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by Adam S Latchford
Mon Jul 22, 2024 7:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Goat/Co:Brum 2024-Fri 02nd/Sat 03rd Aug
Replies: 20
Views: 23906

Re: Goat/Co:Brum 2024-Fri 02nd/Sat 03rd Aug

I assume on the day signs up are okay?
I have the goliath around that weekend so kind of depends if it's going well or not
by Adam S Latchford
Sat Jul 20, 2024 8:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 84
Views: 20903

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

weird if this is still a debate btw The average series finalist would shit on Carol at the numbers The average COC finalist would be shit on by Rachel at the numbers. There's maybe 2 or 3 people who could even get close to Rachel. I'm not sure i can quantify the number of one's who would surpass Car...
by Adam S Latchford
Thu Jul 18, 2024 8:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App
Replies: 19
Views: 6824

Re: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App

But why aren't we coming together to arrive at a viable long term solution to this that we can control that isn't totally dependent on Charlie? Well yes obviously this would be ideal. Shouldn't really ever go through one person but its just the way the community lies at the moment. Communication ac...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235853

Re: The C4C Football Thread

https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagu ... oin/9ezi6g

The link to the countdown fantasy football league
If you were in it last year and use same email you will be automatically entered
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 12:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App
Replies: 19
Views: 6824

Re: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App

Grey is in these days don't worry (it's just every other word that isn't)
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:48 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App
Replies: 19
Views: 6824

Re: Word Checks at Co:Events using the Android App

I'd imagine we won't manage to update all these changes by brum so that should just exist with dictionary in current iterations on apto and the app. As soon as we have enough intel to make the update happen - and it updates on apto / the app then it should come into immediate effect (even if this is...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 9:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16150

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

Nobody's ever going to get near Cillian/Tom/Elliott's points records without all the extra words are they? This whole era of Countdown will be looked back on like the few years of swimming where LZRs weren't banned I could see 154 going despite this actually - but I can't actually see anybody getti...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 8:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16150

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

Yeah we aren't gonna agree on this in the slightest if you don't think that the CSW stuff is derailing so we can leave it there
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 8:35 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16150

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

It is nonsense - wildly changes susie's role as well who has that connection with Oxford (who is much more important to countdown than anyone on apterous), changes what 40 years + of the show connection just because the dictionary we use has had an update? CSW is just throw an S on anything and allo...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 7:58 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16150

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

Do we have a FULL LIST of the words that'll be taken out? The ticket that that ticket links is just all of the As. This is gonna take a while Because it isn't necessarily every word in each of the lists like that "a" list. There's gonna be a majority taken out but not all, sifting through...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jul 17, 2024 7:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown adjudication dictionary
Replies: 137
Views: 16150

Re: Countdown adjudication dictionary

would be a good thing for apto tickets not to be derailed by csw agenda nonsense
by Adam S Latchford
Tue Jul 16, 2024 3:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th July 2024 (Series 90, Heat 12)
Replies: 10
Views: 452

Spoilers for Tuesday 16th July 2024 (Series 90, Heat 12)

Fantastic game between two people who deserve to be finalists - even this early on.

Fiona appeared a long time ago here : https://wiki.apterous.org/Fiona_Willis

Was a great player then and doesn't look like she's skipped a beat
by Adam S Latchford
Sat Jul 13, 2024 11:29 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024
Replies: 16
Views: 1108

Re: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024

doesn't feel like it's that long if its 18th june, like not too abnormal
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Jun 28, 2024 10:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2024 - Series 89 Grand Final
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2024 - Series 89 Grand Final

Scared of this being an absolute whitewash
If Michael does pull it off though and win then this will be the biggest upset ever in countdown (to win all three of those games and take the title)
No 9's yet for him either so obviously i'm backing my man all the way
by Adam S Latchford
Sun Jun 02, 2024 2:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event dictionary
Replies: 38
Views: 10276

Re: Co-event dictionary

If I don't get it done in time, since the changes are quite small, do you think having a slip of paper on each table with the new and removed words would be suitable substitute? Would just have to make sure that host has the slip not obviously visible to players during letters rounds (hide it under...
by Adam S Latchford
Fri May 31, 2024 10:01 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event dictionary
Replies: 38
Views: 10276

Re: Co-event dictionary

JackHurst wrote: Mon Jan 22, 2024 2:05 pm
Jack - appreciate this isn't like a job thing but there's a dictionary update (very small one) coming on apto

https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=6932

Will it be implement on app before oxford? It's only a lil one but clovers out + hammies in look useful
by Adam S Latchford
Sun May 26, 2024 3:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

Someone's trying something new
If its shite don't try again
by Adam S Latchford
Thu May 23, 2024 7:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ways to improve your Countdowning skills...
Replies: 27
Views: 17316

Re: Best ways to improve your Countdowning skills...

