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by Conor
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Monday February 18th 2013
Replies: 52
Views: 7511

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Monday February 18th 201

Thanks. Great that neither solved it, but on reflection, BARRYDICK was crap. Deserved a BAGOGLORY sort of word. Gutted really. Could have done better. The lines separating too easy, just right and horrendously difficult are very fine these days. VIRULENCE was a fantastic conundrum, a common enough ...
by Conor
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 15th 2013
Replies: 48
Views: 7033

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Friday February 15th 201

This might be my favourite game so far. Ever. I didn't sleep at all the night before recording and so completely crashed during Jack vs Chris (sorry guys), but this game brought me alive again. MALAMUTE and QUANTICS had almost everyone (everyone?) in the green room beaten, and there was such a sense...
by Conor
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 13th 2013
Replies: 44
Views: 6479

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 13th

Thanks very much everyone. Still amazed to have done this on TV. I hadn't seen Chris's round 1 game before this so he was a bit of an unknown quantity. I'd no reason to doubt his anagramming ability through Scrabble, but had heard that among brilliant spots in round 1 he'd thrown in a couple of CSW ...
by Conor
Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 12th 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 2933

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 12th 20

Strong performance Jono. Also good to see Darryl get a 9 after only one nine was available in his previous 17 games.
by Conor
Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday February 11th 2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3835

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday February 11th

When we were in the audience someone suggested you can be as bold as brass, but that's pretty tenuous It's definitely the link, though. Well done Jonathan, commiserations Tom. Just wondered why Tom chose a vowel for the last letter in round 1? The selection was ISOLATED up to that point, had you go...
by Conor
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1429
Views: 327495

Re: Ask Graeme?

Which contestants have done the unholy Trinity of declaring an invalid word for the wrong length whilst using phantom letters?
by Conor
Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 243
Views: 37312

Re: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP

Just to point out the stream found in the link above has been updated for today's show.
by Conor
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1429
Views: 327495

Re: Ask Graeme?

Jon O'Neill wrote:Definitely - but inaccuracies as a result of those cases are far outweighed by the reverse (I think?) The jump in size between the CODs and the NODs is pretty big, no?
Yeah. The current edition of the COD has 240,000 entries, and the ODE has somewhere around 355,000.
by Conor
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1429
Views: 327495

Re: Ask Graeme?

The words in the old dictionaries (ignoring Americanisms for now) aren't subsets of the current word list, are they? (e.g. AGRESTAL and DRIFTAGE) So, for total total completeness we'd need an electronic word list of each of the old dictionaries.
by Conor
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 6th 2013
Replies: 48
Views: 6672

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 6th 2

JackHurst wrote:I think Conor only dropped point in the SOIGNEES round, and I think his conundrum was unbeatably fast. I'd describe that as the most unbeatable countdown performance ever, so well done!
I'd say Kirk's recent max game or your grand final performance were just as (if not more so) unbeatable.
by Conor
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 6th 2013
Replies: 48
Views: 6672

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 6th 2

Thanks everyone! Mark was one of my earliest Countdown heroes and to be able to play him on screen was an absolute privilege. The scoreline didn't reflect his ability at all, but games can go like that if you get behind the 8-ball. The first numbers was one where I saw 100/(3+1) for the 25 and lucki...
by Conor
Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 5th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 13)
Replies: 17
Views: 1944

Re: Tuesday 5th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 13

POOVEIEST is a nine worth knowing. It's in, after all. I don't think that's in, in the same way that stuff like CAMPERYS are not in. Yeah, there's stuff in the beginning of the dictionary which tells you how to form plurals as well as verb tenses. Is there anything there for forming comparative and...
by Conor
Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 5th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 13)
Replies: 17
Views: 1944

Re: Tuesday 5th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 13

It's allowed. pouf is listed as an alternative to poof, and poofier and poofiest are specified. pouf inherits all derivatives of poof, and for a precedent: Episode 4106 , where tsar is the main heading, tzar and czar are alternatives and tsardom is the derivative. Hmmm, so interesting how it all tu...
by Conor
Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 5th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 13)
Replies: 17
Views: 1944

