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by Graeme Cole
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 5th February 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 10)
Replies: 11
Views: 1278

Re: Spoilers for Friday 5th February 2016 (Series 74 Prelum 10)

The contestants were so awful today that I would have broken a record, beating Steve 126-11, a winning gap of 115 points, the current record being 112. Honestly how do such weak players get on the show. David's attitude with the numbers today was awful also, it was like he was not even trying. Let'...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 18th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 3rd QF)
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Re: Monday 18th January 2016 (Coc XIV QF)

Round 6: 25, 1, 2, 10, 6, 10. Target: 666. Jen: 672. Callum: 668. (10 × 2 + 6) × (25 + 1) − 1 (7) RR: 666. ((25 + 10 − 1) × 10 − 6) × 2 (10) Score: 47–49 (max 58) Something wrong here :( (10 × 2 + 6) × (25 + 1) − 1 = 675, not 668 and ((25 + 10 − 1) × 10 − 6) × 2 = 668, not 666 Also 672 is nearer to...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Thanks to Jen and Jono for the great work further up the thread, too.
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

As of yesterday, Tim Down has, in a single heat run, played games in December, January and February. Is he the first contestant whose preliminary run has spanned three different months? If someone plays a heat run and is later invited back to the show, their second appearance or set of appearances ...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Philip Wilson wrote:I don't think this counts as a spoiler but not sure. Anyway, how many times has a numbers game been solvable using only two numbers? Can't be very many. Thanks.
Up to the end of CoC XIV, 96 numbers games have been solvable by adding or multiplying two of the starting numbers together.
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Could we have the letters/numbers/conundrum score breakdowns (or maybe the per round average - or both) of the highest scoring octochamps in each format? Has this already been asked? A quick search didn't find it, but there would be new people to add to the list now anyway. I'm not sure what counts...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Is Edward McCullagh still the highest maxing xicount? If by "highest maxing" you mean "maxed the most rounds in their heat games and finals", no. Ed maxed 130 rounds out of 165, but Dan McColm maxed 133. If you relax the "xicount" requirement, Dylan Taylor is the only person who got more maxes than...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

There have been discussions about comparing the score of the new 15 and old 15 formats. But I don't think there's been an analysis based on contestant data as opposed to maxes. I'm also more interested in comparisons for better players. So if we take all 900+ octochamps (in either format) and conve...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Have any specific CECIL targets resulted in spot-on solutions from both players every time they have come up? If so, which one(s)? If not, which one(s) come the closest to a 100% perfect solution rate, counting only spot-on solutions toward this rate? Conversely, which CECIL target(s) have produced...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

In the first semifinal Rachel beat DC with COOEEING - I think she's done this before - but how often? (Though I suspect that the recapper doesn't always credit her - I wouldn't have known this time if I hadn't watched the TiVo recording) :geek: I'm not sure the resources to answer that question are...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Using these rough estimates of letters distributions, do you think you could work out the lowest-probability nines ever to appear on the show, given that the right combination of vowels and consonants was selected in each case? I would post a long complicated formula on how to do it but with you be...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hiya Graeme, On an alphabetical list of all letters-game selections ever seen on the show (all the way from AAATLNLIL to ZYTAIAICU ), which two are the closest? Have there ever been two selections that differ only in the final letter? If so, were there ever two that were only one alphabetical place...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle
Replies: 11
Views: 4201

Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

And there's me thinking I'd nailed it ages ago.

The Sum puzzle looks far too easy, so I and many other people have probably overlooked something there.
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 16th October 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 73)
Replies: 4
Views: 1489

Re: Friday 16th October 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 73)

Philip Wilson wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:I've edit this to correct the max, see http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_6229 .
Dunno how important it is but there's something up with the brackets in RR's solution for round 9 in that link.
RR: 222 = (50 − (100 − 9) ÷ 7) × 6

What's wrong with it?
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 24077

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

Ben Wilson wrote:Excellent- that brings my total (of gamea)
For a moment I thought this might now be a valid plural, but sadly not. We'll have to wait until the 29th century when the ODO introduces it with this post as the only usage example.
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 9629

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

That earthman case is just bizarre. Neither definition could have made sense in the Middle ages, and yet it has a spelling and earliest use from then. It would've made sense as "inhabitant of the planet Earth", even though it's mainly used in science fiction nowadays. I found a text from 1225 (St. ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 9629

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

Congratulations to Dylan on the victory, and fair play to Dan for the huge comeback to take the game all the way to the end. Also thanks to the Countdown Team for putting it together, and let's hope there are many more CoC tournaments in years to come. Best bit: Jen's reaction, and the audience reac...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 43
Views: 8716

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

Johnny Canuck wrote:Just London.

