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by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: CountMax errors
Replies: 727
Views: 40515

Re: CountMax errors

POLEIS needs to be removed from your list as well Jim - it's no longer in the dictionary. Also you have DIORITES and PARITIES in your list, which are dubious - Jack Welsby had DIORITES disallowed in one of his heat games, and to the best of my knowledge DC haven't reversed that decision since; and ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:49 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Fun with the custom challenges
Replies: 21
Views: 685

Re: Fun with the custom challenges

Martin Gardner wrote:I fancy trying another 100-rounder tomorrow against Caesar (Apterous, not Julius) but this time with two conundrums - rounds 50 and 100. Otherwise one contestant chooses 50 rounds and the other 49.
Or you could have 99 or 101 rounds.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: October's Daily Duel
Replies: 73
Views: 1389

Re: Daily Duel

Something like dropping your 5 worst scores might be better as then you always have an incentive to play (with an average someone could play once and win the monthly league). However, despite the avalanche of disgruntled dudes in my previous post, I'm not that bothered. This is a pretty good idea. ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st October
Replies: 26
Views: 1272

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st October

In round 13 I thought we were going to have a repeat of LECTURING. I'm sure Junaid would have spotted it this time! Did pretty well today. Scored 117-67 against Junaid and 110-27 against Margaret. I must say at first I thought she was going to put up quite a challenge, but then after scoring 14 in ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: October's Daily Duel
Replies: 73
Views: 1389

Re: Daily Duel

Numbers games seem underrepresented in duels.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Heights
Replies: 43
Views: 2158

Re: Heights

Charlie Reams wrote:You will if you make the same incorrect assumption about uniformity you've been making all along. David is correct.
STFU and take a course in probability.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 59730

Re: Birthdays

Jon Corby wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:What's the best thing about having sex with 28 year olds?
As an alternative, how about - there's 28 of them?
You disgust me.
I would never discuss you.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 29 September 2008
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: Spoilers for Monday 29 September 2008

I think they should just get over it and accept what the contestants say. They're only words and it's not like they're being said with "meaning". It also screws up playing against them at home and the recaps, and possibly maximum scores. They could get the only eight which is a swear word and then ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 59730

Re: Birthdays

Jon Corby wrote:What's the best thing about having sex with 28 year olds?
As an alternative, how about - there's 28 of them?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 1252
Views: 59730

Re: Birthdays

What's the best thing about having sex with 28 year olds? There's 20 of them. I'll probably regret asking - but please do enlighten us Jon? Umm... are you asking before realising that the answer is written there in light blue, or after? Also by clicking on quote, it would have come up in normal wri...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st October
Replies: 26
Views: 1272

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st October

Could also do for the first numbers 2*5+7=17, 17*6-1=101, 101*9=909 (got this after the time though)

Presumably BROKEST is OK in the penultimate letters game?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

I don't know if the fault lies at my end, but if I play for quite a while it seems to get slower and the hard disc keeps making hard disc noises, and lag becomes more of a problem, and eventually I have to reset the computer. I'm still getting this. After a few games it becomes unplayable. Anyone e...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

With the in-game chat thing, I'm not sure if it tells you when the other person has left at the end of the game, which would be helpful. Also there doesn't seem to be a proper way out of the game section back to the main Apterous site without clicking on "Back".
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

Like the classic games, but an option to replay old games on Apterous. I think it would be a useful tool as people could play their old games to see if they've learnt anything.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

A list of players and their rankings and stats that's available when they aren't online - one that includes everyone. A bit like the forum member list. A slightly ruder bot that throws insults and threats at every opportunity. He could even respond to what you say with certin stock phrases that don'...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 29 September 2008
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: Spoilers for Monday 29 September 2008

wonder would they reshoot if contestants declared a naughty word that didn't have an equaller, eg SHITTIEST Yes, I believe they have set rounds with pre-arranged letters in. So if SHITTIEST did come up, they'd have a complete new round, with pre-arranged letters that contained one 9'er in it.. whic...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:03 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

Thread-34: [Initialise chat pane] java.io.IOException: An established connection was aborted by the software in your host machine
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

Is there a reason why the recap can't give numbers solutions?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Have you ever cried at Countdown?
Replies: 28
Views: 1655

Re: Have you ever cried at Countdown?

