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by Stewart Gordon
Sat May 16, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday 1st May 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Spoilers For Friday 1st May 2020

Did anyone else notice in the OOW that the subtitler made a silly mistake - "entomologies" instead of "etymologies"? I would have thought the subtitlers would have learned the difference between the two words by now.
by Stewart Gordon
Sun May 03, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday 16th April 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Spoilers For Thursday 16th April 2020

I was surprised to hear BOWLINE pronounced /ˈbaʊlaɪn/ by both Gemma and Susie. Apparently it does derive from a ship's bow, but the actual pronunciation given in Lexico is /ˈbəʊlɪn/. Wikipedia gives either this or /ˈbəʊlaɪn/, which is how I've always thought it was pronounced. I'd always assumed it ...
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 67)
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 67)

Do you reckon the people in the studio noticed a certain word in round 2 and decided not to mention it?
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 49)
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 49)

Can anyone advise how the following would be adjudicated: Spotted 'wheats' in one of the rounds, but on checking, it's a mass noun. Although a food I can't see it qualifies under the restaurant rule. However, the example sentences of 'wheat' include the words 'other feed grain wheats'. So it has to...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 61)
Replies: 2
Views: 375

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 61)

This is interesting - the definition of "defragment" is given as to reduce the fragmentation of a single file. But that said, the example sentences on Lexico are somewhat contradictory with this.
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th February 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Spoilers for 27th February 2020.

David Williams wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:41 pm
I think the restaurant rule does go too far, and you get some very contrived plurals.
Is "restaurant rule" the official name of this rule? I've always been inclined to call it the "portions rule", which I think reflects its scope more accurately.
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)
Replies: 6
Views: 995

Re: Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)

Susie managed to misread the definition of POUNDAL . "A unit of force equal to that required to give a mass of one pound an acceleration of one foot per second." Which is of course nonsense. A foot per second is a unit of speed, not acceleration. Maybe she saw the end of the definition which says '...
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th February 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Spoilers for 27th February 2020.

Susie said you couldn't put the S on MUTTON, which surprised me. Perhaps restaurants don't serve it any more? I don't get it either. Neither does it seem that the plural is something different. I thought the rule was that any noun denoting a kind of food or drink can be used as a count noun, denoti...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)
Replies: 6
Views: 995

Re: Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)

Susie managed to misread the definition of POUNDAL.

"A unit of force equal to that required to give a mass of one pound an acceleration of one foot per second."

Which is of course nonsense. A foot per second is a unit of speed, not acceleration.
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 23
Views: 11198

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

It took me a moment to realise that if the programme's name begins with "A" or "The", you have to omit it. It would be better if you'd programmed it to accept it either with or without the article where applicable.
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 2)
Replies: 6
Views: 841

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 2)

AMIRITE is basically a slang American spelling of "am I right" ... but it seems it doesn't count as an American spelling....
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)
Replies: 11
Views: 1955

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)

Susie tells us that "normal" comes from a Latin word for a carpenter's square. What she didn't mention is the still-used mathematical sense of a line perpendicular to a curve or a surface, which obviously comes from this. (There are other mathematical senses of the word, but that's an aside.)
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 45
Views: 11597

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

Who is going to take over for maternity leave ? Might not be necessary. Countdown is recorded unusually far in advance of broadcast at the moment - usually it's a few weeks, currently it's a few months (perhaps for this very reason?). They've got so many episodes in the bank they could have a huge ...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 19th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 58)
Replies: 5
Views: 1510

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 19th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 58)

I'm pretty sure Susie just said "pronounciation". I thought that too for a moment! But I listened to it again and now I'm not so sure. But on the whole it was an excellent piece by Susie. So "haitch" is a hypercorrection based on the idea that to say "aitch" is a dropping of the H - when in actuali...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday 3rd September 2019

I recall Martin telling us previously that "2.9% interest", as opposed to "2.9% APR", means that 2.9% of the original loan amount will be charged per annum throughout the term of the loan. At first I thought this was the catch he was about to tell us about. But I am made to wonder: Does anybody nowa...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 2nd September 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Re: Spoilers for 2nd September 2019

Susie tells us about the origins of phrases involving the word "dog". Interestingly, the Mbabaram word for "dog" is "dog", but the etymology is totally different. How anyone knows that the etymology is totally different when nobody seems to know the etymology of English "dog", I'm not sure. And appa...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 17th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 12)
Replies: 1
Views: 1096

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 17th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 12)

OWARRI. I hadn't heard of that spelling before. There are many names/spelling variations - AWARI, WARI, OWARE, AWALE, MANCALA, BANTUMI just to name a few. There are also many variations of the game itself. It seems the distinction between a variation and a distinct game (played with the same basic e...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 46990

Re: Religion

Thanks. I've always defined atheist to mean you don't believe there is a god/god(s) and agnostic to mean you don't know whether to believe or not, and Wikipedia at least doesn't seem to contradict that. If some of you have grown up with different definitions, then just ignore those words and vote o...
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 96)
Replies: 9
Views: 2883

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 96)

MINOTAURS was quite obvious in round 1. I figured that it's probably capitalised, and indeed it seems to be according to Lexico. But I'm sure many would have been tempted to go for it!

