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by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 9754

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

I'm okay with an imperfect answer, I'm sure we can get somewhere with a bit of stochastic hill climbing or some such. (I haven't tried this myself yet but it would make an interesting contest I reckon.) Hill climbing methods don't seem directly applicable here, since everything in sight is discrete...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 152
Views: 14665

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Michelle Nevitt wrote:also been to the Cayman Islands but it's not on the list so not sure what this falls under?
It's counted as part of the UK I think.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 9754

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

For the hardest, it might be something stupid like 11, 12, 13, 14 or even 100, 99, 98, 97. Yeah, I think 97-100 is a good shout. Charlie, I'll be able to answer that question restricted only to 4L picks in the next few days. Over all picks 6S to 4L, it seems to me to be intractable to get a complet...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 152
Views: 14665

Re: How many countries have you been to?

I've been to the following: Austria Belgium Bulgaria Canada Costa Rica Cyprus Denmark France Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Italy Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales) United States which puts me in the surprisingly popular 22 Cl...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 9754

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Great topic, enjoyed reading all this!

Harder question: if one were designing a new variant, which four large numbers (in the range 11-100) make the game hardest (i.e. fewest games solvable) and which easiest (i.e. most games solvable)?
by Charlie Reams
Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Records on the wiki
Replies: 10
Views: 1391

Re: Records on the wiki

Thanks for fixing this. If you're likely to leave pages under construction for a while, it might be useful to define a template saying so and use that everywhere. That also makes it easier for you to find the unfinished pages later.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: It has officially been a year...
Replies: 20
Views: 2405

Re: It has officially been a year...

I expect I'd be embarrassed by them now, but would definitely be curious to hear them again anyway. I can probably host them somewhere if you can get them to me.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Wiki Spamming
Replies: 37
Views: 6663

Re: Wiki Spamming

Those are templates meant for inclusion on the front page, they aren't articles per se.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 22nd August
Replies: 32
Views: 4977

Re: .co.mk - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 22nd August

The winner of this should be called the Co.mk Don.
by Charlie Reams
Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you earn?
Replies: 12
Views: 1155

How much do you earn?

People are always squeamish on this topic but I'm curious about it so hopefully a nice anonymised poll will bring out some facts. For the avoidance of doubt, this is the amount of income that appears on your tax return (or would do if you did one).
by Charlie Reams
Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 62437

Re: People you shouldn't trust

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by Charlie Reams
Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: New puzzle
Replies: 32
Views: 5198

Re: New puzzle

I notice they all have at least one anagram in some language according to apterous. Although for such short "words" that's probably not remotely surprising. Anyone have any idea how that might be significant?
by Charlie Reams
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

None that I can recall. Oh come on, people are often going back a step ("7 x 100 is.... no wait, add the 5 to the 100 first" kind of thing) and provided they're pretty brisk in doing so, Rachel will allow them to continue. Draw it out as if you're clearly making it up on the fly, and she probably w...
by Charlie Reams
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

I quite like the "impartiality" of the other rounds. Isn't it sort of partial that the letters distribution is very heavily weighted towards "nice" letters, providing a steep learning curve for lexonerds at the expense of everyone else? :o I'm not sure what would happen with a more even letter dist...
by Charlie Reams
Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 121
Views: 11813

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

Don't have anything to add but I'm enjoying this thread. Lots of shit being chatted on this topic elsewhere.
by Charlie Reams
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

Look at the amount of numbers games where people change their mind None that I can recall. People occasionally say "then add, sorry, subtract 7", but that's a completely different type of mistake to saying "now either add the 7, or is it subtract the 7?" and (at least for an NWD solution) then Rach...
by Charlie Reams
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

Gavin Chipper wrote:I quite like the "impartiality" of the other rounds.
Isn't it sort of partial that the letters distribution is very heavily weighted towards "nice" letters, providing a steep learning curve for lexonerds at the expense of everyone else? :o
by Charlie Reams
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

(Not rules so much but just a general judgment question): If a nine came up in the letters round that you had planned to set as the conundrum, would you change it? Would it matter if either/both/neither contestant had got the nine?
by Charlie Reams
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

I agree with Graeme. The "take the first answer" rule is so ubiquitous that it's often not even stated, so (since some rule has to be taken as the default) it makes sense to use that one. Then fix the rules for next time. If you clearly state "I have to take your first answer" then neither contestan...
by Charlie Reams
Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

