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by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 32
Views: 1119

Re: Offensive Words

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:03 pm
Yes, it would be ridiculous to remove words on the grounds of offensiveness. You also have to consider the use-mention distinction. Mentioning the word "nigger" is not the same as calling someone a nigger, for example.
The BBC used the naughty word!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 131138

Re: Politics in General

OK cool. It would take Marc to change the quote as well now.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 131138

Re: Politics in General

Edit - the name is all over the internet anyway.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 131138

Re: Politics in General

Apparently there are 17 suspects.
if Wikipedia is accurate there are 17 current Tory mps who are male, in their 50s, and have been but are not currently a minister
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

It wasn't me that brought up the "all right"/"alright" thing. But anyway to kick off mine (and I'm sure there's loads):

Influencers
Social media
Leader of the free world
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 131138

Re: Politics in General

A Tory MP has been arrested for rape , and not been suspended from the party. Apparently he's a former minister and in his 50s - can we narrow it down? I'm not arguing the rights and wrongs of how this is being handled, but people don't normally get anonymity and would normally be suspended, so I'm ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 12
Views: 308

Re: Victor Meldrew

Callum Todd wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:16 am
Alright is fine but it's silly to say all right is wrong. Al'right should be okay too really.
I have a problem with "okay" actually.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 12
Views: 308

Re: Victor Meldrew

I always think it makes more sense as one word - "alright". It's not just about how it's written - people don't pronounce it as the two separate words "all right". If someone had managed to go their whole life without hearing "all right"/"alright" and then had to read out loud a sentence that had "a...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown
Replies: 15
Views: 8412

Re: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown

A new series started yesterday. The longest pregnancy in history has kicked back into action.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk Podcast Episode 6 (Damian Eadie)
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Focal Talk Podcast Episode 6 (Damian Eadie)

I hope no-one minds me posting this here, but I think this only got mentioned on the Facebook group. Here is the link. It was broadcast live as well.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

Letters round, selection is MNTSWAOIE. You are declaring second and know there is a 9. Unsure what it is, you write down a few random ones. WAMNIOTES MAWSONITE AWMNIOTES Player 1 declares a 9, you also declare a 9. Wait for them to declare MAWSONITE. You then say 'Yep, same word' and point to the c...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 128
Views: 6570

Re: Joke Items

Other joke words include " suffrage " and " emancipation ". These words have probably not been used in normal conversation for at least a hundred years, but for some reason they crop up as "women's suffrage" and "emancipation of women" as if people talking about these can't do so using without resor...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 128
Views: 6570

Re: Joke Items

The word "garlicky". Such a horrific construction with "licky" in it and the k is arbitrary anyway. It should be "garliccy" and that's how I will spell it from now on (if I ever need to write it). Similarly it should be "panicced", not "panicked" (though I won't insist on this spelling). You double...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 128
Views: 6570

Re: Joke Items

The word "garlicky". Such a horrific construction with "licky" in it and the k is arbitrary anyway. It should be "garliccy" and that's how I will spell it from now on (if I ever need to write it). Similarly it should be "panicced", not "panicked" (though I won't insist on this spelling). You double ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th January 2019 (COC XV, game 6)
Replies: 12
Views: 4118

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th January 2019 (COC XV, game 6)

It was interesting listening to Nick waffling on about some restaurants allowing people 90 minutes for their bookings. But the main determiner of how long it takes is how long the restaurant takes to serve you and cook your food.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 541

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

When it comes down to it, I posted what I did thinking that Jack would not care in the slightest, and I was surprised he got defensive about it and that this became a thing at all.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 541

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

People are free to do what they want. People are free to have whatever opinions they want. My last post was moving in a more conciliatory direction anyway.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 541

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

Sure - when you posted about the first event there were about four of you and I didn't really think anything of it, and I suppose I was just a bit surprised about this larger event and that there had been five of them. (I might be wrong but I don't think I'd seen more than about two mentioned on her...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 33
Views: 1564

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Unfortunately I didn't watch it live, but I've just watched the final now. Really enjoyed it. Well done to Conor, Jonathan and the whole Zoomdown team!
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 541

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

It seems a bit weird having a whole series of quite big Countdown events that are invitation only. And then expect us to watch the final!
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 541

