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by Joseph Bolas
Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Lowest sum of primes
Replies: 26
Views: 2807

Re: Lowest sum of primes

Aye and you can't have a 30X either as this uses up an odd outside the units column, and I couldn't find any solutions involving 2 such 40X primes so you extend to 40X and 50X where such a solution exists. As you pointed out, the remaining primes are 2, 5 and 6 two-digit numbers. I don't have my so...
by Joseph Bolas
Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite song at the moment
Replies: 69
Views: 4185

Re: Favourite song at the moment

Ben Hunter wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:I can't get the songs now out of my head.
I recognise those words but that sentence doesn't make sense.
It does make sense (well to me it does :lol:). I was saying that there were a few songs (from Grease) that I couldn't get out of my head.
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Carol on The Apprentice
Replies: 12
Views: 1472

Re: Carol on The Apprentice

Derek Hazell wrote:Amazingly she wasn't the loudest celebrity on last night's show though - that honour went to Argumental's Rufus Hound, who shouted so loud it even drowned out her guffawing.
Rufus is always loud though. He was loud on Vorderman's Big Brain Game.
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1930
Views: 275138

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Derek Hazell wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:Welcome to the forum Derek.
Thank you Joseph
You're welcome Derek :)
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: I won my second game!
Replies: 9
Views: 807

Re: I won my second game!

Well done Jason.
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Wordplay on FIVE
Replies: 26
Views: 3341

Re: Wordplay on FIVE

I've been watching this show since Tuesday and it seems a simple game to pick up. I have sent off an application form, so will keep my fingers crossed :).
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1930
Views: 275138

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Welcome to the forum Derek.
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Countdown Scattergories 7
Replies: 36
Views: 3289

Re: Countdown Scattergories 7

Just a note that the 8th games of Countdown Scattergories will be posted on Monday :)
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Apprentice - Series 5
Replies: 49
Views: 5252

Re: The Apprentice - Series 5

I can't like this programme. I'm sad enough to watch Big Brother but at least that is not trying to be anything more than it is - a reality show where the winner is simply the one the public votes for. It begins and ends there. But this is pretending to be some sort of respectable programme by gett...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on DVD?
Replies: 13
Views: 1497

Re: Countdown on DVD?

It would be very nice to watch the old episodes, so obviously the answer would be yes. I don't ever see it happening though :(.
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite song at the moment
Replies: 69
Views: 4185

Re: Favourite song at the moment

I watched the final of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on Saturday and Ant's team in the Team Challenge thingy, sung songs from Grease and I can't get the songs now out of my head.
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Apprentice - Series 5
Replies: 49
Views: 5252

Re: The Apprentice - Series 5

Thanks for the link Joseph. Also compulsive viewing in the Harmer household. I don't think the best of last lot of contestants were as bright as their predecessors on previous series' so I hope there are a few bright sparks amongst the new intake. That Michael Sophocles (sp?) from the last series w...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Dancing on Ice final
Replies: 16
Views: 1939

Re: Dancing on Ice final

The best moment of the series had to be when Todd Carty skated off the rink to the "Help" routine :lol: Personally, I was impressed with Daniel's willpower in resisting copping a feel here. Roxy even looks anxious about it. http://www.cr3static.com/data/gif/roxyicespin.gif Phwoar. Oh, http://i43.ti...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Number-names
Replies: 29
Views: 2976

Re: Number-names

For those of you who may be annoyed by that, I hear that the US system does not use the word "and" when writing it out, so two of the answers change. Feel free to find the alternative answers :) Oh, its the Americans who don't use AND then :oops:. The alternative answer then should still be what I ...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Dancing on Ice final
Replies: 16
Views: 1939

Re: Dancing on Ice final

The best moment of the series had to be when Todd Carty skated off the rink to the "Help" routine :lol:
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Number-names
Replies: 29
Views: 2976

