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by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26 October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 82)
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26 October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 82)

Why not?

A fractile is the cut off point for a certain fraction of a sample. If your distribution is known, then the fractile is just the cut-off point where the distribution reaches a certain probability.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26 October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 82)
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26 October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 82)

I had FRACTILE in round 5, after my cock-up with factorial the other day I am more confident of this one!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017

I thought I had FACTORIAL in round 4 or 5 but as neither Susie, Rachel nor anyone on here has mentioned it I assume I must have got it wrong? Sorry, no banana -- the As and Ts didn't match up. I actually did notice it was almost there, though! Ah cheers. I thought it must have been wrong. I can see...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017

I thought I had FACTORIAL in round 4 or 5 but as neither Susie, Rachel nor anyone on here has mentioned it I assume I must have got it wrong?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday, 11th October 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1122

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, 11th October 2017

I was really disappointed when Lexplorer was removed from public use. I haven't got time to play on Apterous but enjoy playing along and watching what goes on on here.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 21st August 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Spoilers for Monday 21st August 2017

Noel Mc wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:35 pm
Can I blame tiredness for the numbers? I had 526 in R9. R14 was just embarrassing.
Yes, and it showed
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 290
Views: 38067

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Repeat of the episode tonight on BBC1 at 10.35
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New set
Replies: 10
Views: 4185

Re: New set

Good to see that the boards are nicely lined up now (since the first Jenny Eclair recording), no extraneous corners nor patches of light blue. A very neat picture is portrayed now. Well done the Countdown team.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New set
Replies: 10
Views: 4185

Re: New set

The whole letters board is misaligned during the round but when DC's words are displayed it is lined up correctly. The lack of symmetry really bugs me.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu May 18, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.
Replies: 5
Views: 860

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th May.

Congrats to Stephen on becoming an octochamp, a member of the 900 club and also the all centuries club :D Think TRILOGUES was there in the OUTLIERS round. Shame you had to suffer the most boring dictionary guest I've ever witnessed for the last part of your run. Gives the impression he'd rather be ...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 14 March 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1335

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday March 14

I thought he said TORTUOUS and was surprised when Nick said TORTUROUS and expected it to be disallowed. Even Alexander Armstrong on Pointless would have picked that up!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 290
Views: 38067

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:48 pm
I think Susie Dent is going to be in Not Going Out at 9:00 this evening.
Yes, just got round to watching her cameo role! I thought she came over really well, much more natural than Emma Bunton! Well done Susie.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 6th February 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Re: Spoilers for Monday 6th February 2017

I liked the camera man's reaction to the CAMERAMAN tea time teaser :)
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2017 upgrade!
Replies: 36
Views: 4010

Re: 2017 upgrade!

First loading screwed the screen completely with the red icons repeating across the page and the menu options in the wrong place. Moving pages didn't help, only a complete refresh has made it readable. thought it was probably my pc at first, but not so sure now. I will let you know if it happens aga...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13th October 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 13th October 2016

Do you think Kate Williams got all the words she claimed? More than just about any other DC guest, throughout her run she was very much "*I* got...". Maybe she did and she should apply to go on the show as a contestant. I would doubt it, the whole time she spoke she was looking at Suzie rather than...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: On the mass noun restaurant rule
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: On the mass noun restaurant rule

The point is that something appearing on a menu seems to be an invitation for people to stick an S (or ES or whatever) on the end of a word regardless of how its usually pluralised or indeed whether it is usually pluralised What are the exact rules about the "S (or ES or whatever)"? I think we need...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed May 04, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 64)
Replies: 10
Views: 832

Re: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 64)

Gavin Chipper wrote: I just think it's a bit pointless in a spoilers thread to avoid spoilers.
Totally agree!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday April 4th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Spoilers For Monday April 4th 2016

I didn't understand the Darts thing at all!!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday March 4th 2016 (Series 74 prelim 30)
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Spoilers for Friday March 4th 2016 (Series 74 prelim 30)

Watched Friday's episode last night, did DC declare JEHADIST? Surely it's Jihadist and there was only one I.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 25th February (Series 74 Prelim 24)
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 25th February (Series 74 Prelim 24)

Beat him on a few rounds today (including the missed 9 and a numbers round)! Am I getting better or did he just have a bad day I wonder?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday January 29th 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers for Friday January 29th 2016

Thwaites was a DC beater. Unusual for me :)
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 61
Views: 4364

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

Can someone explain the magic in "the product of two primes", Rachel mentions it often and I feel I should know it but I'm afraid it has escaped me. Thanks. I think it's just that there is a way of getting the target by multiplying 2 smaller numbers, but only one so it's hard to spot. Ah, thanks Th...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 61
Views: 4364

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

Can someone explain the magic in "the product of two primes", Rachel mentions it often and I feel I should know it but I'm afraid it has escaped me. Thanks.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8410

Re: How many countries have you been to?

