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by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for FRIDAY 21st November!!!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1945

Re: Spoilers for FRIDAY 21st November!!!!!!

WIDENESS to beat INSIDES
by Peter Mabey
Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1301
Views: 241336

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hi Jon
I was going to ask the same - also notable near-misses like today's BRAODEN :? :)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday November 17th 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1639

Re: Spoilers For Monday November 17th 2014

I suppose you meant fortunate - fortuitous means only by a random chance :? ;)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday November 11th 2014 (S71 P84)
Replies: 12
Views: 1475

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday November 11th 2014 (S71 P84)

Surprised to find POORISH isn' t there :!: :( :evil:
(OK in Scrabble)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday November 7th 2014 (S71 P82)
Replies: 6
Views: 1242

Re: Spoilers for Friday November 7th 2014 (S71 P82)

Alt. last numbers (75-10-6)x(4+5)
by Peter Mabey
Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday November 5th (S71 P80)
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday November 5th (S71 P80)

Alt last numbers : (50+3)x(10+4)+10-9
by Peter Mabey
Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th October 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1888

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th October 2014

I think there was OPTIMATE in R4
by Peter Mabey
Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday October 27th 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1530

Re: Spoilers For Monday October 27th 2014

(100+2)X(25+4)/6=493
by Peter Mabey
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday October 16th 2014 (S71 P67)
Replies: 12
Views: 1632

Re: Spoilers for Thursday October 16th 2014 (S71 P67)

I don't usually bother to post others unless I find a beater
by Peter Mabey
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday October 16th 2014 (S71 P67)
Replies: 12
Views: 1632

Re: Spoilers for Thursday October 16th 2014 (S71 P67)

Non-standard method for last numbers: (9x3+7)x(8+9) :geek:
by Peter Mabey
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)
Replies: 33
Views: 2449

Re: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)

Alt first numbers: (25+2x8)x(10+4)
by Peter Mabey
Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Numbers Game Suggestion
Replies: 10
Views: 2480

Re: Countdown Numbers Game Suggestion

Gavin Chipper wrote: ...
You could just get rid of the 100!
Or replace it with (say) 97 to make people think a bit harder - or indeed change all the four large to ones at random scattered in the range above 10, so that contestants won't know what to expect and prepare in advance.
by Peter Mabey
Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday September 30th 2014 (S71 P55)
Replies: 15
Views: 1979

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday September 30th 2014 (S71 P55)

PUNISHED to beat PUNDITS etc.
by Peter Mabey
Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday September 23rd 2014 (S71 P51)
Replies: 17
Views: 1607

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday September 23rd 2014 (S71 P51)

Second numbers is a rare case where target can be got by inserting operators between numbers given without rearrangement:
75+100+5x8-2+1 :D
by Peter Mabey
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday September 16th 2014 (S71 P46)
Replies: 21
Views: 1922

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday September 16th 2014 (S71 P46)

Alt 1st numbers: (2x25-4)x(10+19)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday September 15th 2014 (S71 P45)
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: Spoilers for Monday September 15th 2014 (S71 P45)

I was hoping for CONSOLATE in R7, but it's Scrabble only :evil:
by Peter Mabey
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday September 9th 2014 (S71 P43)
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday September 9th 2014 (S71 P43)

Alt 2nd numbers (9+7)x8x4 = 512
by Peter Mabey
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoEdi 3 is go - Saturday 1st November
Replies: 82
Views: 15859

Re: CoEdi 3 is go - Saturday 1st November

Gavin Chipper wrote:Have you all got a valid passport?
... and an ATM card to get the local currency?
by Peter Mabey
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 3rd September 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 39)
Replies: 1
Views: 670

Re: Wednesday 3rd September 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 39)

First teaser needed the clue, as it also gives VERBATIM
by Peter Mabey
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday September 2nd 2014 (S71 P38)
Replies: 15
Views: 2153

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday September 2nd 2014 (S71 P38)

Alt last numbers: (75-6)x(50-7-2)/3
by Peter Mabey
Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday August 29th 2014 (S71 P36)
Replies: 9
Views: 985

Re: Spoilers for Friday August 29th 2014 (S71 P36)

PASSIM as a beater of AMISS
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 30th 2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1888

