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by David Williams
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 5148

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013

I'm sure a lot of people think that it's all done by computer these days, and announcing that there is no solution would seem to confirm their suspicions. So no objection to preserving Rachel's sanity by telling her a round is impossible, but I'd have thought it better to wait till at least the next...
by David Williams
Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 5148

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013

She has done it for a year or so I think. One example I remember distinctly was Innis v Adam in the 30BC as I asked her about it afterwards. The only reason they tell her it's not doable is just to stop her chasing a dead end and wasting time and brainpower. I think they've done this for a while bu...
by David Williams
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 5148

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013

What do we think about Rachel announcing as a fact that a numbers game is impossible? Susie never announces that there isn't anything better. The information can only come from a computer. Where do they draw the line? If Rachel blanks for some reason, might she be fed a solution? Any rational outsid...
by David Williams
Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 5148

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013

One of those finals for me that really needed to be best of three or more. Beforehand I could see either of them winning fairly comfortably, depending on what came up. Both brilliant, but both just occasionally fallible. I think they'd make a great doubles team - maxes all the way. I was pleased wit...
by David Williams
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How good would...
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: How good would...

How good would Rachel be? At least as good as any apterite at numbers, and she has a pretty solid track record of finding longer words than DC and getting conundrums no-one else in the studio has got.
by David Williams
Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 506
Views: 161122

Re: Best ever contestants

I'm basing this to a large extent on subjectivity; people who in my judgment have had the most profound impact on the game and the way it's played nowadays: I wasn't going to bother with this one, but I really like that definition. So here's mine. Mark Nyman Harvey Freeman Chris Wills Julian Fell C...
by David Williams
Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 506
Views: 161122

Re: Best ever contestants

I'm basing this to a large extent on subjectivity; people who in my judgment have had the most profound impact on the game and the way it's played nowadays: I wasn't going to bother with this one, but I really like that definition. So here's mine. Mark Nyman Harvey Freeman Chris Wills Julian Fell C...
by David Williams
Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1301
Views: 254573

Re: Ask Graeme?

Maybe ten years ago there was a suggestion that for a couple of months one of the letters (possibly J) never appeared once, suggesting it had been mislaid. Is this true, and if so was the length of absence statistically significant? What evidence is there that letters are manually sorted, rather tha...
by David Williams
Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Friday 21 January 2000 (Series 42, Prelim 15)
Replies: 11
Views: 6888

Re: Friday 21 January 2000 (Series 42, Prelim 15)

I remember watching this. As I recall it, Richard Whiteley's reaction to Amey's effort made it (to me anyway) blindingly obvious that it was close. He may even have asked him to repeat what he said. That was followed by 24 seconds of mounting disbelief, as John certainly gave the impression of someo...
by David Williams
Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 22nd 2013
Replies: 73
Views: 5911

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 22nd 201

Kirk Bevins wrote:. . . you see tears well up in Jono's eyes as he realises the enormity of his win.
Quite amusing for a pedant like me.
by David Williams
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown's new format
Replies: 14
Views: 3272

Re: Countdown's new format

When the format changed from nine rounds to fifteen there was much recalculation of fifteen round scores into the 'true' nine round format. After a couple of months nine rounds was consigned to history. Sorry, folks - you're history!

Of course the start date for the new format may be suggestive.
by David Williams
Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 19th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game 7)
Replies: 10
Views: 1567

Re: Tuesday 19th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game 7

Nick Deller wrote:Round 14: 75, 1, 7, 4, 6, 9. Target: 165.

C1: 165. ((6-4)*75)+9+7-1 (10)
C2: 165. ((75+7)*(6-4))+1 (10)
Score: 67–105 (max 107)

Lots of routes to this one. I preferred 75+((6+4)*10), but if you get there it doesn't matter how you get there!
by David Williams
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 14th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game 4)
Replies: 15
Views: 1547

Re: Thursday 14th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game

The count noun plural is not "out", it's in and it's SALMON. What I meant was that it's "out" in the sense that it's not SALMONS. If the mass noun plural were allowed, which it may well be, it would be SALMON. The note "pl. same" is given before the individual senses, so it applies to all of them. ...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 15th 2013
Replies: 42
Views: 4453

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 15th 201

In front of the cameras I'd no doubt have lost by fifty points again, but at home I was celebrating sneaking a hollow 'victory' with GARBOLOGY. Until I discovered that OGGIES isn't in. I demand a new dictionary. Awesome stuff, guys.
by David Williams
Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 14th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game 4)
Replies: 15
Views: 1547