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

Why is this secret until after the event? What are the entry criteria? This seems like a CO-event equivalent of the sanctum.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 136
Views: 46651

Re: Countdowners in the news

There's a video here of the incident and another shorter one but with English commentary where you can hear Kirk more clearly.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

Videprinter?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

I've never thought about the playing order either. Indeed, I've even said to others on my table that the order doesn't matter when they look at the screen to see which game is "first". Players could be encouraged to play the games in the published order, but you couldn't really make it an enforceab...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 771
Views: 157073

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is purple not one of the "official" named colours of the rainbow? If you look this up, you get answers like "There's no such thing as purple light." etc. But they're missing the point. Look at the last colour of the rainbow. It's purple. That's the colour it is. Indigo and violet aren't really ...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

Getting back on topic: basically it's an argument against having draws at events. Something else you can do is not have the computer tell anyone the results of games in an uncompleted round. The results of all the games of a round are made public together. Obviously someone can go round asking peopl...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

Obviously the pretend fair Swiss Pairs system can encourage not always playing to your best. I forget, is this one of the things for which you've come up with a better system? Or am I thinking of the voting system and/or the FOCAL points system? It is, along with those other things! Well, I would c...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

Well, it seems that Graeme has made his judgement on the players given the names given to the players! You find the nearest mirror, and you look deeply and searchingly into your reflection as it looks back at you with shame, disappointment and disgust for running a tournament with a structure that a...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 7th January 2019 (COC XV, game 4)
Replies: 11
Views: 3256

Re: Spoilers for Monday 7th January 2019 (COC XV, game 4)

Kate Humble teaching us how to start a pandemic with her aardvark story. This is what Rhys should be asking to be cut out! Not people offering the word "cough".
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 771
Views: 157073

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is purple not one of the "official" named colours of the rainbow? If you look this up, you get answers like "There's no such thing as purple light." etc. But they're missing the point. Look at the last colour of the rainbow. It's purple. That's the colour it is. Indigo and violet aren't really ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 771
Views: 157073

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is purple not one of the "official" named colours of the rainbow? If you look this up, you get answers like "There's no such thing as purple light." etc. But they're missing the point. Look at the last colour of the rainbow. It's purple. That's the colour it is. Indigo and violet aren't really "...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

Next question - what is the correlation between octotal and standard deviation? Very little correlation. The Spearman's rank coefficient comes out as -0.15, based on the data Graeme has provided. I was half-expecting it to be negative based on what I posted above. Obviously against that was the thi...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

I don't actually think coefficient of variation is the best measure. If anything there's a ceiling effect which means that you'd expect lower variance with higher average score. This would probably be approximately true if 9 letter words didn't score double. There's also the differences between the...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

I don't actually think coefficient of variation is the best measure. If anything there's a ceiling effect which means that you'd expect lower variance with higher average score.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

Innis, you are way down the list.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

reckon i'd be quite high up on your list sam, got a standard deviation of 4.95 and a higher mean than most of the people on that list Nice. Your higher mean brings the coefficient of variance down below both Tom's and Kai's. Looks like you and Hargreaves both have a range of 13 too, which is a good...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

Which octochamp has the smallest range of scores? Which has the smallest coefficient of variation ? Once upon a time I tried to calculate this in the hope that it might be me , but found that I was pipped by Tom Hargreaves . Very possible that I missed someone, though, or that a new winner has emer...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 2767

Re: Inventions corner

+Honey
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 33
Views: 1564

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Thanks for all the information. It looks quite complicated! Obviously it goes without saying that you all do a great job with all of this.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 128
Views: 6570

Re: Joke Items

Roman numerals.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

(I think Scrabble and chess have a system where both players sign the scoresheet, after which the result can't be corrected - handing in the scoresheet would seem to be the equivalent for co-events.) Reference: FIDE Laws of Chess (see article 8.7) and ABSP Scrabble Rules (see section 10.1 and 10.2)...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever televised game?
Replies: 25
Views: 6013

Re: Best ever televised game?

