Search found 8733 matches

by Gavin Chipper
Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Resuming daily duels?
Replies: 12
Views: 899

Re: Resuming daily duels?

I don't know if you are after any suggestions Charlie, but I was thinking, would it not be possible to devise a scoring system where the points on offer depends on the number of players and where they come. For example, if there were 20 participants, first place would get 20 points and last place w...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Time for a puzzle
Replies: 14
Views: 1176

Re: Time for a puzzle

Gary Male wrote:You've got the twins the wrong way round, surely? Chas is the younger, so he can be born in August. Dave is older, he can be born in July. 1982 works for me.
I've just had a look at this, and I came up with the same answer as you.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 173720

Re: Known bugs

Gavin Chipper wrote:A couple of times in conundrums when my opponent has buzzed and got it wrong, some of the letters in it are replaced by dots which makes it rather difficult!
Does anyone else get this by the way?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 172992

Re: Feature requests

[any sensible person would choose to go second Given this, does tournament Countdown (not that I play it but if I ever became good I might) have to conform to what happens to be the current format on television? Couldn't a system be adopted with an even number of each type of round? I know this isn...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 172992

Re: Feature requests

Is there any need to say how many letters the other person has declared while you decide? I know it's more "realistic", but I think it's unnecessary and this game seems to be attempting to be more "objective" than television Countdown, and I see no reason to give each player this alternate advantage...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 173720

Re: Known bugs

A couple of times in conundrums when my opponent has buzzed and got it wrong, some of the letters in it are replaced by dots which makes it rather difficult!
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 172992

Re: Feature requests

An invisible mode for those to want to look around but not play anyone without looking like they're avoiding anyone?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 172992

Re: Feature requests

How about a minimum time between selecting each letter? I like to write them down!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 172992

Re: Feature requests

Fair enough if you want people to donate before they can play the robots, but it might be an idea to have an option to play completely on your own (against yourself so to speak) before committing any money. This is because it would be nice to try out the game before committing any money, but withou...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 172992

Re: Feature requests

IMHO priorities should be: sorting out the conundrums (making the scrambles into word-forms like on TV, and having some way of making tournament conundrums be of an appropriate difficulty level) and having a challenge feature for disallowed words. How are the conundrums currently done? Are they jus...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Obligatory poll
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Obligatory poll

We used to have one of these polls for every series but we haven't had one for a while, so here it is. For reference, there haven't been any so far. And, in deference to the Spoiler Police, I'm not voting. But your subcinscious mind may have influenced you to make this poll as some sort of bragging...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: CountMax errors
Replies: 727
Views: 44669

Re: CountMax errors

Kirk Bevins wrote:I never saw you as a pedant, Howard. I try and be helpful and at least twice on this thread I've had comments against the help.
I took the question as a genuine request for clarification.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Entering numbers solutions -- help needed!
Replies: 23
Views: 987

Re: Entering numbers solutions -- help needed!

I don't know what I'm doing, but when I was entering my solution I think the time ran out (10 seconds isn't enough time Jono!) and a separate box came up which threw me completely.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 172992

Re: Feature requests

Fair enough if you want people to donate before they can play the robots, but it might be an idea to have an option to play completely on your own (against yourself so to speak) before committing any money. This is because it would be nice to try out the game before committing any money, but without...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The funnest topic ever
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: The funnest topic ever

I think the ODE did a fair job this time. It clearly states that FUNNEST isnt acceptable in standard English. There are many terms in the dictionary that would not be used in standard English. It's not about whether they are used in standard English, but whether they are used enough to be in the di...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The funnest topic ever
Replies: 34
Views: 1358

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, 10th September

Jon O'Neill wrote:Image
If you take this literally, it doesn't actually explicitly say that all one syllable adjectives can have _ER or _EST added unless otherwise specified. It can be interpreted as saying that where you can, it is regarded as regular and not listed.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: I'm back...
Replies: 35
Views: 1413

Re: I'm back...