Quick update: it's a problem with our ISP, they're looking into it. Can't guarantee how long that will take; hopefully in the next few days we'll be back. Subscriptions will be extended accordingly.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:02 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

Looks like our IP address got changed, even though I'm paying for that to not happen... While I chase this up, I've pointed apterous.org to the new address, so it should reappear in the next few hours (not necessarily at the same time for everyone).
by Charlie Reams
Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

C1 and C2 both declare the same target in a numbers round, both not written down. C2, who declares second, transcribes his method to Rachel, who accepts it. C1 says "I've done it the same way". As there is no way of proving this, C2 (playing devil's advocate) says that C1 may have cocked up and jus...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect Series 11
Replies: 7
Views: 2602

Re: Only Connect Series 11

Jordan F wrote:
James Robinson wrote:No idea, and why is this not in the Game Show thread?? :P
A. There's a Game Show thread?
B. I was used to there being a thread per series.
I suspect James meant the Game Show subforum, to which I have just moved it. Enjoy!
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Andy Murray feigning injury?
Replies: 6
Views: 958

Re: Andy Murray feigning injury?

Okay.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Quick cryptographical one
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: Quick cryptographical one

Got it! Took me about 45 mins, would imagine others could solve it much faster.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: FIFA Rankings..........
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Re: FIFA Rankings..........

Ok.
by Charlie Reams
Sun May 17, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 136
Views: 13415

Re: You Are The Ref

Graeme, do you have any data on games where errors have been corrected during the game? You'll only find the one I've quoted in you happen to remember it or if you trawl through Mike Brown's scans. Sadly, in the mad rush to complete the historical recapping project, nuggets of information like this...
by Charlie Reams
Sun May 17, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

Phil Collinge wrote:Down since just before midnight.

edit : just seen the news. Although still not back up as of now.
Fixed.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Problems with Java
Replies: 25
Views: 6320

Re: Problems with Java

I think this is now fixed.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

It seems like our domain host is having some trouble, because the site still works fine if you go to it directly ( http://81.149.128.31/ ), and it works for some people in some places and not others. Unfortunately it's out of my hands and their website is also down so I can't check what they're doin...
by Charlie Reams
Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: We got upgraded!
Replies: 30
Views: 3525

We got upgraded!

I updated our bulletin board software for the first time in... hmm, six and a half years as far as I can tell. There's so much new stuff since then that I don't even know where to start. Enjoy exploring the new features and please draw our attention to anything particularly cool or troublesome.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 133405

Re: Ask Graeme?

Slightly niche but I'm on the hunt for games which may be "forgotten classics". Could you tell us the game with the highest joint score in which neither contestant made the finals? (And, maybe better, highest joint maxes?) Top 20 by joint score in 15 rounders: EP TX DATE SCORE JOINT 5791 2013-10-15...
by Charlie Reams
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 133405

Re: Ask Graeme?

Slightly niche but I'm on the hunt for games which may be "forgotten classics". Could you tell us the game with the highest joint score in which neither contestant made the finals? (And, maybe better, highest joint maxes?)
by Charlie Reams
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

You should see substantial improvement starting about now. Please let me know if not.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

Several other people are playing so I don't think it's down.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 63071

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Coming a bit late to this party but I'll do my best... At exactly what (faster-than-light) speed would you have to travel in order to escape a black hole? There's no speed fast enough, it's just not possible in the geometry of the universe. A very closely equivalent question, which is much easier to...
by Charlie Reams
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Code puzzle
Replies: 8
Views: 1385

Re: Code puzzle

by Charlie Reams
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

Will be back this evening.
by Charlie Reams
Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 133405

Re: Ask Graeme?

Discounting finals games, the seven-time winner with the highest losing margin is David Franks in this game (48). This game seems particularly worth highlighting. You might expect that the biggest defeat of a 7-time winner would come about from a few high-volatility rounds and some nines, but this ...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Childbirth: The Crossword
Replies: 5
Views: 1215

Childbirth: The Crossword

I made this for my sister, who is about to qualify as a midwife, for her birthday. Since I know a handful of you are game for a tricky puzzle, I thought I'd share it with you. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who tries it whether you finished it or where you got stuck. https://www.dropbox.com/s...
by Charlie Reams
Thu May 29, 2014 3:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 62437

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who claim fraudulent credit card chargebacks for their apterous subscription, then continue playing.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Coincidence
Replies: 215
Views: 31349

Re: Coincidence

If you enjoyed this thread, you might also enjoy this episode of This American Life.
by Charlie Reams
Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Generous odds on a female?
Replies: 39
Views: 5188

Re: Generous odds on a female?