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 30th 2014

Updates to the full 20-volume OED will only be made to the electronic version (available by subscription or at public libraries) - to judge by the occasional screenshots, this isn't what Susie is using (as it includes all historic variant spellings and obsolete words it would be quite inappropriate ...
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 15th August 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 29)
Replies: 1
Views: 808

Re: Friday 15th August 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 29)

R11: I was hoping that ANSIBLE might have made it into the dictionary, but not yet :? :geek:
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday August 14th 2014 (S71 P28)
Replies: 21
Views: 1625

Re: Spoilers for Thursday August 14th 2014 (S71 P28)

Callum Todd wrote:(7x5+2)x(25+1)=962, I think
Yes, that's how I did it :geek: - I like to factorise target :)
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday August 12th 2014 (S71 P26)
Replies: 32
Views: 3070

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday August 12th 2014 (S71 P26)

I've been away for a few days, so only just seen this.
Not particularly surprised that Tricia did 64x7 - for 6 small, I always first look to see if target is divisible by largest of available numbers :geek:
by Peter Mabey
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday August 6th 2014 (S71 P22)
Replies: 23
Views: 1929

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday August 6th 2014 (S71 P22)

I agree that POUNDER (as in quarter-pounder) seems a bit dodgy, so I can understand Tricia not being confident in risking it - spellcheck is flagging it right now :? After all, having a four-ouncer instead wouldn't validate OUNCER :o However, the word could legitimately refer to a thumper.
by Peter Mabey
Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday July 28th 2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2140

Re: Spoilers For Monday July 28th 2014

APTOGENx isn't good in Scrabble either - i'd thought of PONTAGE but that's Scrabble only :(
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 21st July 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 14)
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Re: Monday 21st July 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 14)

In R3 was surprised that nobody simply did 7x7=49 :? :o

In R8, I was hoping that NIMBYS (or NIMBIES) had made it into the ODO, but apparently it's still capitalized :(
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday July 8th 2014 (S71 P7)
Replies: 29
Views: 1422

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday July 8th 2014 (S71 P7)

Alt last numbers: (75+10+2)x(8+9)/3=493
by Peter Mabey
Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 3rd July 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 4)
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Thursday 4th July 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 4)

Sean Fletcher wrote:
David Williams wrote:
Sean Fletcher wrote:VIRGATE - Describes plant parts that are long and thin.
In some dictionaries, but not in Oxford, apparently.
Interesting. What does it say in the Oxford one?
A varying measure of land, typically 30 acres
by Peter Mabey
Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For 8/10 Cats Does Countdown (S3, E3 - 20 Jun '14)
Replies: 7
Views: 987

Re: Spoilers For 8/10 Cats Does Countdown (S3, E3 - 20 Jun '

I was hoping for UNFORWARDED^ (like junk mail) but it's not there - & not for Scrabble either :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 12th June 2014 (Series 70, Prelim 100)
Replies: 2
Views: 847

Re: Thursday 12th June 2014 (Series 70, Prelim 100)

In R14 I think Geoff had said (100-3x2)x3 without mentioning 3=4-1, so had used the 3 twice - so thought he'd gone wrong anyhow.
by Peter Mabey
Thu May 29, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 27th May 2014 (Series 70, prelim 89)
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: Tuesday 27th May 2014 (Series 70, prelim 89)

Callum Todd wrote:
Peter Mabey wrote:Alt 2nd numbers: (4+7)x(75-9-3-2)=854
I make that 671.
I was trying to do (75-14)x14, but cocked it up :oops: :oops:
by Peter Mabey
Wed May 28, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 27th May 2014 (Series 70, prelim 89)
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: Tuesday 27th May 2014 (Series 70, prelim 89)

Alt 2nd numbers: (4+7)x(75-9-3-2)=854
by Peter Mabey
Fri May 23, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoiler for Friday May 23rd 2014 (S70 P87)
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

Re: Spoiler for Friday May 23rd 2014 (S70 P87)

I'm surprised Susie didn't add the E for BUTTE :!: :) :o
by Peter Mabey
Mon May 05, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The best films of all-time?
Replies: 102
Views: 11417

Re: The best films of all-time?

