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by Jon O'Neill
Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The definition of knowledge
Replies: 15
Views: 734

Re: Spoilers for Friday 8th February 2008

I really get pissed off with people who argue about what's in the dictionary and what isn't. It's printed on paper for Christ's sake words don't magically appear and disappear overnight. I for years have simply thought of words in the context of anagrams as simply a string of mathematical symbols -...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: The pattern
Replies: 18
Views: 965

Re: The pattern

The helpful response to this is:

This forum is for recaps from the old days, before we had a recaps system on the forum.. well, before the forum existed. Soo is getting details of the games from Mike Brown, who, admirably, has kept records of every round from way back near the start.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mass noun plurals confusion
Replies: 32
Views: 1684

Re: Mass noun plurals confusion

You can justify any mass noun plural like that.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see in DC?
Replies: 219
Views: 15294

Re: Who would you like to see in DC?

Susie Dent. She is lovely.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 8th February 2008
Replies: 40
Views: 2285

Re: Spoilers for Friday 8th February 2008

Why is it that people think they know better than the Oxford Corpus?

Maybe their parents don't love them.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: .
Replies: 28
Views: 1560

Re: .

PA PA PA PA PA PATRICKKKK!
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many contestants?
Replies: 37
Views: 1700

Re: How many contestants?

I think Damian is biased towards inviting back nice, interesting, good looking young people. How do you think Amey got reinvited and me into the CoC? Countdown is about more than simply being good at Countdown for most people. I would also love to see Austin Shin back in a real series, and a Shin vs...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 7165

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

You can have Jeffrey Hansford sitting next to you to write down your answers.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: .
Replies: 28
Views: 1560

Re: Lunar Landings Clearly Faked

Now THAT's a fake. No way is the moon that close to Earth. FFSRB
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Lincoln 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2267

Re: Countdown in Lincoln 2008

Er, it's your tournament mate.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Television Appearance
Replies: 45
Views: 1885

Re: Television Appearance

Maybe we'll do a seance where we all put our hands on Kirk's crotch to summon Howard's spirit.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: .
Replies: 28
Views: 1560

Re: Lunar Landings Clearly Faked

In a word.... no.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA Play-ins -- hosts wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: COMA Play-ins -- hosts wanted

I'm available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10 and Wednesday evenings from half 9 onwards, usually.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: If Countdowners were sports stars...
Replies: 31
Views: 1909

Re: If Countdowners were sports stars...

Chris Wills - David Batty Idolised in Leeds for the strength of his tackle, wasn't afraid to dribble in the box and could pick up loose balls all day long, :mrgreen: Des O'Connor - Fabio Capello Handicapped by the fact that half the time he can't understand what the players are saying. Bahahaha!
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many contestants?
Replies: 37
Views: 1700

Re: How many contestants?

My mum bought mine off me to stop me flogging it on eBay.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name Of The Game
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: Name Of The Game

I was on Newsround when I was 13.

Did I win?
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 800 club
Replies: 19
Views: 1536

Re: 800 club

I sense quite a long Gevin post is on the cards...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Des - Hearing Difficulties
Replies: 42
Views: 2330

Re: Des - Hearing Difficulties

Yay! Big hug.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: "What is COLIN?" and other questions
Replies: 33
Views: 12965

Re: "What is COLIN?" and other questions

Linked!
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 4th February 2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1593

Re: Spoilers for 4th February 2008

Yeah well done mate. Maybe next you'll beat me online?

Probably not.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 57
Views: 4585

Re: Breakfast

Dead babies
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Favourite discipline
Replies: 33
Views: 2815

Re: Favourite discipline

I voted letters... I just find it more interesting. For example, if I miss a numbers game I never bother to check the solution cos it's massively unlikely that I'll learn something new. But I'm always keen to know what I missed, even if I do end up kicking myself lots.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How would Susie fare as a contestant?
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Re: How would Susie fare as a contestant?

