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by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 25th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 165)
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 25th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 165)

Martyn might be better than Leo overall, but I think the likes of Luke and Sam are in another league to Martyn.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 166)
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 166)

I noticed Rachel's favouritism for females come out again saying that Isabella would have won 9 times out of 10. She played OK but 9 out of 10?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Tiers 2 and 3 are basically lockdown. Almost all of England will remain in effective lockdown. Once you reach not being able to meet people inside, anything else on top of that is relatively minor.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Wat?! 2020 - Countdown in Waterford (15/08/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 5795

Re: Co:Wat?! 2020 - Countdown in Waterford (15/08/2020)

Yeah, I spent a full day writing a painfully detailed report onto 5 different facebook pages simultaneously... If I'm bored one day and arsed to put the effort in, I'll edit it for here. In the meantime if anyone else wants to copy paste one of the fb versions, be my guest. We agreed that I would p...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 573
Views: 205540

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

His Dark Materials. Also Blackadder II is being repeated on BBC 1. I think all series might be on the iPlayer actually.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 23rd November 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Spoilers for 23rd November 2020

Great game. Very rude conundrum scramble though - SLEAZYNOB! :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Nice.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Put the target in numbers games spoilers
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Put the target in numbers games spoilers

This might seem a small thing, but I think it's much more user-friendly if people put what their sum equals in a numbers game spoiler. For example: Round 3: 100 x 5 + 6 x 7 = 542 Not: Round 3: 100 x 5 + 6 x 7 (You would obviously also mention if 542 wasn't the actual target. E.g. "I couldn't get 543...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words 'in the wild'
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Words 'in the wild'

Don't forget that URLs without the www don't work properly on this forum (you keep getting logged out), so this link is even better!
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193360

Re: Politics in General

Pretty awful human being Priti Patel has been found to be bullying, but Boris Johnson just tries to make it go away.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 162)
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 162)

I would have said CAKEBREAD looked more realistic than BREADCAKE so a bit unlucky there.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192771

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Matt Morrison wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:42 pm
You can get proper hypoallergenic proper cats.
What do they make them from?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351598

Re: Ask Graeme?

Straight in there with the Mulvey. Nice.

Also Zarte Mark I presumably.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 696

Re: "Viral" maths problem

Someone has to be.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192771

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Allergies?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who posts here?
Replies: 52
Views: 4517

Re: Who posts here?

I'm over 10,000 now, so I'm coming for you Robbo!
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193360

Re: Politics in General

(and technically Palestinians are Semites, too!) And that's why "anti-Semitism" isn't really a useful term. Well, it is useful for some people because they use the word instead of "racism" and can therefore sneak in extra meaning to it (including criticism of Israel etc.). The point is that saying ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)

But minus points to Rhys for not adding the = 812. It might sometimes be obvious but generally it makes it much easier to quickly see which round someone is referring to without having to work through someone's method yourself. Was the "Round 3" not obvious enough? No. People don't necessarily reme...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)

Yeah, you don't need the extra brackets. It was a fairly standard 4-large solve so I was surprised Rachel didn't get it. I got it after the time and was kicking myself but I don't practise 4-large. But minus points to Rhys for not adding the = 812. It might sometimes be obvious but generally it make...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193360

Re: Politics in General

Keir Starmer has just said that Corbyn won't be returning as a Labour MP . But anyway, to summarise the issue, from that article: Sir Keir Starmer said those who think the issue had been "exaggerated" should "be nowhere near the Labour Party". But later, Mr Corbyn released a statement, saying the sc...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193360

Re: Politics in General

Anyway, Jeremy Corbyn is back in the Labour Party but there are people who still don't want him to get the party whip back. As I understand it, Corbyn was suspended for the comments he made in the video embedded on this page where he talked about exaggeration. But if you listen to what he said about...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 159)
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 159)

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:20 pm
They normally let people go back one step these days so why was Kevin's R3 disallowed...?
I thought about that but the giving up seemed to come from him. But that might just have been because he didn't know he could get away with it. So a grey area.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193360

Re: Politics in General

On a more serious note, I'm not sure what there is to love about Johnson unless you buy his "loveable buffoon" persona, but surely that wore thin years ago. He has no integrity as a politician whatsoever. He's out of his depth and basically has no principles, doing merely what he thinks is needed to...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193360

Re: Politics in General

Apparently Boris has spoken out against devolution. I have written about this at University, but also that I wouldn't want to be the politician who speaks out against it. I love Boris. Apparently so. But: A Downing Street source: "The PM has always supported devolution, but Tony Blair failed to for...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192771

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

A couple of top notch replies there.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 696

Re: "Viral" maths problem

If you read the explanation in the second link I gave or watch this video , they're quite clear that the answer is 9. However, I think to talk about it simply in terms of BEDMAS/BODMAS/BIDMAS/TISWAS is to miss the point about where the confusion or potential ambiguity lies. And the website and video...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Howard Somerset
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: RIP Howard Somerset

Sad news indeed. At the risk of sounding flippant, according to his profile he was (or would be right now) 79 years old and that was the age he wanted to achieve.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 696

"Viral" maths problem

I saw this come up on Facebook a day or so ago from The Mirror, so I thought I'd post it here. It's nothing original - I've seen similar before. It's also here.

