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by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 75
Views: 9161

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Adam Gillard wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:46 pm
Wow, that was a thrilling contest! Well done to Innis and team for coming through against strong opponents.
Can just apply that comment for this round as well. So evenly matched all the way through, and just nicking it at the end.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Ongoing series 77 general discussion thread (will contain spoilers!!!)
Replies: 67
Views: 9497

Re: Ongoing series 77 general discussion thread (will contain spoilers!!!)

I think I know the answer to this question, but I'm genuinely curious: All spots for the Series 77 finals are now claimed, and there are still seven heats left in the series. If someone wins the next six games and loses the seventh and last heat, and six wins proves to be enough to make it into the...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 216
Views: 14431

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm also catching up with the new series of Robot Wars. I'm glad they've tweaked the format slightly. I think it's slightly better now. But in both this series and the last one the two grand finalists from the previous series have ended up in the same heat. If it's just a random thing then OK, but ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 216
Views: 14431

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm also catching up with the new series of Robot Wars. I'm glad they've tweaked the format slightly. I think it's slightly better now. But in both this series and the last one the two grand finalists from the previous series have ended up in the same heat. If it's just a random thing then OK, but ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8970

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK (3), Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, UAE (transfers only), Japan, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, USA for 20 total. No new ones planned for this year yet - may fill in one of the holes in Western Europe Ad...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 1489

Re: Do you know what you know?

Mean confidence: 76.00% Actual percent correct: 88.00% You want your mean confidence and actual score to be as close as possible. Mean confidence on correct answers: 77.05% Mean confidence on incorrect answers: 68.33% You want your mean confidence to be low for incorrect answers and high for correc...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 16
Views: 1139

Re: Steam codes

I also have the following duplicate keys: VVVVVV The Stanley Parable Super Meat Boy Mini Metro And if anyone didn't get the Humble Freedom Bundle earlier this year (list here ), and wants anything from it other than those, Stardew Valley and The Witness, you can probably have those as well. I haven'...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 16
Views: 1139

Re: Steam codes

Can I claim the Shadow of Mordor one please?
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8970

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK (3), Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, UAE (transfers only), Japan, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, USA for 20 total. No new ones planned for this year yet - may fill in one of the holes in Western Europe Ad...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 24
Views: 2231

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

I was fourth show - 2 that day, 5 the next, then came back a week and a half later for the final one. Did mean I got to meet the standby player, the one contestant during that time who was happy to see me win.
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue May 16, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Personality types
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: Personality types

I somehow got https://www.16personalities.com/istp-personality, but very marginal between, observant and intuitive, and all the descriptions for INTP match much better.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 4873

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

I'm going to have to drop out of this, as will be away that weekend.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 75
Views: 9161

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Giles and team showing how to do a proper comeback on UC tonight. Brilliantly stressful watching.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 393
Views: 31557

Re: Politics in General

The last few months has been pretty insane for politics (particularly in the USA), but this manifesto (by a Stoke by-election candidate who has been arrested for it) is probably the most insane thing I've ever read . That's pretty amazing. Not decided what my favourite bit is yet. Probably either t...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 512
Views: 68536

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

I dreamed that I was on Countdown and Susie's origins bit was something interesting about words related to marine animals. It was interesting enough that well into the next round I was distracted thinking about various fish parts and how they got their name, so I could only find a three letter word...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 512
Views: 68536

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Finally got one that I can remember some details of. Was at some CoEvent, and was looking through a Countdown calendar with Jack Hurst, trying to show him the picture of our final (no idea what final). However, it had for some reason been replaced by a picture of Conor holding a trophy from the even...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 41
Views: 2494

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Catriona Cappleman (unsurprising, also comes under Countdowners whose houses I've been in and who have been in my house) Graeme Cole Phyl Styles Heather Styles (last 3 related to Only Connect filming) Jack Hurst Giles Hutchings (both at work) Many more if you count the last day of CoC filming, when ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 75
Views: 9161

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Unlucky there Giles - Bobby Seagull's a machine, and the bonuses you did get just didn't seem to fall well for you.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 4873

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

In please.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2017 upgrade!
Replies: 36
Views: 4370

Re: 2017 upgrade!