I make mine 19 if I read the rules correctly (so ignoring Madeira and the Canary islands, oh and Sardinia!)

UK(4), France, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Estonia, Croatia, Greece, USA, Canada, Denmark
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 156
Views: 27078

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

sean d wrote:Anyone know if Egghaeds gets repreated?
Yes. all the time. Just before Christmas they were repeating old ones with Daphne in it.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 9-00pm C5 Celebrity Big Brother.
Replies: 35
Views: 1404

Re: 9-00pm C5 Celebrity Big Brother.

Only 7 for me!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 1 December 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 105)
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 1 December 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 105)

Bit of a whirlwind champion, masterful first game and a doleful second. Maybe he just wanted a teapot and wasn't bothered about championship scoring!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday November 20th 2015
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: Spoilers For Friday November 20th 2015

If you can't put an "s" on plural, what can you put it on?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Two Tribes
Replies: 2
Views: 1236

Re: Two Tribes

One time regular on here DInos (Syfiros??) was on Two Tribes last night and unlucky to get beaten to the final where I am sure he would have won the £6000. Even my wife recognised him.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *
Replies: 98
Views: 5324

Re: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *

UKIP delivered me a pamphlet yesterday together with a plea to put a sign in the window - unfortunately (for them) all the details were about a candidate standing in the adjacent constituency!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday April 13th 2015
Replies: 3
Views: 669

Re: Spoilers For Monday April 13th 2015

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Has Gerry got a stiff neck?
Not so much a stiff neck as fused vertebrae by the looks of it. Hopefully not painful.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday December 18th 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1247

Re: Spoilers For Thursday December 18th 2014

Was that a forumite with the conundrum solve?

Congratulations to all finalists, some great face offs up to now. really looking forward to this afternoons game.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 428
Views: 43559

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Is it not possible to log-in to BT and get some analytics for where or at least when the data is being used? (If not, there should be.) Couldn't agree more, Conor. every time I received one of those 70% letters/emails I used to badger BT for the information, but all to no avail. They have access to...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday December 3rd 2014 (S71 P99)
Replies: 26
Views: 1385

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday December 3rd 2014 (S71 P99)

Did nobody else spot PORPOISE in round (about) 4 ?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed May 07, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Bank Holiday Monday May 5th 2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1971

Re: Spoilers For Bank Holiday Monday May 5th 2014

If Neil does make it to the quarter-finals, I reckon he could be a dangerous opponent for the top seeds, especially if he's been working on his numbers in the meantime. What's surprising is that in terms of numbers rounds maxed, Neil's stats are very very similar to all the other 6 time winners thi...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday April 29th 2014 (S70 P75)
Replies: 8
Views: 774

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday April 29th 2014 (S70 P75)

James Laverty wrote:Since when did Rachel start dancing during the easy numbers solve.

Alt 2nd numbers: (25-4-2)*(7+3)
That's the second time I've seen her do it!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday April 16th 2014 (S70 P67)
Replies: 16
Views: 931

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday April 16th 2014 (S70 P67)

Gavin Chipper wrote:By the way, Nick never asks people what they also had if they stick with six or seven or whatever. It used to be quite interesting when contestants were asked this. So this is disappointing.
Agreed, which makes me think he isn't really that interested in what's going on.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday April 14th 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 1983

Re: Spoilers For Monday April 14th 2014

If I remember correctly the visually impaired chap had to be given the conundrum on a card which he turned over when the clock started, and thus an explanation was required. Ciaran performed so brilliantly that I don't think any sort of mention of his own impairment was necessary.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Revenge of the Egghead
Replies: 33
Views: 4056

Re: Revenge of the Egghead

Jojo Apollo wrote:It's not bad, it would be better if they let the other Eggheads each have a turn though.
If only to show that Eggheads do have Personality.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Revenge of the Egghead
Replies: 33
Views: 4056

Re: Revenge of the Egghead

Watched the first airing last night, it took me all my will power to watch it through to the end. CJ is such an arrogant prat I can't stand the thought of watching any more of it. SO if anyone from here is to take part please post your air dates, and make sure you wipe that smug look from CJ's face.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday February 21st 2014 (S70 P35)
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Re: Spoilers for Friday February 21st 2014 (S70 P35)