Thanks mate.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN games
Replies: 45
Views: 1880

Re: COLIN games

Cheers for posting Dan, I enjoyed playing along.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How would Susie fare as a contestant?
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Re: How would Susie fare as a contestant?

Errr, doesn't anyone know she cheats?
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: If Countdowners were sports stars...
Replies: 31
Views: 1909

Re: If Countdowners were sports stars...

Absolutely brilliant.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Richard Digance
Replies: 81
Views: 3748

Re: Richard Digance

I'm going to join the David Mitchell brigade, because it seems like what all the cool people are doing. Also, I would like Phil Mitchell.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: [20030313] Recap for Thursday 13th March 2003
Replies: 12
Views: 911

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

3 letters maxes between them in the final.. It's like I've always said: women belong in Dictionary Corner.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Versus Par
Replies: 46
Views: 2464

Re: Versus Par

If this is like the par score on UKGameshows, then one criticism is that it punishes disallowed words harshly. I don't think it does. If a player has an eight disallowed and their opponent gets a seven, then the program puts their offering down as a six (offering nonwords should be punished, but no...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Versus Par
Replies: 46
Views: 2464

Re: Versus Par

Actually, I think I might've misunderstood what your program is actually doing. My new initial response is: well done!
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Versus Par
Replies: 46
Views: 2464

Re: Versus Par

I have always maintained that the most accurate idea of how good a player is (after actually looking at every round and judging by brains) is maxima scored, where Paul Howe will be much higher I would've thought.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 31st January 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 31st January 2008

If he turns out to be shit, my dreams will be shattered.

Only kidding. Anyway, as for "a safe 9", there's that story where Chris Cummins's opponent said "I'll stick with a 5" and he said "I'll stick with a 9". Bahahaha!
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 101
Views: 4026

Re: Higher or Lower

Paul Howe wrote:I'll try a layman's explanation anyway. A continuous probability distribution is represented by a graph of a function that is always positive, and the area underneath the graph is 1.....
Sure.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final
Replies: 38
Views: 2119

Re: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final

Oh really? I didn't know that. Anyway, this time, just to avoid any chance that there might be someone who doesn't get selected for the poll, we should do every player. Start with Series 1. Go!
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final
Replies: 38
Views: 2119

Re: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final

Do a series of polls of every player ever, in knockout format.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final
Replies: 38
Views: 2119

Re: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final

With the possible exception of Allan saldanha. Based only on the Saldanha games I've seen on The Countdown Page, I would say Paul Howe on the form he showed was a much stronger player; Saldanha did miss plenty but was also very capable of streaks of brilliance. Of course, Saldanha also gets a load ...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2106

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008

No, you're right, a little bit of a fuckup. Probably didn't happen like that in the studio though.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2106

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008

PROTEASE is a nice 8.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2106

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008

994 (two away)

((75+50)/25*100-3)*2
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2106

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008

I'm going for the Dagenham bird. Sorry Dave-o.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final
Replies: 38
Views: 2119

Re: Recap for 24 January 2003 - C of C XI Grand Final

At their respective peaks, the best are Gallen and Beevers. The most impressive ever are Julian for his word defining and Hansford for being weird.

These are indisputable truths.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN games
Replies: 45
Views: 1880

Re: COLIN games

If by charitable you mean religious charity, a religion-based charity or the RSPB, then I still don't give a shit. Otherwise, I retract my abuse.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN games
Replies: 45
Views: 1880

Re: COLIN games

It is the link, yes. I believe MG wrote some stuff on 4 from the top but Jerry's page is the definitive one.

Alternatively, you can pay £5 for Stuart Earl's e-book, which unceremoniously copies this and other pages from around the internet.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Numbers game and running totals...
Replies: 10
Views: 1156

Re: Numbers game and running totals...

