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by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 64795

Re: Birthdays

Jason Larsen wrote:Howard can be a first or a last name, yes.
And Jason. Would your parents still have called you Jason if that had been your surname? I don't want a guess; I want you to go and ask them.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Hahaha
Replies: 18
Views: 1007

Re: Hahaha

Jason Larsen wrote:That was true, Kirk. Gordon Brown did appear on the 25th-birthday episode of Countdown.

Don't you remember?
Yes, and we all remember well that numbers game with six ones with a target of six.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown quiz machines
Replies: 37
Views: 1930

Re: Countdown quiz machines

Jason Larsen wrote:Had I not been here, I would have never heard of them, Charlie.
You heard of pubs from a Countdown forum?!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How much does the casual viewer know about Countdown?
Replies: 64
Views: 2308

Re: How much does the casual viewer know about Countdown?

I've seen discussions about this on F1 forums as well, and it seems that some people equate casual viewers with retards. That's a bit far isn't it? It's nothing to do with intelligence if people don't watch every day they probably don't understand the system. As you correctly point out, I don't wat...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie's Judgments
Replies: 23
Views: 1207

Re: Susie's Judgments

Is it right for Susie to pronounce on the acceptability of a word before contestant 2 has offered anything? It struck me today, when C1 offered GONNERS, and was told that there was only one n in gonners, that C2 now had the chance to offer a different word. Suppose that he had GONNERS and CONGERS a...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How much does the casual viewer know about Countdown?
Replies: 64
Views: 2308

Re: How much does the casual viewer know about Countdown?

I think Damian's alluded to this so I thought I might bring it up. How much does the average viewer know about Countdown? I mean do they understand about points and wins and seedings and stuff like that? I'm not really sure, I think a lot of people just think that the winner stays on and then when ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How much does the casual viewer know about Countdown?
Replies: 64
Views: 2308

Re: How much does the casual viewer know about Countdown?

Yes they do get added. Damn. JaCu told me they got added, but I didn't want to believe him :lol:. But why is this. Surely it should only be the games that a contestant actually wins, that you get the points for. Does it really matter that much either way? Number of wins always takes precedence anyw...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Facebook Countdown
Replies: 32
Views: 1384

Re: Facebook Countdown

Joseph Bolas wrote:I take it then you don't like 3D charts?
The golden rule - have no more faff than necessary.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday, 28th April
Replies: 25
Views: 1253

Re: Spoilers for Monday, 28th April

I happened to notice the the final score of 66-71 came up on screen - I think during Susie's talk at the end of the second half. Is this normal (I don't watch it that much now)? So is it not all shown in the order it's filmed?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Suggestions thread?
Replies: 41
Views: 3336

Re: Suggestions thread?

Maybe you could have an initial post with just a dot in it, all discussion goes after it, and then the first post is edited to become the recap. Obviously this would have the problem that someone would always need to remember to do the dot post (presumably the person doing the recap as well).
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Isn't there a difference between stressing a rather obvious correlation and providing a set of stats that allow the surfer to draw their own correlations: personally, I think there is no contradiction. Not a contradiction as such, but if I wasn't interested in the meaning behind scores, I certainly...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Charlie Reams wrote:But for the record I agree that the correlation is not very interesting.
I find it interesting that you would say this, given your website with all the ranking lists based on total scores and percentage of highest possible score etc.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Suggestions thread?
Replies: 41
Views: 3336

Re: Suggestions thread?

Urp, that would really annoy me. For a start you'd end up seeing the DC beaters on the way down to the recap. The benefit of being able to read old posts is minimal, since I doubt there's much need to refer to old spoiler threads and there's a Search box on every page if you really need it. Well, i...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Suggestions thread?
Replies: 41
Views: 3336

Re: Suggestions thread?