And everyone - have you seen ANY films made more than 20 years ago ?
This was supposed to be all-time best :twisted: :ugeek: :!: :o
by Peter Mabey
Fri May 02, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday May 2nd 2014 (S70 P78)
Replies: 19
Views: 1989

Re: Spoilers for Friday May 2nd 2014 (S70 P78)

A briefer alt: (10+1)x4x8
by Peter Mabey
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Check your wallets!
Replies: 10
Views: 913

Re: Check your wallets!

Do $ bills expire? - although I didn't find any old £s, I did discover a $50(Grant) dated 1985 and a few other smaller ones.
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 28th March 2014 (Series 70, Prelim 56)
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: Friday 28th March 2014 (Series 70, Prelim 56)

Round 1: M Y A I S N T E T
...
Peter: - (0)

Peter makes a mistake. He used the Y twice. Why? I don't know why he used the Y twice, but he did :lol: This allowed Ann to regain her SANITY and 6 points.

...

Only word I can see here with two Ys here is YEASTY :?
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday March 17th 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1740

Re: Spoilers For Monday March 17th 2014

3rd numbers alt : (75-5)x(8+1) = 630
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I'm not easily shocked...................
Replies: 38
Views: 4911

Re: I'm not easily shocked...................

Yes, as less than half the money taken is paid to prizewinners, you should only expect to win half as much as you paid in :cry:
by Peter Mabey
Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday March 7th 2014 (S70 P45)
Replies: 9
Views: 925

Re: Spoilers for Friday March 7th 2014 (S70 P45)

Was hoping for CHROMEING^ in R4. but no luck - and CHROMING is Scrabble-only :o :x
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday March 3rd 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1158

Re: Spoilers For Monday March 3rd 2014

1st numbers alt: (50-3)x(8+1)x(7-5)
by Peter Mabey
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 10533

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

Ian Volante wrote:
Peter Mabey wrote:.. and in the 80's natural shrinkage leaves no alternative. :( :? :!:
I'm now worried that my willy's going to wither away :(
A further age problem is that an enlarged prostate reduces the flow from a jet to a trickle. :( :oops: :cry:
by Peter Mabey
Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 10533

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

.. and in the 80's natural shrinkage leaves no alternative. :( :? :!:
by Peter Mabey
Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday February 11th 2014 (S70 P27)
Replies: 18
Views: 1259

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday February 11th 2014 (S70 P27)

I did (100+5x10-9)x2 = 282
And in R5 had VESICLE
by Peter Mabey
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday February 10th 2014 (series 70 prelim 26)
Replies: 3
Views: 921

Re: Monday February 10th 2014 (series 70 prelim 26)

Round 11: H O A E G L P H N C1: phlange C2: PLANE (5) DC: HALOGEN (7) Score: 57–42 (max 91) Graeme takes a risk but it doesn’t come off. Are there any words in the English language that can start with either an F or a PH? I can’t think of any so this may have been a low percentage risk for Graeme. ...
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday January 21st 2014 (S70 P12)
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday January 21st 2014 (S70 P12)

Alt. 3rd numbers (50/5)x(8+3)x7+3
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday January 21st 2014 (S70 P12)
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday January 21st 2014 (S70 P12)

Alt. 2nd numbers:25x3x3x(4-1)+8
by Peter Mabey
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Maths vs. English
Replies: 26
Views: 3750

Re: Maths vs. English

As Rachel occasionally reminds us, arithmetic is totally irrelevant to university level mathematics. Although my degree is in mathematics, my numbers skill (such as it is) derives from tackling Mensa-type puzzles, so can immediately spot factors of 3-digit numbers, and am also familiar with 13 & 17 ...
by Peter Mabey
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 65708

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Having had a message last year that the version of Java I had was insecure, I removed it. Subsequently whenever I try to install the latest version, it gets as far as the 'installing' frame but no green dots appear in the 'progress' panel, and after a little while I get the message that installation...
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday January 6th 2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1788

Re: Spoilers For Monday January 6th 2014

Simpler 1st numbers alt.:7 x (4 + 2) x 9 = 378
by Peter Mabey
Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday December 20th 2013
Replies: 84
Views: 9190

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday December 20th 2013

I did (9+5+2)x(6+7)x4 for first numbers