Search found 505 matches

by Clive Brooker
Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday October 17th 2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2270

Re: Spoilers For Monday October 17th 2011

The 1998 Anne Haley was from Todmorden, originally Lynemouth. Could well have returned "home" in the intervening years. If I had to guess I'd definitely go for her being the same person.
by Clive Brooker
Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 10 ways to improve Countdown Viewing Figures
Replies: 61
Views: 7075

Re: 10 ways to improve Countdown Viewing Figures

... the proper 15-round format with four numbers games That's quite a bold claim. I suppose the 2­­½:1 ratio between letters and numbers neatly bisects what was on offer under the 9- and 14-round versions, but it's still arbitrary. I suspect all the formats ever used have been influenced more by th...
by Clive Brooker
Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday September 22nd 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1550

Re: Spoilers For Thursday September 22nd 2011

Interesting, so if nobody gets tomorrow's conundrum it'll be unique. Thanks for digging all that up, how did you find it? Some kind of search on the wiki? I'm a bit nervous about explaining my methods on a forum like this in case they're really crap! To get a local copy of the Wiki data I used a 30...
by Clive Brooker
Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday September 22nd 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1550

Re: Spoilers For Thursday September 22nd 2011

That's the fifth conundrum in a row that's gone unsolved. Does anyone know when was the last time this happened, or what's the maximum number of consecutive conundrums that have gone unsolved? The record seems to be six, which has happened twice, the runs ending in episodes 261 and 2103. In the lat...
by Clive Brooker
Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Lowest possible max in a letters round
Replies: 15
Views: 2904

Re: Lowest possible max in a letters round

Three Ws has occurred just once, in Episode 4944. One of them was an upside-down M. http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3123 Ah. That does sound familiar now you mention it. All I was really doing was reminding anyone who might have forgotten that the pack is changed quite frequently, ...
by Clive Brooker
Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Lowest possible max in a letters round
Replies: 15
Views: 2904

Re: Lowest possible max in a letters round

I'm pretty sure the list from the Countdown Page is incorrect, for the plain reason that I know there is more than 1 W in the set. How do you know? The second W seems to be a recent innovation. It was there for the last 6 weeks of Series 61 but went away again for the first 12 weeks or so in Series...
by Clive Brooker
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: World Championship Athletics
Replies: 29
Views: 1853

Re: World Championship Athletics

I think the IAAF have tried to fix the wrong problem, or rather have failed to identify what the real problem is. The problem they've tackled is that of getting too many false starts through athletes trying to anticipate the gun and get as close as possible to the tenth of a second allowed. If anyon...
by Clive Brooker
Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday August 26th 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1606

Re: Spoilers For Friday August 26th 2011

Tony Atkins wrote:I was pleased to get the 9 and an alt for the first numbers (5 x 3 ) + 75 x 8 - 10/10
Only 100 away.

2nd numbers: ((4x3+2)x10+1)x5. Must be wrong because Rachel always knows when they're impossible.
by Clive Brooker
Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 15 July 2011 (Series 65, Prelim 30)
Replies: 10
Views: 1594

Re: Friday 15 July 2011 (Series 65, Prelim 30)

Mike Brown wrote:Now, if only there was an online database of all of the previous teasers... :)
I'm afraid I can't quite read you here, Mike. Are you saying "wouldn't this be nice, shame it will never happen"? I'm not aware of any database which enables the sort of search you're alluding to.
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Dictionary fixes
Replies: 38
Views: 5678

Re: Dictionary fixes

What about PISSEDER and PISSEDEST then? I'm sure I remember reading that participial adjectives can only form comparatives and superlatives with the addition of more and most, even if they are of one syllable. I don't think there is the remotest chance that DC would ever allow COOKEDER, SPLAYEDER, ...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Dictionary fixes
Replies: 38
Views: 5678

Re: Dictionary fixes

Thanks Graeme. As you'll see from my edit I'd already realised I was a bit off-target. On the other hand, at risk of getting completely out of my depth, I still think the correlation might mean something in that adjectives which are used attributively might tend to be non-comparable. The example in ...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Dictionary fixes
Replies: 38
Views: 5678

