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by Gavin Chipper
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Series 33 on the Countdown Wiki
Replies: 7
Views: 719

Re: Series 33 on the Countdown Wiki

The entrants comprised 26 series champions, three Championship of Champions winners who were not regular series champions and 25 other finalists from the first 32 series. The six champions of the first 32 series not to compete in the Supreme Championship were Andrew Guy, Nic Brown, Rajaretnam Yogas...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Series 33 on the Countdown Wiki
Replies: 7
Views: 719

Re: Series 33 on the Countdown Wiki

Nice work, well done! Oh yeah, that too. I was under the impression that Tim Morrissey had scored the maximum total with his 73 and Allan Saldanha in the game against Joyce Cansfield, but apparently not. Presumably all the words have been checked against whatever dictionary was used at the time (wh...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Luck in Scrabble
Replies: 49
Views: 2643

Re: Luck in Scrabble

Anyway yea I've always been against best of 5 finals in Scrabble. As I've said before I would much rather the player's record from the main part of the competition was carried over to the best of 5 bit. There's enough luck in Scrabble as it is without exaggerating it via a shoddy, amateurish format...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Series 33 on the Countdown Wiki
Replies: 7
Views: 719

Re: Series 33 on the Countdown Wiki

What do the asterisks mean next to some of the other available words? Isn't the point of an asterisk that you get told? Or am I being blind?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Luck in Scrabble
Replies: 49
Views: 2643

Re: Luck in Scrabble

Ginger Jono wrote:
dinos_the_chemist wrote:
Martin Gardner wrote:My favourite beef about film premiere is that it's a masculin noun in French and therefore should be film premier!

Martin
I'm confused as to how you pronounce it. Is it pruh-mear or prem-yair?
I think American is pruh-mear and British is prem-yair. Could be wrong.
What about "Prem-ee-air"?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th March
Replies: 18
Views: 881

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th March

Joe Denniss wrote:It all goes to pot soon though!
Don't tell us that! Or do you just mean about enjoying yourself?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing
Replies: 12
Views: 971

Re: Kingdom of Loathing

It is one of those weird things like the TV show Lost, Mozilla Firefox and Sudoku, that, despite being pretty crap, people seem to get really obsessed with. I don't trust such things and would advise staying well away from them. How can you not like Sudoku? If you don't like the original Sudoku, th...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Luck in Scrabble
Replies: 49
Views: 2643

Re: Luck in Scrabble

Corby wrote:Anyway, I think it's pertinent in your analysis Martin to record whether the first or second player wins, I can't believe you ignored that. Go back and start again :D
Exactly - you might find your "random chance variable" is greatly reduced if you take this into account.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "...and a better one..."
Replies: 89
Views: 4841

Re: "...and a better one..."

I think it would be good to ask for three from one of the rows that isn't the top and then three from any other row of your choice. So Carol has to choose between three large or no large. Or two from a non-top row and four from any other one row.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "...and a better one..."
Replies: 89
Views: 4841

Re: "...and a better one..."

Carol should also be horsewhipped for being pleased when the numbers game is piss-easy. She groans if the target is 101 and there is a 100 and a 1, but other than that she seems to prefer the easy games.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday, 7th March
Replies: 7
Views: 852

Re: Spoilers for Friday, 7th March

I was disappointed that he didn't become an Octochamp. With the scores he was getting in the games I saw, he must have been on for some sort of record.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "...and a better one..."
Replies: 89
Views: 4841

Re: "...and a better one..."

After hearing it said for so many years I believe any contestant who - after being offered an `X` or a `Z` - says "And a better one please Carol", should be severely punished. Perhaps taken outside and horse-whipped, or automatically eliminated. Or both. Just to show how reasonable I am - I also fi...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Two points about number games
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Two points about number games

I was round someone else's house the other day and they complained about Carol's head. Back of the net.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd March
Replies: 9
Views: 1079

Re: Spoilers for Monday 3rd March

I had this on while doing something else and didn't write anything down and didn't play properly. But I thought I might have seen DIASPORAS in one of the rounds. Was it?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: John Inverdale
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: John Inverdale

It would be nice to see Jo Brand back on soon or another Countdown virgin. Any preferences anyone? I have to say that I'm not a big fan of Jo Brand. It seems she tries to come across as a bit "Richard Digance" with her ridiculous suggestions for words, but only succeeds in being (even) less funny t...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Number Sequence
Replies: 20
Views: 814

Re: Number Sequence

What about 3π? :mrgreen:

(Sorry)
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Number Sequence
Replies: 20
Views: 814

Re: Number Sequence

Looks like we're all struggling with this.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My boredom will be cured
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: My boredom will be cured

This is the off-topic forum though. How are we to decide when a topic is valid? I think a poster say he isn't going to be around as much is reasonable enough.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1086

Re: Susie is great

I quite liked Richard Samson. Susie's alright but I've never seen why people think she's so much better than everyone else.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Who will recap today? 18/02/08
Replies: 23
Views: 977

Re: Who will recap today? 18/02/08

If he doesn't, the slot's yours. So you are the all-powerful God round here - not just the chap who happens to administer the forum. :mrgreen: (Just an observation) I've really enjoyed your recent posts, Gevin, I don't know why you feel the need to revert to such pointless digs. People often ask me...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Who will recap today? 18/02/08
Replies: 23
Views: 977

Re: Who will recap today? 18/02/08

Charlie Reams wrote:If he doesn't, the slot's yours.
So you are the all-powerful God round here - not just the chap who happens to administer the forum. :mrgreen:

(Just an observation)
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Celebrity Countdown?
Replies: 26
Views: 1600

Re: Celebrity Countdown?

