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Countdown words spotted in real life

Post by Charlie Reams » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:00 pm

I read an interview with Mark Nyman once in which he said how excited he'd been when, having known ONAGER for years only as an anagram of ORANGE, he'd been to the zoo and seen a real-life onager.

A similar thing happened to me today when I found IKEBANA in the Guardian crossword. The clue was "Japanese flower arranging" and had to fit I?????A. I thought of IPOMOEA and IKEBANA, and had no real idea what either meant, but they looked vaguely like Japanese orthography so I asked a friendly Japanese-speaker (never too far away in the computing world) what they meant. Ikebana fit the bill; it turns out ipomoea is a plant and the word is Greek, but it wasn't a bad guess.

Anyway this made me happy so I wanted to share it. Anyone else seen a tangelo in the wild or been given a television airdate?

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Post by Michael Wallace » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:04 pm

I think it would be interesting to know who has worn a LEOTARD, ideally with photographic evidence.

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Post by Pete Fraser » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:14 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:Anyone else seen a tangelo in the wild?
No, the agoutis ate them all.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:15 pm

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:37 pm

MIKADO has appeared a few times on Countdown and there's a packet of biscuits called Mikado

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Post by Michael Wallace » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:37 pm

Oh oh, I saw a TABLE earlier.

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Post by Steve Durney » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:44 pm

I remember in one episode of Friends Chandler offering his new flatmate a tangelo. Only time i've ever heard it mentioned outside of Countdown!

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Post by Heather Culpin » Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:33 pm

What a good thread!

I lived in New Zealand for a few years and tangelos were common there. I also had a tamarillo plant in the garden and if that hasn't turned up yet it would be a very satisfying nine.

When I was on the show one of the words I got was saltire, which was nice as it was the name of the school magazine at one of the schools I went to, named after the school crest which had a saltire on it.

One day I'm hoping to be able to afford a mansion with pantiles on the roof, a cortile, dripstones galore, and maybe a caryatid or two.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:53 pm

Heather Culpin wrote:I also had a tamarillo plant in the garden
Are they heavy? I just wondered 'cos, you know, there's that song that goes: "Hey sister, weigh a tamarillo..."

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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:02 pm

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Post by Wil Ransome » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:01 pm

The tangelo appears in today's Independent crossword (Taste peeled melon and citrus fruit).

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Post by Rosemary Roberts » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:27 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:Anyone else seen a tangelo in the wild or been given a television airdate?
A few years ago my garden was full of godetias. Gardening used to be one of my pastimes.

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Post by Karen Pearson » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:03 am

I had dicentras in my old garden (although I don't recall dicentras coming up in Countdown for a while) and I suspect there were a few dipterans around too.

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Post by David Williams » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:21 am

The other side of the coin. Has anyone ever seen any evidence that CIGARET, regularly trotted out as the American spelling, is actually used by anyone in the colonies?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:54 pm

I don't think crosswords are any more real life than Countdown (in response to a couple of posts). You might as well include Scrabble! (And Apterous)

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Post by David Roe » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:48 pm

I've had my share of idolaters. ;)

Whatever happened to Gentoo? It was the Leotard of the 80's, but hasn't been seen since?

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Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:35 pm

I saw Reams come up the other day, but no one mentioned it.

I assume Kirk is smiling at Charlie and Sid in the audience when he scores his points?
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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:37 pm

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:I saw Reams come up the other day, but no one mentioned it.
Not to big myself up or anything, but http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic. ... sed#p34717.
EDIT: That links to spoilers thread for Wednesday 4th March.
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Re: Countdown words spotted in real life

Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:38 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:I saw Reams come up the other day, but no one mentioned it.
Not to big myself up or anything, but http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic. ... sed#p34717.
I haven't got that far yet, I'm still catching up from a day out yesterday almost "working" - I don't do that often.
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Post by Jimmy Gough » Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:14 pm

I was at the dentist reading about volcanoes and stuff like that and it had the words LACUNA and CALDERA - two of my favourite Countdown words. It was quite a special moment.