Re: Dictionary fixes

It's not helped by the fact that ODE3 doesn't indicate whether adjectives are comparable or not. As I've just added above, isn't is indicated by the [attrib.] marker? I don't have an ODE3 but I can't imagine it's changed. Examples are LAST, FRONT and MOCK, though not, surprisingly, MALE. Lexplorer ...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Dictionary fixes
Replies: 38
Views: 5678

Re: Dictionary fixes

The definition in Collins - "having lines ruled across the width of the paper" (Collins Concise English Dictionary, 1978) - is similar to Oxford but perhaps a little clearer. Sorry about the rubbish punctuation. I've often wondered about adjectives which don't allow a comparative or superlative. Are...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 83
Views: 17094

Re: TENNIS

If Hawkeye is more accurate than the line judges, they might as well use it for every call. You might argue that it would waste time, but presumably the drawn-out simulation we see is just for dramatic effect, and it could do it all "in its head" in next to no time. Not sure about this. Firstly, as...
by Clive Brooker
Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 27th 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 27th 2011

PAINTIER and PAINTIEST were only added recently (new in the change from ODE2 to ODE2r I think) and they're out already? Gotta love the flux of the English language. "Interestingly", they were in the NODE and all earlier Countdown dictionaries, which means (if the above is correct) they've changed t...
by Clive Brooker
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 22nd June 2011 (Series 65, Prelim 13)
Replies: 9
Views: 1112

Re: Wednesday 22nd June 2011 (Series 65, Prelim 13)

James Robinson wrote:Anyone who misses those 3 9's are clearly not THAT intelligent. :roll:
I missed all three nines.
by Clive Brooker
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 13th 2011
Replies: 25
Views: 2912

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 13th 2011

If FEINT is a one-syllable adjective then unless the dictionary specifically says something to the effect that you can't have the comparative, then FEINTER should be allowed. It doesn't matter if it seems to make little sense. That's the rules (I always thought), and vaguenesses like this make the ...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

Why do you think it (COD10) would be a subset of the NODE? Things go in or out of the dictionary. For example, OUTRANGE has been allowed pre-NODE and post-NODE, but it's not in the NODE. I've always assumed it would be because it was based on the NODE (published a year earlier) rather than being a ...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

If they did change custom and practice at that time, they certainly didn't tell contestants. This wouldn't surprise me at all! Lardier/Lardiest were first introduced as part of the main definition in the ODE2, but the guidance notes I received in May 2009 specifically cited lardiest as an example o...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

In time, I would hope we can go through all the recaps on the wiki and weed out the other invalid words, but this will of course take some time and comes somewhere down the priority list. Fancy doing some of the COD9 ones?? :) I'd do this if I thought it was the most helpful thing to do. What I'm i...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

In the COD7, two syllable adjectives ending in -Y were treated as regular, so DROSSIER, LARDIEST, etc. were fine whether specified or not. This changed in the COD8, but I'd guess that a decision was taken to continue with the COD7 rule. On the evidence of how LARDIEST has been treated over the years...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

The statistics discussed in recent days lean heavily on the available max scores. As I've mentioned a few times on here, the historical recaps tend to be unfair to the players of the time because many of the max words listed wouldn't have been allowed when the games were played. The recent example i...
by Clive Brooker
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Tuesday 14th April 1987 (Series 12, Prelim 2)
Replies: 3
Views: 981

Re: Tuesday 14th April 1987 (Series 12, Prelim 2)

No bouldery in the COD7, which improves it a bit.
by Clive Brooker
Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 83
Views: 17094

Re: TENNIS

As a casual observer I don't see any obvious difference visually in the way the balls are behaving this year. I'm pretty sure there was a similar change in 1996 (when Sampras made the SF in Paris). That year Sampras beat two recent champions (Courier and Bruguera) and the final was contested by Kafe...
by Clive Brooker
Tue May 31, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday May 31st 2011
Replies: 21
Views: 3485

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday May 31st 2011

Mike Brown wrote:
Douglas Wilson wrote:Also does anybody know if there's ever been an episode where more than two have been shown, appreciate this might be difficult to answer without our resident statto around.
Pretty certain this has happened, but I can't think when.
Terry Newnham vs Carl Dundas
by Clive Brooker
Sun May 08, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