Re: Thursday 14th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game

2 x the portions of the fish in a restaurant, would you ask for 2 salmons? If so, what if goose was on the menu? Would you ask for 2 gooses or use the plural and ask for 2 geese? If it's 2 x geese, then surely it has to be 2 x salmon? I definitely wouldn't ask for two geese, because that means some...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 14th 2013
Replies: 61
Views: 5009

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 14th 2

But if you assume another definition, a portion of ravioli Surely if this specific [mass noun] definition of ravioli isn't listed, this is a complete non-starter? lol ravioli isn't usually a starter, no You got me, very good :) Me too! But you're point is a good one. RAVIOLIS is invalid. I think yo...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 14th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game 4)
Replies: 15
Views: 1547

Re: Thursday 14th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 2, Game

The rules about mass nouns (e.g. foods) are to decide whether they have a plural at all. But SALMON is a count noun (in at least one sense), so there's no need for a mass noun discussion; SALMON definitely has a plural. And the dictionary explicitly says "pl. same", so the plural is SALMON. There's...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 14th 2013
Replies: 61
Views: 5009

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 14th 2

When Chris declared SALMONS my immediate thought was that it was obviously invalid. The more I think about it, the less certain I am. What about, say, RAVIOLIS. RAVIOLI is a plural noun, so you clearly could never add an S to it under the dictionary definition. You simply can't have two of it/them. ...
by David Williams
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday February 11th 2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1811

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday February 11th

Is it OK to be surprised neither of them got 807?
by David Williams
Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1301
Views: 254573

Re: Ask Graeme?

tomrowell wrote:Who gave the worst winning performance?
No-one ever completes their octochamp run like this nowadays. More's the pity!
by David Williams
Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday February 11th 2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1811

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday February 11th

Has anybody actually been given a second teapot? Nick keeps promising them, but I thought they were only for people who hadn't had one before.
by David Williams
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 15)
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 1

Pretty much the way I thought it would be. Personally I'm not very interested in DC giving shorter words than the contestants unless they are new or interesting, but at the moment they'd spend whole programmes saying "We've got nothing"! I can see it's actually quite difficult to think of plausible ...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 15)
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 1

The fact that this was said a few days after the show was filmed shows just how responsive Mr Countdown Team is to our offerings. /quote] Can you explain in a bit more detail? What was said? Who, how, where? Substitute "written" for "said" and my meaning might be clearer. The exchange between Kirk ...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1301
Views: 254573

Re: Ask Graeme?

FWIW, as an owner of a NODE, I can remember some recappers sending me words that they thought doubtful. I don't think it happened much, and I don't think I ever had to reject one. When they first changed to the NODE they made a big deal about how many more words were in the NODE than in the COD. How...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 15)
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 1

Round 3: N E Q T O D A B E C1: DENOTE (6) C2: DONATE (6) DC: DEBONE (6) batoned Plenty of 6's around, although DC try to get a 7 in there, with no success. :( Susie mentions BATONED as if it's perfectly normal for her to bring up plausible words that are not actually in. But I think we all know why...
by David Williams
Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday February 1st 2013
Replies: 54
Views: 5079

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday February 1st 2

How did they know it was a max game if they don't use computers? . . . would certainly be a question asked by some people. (That they miss the occasional thing themselves is a pretty good answer, of course.) The standard the last couple of days has been so high I suspect we're in for a few hidings, ...
by David Williams
Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday January 29th 2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1645

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday January 29th

I quite enjoy the DC guests who play along and ask Susie "is xyz in"? Apart, of course, from those who know perfectly well it's in because they've just heard it in their earpiece. They should be consigned to the deepest circles of hell. (Come to think of it, that doesn't seem to happen as much as i...
by David Williams
Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday January 29th 2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1645

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday January 29th

I was thinking, I wonder how often Susie says "if anyone was thinking of x at home, it's not in"? I'm thinking of agent nouns here or UN- or RE- words here. My dad often likes to play along at home and when DC don't mention something he just assumes it's not in but obviously DC do miss stuff someti...
by David Williams
Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 243
Views: 32752

Re: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP

This maybe belongs in a viewing figures thread, or even in the coincidences one. I didn't tell anyone other than family that I was on last week. And in that week the only person who has mentioned seeing me is someone who was recording it every day because their husband knows Dave Hoskisson, but didn...
by David Williams
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A massive thanks !
Replies: 41
Views: 5448

Re: A massive thanks !