That said, some online dictionaries including Wiktionary have it in lowercase.
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 3rd June 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 1749

Re: Spoilers for 3rd June 2019

Susie didn't mention the other meaning of "hobby horse": an early form of bicycle.
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 20th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 84)
Replies: 1
Views: 1848

Re: Countdown recap for Monday 20th May 2019

Susie gives a number of names for the # symbol, about half of which I've heard of before. All of the names she listed apart from "diamond" are in the FOLDOC entry . But it really does my head in that some people call the symbol "hashtag". A hashtag is one of those markers beginning with the # symbol...
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 18th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 4)
Replies: 17
Views: 5729

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 18th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 4)

Peter Mabey wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:47 pm
Here it may refer to LPG
As in that stuff that contradicts itself about whether it's a liquid or a gas?
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 14th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 80)
Replies: 8
Views: 2345

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 14th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 80)

So the whole phrase "on one's Tod Sloan" became rhyming slang for "alone". That's interesting. Usually the rhyme is formed from a phrase that has meaning in itself. But what pre-existing meaning would "on one's Tod Sloan" have had? According to both Wiktionary and what I recall being taught, the for...
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 51)
Replies: 6
Views: 1784

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 51)

Raj told us the story of the term "grandfather clock". I knew about the song being written by Henry Clay Work around that time. But I think Raj got the name of it wrong - according to WP it's My Grandfather's Clock . So the song is based on a true story. One is made to wonder whether there was a mys...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Replacement Countdown mug
Replies: 3
Views: 2128

Replacement Countdown mug

Hi all,

My Countdown mug (as in, the one that's part of the goody bag, or at least was when I was on the show) became cracked a while ago.

Is there way I can obtain a replacement?

Stewart.
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 36)
Replies: 4
Views: 1968

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 36)

Nick said at the end, "Over the line, 109." I couldn't help but notice that that sounds like a bingo call!
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 18th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 4)
Replies: 17
Views: 5729

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 18th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 4)

I'm sure I've seen "autogas" used by one or two filling stations over here, obviously with a quite different meaning as the price given for it was noticeably lower than the price given for petrol or diesel.
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 19
Views: 8531

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

Looks like I was wrong about CoStAl 2016 being missing - it has the wrong date stored for it. As do a few others. CoStAl3 was on 2016-07-02, not 2015-07-02 as given. CoChest2 was on 2012-10-13, not 2013-10-13. There are probably other wrong dates - I just noticed these as they are causing my events ...
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 19
Views: 8531

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

I've noticed there are a few events missing from the last 3 years or so:
  • CoStAl 2016
  • CO:DUB 2017
  • CO:DUB 2018
  • Co:Blackpool 2018
  • CoBrum / FOCAL Finals 2018
  • probably a few others that I didn't participate in....
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 1)
Replies: 17
Views: 4349

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 13th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 1)

I looked up some of the names of swingers and ringers mentioned in the guest anecdote. Jeffrey Allan Maggert George Walter "Bunky" Henry Jr (sadly passed away in August) Barkevious Levon "Keke" Mingo The last of these is an American footballer. And it would appear that Barkevious Mingo is his real n...
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 22nd November (Series 79, Prelim 105)
Replies: 10
Views: 3777

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 22nd November (Series 79, Prelim 105)

Susie doesn't know the difference between a metaphor and a simile. :(
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 59)
Replies: 7
Views: 3024

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 59)

"The 60-year-olds, who would have been born in the early 1950s" - don't think much of the arithmetic here!
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 24900

Re: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:14 am
*cheating slightly*

V for Vienetta
Nice one despite the slight cheating.
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 28th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 4)
Replies: 8
Views: 3615

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 28th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 4)

My inkling was that "inkling" came from "inclination".
by Stewart Gordon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's happened to dictionary definitions being shown on screen?
Replies: 2
Views: 2195

Re: What's happened to dictionary definitions being shown on screen?

Is that what they said - it looked rubbish? Or are you just hazarding a guess? Furthermore, at the moment I don't remember being unable to see it properly. And you would have thought it would have been sorted out by now.
by Stewart Gordon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 8th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 112)
Replies: 1
Views: 1803

Re: Spoilers for Friday 8th December 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 112)

I was surprised nobody mentioned OVENING in round 10. I'm also surprised that it doesn't seem to be a word according to ODO, but would have thought someone would have at least queried it.

(If I try searching for it it gives me "micro-ovening". It's even weirder that that's in there.)
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's happened to dictionary definitions being shown on screen?
Replies: 2
Views: 2195

What's happened to dictionary definitions being shown on screen?

Back in the day, we had the pencam.

When the laptop was introduced to replace the paper ODE, the pencam was replaced with superimposing a screenshot of the ODO over the central portion of the screen.

