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by Graeme Cole
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 524
Views: 81594

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who draw horizontal lines through their 7s.
by Graeme Cole
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 53266

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:48 pm
Do you ever get spam e-mails that say they are from someone you know but are actually just from a spam address? And do your friends get e-mails supposedly from you in the same way? How does this happen, and should we be worried about it?
Nothing to worry about at all.

Regards,

Matt.
by Graeme Cole
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 3076

Re: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019

In please.

Tony, are you a member of the "Co Events - Organisers and Attendees" Facebook group? I think it'd be worthwhile to post about the event there. There are loads of people on that group who don't read C4C.
by Graeme Cole
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Easy numbers rounds
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: Easy numbers rounds

I'm not aware of a contestant doing it, but from memory I think Richard Whiteley did on one occasion. He said "I was trying to do it a clever way..." or something like that.
by Graeme Cole
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mark and Zarte's 26.2 Hour Game Of Countdown
Replies: 21
Views: 2987

Re: Mark and Zarte's 26.2 Hour Game Of Countdown

Excitement at Co:Marathon after six years as Table 1 announce they've only got one game left to play.

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by Graeme Cole
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 23)
Replies: 2
Views: 902

Spoilers for Friday 22nd February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 23)

No spoiler thread for Friday's episode? Perhaps we're all discussing it on Dinos's Facebook feed instead.
by Graeme Cole
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 453
Views: 63417

Re: Politics in General

I thought it was illegal in international law to leave someone stateless; if so, that should be the end of it regardless of the court of public opinion. Sure today it's an ISIS bride, but who will it be next? Given how recent something like Windrush is, I absolutely dread to think what this governm...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Recording Countdown to keep
Replies: 7
Views: 1426

Re: Recording Countdown to keep

If I want to record something off the TV to keep, I normally record it on my computer using a USB TV dongle, such as this. Mine isn't that specific one, but it's similar.
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 28th January 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: Spoilers for 28th January 2019

Keith Bennett wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:25 pm
On the Wiki this episode is included under "Episodes affected by administrative errors", but no reason's given. Anyone know why?
That is the administrative error.
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 129
Views: 30234

Re: Only Connect

Just when I thought I had worked out how the Only Connect heats system works, it throws a complete curveball. Surely tonight's game should have been between the Dicers and the Forrests, both of whom won their opening games? What does the withdrawal of the Dragons have to do with it? The Dragons sho...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3266

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Is it Tim Morrissey? I had his name in mind anyway and that description sounds right. If so, "obscure enough"? And I thought you were a scholar of the game. Yes, it's Tim Morrissey. And yes, I had to look him up because I'm not Robbo. Are you saying I am? I didn't do any research for your question!...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3266

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:13 am
Is it Tim Morrissey? I had his name in mind anyway and that description sounds right.

If so, "obscure enough"? And I thought you were a scholar of the game.
Yes, it's Tim Morrissey. And yes, I had to look him up because I'm not Robbo.
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3266

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Yeah, that game was very much my basis for thought as Xicount + CoC is between 13 and 15 games (depending on which CoC it was), so you're also looking for someone who did either the SC, 30BC, or both, and probably a Masters game / special... This person appeared 21 times between 1989 and 1996. They...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3266

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Conor would be one of course. Allan Saldanha and Darryl Francis? Very close. Conor Travers and Allan Saldanha are two of the three, but Darryl Francis only played 20 games. The remaining one is someone obscure enough that when I saw the name I didn't immediately recognise it and had to look it up o...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3266

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Conor would be one of course. Allan Saldanha and Darryl Francis? Very close. Conor Travers and Allan Saldanha are two of the three, but Darryl Francis only played 20 games. The remaining one is someone obscure enough that when I saw the name I didn't immediately recognise it and had to look it up o...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3266

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Congratulations Bradley on making the final, and congratulations Zarte on becoming the first CoC and series winner since Graham Nash in 2003. As well as breaking the highest score record in the quarter-final, Zarte has also equalled the record for the most games played. Only he and three other playe...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV & Hangover results
Replies: 6
Views: 1192