I have to admit that now this forum has been around a while, the more I think that the "spoiler" and "recap" threads for each game would be better off being the same - i.e. the two subforums could become one. People discuss the game in both anyway, and if I'm looking for an old post, I sometimes for...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

I think the point that Damian, Charlie and Ben are trying to make is that stating there is a correlation between high scores and skill (I am an exception) is so obvious it's not even worth stating. Well Damian seems to respond by disagreeing with the obvious point. Obviously you're not an exception...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Ben Pugh wrote:
Gevin-Gavin wrote:The point is that there is a positive correlation between high scores and skill.
Revolutionary.

You know, I think I've seen the same thing in football and rugby and cricket and basketball and golf and...
I'm not sure Damian agrees with the point. The point wasn't made out of the blue.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Yeah, but plenty of series have had more than one 800 octochamp, so therefore plenty of 800 octochamps have not won the series. You can argue it both ways. The point is that there is a positive correlation between high scores and skill. We can argue about how strong the correlation is, but it is un...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A Question That We Are All Forced To Confront At Some Stage
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: A Question That We Are All Forced To Confront At Some Stage

Jason Larsen wrote:Adolf Hitler has been dead for a long time.
You mean the fight took place a long time ago and it was to the death?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A Question That We Are All Forced To Confront At Some Stage
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: A Question That We Are All Forced To Confront At Some Stage

Richard Brittain wrote:creating a general balance between all of our moods?
:mrgreen:
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A Question That We Are All Forced To Confront At Some Stage
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: A Question That We Are All Forced To Confront At Some Stage

Richard Brittain wrote:What does sense have to do with fighting?
Well if Hitler goes in fast and early then he might wear himself out. Eubank would be sensibly sitting back, absorbing the punches and then would go in for the kill in a later round.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday, 23rd April
Replies: 23
Views: 956

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, 23rd April

Yep. Although there seems to be an implicit exception for participle adjectives like PISSED, because you presumably can't have PISSEDER/PISSEDEST, although I'm not sure if this rule has ever been tested. Is this just something assumed by people who discuss online? I think they should be allowed for...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Poetry Corner
Replies: 184
Views: 9592

Re: Poetry Corner

I'm not sure I really "get" haikus. Is there any logic behind the number of syllables in a line or is it just some arbitrary invention?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Damian E wrote:Pattern...... :?
Every time there has been an 800+ Octochamp in a series, an 800+ Octochamp has won the series.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday, 23rd April
Replies: 23
Views: 956

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday, 23rd April

DaveC wrote:I never worked out the rule for when you can and can't add "IEST", GORSY is specified in the dic.

DC
Isn't the rule that you can have it if and only if it's listed? One-syllable adjectives only can have -ER and -EST added by default.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1916
Views: 173741

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Corby wrote:
Chris Corby wrote:
Corby wrote: I've tried to make anagrams of Lara Searle and I gave up because they are all arse.

:D :D :D :D :D :D
Cheers Dad, I knew it would be too subtle for these morons. :)
I think we all saw the joke but left it to others to comment.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Basically in terms of realistic candidates, we have Harvey Freeman, Julian Fell, Conor Travers, Paul Gallen and Craig Beevers. In terms of who I would go for, Julian, Conor and Paul have all lost one game, so are equal in that respect, but of those I'd probably go for Paul Gallen, considering his p...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Back onto the topic - it's quite interesting to read Julian Fell's experience on Mike's page. He comes across as not very competitive and lacking in killer instinct, which possibly contributed to his downfall. He saw it as a bad thing that Grace Page scored nothing in the first two or so rounds in t...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reed Buntings and Spotted Crakes
Replies: 22
Views: 950

Re: Reed Buntings and Spotted Crakes

Who was the guy?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday, 21st April
Replies: 15
Views: 899

Re: Spoilers for Monday, 21st April

Still, what's the policy on accepting words that are trademarks but nonetheless given in lower case? If it's lower case, it should be allowed. Starting off as a trademark is just another way for a word to enter the language. In addition to the examples that Charlie gave, HEROIN, ESCALATOR, TANNOY, ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 16 April, Series 58, Episode 72
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Wednesday 16 April, Series 58, Episode 72