Re: Tuesday 5th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 13

Round 3: T I F P O U B S E C1: POSTIE (6) C2: PITEOUS (7) DC: OBTUSE (6) poufiest Score: 0–33 (max 33) 3 darrens on the spin for Jack, mainly because poufiest isn't in, despite what Susie says.............. :roll: :oops: It's allowed. pouf is listed as an alternative to poof, and poofier and poofie...
by Conor
Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013
Replies: 86
Views: 14451

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th

Oddly enough, at my last two interviews, the OCD 2001 was the source book still being used to check declarations for people applying to get on the show. MP Likewise at my auditions in 2004. It's just for convenience really - the selections are artificial so the auditioner will know which words are ...
by Conor
Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013
Replies: 86
Views: 14451

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th

Spousing was just really really unfortunate. Gutting, see how much it meant to you (though you need to leave some records for the rest of us). 'twas why I challenged POUFIEST/POUVIEST. Susie's call?! They're not even listed in the Official Countdown Dictionary 2001 edition. MP The OCD 2001 wasn't ev...
by Conor
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013
Replies: 86
Views: 14451

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th

szodiac wrote: round 3: Can I challenge POUFIEST declared by Susie?

MP
Yes, but you're penalized 5 points.
by Conor
Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday February 1st 2013
Replies: 62
Views: 7752

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday February 1st 2

How did they know it was a max game if they don't use computers? . . . would certainly be a question asked by some people. (That they miss the occasional thing themselves is a pretty good answer, of course.) AFAIK computers are used for 'checking' rather than spotting words. I seem to remember Kirk...
by Conor
Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday January 31st 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 5609

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday January 31st 20

I think the CoC final that you just missed out on also had 26 maxes, Conor. So, definitely joint best at least. 8-) 8-) I make it 25 - Paul had 14 to Mark's 11 (the last numbers wasn't possible, but his declaration could've been bettered). The two games went in a very similar manner right up to the...
by Conor
Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday January 31st 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 5609

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday January 31st 20

Stunning.

26/29 possible maxes - greatest ever joint performance (surely).
by Conor
Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 243
Views: 37312

Re: COUNTDOWN 30TH CHAMPIONSHIP

This maybe belongs in a viewing figures thread, or even in the coincidences one. I didn't tell anyone other than family that I was on last week. And in that week the only person who has mentioned seeing me is someone who was recording it every day because their husband knows Dave Hoskisson, but did...
by Conor
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday January 28th 2013 (Birthday R32 #7)
Replies: 33
Views: 4915

Re: Spoilers for Monday January 28th 2013 (Birthday R32 #7)

Yeah, great finish - even better as it took her over 20 seconds to solve each one so you hear the clock approaching a climax and you think you've won and then you haven't. Beautiful. Yep, very different to Jonathan's double conundrum steal but no less exciting. Christine spent a while looking befor...
by Conor
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday January 25th 2013
Replies: 38
Views: 6377

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Friday January 25th 2

You did very well to get back within 10, Adam, after that nightmare start. Almost nobody would've beaten Innis on the letters and an excellent conundrum spot too (10/10 difficulty).
by Conor
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5)
Replies: 31
Views: 3842

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5

Very well played Chris - you had me with both ECSTATIC and the conundrum. Was also great to see David on TV, a forumite and Countdown legend who was last on just a bit before my time.
by Conor
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday January 15th 2013
Replies: 23
Views: 2842

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday January 15th

Jackie would have won with the extra 30 points from the numbers. That was her downfall today. Indeed, and even just the 20 from the first two games which were, in my opinion, more routine. DIALYSE was there in the ladyfies round, a very unlucky try which until recently was allowable (it dropped out...
by Conor
Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday January 14th 2013
Replies: 24
Views: 2771

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday January 14th 2

Rhys Benjamin wrote:I am posting from my tablet so cannot check, but SPAGERIC in round nine?
No.

Edit: though, as seems appropriate, it's valid in Scrabble.
by Conor
Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday January 14th 2013
Replies: 24
Views: 2771

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday January 14th 2

FUMAROLIC as an alternative in rd 15.