Seems to be a Chrome problem (at least) - tried that first, then changed to Firefox and working fine.
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 5537

Re: CO-MSO

Thomas Carey wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site.
You say etc, but there's not enough there to make a connection. What about drinks and forks?
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Is that a round 1 or round 2 question?
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Grumbleweed
Replies: 40
Views: 2481

Re: Grumbleweed

Wrong
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Greatest ever Apterites
Replies: 20
Views: 2085

Re: Greatest ever Apterites

I'd put Adam Gillard in the top 10, based on his complete dominance of the top all rounders list (http://www.apterous.org/statland.php?section=top_all_rounders), and his large number of high scores (http://www.apterous.org/statland.php?section=highscores). May not be the very best in English countdo...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 10097

Re: FOCAL 2016

Done. (Red/bold means first event; orange/bold means first event and former event winner; yellow means former event winner.) Is former event winner filled in retroactively? Otherwise, having won an event before your first event would be impressive, and I should only be yellow from St Albans onwards...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016

Maybe an "ask Greame" in there somewhere as can't be many who have won a show after blanking the first 3 letters games? It's not common, but it's happened a few times. 9 times in 9-rounders, 14 times in old 15-rounders, and up to the end of series 74, twice in new 15-rounders. Ned Pendleton offered...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 11161

Re: EU Referendum

The Betfair odds look good for Remain. As long as enough people do vote, I'm still pretty confident of a win for Remain. I'm looking forward to the referendum thing being over, though - to be honest, I'm not sure one should even have been called in the first place. This by David Mitchell is quite i...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 990
Views: 66940

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Gavin Chipper wrote:Do Israel and Australia get to enter this?
Israel do (along with other famously European countries like Kazakhstan), though never qualify. For football Australia choose to be in Asia instead.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 2747

Re: IMDB top 250

Conor wrote:There is also a list of the Bottom 100 rated films: http://www.imdb.com/chart/bottom

I have only seen one - Epic Movie - at it remains the only film where I have walked out of the cinema.
Only seen Troll 2 of those, which was bottom for a while until that made it gain in popularity.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14 April 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 52)
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Recapper Needed for Today! Spoilers for Thursday 14 April 2016 (Series 74 Prelim 52)

Johnny Canuck wrote:Lexplorer lists PIEANNOTS as a 9 in the PANTIES/ENATIONS round, but I can't find any way to get to it on ODO. Was it one of the junked variant spellings?
May have been a variant of http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... ish/pianet - I think that had a lot of stupid variants.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: April Idiots
Replies: 24
Views: 1627

Re: April Idiots

JimBentley wrote:So, apropos nothing, this is coming up again soon, isn't it?
Nope. They realised they stuck the leap day in the wrong place, so they're skipping April 1st.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday March 21st 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: Spoilers For Monday March 21st 2016

They get pushed to the following week, which leads to Nick getting even more confused as to what day it's meant to be. A lot of the time the first show on a filming day isn't a Monday.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 10097

Re: FOCAL 2016

Is there a list of positions for each individual event? No. I kind of wanted to put that info up but it massively clutters the table - I'm probably just going to link to the respective Wiki pages from the finished event pages (maybe the events calendar page too). Could be worth making a page on the...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Previous appearances?
Replies: 14
Views: 1605

Re: Previous appearances?

The last 4 series winners were all past contestants, each having won no games previously. My gap was around 6 years as well, and Dan's was even less. 2 of the losing finalists were also past contestants, and I think I played a few others as well, so they seem pretty relaxed about it these days. I ju...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1822
Views: 114619

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

If we're going to use the previous champions ONLY as a measure for how to get good, it would seem the best bit is to fuck up your first attempt and go on again later :P (Not in any way moaning about people going back on, I hasten to add. Chances are I would) This is probably one of the best motivat...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Rainy day game for 2 players
Replies: 10
Views: 1492

Re: Rainy day game for 2 players

Yeah, I stopped once I found a winning move, so probably a few missing, in particular ones that don't touch the 5 immediately.
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Rainy day game for 2 players
Replies: 10
Views: 1492

Re: Rainy day game for 2 players

I think the following is a list of winning positions (ones where your next move can get you back to a winning position no matter what your opponent does). If you strike one or more sticks from the middle of a line you effectively split it into 2 lines, hence some positions involving more than 5. As ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Rainy day game for 2 players
Replies: 10
Views: 1492

Re: Rainy day game for 2 players

There's a technique for analysing games like this where you assign each position a score for if you reach it at the end of your turn. If there's just 1 stick left then your opponent takes that and loses, so we'll assign that (and all other winning positions) a score of 0. Then you gradually work out...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 6360

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Which large numbers are generally most useful, across all combinations with other numbers, and which are least useful? 97 and 12 respectively? Nope. The most useful numbers, in order (some omissions) are: 11, 13, 12, 14, 17, ... , 92, 90, 98, 96, 100 97 comes in 15th from bottom. As you can see, 12...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 6360

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Which large numbers are generally most useful, across all combinations with other numbers, and which are least useful? 97 and 12 respectively?
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 6360

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Johnny Canuck wrote:Where do 12, 37, 62, 87 fall?
2 prime numbers, and 62 having 31 (a prime greater than 10) as a factor should put it much higher than the default.
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?
Replies: 15
Views: 1469

Re: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?

