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by JackHurst
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 8
Views: 292

FOCAL Code of Conduct

I had a great time yesterday at my first FOCAL Countdown competition I've attended in Milton Keynes and would like to thank everybody involved in running it! Based on my experience yesterday, and my research on https://focalcountdown.co.uk/ it appears that there is no code of conduct that participan...
by JackHurst
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 2768

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Was the venue picked after the name?
by JackHurst
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2019 (S80, Grand Final!)
Replies: 32
Views: 3253

Re: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2019 (S80, Grand Final!)

That was so thrilling to watch! Dinos - One of the first friends I made when I started playing countdown over ten years ago. You're a thoroughly nice bloke and from what I see it looks like you've become a great dad too recently. I'm glad they let you back on, and was thrilled to see you smash it. W...
by JackHurst
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 25802

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

I am willing to pretend to be related to this Martin Hurst chap in order to have a battle of the Hursts once the CoC dust has settled :)
by JackHurst
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 7405

Re: CO-MSO 2018

Tony, The event page you linked to is either missing a date or has it somewhere that is not very visible ob a mobile. I think the summary of the event could be rewritten to be more accessible to people who don't already go to co-events. Would they know what apterous dictionary or "Bristol style" mea...
by JackHurst
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2508

Re: Spoilers for the 24th October 2017

VELAMINA available as a beater in the round before origin of words.

Thanks to Chris Davies for teaching me that one!
by JackHurst
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: My Daily Puzzle Blog
Replies: 0
Views: 2255

My Daily Puzzle Blog

I've started a daily puzzle blog which I'm hoping will take off. I'll be posting 3 puzzles every day this February.

Please take a look:
http://jackhurst.co.uk/blog/

comments/Feedback welcome.
by JackHurst
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 19730

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

FWIW I totally agree with Jono here. You go to Co-Events to play countdown, so may as well make it as much like the show as possible. I've always found letters rounds at co-events frustrating, firstly due to the excessive duplication of letters, and secondly due to bad shuffling (and so getting near...
by JackHurst
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 10908

Re: FOCAL 2017

Well done on a successful year. I had a great day at the event I came to. See you in LDN ;) I do think Gevin's suggestion about charging entrants for the final event makes a lot of sense though. There is no need to do it because anybody keen enough to go to enough events to qualify will obviously be...
by JackHurst
Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see in DC?
Replies: 219
Views: 19072

Re: Who would you like to see in DC?

James Laverty wrote: Ainsley Harriott- Always entertaining
If this ever happens, please somebody let me know so I can have audience tickets.
by JackHurst
Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Aggregated Pro Ranks leaderboard
Replies: 5
Views: 2635

Aggregated Pro Ranks leaderboard

I requested this here but never got it, so I made it myself instead. Apterous players ranked by Peak pro rank, and then by number of weeks in that position. Any player that ever [1][2][3] got into the top 5 should appear. Observations and suggestions welcome! Standings 1: 1 (157 times) Innis Carson ...
by JackHurst
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 20896

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

I thought I'd share this here too since there has been discussion on how to adjudicate words: 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.php?f=3&t=11488...
by JackHurst
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?
Replies: 15
Views: 2708

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 JackHurst
Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 7791

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

Brilliant competition. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of those games and it made me wish I could have been there in the audience. Dylan was a superb Champion and I'm really happy for him. He did incredibly well to not wilt under the pressure of Crucial conundrums in his last three games. Well don...
by JackHurst
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 36
Views: 5974

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

I've been reading C4C posts that Gevin can't see.
by JackHurst
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 46501

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

James Robinson wrote:Is there a reason why the quarter-final line-up isn't the usual 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, etc.....??
Because there are no seeds, so why make the order more complicated than it needs to be?
by JackHurst
Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 46501

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

My 16 ( PRESUMING IT'S FILMED IN MAY/JUNE 2015) : DAN MCCOLM ANTOINETTE RYAN GEORGE FORD JEN STEADMAN MARK MURRAY ANDY NAYLOR CALLUM TODD DYLAN TAYLOR ANDY PLATT GILES HUTCHINGS HEATHER STYLES PAUL JAMES GLENN WEBB TRACEY MILLS ANDREW KEITH GERRY TYNAN Adding Thomas Cappleman to the list as well Hu...
by JackHurst
Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

1)Most maxes/ most points scored by a non series finalist?
2)Least maxes/ least points score by a series finalist. (Not including finals games)?
3) did the answer to 1) do better than any series champs did in their heats?
by JackHurst
Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015
Replies: 133
Views: 18965

Re: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015

Important question:
Who wants to take the trophy? I can hand it over somewhere in North/Central London or off office hours.