Re: COLIN XV & Hangover results

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:38 am
You've missed the most important part! Where's the Challonge link for the darts tournament??
Challonge link for the Saturday darts tournament

Don't know about the Friday one.
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV & Hangover results
Replies: 6
Views: 1192

Re: COLIN XV & Hangover results

Many thanks to Ben for putting together COLIN weekend again. The event runs so well that it's easy to forget what a huge amount of work goes into it behind the scenes to make it like that. Incidentally, if any of you tried the Noughtword puzzle in the puzzle magazine, and would prefer a version with...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 15120

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Ah, I've only just noticed that incorrect predictions have been interpreted as a scale rather than a number... is this right? For instance, Jen's predicted a 17-point win for Stephen against 'Maus, but there's an argument to say this should be interpreted as "2 away + incorrect result" (36 pts), no...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 24555

Re: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019

The list of things from that thing... STANDINGS (before final) Players are ranked by wins, then points. P W Pts 1 Bradley Horrocks 6 6 391 2 Jack Worsley 6 5 411 3 Rob Foster 6 5 382 4 Dylan Taylor 6 5 365 5 Zarte Siempre 6 5 363 6 Callum Todd 6 5 361 7 Tom Chafer-Cook 6 4 386 8 Jon O'Neill 6 4 384 ...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 17th January 2019 (COC XV, QF 4)
Replies: 40
Views: 3362

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 17th January 2019 (COC XV, QF 4)

Congratulations, both of you. Such a great game, people still talk about it to this day.
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 24555

Re: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019

Up to 45 now with the addition of COLIN I veteran Anthony Endsor! We are actually in danger of maybe needing some more sets... Judging by Anthony's sense of direction, you might want to post a set to the capital of Nebraska. :o It happened! It finally happened! Someone found a use for knowing the U...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 7599

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:45 am
What I meant was the contestant could be put in a position where they go, internally, "well, Graeme and Jon will know this, and I have to phone a friend, but since Graeme will cost me more than Jon, I'll go with Jon."
Then Graeme overpriced himself. More fool him.
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 15120

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Position Name Prediction Points Total Points 3 Graeme Cole ZS (5) 78 231 Bwahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahaha hahahahahaha :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Position Name Prediction Points Total Points 12 Graeme Cole MH (15) -60 171 hahaha Position Name Prediction Points Total Points 16 Graeme Cole A...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 7599

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

I'd just find the appropriate number of real friends instead. Certainly I'd ask for something, but as a gesture of goodwill rather than make it a condition of my vocal appearance. If I were called for the £32k question on a 10% "tariff" as per Fowler's suggestion but I am then ignored and they get ...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 24555

Re: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019

James Robinson wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:46 pm
James Laverty wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:18 pm
What's the situation with game sets this year? Can bring mine if needed
And the even bigger question...., is the dartboard at the Fox & Hounds still the evil Lincoln style one :!: :!: :?: :?:
Yes, personally I prefer the Bristol style dartboard.
by Graeme Cole
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 7599

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

I remember reading somewhere that one of the Chasers/Eggheads (can't remember which, and it was years ago so possibly before they became that) was once approached by an acquaintance and offered a flat fee to be their phone-a-friend. The Chaseegg rejected the proposal, arguing that a fairer price wou...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 15120

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Thomas Carey wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:55 pm
At the foot of the table, my stupidly high margin predictions (which sadly don't stop here...) make me currently be losing to Graeme's random chance. Fantastic.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 7599

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

(copy-pasted from Facebook's Quiz Discussion Group) Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but is there any reason to keep the 30-second time limit on phone-a-friend? It made sense 20 years ago, when it was the only thing stopping the friend from leafing through reference books. But now they've got Se...
by Graeme Cole
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 2 January 2019 (COC XV, game 1)
Replies: 16
Views: 2296

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 2 January 2019 (COC XV, game 1)

My predictions of the winner and margin were entirely based on random dice rolls. I'm calling this a win for me already. I'm curious... how did you use the dice to generate a margin? For each game, I rolled two 10-sided dice of different colours. One die represented player 1, the other player 2, an...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 2 January 2019 (COC XV, game 1)
Replies: 16
Views: 2296

