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by Ian Fitzpatrick
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 12th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 76)
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Spoilers for Friday 12th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 76)

Leotard turned up for the second time this week but no mention from DC, is it forbidden as it harks back to the old days of Richard and Carol perhaps?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 73)
Replies: 13
Views: 638

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 73)

and was that Rachel "gagging for a hard one again"?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 18th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 58)
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 18th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 58)

Well done to Dave! Wow, three in a row, I think that's the high point thus far of this Series... I only have one thing to say today: Rachel's comment on "kicking youselves" in R9 shouldn't be really applied in this sort of situation (I mean, the average contestant won't think of 18 x 51 immediately...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 45)
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 45)

What a great challenger, in more ways than one.
Nick showing up his poor maths again!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)

Gosh, I didn't realise I had been watching that long! Thinking about it, I probably started watching in about 1999ish.
Thanks Tom, I do remember being surprised when Susie disallowed and stating that it was only valid with another word, eg leg or pocket.
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie coming to town!
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Susie coming to town!

Quite a surprise over the weekend walking past our local theatre here in Wimborne to see a poster of Susie Dent looking out at me. She's on a tour with her show The Secret Lives of Words. As much as I admire Susie and like the sound of some of the content I'm not sure I could sit and listen to her f...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 30th July 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1165

Re: Spoilers for 30th July 2018

Did anyone think Rachel was a tad on the rude side when she said that "you clearly don't know your 75 x tables" at the end of r14. Yes, it was a bad miss, but still thought it was a little uncalled for (not that she is a malicious individual). IMO, not really. She had two players to whom it WAS cle...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 50)
Replies: 12
Views: 2057

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 50)

David Williams wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:36 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:56 pm
It was nice to see Nick contribute in one of the rounds today - I wish he'd do this more often.
The difficulty is that, on the evidence of the contributions he does make, he is absolutely hopeless at Countdown.
Ha ha, my thoughts too!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)
Replies: 73
Views: 8008

Re: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Shouldn't you have got less than zero for QF3 as you failed to predict the winner of that game?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Behind-the-scenes on Countdown...
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Re: Behind-the-scenes on Countdown...

I wondered why Susie sat with her hot water bottle when it was exposed a few weeks ago! I wonder how often she has it refilled/rewarmed!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed May 30, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 29th May 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Spoilers for 29th May 2018

Owen Carroll wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 2:35 pm
Glad Amy beat me when I had outearn cause while it's in, Susie disallowed it in October. Also, is dotage valid for the current dictionary? Don't know if it changed at the start of the year
Can't think why dotage wouldn't be valid!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 16th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 70)
Replies: 17
Views: 2304

Re: Spoilers for Monday 16th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 70)

Bizarre teatime teaser - I don't really see the connection between rhythm and vowelless. :lol: Yeah, in the cold light of day it looks stupid but when you know the explanation it's always obvious. I know of at least two other people who missed it and that's not including Nick who clearly had no ide...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1712

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018

You are all bad people.When he said seven, I thought he might have had "tomatos", but I didn't think it was the most probable outcome. I was expecting to lose the round to him. He would have been in very good company looking at the list of names that have done similar on Apterous before https://www...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 51)
Replies: 7
Views: 1250

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 51)

I note that Len has the tiniest piece of paper in front of him and just reads out Suzie's words.
I wonder if this will change through the week?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 50)
Replies: 12
Views: 2057

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 50)

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:56 pm
It was nice to see Nick contribute in one of the rounds today - I wish he'd do this more often.
What did he do, I don't think I noticed?
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 42)
Replies: 14
Views: 1936

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 42)

I do miss the days when there'd be more general chat though - "I like what X is wearing", "Oh dear, Y's DC spot was fucking awful", "Ha, great teaser clue today" etc. - Yesterday's doodling conversation was hilarious and made the episode for me, both at the time and on TV. But only Gev commented on...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday, 6th March 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday, 6th March 2018

I agree, I rewound it after and tried to work out what he was getting at, I think he probably didn't explain it very well and possibly misused the word "spreadsheet". We'll never know!!
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday, February 26, 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1465

Re: Spoilers for Monday, February 26, 2018

Yeah, felt sorry for him that he'd guessed wrongly and couldn't reach a century today but it's alright, he still won anyway. By the way, to clarify "Hansfording" since someone else mentioned it as well Philip did not do that since the definition is to buzz in before the letters are revealed...Phili...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 5th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 20)
Replies: 10
Views: 1484

Re: Spoilers for Monday 5th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 20)

Can see why he might have felt cheated, and he was clearly very annoyed by it judging by his actions after. However, in fairness he was taking the mickey a bit and I can see why Nick thought he was playing for time. The correct action would have been to check his paper I think, and see if it corres...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 30th January 2018.
Replies: 6
Views: 1043

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Tom S wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:43 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:31 pm
What were your scores against the contestants?
111-96 (Chris- crucial this time), 111-46 (Ryan).
Very good, keep posting them :)
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 24th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 12)
Replies: 24
Views: 2167

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 24th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 12)

I like Tom's reports and think I would miss them if they stopped. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's good that he comments nicely on the game in general terms and would encourage more people to do this - I just think that publicly displaying every day that he (more often than not) beats both players whil...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13th November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 94)
Replies: 23
Views: 3292

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13th November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 94)

As a small afterthought, after someone has thought for a while and gone for the 'safe seven', Susie will sometimes ask them what their 'dodgy eight' was. I'd like to see this more often. When they come up with a word it's interesting to find out if it's valid or not. If they don't have a word to of...
by Ian Fitzpatrick
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Re: Kryptonite

It makes me cringe every time Nick says it. I'm sure he could think of something better to say.
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: 1402

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: 1402

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: 1393

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: 1393

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: 1786

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: 1022

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: 294
Views: 52003

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: 4957

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: 4957

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: 1246

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: 1786

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: 294
Views: 52003

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: 942

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: 14738

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: 605

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: 1305

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: 1073

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: 967

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: 800

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: 808

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: 676

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: 5258

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: 5258

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: 152
Views: 14622

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: 163
Views: 39831

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: 1837

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: 679

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: 707

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: 2003

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: 100
Views: 7893

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: 795

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: 1524

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: 48787

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...