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by JimBentley
Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tim Vine
Replies: 16
Views: 877

Re: Tim Vine

Whittle was really good! I liked it a lot, although maybe that's because the whole thing was made to appear completely absurd by Tim Vine. It wasn't a bad concept for a gameshow (and probably predates almost all of the "audience as contestant" shows that have been on since) and with a different host...
by JimBentley
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday, 5th of March
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, 5th of March

You didn't have it in before this? We might need to merge again...I promise it'll be a painless* operation, and you can ignore any of the dodgy mass nouns that I let through.

* sedatives and/or hypnotics may be required
by JimBentley
Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday, 5th of March
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, 5th of March

I'd say yeah to TREASONS. Not in the usual sense of betraying one's country, but in the more general sense of betraying anyone - petty treasons, and all that.
by JimBentley
Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday, 5th of March
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, 5th of March

Carol's way to the 925 in round 5 was nice, but I had a nicer one, I think:

(7 x 6) + 8 = 50
5 x 4 = 20
50 x 20 = 1000
1000 - 75 = 925

You could even do (8 x 7) - 6 for the fifty if you were feeling a bit saucy.

PAYOUT is fine (I got that!), also CAUDEX (solver-assisted) in round 7.
by JimBentley
Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Conundrum alphabet
Replies: 335
Views: 8130

Re: Conundrum alphabet

The X one must be XEROPHAGY (the eating of dry food only, a form of fasting practised in the early Christian church) but Ben's right, it ain't in the current book.
by JimBentley
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 3 March 2008 (Series 58, Game 44)
Replies: 0
Views: 359

Monday 3 March 2008 (Series 58, Game 44)

Monday 3 March 2008 (Series 58, Game 44) C1: Barry Smith (3 wins), a Methodist minister from somewhere or other C2: Vic Goodall, a retired electrical officer from Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire DC: Susie Dent & Rick Wakeman Summary of game: ROUND 1 D P X E O U R L S ROUND 2 D I T B E S R U I ROUND 3 R ...
by JimBentley
Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 29th February
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Spoilers for Friday 29th February

Round 5:

(9 x 10) + 1 = 91
91 x 7 = 637
637 - 75 = 562

Piece of piss!
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 25 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 39)
Replies: 0
Views: 408

Monday 25 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 39)

Monday 25 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 39) C1: Barbara Fletcher (2 wins, 159 points) C2: Nick Chamberlain, a printer's assistant from Horncastle DC: Susie Dent & John Inverdale Summary of game: ROUND 1 R B I U D E F N O ROUND 2 D V U W S E I T O ROUND 3 A E N Y A T L S R ROUND 4 M N I Q P O T A E ...
by JimBentley
Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Forum Trollery
Replies: 11
Views: 713

Re: Forum Trollery

Yeah, point taken, David. It's just that when someone repeatedly and consistently fails to get the joke, it becomes something of a spur to escalate it to an illogical and increasingly bizarre level. But you're right, I feel a bit bad about it now and will give it a rest.
by JimBentley
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: My game of Countdown
Replies: 77
Views: 3548

Re: My game of Countdown

Jason Larsen wrote:Jon Corby has been disqualified for offending me in a prior post.
That doesn't sound like the sort of thing Jon would do at all, he's never anything but polite and courteous. Are you sure you're not confusing him with someone else?
by JimBentley
Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Wednesday, 20th February, Spoilers
Replies: 17
Views: 935

Re: Wednesday, 20th February, Spoilers

ALIQUOT in the QUINOA round. I also got DOGGEREL today and have had quite a few DC-beaters the last few days, maybe they've been going easy. (Oh, I should mention that I still miss loads of obvious stuff, but DC are generally more consistent than I am).
by JimBentley
Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: My game of Countdown
Replies: 77
Views: 3548

Re: My game of Countdown

Jim, can you give us some details of the game please? Sorry Jono, I was so excited by the prospect of this game that I had to go and have a lie down to recover. However, I'm back now. I gather that it will feature Drew Barrymore and Jim Carrey, with a million dollar prize to the winner (a shame tha...
by JimBentley
Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: My game of Countdown
Replies: 77
Views: 3548

