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by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 26th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 40)
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Spoilers for Friday 26th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 40)

They normally allow a correction on the numbers if it's immediate. I didn't think it was overly lenient.

Coral Heath is a bit like Coral Reef.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 25th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 39)
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 25th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 39)

Where Rachel did 75×10 +100 - 3×10 - 6 = 814, she wasted a 10. She could have done (75-3)×10 + 100 - 6.

Also 50 × (7+9) - 8×8 - 6 = 730 for an easier method in that other round where she did (9×8+6+7) × 5 + 50.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 792
Views: 310730

Re: Politics in General

As well as many political opinions, I share a birthday with Tom Harwood. Which would be nice if I didn't have a huge inferiority complex. I guess it's time for me to decide whether I want to model my political views after Neil Kinnock or Lady Gaga I guess it's time for me to decide whether I want t...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 300
Views: 107190

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:26 pm
Haven't t watched The Simpsons for 10 years.
I think it peaked at season 10
I've never watched an episode of The Simpsons knowing what series number it came from. How are you supposed to know?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 153
Views: 26643

Re: Joke Items

Icing on cakes. It just makes it taste worse. Also, those "fancy" cakes people make that are meant to look like something that use icing to achieve this. A friend of mine had a birthday party a couple of years ago and some cake "expert" had made him a cake that looked like his favourite football tea...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 84
Views: 18114

Re: TENNIS

This BBC article discusses the GOAT question.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52005

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

A lot of dates have been announced for a "data not dates" thing.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 19th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 35)
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Spoilers for Friday 19th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 35)

Patrick- McCurdie wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:37 pm
who else finds jeremy thompson boring. reminds me of william hague
He's a bit of a plane crash.

I'm here all week.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 195
Views: 21365

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Tom S wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:19 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:21 pm
I take it there's a documentary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahyi-qP4mVs&t=1429s
Thanks. I am subscribed to the channel but like any sensible person almost all my internet browsing is incognito and I don't stay logged in.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 195
Views: 21365

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

I take it there's a documentary.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 2072

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Let's not forget her basic inability to ask questions in a coherent manner on The Weakest Link. E.g. if the question was "What is Countdown - a gameshow or a type of shoe?" she would say "What is Countdown, a gameshow or a shoe?" like all three things were part of a list and it led to confusion. Th...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 810
Views: 236623

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why wasn't Beethoven (the dog in the film) instead called Bach? Would have been cleverer.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 2072

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Let's not forget her basic inability to ask questions in a coherent manner on The Weakest Link. E.g. if the question was "What is Countdown - a gameshow or a type of shoe?" she would say "What is Countdown, a gameshow or a shoe?" like all three things were part of a list and it led to confusion.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 205
Views: 39439

Re: Music

Andy Wilson wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:21 pm
Still at the music. https://andywilson2.bandcamp.com/album/ ... -the-night
Good to see.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 205
Views: 39439

Re: Music

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:26 pm
Not everything is a metaphor for the pandemic, but...

# I just wanna go back, back to 1999... #
Who's going to change your nappies?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 2072

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Maybe they were just picking a presenter they knew would fail to give the Deeks team a bit more time to properly kick into action. This is very much not over.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 2072

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Not convinced by this but we'll see!
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic

My Italy-based aunt and her two daughters (so my cousins) have this annoying thing of kissing on both cheeks when we meet. Yeah, that's now been fucked off forever. Can't take any chances!
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252063

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I haven't watched it, but seeing the trailers, it seems that Alan Partridge is in it.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, TBD 2022
Replies: 14
Views: 16066

Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, TBD 2022

This is obviously a shame but it will be back. And just think - if the pandemic had started a couple of months earlier we probably would have missed two COLINs!
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 152
Views: 52781

Re: The Chase

Who would be The Beast? At the moment it looks like they're naming Mark after the fact that his life expectancy is reduced by about 20 years.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 152
Views: 52781