Is it just me that's having difficulty following this thread?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

You've posed two different questions here. 1. What is the probability of a random individual being in the bottom 6 of 11 individuals ranked in order of height? 2. What is the probability of a random individual being in the bottom 6 of 11 individuals ranked in order of height, given that 4 of the to...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Event names
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Re: "What is COLIN?" and other questions

Gevin-Gavin wrote:Is there a grand slam of these CO events? If so, has anyone held all of them at one time?

What would a CO event at Norwich be called?
And as well as having a tournament named after Mr. Travers, what would a tournament in London be called? :mrgreen:
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

But anyway, evidence from a computer program should count for less than mathematical reasoning (or proof). And I think that it is quite clear that this situation is identical to asking if eleven people are picked at random, what is the probability that a random person from this eleven (this being th...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

Gevin-Gavin wrote:I will give it a go myself.
Actually no, my graphical calculator's way too slow to get anywhere.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Event names
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Event names

Is there a grand slam of these CO events? If so, has anyone held all of them at one time?

What would a CO event at Norwich be called?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: okey-dokey count
Replies: 37
Views: 2112

Re: okey-dokey count

This seems to have gone a bit bad. How about everyone kisses and makes up? I actually read Corby's post as a joke. I've seen enough to know when people really dislike you. :mrgreen:
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

If your program doesn't model the situation correctly then it will converge to something that has no relevance to the problem. If the program is made as I described it, then it is exactly as I intended the problem to be. If there is any disagreement about whether the program as I described it model...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

You will if you make the same incorrect assumption about uniformity you've been making all along. David is correct. What incorrect assumption about uniformity? Try it then. Edit - also if you look at it from this perspective - i.e. do it as this computer program, you can forget about all accusation...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 4164

Re: Can you swim?

What's CP?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

The point of my quoting "What would your answer be if all nine were taller than him" was that my next line was in fact answering that question, ie. 9/9 on the available evidence. I wasn't answering the original question with 9/9. OK then. The big problem in your solution is that you are basically d...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

Corby wrote:
Gevin-Gavin wrote:And then we ask, what is the probability of them being the 2nd tallest? Obviously 2/11.
1/11? ;)
You know what I mean!
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: [2003 March 20] Thursday - one of Julian Fell's favourites
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: [2003 March 20] Thursday - one of Julian Fell's favourites

Thanks for drawing attention to this game Charlie, you are a legend, as is Beth Sutton. May I also draw attention to the fact that she had five words disallowed in this game and still won, which must surely be a unique achievement. I may put this on the Wiki some day! But doesn't this show that it ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

I'll just say to anyone who thinks it's 5/9 . . . What would your answer be if all nine were taller than him, or when he'd only met one person? David I would say that his best estimate based on the available data would be that there is a 9/9 chance the next person is taller than him. With, of cours...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My favourite cheese...
Replies: 44
Views: 1468

Re: My favourite cheese...

Michael Wallace wrote:I quite like cheese, but can't really stand things that smell cheesy (yes, I'm an odd sort, don't even get me started on cheese *flavoured* things...)
Really? And what does Gromit have to say on the matter?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Spinning Around
Replies: 32
Views: 1934

Re: Spinning Around

M. George Quinn wrote:No, but it's an it.
And the tail of it would be its tail (unlike the way I described the Earth's axis). But then if you named it "it"...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 4164

Re: Can you swim?

jimbentley wrote:I'd probably drop dead mid-stroke if I tried it now.
Most people would probably drown if they went swimming while having a stroke.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2759

Re: Heights

Paul Howe wrote:Oh right, sorry for the misunderstanding. I still don't think what you've written is completely right though, as for one thing it implies the probabilities will converge to a multiple of 1/11.
Shouldn't they then?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Average Primes
Replies: 12
Views: 1342

Re: Average Primes

Joseph Bolas wrote:Howard has explained how to work it out step by step, but I think because theres quite a bit of bruce force required to solve this, most have decided not too. I think it was harder than I implied :oops:.
But what is the answer?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Paranormal
Replies: 29
Views: 1437

Re: Paranormal

Did anyone watch Horizon this evening? They had this chap on it who reckons that there is evidence of "precognition". His name was Dean Radin, which immediately made me suspicious that it was a joke as it is an anagram of Randi (as in James Randi). Then they had these fighter pilots on, one of which...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Paranormal
Replies: 29
Views: 1437