Anthony Endsor wrote:I don't really understand how practice of any nature can be against the spirit of the game.
Those who object probably see it as like memorising the answers to all the questions in Trivial Pursuit.
by David Williams
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:19 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A massive thanks !
Replies: 41
Views: 5448

Re: A massive thanks !

I'd have to say that I was astonished when this event was first mooted. Over the years Damian has put forward these very arguments against much shorter events than this. I'm loving it, but even to me it seems to have been going on for ever, and we're only half way through. In the end the deciding fa...
by David Williams
Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday January 25th 2013
Replies: 36
Views: 4591

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday January 25th 2

I noticed that Adam, like me, was incorrectly told he'd be getting another teapot. I think it's worth telling how this came about. At the end of Tuesday's game Nick, with a slip of the tongue, told Jill Bright she was getting a goody bag. While filming was stopped for a retake Jill, with a fine piec...
by David Williams
Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5)
Replies: 23
Views: 2242

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5

It's interesting what you said about the first numbers, David. I think I've heard you saying before how you solve 6-small games, and I know a lot of people get three numbers to multiply together that get near the target and fiddle with the rest. For me that's always been a secondary approach. I sta...
by David Williams
Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5)
Replies: 23
Views: 2242

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5

The first numbers is just embarrassing. 7x9x10, 54 to get from 4,1,1. And 7x9x11, 9 to get, got a 1, and about 28 seconds still left. I can't explain it. Numbers were always my strength. I couldn't have done much better on the letters. Should have got ABSENTED, but that was the only word I missed th...
by David Williams
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 17th 2012 (Birthday Prelim 9)
Replies: 50
Views: 4139

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 17th 2012 (Birthday Prelim

It's also worth a mention that Jonathan sat back with a smile on his face as soon as he buzzed. Unlike some people who arouse your suspicions by continuing to stare intently at the screen.
by David Williams
Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday January 11th (Birthday Prelim 5)
Replies: 42
Views: 2890

Re: Spoilers for Friday January 11th (Birthday Prelim 5)

Jon Corby wrote:Surely whoever ousted Jeff needs to cop some of the blame too?
So it's actually Andy Gray's fault.
by David Williams
Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 10th (Birthday Prelim 4)
Replies: 41
Views: 4774

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 10th (Birthday Prelim 4)

One wonders if there was a debate about this at the time that we didn't get to see. We need to remember that acceptability on apterous has no relevance. Sometimes you need to know what a word means, and decide whether Susie will allow it or not. I think she has to go with the dictionary, even if it'...
by David Williams
Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 990
Views: 84428

Re: The C4C Football Thread

You are assuming that there is an equal probability of each of these draws arising.
by David Williams
Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday December 18th 2012
Replies: 24
Views: 2035

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday December 18th 2012

one example given being SUNCREAMS. Except that they neglected to stick the S on and wrote 'suncream/suncream' just to confuse matters even more. I've got an up-to-date one, which has 'suncream/suncreams'. But I've obviously less experience of trying on lippy than some of our regulars, so my opinion...
by David Williams
Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday December 18th 2012
Replies: 24
Views: 2035

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday December 18th 2012

My understanding is that LIPPIES was allowed on the basis that lipstick is a substance or material of which there is more than one type or variety, so the mass noun can take a plural form. I thought the mass noun rule only came into effect for foods................. :?: :? :roll: :?: :? :roll: If t...
by David Williams
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 5th November 2012 (Series 67, Prelim 65)
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Monday 5th November 2012 (Series 67, Prelim 65)

I would have expected UNLIKED to be there in the sense of UN-LIKED, rather than UNLIKE-D. But it seems nobody in the whole studio thought of the possibility of that meaning. Maybe they thought that the correct word was DISLIKED? I'm with Stewart on this one. UNLIKED is akin to UNLOVED. Compared to ...
by David Williams
Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday October 29th 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1272

Re: Spoilers For Monday October 29th 2012

Malcolm James wrote:Jo Brand's tiresome efforts. Finding silly words is fine once or twice a show, but doing it every round makes me want to shoot her.
You and me both. And if you produce a non-existent word using letters that are not in the selection, you are not having "really bad luck".
by David Williams
Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 243
Views: 32752

Re: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP

'Carol will not be sitting in dictionary corner' That seems a pretty uncontroversial statement - does she suddenly fancy herself as a lexicographer now? If it wasn't for the ill-will I think it would have been great to have her as a DC guest for the 30th anniversary. It could be good even so. The C...
by David Williams
Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Asperger Syndrome
Replies: 81
Views: 10352

Re: Asperger Syndrome

I agree with you. Except that I think that if the perpetrator and the victim are in different places, it's very hard to accept that no crime has been committed where the victim is.
by David Williams
Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Format Change?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: Countdown Format Change?