Re: Number-names

Not sure if we are meant to PM these but I know the following three of the top of my head: Well, your answer to number two is wrong for a start. I thought that was right, going by the following logic: The first word that comes across an 'A' is AND for ONE HUNDRED AND ONE, but the word AND ain't a n...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Lowest sum of primes
Replies: 26
Views: 2807

Re: Lowest sum of primes

I haven't put any effort into this, but can tell its a cool puzzle and look forward to the solution (which I hope you know, as it will otherwise be difficult to verify!) It can be verified. And I have certainly verified it without any artificial computing aid. It's the one that Joseph has now come ...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Number-names
Replies: 29
Views: 2976

Re: Number-names

1) Biggest number that doesn't have an "n"? 2) Smallest number that does have an "a"? 3) Biggest number with no letters repeated? 4) Smallest number with every letter repeated? 5) Only number with same value as its number of letters? 6) Only number that spells out its value in scrabble? 7) Biggest ...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Lowest sum of primes
Replies: 26
Views: 2807

Re: Lowest sum of primes

I like the 477 idea, and agree that it's possible (and the best) if you allow a decimal point to be included. I may even suggest that possibility to New Scientist to see their response. I've worked out Ben's 477, but without using the 0's as decimal points, I can go down from 1,377 to 1,287: 503 + ...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Apprentice - Series 5
Replies: 49
Views: 5252

The Apprentice - Series 5

Series 5 of The Apprentice starts on Wednesday and the candidates have been revealed (incase people haven't seem them yet). In their first boardroom meeting, Sir Alan leaves the fresh-faced candidates under no illusions about how tough the next 12 weeks will be, with a no-holds-barred introduction t...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Frequency
Replies: 14
Views: 1388

Re: Letter Frequency

Going by the notes you gave me Mike, would this table be correct then?

I know there was a 1987 game with 100 letters, but not sure of the frequencies.
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Chris Moyles Quiz Night
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Chris Moyles Quiz Night

Just watching CMQN on Channel 4 +1 and it's a quiz show where celebrities are asked questions about the weeks event (by other celebrities) and one of the questions was set by Jeff Stelling. The answer to the question was two words and 9-letters long, and they did the answer as a conundrum :D, also y...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Complete the Phrase
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: Complete the Phrase

... where you have to ask for an 'E' or a 'P'...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Complete the Phrase
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: Complete the Phrase

Eoin Monaghan wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:
Eoin Monaghan wrote:... called bob ...
bob the builder?
ok
It was the first name that came up in Google :lol:
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Complete the Phrase
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: Complete the Phrase

Eoin Monaghan wrote:... called bob ...
bob the builder?
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Ditloids
Replies: 15
Views: 1483

Re: Ditloids

You could a competition where instead of guessing a quote already said, you could take an usual Countdown word and see who can come up with the best sentence for the acronym :D like in the game Acrophobia.
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Palindrome Song
Replies: 6
Views: 1056

Re: Palindrome Song

Dan Vanniasingham wrote:I've never come across this before, and there doesn't appear to be a thread on palindromes already - so here's a link to a Weird Al Yankovich song I never knew existed. Considering it's called "Bob" I dunno how it slipped me by. I enjoyed it, and I'm sure some of you will too.

Bob
Nice find Dan.
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Teapots
Replies: 38
Views: 2693

Re: Teapots

Mother was thrilled with the Teapot and it is now displayed on the middle shelf of her small welsh dresser as I suspected some of my hard won ceramic ware has been relocated to make way. It resides between two of those small cottage type ornaments and a couple of pewter tankards. ps Have entered th...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Egg or Chicken
Replies: 27
Views: 2281

Re: Egg or Chicken

No matter which came first, both are lovely to eat :P, but I will say eggs.
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Frequency
Replies: 14
Views: 1388

Re: Letter Frequency

I wouldn't hang too much on whatever was written in Spreading The Word, we made most of it up, if not all of it, purely for the money you understand. :lol: There was also a Countdown Dictionary published in 2001, which too included a letter frequency, which matched the frequency in Spreading The Wo...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Lowest sum of primes
Replies: 26
Views: 2807