Re: The Chase

Does anyone else find it slightly dodgy that Shaun is the Dark Destroyer and Jenny is always described as hot?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 792
Views: 310730

Re: Politics in General

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:35 pm
Pretty awful human being Priti Patel has been found to be bullying, but Boris Johnson just tries to make it go away.
Pretty awful human being Priti Patel could face a contempt of court charge.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic

I've saved approximately 300 hours of time spent on trains commuting to work and re-invested that into time asleep. I expect more acceptance of working from home in general, which means many future hours will be saved as well. I used to get the train to work. That was a good time to sleep I thought.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic

Not having a job seems more reasonable.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 9th February 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: Spoilers for 9th February 2021

Tom S wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:53 pm
Wow, that was quite a finish! Thought Adam had lost it, and was buzzing in for effect.
I was watching him for most of the time, and he didn't give the impression of someone who had just solved it.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Anyone who incorporates an on-by-default auto-play into their website, especially those who decide to hide it after it was quite openly visible for years.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 8th February 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Spoilers for 8th February 2021

Howie Myers wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:52 am
r13 - OCCIDENT (although possibly capitalised?)
It is capitalised unfortunately.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252063

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 7:34 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:27 pm
Its veey much like Gary Shandling
Oh, I saw his show a handful of times in the 90s, that was a hard no too!
Just watch it already. Don't worry about what other people have compared it to.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52005

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

It seems a bit weird. It like when Boris Johnson keeps saying stuff like "We hope to be back to normal by Christmas" etc. It's better to under-promise and over-deliver than vice versa.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52005

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Before anyone tries to move any goalposts, it's quite clear that "by May" means before the beginning of May.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252063

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

And Season 10 of Curb. Steer clear if you are a snowflake , woke or easily offended ( is that tautology ? ) As someone who has been described as a snowflake on a few occasions, you can safely ignore the steer clear advice - it's great. I finished watching this a couple of days ago. Curb Your Enthus...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 951

Re: Hate Speech

I'd be interested to hear if there was anyone who thought this was a good idea. It does seem insane to me. And I am a woke snowflake bitch. I mean, you're really not. You're certainly nowhere near top tier. And I consider it cultural appropriation of you to try and speak on behalf of woke snowflake...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)

I thought the challenger was unlucky with GUNKIEST. I think two-syllable adjectives that end in Y should be considered standard enough to take -IER and -IEST without it having to be specified. This is the ungaiest thing you've ever suggested. They should send you to another planet, making you the a...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)

I thought the challenger was unlucky with GUNKIEST. I think two-syllable adjectives that end in Y should be considered standard enough to take -IER and -IEST without it having to be specified. This is the ungaiest thing you've ever suggested. They should send you to another planet, making you the a...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)

Fiona T wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:56 pm
NOVATEUR in whichever round it was.

https://www.lexico.com/definition/novateur
NOUN

= novator.
There's no definition for novator...
Yeah, and not valid on Apterous. Weird dictionary.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4 February 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 24)

I thought the challenger was unlucky with GUNKIEST. I think two-syllable adjectives that end in Y should be considered standard enough to take -IER and -IEST without it having to be specified.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown and Cricket
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Countdown and Cricket

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:24 am
This is exciting.
Post that on a fucking cricket forum - c4c(ricket) or something. From a c4c(ountdown) perspective this is just annoying.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 951

Re: Hate Speech

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:17 am
Some words like POMMIE, PAPIST and JEW are really not that offensive without context.

When a slur word is declared in Countdown is it just edited out?
I havebt seen WANKER declared for several years now
Susie got APESHIT the other day.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 951

Re: Hate Speech

I knew it was being discussed at it came up on here before but I didn't know it was actually happening. I think it would be the wrong decision. But yeah, I'm surprised CUNT is staying if 400 words are going. I know that racial slurs would be higher up on the list to go than standard swears - even th...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 23)
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 23)

ATOMIZES as a better alternative to SOMATIZE in round 1 and EASTERLY as a better alternative to LATERISE in the round with those letters (I'm not counting). Define 'better' :) My first thought was "that's a very useful alt for atomizes - it can take a D or S for a juicy 9!" (as indeed can laterise)...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 23)
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Spoilers for Wednesday 3rd February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 23)

ATOMIZES as a better alternative to SOMATIZE in round 1 and EASTERLY as a better alternative to LATERISE in the round with those letters (I'm not counting).
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Mark James wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:10 am
People who say on accident. Unless they did it by accident.
Do people actually say that? Is it an Irish thing?

