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by Phil H
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 107255

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: 445
Views: 23551

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: 445
Views: 23551

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: 167
Views: 33460

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: 2346

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: 103
Views: 31561

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: 103
Views: 31561

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: 151140

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: 2376

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: 2376

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: 2346

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: 2721

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: 2721

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: 3504

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: 4194

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: 1113

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: 103
Views: 31561

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: 1113

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: 4194

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: 718

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: 48
Views: 15722

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: 48
Views: 15722

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: 1102

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: 20522

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: 1257

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: 207
Views: 69468

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: 6679

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: 3537

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: 251
Views: 76303

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: 5372

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: 10006

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: 66
Views: 12571

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: 66
Views: 12571

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: 66
Views: 12571

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: 66
Views: 12571

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: 5211

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: 16822

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: 4110

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: 3959

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.)
by Phil H
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday, 6th March 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday, 6th March 2018

I wasn't 100% paying attention at the time but I didn't quite get why some people (presumably) think this journalistic 'trick' is worth paying today's challenger for.
by Phil H
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2nd March 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3450

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2nd March 2018

Brett Davids wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:49 pm
Anchoveta? Someone really didn’t want Zarte breaking any records...
Aye, how much did Dylan pay Damian for that one! :lol:
by Phil H
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st March 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 4266

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st March 2018

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:19 pm

My heart couldn't take THIS game, fuck off with your crucials ;)
You looked like you were fairly panicking :lol:
by Phil H
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st March 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 4266

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st March 2018

Superb stuff. An argument against prioritising wins over points?
by Phil H
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 22
Views: 7079

Re: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

Let's not forget Carol did 28 years. So last night in a quiz, we had the question "what year did Carol Vorderman quit Countdown?". I remembered you posting about 28 years and figured it therefore had to be 2010. We thus got this question wrong and lost on a tiebreak. You owe me £51. I seem to remem...
by Phil H
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 22
Views: 7079

Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

A rather strangely dismissive article by mid-90s champion Peter Cashmore, who confirms his identity in page 3 of the below-the-line comments. He's entitled to his opinion, of course, but his criticisms of Rachel in particular defy logic. I can accept that someone might have a personal preference for...
by Phil H
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 25905

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

Use terms like 'bleeding heaters' and 'tripping meters' and sound like I know what I'm talking about.
by Phil H
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 528
Views: 155273

Re: Is Apterous down?

It looks like it might be.
by Phil H
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 68)
Replies: 5
Views: 1904

Re: Spoilers for Friday 6th October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 68)

The kind of octochamp I wanted to be: endearingly fallible.

:-)
by Phil H
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Signs, Portents, Psychic moments, Weird co-incidences...
Replies: 5
Views: 2918

Re: Signs, Portents, Psychic moments, Weird co-incidences...

What's the phone number for the Advertising Standards Authority?
by Phil H
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Have DC guests become worse or have I just become more intolerant?
Replies: 9
Views: 2474

Re: Have DC guests become worse or have I just become more intolerant?

What would you rather they talk about, though? It's pretty impossible to please everyone though, what you might hate someone else might love. Fair points. I guess it's not that easy to be entertaining for eight consecutive 1-2 minute slots. Dr Phil is certainly an honourable exception, and I quite ...
by Phil H
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Have DC guests become worse or have I just become more intolerant?
Replies: 9
Views: 2474

Have DC guests become worse or have I just become more intolerant?

I started watching frequently again a few years ago and it seems to me that a lot of DC guests now largely talk to Nick about their own line of work (and in some cases seem more there for his benefit than anyone else's) or tell uninteresting anecdotes about minor mishaps, charity challenges, etc., w...
by Phil H
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 48
Views: 15722

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Not the biggest haul by any means, but quite a nice spread IMO. SCOTLAND (League): Celtic Park (Celtic) Hampden Park (Scotland/Queen's Park) Ibrox Stadium (Rangers - but only for Scotland games and cup semi-finals involving Celtic, in my case) Pittodrie Stadium (Aberdeen) Tynecastle Park (Heart of M...