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Post by Tyron Potts » Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:38 pm

I was browsing the BBC news website at work today and came across this article about toucans' bills, containing a favourite nine - PREDATION. Seems odd for it to be used in relation to birds' nests.

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Post by Liam Tiernan » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:07 pm

Tyron Potts wrote:I was browsing the BBC news website at work today and came across this article about toucans' bills, containing a favourite nine - PREDATION. Seems odd for it to be used in relation to birds' nests.
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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:42 pm

I saw MUUMUU and WAHINE in a book I was reading.

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Post by Ryan Taylor » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:04 pm

I come across loads of words that I know just from playing apterous and I'm too lazy to look them up. particularly they appear in the crossword with a recent example being: Oil giant interfered with relief work (8) and I could see an anagram of "Oil giant" was INTAGLIO but had no idea if it fit the rest of the clue so I googled INTAGLIO and it did.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:06 pm

I went to the Czech Republic recently and I didn't know what their currency was (I thought maybe the euro) but it was the KORUNA. I did a little dance when I found out.

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Post by Jon Corby » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:15 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:I did a little dance when I found out.
The ma-koruna?

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:38 pm

Jon Corby wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:I did a little dance when I found out.
The ma-koruna?
*like*

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Post by Jon Corby » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:08 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:I did a little dance when I found out.
The ma-koruna?
*like*
Prahahahaha 8-)

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:26 pm

I just did a tryout quiz for University Challenge. I did alright on the science and GK quiz scoring 19/50. The arts, music and humanities section was a bit more daunting. Luckily I knew what a MUSTELID was though and it boosted my score by 20% from 5/50 to 6/50 :)

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Post by Michael Wallace » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:30 pm

Dinos Sfyris wrote:I just did a tryout quiz for University Challenge. I did alright on the science and GK quiz scoring 19/50. The arts, music and humanities section was a bit more daunting. Luckily I knew what a MUSTELID was though and it boosted my score by 20% from 5/50 to 6/50 :)
Er, wasn't the deadline for application forms the start of this week?

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:35 pm

No idea mate. I just turned up to the quiz what there just was.

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Post by Michael Wallace » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:24 pm

Dinos Sfyris wrote:No idea mate. I just turned up to the quiz what there just was.
I guess your uni requested extra time or something.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:32 am

Accidentally left the TV on after Something for the Weekend, Flog It! just came on and I caught him saying "Westcountry market town" - thought I might know it, so pressed info on the sky remote and the market they are visiting in Tavistock is described as a "PANNIER market". Not sure what it is more panny than.

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Post by Andy McGurn » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:23 pm

I was having lunch with a work colleague recently who told me that her husbands job was clamping cars. While we were walking back to work from the cafe she said the street we were on was where he worked, she said eclampsia.

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Post by Joseph Krol » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:57 pm

The guy who sits next to me in Maths is an emulator all right. :(
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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:10 pm

Today's Google Doodle features PIEROGI.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:29 pm

I had a glass of ORANGE juice today.

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Post by Karen Pearson » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:55 am

Today I saw both an AGOUTI and a COATI in the rainforest in Costa Rica. The guide couldn't quite understand why I was so excited but he was impressed that I'd even heard of an agouti. The agouti, in case anyone is interested, is like a very large guinea pig and the coati (male, white-nosed coati to be precise) was a bit like a large raccoon.

We also saw masses of other interesting wildlife but none that has a link to Countdown.

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Post by Joseph Krol » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:55 am

Karen Pearson wrote:Today I saw both an AGOUTI and a COATI in the rainforest in Costa Rica. The guide couldn't quite understand why I was so excited but he was impressed that I'd even heard of an agouti. The agouti, in case anyone is interested, is like a very large guinea pig and the coati (male, white-nosed coati to be precise) was a bit like a large raccoon.

We also saw masses of other interesting wildlife but none that has a link to Countdown.
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Karen Pearson wrote:Today I saw both an AGOUTI and a COATI in the rainforest in Costa Rica.
*coati envy*

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Post by Jon Corby » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:04 am

Karen Pearson wrote:We also saw masses of other interesting wildlife but none that has a link to Countdown.
Any tanagers?

