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by Michael Wallace
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 21352

Re: Hex

Oh, weird, I've only ever seen the one type. Just a grid of squares behind which are monetary values (10/20/30/40/50p and £1, I think), some x2s (double your money), some lifeboats (which banks what you've already got) and mines. You can quit whenever and take your money, but if you hit a mine you l...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 21352

Re: Hex

This reminds me, how do people play the Battleships money round? We've become a bit battleships-obsessed lately, but we don't really have a strategy for when to stop. Do people just play until they strike out (which is usually what we do, you tend to hit a lifeboat or two along the way) or do you ha...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 21352

Re: Hex

For what it's worth, CF and I have only won on MPDL once, I think, although that time it was as Corby described, with every question being super easy. Usually we get destroyed by it though.
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: aptoSOS.02 - signup and shiz
Replies: 76
Views: 14363

Re: aptoSOS.02 - signup and shiz

Go on then, this might motivate me to get my Javas sorted out.
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

An 'article' from one of the pair that won a few days ago. And to think I almost felt bad for thinking they were a bit smug.
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 3816

Re: Who Dares Wins Series 5

So to continue the pronunciation debate. The team last night got away with Christine Ohuruogu pronounced "a-goo-ra-hoo" (as well as "og-hoo-ra-hoo"). Admittedly I don't Bob Hunkmouse, or is it actually pronounced like that?
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally
Replies: 89
Views: 12263

Re: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally

So what is the standard excuse for not proving your abilities if you're a psychic? Is it just that their powers are a bit random so they might not work all the time?
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally
Replies: 89
Views: 12263

Re: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally

So how does this work? The Daily Mail have to prove she was faking, right?
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

I take it you all got the answer to the town in County Meath? How is anyone in the UK gonna know that? Most people in Ireland would've struggled. I did get it myself it but I wouldn't have if I had to go first. There's a reason it was pointles... I didn't get it, but I have heard of it at least, wh...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Royal Statistical Society Christmas Quiz
Replies: 64
Views: 9493

Re: Royal Statistical Society Christmas Quiz

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:Not sure we need them
Weren't you bothered about finding out who Eugene was?
Oh, didn't realise we hadn't been comprehensive (I wasn't paying all that much attention, admittedly).
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Sporcle
Replies: 44
Views: 5606

Re: Sporcle

Charlie Reams wrote:Well, since my last quiz went down quite well...
Way to link to the answers you n00b.
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tonight's Dinner
Replies: 121
Views: 10941

Re: Tonight's Dinner

Gavin Chipper wrote:I think it's pretty good actually.
Have you ever eaten real black pudding? If it's anything like the real thing I'd buy shedloads. The site that sells it wants £7.10 shipping :o
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tonight's Dinner
Replies: 121
Views: 10941

Re: Tonight's Dinner

Gavin Chipper wrote:V Pud.
Holy crap, I am so happy to discover that exists (although why I'd never thought to google it is beyond me). Is it actually any good?
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 46218

Re: Countdown in the news

Graeme Cole wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:I think Gevin must have written that, 9 points for REEDLINGS, eh?
"Here’s a quiz question for Countdown fans: The letters shown in Kirk’s photograph scored him 9 points."

Technically the correct answer to their quiz question is "false".
Haha, very good :)
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 46218

Re: Countdown in the news

I think Gevin must have written that, 9 points for REEDLINGS, eh?
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 51016

Re: The Chase

Ah right (wrt conservative players), figured it might have just been the ones I'd seen. The thing about people on twitter being all "OMG SO STUPID" is great, particulary when it's clearly just someone wanking themselves off about knowing something rather than having thought if it's actually common k...
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 51016

Re: The Chase

Good stuff (only just got uploaded to itvplayer), as everyone's said no real chance at winning on your own. I still reckon that the 'head start' thing is a bit cheap, but at least being on your own saves the buzzing that wastes so much time. Good banter and some good answers. I've started watching t...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge 2011/12
Replies: 89
Views: 13193