I meant the game of Countdown, but no doubt the Over-Analysis Police (led by Chief Inspector Gevin) will be on the scene any second. You've given tons away, namely that you win your first game with a solid enough 98, but slip to 83 in your second game but still win anyway and then lose your third g...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 7s that are never the maximum
Replies: 18
Views: 818

Re: 7s that are never the maximum

Martin Gardner wrote:As Gevin points out you might see one and not the other, this is true, but it doesn't invalidate my point.
Yes, but your point about never needing to play MAINEST seemed to precede the general discussion about words that never need be declared in theory.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Corbys
Replies: 18
Views: 993

Re: The Corbys

Jason Larsen wrote:That's good to hear, Chris.
Most families have more than one Jon, so you were lucky to get an answer having provided so little information.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: After Carol
Replies: 21
Views: 1642

Re: After Carol

Damian E wrote:They definitely won't be as good as yours Gavin. Even if they were, they wouldn't.
And even if they would, they weren't.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: CountMax errors
Replies: 727
Views: 44669

Re: CountMax errors

We had an interesting debate on one syllable adjectives when a player had RIGHTEST disallowed and was later invited back to the show as a challenger again, but still lost (I think). I remember that. I like to think that it was because of us that he got another go. Another one that's allowed in Scra...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 1st September
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Re: Spoilers for Monday 1st September

Ross Allatt wrote:Got the numbers but after time:

((75 + 10) * 8) - (100/50)
I got that one in the time, but messed up the second one. Was anyone else shocked by the challenger's failure to get the final numbers? Yeah yeah I know studio pressure etc. but this was still an impressive miss!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name my kittens competition!!!!!1 (pupdated!)
Replies: 84
Views: 2843

Re: Name my kittens competition!!!!!1

Jon O'Neill wrote:I'm sorry, but there were no good suggestions.

We've gone for Penny and Pippa. Lovely.
If that's what fits the template of "good" no wonder we didn't stand a chance!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Conor Travers
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: Conor Travers

He reappeared for three posts in June having been gone for about two months, so I wouldn't be too worried as this provides proof that he is the sort of person that would disappear without being dead.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: After Carol
Replies: 21
Views: 1642

Re: After Carol

Julie T wrote:I love Jo Brand's jokey made-up words. 8-)
But they're no better than anything that you could come up with at home.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Cifras y Letras, suite
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: Cifras y Letras, suite

What's with the word "suite" or am I being stupid?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Des chiffres et des lettres, suite
Replies: 22
Views: 963

Re: Des chiffres et des lettres, suite

What's with the word "suite" or am I being stupid?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: After Carol
Replies: 21
Views: 1642

Re: After Carol

Damian E wrote:Edit to add............. i take your points on board. But not right now eh?
What about now?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 27th August
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 27th August

More interestingly, has anyone noticed that Wiltshire Farm Foods appear to have hired a witch for their latest advert? Her yellowed teeth and pointy features all suggest some underlying malice, but any doubt is dispelled by the shot of her pouring hot gravy onto a Yorkshire pudding while cackling w...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: No Countdown next week :(
Replies: 74
Views: 3370

Re: No Countdown next week :(

I also find it annoying that "one's" requires an apostrophe even when it's functioning as a pronoun, e.g. "to put all one's eggs in one basket". I've heard someone else say that before. I don't find it annoying though. It's just an indication that it is not a "proper" pronoun on the standard list i...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: After Carol
Replies: 21
Views: 1642

Re: After Carol

I tend to agree with your thoughts David. Susie certainly seems to get help, like when she suddenly gets a word quite late on when she isn't even looking.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Arithmetic
Replies: 27
Views: 1025

Re: Arithmetic

If you say anything like, 3 over 4, you probably don't get any points. Do you? You won't. Obviously if someone says something like "200 * 3 / 4 = 150" then Carol would grill them about whether the 3/4 was in brackets or whether they meant 600/4, but I think the case would ultimately be judged on ho...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Corral fudged?
Replies: 24
Views: 1140

Re: Countdown Corral fudged?