I'm prepared to give Cameron the benefit of the doubt on this, and assume that he genuinely doesn't understand how AV works. You can be certain that he knows exactly how it works. That's why he's against it. Maybe he does. But I'm sure there are many thousands of highly intelligent people who merel...
by Clive Brooker
Sat May 07, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

I'm prepared to give Cameron the benefit of the doubt on this, and assume that he genuinely doesn't understand how AV works. If so, it's a pity Humphrys made his slip when he did.
by Clive Brooker
Wed May 04, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

If you were happy with Candidate X in Round N then why would you suddenly stop being happy with them in Round N+1? There's no legitimate reason to change from someone who wasn't eliminated. AV is exactly like an exhaustive vote except that you can't vote tactically using information from the previo...
by Clive Brooker
Tue May 03, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

Sorry, Graeme, but I'm marginally less happy after seeing that cartoon. It looks like an Exhaustive Vote (right term?) scenario rather that AV, where everyone gets a chance to vote afresh in each round in the light of what's happened before. I think it's a lot easier to see that everyone gets the sa...
by Clive Brooker
Tue May 03, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

If your guy isn't going to win, better for you if he comes third rather than second. I think this is one of the arguments used by the "No" camp (in their more sophisticated moments) to show that tactical voting lives on under AV, but is more complicated. All the examples I've seen suggest to me tha...
by Clive Brooker
Sun May 01, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

OK Chris, I'll look at the example in the spirit intended. I don't think anyone should have a problem with Dick being elected because assuming that votes were cast consistently, we know that Dick would beat Tom in a two-way fight. So I would say a system producing this result is perfectly credible. ...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

You said that if we think the Labour candidate should have won, we should vote no to AV, which I disagree with. I think it's wrong to base a conclusion solely on one carefully constructed, extreme example.
by Clive Brooker
Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

If you think that in the above example, the Labour candidate should have won vote NO to AV. If you think the LibDem candidate should win vote YES to AV. This is an extreme example where a comfortable win under the current system is narrowly overturned under AV. It's just as easy to construct exampl...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

Have you seen the picture where No2AV imply the winner can be the one who finished last? It would be nice to hear someone from No2AV being asked to explain how that can happen.
by Clive Brooker
Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

i dunno, i dont really think much about these votes that only 18+ people can vote on because there's not really any point if you're not 18. I disagree. If you have an opinion, you can post it on a forum like this one, where it can be read by any number of people. If it's sufficiently persuasive, yo...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: AV: Yes or No?
Replies: 265
Views: 29406

Re: AV: Yes or No?

I think a "No" result will be interpreted as a ringing endorsement of our existing simple relative majority system. I refuse to call it first past the post since its primary characteristic is the absence of any post which it is necessary to pass. I suppose the one thing I can say in defence of the c...
by Clive Brooker
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Friday 13 January 1989 (Series 17, Prelim 3)
Replies: 5
Views: 693

Re: Friday 13 January 1989 (Series 17, Prelim 3)

Thomas Carey wrote: Round 7: H D Z R S O I N K

DC: (says it's a 7, looks like DISHOM which is in neither dictionary or selection. Max is a 6 though, strange.)
DISHORN, I'd imagine, which was in the COD7.
by Clive Brooker
Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How are you?
Replies: 79
Views: 5092

Re: How are you?

I was sat next to a bloke on a course a few years ago and I happened to see that his watch was an hour slow even though we had gone to BST about three weeks previously. I pointed this out to him. He said, "Nah, it's only for six months, doesn't seem worth it." I hope you told him it's actually 7 mo...
by Clive Brooker
Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Monday 27 October 1986 (Series 10, Prelim 10)
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Monday 27 October 1986 (Series 10, Prelim 10)

Joseph Krol wrote:Round 2: G I A O R P S T X
OT: RAGTOPS (7) (missed for second time in a week!)
Harsh, since it wasn't in the COD7.
Joseph Krol wrote:Round 4: 100, 3, 10, 5, 2, 10. Target: 882.
CV: 882. ((100+10)*8)+2 (10)
As Rachel would say - how did you get the 8?
by Clive Brooker
Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday December 13th 2010
Replies: 22
Views: 2535