It's 2024. What's the best resource to sharpen one's skills in the numbers rounds ? Tutorials/Guides/TIps/Tricks ? Any app ? Do the numbers backwards. For example, if the target is 876 (or 877 which means you can +1 at the end) you should immediately notice 8+7+6=21 and the target is even, so it ca...
by Adam S Latchford
Thu May 16, 2024 7:57 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447412

Re: Best ever contestants

If you wanted to throw co-events into the mix for 30BC vs CoC16 debate To date, since the CoC final aired: - 9 Co events won by 30BC Cohort - 3 Co events won by CoC16 Cohort Thats with CoC16 cohort generally outnumbering 30BC cohort at most events. see finishing positions of where those players who...
by Adam S Latchford
Thu May 16, 2024 7:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Favourite Number Plays/Players
Replies: 14
Views: 2025

Re: Favourite Number Plays/Players

a great 6 small solve will always be better than a great 4 large solve for me. the most impressive 4 larges are just extensions of different formula. my half decent 4 large tv spot i had before the clock started. you cant get that with a genuinely good 6 small I think with 6-small it can be hard to...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed May 15, 2024 3:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 551
Views: 447412

Re: Best ever contestants

Was a super strong COC but about 14/16 people in it had Ahmed down as the winner before hand which shows how goated he is. Hard to compare him and Conor but i'd have them both miles clear of probably Zarte in 3rd. Although shoutouts to these two - best doesn't mean most talented...: David Green for ...
by Adam S Latchford
Tue May 14, 2024 6:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Favourite Number Plays/Players
Replies: 14
Views: 2025

Re: Favourite Number Plays/Players

a great 6 small solve will always be better than a great 4 large solve for me. the most impressive 4 larges are just extensions of different formula. my half decent 4 large tv spot i had before the clock started. you cant get that with a genuinely good 6 small
by Adam S Latchford
Tue Apr 23, 2024 6:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

Some absolutely batshit crazy final standings from this event https://greem.co.uk/cgi-bin/colive/tourney.py?tourney=CoRea2024 Helen Harding 87 pts per game 42nd Place Paul Talmey 81 pts per game 10th Place Tom Stevenson 112 pts per game 26th Place Martyn Pegram 73 pts per game 25th Place If we sort...
by Adam S Latchford
Tue Apr 23, 2024 7:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Fiona T wrote: Mon Apr 22, 2024 9:05 pm Perhaps tournaments that have fewer than 6 rounds should use points scored to rank players rather than wins - for all rounds, so when a draw is done, you're matched by points.
Wins are still more important than points scored though - tight games shouldn't be punished
by Adam S Latchford
Mon Apr 22, 2024 7:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

JackHurst wrote: Sun Apr 21, 2024 8:15 am

Not your fault. My suggestion is lifetime bans for the people who do an all in one letters pick when it's their turn. :)
6 consonants and 3 vowels immediately is the only acceptable iteration of all the letters at once

CV9 is punishable by permaban
by Adam S Latchford
Mon Apr 15, 2024 8:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184861

Re: You Are The Ref

Bristol style: ASREOTINY P1: 8 P2: 8 not written down. After a couple of seconds of hesitation Adjacent table audibly declare NOTARISE before P2 says their word. P2 declares NOTARISE. Similar situation arises 2 more times during the game when P1 declares first. At this point P1 kicks up a fuss that...
by Adam S Latchford
Sat Mar 30, 2024 9:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

I can imagine a very restless audience with three games to not play in. At every event sure This would be just for the finals - effectively the show piece and the culmination of the focal year. I think people would likely be invigorated enough for it *5 point conundrums would be a garbage idea but ...
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Mar 29, 2024 4:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

I'd maybe vote for a best of 3 9 rounders at the focal finals for a bit of additional spice
by Adam S Latchford
Tue Mar 26, 2024 8:35 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