Re: My game of Countdown

I can tell you that it will be a very special game of Countdown that none of you will ever forget. I'm sorry Jason, but I need some more information before I can get involved in such a project. How special will it be? You can rate the specialness on a scale of 0 to 10 if you wish. I should warn you...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 18 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 34)
Replies: 0
Views: 450

Monday 18 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 34)

Monday 18 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 34) C1: TIM REYPERT (6 wins), from the Vale of Glamorgan C2: ROS ROCHESTER, a mother of two (and mean pool player) from Staffordshire DC: Susie Dent & Nick Owen Summary of game: ROUND 1 D T Q I O E S C A ROUND 2 T U I R R E S N O ROUND 3 J B S A I A R D E ROU...
by JimBentley
Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on Saturday
Replies: 34
Views: 1567

Re: Countdown on Saturday

Jason Larsen wrote:The Bolton Wanderers must be a football team.
I think that's being rather kind. Any similarities between what Bolton Wanderers do and the game the rest of us call football are purely coincidental.
by JimBentley
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 36
Views: 1402

Re: Can you swim?

He has many hidden cameras in your house, like the guy in that film "Sliver". Jon's into voyeurism in a big way. He's got cameras pretty much everywhere. He's not really fussy about who he looks at - no-one is safe from his lecherous gaze.
by JimBentley
Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 36
Views: 1402

Re: Can you swim?

I can swim. It gladdens my heart to learn this, Jason. But how far can you swim? Do you think - if you really trained hard for it - you'd be able to swim across the Atlantic Ocean? How long do you think that would take, assuming you could do it? I think you could do it, but I'd be interested to kno...
by JimBentley
Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: [20080213] Wednesday's game
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: [20080213] Wednesday's game

Nice recap, Dinos (and Emma)! One small point though, the champ's name is Tim Reypert, not Ian Peywert. Dunno where you got that from!

Don't edit it though, or it'll make my post look foolish.
by JimBentley
Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 36
Views: 1402

Re: Can you swim?

I can swim excellently, but my rock 'n' roll lifestyle of non-stop drink and drugs means that I tire easily these days. I used to be able to swim really long distances, but I'd probably drop dead mid-stroke if I tried it now.
by JimBentley
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My favourite cheese...
Replies: 44
Views: 1273

Re: My favourite cheese...

No, Jason, you most certainly cannot. I forbid it.

Now go to your room and think about what you've done.
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My favourite cheese...
Replies: 44
Views: 1273

Re: My favourite cheese...

I think that cooked cheese (especially that really orange Cheddar) smells uncannily like vomit. More neutral cheeses such as mozzarella seem to be OK when cooked, but there's still a hint of a vomity smell about them. Does anyone else notice this, or am I drawing on some weird olfactory memory?
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Recap posting
Replies: 12
Views: 725

Re: Recap posting

Definitely has to start with the day and other than that this topic is a little tedious. Quiet, you. This is a subject of the utmost import. I've changed today's to date first, series and game in brackets. The date's the thing I guess, but I include the series and game numbers because I am a nerd a...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 11 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 29)
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Monday 11 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 29)

Monday 11 February 2008 (Series 58, Game 29) C1: TIM REYPERT (1 win), from the Vale of Glamorgan C2: MICHAEL QUINN, a magician and children's entertainer from Belfast - actually M. GEORGE QUINN, or MAGIC GEORGE, one of Northern Ireland's leading children's entertainers, according to the must-see web...
by JimBentley
Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see in DC?
Replies: 219
Views: 13804

Re: Who would you like to see in DC?

If David Mitchell doesn't come off then Jeff Stelling would be VERY good. Jeff Stelling would get my vote as Greatest Living Englishman. The man is a god. I'd also like Richard Herring, please. He's a self-confessed nerd and media whore so I'm sure he'd be up for it. He might make a couple of ill-j...
by JimBentley
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many contestants?
Replies: 37
Views: 1530

Re: How many contestants?

I gave mine to my mum, because I am kind.