It's not a stupid question, but I think you (and most people) don't realise how much it costs me to keep the site up - currently around £160 p/a, and rising with each new domain name that I use. My subscription has come up for renewal and I can't afford that right now, so I decided it was time to r...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Arithmetic
Replies: 27
Views: 1025

Re: Arithmetic

Ben Wilson wrote:
Jason Larsen wrote:Would someone please give me an example of division resulting in a fraction?
3/4=3/4.
Brilliant.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Arithmetic
Replies: 27
Views: 1025

Re: Arithmetic

Damian E wrote:Negative numbers and fractions are not allowed.

Somebody once tried to be different by dividing 10 by 4 to make 2.5, but it was swiftly disallowed.
One wonders why he would do this if it's made clear in the rules.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Corral fudged?
Replies: 24
Views: 1140

Re: Countdown Corral fudged?

I was planning a slightly more organised announcement than this, but oh well. Both sooreams.com and the Countdown Corral are going away for a bit, with a view to a redesign and relaunch, hopefully in September. As a stopgap measure, I'm hosting a rather unsightly version of CountGen on apterous.org...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: No Countdown next week :(
Replies: 74
Views: 3370

Re: No Countdown next week :(

Joseph Bolas wrote:Now that Countdown is back on, shouldn't this topic really be locked?
Why bother?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday, 25th August
Replies: 22
Views: 1031

Re: Spoilers for Monday, 25th August

Wasn't the last numbers game a shambles? Carol has an unfortunate habit of not bothering to listen to the contestant once she thinks she knows what they're going to say. It seemed to dawn on her that something wasn't quite right, but as the solution was pretty obvious she made a big point of saying...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday, 25th August
Replies: 22
Views: 1031

Re: Spoilers for Monday, 25th August

Dinos Sfyris wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:(mine was similarly complicated, going for ((50-1)*5)+100-(75/25)).
I went that way too. Just seemed to leap out at me.
And me.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: No Countdown next week :(
Replies: 74
Views: 3370

Re: No Countdown next week :(

Jason Larsen wrote:Talk about great timing! The first new episode of Countdown in a month airs tomorrow, as will Deal or No Deal start its fourth season!

That's wonderful!
But Deal or No Deal is rubbish.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: No Countdown next week :(
Replies: 74
Views: 3370

Re: No Countdown next week :(

Was there a reason for the repeats rather than new Countdowns by the way? If so, I missed what is was.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Today's Countdown News... see link
Replies: 224
Views: 9756

Re: Today's Countdown News... see link

Martin Gardner wrote:It is an end of an era, but on the other hand Countdown's been lucky to have kept both of its presenters for 20 years and Carol for 6 years longer.
Richard died in 2005 so wouldn't that be both for 23 and Carol for 3 years longer?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: If I were to Americanize British game shows
Replies: 64
Views: 2598

Re: If I were to Americanize British game shows

Jon Corby wrote:I do though, I do quizzes, we constantly play the quiz machine in the pub etc etc, it's exactly the kind of thing I (and people I've asked) should have known. It's really bizarre.
Don't worry about it - this was your one missing fact and now you know everything.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Arithmetician Search Begins
Replies: 58
Views: 2965

Re: Arithmetician Search Begins

David O'Donnell wrote:Isn't zany like CrazyLite? I mean they don't lock you away for being zany though they definitely should.
But you have to be the sort of person that uses words like "zany" to get on.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Arithmetician Search Begins
Replies: 58
Views: 2965

Re: Arithmetician Search Begins

Right, I've just emailed my application back. I cobbled it together from my past failed applications for Big Brother and X-Factor, so if you could ignore the bits about being "the next Mariah Carey" and "totally crazy but if I've got an issue with someone then I'll just tell them straight out to th...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kevin Bishop Show - CH4
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: Kevin Bishop Show - CH4

Joseph Bolas wrote:I can't remember if it was last Friday, but there was a skit of a children's game, that was based on the events of 9/11, which I honestly thought was crossing a line.
I enjoyed that sketch. Sorry.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Arithmetician Search Begins
Replies: 58
Views: 2965