Re: Spoilers For Monday December 13th 2010

Now that's something I didn't know happened. Damian explained a while back that they usually cover up "double not written down" rounds with a retake or similar. That neatly confirmed my impression that they're far rarer than they should be given how frequently players declare not written down. The ...
by Clive Brooker
Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday November 10th 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3189

Re: Spoilers For Wednesday November 10th 2010

I'll shut up about it now - unless of course anyone else wants to join in. I think it would be wrong of me not to say that I largely agree with you, John. Whether I'm the ally you really want is less certain. When Bruce Lambert got his 2nd/3rd chance it was openly talked about (a first for the show...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

I would start at Series 39, since 41 and up are more or less all done, and I'm more or less finishing off 40. James, I'll be quite happy if you deal with the week I booked but haven't done yet (15-19 March 1999). Not that I don't enjoy it or think it's worthwhile - quite the opposite. I think the e...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Friday 5 August 1988 (Series 16, Prelim 35)
Replies: 23
Views: 1189

Re: Friday 5 August 1988 (Series 16, Prelim 35)

Yeah, but "LUMBERING" isn't an anagram of "?????????". Many years ago when I first saw game summaries on TCDP, I noticed these ????????? entries in some of the older games and there was no possible explanation other than that the scramble used was not known. If Mike had used a different size I'd pr...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Friday 5 August 1988 (Series 16, Prelim 35)
Replies: 23
Views: 1189

Re: Friday 5 August 1988 (Series 16, Prelim 35)

What are we supposed to be doing with maxes which weren't the max when the game was played? I've largely followed the Roboroller's lead which amongst other things means accepting the max(es) generated from the ODE2r. Obviously it's easy enough to exclude manually anything that wasn't valid at the ti...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Friday 12th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 55)
Replies: 0
Views: 238

Friday 12th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 55)

Countdown recap for Friday 12 March 1999. C1: Champion Stan Arnott (3 wins, 178 points.) C2: Challenger Steve Jacobs, from Abbey Wood, London. DC: Damian Eadie and Angela Rippon. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: R S A E D R M I N R02: Z N R O E P T A H R03: D C I E S R A J D R...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 11th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 54)
Replies: 0
Views: 178

Thursday 11th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 54)

Countdown recap for Thursday 11 March 1999. C1: Champion Stan Arnott (2 wins, 119 points.) C2: Challenger Sue Jackson. DC: Mark Nyman and Penny Smith. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: Y M E A T K O S G R02: Y R N I V E A N B R03: T R E I P R O G X R04: 100, 3, 9, 9, 1, 5. Targ...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Wednesday 10th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 53)
Replies: 0
Views: 245

Wednesday 10th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 53)

Countdown recap for Wednesday 10 March 1999. C1: Champion Stan Arnott (1 win, 58 points.) C2: Challenger Phil O'Gorman, from Dunmow, Essex. DC: Mark Nyman and Penny Smith. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: L J U E L D I T G R02: R P N E I E M H A R03: S F A I N D E N C R04: 25,...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Tuesday 9th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 52)
Replies: 0
Views: 298

Tuesday 9th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 52)

Countdown recap for Tuesday 9 March 2010. C1: Champion John Wright (1 win, 52 points.) C2: Challenger Stan Arnott. DC: Mark Nyman and Penny Smith. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: G D A T N E S U L R02: S T A P G O B I A R03: T B Y I E Z G U V R04: 75, 6, 5, 9, 4, 2. Target: 1...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Monday 8th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 51)
Replies: 0
Views: 161

Monday 8th March 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 51)

Countdown recap for Monday 8 March 1999. C1: Champion Christopher Russon (4 wins, 196 points.) C2: Challenger John Wright, from Dagenham, Essex. DC: Mark Nyman and Penny Smith. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: T M K A E P D A E R02: C O L T U S R I F R03: S C S A E R I D H R04...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mass Noun Plurals
Replies: 86
Views: 11099