Also sadly 'dumbass' isn't in. Exciting stuff guys, unlucky on some of the risks amid some excellent spots.
by Conor
Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday November 14th 2012 (Series 67 #72)
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday November 14th 2012 (Series 67 #72

Yikes. Thanks Heather, and congrats on today's strong win.
by Conor
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday November 14th 2012 (Series 67 #72)
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday November 14th 2012 (Series 67 #72

Did Susie say MUSLINED(^?) wasn't in? It certainly has been and is still listed as valid on apterous - could someone with the new dictionary confirm?
by Conor
Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous supreme championship
Replies: 24
Views: 3797

Re: Apterous supreme championship

It's a good idea, though I have a few recommendations. If it's to have the title Supreme Championship, then it should live up to it by at least trying to emulate the outreach we had in the first Supreme Championship whereby almost all series finalists returned. Admittedly, the standard of the game h...
by Conor
Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: James On The Chase.....A Possible 2nd Chance......
Replies: 19
Views: 2642

Re: James On The Chase.....A Possible 2nd Chance......

Good luck James. Really like this show - just submitted an application.
by Conor
Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How do you pronounce "Cineworld" and why?
Replies: 18
Views: 1337

Re: How do you pronounce "Cineworld" and why?

Sine-world.
by Conor
Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Missing People
Replies: 16
Views: 2876

Re: Missing People

Jon O'Neill wrote:Never mind them, whatever happened to Ian Gilmore?
Nigerians got him? Really did like his women looking like biscuits? I miss the man. :(
by Conor
Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What did you do with your extra hour?
Replies: 18
Views: 1179

Re: What did you do with your extra hour?

Realized I had an extra hour to sleep, so stayed up an hour later.
by Conor
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday October 1st 2010
Replies: 21
Views: 1606

Re: Spoilers For Friday October 1st 2010

Indeed, an example of how learning the meanings of words can help you play better (and look less of an idiot). Well no. Just learn what I did above and it's nothing to do with meanings. Necessary and sufficient, I think. Also, meanings are useful when determining whether a sensible plural exists fo...
by Conor
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 239087

Re: Feature requests

With all the throat-slashing over young, male, nerdy types stringing out obscurities with no idea of their meaning, I'm not sure the issue is with not knowing the meanings. I think it's just young male nerdy types who spend 60 hours a week practising Countdown who then go on TV and wipe the floor w...
by Conor
Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday September 27th 2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1076

Re: Spoilers For Monday September 27th 2010

TECHIE, rd 7.
by Conor
Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 239087

Re: Feature requests

With all the throat-slashing over young, male, nerdy types stringing out obscurities with no idea of their meaning, perhaps definitions could be incorporated into apterous. When you, your opponent and DC offer a word it could be clickable with a quick definition (pulled from dictionary.com or wherev...
by Conor
Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 239087

Re: Feature requests

Opened this thread hours ago, and only just got the Ray Parlour joke.
by Conor
Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: WORST ROUND EVAH
Replies: 10
Views: 1014

Re: WORST ROUND EVAH

Very similar selection to one in a game I ran by email where HUI was also the darren.
by Conor
Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Famous Countdowners...
Replies: 33
Views: 3138

Re: Famous Countdowners...

Jon O'Neill wrote: I met this guy last night who went to your school or college or something Conor, Nick Gardner, he seemed quite weirded out when I said we had a Countdown rivalry back in the day.
Don't know him, I think. Perhaps he would've been less weirded out if you'd said we'd slept together.
by Conor
Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday September 16th 2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3106

Re: Spoilers For Thursday September 16th 2010

ANORTHITE was fantastic. Knew it, but was nowhere near it. Great to see someone young tearing it up again - reminds me of that time Lewis Hamilton came second in the F1 drivers' championship in his rookie season!
by Conor
Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Gaelic Football Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 7060

Re: The C4C Gaelic Football Thread

Tipperary beat Kilkenny?! Go to a strange country for a couple of weeks and you lose all touch with reality. Fantastic. That's made my day.
by Conor
Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Gaelic Football Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 7060

Re: The C4C Gaelic Football Thread

It was disappointing people lamenting Kildare's loss rather than praising Down's win - Down were the better team, more skilful and fluent passing and looked very much in control until some missed chances and sloppy defending late on let Kildare back in. I'd like Down to win (everyone hates Cork, exc...
by Conor
Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Famous Countdowners...
Replies: 33
Views: 3138

Re: Famous Countdowners...

Charlie Reams wrote:Oh and let's not forget Jon O'Neill, who had a starring role in the autobiography of darts fatty Wayne Mardle (and by starring role, I mean one mention with his name misspelled).
Our Jon O'Neill? And Wayne Mardle's a healthy average by darts' standards.
by Conor
Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Famous Countdowners...
Replies: 33
Views: 3138

Re: Famous Countdowners...