Re: Paranormal

I was invited to a ghost weekend or something for someone's 30th birthday once but it cost too much money - presumably to do with the magic ghost-detecting equipment.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Spinning Around
Replies: 32
Views: 1934

Re: Spinning Around

M. George Quinn wrote:"It's"
That one confuses me. If your cat is neutered can you say "it's tail"?
Only if it is tail. Is it?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Spinning Around
Replies: 32
Views: 1934

Re: Spinning Around

If there Earth didn't rotate at all around it's axis then I just had to quote Gevin-Gavin and correct him - you mean "its" not "it's" don't you! And why "there" and not "the"? :) "there" instead of "the" is less embarrassing than the other one, because no-one would ever think that you would not kno...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Average Primes
Replies: 12
Views: 1342

Re: Average Primes

Did we get an answer to this?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Standard of contestants
Replies: 8
Views: 1018

Re: Standard of contestants

Yes, there are definitely more top players around now than in the past. But having said that, there's still only relatively few players that I'd back to beat Harvey Freeman at his peak.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 800 club
Replies: 19
Views: 1902

Re: 800 club

2. The top contestants nowadays are just better. Maybe better prepared, but definitely better. 3. The average contestants, I believe, are worse. I was thinking about this, and the average contestants getting worse could be down to having Countdown on all year. I don't know if the same numbers apply...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 800 club
Replies: 19
Views: 1902

Re: 800 club

David Williams wrote:I agree that a score of 100 is the equivalent of 60 in the old days. They are mathematically pretty much equivalent, they are both nice round numbers, and you need to score consistently to reach them.
Yeah, yeah, just because it would elevate you. :mrgreen:
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Two points about number games
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Two points about number games

Craig Beevers wrote:But I'm sure there are more important things to worry about.
No! Never!
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Two points about number games
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Two points about number games

The letters and numbers are visible on a small monitor embedded into the set, so it isn't vital to write them down. I must admit that I've often solved the easiest games before the 30 seconds have started. But with harder games it can help to wrote them down. Oh are you just talking about for conte...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Two points about number games
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Two points about number games

1. Has anyone else noticed that at some point in the past (I can't remember when) the normally unobscured numbers started becoming obscured by Carol's head when she puts the rest of them up? How and why did this happen? I'm sure it never used to happen, so something must have changed. 2. Does anyone...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 800 club
Replies: 19
Views: 1902

Re: 800 club

Only just noticed this. I agree that a score of 100 is the equivalent of 60 in the old days. They are mathematically pretty much equivalent, they are both nice round numbers, and you need to score consistently to reach them. So why are there so many more 800s than 480s? 1. Luck. You can get away wi...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mass noun plurals confusion
Replies: 32
Views: 1806

Re: Mass noun plurals confusion

Mike (who eagerly awaits the return of the comparatives of polysyllabic adjectives debate!). Is this not a more clear-cut matter? Only allowable when listed, right? Of course then you have words like FRAIL and REAL that everyone considers to be one syllable, but when you really think about it, are ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mass noun plurals confusion
Replies: 32
Views: 1806

Re: Mass noun plurals confusion

There can only be a limited number of these mass nouns, so surely it would even be possible for the Countdown team to give a definitive list of pluralisable ones. Failing that, either allow or disallow them all, with a possible exception for the ones that would have irregular plurals. Either disallo...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mass noun plurals confusion
Replies: 32
Views: 1806

Re: Mass noun plurals confusion

Julian wrote:I don't want this to turn into a Gevin-style rant
Gevin-style rant indeed. Just stae your case, and let others react to it how they like.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: [20030313] Recap for Thursday 13th March 2003
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: [20030313] Recap for Thursday 13th March 2003

So yes I think exceptional female contestants are going to be even rarer now than they were before, sadly... there was one lady in the 9-round era who got an octochamp total of 500+, Lucy Roberts - 500 points then being roughly equivalent to 900 points now 504 was a pretty good total, but nothing l...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: [20030313] Recap for Thursday 13th March 2003
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: [20030313] Recap for Thursday 13th March 2003

Natascha Kearsey is is the only female CofC winner, and while all her scores were pretty average, she did seem to up her game when she beat Scott Mearns. Also first game loser Linda Dawe racked up an impressive 126 against Melanie Beaumont in a special. I wonder if she would have carried that on giv...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: .
Replies: 28
Views: 1759

Re: Lunar Landings Clearly Faked

This is a brilliant read. Keep it going.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Spinning Around
Replies: 32
Views: 1934

Re: Spinning Around

Yes, that about sums it up, although methinks you may have seen this before ;) Well, it's one of the many things that have interested me ever since I came across a young Patrick Moore, some years before he started his Sky at Night TV prog. He's been doing that for 50 years! When was this?! Presumab...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Spinning Around
Replies: 32
Views: 1934

Re: Spinning Around

OK, well according to Craig's logic the answer is probably 366. But I still wouldn't count the Earth's orbit around the Sun as an extra rotation. Pedantically speaking, yes, but surely it has no actual relation to reality. Also, the question asked, 'How many times does the Earth rotate around its o...