Re: Lowest sum of primes

Shit, I can't even find a combination that works. I figured that to use the zeroes the best thing would be to go for two from 101, 103, 107 and 109, then work down from there. But then there's all the other even numbers to get rid of and I keep running out of odd numbers :? The odd/even thing is us...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Frequency
Replies: 14
Views: 1388

Re: Letter Frequency

As for the frequencies used in the nine-letter games, Joseph, I think there've been a few variations over the years. Were you thinking of one from a particular era? Thank you for the email you sent with the history of the letter frequencies Mike. Going by Spreading The Word, which was first publish...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1930
Views: 275138

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Welcome to the forum Tracey.
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1930
Views: 275138

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Welcome to the forum Davy and Kieran.
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 78750

Re: Birthdays

Happy Belated Birthday to Peter.

And Happy Birthday to Ben and David :)
by Joseph Bolas
Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 20 March 2009 (Series 60 Prelim 31)
Replies: 0
Views: 639

Friday 20 March 2009 (Series 60 Prelim 31)

Countdown recap for Friday 20 March 2009. C1: Champion Stephen Porritt (2 wins, 173 points.) C2: Challenger Tony Robinson. DC: Susie Dent and Brian Capron. RR: Rachel Riley. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: C F S N E O E R P R02: T B M O E A R J O R03: S D G L A E A R U R04: N N T A E I P T S R05:...
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Frequency
Replies: 14
Views: 1388

Re: Letter Frequency

Is it possible to find out/work out, what the letter frequency was when Countdown was the 9-round format?
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrations
Replies: 134
Views: 8473

Re: Celebrations

Neil Zussman wrote:I imagine it would be a bit surprising if Mr. Mochrie registered on here.
Incidentally, do you have one of those 'word a day' calendars? I'm sure my friend told me yesterday's word was 'elucidate'.
ELUCIDATE is the word of the day, today, going by Dictionary.com at least :)
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1930
Views: 275138

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Whether they decide to post or not, welcome to the forum Louise and Gill.
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A Question of Genius
Replies: 43
Views: 4839

Re: A Question of Genius

Paul Howe wrote:I've only seen the pilot but wouldn't they need 3? 2 to replace the first round losers and 1 to replace the winner.
I think they get to play again for the rest of the week. I think its every week, that they start with 8 new contestants.
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Classic posts
Replies: 152
Views: 18356

Re: Post of the week nominations (15/03 to 22/03)

Had this thread existed all those months ago, I would have proposed this , and this , with one post in advance for context. Let's not forget the classic - http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=4723#p4723 That's a good one that. How about this one as well - http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewto...
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A Question of Genius
Replies: 43
Views: 4839

Re: A Question of Genius

Don't know if it's been mentioned already but this new quiz started today on BBC2. Countdown great Chris Wills was one of the contestants, if you missed it, see how he got on here at the iplayer site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00jdqrk/b00jdqqz/A_Question_of_Genius_Episode_1/ Very well d...
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 78750

Re: Birthdays

Happy Belated Birthdays to Ian Dent and Chris Corby and Jeff Stelling.
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Trick questions
Replies: 42
Views: 3756

Re: Trick questions

4. Correct, the City of London. Technically it is a city in its own right. Permanent population about 8,000, only a square mile in area. So, smaller than Wells. Whether it should really be considered a city is debatable. If I am not mistaken, this question was actually asked on QI, during the 'E' s...
by Joseph Bolas
Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Cryptic Somethingites
Replies: 13
Views: 2044

Re: Cryptic Somethingites

I can't believe that I didn't get the X-Factor, the Krypton Facton and 19 Keys (that was a brilliant game show, pity it was on Channel 5). Well done Gary for an awesome quiz and well done to Daniel for winning.