Re: Arithmetician Search Begins

Maybe I'm being stupid, but how can you sign the form if you're going to e-mail it back to them?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Asperger Syndrome
Replies: 81
Views: 9567

Re: Asperger Syndrome

Julie T wrote:which is a whole different kettle of fish.
You've lost me there. Care to decode? :mrgreen:
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: FAO Charlie Reams
Replies: 16
Views: 1067

Re: FAO Charlie Reams

David O'Donnell wrote:You are not the "you" so why should you?
Who is the "you"? I took it to mean "you" plural, but since you know differently, it must be you! What a detective I am.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name my kittens competition!!!!!1 (pupdated!)
Replies: 84
Views: 2843

Re: Name my kittens competition!!!!!1

You could split the complex number between them. One of them could be 5 and the other 12i (thought I'd make a different one), but when you call them for their tea you shout "5 plus 12i!"
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kevin Bishop Show - CH4
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: Kevin Bishop Show - CH4

Sorry to have recommended it folks. The 10 secs I saw in advance looked promising, the rest of the clip (about another 20secs) was shite. It was on early in the programme, I don't know if it returned later because I abandoned the show after 10 minutes :| I've watched the first few shows of this and...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Asperger Syndrome
Replies: 81
Views: 9567

Re: Asperger Syndrome

Though, who knows (probably a doctor), the only people I have met, with Asperger's, have had a fairly serious version of the disorder - more like Jeffrey - and have needed round the clock care. I would have thought those with autism may need round the clock care, but Asperger's is a milder form whe...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Today's Countdown News... see link
Replies: 224
Views: 9756

Re: Today's Countdown News... see link

Charlie Reams wrote:My first thought was "my my, he's a bit young." Then I realised it was Bradley Walsh and not Bradley Cates.
My first thought when I read that was "Who the fuck are Bradleys Walsh and Cates?!" Then I realised nothing and thought the same again.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Asperger Syndrome
Replies: 81
Views: 9567

Re: Asperger Syndrome

David O'Donnell wrote:There are quite a few people with Asperger's on this site - rather more than you'd think!
Is this based on your own diagnoses or other from the horses' mouths?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: CountMax errors
Replies: 727
Views: 44669

Re: CountMax errors

PRONER and PRONEST should be in. Yes - the Coundown rules do make for some odd-sounding allowable words :) If an adjective is a single syllable, then the '..ER' comparative and '..EST' superlative are allowed, even if they're not specified in the dictionary. Hence, e.g. BADDER and BADDEST and GOODE...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: c4countdown Podcast II
Replies: 19
Views: 1200

Re: c4countdown Podcast II

When who was discussing what ,Gavin? And who said universities? Weird how you can't remember such seemingly important stuff like this, yet you're so anally retentive over the minutae that everyone else doesnt give a flying fiddlestick about. Are you losing it? In the Podcast. What are you on about?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name my kittens competition!!!!!1 (pupdated!)
Replies: 84
Views: 2843

Re: Name my kittens competition!!!!!1

Chubb and Yale.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: c4countdown Podcast II
Replies: 19
Views: 1200

Re: c4countdown Podcast II

Is it really necessary to get a maths graduate to do the countdown numbers, surely a week of intensive training would make anybody good at the numbers, as opposed to shit loads of complicated maths. I don't know if anyone could do it, but a maths degree would be irrelevant. When they were discussin...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Chiefs plan 'reality show'
Replies: 16
Views: 1029

Re: Countdown Chiefs plan 'reality show'

So I imagine they'll be auditioning up and down the country. The hopefuls will go in front of the three judges and have to solve a numbers game. They will show the really dreadful ones (like not being able to make 200 when there is a 100 and a 2) as well as one or two that have a sob story to make u...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: CountMax errors
Replies: 727
Views: 44669

Re: CountMax errors

Howard Somerset wrote: Both.
My old NODE has it as noun and verb as well. In contrast GAOL is only listed as a noun so if this is the same in the current dictionary presumably you couldn't have GAOLED, GAOLING etc.