What would people think of doing away with tie-break conundrums and allowing draws to happen? There isn't the same need to declare a winner that the TV show has, and I feel like achieving level scores over 9 rounds should count for slightly more than a defeat and slightly less than a win. Also avoi...
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Mar 22, 2024 10:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 408786

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

you're due to have some people for the corug park run that won't be playing in the event but are very much affiliated with countdown (rachael montgomery melody coupe and maybe adam beach) so assume you're counting these guys?
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Mar 22, 2024 9:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Belts
Replies: 18
Views: 7824

Re: FOCAL Belts

Steve Hyde wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 7:32 pm I'm making a play for the non-Apterite belt!
1-0 down to coral aren't ya? ;-)
Fiona T wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 8:06 pm
Steve Hyde wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 7:32 pm I'm making a play for the non-Apterite belt!
Just Jack Hurst to beat and it's yours :D
Think he was on apto too long previously to be eligible!
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Mar 20, 2024 1:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793467

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why do people still love duty free? It isn't considerably cheaper, it's a ballache to lug the stuff about and for the most parts in european airports all the content is the same
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819923

Re: Ask Graeme?

Someone tried to declare it once as PALATES (pronounced pilates and meant pilates) to absolutely get away with murder

It's totally understandable that someone would go for it
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:31 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Belts
Replies: 18
Views: 7824

Re: FOCAL Belts

Mark Deeks wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2024 9:47 pm
Adam S Latchford wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2024 8:33 am Iron man belt for most consecutive events made in a row - surrendered as soon as one missed
Well that's not going to work, because they won't be there to hand the belt on.
They get attacked in their own home just like someone with the 24/7 title
by Adam S Latchford
Tue Mar 12, 2024 8:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Belts
Replies: 18
Views: 7824

Re: FOCAL Belts

Iron man belt for most consecutive events made in a row - surrendered as soon as one missed Tag team belts. Partner is picked based on prior relationship to countdown (one person drags the other into the world), couples, people who regularly bunk together etc Probably shouldn't promote getting rat a...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Mar 06, 2024 1:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184861

Re: You Are The Ref

For the record I also agree with those rulings for those scenarios so good to see same page.

As long as the goatnundrum first 8 letters aren't "ANGRIEST" ! (maybe there's an 8 with more stems but if there is I don't know it)
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Mar 06, 2024 9:03 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184861

Re: You Are The Ref

How do you ref the following 3 invalid conundrums: There is a letter incorrect but the contestant still somehow solves it There is more than one solution (contestant says the other solution) There is more than one option (for goatdown specifically). For example the scramble is CAROMING where there a...
by Adam S Latchford
Thu Feb 29, 2024 11:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?

I guess drawing the line over what is a used word and what isn't is what I'm finding a bit weird. And classifying current usage. There's a thing called the Oxford Corpus which is basically a big list of words and how many times they appear. It is heavily biased towards traditional print media, e.g....
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Feb 28, 2024 12:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?

I guess drawing the line over what is a used word and what isn't is what I'm finding a bit weird. And classifying current usage.
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Feb 28, 2024 11:38 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?

So basically...

Words don't get used anymore so they get taken out of the dictionary

Seems such a weird thing to do I can't quite comprehend it. Maybe I'm just thick
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Feb 28, 2024 8:11 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: OED vs ODP: what’s the difference?

Can anybody explain to me like i'm a 5 year old why words get taken out of the dictionary?
by Adam S Latchford
Mon Feb 26, 2024 4:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Interesting. Could have my opinion swayed on this issue As for co event suggestion - I do think if there's somebody who is quite clearly a good host and can hurry a game along that they host first. Shows newer people how it's done and sets a precedent for more experienced but slower hosts on how to ...
by Adam S Latchford
Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

I'd consider that a good thing. You can just write down loads of plausible-ish words and hope your opponent declares one, and then go with that. Yeah - you can I think that's a more than viable tactic to play and don't really see anything ethically wrong with it. You might miss an 8 trying to write...
by Adam S Latchford
Sun Feb 25, 2024 9:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

part of the advantage of declaring second is lost if orders get reversed.

Lets say i have two dodgy sixes, they go six, then they say one i've written i'd just also go with that same 6. Reversing order loses that advantage i guess
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Feb 16, 2024 2:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819923

Re: Ask Graeme?

thought i'd found a winner with terence being 21/29 so 72% but conor has pipped it so far
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Feb 16, 2024 12:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819923

Re: Ask Graeme?