I stretched the rules a bit on this, but I think it depends how lenient Carol feels, which probably depends on how drunk she is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XQo6PwS358

He seems to get away with it. Imagine if she had stopped him before the best numbers game ever?
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Forum hints & tips
Replies: 65
Views: 3612

Re: Forum hints & tips

Fuck it, back to the mailing list. It's impossible to log out over there.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN games
Replies: 45
Views: 1880

Re: COLIN games

I don't have the order the letters came out in, so these are my best guesses. Jono vs. Joe Bolas Round 2, Game 1. Hosted by Conor Travers ROUND ONE - A E I O D H K T Y Jono: IODATE (6) Joe: TODAY (5) DC: KAYOED, OKAYED (6) 6-0 ROUND TWO - A E E I O D S S V Jono: DEVISES (7) Joe: ADVISES (7) DC: ADIO...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mathmo Test
Replies: 33
Views: 2901

Re: The Mathmo Test

I think it means we are mathematical soulmates. I'll bring the graph paper, you bring the lube.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Paranormal
Replies: 29
Views: 1385

Re: Paranormal

I can tell you.

It was cancelled. The medium got sick. She can talk to the dead but she can't cure the common cold. Sucks to be her.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN games
Replies: 45
Views: 1880

Re: COLIN games

I'm gonna dissect my games later so I might put up a couple if they are worthwhile.

Sorted!
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mathmo Test
Replies: 33
Views: 2901

Re: The Mathmo Test

I got 19, but I know my times tables.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Feedback on Colin 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1585

Re: Feedback on Colin 2008

Can only echo the things been said already. Such a friendly atmosphere, it makes me want to hug everyone. Looking forward to Bristol and COLIN '09 where hopefully I can get to talk some more to the people I missed out on talking to this time (Christine, Howard are the ones that spring to mind) and b...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Caption Competition
Replies: 13
Views: 1535

Re: Caption Competition

Conor's plan to hold a magnet under the table causing Stewart's robotic hands to lock to it whereupon he would steal the Scrabble Grand Master's glasses, put them on, arrogantly sip a glass of water and eat a pringle before declaring nine took a turn for the worst when it interfered with Dave's pace...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 24th January (Davids 1st game)
Replies: 37
Views: 2469

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 24th January (Davids 1st game)

Yeah, that method is basically the first thing that gets tried in this case. Next is 180*4 and I probably spent the next 10 seconds looking at that, and the rest just looking for ridiculous things like going up and dividing by 25 because the selection is pretty horrible. That's the best thing about...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown recap for Tuesday, January 29th 2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1069

Re: Countdown recap for Tuesday, January 29th 2008

Best thread on the forum so far.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 24th January (Davids 1st game)
Replies: 37
Views: 2469

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 24th January (Davids 1st game)

Yeah, that method is basically the first thing that gets tried in this case. Next is 180*4 and I probably spent the next 10 seconds looking at that, and the rest just looking for ridiculous things like going up and dividing by 25 because the selection is pretty horrible. That's the best thing about ...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Suggestions thread?
Replies: 41
Views: 2153

Re: Suggestions thread?

My first suggestion (excluding the suggestion to have this thread) is that I think that there are too many subforums, and that this could be cut down. Back on the Yahoo group, there wasn't even one "forum", but just a single thread. Obviously that was lacking, but I think maybe it's gone too far th...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Suggestions thread?
Replies: 41
Views: 2153

Re: Suggestions thread?

What do you guys reckon? :mrgreen: I reckon a suggestion thread is a good idea. That's the only suggestion I liked though. Re-introducing spoiler space? Retarded, when we have the facility to get around such a crude technique. I think maybe the recap and spoiler threads could be merged with the day...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter distribution
Replies: 37
Views: 4633

Re: Letter distribution

As soon as I saw that list I immediately thought of something. There was a topic I started one day where an 'M' had been turned upside down and was used as a 'W' because I asked, if that was an 'M' would've it have made a longer word. Well remembered. It was definitely an upside-down M, because the...