I'll put this here because I don't know where else to. 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% I had a very convoluted way of calculating this. I'm happy to do a write up of the method if...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

That earthman case is just bizarre. Neither definition could have made sense in the Middle ages, and yet it has a spelling and earliest use from then.
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?
Replies: 15
Views: 1469

Re: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?

I voted for improved, though also conflicted. This was an unusual case, where most players hadn't had a chance to learn which words will come up a lot, and so it led to some interesting encounters. Despite this, the best player still won each game I think, almost regardless of the new words. By the ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:45 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

Great game by both, Dan's recovery keeping it tense to the very end. Fantastic spot by Dylan on the conundrum to take it. Was a great competition to watch/be part of, with the new words and the suspiciously kind letters arrangements leading to some very interesting scores. Haha - couldn't let this ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

Great game by both, Dan's recovery keeping it tense to the very end. Fantastic spot by Dylan on the conundrum to take it.

Was a great competition to watch/be part of, with the new words and the suspiciously kind letters arrangements leading to some very interesting scores.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 61
Views: 4454

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:Can someone explain the magic in "the product of two primes", Rachel mentions it often and I feel I should know it but I'm afraid it has escaped me. Thanks.
I think it's just that there is a way of getting the target by multiplying 2 smaller numbers, but only one so it's hard to spot.
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 10395

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

I'll put in another vote for full ODO adjudication. Playing on Apterous is annoying at the moment, having to guess whether or not to try a new word.
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 40
Views: 2000

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

England: Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Carlisle, Coventry, Durham, Exeter, Leeds, Lincoln, London, Manchester, Oxford, Portsmouth, Salford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, Wakefield, Winchester, Worcester, York (26) Scotland: Aberdeen, Stirling (...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many non-countries have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 893

Re: How many non-countries have you been to?

Just Guernsey for me.
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8970

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Graeme Cole wrote:
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
James Laverty wrote:Vatican City (dubious if this is counted)
OF COURSE THIS COUNTS.
Wait what? That's a sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right?

I went there while I was in Rome. So 9.
No it's not, but it counts under the more important category of being a country on Sporcle.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8970

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK (3), Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, UAE (transfers only), Japan, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, USA for 20 total. No new ones planned for this year yet - may fill in one of the holes in Western Europe
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 8 Spoilers For Wednesday January 13th 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1051

Re: CoC Preliminary 8 Spoilers For Wednesday January 13th 2016

Graeme-ish question: In Rounds 10/11 today, the vowel pile contained three consecutive As. Consecutive matching (i.e., repeated) letters have seemed to me to be even rarer than usual lately. Is this the first instance of a repeated letter anywhere in CoC XIV? It is, and there's been a large number ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 10473

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Mandela's a more recent one that I remember being very big. Can't think of anyone in a similar category (ex-politication/leader who still has that level of interest)
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 6360

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Here is the breakdown by type, and how far away you can get: Zero away 1 away 2 away 3 away 4 away 5 away 6 away 7 away 8 away 9 away 10 away 11+ away 6S 1963726 (76.64%) 353472 65417 26954 15232 9859 7357 5780 4589 3945 3326 102493 1L 4966076 (95.11%) 220295 21730 5813 2527 1272 713 470 339 264 21...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 6360

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

What about the same question the other way round... which targets are solvable by every 1-large selection? Every 2 large? 3 large? 4 large? Which target is solvable by the fewest selections? I'll guess 911 or 937 for the least solvable target. High primes, and good distance from multiples of 25 (I ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA16 - Saturday 26th March 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3139

Re: COREA16 - Saturday 26th March 2016

In please
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 25
Views: 1148

Re: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?

So based on this, and using an estimate of the number of valid conundrumable words (probably 10,000 or so), we should be able to work out how many different possible shows there can be. That will get more complicated again, as each letters round will remove a load of other possibilities for the lat...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 25
Views: 1148

Re: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?

Used this to work out how to determine the number of possible consonant combinations: http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/56197.html. It turns out the way to choose n consonants is to take the coefficient of x^n in the expansion of (1+x)^6*(1+x+x^2)^5*(1+x+x^2+x^3)*(1+x+x^2+x^3+x^4)^3*(1+x+x^2+...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 25
Views: 1148

Re: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?

Can't be bothered to do a proper calculation, but randomly picking 9 letters and dividing by 9! to remove duplicate selections (ignoring duplicate letters within selections) gives just over 15,000,000. Refining this to pick valid numbers of consonants and vowels brings it down to around 3,500,000. ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 25
Views: 1148

Re: How many Letters puzzles are there in total?

Can't be bothered to do a proper calculation, but randomly picking 9 letters and dividing by 9! to remove duplicate selections (ignoring duplicate letters within selections) gives just over 15,000,000. Refining this to pick valid numbers of consonants and vowels brings it down to around 3,500,000.