Somebody better volunteer! (PM)
by JackHurst
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C4C/Apterous Twitter list
Replies: 17
Views: 3050

Re: C4C/Apterous Twitter list

Mark Deeks wrote:Next up - Apto SnapChat! Image
Snaptochat.
by JackHurst
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday November 28th 2014 (S71 P96)
Replies: 60
Views: 5374

Re: Spoilers for Friday November 28th 2014 (S71 P96)

It tickles how we have two clear groups of commenters in these threads: Group A (E.g, Tony, Bradley, James...) Who watch the show most days and chip in with their contributions to the rounds. Group B (E.g Corby, MWM, Jen, Zarte...) Who seem to only show an interest when there is controversy or drama...
by JackHurst
Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

With the exception of Samir Pilica and Mark Davies, all of the octochamps in 2014 have finished their run on the last filmed show of their second day of recording (ie final day of a DC guest). Does this imply that making your debut straight after the lunch break gives you an advantage or a mere coi...
by JackHurst
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

There's 3 I have an idea for, but no idea if the guess is valid:

ROCHESTER is HECTORERS?
BRIAN KENT is INTERBANK?
BASSINDER is RABIDNESS?


do any of them have more than 1 solution?
by JackHurst
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

Might have been asked b4. Only counting heat games, and not games with two new challengers, what is the avg score of champ vs avg score of challenger?
by JackHurst
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Champion of champions seedings
Replies: 33
Views: 3337

Re: Champion of champions seedings

Jon O'Neill wrote:Wow. You really need to get a life.
Still applies.
by JackHurst
Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 554
Views: 101794

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why does 0!=1! Because it's a lot neater that way. One reason is that it means the rule: n! = (n+1)!/(n+1) works for all n >= 0. See also Numberphile . n! is the product of the first n natural numbers. From this, it makes sense to say 0! is the product of nothing, which is defined to be 1. This is ...
by JackHurst
Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 11:11
Replies: 0
Views: 723

11:11

I just wanted to get the 1111th topic here.

I'll post another comment at some point when it's 11:11am
by JackHurst
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 46501

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

Great news! The only downside with these things is the toiling over who gets to be included. Obviously there are always going to be people walking away disappointed which sucks, but there's nothing you can do. There's droves of people from series 60-67 who would have been good enough to get into the...
by JackHurst
Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 100535

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who drink fizzy drinks when travelling or playing sport instead of water.
by JackHurst
Fri May 30, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 100535

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Zarte Siempre wrote:
JackHurst wrote:Loving this thread. For me its men who regularly wear hats...
Love you too x
See.
by JackHurst
Tue May 27, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 100535

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Loving this thread. For me its men who regularly wear hats and people who sign up to web forums under pseudonyms (ahem). Controversially, I have no trust issues with bald men. People with spiky hair. Agree lots. People who slap the table when they laugh. And people who clap when they laugh People wh...
by JackHurst
Sun May 25, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 27452

Re: Guess who...

Track and field athlete?
by JackHurst
Tue May 20, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 27452

Re: Guess who...

Has this person been in an episode of countdown?
by JackHurst
Sun May 18, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 27452

Re: Guess who...

Are they on any of these lists:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_Jews
by JackHurst
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: CONUNDRUM game
Replies: 55
Views: 11549

Re: CONUNDRUM game

Mark Deeks wrote:FELLATING (again), VELVETEEN, SWEETVELD

MORRIBAKE
MORRICOPE
MORRIPEST
Importers reimports etc.

MORRIBAKE
MORRICOPE
RECTILPOO
by JackHurst
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge 2013/2014
Replies: 74
Views: 14788

Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Great episode today, nice to see Manchester go out just because its Manchester. To be fair, their team seemed nice this year and they got quite far considering Day's attempts to make his team's score negative.
by JackHurst
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

What evidence is there (if any) to suggest that having the letters pick gives you an advantage for the round? It did for me in one round in the match I played. The first 8 letters I picked were U I A F D S O G. I realised that if an E came up I would have the word GAUDIES. I asked for a vowel in th...
by JackHurst
Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

In the 30th Birthday Championship, the difference is ( a little bit ) more pronounced: in 440 letters rounds, the picker won 75 and the non-picker won 65. It would be valid to brush over this fact as unimportant based on the tiny sample size, but to brush it aside as an insignificant margin (which ...
by JackHurst
Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

I'm pretty certain that for higher quality letters players there should be a small difference in percentage, something around 0.5% to 1.5%. Though looking at information from the show wont help with proving or disproving that because: A) The standard of letters on the show isn't high enough B) You'd...
by JackHurst
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Easy odds puzzle
Replies: 22
Views: 4997

Re: Easy odds puzzle

I'm on fire today.

