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by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 65)
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 65)

... Anne Robinson (who repeated her own birthday on the guess-the-day-of-the-week-and-who-was-born-on-this-day game) revealed that she'd forgotten it was her birthday coming up last weekend She also said at the end that she 'will be' 77! Can anyone confirm that 'leashed' would be ok in R11(?) Not a...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 23, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Braintree (Saturday 13th November 2021)
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Countdown in Braintree (Saturday 13th November 2021)

I had to look that up, but yeah - he should therefore come.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 22, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on All 4
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Countdown on All 4

I've just seen they've got the new shows on All 4 now. Well everything from Thursday 14th October, but still a big gap after Monday 4th.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Braintree (Saturday 13th November 2021)
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Countdown in Braintree (13th November 2021)

Also:
I have booked tables for dinners on the Friday and Saturday nights:
Fri 12 Nov
Fowler's Farm pub, CM77 8DH (near to the two Premier Inns)
18:30 drinks for 19:15 table
Sat 13 Nov
Merchant Spice Indian restaurant, CM7 3HA (short walk from Church House)
19:30 table.
Who wants in?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Braintree (Saturday 13th November 2021)
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Countdown in Braintree (Saturday 13th November 2021)

This is an unofficial thread as I'm not the organiser. I will quote from the Facebook page . FOCAL Countdown returns to the delightful market town of Braintree on Saturday 13th November. Hosted by Braintree’s answer to “Jeff & Rachel”, Jeff Clayton and Rachel Perkins will host this tournament in the...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: FOCAL Podcasts
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: FOCAL Podcasts

Episode 7 is here, not at the original link given above. I didn't watch this live and haven't seen it yet but will shortly!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 19 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 81)
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Tuesday 19 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 81)

Round 13: L A E G A T R O E Jasamrit: relegate (try - phantom E) Andrew: LEGATOR (7) (try) OT: AREOLATE (8) Score: 70–81 (max 104, jos 102) Darren-o-meter: 4/10 (40%) RELEGATE^ has a phantom E, so Andrew's try of LEGATOR gets him above 10. We've already had two Arianas... will we have a third? I wa...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689937

Re: Politics in General

Johnson is incredibly bad at a lot of things, but this shows he still has some halfway decent political instincts (even if it was a bit of an open goal). He probably hacked my WhatsApp. I called it within about half an hour of hearing that he'd died. Not that I'm boasting. It's a bit of a niche boa...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 960
Views: 336181

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark James wrote:
Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:09 am
Whatever happened to the Bermuda Triangle? Are things still getting lost there. You don't hear about it much these days.
It got lost.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689937

Re: Politics in General

If by “used”, you mean “would make a fitting tribute for a campaign he worked tirelessly on”, then yes. Sure, but I don't think whether a place becomes a city or not should be in any way based on the death of a campaigner. They should use more objective criteria. That said, I think the whole idea o...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689937

Re: Politics in General

Being cynical, one of my first thoughts was whether this might be used for the Southend city bid, and here it is.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Alan Hawkshaw
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Alan Hawkshaw

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:20 pm
Give Us a Clue too
Which was the same as Grange Hill. Chicken Man. Chicken Man.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Alan Hawkshaw
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Alan Hawkshaw

Sad news. Here is a link.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689937

Re: Politics in General

Well, unless you've been living under a rock, you'll have heard that the Conservative MP for Southend West David Amess has been stabbed to death. Second time in five years for an MP. Pretty bad. MPs meeting their constituents in an informal manner at their surgeries is a good thing that we have, but...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)

Re the TTT, you’re a newcomer if you’re just in. It was previously used in 2008 https://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4666. These clues are just so much cleverer and more cryptic. OK, thanks. I still think they should be explained. Do you explain your jokes? Thought not I don't think it's the same!
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)

Re the TTT, you’re a newcomer if you’re just in. It was previously used in 2008 https://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4666. These clues are just so much cleverer and more cryptic. OK, thanks. I still think they should be explained. I also don't think that a tenuous link in meaning really makes somethin...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)

Philip A wrote:
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:57 pm

Re the TTT, you’re a newcomer if you’re just in. It was previously used in 2008 https://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4666. These clues are just so much cleverer and more cryptic.
OK, thanks. I still think they should be explained.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)

Philip A wrote:
Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:51 pm
R14 alt: 50*(10+6)-3*7
25-9 works for the 16. Don't think there was a 6.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 14th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)

WTF was that TTT? Something like "Justin could be one of these" --> NEWCOMER.