Re: University Challenge 2011/12

Really? I can only assume the people moaning at him for "not taking it seriously" just don't have a sense of humour. It's quite obvious that CF's providing great entertainment - "je ne comprendez pas" and the skateboarding move answer for an ice-skating question being the highlights - and I look fo...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge 2011/12
Replies: 89
Views: 13193

Re: University Challenge 2011/12

Clearly a deliberate loss to maximise screen time (maybe). Twitter is becoming more and more love/hate with him, but it's hard to see which side is winning. It seems an awful lot of people take the show so seriously that they find it necessary to tweet about how much they hate him for not taking it ...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge 2011/12
Replies: 89
Views: 13193

Re: University Challenge 2011/12

In case anyone who cares isn't on Facebook, CF is on UC again tonight. Second quarter final time. So you can warm yourself up watching some c4c loser on the Chase, before the main event kicks off later.
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 3816

Re: Who Dares Wins Series 5

The elementary one was 40 according to Wikipedia. I don't really see one that goes beyond that, maybe perhaps "Countries that have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest" (at least 50, I can think of). Yeah, but my point is that it's pretty conceivable that someone could have done over 100 on the ...
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 3816

Re: Who Dares Wins Series 5

Tricky one. What if it had been your question and you'd said tag-lee-a-telly (five syllables) and they'd queried it and said, 'That's wrong, it's pronounced tal-ya-telly ' (four syllables, and more nearly correct)? I take your point that it's all about where you draw the line, but I think each case...
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 3816

Re: Who Dares Wins Series 5

Rhys Benjamin wrote:Fairness is good, but it does not have to be too strict as was the case above.
What if she'd said ragliatelli? Tagloatelli? Tag-telli? Obviously it's a question of where one draws the line, but I think when you start missing out syllables you've gone that far.
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 3816

Re: Who Dares Wins Series 5

I'm guessing it's not series 5 any more, but I don't think this warrants a new thread. There was an interesting (by which I mean 'interesting') thing on last night's Who Dares Wins (that's your spoiler warning, folks), where the round was types of pasta, and the contestants who ended up going for it...
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Perfection
Replies: 84
Views: 8464

Re: Perfection

The idiocy of game show contestants is really starting to get on my tits. One of the contestants today said,"you've got one wrong but I couldn't tell you what the right answer is." What?? Does she not understand what the show is about? If true is wrong then false is right. And then the other idiot ...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: An open post to Damian Eadie
Replies: 22
Views: 2622

Re: An open post to Damian Eadie

For what it's worth, I don't think today's contestants were that bad at all. Sure, the guy who lost (I think we're pretty safely beyond spoilers now) had a lot of disallowed words, but at least a few were genuinely unfortunate, and at least he was making a go of it. Regardless, as alluded to above, ...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tonight's Dinner
Replies: 121
Views: 10941

Re: Tonight's Dinner

Man, I really want a rocket lettuce, that sounds awesome.
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: An open post to Damian Eadie
Replies: 22
Views: 2622

Re: An open post to Damian Eadie

Jon Corby wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:
Phil Reynolds wrote:Um, no. :oops:
Scoring as if he was playing them, rather than flat scoring. (Which is obviously a little dubious given risk-taking decisions etc.)
I don't think it's that dubious when the margins are above 80!
Fair.
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: An open post to Damian Eadie
Replies: 22
Views: 2622

Re: An open post to Damian Eadie

Phil Reynolds wrote:Um, no. :oops:
Scoring as if he was playing them, rather than flat scoring. (Which is obviously a little dubious given risk-taking decisions etc.)
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

I'm saying that that was a silly thing to put on the list when they set the question -- I'm not surprised that only 4 people in the survey named "pantaloons", but it was a weird thing to choose as one of the 12 responses to put in the question, since you're rewarded with a very low score for saying...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

Also, 4 points for saying that pantaloons are, in fact, a type of…pants? :roll: It sounds like you're confusing what the contestants are being asked (viz. "Pick an obscure type of trouser from this list") with what the research pool of 100 people were asked ("Name a type of trouser"). It amuses me ...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