I emailed Mr Belmont but his reply made no sense at all. Something about protecting Transylvania from the forces of darkness? Certainly no mention of a world record.
by Charlie Reams
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Generous odds on a female?
Replies: 39
Views: 5188

Re: Generous odds on a female?

Steven M. McCann wrote:world record
lol
by Charlie Reams
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Game of the Year (GotY) 2013 - voting
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: Game of the Year (GotY) 2013 - voting

You could organise a PvP GotY if you wanted.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Rachel To Be The New Susanna???
Replies: 3
Views: 995

Re: Rachel To Be The New Susanna???

Well, she certainly would've done a better job of this feature. (I know that isn't Susanna Reid, but the point stands.)
by Charlie Reams
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous World Cup 2014 - Announcement
Replies: 27
Views: 2873

Re: Apterous World Cup 2014 - Announcement

Is it fair to just do an unannounced first come, first served sign up? There's going to be more than 32 who want to play I would think - maybe I should allow all signups for a period and then randomly draw 32 from those? What's best? I think a random draw is fine, provided you do the draw far enoug...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous World Cup 2014 - Announcement
Replies: 27
Views: 2873

Re: Apterous World Cup 2014 - Announcement

I agree with Matt insofar as it's his prerogative. Tournaments with far stranger rules regularly pass without comment.

Also the weird logic to do Extra Time and Penalties has been sitting idle in the code for the last four years so it'll be nice to see that in action again.

Also, in.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: aptoSOS.04
Replies: 14
Views: 3238

Re: aptoSOS.04

Any thoughts on switching to the new 15 format? I'm fairly indifferent but I suppose it seems logical.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: aptoSOS.03
Replies: 16
Views: 2809

Re: aptoSOS.03

Matt Morrison wrote:Is there any way of doing that without editing the opening post? Seems a bit messy.
Nope, and I agree.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: aptoSOS.04
Replies: 14
Views: 3238

Re: aptoSOS.04

If anything I would look at a shorter time limit. In most cases people could've played faster than they did because they relied on running into their opponent rather than fixing a time. Provided you state the limit clearly at the start, no one can feel too aggrieved, and it's to the benefit of every...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

I can see that it's slightly weird that Sainsbury's should be next door to Tesco, and fairly weird that you have to visit two shops and seek a second opinion before buying a frozen pizza, but I'm a bit lost as to the weirdness of anything else. Maybe the role of the headphones means you have misrea...
by Charlie Reams
Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

I was recently shopping for some dinner for me & Ms Hatred in Tesco, and since she was back at home, I took a photo of the available frozen pizzas and texted it to her to get her opinion. Just at that moment, I heard some shouting but I had headphones in and, this being north London, random public s...
by Charlie Reams
Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Easy odds puzzle
Replies: 22
Views: 3327

Re: Easy odds puzzle

Or Stirling's approximation for even better results.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 500
Views: 107416

Re: Is Apterous down?

Anthony Endsor wrote:Looks like another Java problem, as the Java circle goes round but nothing happens when you log on.
Getting a bit fed up of this Java crap. Seems to be a problem with it every week now.
People are playing right now. Not sure what problem you're experiencing but it's not that the site is down.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Weekly Review Blog
Replies: 59
Views: 6948

Re: My Weekly Review Blog

I don't remember Punt and Antopolski doing "satire" about horrific violence against women.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Stems (includes spoiler for Friday 14 Feb)
Replies: 7
Views: 1250

Re: Stems (includes spoiler for Friday 14 Feb)

I don't think there are canonical lists that everyone works from. But I've never heard of someone learning words like that. It seems inefficient, the chance of getting those exact 9 letters is very small.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Generous odds on a female?
Replies: 39
Views: 5188

Re: Generous odds on a female?

Add "c) confused about the nature of causality".