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by Stewart Gordon
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13 June 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1132

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: 670

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: 676

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: 676

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: 1358

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: 1362

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: 916

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: 1225

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: 40
Views: 1829

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: 864

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: 864

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: 864

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: 787

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: 3234

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: 1557

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...
by Stewart Gordon
Fri May 06, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21 April 2016 (Series 74 Episode 57)
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21 April 2016 (Series 74 Episode 57)

How many meanings of DINGBAT are people here familiar with? It seems odd to me that Nick apparently knew only the "crazy person" meaning. I knew both meanings (crazy person and crazy Unicode character), but was surprised that the clue was basically just a dictionary definition/description of only t...
by Stewart Gordon
Mon May 02, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 29 April 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 63)
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Spoilers for Friday 29 April 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 63)

No Susie, the French for "to the right" is "à droite", not "à droit". The two words are very closely related, but you have to be careful not to confuse them when giving or interpreting directions.
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21 April 2016 (Series 74 Episode 57)
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21 April 2016 (Series 74 Episode 57)

How many meanings of DINGBAT are people here familiar with? It seems odd to me that Nick apparently knew only the "crazy person" meaning.
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 20th April
Replies: 11
Views: 825

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 20th April

Of WORSER, "According to the rules of Countdown, we'd allow it, because WORSE is a single syllable." So the rules now say you can put the -ER on any single-syllable word? And so a lot of these agent nouns that have been rejected in the past are now valid? Even if she meant only single-syllable adjec...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday April 18th 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 797

Re: Spoilers For Monday April 18th 2016

Gavin Chipper wrote:People see the "dis" and think of that even though that would make it dis-hevelled.
Maybe. But on this basis I ought to have come across at least one commentary that includes a comment to the effect of "If this were the opposite of anything, it would be 'hevelled'".
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday April 18th 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 797

Re: Spoilers For Monday April 18th 2016

Not for the first time, Susie spoke about words like "gruntled", "kempt" and "couth". It seems that "shevelled" always comes up in discussions of this nature. Susie gives it as an example of "where we think only the opposite exists". It puzzles me that these discussions seemingly always fail to even...
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday March 31st 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 44)
Replies: 9
Views: 825

Re: Spoilers for Thursday March 31st 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 44)

Gavin Chipper wrote:You definitely want to look right as the last thing you do before crossing. That's where you'd get hit from as you step into the road.
Exactly. Well said.
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday March 31st 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 44)
Replies: 9
Views: 825

Re: Spoilers for Thursday March 31st 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 44)

Tim Vine was taught the Green Cross Code as "look left, then look right, then look left again". Opposite of what my mum taught me and what seems to make most sense. Do you think he learned it from someone in a country that drives on the right? That said, according to every edition of the Highway Cod...
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st April 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st April 2016

I was taught as a child that you're only allowed to play April Fool before 12:00. But I've always wanted to know who invented that rule.
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Where have all the recaps gone?
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: Where have all the recaps gone?

I thought we had multiple recap writers ... so they've all collapsed? :( (I'd volunteer myself, but knowing me I'd probably fall behind with it.) For the meantime, where's the best place to start discussions of things referred to on individual Countdown episodes? For example: the words the contestan...
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Where have all the recaps gone?
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Where have all the recaps gone?

The last one here seems to be from 4 March.
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 18th February 2016 ( Series 74 Prelim 19 )
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Thursday 18th February 2016 ( Series 74 Prelim 19 )

Johnny Canuck wrote:Her mind must have only been going a few knots per hour when she said it, I guess.
:)

(Where's the like button when I need it?)
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 18th February 2016 ( Series 74 Prelim 19 )
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Thursday 18th February 2016 ( Series 74 Prelim 19 )

Susie misread the definition of POUNDAL. And everybody seemed blissfully unaware that "an acceleration of one foot per second" makes no sense....