It rather looked as though the producers were willing the two incredibly camp guys to go through to the final when the first question in the Head-to-Head was "Name a Von Trapp child" and then the decider was "Name a Barbra Streisand film". Was somewhat startled in the latter case when they failed t...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

probably one of the most surprising Pointlesses in the final to win the jackpot. Defo thought Colombo would only just be above 0, but shocked that Cape Town & Bloemfontein were Pointless too. Eh, not that surprising imo, people aren't usually very good at capitals, and throw in the additional diffi...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Lincoln 2012- Saturday 28th January
Replies: 150
Views: 34333

Re: Countdown in Lincoln 2012- Saturday 28th January

So would the Stilton speicfy on it that it's vegetarian? A lot of people think that cheese is automatically vegetarian, when it actually isn't. Jesus, are you really that picky? Vegetarians...pah. What a dickish comment! I doubt you'd be happy to play darts with plastic darts. (That somehow is an e...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Line Puzzle
Replies: 10
Views: 2180

Re: Line Puzzle

Surely the best place to be is when there are 2 options left? If someone goes first they have a 1/20 chance of guessing the number - extremely unlikely. If you were second in line you'd have 19 to choose from which is better but still unlikely to win. Continue this down to 3 numbers left. The chanc...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

Edit: Was amused by the Braille card awkwardness. When I was on Xander just re-read the list when it got to my turn, and they edited it out afterwards, smooth as you like. She could have just had that Braille card already in front of her and we wouldn't have known. Instead they have to show Alexand...
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

I know it's not cool to be all "omg how stupid", but sometimes... Round one today was appalling. Cabinet posts, and the top scorers were 44 for the foreign secretary and the prime minister. I think my personal highlight though was the girl who was apparently unsure whether we had a ministry of defen...
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Perfection
Replies: 84
Views: 8464

Re: Perfection

New series of this has started, and I still can't understand if it's terrible or not. I've watched it twice now and I hate to say I sort of like it. It's fairly fast paced and it's a neat idea and not too impossible to win money on either (not like Eggheads say). The only reason I don't make a habi...
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 12th 2012 (Series 66 Prelim 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 1509

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 12th 2012 (Series 66 Preli

Matt Morrison wrote:A+
I'd say A. Top effort, but you have to penalise slightly for slight of hand :shock: :o :roll:

Edit: Realised I didn't use enough emoticons to make it obviously a joke, so have some more :mrgreen: :geek: :ugeek: ;) 8-) :oops: :arrow:
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Perfection
Replies: 84
Views: 8464

Re: Perfection

From what I can remember of the rules briefing we all got on our first day at the studio, I think what happens if the time should run out is that the round would be lost (as in not getting perfection) and I think it's automatically awarded to the "usual suspects" but I'm not 100% sure if that's the...
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Perfection
Replies: 84
Views: 8464

Re: Perfection

New series of this has started, and I still can't understand if it's terrible or not. One thing I'd like to know though, is what happens if you run out of time when doing your individual questions. (For the uninitiated, the contestant gets three rounds of four T/F questions that they have 15 seconds...
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

James Robinson wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:They asked today's opening question at our audition. Fun fact.
Mine too, my first one that is. Diesel was Pointless then............
Ha, so you might have come pretty close to getting an audition question on the show.
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

They asked today's opening question at our audition. Fun fact.
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th January 2012 (Series 66, Prelim 2)
Replies: 19
Views: 2587

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th January 2012 (Series 66, Preli

Ryan Taylor wrote:Little in-game to play: Which phrase will be said by Nick most? Very good or well done?
I'm hoping he starts saying 'well good'.
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 21352

Re: Hex

That's awesome stuff Kirk, makes me more inclined to contact them myself. I just remember a great 'no right answer' question from that night as well. The question was "Which of these gives ten in scrabble?", with the options X J Q Z. I assume it meant "which is worth 10?", but obviously two of them ...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday January 9th 2012
Replies: 49
Views: 5632