OXTAIL is actually a mass noun, so it hard to say whether OXTAILS would be allowed. Susie Dent would have the final say on whether it was allowed or not. There is a discussion in here to do with Mass Nouns that focuses on other mass noun words discussed. But isn't it the tail of an ox? Edit - in my...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 16 April, Series 58, Episode 72
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Wednesday 16 April, Series 58, Episode 72

dinos_the_chemist wrote:I didn't see the show but I'm guessing for round 2 Jo Brand offered MOPFIGHT. Am I right?
Can anyone confirm this?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reed Buntings and Spotted Crakes
Replies: 22
Views: 950

Re: Reed Buntings and Spotted Crakes

Richard Brittain wrote:Pardon?
Don't people define animals to be of the same species if they can breed? A hybrid can presumably only occur if they can breed. Not sure it works as a sensible definition myself (presumably the attempt is to categorise types of animal) but I know nothing about the subject.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

David O'Donnell wrote:Zef:Gevin:Zef:Martin Gardner:Jason Larsen- it's all starting to make sense.
I have seen superficial similarities between Zef and Jason Larsen.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

You don't look old big lad. Actually, I expected you to look somewhat more beleaguered: I added a bit of VAT from when I saw you as a contestant and in DC which proved to be OTT. I think Gevin wasn't making a joke but even if he was it's typical that he shrouds it in his cloak of semi-anonymity. My...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Martin Gardner wrote:
Damian E wrote: I was born in '69 - so i was a kid in the 80's. And an ugly one at that.
I don't get it either.

Martin
Obviously I was implying that he was older. Forget it though - obviously far too confusing for this forum. It was my post that you didn't get, right?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

BTW Martin, have you and Gevin ever been seen in public together? I mean by this, are you posting for the two of you - IS there two different people or is Gevin a pseudonym of yours? I ask this genuinely, and without malice, as i stopped reading the other forum a long while back, so may have missed...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Damian E wrote:In the 80's, when i was a kid
Just noticed this - hilarious!
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Friday 4th April 2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1263

Re: Friday 4th April 2008

I stalled and passed.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1916
Views: 173741

Re: Greetings

I suspect Richard Priest's average score of 99.57 is the highest ever for someone who didn't become an Octochamp which makes him one of the best non-Octochamps ever. I think he'd be the favourite against one of the Octochamps unless he's #8 seed then he's playing DOD who averages 110 points a game....
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

But...........there isn't one...................... "a" rather than "the" - just talking hypothetically. I don't think anyone on the whole planet other than yourself is really thinking about this right now. Over 90 posts in this thread - not all by me. I didn't even start it! I think you're mistake...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A little puzzle
Replies: 27
Views: 2601

Re: A little puzzle

Well, to get all the sides of the dice to come up, you first have to get one of them - there is a 100% chance of achieving this on your first go, and the average number of goes is one. Then you need to get the second number. Each time you roll, there is one chance in n of failing (the chance of rol...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Well, I can't hold a candle to the gentlemen above, but when I knew I was going to be on the show I used Charlie's Anahack program to practise common 7s, 8s and 9s for about half an hour each night up until my CofC appearance ,so about 3 months total. I'm not sure if it was worth it or not; I didn'...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 8718

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

Ben Wilson wrote:STRAIGHTS is the only other 1-syllable niner I can think of.
GRAUNCHED is a word isn't it? STRETCHED definitely is.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Speaking of Paul Gallen, I think that some people rank him lower than they might have because he lost the series final. He was pretty decent in that series anyway, and if Tournoff simply hadn't got the conundrum and Paul had won the series despite doing exactly the same things, I think his unbeaten ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:21 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A little puzzle
Replies: 27
Views: 2601

Re: A little puzzle

How did you come up with that? Well, to get all the sides of the dice to come up, you first have to get one of them - there is a 100% chance of achieving this on your first go, and the average number of goes is one. Then you need to get the second number. Each time you roll, there is one chance in ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A little puzzle
Replies: 27
Views: 2601