Just one building.

I'll leave you one guess as to which.
Heathrow Terminal 5?
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 5134

Re: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016

I have no idea. I didn't pick up on anything Jen said. Graeme's just totally ruined EVERYTHING though. As it happens, I have no idea either. But since you dangle the bait... my thought process was "Gevin says he predicted the outcome of this match from inadvertent clues left by contestants on the f...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 24077

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

Robert Foster wrote:My recommendation is that for the 'completed' letters, whatever is on apterous is valid, and for the others Ben will have to make a decision on the day.
It would be a bit farcical though, wouldn't it?

"What dictionary are we using?"
"Depends. What letter does the word begin with?"
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 5134

Re: CoC Quarter-Final 3 Spoilers For Monday January 18th 2016

Great performance though, v well done - even if I kind of knew you were going to win just based on your own comments on this very forum! Nothing deliberately spoilerific, just things that I didn't think you would have said if you had not had a great run in this competition. Or maybe I was just read...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New -IZE words, whose -ISE variants come up blank in the search tool and are not specified
Replies: 33
Views: 4816

Re: New -IZE words, whose -ISE variants come up blank in the search tool and are not specified

Update: I asked Countdown about these and they said they would be disallowed (though each word would be judged on a case by case basis). While all ISE can be IZE, it doesn't work the other way round. That looks the wrong way round to me. It's certainly not true that all ISE can be IZE. As well as J...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 21091

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

I'll get the dictionary. I for one hope that this problem with prove soluble through the use of the backward Kolmogorov equation and Ehrenhaft games, possibly (or not) incorporating the use of Markov chains*. * I have absolutely no idea what I'm on about I think this is at least the second time I'v...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 43
Views: 8716

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

I'm also inclined to not include train station changes here either (I didn't include Peterborough in my list) because whereas foreign airports/service stations etc do give you a little bit of insight into their respective countries, I don't believe that the vast majority of train stations give any ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 43
Views: 8716

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

I'm also inclined to not include train station changes here either (I didn't include Peterborough in my list) because whereas foreign airports/service stations etc do give you a little bit of insight into their respective countries, I don't believe that the vast majority of train stations give any ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 43
Views: 8716

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

20/68. England: Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Exeter, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Salford, Southampton, St Albans, York. Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Stirling. It's possible I've been to Truro. Loads of my childhood holidays were in Co...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 171
Views: 40948

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
James Laverty wrote: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.
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 171
Views: 40948

Re: How many countries have you been to?

In chronological order of first visit: UK (England, Wales and Scotland) France (1996, 1998) Belgium (1998) Spain - the Canary Islands, but I don't think it has to be the country's mainland to count (2001) USA (2006, 2013) Italy (2008) Vatican City (2008) Norway (2011, 2012) Canada - I'm not sure if ...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube

Johnny Canuck wrote:Of course you can't, unless you want to get banned from the 40th Birthday Championship for life.
How long are you expecting the 40th Birthday Championship to last?
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube

Jon Stitcher wrote:There is one moment from my final game which was pretty extraordinary
Was it the teaser answer coming up in the very next round?
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube

I was doing some tidying today and came across the DVD of my four Countdown episodes. There is one moment from my final game which was pretty extraordinary and I would like to post it on youtube. Can this be done or would I need express permission from the Countdown team/Channel 4 etc? Thanks all. ...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 21091

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Not sure if that was what you were hoping for in terms of being more interesting - the small numbers are fairly predictable in each case, but at least there's a bit of variation with the large ones. Cheers Jon. The 4 large one is interesting (a relative term of course) - it shows once again that 4 ...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 7 Spoilers For Tuesday January 12th 2016
Replies: 21
Views: 3491