Re: Spoilers For Monday January 9th 2012

Thought he was pretty good. Obviously a bit awkward with the mechanics of the thing, but given that he's apparently not a regular viewer and (as far as I know) has never actually hosted a TV show, that's not too surprising. What's important is that his banter was great, and the boring mechanics of t...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Bank Job
Replies: 27
Views: 3626

Re: Bank Job

I've not watched any of these, but the online game was pretty cool. Can someone just briefly explain what kind of happens as you're talking about a final? Did the winner's of each show not actually win the money from the show but instead just won a place in the final which was then when money was p...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Bank Job
Replies: 27
Views: 3626

Re: Bank Job

Ha, yes, I was thinking of that Goldenballs when I was watching. I do wonder if the contestants knew beforehand that the 'losers' would be put in that position though, since they looked pretty surprised when they were told. On the other hand, you'd think all the rules (including that bit) would have...
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Bank Job
Replies: 27
Views: 3626

Re: Bank Job

Can't believe they prisoner dilemmaed for the final. If I'd been a contestant in the final I think I'd've deliberately lost, can't see many people not stealing in that situation (as, of course, you shouldn't). Edit: Although the guy being all tearful in an attempt to persuade his opponent to not ste...
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 21352

Re: Hex

I figured the siren was due to "too many resets" as it had been reset twice in about 15 mins, but your story seems to suggest something else must cause it. But yeah, bloody scary and more than a touch embarrassing. Nah, we'd done pretty much the same thing. It was frozen when we showed up, we reset...
by Michael Wallace
Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

Jon O'Neill wrote:Oh my god.

What a cock.
Who?
by Michael Wallace
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Hex
Replies: 212
Views: 21352

Re: Hex

So about 6 weeks after my last post on the subject, an update on Hexwords. We'd been checking he machine at our (current) local haunt, where the rate of play was ridiculously slow. We'd typically go once a week, and it would rarely have dropped by more than 2 or 3 games in a week. Still, before Chri...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lame Pun Coon
Replies: 12
Views: 1619

Re: Lame Pun Coon

I don't think you've understood Joseph. The pun has to include a reference to a raccoon. Not just a picture of a raccoon. This isn't actually true of Lame Pun Coon. The only mandatory element is the raccoon, if you check out the original link you'll see heaps of non-raccoon examples. That's not to ...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lame Pun Coon
Replies: 12
Views: 1619

Re: Lame Pun Coon

YES.

(Also wow, I really need to shrink mine a bit...)
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

Phil Reynolds wrote:Funny, now you see I thought the guy from the other team was a cock for saying rather haughtily "It's only a difference in pronunciation" when what he'd said clearly wouldn't be spelt the same way, as Richard pointed out.
Oh yeah, that too.
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

Watched it last night with Heather and we both disagreed - he did come across as a total wanker. Was about to post pretty much exactly the same (right down to the specific things you point out). The guy just came across as a total "gap yah" type nob. Can somebody explain what actually happened plea...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lame Pun Coon
Replies: 12
Views: 1619

Lame Pun Coon

To celebrate my 5000th post, I invite you all to create your very best Lame Pun Coon . If you're not familiar with Lame Pun Coon then the concept is simple: raccoon + lame pun = awesomeness. I know we already have a lame joke thread, but this is a raccoon exclusive, which obviously justifies somethi...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

Oh, haha. The 'logic' is that I am being a retard. I guessed at the time it would have been Justin Timberlake, and somehow I seem to have misremembered that as being the correct answer. Eh? Justin Timberlake was (is) the correct answer. It's the "who else could it be?" bit I'm questioning - why cou...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 26490

Re: Pointless Series 5

but would probably have guessed Justified because who else would it be? Erm... just about anybody really? (I did know that one btw, but not really following your logic!) Oh, haha. The 'logic' is that I am being a retard. I guessed at the time it would have been Justin Timberlake, and somehow I seem...