COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:24 pm

Jon Corby wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:the divey the better almost.
diveier?
No, two syllables so it would have to be specified.
Well, you'd have to say "more divey" then, not just "divey" because your sentence doesn't make sense!

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:29 pm

Fuck off

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Stewart Gordon » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:35 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:As always, COLIN will begin at 11:30
I could have sworn it used to start earlier than that....

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Jack Worsley » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:38 pm

I can definitely provide a second board game now if you're still struggling.

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:27 am

Jack Worsley wrote:I can definitely provide a second board game now if you're still struggling.
That would be very much appreciated, thanks- hopefully I will have enough on the day depending on very very very last minute entries!

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Ryan Taylor » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:15 pm

I'll bring a couple too as backup.

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:26 pm

Ryan Taylor wrote:I'll bring a couple too as backup.
Excellent- that brings my total (of gamea) to 19 so unless my Paypal account gets dramatically excited over the next 3 days, we should be covered. :)

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Graeme Cole » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:27 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:Excellent- that brings my total (of gamea)
For a moment I thought this might now be a valid plural, but sadly not. We'll have to wait until the 29th century when the ODO introduces it with this post as the only usage example.

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:30 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:
Ben Wilson wrote:Excellent- that brings my total (of gamea)
For a moment I thought this might now be a valid plural, but sadly not. We'll have to wait until the 29th century when the ODO introduces it with this post as the only usage example.
The more it gets quoted and requoted, the sooner it'll be added.

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by JackHurst » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:48 pm

I thought I'd share this here too since there has been discussion on how to adjudicate words:
JackHurst wrote:The chance of being able to declare a new word as a max is around 16%. The chance you can beat the old max (OED max) by playing a new word is around 7%
http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic. ... 88#p164559

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Jack Worsley » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:34 pm

I think the apterous lexicon is pretty much up to date now. Going through some fairly recent conundrum attacks, it appears that a lot of words that used to be valid as conundrums are not anymore, due to some new alternatives. I'd advise you to check them Ben, or at least the ones that look like they might have new alternatives.

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Ben Wilson » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:38 pm

Jack Worsley wrote:I think the apterous lexicon is pretty much up to date now. Going through some fairly recent conundrum attacks, it appears that a lot of words that used to be valid as conundrums are not anymore, due to some new alternatives. I'd advise you to check them Ben, or at least the ones that look like they might have new alternatives.
My conundrums are all printed and ready to go now, and there's 320 of them so checking them all would take some time! I will have a look through tonight though, if I get the chance.

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Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:36 pm

Awesomely run event (well two events) as always Ben. I had a great time as I think everyone did.

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