Re: CoC Preliminary 7 Spoilers For Tuesday January 12th 2016

How is it two series champs were pitted against each other for this quarter? I know right? No idea myself -- might have been that they thought it would add drama if a series champion were to fall in the first round. I can only assume it was a random draw like they did for the 30th anniversary speci...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 5 Spoilers For Friday January 8th 2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2694

Re: CoC Preliminary 5 Spoilers For Friday January 8th 2016

The first time George went through his working, Rachel wrote down an intermediate sum wrong, so when they got to the last step, it was 8100/25 rather than the correct 8050/25. Rachel seemed to have followed the overall reason why the solution worked, so didn't see a problem with his working, but th...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 21091

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

What about the same question the other way round... which targets are solvable by every 1-large selection? Every 2 large? 3 large? 4 large?

Which target is solvable by the fewest selections?
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 4 Spoilers For Thursday January 7th 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 4136

Re: CoC Preliminary 4 Spoilers For Thursday January 7th 2016

But when has anyone been unsure of two spellings of a word that are the same length? Every time someone has spelled something wrong on the show it has been where they've missed or added a letter, Susie never checks peoples spellings unless she genuinely doesn't know what word they are trying to say...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 4 Spoilers For Thursday January 7th 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 4136

Re: CoC Preliminary 4 Spoilers For Thursday January 7th 2016

Personally I think Tracey should've had her word allowed even after saying it wrong then spelling it wrong, at the end of the day its meant to be a fun not-too-serious show, and so the judgement should always just be on what you have written down... Not on how well you can hold your nerves together...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 5 Spoilers For Friday January 8th 2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2694

Re: CoC Preliminary 5 Spoilers For Friday January 8th 2016

By the way, George's other 4l was brilliant (I did a mundane 9*25+100 way). I can't even remember what it was now, but I remember not being able to follow exactly what he'd done. Anyone want to explain? ((9 + 2) * 50 + 75 * 100) / 25 = 322 He's doing (75 * 100) / 25 which would be 300, but he's add...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 25
Views: 2391

Re: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?

Gavin Chipper wrote:How many possible contestants are there?
The population of the world is 7 billion, so 6,999,999,999 unless you somehow persuade Matt Bayfield to apply.
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 25
Views: 2391

Re: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?

Used this to work out how to determine the number of possible consonant combinations: http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/56197.html. It turns out the way to choose n consonants is to take the coefficient of x^n in the expansion of (1+x)^6*(1+x+x^2)^5*(1+x+x^2+x^3)*(1+x+x^2+x^3+x^4)^3*(1+x+x^2...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 21091

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

I was also wondering how we find out how many of those games are possible or not. Good chart there posted!! I also wonder how RR figures out whether a Numbers game is impossible, or does she just get told that? My understanding is that she gets told whether or not it's possible, in order to save he...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 9-00pm C5 Celebrity Big Brother.
Replies: 35
Views: 2766

Re: 9-00pm C5 Celebrity Big Brother.

9. I know who Darren Day, Daniella Westbrook, David Gest and Nancy Dell'Olio are, and I could guess from the name that Angie Bowie is somehow related to David Bowie. No idea on the others. No points for incorrectly conjecturing that John Partridge might be somehow related to Alan Partridge.
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 2 Spoilers For Tuesday January 5th 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3377

Re: CoC Preliminary 2 Spoilers For Tuesday January 5th 2016

Well played, both of you. What was on the note Heather passed to Giles after the conundrum?
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: You Are The Judge
Replies: 11
Views: 1645

Re: You Are The Judge

by Graeme Cole
Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle
Replies: 11
Views: 4201

Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

I think I've solved all the puzzles in part 5 now, but I'm not sure how to translate the solutions to the Algebraic and Manifold Agreement puzzles into keywords consisting of a word or string of letters, as required by the instructions at the top. Anyone else done it? Boom. Got the Algebraic keyword.
by Graeme Cole
Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle
Replies: 11
Views: 4201

Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

I think I've solved all the puzzles in part 5 now, but I'm not sure how to translate the solutions to the Algebraic and Manifold Agreement puzzles into keywords consisting of a word or string of letters, as required by the instructions at the top. Anyone else done it?
by Graeme Cole
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Has anyone on apterous played more standard 9 or 15 rounders than there have been in the total history of TV Countdown? How long did it take them if so? Have I? Up to the end of series 72 there have been 3,035 televised 9-rounders, 2,609 old 15 rounders and 495 new 15 rounders. I haven't added seri...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Within each of the 15-round formats (and the 14-round format, too, I suppose), what is the closest all numbers game targets have been? In other words, what is the smallest interval between the smallest and largest targets in a game? I'm not asking about 9-rounders because I know there were a few th...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

If there was a "Group of Death" in the Supreme Championship, which one was it? Which group (A-G) was made up of people with the highest numbers of prior wins and prior points? Note that groups A,B,E,G had 8 people whereas C,D,F had only 7, so I'd appreciate if this could be adjusted for somehow. If...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday December 21st 2015
Replies: 30
Views: 3830

Re: Spoilers For Monday December 21st 2015

Great game, both of you. One of the closest and hardest-fought games for a while. Commiserations to Tom in losing in that way, in a game which could easily have gone the other way on another day. A big well done to Matthew for winning that semi-final, and a huge commiserations to Thomas, who lost in...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Dec 20, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 131
Views: 42953

Re: Countdowners in the news

"Callum's set the bar pretty high tbf, so who knows" But at least nobody was hurt in the making of the Immoral Octochamp's records. There's misguided, and then there's pure evil. Still, better hadn't say too much given the type of character RB might spend the next few years making friends with.... ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 131
Views: 42953

Re: Countdowners in the news

I get that you want to protect Countdown but ridiculous to be offended or surprised at it being worked into a story. Exactly. It's his main claim to fame. If the Queen punched someone in the face for insulting her dog, they're not going to just call her a dog lady and ignore the fact that she's the...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 131
Views: 42953

Re: Countdowners in the news

Pisses me off that they have to mention he's a countdown champ every few paragraphs, but otherwise I'm glad. The BBC story does better, referring to him as an "author" in the headline, and mentioning Countdown once. However, newspapers have this thing where stories have to have an "angle". You'd th...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle
Replies: 11
Views: 4201

Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

The QR code is only part 1 of 5. When correctly filled in, it leads you to part 2, which is a series of multiple choice questions. Then part 3 is some word problems and part 4 is some number problems. I'm now on part 5. Part 5 is... well. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it makes Elfes...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New -IZE words, whose -ISE variants come up blank in the search tool and are not specified
Replies: 33
Views: 4816

Re: New -IZE words, whose -ISE variants come up blank in the search tool and are not specified

Is there a specific rule that allows ISE when only IZE is specified? If so, then I think ISER should be allowed when only IZER is. If there is no rule, then no. As for whether Susie would actually find it, we don't need a thread for that. It's just speculation either way. It's about whether it shou...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New -IZE words, whose -ISE variants come up blank in the search tool and are not specified
Replies: 33
Views: 4816

Re: New -IZE words, whose -ISE variants come up blank in the search tool and are not specified

You can make an argument either way with PAGANISER. In favour of allowing it, every -ize word can also be -ise in British English. There are a small number of exceptions like SIZE, but the presumption must be that -ise is fine. On the other hand, perhaps PAGANIZER is only ever spelt with a Z. Maybe ...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cooking
Replies: 47
Views: 7540

Re: Cooking

What's this thing with starters? Starters are clearly awesome, has someone said they aren't? Desserts are pretty meh, on the other hand. The only reason starters exist on a menu is to require the table to do even more faffing about with the menu to come to some consensus about whether everyone else...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 666 numbers game request
Replies: 6
Views: 2115

Re: 666 numbers game request

4 5 3 8 5 3 -> 666
by Graeme Cole
Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoliers for Friday 27th November 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1352

Re: Spoliers for Friday 27th November 2015

When else has the conundrum been a word with 2 anagrams where you have to get the other word? Don't think I've seen that before except from teatime teasers It's happened quite a few times before. From memory, they've used GERANIUMS -> MEASURING, POLYTHENE -> TELEPHONY, HURRICANE -> RAUNCHIER, GANGL...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 277174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Innis Carson wrote:Actually, Graham Nash has already done so (as well as a 14-rounder).
Ah yes, well spotted. Just testing you.