don't think I'd find it too difficult. For those who say they never unfriend, how have you managed to avoid ever friending someone who t...
by Phil H
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1724

Re: Facebook Culls

I take out a handful now and again where it seems that the elastic has stretched too thin, or I can't even remember how I know them. Pretty rare though, usually old korfballers. Interesting to see when people unfriend me, although I don't think it's happened for a year or two. Do you have a way of ...
by Phil H
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 26
Views: 7775

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

Virginia Roberts/Giuffre/Roberts-Giuffre/Roberts Giuffre has emerged as a contender.
by Phil H
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Ratings
Replies: 5
Views: 1365

Re: Ratings

I don't know why so many people seem to poo-poo the relevance of rolling ratings. I mean, it suits me in a way, because according to ProRanks I was better than Conor or Kirk the last time I looked, but clearly that's bollocks.
by Phil H
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 43795

Re: Religion

Dan Byrom wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:49 am


Ok that'll do for now. Well done if you made it this far! :lol:

Fair play for taking the time to write all this and being a gent about it throughout. In a way I don't want to challenge it, but I may yet come back and do so...
by Phil H
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Peoples Choice Chart
Replies: 6
Views: 1303

Re: Peoples Choice Chart

Quite a few of my 100 least favourite songs in there ;-)
by Phil H
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134666

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Would Mr Eadie be willing to reveal what proportion of Countdown applicants fail the audition?

And how come the postal address is still in Leeds?
by Phil H
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 43795

Re: Religion

I do think that Junaid writing PBUH every time he mentioned Mohammed was ridiculous and about as sycophantic as you can get. Surely it loses its effect if you abbreviate it anyway and shows you're not committed to it - like it's just an afterthought. Do it properly or not at all! Would it have been...
by Phil H
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 43795

Re: Religion

Probably the 'checkmate' moment in my ceasing to be a Christian was reading a site called "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?" I too have spent a long time in church and come across people who seem to have overcome addictions and other mental health problems, or even experienced improvements in their phys...
by Phil H
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 171
Views: 40708

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK
France
Ireland
Spain
Greece
Italy
Kenya
USA
The Netherlands
Germany
Portugal
Cote d'Ivoire

Fuck, is that all?
by Phil H
Tue May 28, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)
Replies: 17
Views: 3536

Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

What's the average margin in QF1? 50 points? I actually think Seed 8 might score higher against Elliott than some other Seed 1s. You might lose one or two more letters games, but you'd hope for 40 points in the numbers games. If you get a maximum you score points no matter how good your opponent is...
by Phil H
Mon May 27, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 105
Views: 39196

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

Most crucially, here are the top 10 players when arranged by percentage max achieved:- #1. [S69] Jen S. (952) = Max of 1024 [93%] #2. [S69] Dylan T. (974) = Max of 1050 [93%] #3. [S57] Craig B. (907) = Max of 987 [92%] #4. [S71] Dan McC. (942) = Max of 1026 [92%] #5. [S63] Jack H. (946) = Max of 10...
by Phil H
Mon May 27, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 105
Views: 39196

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

See below. In a way, it's not surprising, but in another way, it only hits home when you see it in black and white: Elliott got 97.5% of the available max, further ahead of the previous best than it was ahead of the previous 10th place.

(Forgive my inability to use the quote function.)
by Phil H
Mon May 27, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 506
Views: 173780

Re: Best ever contestants

We'll have to wait at least until Elliott (I assume) duly wins his series before deciding where he fits in, but in terms of "best", if not "greatest", surely only Conor's 30BC form compares to what we've just seen.
by Phil H
Mon May 27, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)
Replies: 23
Views: 3895

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)

Fewest points dropped in an octorun: 26 so far. Jen dropped 72. This is perhaps the most ridiculous of the records. Fucking hell. I assume he didn't drop many today , so I withdraw my comment about the maxes being the most impressive record. I'm also now confused as to who obviously didn't make it ...
by Phil H
Mon May 27, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)
Replies: 23
Views: 3895

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 89)

Will there be an audible reaction from the audience when* he surpasses 974 and/or 1000, I wonder? (*Barring Elvis and Lord Lucan riding into the studio on Shergar, that is.)

Someone who knows Dylan better than me should edit his wiki to rub in the fact that his record no longer stands to this day.
by Phil H
Fri May 24, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)
Replies: 17
Views: 3536

Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

I associate Moonies with a religious cult whose heyday was maybe in the 1980s...
by Phil H
Thu May 23, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 87)
Replies: 24
Views: 4517

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

Still, if it had turned out to be the difference between a max game and not... Anyway, all's well that ends well.
by Phil H
Thu May 23, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 87)
Replies: 24
Views: 4517

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

Beat Elliott to the conundrum today! But seriously, another great game and another unlucky opponent. Got that all-important last numbers though! The conundrum originally wasn't this and the slowness was in part due to me being a bit flustered by a bit of controversy. It was originally MOUSEFLLY, an...
by Phil H
Wed May 22, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)
Replies: 23
Views: 5282

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)

Fucking amazing. As stupid as it sounds, yesterday was a weak game by his standards, but that's him right back on track.
by Phil H
Tue May 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)
Replies: 31
Views: 6436

Re: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)

On the wiki: "Furthermore, his score was the highest ever achieved by just spotting three nine-letter words."

Surely this is redundant unless it also applies to Apterous?