Also I enjoyed the accidentally ironic conundrum - SUBTITLED.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Your preferred format for CO-events
Replies: 37
Views: 15882

Re: Your preferred format for CO-events

Overall Lincoln-style is probably more fun with more talking and socializing. But Bristol-style offers advantages for more serious competition: - everyone plays from the same selection which is fairer. As points are used to break ties on wins having some extra nines available or fewer impossible nu...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 112124

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

A report by MPs has concluded that the UK's early response was a failure.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 12th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 76)
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 12th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 76)

Well a fire alarm went off only about two weeks ago. It takes a lot to recover from that.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on All 4
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Countdown on All 4

It's also really weird that they managed to get last Monday's game up (4th October) but nothing since. To say it's beginning to look a bit unprofessional would be quite an understatement.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1601
Views: 512496

Re: Ask Graeme?

What are the highest and lowest total "max" scores from an 8-game consecutive run during heats (in the 15-round era). Not necessarily looking at just the record from octochamps runs, but any consecutive set of 8 games. There was a bit of a discussion around this in the "1000 club" thread - the max ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1601
Views: 512496

Re: Ask Graeme?

In terms of rounds remaining, what is the earliest a game has been mathematically won? (and obviously, this needs to be per format.) 9 rounder: 15 episodes were won on round 6 (3 rounds and 38 points remaining). ... Old 15 rounder: Two episodes were won on round 10 (5 rounds and 74 points remaining...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1601
Views: 512496

Re: Ask Graeme?

6 small: If "max percentage" means "number of 6-small rounds where the player got the closest possible to the target, as a percentage of number of 6-small rounds faced", Dylan Taylor takes it, having maxed all 15 of the 6-small rounds he faced. Closest possible to the target - Graeme has maxed gett...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1601
Views: 512496

Re: Ask Graeme?

What do the stats say about the letter shuffling this series? I think the selections have been awful, with about 34 of the same vowel coming out consecutively on at least 9 occasions. The average max per game so far in series 84 has been 132.88, so according to this graph it's closer to series 73-8...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 819
Views: 277873

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Surely drummers are all basically the same. Once you reach the point where you can actually play the drums.

I mean, you don't listen to music for the drums.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: Spoilers for Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)

Phil's pill shirt looks like someone's been sick on it.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Re: Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)

You can jos this up now if you want because it's on All 4.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 819
Views: 277873

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Mark Deeks wrote:
Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:51 am
People who don't join in a spontaneous rendition of Sweet Caroline, especially the ba ba baaaas.
People who do do that in a clips quiz based on a couple of seconds of a different part of the song.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Most prestigious non-televised tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 641

Re: Most prestigious non-televised tournaments

I tend to rate a TV series higher than anything non-televised. It's about prestige, not just difficulty of winning. Winning a series on TV (and the CoC etc.) is what it's all about.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on All 4
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Countdown on All 4

It seems weird that Channel 4 are uniquely affected long-term by something that affected many channels at the time. A fire alarm going off of all things. Also known as "activation of the fire suppression systems".
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st October 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 69)
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st October 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 69)

It makes sense for refereeing to be stricter when you forget to say NWD. 100% this. I also had a solution disallowed over a very similar slip. So it is consistent, but just so rare that that precise situation pops up, to a casual fan it might seem as though the are making it up as they go along. I ...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Your preferred format for CO-events
Replies: 37
Views: 15882

Re: Your preferred format for CO-events

I was just looking over this thread again and was thinking about an alternative to Swiss pairs/triples that's less complicated than what I suggested above. Basically, it's random draw except that unbeaten players still get put together and players don't face the same opponent twice. In a triples tou...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Most prestigious non-televised tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 641

Most prestigious non-televised tournaments

Other than winning everything on TV, what's the best thing to win in the Countdown world? To me it's COLIN . The original CO-event and definitely the "main" one to win. COLON as well can be considered another "grand slam" and always has a very high attendence, but I still think it's lacking that pre...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on All 4
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Countdown on All 4

Thanks. There should be a note on the site. It's pretty weak from them.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do we rely too much on centralised communication?
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: Do we rely too much on centralised communication?

Geezer discusses a few options in this video, including Signal.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do we rely too much on centralised communication?
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: Do we rely too much on centralised communication?

I've generally accepted that I should be using Signal instead of WhatsApp now, for a handful of reasons. It's a struggle when you have lots of group-based WhatsApp chats as you're requiring everyone to migrate, and most people simply don't care about security, encryption, or The Big Zuck or any of ...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do we rely too much on centralised communication?
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Do we rely too much on centralised communication?