Did anyone get lower than 4 points?
by Joseph Bolas
Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:37 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: An excellent YouTube clip
Replies: 47
Views: 3502

Re: An excellent YouTube clip

Kirk Bevins wrote:Finally, a show involving Conor has been uploaded to Youtube. Clip 1 of 4 starts here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kssZVYbfg0U
Nice find, Kirk.
by Joseph Bolas
Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Teapots
Replies: 38
Views: 2693

Re: Teapots

Les Butterworth wrote:Just to let all know having now recovered from a hectic Blues Festival holiday I have recieved the Teapot in perfect condition and it is secreted away till Mother's Day.
That's good to hear. It should be a great gift for your mum.
by Joseph Bolas
Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 78750

Re: Birthdays

Happy Birthday Jon O'Neill
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Teapots
Replies: 38
Views: 2693

Re: Teapots

I noticed that the polo shirt is gone, which will make me wear mine with more pride. Usually I only wear it at Scrabble clubs and tournaments, although I'm sure one day I'll have the ultimate geek fashion faux pas of not being the only person wearing one. I actually tried to sell my polo shirt on e...
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Carol on The Apprentice
Replies: 12
Views: 1472

Re: Carol on The Apprentice

I was pleased to see Carol on our screens too. :D And I loved that she did some quick sums on a couple of occassions too while the others tried to add up. :lol: More tomorrow night I think... It was nice to see Carol again on TV and that Stick Stuck idea was brilliant :D I do hope there is more on ...
by Joseph Bolas
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Save Our Studios
Replies: 53
Views: 3833

Re: Save Our Studios

Kai Laddiman wrote:*bump*
*bump 2*

I signed this earlier on today, but only just logged in now.
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 78750

Re: Birthdays

Happy Birthday Jon Corby.
by Joseph Bolas
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Cryptic Somethingites
Replies: 13
Views: 2044

Re: Cryptic Somethingites

Until then feel free to post openly with answers/speculation/abuse that the clues don't make any sense. #5 was 4 SQUARE (16 square root of 256 and 4 square root of 16) and for #6 I said PYRAMID (as the numbers were triangle numbers), which you accepted, but this is not what you originally had. For ...
by Joseph Bolas
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1930
Views: 275138

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Andrea Jones wrote:OMG! I'm so sorry! Is there any way I can change the post?

And thank you for the welcome, Jason!
Yes. If you look at the top right corner of the individual post, there is an "edit" button :D.

Welcome to the forum Andrea :).
by Joseph Bolas
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Cryptic Somethingites
Replies: 13
Views: 2044

Re: Cryptic Somethingites

I only attemped 3 of these questions so I am very curious as to find out what the other answers are :D
by Joseph Bolas
Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 10/03/2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 10/03/2009

Did any horses with names that are valid Countdown words win? The 2nd race was won by Forpadydeplasterer . 18 letters and the last 9 are a valid word :D 18 is the maximum length allowed for a racehorse's name. If 18 letters is the maximum, then there might've been a horses name in the past that was...
by Joseph Bolas
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 172
Views: 8279

Re: Obscenity democracy

Rosemary Roberts wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:If you type in Jo-Bo (without the hyphen) it changes to Joseph. I'm not quite sure how this is done
And I'm not sure why it is done. Are you a swear word?
:lol, I don't think it is.
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1930
Views: 275138

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

How goes it folks. My names obviously Andy and i'm in Cork, Ireland, doing a diploma in music, management and sound. I'm 29 and i started watching countdown with my grandad when i was a kid. About 18 months i moved into a place that had a telly after not having one for ages and i gradually got suck...
by Joseph Bolas
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 172
Views: 8279

Re: Obscenity democracy

If you type in Jo-Bo (without the hyphen) it changes to Joseph. I'm not quite sure how this is done, but couldn't this same technique be used on the swear words? So, for example, it changes "cunt" to "Joseph"? :lol: I should've reworded that. What I meant was that couldn't the method that was used ...