Amey Deshpande, however, has got about six.
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Series 58, Game 24 (Monday 4 February 2008)
Replies: 3
Views: 710

Re: Series 58, Game 24 (Monday 4 February 2008)

Well, it's not every day that an 880-point octochamp comes along, so I thought it deserved a bit of an effort.
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 57
Views: 3985

Re: Breakfast

I used to like fry-ups, but because I am trying to watch my weight, I will only eat black pudding (done in the George Forman)....if I was to have sausages too (if I had them in), it would be in a George Forman grill. I am intrigued by this line of products that you mention. Do you have any informat...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 57
Views: 3985

Re: Breakfast

Ginger Jono wrote:Dead babies
Fried or scrambled?
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Series 58, Game 24 (Monday 4 February 2008)
Replies: 3
Views: 710

Series 58, Game 24 (Monday 4 February 2008)

Series 58, Game 24 (Monday 4 February 2008) C1: DAVID O'DONNELL (7 wins), from Omagh, Co. Tyrone C2: STEVE JEPP, a support worker from Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire DC: Alison Heard & Richard Digance Summary of game: ROUND 1 E E O B P H T N L ROUND 2 T L E A C U T I S ROUND 3 A I E G C T S D O ROUND...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 4th February 2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1483

Re: Spoilers for 4th February 2008

...Your long-awaited entry onto the Octochamp Stats page will be made as soon as today's recap appears. Speaking of which, today's is going to be a bit later than usual, I'm afraid. Probably about eight o'clock-ish, if that's OK? Brilliant stuff though, David! Tomorrow's contestants must be breathi...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Versus Par
Replies: 46
Views: 2194

Re: Versus Par

If this is like the par score on UKGameshows, then one criticism is that it punishes disallowed words harshly. I don't think it does. If a player has an eight disallowed and their opponent gets a seven, then the program puts their offering down as a six (offering nonwords should be punished, but no...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Versus Par
Replies: 46
Views: 2194

Re: Versus Par

I agree, to a point, because that's how you're not going to get beaten. But one thing that doing all the recaps has taught me is that maximums are not all the same. Sometimes there's a letters round with 20 seven-letter words and nothing better, and anyone could get a seven. Sometimes there's one se...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Versus Par
Replies: 46
Views: 2194

Versus Par

A while ago (about two year ago, in fact) I wondered if there could be a way to rank players on the letters and numbers games, automatically, based on their offerings in each round as compared against what was actually available. I concluded that there wasn't - there are too many external factors - ...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Jeremy Beadle
Replies: 10
Views: 879

Re: Jeremy Beadle

I think it's a great shame. I was never really a fan of 'Game For A Laugh' or 'Beadle's About' or 'You've Been Framed' or any of that shit, but I liked him because of "Win Beadle's Money" (being on Channel 5, it had fairly low production values, but confounded this by being a fucking good show). Als...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 29th January 2008
Replies: 42
Views: 2462

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 29th January 2008

It was a decent score but still missing too many maxima! But in your defence, you haven't missed a lot in the four games so far. Today's game might've seemed worse because the maximums you didn't get - HEARKEN, CONVICTS, METHANOL, ARTEFACT - are more everyday than ones you've missed in the previous...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall/Take A Deal
Replies: 10
Views: 1441

Re: Monty Hall/Take A Deal

I think I've got this. In the original scenario, you should always switch as your odds of getting the car will increase from 1/3 to 2/3, but in the revised scenario it doesn't matter, it's a straight 1/2 vs 1/2. In the original scenario, let's say the car's behind door A: You choose A, Monty opens B...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN games
Replies: 45
Views: 1713

Re: COLIN games

And you'd be right! I never looked much at the tricksy things you can do with four large, but when Jono explained the principle behind it, it seemed so obvious. I must have a proper look at Jerry's page sometime...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN games
Replies: 45
Views: 1713

Re: COLIN games

ROUND EIGHT - 25 50 75 100 9 5 TARGET 207 Jono: (50 * 100 + 75) / 25 + 9 - 5 = 207 (10) Joe: - 62-22 Of course (25-100/50)x9 would be too easy! I think all the four large stuff must get to you in strange ways; in our game, Jono genuinely didn't see the obvious way on this one, but still got it righ...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Forum hints & tips
Replies: 65
Views: 3173

Re: Forum hints & tips

I still have to log in manually each visit (have tried the "keep me logged in" checkbox, and deleting cookies and all that shit but it's not making any difference). I use Firefox (version 2.0.0.11, if that helps). Funnily enough, I would always be automatically logged in when the forum was first set...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Series 58, Game 19 (Monday 28 January 2008)
Replies: 1
Views: 630

Series 58, Game 19 (Monday 28 January 2008)