Last night, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were all down for several hours, meaning that many people couldn't communicate using their usual means. Should people actually be moving away from such centralised systems for their day-to-day communication? Obviously there's good old-fashioned e-mail. Yo...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on All 4
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Countdown on All 4

I haven't been able to watch yesterday's (Mon 4/10/21) game because it hasn't appeared on All 4. Also Friday's game isn't on there either (but I watched that on TV). Is this due to the ongoing problems they've been having does anyone know?
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The “make up a word” game
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: The “make up a word” game

Harsh. I thought it was worth reviving the word for this thread.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The “make up a word” game
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: The “make up a word” game

As you can see, I was using that word before he existed on this forum.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The “make up a word” game
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: The “make up a word” game

Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:01 pm
Rosskempt. Opposite of unkempt.
That's rideekulous.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 03, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: FOCAL Podcasts
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: FOCAL Podcasts

And to put everything together, here are the other threads:

Podcast 1 (Jeff Clayton, James Haughton)
Podcast 2 (Ben Wilson, Conor Travers)
Podcast 3 (Innis Carson)
Podcast 4 (George Armstrong, Thomas Carey, Emily, Dan McColm)
Podcast 5 (Gevin, Jack Worsley)
Podcast 6 (Damian Eadie)
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 02, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 48
Views: 2281

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

On Black-to-Front day, Anne was replaced and it was better, Susie was replaced and it was pretty much the same, but Rachel was sorely missed. Other numbers woman (can't remember the name) was like a drain on the energy of the show, looked awkward putting up the letters, and seemed defensive when do...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st October 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 69)
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st October 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 69)

Also, consistentcy cannot and should not be expected in a programme that’s made over 7,700 shows. But I think they were right to disallow Ahmed’s solution on this occasion, as he hadn’t declared NWD before beginning to give his solution. It makes sense for refereeing to be stricter when you forget ...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 52)
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 52)

What was that exchange at the end all about? https://www.tiktok.com/@ggknightley/video/7012920913255468293 That's just bad. If neither of you want to be there, don't be. I thought it was quite funny. And I think he was just trying to be funny. She put him on the spot by saying he didn't look too ex...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sarah Everard/Women's Safety
Replies: 66
Views: 9258

Re: Sarah Everard/Women's Safety

On Question Time last time Ella Whelan (generally has weird politics but I think she had a point here) was saying that most violence against women is domestic violence and this type of attack was very rare - and Fiona Bruce pointed out that men are more likely to be attacked by women. And anyway, El...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 01, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st October 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 69)
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Spoilers for Friday 1st October 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 69)

Rachel disallowed Ahmed's numbers solution because he said 100-8 and then wanted to change it to 100-9 but hadn't written it down. No consistency there. On another day that would have been perfectly acceptable. Another silent buzz on the conundrum. Anyone else getting that? I don't know if it's anyt...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words You Would Have Thought...
Replies: 445
Views: 85165

Re: Words You Would Have Thought...

SEEDINGS obviously. A bit of a joke omission.

Edit - Further discussion.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 30, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 30th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 68)
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 30th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 68)

Wow! Quarter to 8 at night and no-one was arsed to make a Spoilerz thread for today's episode. :oops: This place really is on its last legs, isn't it? (Sorry Gev) This place is about more than just spoilers. In depth discussion of all things. Ahmed's demeanour is reminiscent of Zarte's... so calm t...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 30, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: FOCAL Podcasts
Replies: 5
Views: 487

FOCAL Podcasts

Up until now there was a thread for each one but I don't think that's necessarily so I'll make a general thread. Anyway from Paul on Aprerous: Callum, Thomas and myself are back with a brand new episode of The Countdown podcast on Sun 17th October at 2pm As well as catching up with all the news, we ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 30, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689937

Re: Politics in General

Apparently the Tory party conference is coming up. I thought that was happening on this week's Countdown?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 66)
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 66)

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:51 pm
Not a huge Stanley Johnson fan in the real world, but he has been en excellent guest and a lot better than many of the other newbies this series.
That's the idea. What a lovely chap. Comes across as a nice family man. I'd vote for his family. All very cosy.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689937

Re: Politics in General

This petrol/diesel crisis is a good advert for electric cars.

RIP.

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by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 48
Views: 2281

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

Rachel and Susie are both so friendly. Rachel chatted with me and my wife for a good while after my final when she could have just gone back to her dressing room, and she gave one of the last CoC contestant's partner her dress from an earlier episode that day when she simply asked her where the dre...