Oh wait its past midnight. D'oh.

D'oh d'oh.
by JackHurst
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Countdown Prize Money?
Replies: 12
Views: 1987

Re: Countdown Prize Money?

Do you have a gambling addiction?
by JackHurst
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Easy odds puzzle
Replies: 22
Views: 4997

Re: Easy odds puzzle

Approximating this probability for an knockout tournament with n rounds as n gets large is a good exercise in using Sterling's approximation.
by JackHurst
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Easy odds puzzle
Replies: 22
Views: 4997

Re: Easy odds puzzle

Ignore me, I'm wrong.
by JackHurst
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Easy odds puzzle
Replies: 22
Views: 4997

Re: Easy odds puzzle

I make the probability to be 8!/(4!*2^4)=8!/(24*16)=1/105.

Currently flicking between my own working and Gevin's reasoning to find an error to see which of us is wrong.
by JackHurst
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Countdown Desk Calendar
Replies: 24
Views: 4822

Re: Countdown Desk Calendar

I don't have it, but have had it in previous years. Good gift for somebody who is a fan of the show but doesn't take it so seriously that they play on apto.

(I think it took me about 20 seconds to solve all 10 of those conundrums in total btw :P )
by JackHurst
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 1001-2000 most common maxes, and so on
Replies: 8
Views: 2076

Re: 1001-2000 most common maxes, and so on

Topics like this are neither directly countdown or apterous, and I think they'd belong best in a new sub forum, which is intended to be a place for users to discuss ways of getting good at countdown/apterous.

If you read this Charlie, whaddya think?
by JackHurst
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

Cool thanks!
by JackHurst
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

Thanks for thet Graeme, that's an interesting list. Could you also do the same for 6 letter words? I imagine the list would be empty. Yes, it is. There doesn't seem to be a six letter word which does not have at least four letters in common with some seven letter word. If you still have time on your...
by JackHurst
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The World's Hardest 15 Rounder
Replies: 9
Views: 1924

Re: The World's Hardest 15 Rounder

Cool puzzle!
by JackHurst
Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nice Welcome.
Replies: 2
Views: 1203

Re: Nice Welcome.

...but its probably possible to crop pictures properly.
by JackHurst
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X Team Competition
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

Re: COLIN X Team Competition

Zarte Siempre wrote:
JackHurst wrote:Yes but it will be a small prize seeing as though it's coming out of my own pocket.
You really ought to sew that hole up...
what?
by JackHurst
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X Team Competition
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

Re: COLIN X Team Competition

Yes but it will be a small prize seeing as though it's coming out of my own pocket.

Of course, there is always the pride of winning :)
by JackHurst
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X Team Competition
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

Re: COLIN X Team Competition

The first 15 to sign up have their place guaranteed, while the late entries will be put into a hat to pick the final 5. so 4 guaranteed places left!
by JackHurst
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X Team Competition
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

Re: COLIN X Team Competition

Ok, interested so far:

1)Jack W
2)Callum T
3)Thomas C
4)Kirk B
5)Jeff C
6)Heather S
7)James R
8)Jane W
9)Phyl S
10)Dan M
11)Rob F

Maybes: Gev Matt M

9 more spaces to be filled!
by JackHurst
Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X Team Competition
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

Re: COLIN X Team Competition

I think because of the conundrum format it's probably more interesting not to have shit players. If you disagree, I'd be interested for the sake of it sounding interesting. I do disagree. Its an advantage to have as many players as possible in tue final regardless of their ability. Plus the if an u...
by JackHurst
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 26599

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

This year there will be a small team event to go alongside the main COLIN event on saturday. The details are given in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=10204

Please reply to the topic if you want to be part of it.
by JackHurst
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X Team Competition
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

COLIN X Team Competition

With the kind permission of Ben, I will be running a small team competition at this years COLIN! It should be great fun and wont interfere with the main event too much. There will be two teams, each of the same size (yet to be decided but hopefully as large as 10), both trying to eliminate each othe...
by JackHurst
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 26599

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Whoop whoop. Finally got my train tickets sorted. I'll be turning up just for the saturday, bringing with me one OED3 and 2 Sets of the board game, one without a numbers target generator. I get to Hykeham at 10:44 so should get there just on time! Edit: Btw, I have checked my letters packs against h...
by JackHurst
Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

Everybody shut up about irony and get back on topic.
by JackHurst
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1286
Views: 213038

Re: Ask Graeme?

Graeme, please could you produce the list of 7 letter words that always appear as a max if available in the selection? It would be interesting to see how many such words there are, and once the list is produced it would be a useful list for anybody who wants to improve their letters to learn. Could ...