Jack Worsley wrote:AMMONITE in round 8. I like how Nick seems to be speaking more to the reigning champion lately, as until recently, the champion's intro was normally very brief.
except that he tends to speak AT them rather than TO them.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 30761

Re: Countdown in the news

A SCOOP for the Daily Mail today (January 23rd) on page 32 they report that the prodigy Dylan attained the highest ever score.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday January 21st 2014 (S70 P12)
Replies: 17
Views: 759

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday January 21st 2014 (S70 P12)

It looks like Rachel has to give it a good old press, or two, before it kicks in - in addition to it looking like it's settled on a number but then roll on to another!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 290
Views: 38067

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Zarte Siempre wrote:Don't know if anyone happened to watch It'll Be Alright On The Night, tonight... *ahem*
Yes, I came on here to note it but you beat me to it, vested interest and all that. We miss so much by watching the edited version every day :)
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday December 16th 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1145

Re: Spoilers For Monday December 16th 2013

I wish he had - it's not funny after the first time.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 30761

Re: Countdown in the news

Mark Deeks wrote:Don't see where it says divorce other than the anagram deliberately designed to allure. A split is not necessarily a divorce.
I thought the anagram purposely put CV together for some strange reason.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday November 25th 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 926

Re: Spoilers For Monday November 25th 2013

And also the answer at some point in the future. I know we can look it up or wait for the recap, but it seems weird to leave it hanging forever. We need Spoiler Spoilers, for spoilers that would spoil the Spoilers. I was thinking that too. And I imagine one day we'll find the need for yet another l...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday November 7th 2013 (S69 P87)
Replies: 13
Views: 837

Re: Spoilers for Thursday November 7th 2013 (S69 P87)

He did seem to lose interest about half way through, or his pencil broke!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday October 3rd 2013 (S69 P62)
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Spoilers for Thursday October 3rd 2013 (S69 P62)

Jon Corby wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I'm amazed that Michaela Strachan was allowed out of the studio alive after that snake spitting poem thing that she did.
I fast-forwarded it, is it worth watching?
Most definitely NOT!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday August 6th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 23)
Replies: 43
Views: 2777

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday August 6th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 2

SUPER AWESOME DÉBUT, DYLAN!!!! ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-) Getting a 14-maxer on debut against someone of Zarte's stature is super impressive in itself, and hopefully it won't lead to Zarte not being able to return for the finals. Can't wait for the next installment :!: :!: :!: ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-) :g...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday July 17th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 13)
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday July 17th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim

I thought Margaret was very unlucky to have STOWAGES disallowed in round 8 - one definition I can find is "a place or container for storage". Which means that Gen arguably only really scored 4, and had Margaret not seen a phantom A in round 10, Gen might have had no points at all . I started to fee...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday June 27th 2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1016

Re: Spoilers For Thursday June 27th 2013

I have to say I did think that was all a bit patronising towards Eileen at the end. The subtext was definitely "Well done for doing so well despite being so old at 75! Normally people have completely lost their marbles by the time they're 75, so good on you for still having some brain function left...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who Will Win Series 68? (Spoilers of Recent Events Included)
Replies: 14
Views: 1506

Re: Who Will Win Series 68? (Spoilers of Recent Events Inclu

Interesting that I got a couple more votes since today's episode - I think round 10 in today's game might be behind that. Still hopelessly lagging behind though :) Edit: I reckon this thread should be in the spoiler forum (?) I voted for you Andy and I haven't seen that episode yet, I'm about a wee...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri May 03, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 30761

Re: Countdown in the news

Adam Gillard wrote:
James Robinson wrote:Well, it looks like they maybe listening a bit, because Countdown is returning to its 3:10, then 3:15 slot on the week commencing the 20th of this month. 8-)

Might not be 4:15/4:30, but it's a start. :D
Excellent!
Especially in relation to Nick Hewer's comments in the Mail today :)
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 290
Views: 38067

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Rachel was interviewed after the Boat Race at the weekend, and was looking in awe at Richard Osman beside her.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday April 1st 2013
Replies: 14
Views: 978

Re: Spoilers For Monday April 1st 2013

Thanks for the positive comments guys. A bit disappointed with some of the latter rounds but as Andy said, some of the letters weren't particularly fruitful selections anyway. With regards to the other 9s available... Apparently they didn't want to mention streaming... Nor the EMIGRANTS in the same...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Richard Osman
Replies: 11
Views: 1687

Re: Richard Osman

Nina Boyd wrote:A letter in the Radio Times suggests Richard Osman as next Countdown host. Is Nick Hewer leaving?
I wouldn't be surprised, he is looking more bored by the day!