KateHorton wrote:...wait 'til you lot hear Pam Ayres' poem about her dog at the end of November! It'll have you all weeping - even those claiming to be men!
Sorry, Charlie, is this a spoiler??!! have I been naughty again?
The knowledge that Pam Ayres is going to be on has got me weeping already.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 30 September 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 30 September 2008

Charlie Reams wrote:IMAGINED as an equaller to IMPEDING (which I didn't see either.)
IMPINGED was there too wasn't it? (For some reason I do better playing against the television than against Apterous Prune).
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Village of the Damned
Replies: 23
Views: 1278

Re: Village of the Damned

I think our effort on the forum was a bit shit with this one (sorry Paul). I was going to pursue the line of thought I had the other day when I was too tired but never got round to it.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

It appears to me that you can use each number as many times as you want in the numbers games as long as it's in the bit before the time runs out. Nice, I guess that solves the mystery of you managing 121 in a game where the max was 118. Relating to this, in a dream last night, in the chat feature o...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Have you ever cried at Countdown?
Replies: 28
Views: 1655

Re: Have you ever cried at Countdown?

I think it is folly to expect us to constrict ourselves emotionally purely because we are men. Girls tend to be way better at expressing themselves in that respect and I wish my gender were allowed that sort of thing. Hug and cry at will, feel no guilt I say. I think that women are biologically mor...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

Also, how about the Countdown music so that those who write stuff down and aren't looking at the screen know when the time is running out? I've jumped through a lot of hoops to avoid being sued by Channel 4, I think that would be a pretty stupid hurdle to fall at... But some sort of noise though?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

Yes, I have been meaning to implement this since at least July. I will eventually figure out a nice way of doing it. Could it be like the conundrum with the patience bar for each letter? Also, how about the Countdown music so that those who write stuff down and aren't looking at the screen know whe...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Exam results
Replies: 55
Views: 2023

Re: Exam results

Can you still avoid STEPs by applying to Churchill?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

It appears to me that you can use each number as many times as you want in the numbers games as long as it's in the bit before the time runs out. Haha, wow, that is a long-standing bug. Amazing that no one noticed it before. Will fix ASAP. Maybe if you'd had an "Unknown bugs" thread it would have b...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 29 September 2008
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: Spoilers for Monday 29 September 2008

Dinos Sfyris wrote:If I were playing I'dve been tempted to declare SHITTIER instead of THIRTIES.
I was wondering if someone had suggested it because Carol seemed to find something funny. Also to add to the many 8s in round 1 (I think) there was SINTERED.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

It appears to me that you can use each number as many times as you want in the numbers games as long as it's in the bit before the time runs out. Haha, wow, that is a long-standing bug. Amazing that no one noticed it before. Will fix ASAP. By the way, for totally game-breaking bugs like this, I'd b...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

It appears to me that you can use each number as many times as you want in the numbers games as long as it's in the bit before the time runs out.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

You can buy as much time as you want to think about the numbers by declaring and then when you have to enter the solution keep opening brackets. (I would never do such a thing of course.)
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

I don't know if the fault lies at my end, but if I play for quite a while it seems to get slower and the hard disc keeps making hard disc noises, and lag becomes more of a problem, and eventually I have to reset the computer.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Have you ever cried at Countdown?
Replies: 28
Views: 1655

Re: Have you ever cried at Countdown?

I find the concept bizarre.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

This may have already been suggested (in fact I think I've seen it but couldn't find it in a quick look and it hasn't been implemented) but couldn't you make it so if you're typing in a word when the time runs out you can finish it? You can enter your numbers solution in it's entirety after the time...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Best screenshot
Replies: 144
Views: 15630

Re: Best screenshot

I don't know if this has been explained elsewhere, but broadly speaking, how are conundrums set?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

I beat Apterous Prune but then went upstairs and found a severed horse's head on my pillow. It definitely wasn't there before I started the game.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