Ah, Clarke Carlisle! Reminded me of Ayoola Erinle. David Elias (a series champion) wrote questions for the Krypton Factor and The Weakest Link.
by Conor
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Famous Countdowners...
Replies: 33
Views: 3138

Famous Countdowners...

...whose fame extends outside of the Countdown sphere (and for more interest, the game show sphere). I was casually reading a Wiki article when the name Ariane Sherine buzzed my memory to Chris Philpot's show, and it's the same one . CJ de Mooi is the other who comes to mind, and perhaps Jack Welsby...
by Conor
Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Work poo study
Replies: 86
Views: 6089

Re: Work poo study

By the way, I'm not sure if this was covered earlier, but with all the unwritten rules about using the urinal furthest from other people etc. why do people not always just piss in a cubicle as the first choice and then only use a urinal if they're taken? Because it may look like you're concerned ab...
by Conor
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Exam results
Replies: 151
Views: 10735

Re: Exam results

Matt Morrison wrote:If you're doing maths at uni, get used to it.
I joke of course - such is Oxbridge that maths is probably more likely to get you laid than studying something cool.
Mmh, 'fraid not. (Not speaking from experience.)
by Conor
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Exam results
Replies: 151
Views: 10735

Re: Exam results

At Cambridge, I failed in the Honours, but just did well enough to be granted a Pass degree :( Is there still a mandatory Classics entrance test? - I needed Latin as well as Maths (Pure & Applied) Physics and Chemistry. That was back in 1943 - I think my equivalent grades were D(or E - anything bet...
by Conor
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Exam results
Replies: 151
Views: 10735

Re: Exam results

Congrats Jimmy and Jack. I'm guessing you're doing maths having done STEP (unless you did them for fun), and Pembroke is a nice college.
by Conor
Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Max Game Moment: What Would You Do?
Replies: 48
Views: 2424

Re: Max Game Moment: What Would You Do?

Haha, I still don't understand this. The conundrum is the only round in the game that can be affected by your opponent (except their choice of numbers perhaps, like 6 small to fuck you up a bit). If I know they're going for the conundrum I'll buzz in instantly but sometimes I mess up like press SOU...
by Conor
Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoLei3 - Saturday 16 October 2010
Replies: 129
Views: 17768

Re: CoLei3 - Saturday 16 October 2010

Hmm, yeah, in. I'll Paypal the dosh when I can be bothered to replace my lost card.
by Conor
Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday December 18th 2009 Grand Final
Replies: 66
Views: 6729

Re: Spoilers For Friday December 18th 2009 Grand Final

Fantastic final (the only episode I've seen for months due to being at university) - out of interest, did you have SHOALED, Andrew? Not that it ultimately would've changed anything. To add to the "oh-so-nearly"s of round 13: only one letter away from HEADLOUSE. Which is actually two words. So not th...
by Conor
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tastes in comedy
Replies: 72
Views: 3920

Re: Tastes in comedy

I think the humour in The Office can usually be got by anyone who's experienced an awkward silence. It's still quality stuff.

I am unashamedly in love with both Stewart Lee and Dylan Moran.
by Conor
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Exam results
Replies: 151
Views: 10735

Re: Exam results

I'll make a quick reappearance: 3As in maths, further maths and physics and a capitulatory B in computing; plus a 1,1 in STEP. Enough to sneak into St. John's College, Cambridge.
by Conor
Sun May 17, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 78740

Re: Birthdays

Happy birthday Doddy! You're very old, though.
by Conor
Sat May 16, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Exam season!
Replies: 33
Views: 2261

Re: Exam season!

Oh, erm, hmm. A2s this year: some maths exams next week (FP2 and FP3, I think) and then computing, physics and the dreaded STEP in June.
by Conor
Wed May 13, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 13/05/2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Spoilers for 13/05/2009

LEUCINE was there for 7 in round 11, though I'd have been hesitant to risk it competitively. Impressive display by the champion -- he's especially solid on the letters.
by Conor
Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Lexplorer
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Lexplorer

Very neat. It's a testament to my immaturity (or suppressed urges, if you want to be mean) that my virgin Lexploring was "penis".