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by Peter Mabey
Mon May 04, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Bank Holiday Monday May 4th 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1297

Re: Spoilers For Bank Holiday Monday May 4th 2015

Also TELAMON in round 1
by Peter Mabey
Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *
Replies: 100
Views: 11602

Re: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *

After the last election, the Lib Dems joined the coalition to get a voting reform act passed - although this was passed, as the big parties saw that would lose out, they did their utmost to ensure that it would not happen, so there seems to be little chance for a future coalition to achieve it this ...
by Peter Mabey
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 13th April 2015 (series 72, prelim 64)
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Re: Monday 13th April 2015 (series 72, prelim 64)

Alt in R13 : OUTDOES, so no darren
by Peter Mabey
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday April 7th 2015 (S72 P62)
Replies: 17
Views: 2740

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday April 7th 2015 (S72 P62)

ANTERIOR to beat TRAINER
by Peter Mabey
Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 24 March 2015 (series 72, prelim 53)
Replies: 4
Views: 987

Re: Tuesday 24 March 2015 (series 72, prelim 53)

" ... looking for a 62*6 method." - I assume you meant 42x6, which is (9+5)x3x6 ;-)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday March 2nd 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1636

Re: Spoilers For Monday March 2nd 2015

Alt 3rd numbers: (50+10+7)x(10+4)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 19th February 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 34)
Replies: 5
Views: 1285

Re: Thursday 19th February 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 34)

You've got into a complete muddle with bracketing the numbers rounds.
The solutions given were actually:
R3 - RR: (25-5)x50 - (9-6)
R6 - RR: (59+10+9)x9 + 6
R9 (both): (75+8)x4
R14 - Andy: (7/7+5+2+100)x3
Lou: (100+5)x3 +7+2
by Peter Mabey
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday February 19th 2015 (S72 P34)
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Spoilers for Thursday February 19th 2015 (S72 P34)

Another 3rd numbers alt: 75x2+50x3+8x4
by Peter Mabey
Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 13th February 2015 (Series 72, Prelim 30)
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Re: Friday 13th February 2015 (Series 72, Prelim 30)

Brackets are needed to make sense of these
R6: RR: 711. (((7 x 7 - 2) x 5 + 2) x 3 (10)
R9: Kevin: 223. ((25 - (9 - 7)) x 10) - 7 (10)
by Peter Mabey
Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Maths Club
Replies: 3
Views: 1618

Re: Maths Club

3.45cm approximately - exactly 20(3-2sqrt2)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday January 20th 2015 (S72 P12)
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday January 20th 2015 (S72 P12)

Last numbers alt.: (8+9)x(3x10+4)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday January 13th 2015 (S72 P7)
Replies: 21
Views: 3455

Re: Spoilers for Monday January 13th 2015 (S72 P7)

Sorry, inadvertently submitted again
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday January 13th 2015 (S72 P7)
Replies: 21
Views: 3455

Re: Spoilers for Monday January 13th 2015 (S72 P7)

NETTLING to beat LOTTING
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday January 13th 2015 (S72 P7)
Replies: 21
Views: 3455

Re: Spoilers for Monday January 13th 2015 (S72 P7)

NETTLING to beat LOTTING
by Peter Mabey
Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday December 11th 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2078

Re: Spoilers For Thursday December 11th 2014

(25x2+3)x(8+5)=689 for last numbers
by Peter Mabey
Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: We got upgraded!
Replies: 30
Views: 4051

Re: We got upgraded!

I miss the 'read new posts' facility
by Peter Mabey
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday December 3rd 2014 (S71 P99)
Replies: 26
Views: 2982

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday December 3rd 2014 (S71 P99)

Alt (9+3+2)x(10+1)x6 = 924 is the direct way
by Peter Mabey
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday November 25th 2014 (S71 P93)
Replies: 8
Views: 1900

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday November 25th 2014 (S71 P93)

Another alt. for 199: 8x75/(9-6)-1
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for FRIDAY 21st November!!!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2138

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: 1314
Views: 285724

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: 1870

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: 1690

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: 1345

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: 2069

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: 2165

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: 1771

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: 1821

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: 1821

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: 2902

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: 2823

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: 2197

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: 1817

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: 2154

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: 1439

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: 1332

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: 17396

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: 741

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: 2441

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: 1073

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: 2130

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: 870

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: 1780

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: 3277

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: 2142

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: 2365

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: 584

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: 1591

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: 1533

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: 1081

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: 935

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.