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 2 January 2019 (COC XV, game 1)

Thomas Carey wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:51 am
In Zarte's prediction game, EVERY PERSON guessed a win for JW with margins ranging from 5 to 60 points and an average margin of 30.73.
My predictions of the winner and margin were entirely based on random dice rolls. I'm calling this a win for me already.
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 19
Views: 4654

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

Looks like I was wrong about CoStAl 2016 being missing - it has the wrong date stored for it. As do a few others. CoStAl3 was on 2016-07-02, not 2015-07-02 as given. CoChest2 was on 2012-10-13, not 2013-10-13. There are probably other wrong dates - I just noticed these as they are causing my events...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 19
Views: 4654

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

If you have the results for the games you played against Joyce and Martin, please share them, because we don't have them. My B Quarter Final says 60-51 to Chris Marshall. The actual result was 60-51 to Joyce Phillips. My B Semi Final says 64-45 to me, against Amar Chotai. The actual result was 64-4...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 19
Views: 4654

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

And about CoDub 2017 and 2018, I'll gladly add those results to the database as soon as Eddy sends me them.
by Graeme Cole
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 19
Views: 4654

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

The Co:BRIS results from 2018 don't seem to be right either. I played Joyce and Martin Thomas in the division finals, not Chris and Amar. Great project though, hope to see it continue to be updated :D Yes, I'm aware that the Bristol 2018 results are a load of rubbish, specifically the games in divi...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Brexit- what next.
Replies: 5
Views: 1766

Re: Brexit- what next.

Based on current usage, the ODO is about to revise the main sense of the term "the British people" to mean "the subset of Leave voters who happen to agree with the person speaking".
by Graeme Cole
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2492

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

These "notably good players" have every right not to play in the tournament if they don't want to. However, it seems like petty elitism to me. It's like if the best Countdown players at a co-event were to complain about having to play lower-rated players in the first round because they might not pic...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Lateral
Replies: 3
Views: 1634

Lateral

Note: I wrote this in May, and for some reason I never finished or posted it. Today I remembered it was there in my Drafts folder. So, five months late, here's a post about Lateral, a game show series which has long since finished. Here's a new YouTube-based quiz show which really ought to be on re...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Blackpool The Big One - Saturday 13th October 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 15515

Re: Co-Blackpool The Big One - Saturday 13th October 2018

I wasn't even there, but by magic I still have the results. STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. P W Pts 1 Jack Worsley 6 6 415 2 Bradley Horrocks 6 5 409 3 Tom Carey 6 5 362 4 Callum Todd 6 4 410 5 Tom Chafer-Cook 6 4 388 6 Jason Turner 6 4 336 7 James Robinson 6 4 328 8 Tracey Mills ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 2790

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Thank you Graham. Can you , though give a good reason why, for example NASA won't go send anybody up no more. I mean it's 50 years next July, since the moon landings , wouldn't it be good to go back once more. My theory is that it's so dangerous that it was a miracle that the other landings were so...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 2790

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Relevant Mitchell and Webb sketch. There is no telescope powerful enough to see small spacecraft-sized objects on the moon from Earth. However, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed the landing sites . Wikipedia has an entire article full of third-party evidence for the Apollo Moon land...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 174473

Re: Ask Graeme?

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:10 pm
How many selections in Countdown's history could you get the word GRAEME from?
126, with round 10 in this game being the most recent one up to the end of S78.
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:10 pm
Have there ever been any rounds with GRAEGRAE in the selection?
Sadly not.
by Graeme Cole
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 174473

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hi Graeme, Ple......ting. Thanks. In addition to this, would it be possible to demonstrate the reverse - who has picked most schizophrenically across their episodes? 14 players have picked all five possible numbers choices at some point or other. They are Wayne Kelly, Mark Murray, Michael Calder, J...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 174473

Re: Ask Graeme?

Graeme Cole wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:29 pm
new 15-rounders
We've had the current format for over 5 years now. When am I going to stop calling it the "new" 15-rounder?
by Graeme Cole
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 174473

Re: Ask Graeme?