Re: A little puzzle

Anyway, for an n-sided dice: n/n (or 1) + n/(n-1) + n/(n-2) ... + n/(n-(n-1)) (or n)
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Nah, bollocks. How many people had a computer and knew how to program it in the 1980s? How many of those want to type out the entire dictionary too? Yes, you could pick out high-probability words manually but no one's actually going to do that, because time is finite and people have lives outside C...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

I think it's interesting what people say about today's contestants having an advantage with computer aids etc. While it may help, I don't think the lack of computer aids acts as a definite stop on someone reaching the same standard. Someone could go through a dictionary manually picking out high pro...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Would that finally be enough to tempt you into putting your ass on the line and having a crack? I was considering applying a few years back but I'd need to be much better to give it a proper shot. I'd have to put in the hours, and then it would all be wasted if I still didn't turn out to be as good...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Unless you played best of 500 it would probably have the exact opposite effect. Plus there'd still be no Holden, probably no Gallen and soon enough no Beevers, which would devalue the whole thing. And then we could start discussing second best ever contestant. What you need is big money involved to...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

I tried to reply to this earlier but it logged me out. Well, first of all I wouldn't like to comment on great players like Mark Nyman because I've never seen him play. Only one of his game is online, the score of 79 which was the highest ever score at the time. That one is on the Countdown Page. I'...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Maybe one day we'll have a mammoth big-daddy style tournament and put it to bed once and for all. Unless you played best of 500 it would probably have the exact opposite effect. Plus there'd still be no Holden, probably no Gallen and soon enough no Beevers, which would devalue the whole thing. And ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Strange to question Julian Fell's depth of word knowledge . Just a small selection of Julian Fell offerings............. PATRIAS, OLEFINE, SAVATE, LANDTIE, APOGEES, ENDGATES, TAURINE, SOLATIUM, SEVICHE, ARTESIAN, DUKEDOM, VALORISED, AGRION, GAMBIER, DAIMYOS. Doesn't look an awful lot wrong with tha...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

But, if we're taking age in account, i still standy by Salldanha, but i know you're not taking age into account. You want to find the best ever, but without considering anything other than the statistics, which i don't really understand. TIger Woods is considered the best golfer ever, but he didn't...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Paul Howe wrote:My impression is that in the 15-round era at least, Messrs Travers, Beevers and Gallen are a notch above the rest
Does Julian Fell not even make the same notch? Would he had he won the CofC?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

I think Julian Fell is always likely to feature because of his massive scoring, despite his defeat against Graham Nash. Even if Craig Beevers wins the CofC, 924 might be compared to 907 and 1307 to 1236 (11-game totals). However, obviously scores aren't everything and it's quite possible that Julian...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

Please stop. I will. Eventually. But before I do, do you recognise either of these quotes? The toughest series ever to play in is the one that has the best player in it - and that was Scott Mearns by a country mile. I only consider Scott to be the best player because he had a natural ability, rathe...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A little puzzle
Replies: 27
Views: 2601

Re: A little puzzle

Fred has no friends and his only companion is a coin. He likes to toss the coin until both sides have come up at least once. How many turns of this game does he get to play on average? Fred eventually gets bored of the coin and starts to play with a die, rolling it until all 6 faces have come up at...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Foregone concluding series'?
Replies: 28
Views: 1166

Re: Foregone concluding series'?

Jason Larsen wrote:No new contestants have ever been introduced to determine a Countdown game's result, Michael.
Yes, Michael. :x
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 499
Views: 124997

Re: Best ever contestants

So up to the supreme championship, Harvey Freeman is the most realistic candidate - very few others would make the poll, though one could argue for Mark Nyman and, erring on the side of inclusivity, Allan Saldanha, Nic Brown and Don Reid. Carrying on from this (erring on the side of inclusivity) po...