(Not to mention that it actually came out as "icceleration"....)
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 26 January 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 2)
Replies: 13
Views: 1077

Re: Tuesday 26 January 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 2)

Gavin Chipper wrote:There is also WOMAN but no WOWOMAN.
What would that be - an adult fefemale human being?
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 26 January 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 2)
Replies: 13
Views: 1077

Re: Tuesday 26 January 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 2)

The male contestant takes first blood with a masculine word which apparently has no feminine equivalent. Nope, not even in the 2016 aptodic update can one be a SHOWWOMAN^. If she were still with us in Recapland, Jen would be outraged. You could well ask. There are loads of feminine words that seem ...
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 26 January 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 2)
Replies: 13
Views: 1077

Re: Tuesday 26 January 2016 (Series 74, Prelim 2)

Do many people realise that, once your opponent has buzzed in and got the conundrum wrong, you have the rest of the time to yourself? Margaret should have taken her time, and checked her answer before buzzing in.
by Stewart Gordon
Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 14
Views: 1208

Re: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)

Gavin Chipper wrote:We don't have to know literally everything to come up with a "best explanation". My version has the gap of why Susie doesn't/didn't use the pronunciation guide.
Which is the whole thing I was asking in the first place. Hence my point.
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 14
Views: 1208

Re: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)

Gavin Chipper wrote:1. She uses the same dictionary as us but doesn't use the pronunciation guide,
How does this explain why she refuses to use the pronunciation guide?
Gavin Chipper wrote:or at least didn't use it on this occasion.
How does this explain why she decided not to use it on this occasion?

Please stop this silliness.
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 14
Views: 1208

Re: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)

Gavin Chipper wrote:That Susie doesn't look at the pronunciation guide.
That isn't an explanation at all. It's really just saying the same thing I'm querying (that she guessed the pronunciation rather than referring to any pronunciation guide) in different words.
by Stewart Gordon
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 14
Views: 1208

Re: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)

Is that a quote from Susie? Is the point you're making that because she didn't know the pronunciation even though it's specified, she must have been using a different dictionary? Of course. I don't think that's really evidence that they use a different dictionary. What alternative explanation do yo...
by Stewart Gordon
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA16 - Saturday 26th March 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 2986

Re: COREA16 - Saturday 26th March 2016

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:The fifth COREA (Countdown in Reading) is on the Saturday of Easter weekend
But is it Easter Saturday?
Don't start that again.
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 10021

Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Ben Wilson wrote:As always, COLIN will begin at 11:30
I could have sworn it used to start earlier than that....
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 151
Views: 24428

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Those of you who aren't regulars on the wiki might be interested to know that we have a comprehensive list of such people.
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 14
Views: 1208

Re: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)

"I think 'ow-bwwt' probably." I had to look it up.
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... ish/ouboet does give the pronunciation. So it looks like we were wrong, and this isn't the dictionary the show uses after all.
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 10021

Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

What are the lunch arrangements this time round?
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:21 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 17th Septmeber 2015 ( Series 73 , Prelim 54 )
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Re: Thursday 17th Septmeber 2015 ( Series 73 , Prelim 54 )

From which dictionary did Nick get that NYLON comes from London and New York? I was explicitly taught that this isn't the case ... and I would have expected Susie to comment on the matter.
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How do I know if my word is valid?
Replies: 29
Views: 5669

Re: How do I know if my word is valid?

VASELINE is weird - it's marked as a trademark but it's lowercase. I would say the trademark supersedes the case, as many trademarks have a lowercase initial letter anyway (ebay to name but one - I have always thought of it styled as eBay but maybe I imagined it?). Is the rule that the word must st...
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How do I know if my word is valid?
Replies: 29
Views: 5669

Re: How do I know if my word is valid?

I'm sure that when the ODO was being put together there were many competing requirements. It's hard to imagine the needs of Countdown being the highest priority. What other requirement would have competed with this one, exactly? I can imagine. The Countdown community would have just been a small bu...
by Stewart Gordon
Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How do I know if my word is valid?
Replies: 29
Views: 5669

Re: How do I know if my word is valid?