Re: Mass Noun Plurals

The mass noun thread here is an absolute joke. I'm surprised you say that. I've certainly been educated - my instinctive reaction was that precedent must be king, but I now see there's more to it. Isn't that how these threads are supposed to work? Nevertheless, surely precedent must count for somet...
by Clive Brooker
Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

I'll take the next 20 episodes, which is 11 January - 5 February 1999. Done. I'll take another 20 episodes, 8 February - 5 March 1999. I've had a few days ill with flu and then grumbling kidney stones. I can recommend the latter to anyone who arrives at the studio to find they're booked to play som...
by Clive Brooker
Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Octos and their victims (possible spoiler)
Replies: 1
Views: 460

Octos and their victims (possible spoiler)

Spoiler alert - if you don't know who Jack Hurst is, watch his games first. There was a belief expressed in a spoiler thread that the victims of a recent octochamp were an unusually stong group. Here are some cold stats comparing the overall performance of these players with the following groups: - ...
by Clive Brooker
Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday October 22nd 2010
Replies: 75
Views: 6429

Re: Spoilers For Friday October 22nd 2010

Here are some numbers for starters. These are for octochamps during series 49 to 61 inclusive, using some data I pulled together a while ago. This covers 66 octochamps, 5808 letters rounds, 1584 numbers rounds. I've ignored the conundrum partly because I don't like them but more because it's usually...
by Clive Brooker
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Friday 8th January 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 10)
Replies: 0
Views: 272

Friday 8th January 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 10)

Countdown recap for Friday 8 January 1999. C1: Champion Tom Rock (2 wins, 102 points.) C2: Challenger Andrew Thompson. From Belfast. DC: Damian Eadie and Christopher Timothy. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: S F C I A R U N K R02: R M S E O J Y I C R03: P Z L A E S C A S R04: ...
by Clive Brooker
Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 7th January 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 9)
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Thursday 7th January 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 9)

Countdown recap for Thursday 7 January 1999. C1: Champion Tom Rock (1 win, 51 points.) C2: Challenger Janet Payne. From Dagenham, she is partially sighted. DC: Damian Eadie and Christopher Timothy. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: W T F A O H A S V R02: R D M U A I R N C R03: ...
by Clive Brooker
Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Wednesday 6th January 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 8)
Replies: 0
Views: 260

Wednesday 6th January 1999 (Series 40, Prelim 8)

Countdown recap for Wednesday 6 January 1999. C1: Champion Ted Smith (3 wins, 171 points.) C2: Challenger Tom Rock - Halesowen, West Midlands. DC: Damian Eadie and Christopher Timothy. CV: Carol Vorderman. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: Q S E T L I S U N R02: R Y C O E G W A D R03: P T E R L I M...
by Clive Brooker
Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 128143

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

Since everyone seems to be going all over the place, I'll take all of CoC IX, then I'll see which part of which series I want next. I started series 40 because you were surging towards the end of 41; I knew I'd be slow to begin with and didn't want to delay its completion. By all means pick up seri...
by Clive Brooker
Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:46 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words You Would Have Thought...
Replies: 435
Views: 58446

Re: Words You Would Have Thought...

ABRASION ... a mass noun and therefore not pluralised frequently enough to warrant entry into the dictionary Does ABRASION really have no countable subsense in the ODE? I can't check in my ODE2r because ... it's still in its cellophane wrapper. Daft, I know. FWIW the NODE did include the countable ...
by Clive Brooker
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday October 22nd 2010
Replies: 75
Views: 6429

Re: Spoilers For Friday October 22nd 2010

What about the %max record, which some might see as more important than the total score?

By my reckoning, if Jack wins with 120 points today, he'll take the record as long as he drops no more than 18 points against the max.
by Clive Brooker
Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20th October 2010 (Series 63, Prelim 73)
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Re: Wednesday 20th October 2010 (Series 63, Prelim 73)

Recalculating totals excluding the 9 bonus (Gevin scoring?) gives Jack 667 from 6, I believe. Averaging 111 in the last two games (making the assumption about winning today - I have no information) would match Beevers' 889.