Lowest debut score for an octochamp? (57 happened recently which must be close to the 15 round record. I guess do whatever with previous runs). I've counted the "debut" score as the score the octochamp got in the first episode of their octorun, and ignored any previous runs. In my database, which g...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 174473

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hi Graeme, Please forgive me for asking a question motivated primarily out of self-interest, but I remember being told after my heat games that I was the first person to pick 6 small on all 16 opportunities during an 8-game heats run. I was wondering if you could give us an up-to-date breakdown of ...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 174473

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hi Graeme, Remembering my wife's amazing comeback against Neil Stephenson, 21 behind with 4 rounds to go and winning by 22 points, is there any other players that have come from behind better than that. :D :) ;) The biggest ever comeback in terms of the biggest deficit in the game by the eventual w...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 8158

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

My thoughts on conundrums, and setting them. Some of you may have heard these from me in person, perhaps several times, but this seems a suitable thread in which to write it all down so I can stop going on about it at events. tl;dr: Don't choose obscure words for conundrums as a lazy way of making t...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 21618

Re: C of C Draw......

Just a quick irrelevant Q: Who was the DC guest for the final day of recordings (a.k.a today's) - Wiki states Jon Culshaw but the ticket states and has stated for a while that it was Rufus Hound. Thanks :) Jon Culshaw is in the various pictures people have posted on Facebook, so it was probably him...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 21618

Re: C of C Draw......

I saw a strange comment from L'oisleatch McGraw earlier on this thread, where he moaned about the CoC lineup... and, in a bizarre twist, tried to blame the production staff members for not having enough "charisma". Crazy shit! I didn't accuse them of not having charisma. Read it again. Okay, here's...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 21618

Re: C of C Draw......

e) I saw a strange comment from Countdown Team earlier on this thread, where they moaned about their inability to secure Moose for COC... and in a bizarre twist, tried to blame the fan community for their inadequacy. Crazy shit! Please own your failings, and in future do a better job at incentivisi...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 162
Views: 24393

Re: How many countries have you been to?

I wonder if anyone's been to the Vatican City but not to Italy?
by Graeme Cole
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 15120

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Essentially the question was, what if what's shown on TV isn't the same as what happens in the studio. C1 and C2 are level going into the conundrum. Nobody gets it. They're given a tiebreak, and C1 gets it. The first conundrum is cut out for some reason. Does it count as a tiebreak? I think this is ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 8158

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

I've never organised an event, so I'll leave the advice about event planning to someone else, but since you ask about the "best" format to use, here are my observations from events I've attended over the years. Personally I prefer Edinburgh (or "Lincoln") style, but a recent poll on Facebook shows a...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 15120

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Q: in event of a TB which is cut from broadcast (such as my first show), will this go down as a margin of 10 or a TB? Here’s how it will work: … In the event of a tie-break conundrum, this will be taken to be a 0 point win. ... Best of luck! I don't think that answers the question as well as you th...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 15120

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

I need specific. Where people are sending me ranges I'm taking the middle value. (If anyone who gave a range reads this, I will allow them to pick a number within their range to be more specific, but otherwise, middle value) People have actually done that? What kind of lunatic would send you a rang...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 15120

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

I sent Zarte a list of my predicted winners and margins for each game. It was decided entirely by random dice rolls. My only goal is not to come last in the prediction game so that at least one person loses to random chance. But at least my entry complied with the rules.
by Graeme Cole
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 5139

Re: FOCAL scoring system

What if... It wouldn't remove the perhaps disproportionate advantage you get from finishing mid-table at a large event compared to winning a smaller one Then why even invent such a weird system? There are systems that sort that problem out with adding weird arbitrary numbers on the end as an aftert...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 5139

Re: FOCAL scoring system

That the mechanic was simple to explain to anyone who happened to ask, to the point where they could reasonably work out exactly how they'd done on the day. And equally that it would be easy to follow in terms of looking over the spreadsheet. For this reason, things with a curve (except perhaps a c...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 5139

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I agree that the current scoring system does reward the top positions at smaller events less than it should compared to the middling positions at large events. However, I'm not convinced that the points value of an event (number of points given to the winner) needs to be decided in advance of the ev...