What is 6 ÷ 2(1+2) ?

I'll be back to discuss.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 437
Views: 77531

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Could it be a browser thing? I use the Brave browser and it doesn't even make me watch adverts.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 13th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 157)
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Spoilers for Friday 13th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 157)

I can imagine a very occasional viewer of Countdown tuning in today and thinking "Ooh, this Andy Bruno was on when I last watched. He must have won every day for 38 years." And then at the end - "Wow - I picked the one occasion out of 38 years when he actually lost to watch the programme!"
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 17205

Re: Tumbleweed

Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:03 am
70,025 bells.
Were you reminded of this by the counting to infinity thread? Cos I was.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

I just had a look online, and obviously asking for the difference between the width and height works well.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:36 pm
Gevin is correct.
You could make that your signature.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 293
Views: 111191

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Conor?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:23 pm
Divide the length of the longer side by the length of the shorter side. Do that number to the power of a million.

If it's 1, it's a square. If not, it's not.
You only need to do this to the power of 17 I think. That gets you over 2.5 (so 4 to the nearest square) for all the non-square options.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

The way I interpreted this is that Squarebot used the lines on the paper to draw the rectangle, so each side must have an integer length. Also each side is 16 units long to the nearest square so from 13 to 20. As the area is 289 to the nearest square, it must be nearer 289 than it is to 256 (16^2) o...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Don't think it says anywhere that the lengths have to be whole numbers. The simple solutions seem best here. I think it's implied by the fact that it's on squared paper so must be a rectangle of some sort. If it's not whole numbers, the squared paper becomes useless anyway. The squares on the paper...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Fiona T wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:18 am
Don't think it says anywhere that the lengths have to be whole numbers.

The simple solutions seem best here.
I think it's implied by the fact that it's on squared paper so must be a rectangle of some sort. If it's not whole numbers, the squared paper becomes useless anyway.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)

He’s in the process of ripping his episodes to his computer, but this appears to be taking a while. He sent me the video of Ep15 today. What worries me is the fact the contestants were the “wrong” way round compared to TCDP and (before today) the wiki. Episode 312’s credits are on YouTube which was...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192771

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I thought I might have posted about this before but I couldn't find it - why do we have two lots of two-minute silences for the end of the First World War? We have Armistice Day and Remembrance Day (today - 11th November) and Remembrance Sunday (always the second Sunday in November which is also the...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

What is the square of the area?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Add the sum of the length of the sides together. Add 1. Multiply this by 100 and add 50. What do you get? If 3600, it's a square. If not, it's a rectangle. Is that even right? Doesn't 18 and 16 give the same answer as 17/17? Disregard this. See my first answer. This was a joke answer as you can tel...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:42 pm
Add the sum of the length of the sides together. Add 1. Multiply this by 100 and add 50. What do you get?

If 3600, it's a square. If not, it's a rectangle.
Is that even right? Doesn't 18 and 16 give the same answer as 17/17?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Combination Lock

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:26 pm
Is Reel A the first reel?
Yes, but surprisingly Reel B is the last reel.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Divide the length of the longer side by the length of the shorter side. Do that number to the power of a million.

If it's 1, it's a square. If not, it's not.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:42 pm
Add the sum of the length of the sides together. Add 1. Multiply this by 100 and add 50. What do you get?

If 3600, it's a square. If not, it's a rectangle.
Normally you'd come up with a boring answer first and then have the flash of inspiration, but you did it the other way round.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:27 pm
"How many squares have you drawn on the paper?"
Yes. Nice.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

If it's a square I will eat four slices of pizza. If not, I will eat one. How many slices of pizza will I eat?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Squarebot

Every week in New Scientist they have a puzzle. The one in the most recent edition is called "Squarebot". I think it's quite fun because you can be quite creative in your solution, unlike most others which have just one answer. I'm looking forward to the answer that they give later this week. Anyway...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown

They probably forgot.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown

Colin's alright but he's no Mark Deeks.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)

Did anyone notice that after Andy's incorrect conundrum guess, the contestants suddenly had yesterday's nameplates ? After the end of the round they were back to normal. I think some sort of time portal got opened up. I think one of the crew said about it in an interview. And I think that's how the...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)

Tom S wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:31 pm
Saw on the wiki that Andy is a returnee from Series 1 no less, where he won 2 games. Surely puts the "oldest" returnee Q to bed.
They mentioned it on the show as well. I was hoping they'd show an old picture but alas not.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)

VEINIEST but not vainiest is in but the letters weren't there. So it is a word - she just spelt it wrong. Susie's "VAINEST is there" seemed to miss the point.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 46
Views: 3388

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Well it is the best name.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 5th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 151)
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 5th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 151)

Peter Thomas wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:13 pm
Well I don't know how far in advance the conundrums are chosen, but BRIGANDRY was a toughie, especially against two new contestants!
I thought ARCHETYPE the other day was pretty tricky as well!
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17350

Re: Joke Items

Maybe in England, but the rest of us have been celebrating Samhain or the start of winter for thousands of years. Possibly then, but I was also thinking mainly about the children-going-mugging aspect of it, which seems to have come over from America and which seems to have become the "main" part of...