Perhaps more robots, although I'm not sure how easy this would be. I find the weakest robot is hilariously bad (like not getting 103 from numbers with 100 and 3 in them) while the second lowest one could probably score 800 (or at least 760) on the real show. How about those contestants that don't d...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Village of the Damned
Replies: 23
Views: 1278

Re: Village of the Damned

OK, so with the 2 and 2, both the blue-eyeds think that the other blue-eyed might only see brown-eyeds. When the revalation is made, they each see that the other does not immediately commit suicide (or at the next sunset), so this means that they now know they have blue eyes and must kill themselves...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Village of the Damned
Replies: 23
Views: 1278

Re: Village of the Damned

jimbentley wrote:Also, I never thought I'd type "brown-eye" so many times in a post.
When this forum first opened, I had in my mind that at some point in the first year you probably would manage about six in one post. I'm less sure now though.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Village of the Damned
Replies: 23
Views: 1278

Re: Village of the Damned

Noone seems to have got anywhere so I'll drop a hint: suppose there are only 2 blue eyed and 2 brown eyed tribesmen and the archaelogist says something like "I see someone with blue eyes" What happens then? What if there are 3 blue and brown eyed tribesmen? Start by figuring those out and extend th...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: CountMax errors
Replies: 727
Views: 40515

Re: CountMax errors

Paul Howe wrote:No NAIVETE? A strange one if not.
Interestingly I looked this up in my NODE a few weeks ago (non-Countdown matters) but it only had NAIVETY.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

Charlie Reams wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:Anyone? I would have thought that at least one person would have either had this problem or not.
When did you last experience it? I thought I fixed it last weekend.
Before the weekend actually. :mrgreen:
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

Gavin Chipper wrote:An invisible mode for those to want to look around but not play anyone without looking like they're avoiding anyone?
Also for playing the bots if you're feeling unsociable.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Bug reports
Replies: 2157
Views: 138278

Re: Known bugs

Gavin Chipper wrote:
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?
Anyone? I would have thought that at least one person would have either had this problem or not.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

How about an option to put in any nine letters just to see what the maximum is? Is that what Countmax does? You could still have it anyway.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

A decision was very deliberately made against this. Far too many conundrums are soluble in less than the 2 or 3 seconds you'd have to allow people to start typing the answer. OK, but I think 3/4 of a second would probably suffice. Thinking about this, even if you allow two seconds to start typing a...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

you could just have a demo mode where you just get one round of each (letters, numbers and conundrum) or even a full game that's the same game every time - just something to let you practise the controls. In terms of drawing in a wider audience and getting donations from them, I think this would he...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

Charlie Reams wrote:A decision was very deliberately made against this. Far too many conundrums are soluble in less than the 2 or 3 seconds you'd have to allow people to start typing the answer.
OK, but I think 3/4 of a second would probably suffice.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Village of the Damned
Replies: 23
Views: 1278

Re: Village of the Damned

They all work out from that what colour their eyes are??? That's clearly what you're driving at, so that is my answer. What do I win?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Apterous
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: Apterous

Kirk Bevins wrote:You hope what will come in handy - the K or the knowledge that they are 3.5 inches of pure square?
Presumably the fact that, when in Susie's hands, objects look like they are of more inches.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Numbers Game Solved With One Number, Is It Possible?
Replies: 33
Views: 1941

Re: Numbers Game Solved With One Number, Is It Possible?

Yep, CountGen does 101-999 only, although as you rightly say, it's still potentially worthwhile to declare anything as low as 91. I have to say I think someone has changed CECIL without informing Damian, because 100 has not come up in any of the last 2484 numbers games, which makes it 93.7% likely ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Feature requests
Replies: 1956
Views: 139923

Re: Feature requests

I think that the way of pressing the first letter of the conundrum to buzz does give an advantage to typing geeks who know their way around a keyboard. My suggestion would be to press space to buzz but then you still have to type the conundrum immediately afterwards, so you would have less time to d...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Resuming daily duels?
Replies: 12
Views: 821

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: 1079

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: 138278

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: 139923

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: 139923

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: 138278

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: 139923

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: 139923

Re: Feature requests

How about a minimum time between selecting each letter? I like to write them down!