People who say "The reason being is".
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2020 Vision
Replies: 24
Views: 5618

Re: 2020 Vision

There are, quite probably, a very small number of 117+ claims that are undiscovered/unvalidated - only around 15% of the population is actually verifiable due to not many places (especially the poorer countries) keeping accurate documents 100+ years ago. But working with what is currently validated...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Old Meakins Almanac ( predictions for 2021)
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Old Meakins Almanac ( predictions for 2021)

I would have just bumped this thread rather than start a new one.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 1st February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 21)
Replies: 2
Views: 703

Spoilers for Monday 1st February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 21)

Geezer could have just stuck the other E on MIGRATE for EMIGRATE. And he would have won (all other things being equal).
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 52
Views: 10185

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

From what I've seen here it looks like my usefulness spreadsheet does undervalue 9s, as suspected by a few people in the thread (even when ignoring things like match-winning potential and psychological factors). Also my spreadsheet still overvalues words with repeated letters, despite the measures ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2020 Vision
Replies: 24
Views: 5618

Re: 2020 Vision

5) Kane Tanaka to reach the 3rd spot on the oldest verified people ever list. To do this she'd need to survive until the 19th September, attaining the age of 117y, 260d to tie for 3rd place. She's fairly robust physically (or as robust as you could realistically expect a 117 year old to be - still ...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

It's really not difficult to get soap that isn't made of tallow. Saying isn't soap generally made of animal product is like saying isn't food generally made of animal product. Fair enough. It was a bit lazy of me there. Post of the year for a post about shower gel though? And by Jono as well. I'm n...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

A couple of points here. 1. Flannels, sponges, loofahs and body puffs are basically bacteria-growing machines and it's disgusting that you put them all over your body, even with detergent. Flannel goes in the wash after the shower. Anyway, how do you clean yourself properly without something to scr...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9411

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Colin does that thing that a lot of people seem to dislike Nick for - "You're a five-time champion but you're 397 points behind. You'd better get a cunting move on." I don't think he or Nick mean to be mean but it's what Nick has got flack for.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

I didn't think these people existed but having spoken to a couple of people I think they might (though I think they probably just haven't paid attention to what they do) - people who stand with their head constantly in the stream of water when they're having a shower. I step mostly out of the water...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9411

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

I don't mind reverse declarations. You can see this in many games in the past, I think Stelling did it as a matter of course. Even in the Gotcha, Whiteley asks the "wrong" player first on the DIARRHOEA round. Declaring second is a definite advantage. In my first game, I had a 6 or a dodgy 8. My opp...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jan 28, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 24
Views: 6137

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

It was worth the wait.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9411

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

He's kind of given away that it's an ING selection a couple of times.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9411

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

I haven't paid that close attention but I have noticed in round 1 Colin asks the challenger for their length first on at least some occasions. Is he generally consistent in how he does things?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

I didn't think these people existed but having spoken to a couple of people I think they might (though I think they probably just haven't paid attention to what they do) - people who stand with their head constantly in the stream of water when they're having a shower.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Double contractions
Replies: 11
Views: 1319

Re: Double contractions

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:51 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:38 pm
I'd'ven't thought you'd ever be able to get three though.
*I'd'nt've

Can't believe you managed to mess that up.
*I'dn't've.

You messed it up too. Maybe as some subtle joke. I dunno.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Double contractions
Replies: 11
Views: 1319

Re: Double contractions

I'd'ven't thought you'd ever be able to get three though.