You'd think that with an online dictionary you could just enter a word in the search box, and if it's a word then it'll find it, and if it isn't then it won't. Sadly, it doesn't seem that this is the case with ODO. For instance, POETRIES brings up POETRY, even though Susie once told us there's no se...
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The restaurant rule
Replies: 17
Views: 1129

Re: The restaurant rule

I've just looked it up , and it now gives RAVIOLI as a plural noun. It must have been listed as a mass noun in the dictionary that Countdown used at the time. So now, if they allow RAVIOLIS, then I guess that they would have to allow CHIPSES? Or does it make a difference whether it's listed as a plu...
by Stewart Gordon
Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 18th August 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 37)
Replies: 9
Views: 1014

Re: Tuesday 18th August 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 37)

Different structural forms of the same element are allotropes. It's a similar concept to isomers in that they are different arrangements of the same atoms. But allotropes are necessarily of a single element, and not necessarily at the molecular level as isomers are.
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 18th August 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 37)
Replies: 9
Views: 1014

Re: Tuesday 18th August 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 37)

I'm surprised Susie read out only the nuclear physics definition of ISOMER (an atomic nucleus with the same atomic/mass numbers as another but a different energy state), and not the chemistry one (a compound with the same combination of atoms as another but a different arrangement of the atoms). I'd...
by Stewart Gordon
Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 7th July 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 13)
Replies: 3
Views: 771

Re: Tuesday 7th July 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 13)

From where did Nick get that Boris Becker was, at 17, the youngest ever Wimbledon winner? According to sources I've seen, it was 15-year-old Lottie Dod in 1887.
by Stewart Gordon
Mon May 18, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Re: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

No mention of whether ANTIQUER would have been valid. Would it? It would have to be listed under this entry , and it's not. Have you established that this is indeed the dictionary Countdown uses now? I wasn't sure whether it was actually the free-for-all one or a more comprehensive one that you hav...
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 23rd April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 72)
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: Thurrsday 23rd April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 72)

Susie wasn't sure whether FAILOVERS is a word. It seems to me that it ought to be. But what would have happened if a contestant had tried the word and Susie couldn't make up her mind about it? Is it an 8 you are prepared to gamble if you need the points ? I hope I would manage not to misdeclare it ...
by Stewart Gordon
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Re: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

No mention of whether ANTIQUER would have been valid. Would it?
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Apterites disqualified for 'being too good'.
Replies: 13
Views: 1922

Re: Apterites disqualified for 'being too good'.

Anthony Endsor wrote::lol: :lol:
For those saying it was premature, it was actually posted after midnight, but because of the clock having not been reset following the clocks going forward, it's come up as 31st March.
Notice at the bottom of each page: "All times are UTC"

That explains everything....
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Apterites disqualified for 'being too good'.
Replies: 13
Views: 1922

Re: Apterites disqualified for 'being too good'.

When you say "due to appear", do you mean they had actually been offered a place? I would have thought that once someone's secured a place on the show they can't take it back.
by Stewart Gordon
Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 23rd April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 72)
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: Thurrsday 23rd April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 72)

Susie wasn't sure whether FAILOVERS is a word. It seems to me that it ought to be. But what would have happened if a contestant had tried the word and Susie couldn't make up her mind about it?
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 24th February 2015 (Series 72, Prelim 37)
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Re: Tuesday 24th February 2015 (Series 72, Prelim 37)

It isn't clear whether Rufus believed that snake story was a real one. I'd certainly expect a vet to know better. Anyway, see:
http://www.snopes.com/critters/snakes/measured.asp
by Stewart Gordon
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1259
Views: 96070

Re: Ask Graeme?

Gavin Chipper wrote:Yeah, it's not an anagram if it's the same.
Even if the two is and the two ss have been swapped over? :)
by Stewart Gordon
Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015
Replies: 133
Views: 13309

Re: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015

I'm almost ready to book my place. I might be dragging a spectator along - would that be OK?
by Stewart Gordon
Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015
Replies: 133
Views: 13309

Re: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015

Office products (almost definitely Word or Outlook) automatically switch ":-)" or ":)" into a smiley face, but they use a non-standards-compliant way of doing it, I think using the Wingdings font, which means that the smiley face renders as a "J" in pretty much all non-Microsoft products. It render...