(If I was on any other site, I'd apologise for my pedantry, but it hardly seems necessary here!)
by Phil H
Tue May 21, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 84)
Replies: 7
Views: 1767

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

Thomas Carey wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 12:57 pm
I was in the studio Elliott losses 230-220 to andy sc in this one x
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Phil H
Mon May 20, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 105
Views: 39196

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

An average of 117 for Elliott in his remaining games would do it.

The balance of probabilities may now be in his favour...
by Phil H
Mon May 20, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 84)
Replies: 7
Views: 1767

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

Why is inserting photos too hard for anyone with a rating under 1700?
by Phil H
Sat May 18, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)
Replies: 31
Views: 6436

Re: Spoilers for Friday 17th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 83)

Well, I guess most people felt sorry for John, as I did - until he picked 3 large in the penultimate round. What was he playing at? OK, I appreciate he almost certainly didn't know the record was in reach, but it must have been obvious that Elliot was on for a fantastic score. Why potentially make ...
by Phil H
Fri May 10, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 73)
Replies: 3
Views: 1090

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 73)

That's twice recently I've thought Nick's been patronising as hell - almost taking credit for Katie's (supposedly) transformed self-confidence!
by Phil H
Fri May 03, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 50
Views: 19010

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Oh, and done a thorough rekkie of both the main Liverpool stadia (without breaching either entrance).
by Phil H
Fri May 03, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 50
Views: 19010

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Since I last contributed I've added St Mirren Park (for Scotland v Portugal u17s), Fleet Grounds (Rosyth F.C.) and Stadio Pierluigi Penezo (Venezia F.C.) Next up, Roazhon Park (Stade Rennais/FC Rennes) for the women's World Cup.
by Phil H
Thu May 02, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 26th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 68)
Replies: 6
Views: 1758

Re: Spoilers for Friday 26th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 68)

I only saw the last five rounds or so, but Nick calling Asset a 'remarkable young man' for having left home and learned English so well was cringey as hell. For all I know he could have been using English all his life.
by Phil H
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 70
Views: 24793

Re: How much do you weigh?

The proportion of underweight people (of which I am one) seems far higher in Countdown circles than in the general population. Why's that?
by Phil H
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 11)
Replies: 2
Views: 1475

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 11)

One of my favourite games not involving an Apterite for a long time - two likeable contestants and some good stuff from both of them.

(Edit: I wish the early morning repeat would go back to only being a day behind, though.)
by Phil H
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 209
Views: 80737

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

I noticed Innis was credited as a researcher for the Christmas edition of University Challenge - is this new?
by Phil H
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 8035

Re: Can you swim?

I think the accidental drowning figures might be a red herring. Are people who injure themselves in skiing accidents always worse at skiing than the average person? Sometimes I might be happy to swim on the beach or in an outdoor pool on holiday, but to do it as a way of keeping fit in an indoor poo...
by Phil H
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 4408

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Stolen from another poster on another forum. "Attempts of proof are frequently met with obdurate denials. Take a look at the denial of the tobacco companies regarding the demonstrations that their products caused cancer as an example. It is abundantly clear that deniers will not readily admit their ...
by Phil H
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 89893

Re: What films have you watched lately?

C'est La Vie (original title: Le Sens De La Fete) 6/10
BlacKKKlansman 7/10
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 8/10
by Phil H
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 6901

Re: The Irish Question

Our assembly, which sits in Stormont has been vacant for well over a year. Again, I imagine if that was the Scots, it might get more coverage. [/b] It is always refreshing to see counter-evidence to many Scots' belief that they are the single most put-upon group of people in the UK, Western Europe,...
by Phil H
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 12114

Re: What Degrees do you have

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:51 pm
First in English [Lit]
Snap, and bang goes my theory/excuse that all the best Countdowners are mathematicians and scientists.
by Phil H
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 76
Views: 15740

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

[/quote] The NBA is cool. It has dominant market share in fashion, music and culture. To massively oversimplify this and drizzle it in bias (and I'm a football fan), football culture is knuckle dragging neanderthals with tribalism and jingoism that occasionally give way to violence and racism. Baske...
by Phil H
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 76
Views: 15740

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Mark Deeks wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:42 am

- Culture-wise, basketball shits on football, and indeed all sports. The NBA is extremely good at this.


How do you mean 'culture-wise', and what in that respect does basketball do better?
by Phil H
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 76
Views: 15740

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Re: the Olympics, am I imagining an instance where the Russians achieved a shock victory over the Americans when they were close to their peak? If you are asking people what they feel is an issue, and a lot of them say the high scoring, I think that has to be taken seriously. Not many of us would pr...
by Phil H
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 76
Views: 15740

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Interesting topic and I think a lot of what I'd have said has been covered already. I may be misremembering because I was 10-14 at the time, but it seemed to me that interest in the UK did rise a little when we had the American 'dream team' playing in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. You also had Michael...
by Phil H
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 27th June 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

Re: Spoilers for 27th June 2018

Don't Facebook-stalk Jodine like I did, because you might find spoilers.
by Phil H
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)
Replies: 44
Views: 18985

Re: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)

I wondered why nobody else was wondering about the last series to have been won on a crucial, but I see now that the game in question is pretty well-kent.
by Phil H
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th June 2018 (Series 78, QF1)
Replies: 12
Views: 4844

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

Tomorrow's game looks like it could be quite close - looking forward to that.
by Phil H
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 9th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 44)
Replies: 17
Views: 4576

Re: Spoilers for Friday 9th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 44)

Unless I'm very much mistaken, Zarte has only been beaten in one round so far (the conundrum against Philip).

Has anyone ever equalled or bettered that during an octorun?


(Edit: Dylan was only beaten in one round, although he failed to score in a further four.)