Series 58, Game 19 (Monday 28 January 2008) C1: DAVID O'DONNELL (2 wins), from Omagh, Co. Tyrone C2: MARTIN SMITH, a charity volunteer worker from Eastbourne DC: Alison Heard & Trudie Goodwin Summary of game: ROUND 1 I E E T N G S I N ROUND 2 S E A W N O R S E ROUND 3 O E O D P R V E S ROUND 4 T A M...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Caption Competition
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: Caption Competition

Jeff's proposal of a threesome is met with mixed reactions.
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Feedback on Colin 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1401

Re: Feedback on Colin 2008

I have to agree with all the fulsome praise so far, it was for me the best one yet. I didn't do great at the actual games - except for one (hi Mike!) - but everything was so easy-going, which is my sort of thing. I got to meet a bunch of people I'd not met before and see another load of people that ...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mathmo Test
Replies: 33
Views: 2729

Re: The Mathmo Test

I only got 28, but I imagine I might've scored a bit higher twenty years ago. I can still be a geek, though, right?
by JimBentley
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 25th January 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 1737

Re: Spoilers for Friday 25th January 2008

As no-one's posted the 987 yet, then I will oblige (do not fear, fellow COLIN attendees, I didn't get it within the time): 75, 5, 10, 1, 8, 5 : Target 987 75 + (5 x 10) - 1 = 124 124 x 8 = 992 992 - 5 = 987 Hurrah! You were damned good again today, David. As for the Vic Reeves thing, I think it's be...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 24th January (Davids 1st game)
Replies: 37
Views: 2238

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 24th January (Davids 1st game)

Great debut, David, ARMIGER and ORISONS were especially impressive. 8 maximums from 11 on the letters, max possible on the numbers and conundrum; with that in your debut game, I imagine there'll be even better to come.

Also, I think you look a bit like Vic Reeves.
by JimBentley
Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter distribution
Replies: 37
Views: 3643

Re: Letter distribution

No problem! But I should've remembered that the second "W" was a reversed "M"...ah well, most of the others should be right, anyway. Or as right as they can be - there's only 120-130 games in a series, which probably isn't quite a large a sample as is needed to be sure.
by JimBentley
Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter distribution
Replies: 37
Views: 3643

Letter distribution

Since Soo did his letter distribution page in Series 54, I thought I'd have a look at Series 57 to see if anything had changed. This is all just observed data - it's not definitive by any means - but a few things do seem to have altered (for one thing, the mythical fifth "U" made an appearance on mo...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Forum hints & tips
Replies: 65
Views: 3173

Re: Forum hints & tips

Hahaha, you just beat me to it! At first, I thought the star appeared on this one just because I'd posted in it and obviously all other forum members would wish to be advised of this expediently, in order to read my words of wisdom, but then I realised I was being solipsistic and deluded and it's th...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Forum hints & tips
Replies: 65
Views: 3173

Re: Forum hints & tips

I think a red icon means that the thread has unread posts, a blue icon means that you've read them all and the scrolling ones have more than 15 replies. Something like that, anyway. Haven't a clue what the stars are for, though.
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1826
Views: 120948

Re: Welcome!

Hello, my name is Jim Bentley. I was on in Series 50 and managed to win eight games by using advanced mind control techniques on my opponents. Unfortunately my quarter-final opponent - the wily Adam Laws - somehow became wise to my saucy ways and beat me on a crucial conundrum. I have never forgiven...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Series 58, Game 14 (Monday 21 January 2008)
Replies: 3
Views: 586

Series 58, Game 14 (Monday 21 January 2008)

Series 58, Game 14 (Monday 21 January 2008) C1: RACHEL ALLENBY (1 win), a teaching assistant from Wetherby C2: MARJORIE HILLMAN, from Creekmore in Dorset DC: Alison Heard & Alastair Stewart Summary of game: ROUND 1 N S O I E L D A G ROUND 2 L M U A K E S I N ROUND 3 Z O I N S H A E D ROUND 4 A A R T...
by JimBentley
Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 57
Views: 3985

Re: Breakfast

I like a full English too, but tomatoes have to be involved in some way. Fresh tomatoes grilled are the best way to go, but I'll have tinned if that's all there is. Also, mushrooms are essential.

Your tomato-based wrongheadedness is frankly astonishing, however.