Dylan vs Andy will be up there for almost everyone Having just watched the repeat of CoC 14 , Dylan v Andy was probably the best game of the championship. But also Tom Cappleman v Giles Hutchings was very good, and also the final between Dylan Taylor and Dan McColm , once Dan made the comeback with...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 33
Views: 1564

Re: ZoomDown finals!

I enjoyed the sem-finals today! How does the letter selecting and going up on the screen work? At one point today it became clear that Paul wasn't selecting the letters himself because James Rowen made a mistake (vowel instead of consonant or vice versa) and apologised for it. But then is a third pe...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

At this point we're just discussing what is an invalid conundrum, rather than whether in principle the game result of specifically the final should stand because of the psychological factors etc. discussed above.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 26871

Re: You Are The Ref

In case 1, re-do, for the reasons you gave. In cases 2 and 3, the result stands. The "no plurals no present tense verbs" thing isn't a hard and fast rule as far as I know. I didn't think the verb one was a rule at all, hard and fast or not. But people tend to steer clear of these conundrums anyway....
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Records on the wiki
Replies: 14
Views: 2138

Re: Records on the wiki

Rather than start a new thread, I'll post here. On the front page of the wiki, one of the links at the top is to All series and it links to this terrible page , rather than this much nicer one . But I think you need special powers to make changes to the front page, which I don't have, so does anyon...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Records on the wiki
Replies: 14
Views: 2138

Re: Records on the wiki

Rather than start a new thread, I'll post here. On the front page of the wiki, one of the links at the top is to All series and it links to this terrible page , rather than this much nicer one . But I think you need special powers to make changes to the front page, which I don't have, so does anyone...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 32
Views: 10132

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

When I watch Question Time I often Google the panellists and quite often they don't have a Wikipedia article. Camilla Tominey has appeared on quite a few things but doesn't appear to have one.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Semi-Final 1 Spoilers For Wednesday January 20th 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2881

Re: CoC Semi-Final 1 Spoilers For Wednesday January 20th 2016

Some strange board decisions today. ENTOMB and OUBOET are offered, and ENTOMB goes up. And I think the other one was choosing RAVIOLI over VARIOLA.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Would Countdown improve if......
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Would Countdown improve if......

I remember him posting on here. By the way, to provide a contrary view - one of the advantages of Countdown over various other games (including Scrabble) is that it's the same for both players - same letters, same numbers, same conundrum. However, the declaration process breaks that symmetry. Yes, t...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 282
Views: 97332

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Some good stuff in here. Keep it coming.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday May 3rd 2011
Replies: 21
Views: 1995

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday May 3rd 2011

Shorter words suggested by DC that didn't make the edit were R6 HIRPLED and R7 PEANUTS. FOETID also possible in R3. Roger's R9 selection had to be refilmed as he only selected 8 letters the first time. And no-one noticed the gap at the end until afterwards? Anyway so just coming back to this - we a...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Would Countdown improve if......
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Would Countdown improve if......

Nice post.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

Edit - some further discussion . Enjoyed reliving that thread. Sadly I think I've lost the raw data I produced while masquerading as Dave. Well, this has led me to some shocking news. I remembered there was another poster on here who posted some numbers game stats but didn't post that often and I w...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 2767

Re: Inventions corner

Does the world need drawstrings? You normally seem to get them with elasticated waistbands but isn't the whole point of being elasticated that it stretches to the size you want? Whereas non-elasticated things (like the trousers I'm wearing right now) don't have a drawstring and if they can get away ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 2767

Re: Inventions corner

Something that prevents drawstrings being lost in waistbands. Yes, I know a knot helps, but only until the strain against the hole causes the fabric to give, then we're back to square one with retrieval being hindered by the presence of a knot catching on the fabric. How many human hours, that coul...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Wat?! 2020 - Countdown in Waterford (15/08/2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 1639

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

With the ban on people from Britain can this still be a FOCAL event? Is there still a FOCAL championship this year anyway?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 131138

Re: Politics in General

The Tories have kicked someone out for beating their preferred candidate in an election. This is hilarious. What a joke of a party.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1383
Views: 299020

Re: Ask Graeme?

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:07 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:50 pm
Edit - some further discussion.
Enjoyed reliving that thread. Sadly I think I've lost the raw data I produced while masquerading as Dave.
You came and went pretty quickly.