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Jon Corby wrote:
Karen Pearson wrote:We also saw masses of other interesting wildlife but none that has a link to Countdown.
Any tanagers?
Yes! Several scarlet-rumped tanagers. In fact we saw a couple just now at breakfast.

This is a veritable Countdown wildlife fest!

Doesn't look like they have ortolans here though.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:36 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Karen Pearson wrote:Today I saw both an AGOUTI and a COATI in the rainforest in Costa Rica.
*coati envy*
You bastard. I just spent half an hour trying to unscramble your conundrum and it wasn't one :(

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Kirk Bevins wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:
Karen Pearson wrote:Today I saw both an AGOUTI and a COATI in the rainforest in Costa Rica.
*coati envy*
You bastard. I just spent half an hour trying to unscramble your conundrum and it wasn't one :(
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Post by Lesley Hines » Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:18 pm

Simpsons last night had the family chasing a Scarlet TANAGER to Machu Picchu after Bart strapped his homing device to it. I was chuffed.
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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:12 pm

A Guardian article yesterday mentioned diatoms.
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Post by Ryan Taylor » Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:41 pm

I flicked through a geography textbook and I caught sight of RHYOLITE which I had only ever heard from Jon in the TTT thread. Also right next to it was ANDESITE which I'd only ever used on apterous.

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Post by Karen Pearson » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:06 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Karen Pearson wrote:Today I saw both an AGOUTI and a COATI in the rainforest in Costa Rica.
*coati envy*
Sorry Michael but this might make it worse. As well as the aforementioned white-nosed coati, we also came across a dozen or so coatis (different type) just ambling around on the road.

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Post by Ryan Taylor » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:19 pm

I hpoe they scarpered before any snakes came.

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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:40 pm

Not really a word as such, but I played Countdown with a piece of paper and a pen on the boring coach trip. Yawn.

I had to get Someone to say the letters - so we had TCAIVISEJ


ME: SEAT (4)
SJ: SAT (3)
OT: CAVITIES (8)
Score 4-0 (max 8)

Then he got bored.
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Post by Kirk Bevins » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:27 pm

I was reading over a girl's shoulder who was sat at the bar studying a psychology paper on motion blindness and it was riddled with countdown gems. I can't remember most but AGNOSIA was amongst them but literally every few words they'd be another one. I was all happy and she asked why I was so happy to see agnosia and I explained the whole strings-of-letters-to-make-words-for-points-actually-used-in-real-life thing and she seemed surprisingly interested, rather than scared. Winner.

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Kirk Bevins wrote:I was reading over a girl's shoulder who was sat at the bar studying a psychology paper on motion blindness and it was riddled with countdown gems. I can't remember most but AGNOSIA was amongst them but literally every few words they'd be another one. I was all happy and she asked why I was so happy to see agnosia and I explained the whole strings-of-letters-to-make-words-for-points-actually-used-in-real-life thing and she seemed surprisingly interested, rather than scared. Winner.
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Post by Kirk Bevins » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:43 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
If that's the end of the story, then it's not a winner.
Step 1 is to craniates/sectarian/ascertain whether she's not bored....step 2 is to find out if she's single. She's not.

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Post by Joseph Krol » Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:08 pm

Some dipterans feature in a question on Uni Challenge today.
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Post by Graeme Cole » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:04 am

I was on holiday in Norway all last week, and it turns out they have this chocolate bar.

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Post by Adam Gillard » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:13 am

Graeme Cole wrote:I was on holiday in Norway all last week, and it turns out they have this chocolate bar.

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I had TROIKAS on the telly - tasty ;). Did you see a NORWAY REG on a car (N) and think of GARRYOWEN?
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Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:24 am

I have a Troika vase on my window sill, supposed to be worth a few bob!
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Post by Lesley Hines » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:32 am

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OCARINA

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Post by Ralph Gillions » Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:04 pm

This is Troika from the Lieutenant Kije Suite by Prokofiev....

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