For two good contestants, equally-matched at all aspects of the game, assume 1. The gap between them after 13 rounds will be no more than 20 points. 2. The conundrum will be solved. 3. If either of them wins round 14, they will get it spot on. None of them 100%, especially the last one, but bear wit...
by David Williams
Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Format Change?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: Countdown Format Change?

I thought Charlie and I did some stats on the 'benefit' of getting the round 14 numbers pick, did we ever put it on the forum? I seem to remember there is basically zero advantage, but don't have the time right now to go digging up the numbers. I don't remember seeing it. Might be interesting (assu...
by David Williams
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Format Change?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: Countdown Format Change?

I think this is all marginal at best, but there two types of advantage. One is getting a selection that suits you more than your opponent, and applies at any time. The other applies only at the very end. If you are more than ten points ahead you want to maximise the chances of a flat round. If you a...
by David Williams
Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 243
Views: 32752

Re: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP

Rhys Benjamin wrote:Science proves that you are at your brainiest on your 25th birthday.
How does it do that?
by David Williams
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 243
Views: 32752

Re: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP

I've often thought that round 14 should be a random pick of 6 of the 24 numbers tiles. Brilliant suggestion, and one we've rather stupidly, never ever thought of. Consider it incorporated. Rd 14 - Rachel's pick - it alleviates the need for tossing, which, when considering the shortage of qualified ...
by David Williams
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday October 8th 2012
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: Spoilers For Monday October 8th 2012

She also got AGAPE in Round 4, having got the same word from almost identical letters in Friday.
by David Williams
Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous - any news
Replies: 1
Views: 1095

Re: Apterous - any news

After the Countdown 30th Championship.
by David Williams
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers For Friday September 28th 2012
Replies: 22
Views: 1996

Re: Special Spoilers For Friday September 28th 2012

Had to feel a bit sorry for Dave. Were it not for RESULTANT, SLATTERN would have been the second-highest scoring word ever on Countdown. Sort of.
by David Williams
Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday September 25th 2012 (Series 67 #37)
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday September 25th 2012 (Series 67 #37)

James Robinson wrote:RAIMENTS in round 9
Since when? One of first things I can remember learning was MINARETS, because RAIMENT was a mass noun - and that was before there were any mass nouns.
by David Williams
Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday September 19 2012 (Series 66 #33)
Replies: 14
Views: 1131

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday September 19 2012 (Series 66 #33)

Clive Brooker wrote:It would never have occurred to me not to offer BITTEREST in a game of Countdown, but BITTERER to me sounds very odd, so maybe the dictionary has a point.
I know of at least one parallel. MINUTEST is specified, MINUTER is not.
by David Williams
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday September 20th 2012 (Series 67 #34)
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: Spoilers for Thursday September 20th 2012 (Series 67 #34

Tony Atkins wrote:
Mark Deeks wrote:Bit of a bad break for Liam there, cos that is how you spell Alsatians.
But of course no plurals or proper nouns in conundrums was the clue.
I thought Nick might have been prompted to explain it though. In particular, 99.9% of the audience have never been told you can't have plurals.
by David Williams
Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Salt in food
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

Re: Salt in food

I believe that salt is supposed to have some effect on the yeast when making bread (slowing down the fermentation rate or something) - so it does serve a purpose. Don't know about the technicalities, but if you leave the salt out then the bread is practically inedible. Salt doesn't make bread taste...
by David Williams
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 66487

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

I raised this once. Apart from learning that they're called favicons, I didn't get very far. However I've had another go. Google "I hate your favicon". You get a link to the Google Webstore. Add the extension. Then go on, for example, this website, and click on the new tab in the top right hand corn...
by David Williams
Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers Friday August 17th 2012 (Series 67 Prelim 30)
Replies: 10
Views: 1418

Re: Spoilers Friday August 17th 2012 (Series 67 Prelim 30)

What we need is a list of socially acceptable anagrams. There's also a sound practical reason for not showing off. One day some smart-arse apterite is going to offer something like MANTICORE, unaware that it's disappeared from the latest edition of the dictionary and no-one's noticed. Keep it simple.
by David Williams
Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday August 10th 2012 (Series 67 Prelim 25)
Replies: 21
Views: 2649

Re: Spoilers for Friday August 10th 2012 (Series 67 Prelim 2

If the rule means "words which appear only in combinations in the dictionary are not allowed" that's what it should say.