What is the most successful first name in countdown (if we say at least 3 people have to have been called this and do it by percentage of games won) My money is on Tom/Thomas. Or maybe Mark. My gut is it will be a more unusual name. Lets say there's been 2 random people called Innis pop up over the...
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Feb 16, 2024 9:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819923

Re: Ask Graeme?

What is the most successful first name in countdown (if we say at least 3 people have to have been called this and do it by percentage of games won)
by Adam S Latchford
Mon Feb 05, 2024 9:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XX- your input desired
Replies: 15
Views: 6049

Re: COLIN XX- your input desired

Think the only way possible for me to get to lincoln in time would be the 7pm start slot

Sounds fun though! And badges are cool
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Feb 02, 2024 4:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 408786

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

wait till i one lap it next time and break the all time park run record
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Feb 02, 2024 3:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 408786

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

i decided to do a park run when i had somewhere to be, so just basically sprinted the whole thing, killed myself by going at that pace and proceeded to have a miserable day where i ate about 4000 calories by 1pm
Would not advise
by Adam S Latchford
Mon Jan 29, 2024 10:55 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Always use the letters packs that Callum made. The ones taken from various copies of the board game all have very bad (and inconsistent) distributions, which make it less fun for most. They used to. Adam 'awesome' Beach has gone through the packs and standardised them all, so everyone from COLIN on...
by Adam S Latchford
Sun Jan 21, 2024 12:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event dictionary
Replies: 38
Views: 10276

Re: Co-event dictionary

Charlie has said he's doing an update this week! Whether before or after Lincoln I'm not certain but since Ben was using the Oxford as final say guess things stay the same. Worldies is finally gonna he valid. As is fuckery
by Adam S Latchford
Sat Jan 20, 2024 11:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event dictionary
Replies: 38
Views: 10276

Re: Co-event dictionary

We've just coming to the end of the only point in the focal calendar where we get a big old 2 month gap between events. If this is something you wanted to happen, why not request it after Focal finals so there's some time? It's the timing which I find absolutely ridiculous. There's just been a big ...
by Adam S Latchford
Sat Jan 20, 2024 10:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event dictionary
Replies: 38
Views: 10276

Re: Co-event dictionary

Dictionary at the moment on apterous is just not fit for purpose. It's been over a year. So many new words are in. Sure it's short notice but some of these words have been in the dictionary for a year now and should be allowed in word games lists. I get you might feel burdened with designing your ap...
by Adam S Latchford
Fri Jan 19, 2024 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Thomas Cappleman wrote: Fri Jan 19, 2024 4:05 pm where 2022 Colon had Conor and Ahmed on table 3 in round 2.
and some drunk absolute mug who actually bottled both games :(
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Jan 17, 2024 8:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th January 2024 (Series 89, Heat 11)
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th January 2024 (Series 89, Heat 11)

Howie Myers wrote: Wed Jan 17, 2024 6:02 am r3 alt: 8*(9*10+4)+2=754
r5: OCTANES
r8: DANCIER
r13: BROMATES
r14 alt: (5+5)*(8*7)-2-1=557
Octanes bad (maybe it's fine in the new dictionary update idk but def bad on apterous), costean the falsey
by Adam S Latchford
Sun Jan 07, 2024 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Just looking at the sign ups for Colin. Rob and Jack W very likely to be Table 1 together for round 2. Therefore it's a sound strategy to try and win badly in R1 to get on table 2 or 3 for R2. Would be cool at tourneys like this is r2 was random game vs somebody on same wins. i've legitimately trie...
by Adam S Latchford
Sun Jan 07, 2024 12:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51435

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Just looking at the sign ups for Colin. Rob and Jack W very likely to be Table 1 together for round 2. Therefore it's a sound strategy to try and win badly in R1 to get on table 2 or 3 for R2. Would be cool at tourneys like this is r2 was random game vs somebody on same wins. i've legitimately trie...
by Adam S Latchford
Wed Dec 20, 2023 10:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1654
Views: 793467

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Stole so many hubbies as a kid, not event to sell them, not even to keep them. Honestly no idea why we used to do it

Occasionally people would have quite flashy hubcaps and stealing them was an honour

(nobody tell 999 thanks)