However, they then stopped doing this. Does anybody have any idea why?
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 52
Views: 22278

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

This game doesn't seem to be moving ... let's give it some of this stuff:
Image
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 26th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 60)
Replies: 5
Views: 2446

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 26th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 60)

At the risk of telling the world how far behind I am with Countdowns.... Malaphor. I've come across the concept but had no idea there was a word for it. The 'Mangled Expressions' section here has a few examples of these. The one I've heard quite a bit in my time is "get the short end of the stick".
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 172
Views: 43504

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Vatican City (dubious if this is counted) OF COURSE THIS COUNTS. Wait what? That's a sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right? I went there while I was in Rome. So 9. Vatican City is one of the two sovereign states that aren't UN members - the other being Taiwan. At least, I'm not...
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 172
Views: 43504

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Not quite at the bottom of the list with 6/197 (3/4):
United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Republic of Ireland, Belgium (purely by the 10-minute rule), Finland (England, Scotland, Wales)
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Glasgow & Co:GlasgowOnThen
Replies: 2
Views: 5471

Re: Co:Glasgow & Co:GlasgowOnThen

I'm confused. The Facebook event page says it's cancelled, but the indication here and on the entry form is that it's still going ahead. Which is correct?
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13 June 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2693

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 13 June 2017

Looks like MATEY now has a variant form MATY. So by standard English rules, MATIES would be the plural. But if (as Susie implied) the dictionary doesn't explicitly give the plural, then according to something we were told once upon a time the plural would be MATYS. Unless it's changed since that tim...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Set designs and opening sequences over the years
Replies: 3
Views: 2722

Set designs and opening sequences over the years

Has anybody kept track of these?

It would be good to have a full list, or as near to a full list as we can, of the various sets and title sequences and the range of series for which each was used. And maybe start a page or two on the wiki....
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Has MOTLIER ever actually been valid?
Replies: 3
Views: 2355

Re: Has MOTLIER ever actually been valid?

I see. So the dictionary that used to be freely available (and which Countdown use) has now been hidden behind a paywall, and a cut-down version has been sneakily put in its place. And so now only subscribers to Oxford Dictionaries Premium can verify if a word validation error has been made on the s...
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Has MOTLIER ever actually been valid?
Replies: 3
Views: 2355

Has MOTLIER ever actually been valid?

It seems that on a handful of occasions this word has been given by a contestant, and each time allowed. I've just checked the dictionary, and from what I can make out it isn't a valid word at all. There is no entry for MOTLIER, MOTLY or MOTLIE on en.oxforddictionaries.com. The entry for MOTLEY does...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 24th April 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 2435

Re: Spoilers for Monday, 24th April 2017

Yes, as I guessed, OUTBOX as a verb means to be better at boxing than someone else. On the other hand, INBOX as a verb is somewhat more puzzling. To my surprise, ODO tells me the email meaning of OUTBOX is an Americanism. What's it called on these shores then? I always thought it was called an outbo...
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 3716

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

Susie talked about expletives. I knew about the literal meaning being 'filler word'. According to Wikipedia, this includes something not mentioned in Susie's piece: words such as "it" and "there" when used as grammatical placeholders.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syntactic_expletive
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13 February 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 25)
Replies: 4
Views: 2378

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13 February 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 25)

Do you reckon CUTLERIES would have been allowed in round 4? (Where does the scope of the 'portions' rule begin and end?)

Also, there was no mention of PULSATOR in round 11.
by Stewart Gordon
Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2655

Re: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016

Hi Martin, just wondering: Are you any relation to Jack or Josh? Or, for that matter, Bill, John, Rachel or Tony?

PS Congrats for winning the series. :)
by Stewart Gordon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 43
Views: 9060

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

Chipping in a bit late here (and if I've counted correctly):

England: 15 (17 if you include having changed trains there; 16 if you include those that later became cities; 18 if you include both)
Wales: 0
Scotland: 1
Northern Ireland: 0
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2097

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016

You wouldn't speak of "a tinsel" or "five tinsel", therefore it's nonsense. Speaking nonsense in the name of saving time is a false economy.

I'm pretty sure her usual "shortcut" explanation is "you can't pluralise it"....
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2097

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016

Joe asked if TINSELS would be valid. So TINSEL is the word that Susie was claiming is singular, plural and a mass noun all at the same time. (Which might actually be true of some words, but they would be distinct subcategories of noun to which the word belongs, not ways of saying the same thing.)
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2097

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016

I have trouble believing Susie managed to make this fundamental error: "Yes, same in the plural. It's a mass noun, in other words." Somebody of her standing certainly shouldn't be confusing the two concepts.
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: On the mass noun restaurant rule
Replies: 9
Views: 2272

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 Stewart Gordon
Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Nottingham V- Saturday 23rd July 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 6484

Re: Countdown in Nottingham V- Saturday 23rd July 2016

What are people thinking of doing about lunch?
by Stewart Gordon
Tue May 17, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Dress and make-up when appearing on show
Replies: 25
Views: 4980

Re: Dress and make-up when appearing on show

What sort of dress and make-up do the production team insist on for contestants appearing on the show? I am asking this for a serious reason. I was on in 2007. What I remember being told is: Not white No logos or patterns, other than wide stripes Preferably not round-necked T-shirts for men (why me...