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by Jon O'Neill
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 15
Views: 5073

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. This really is good.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 573
Views: 205539

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I do find it difficult to enjoy films where the protagonists are not likeable but I only watched the pilot of Succession so maybe it gets better. You might struggle with Succession. But give it a go. At worst it's beautifully crafted. How about another example of the protagonists all being horrendo...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 573
Views: 205539

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Succession (both seasons but particularly the second) - outstandingly good. I stood up and applauded the TV at the end of some episodes. Queen's Gambit - pretty good. The Crown - only half way through but really enjoying this as an easy watch. And agree with Phil about Thatcher. I'm re-watching Ski...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 573
Views: 205539

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Succession (both seasons but particularly the second) - outstandingly good. I stood up and applauded the TV at the end of some episodes. Queen's Gambit - pretty good. The Crown - only half way through but really enjoying this as an easy watch. And agree with Phil about Thatcher. I'm re-watching Skin...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Howard Somerset
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: RIP Howard Somerset

That's really sad news.

He was a great bloke. A joy to be around at Co-Events and his contributions on here were always high quality. He always felt like a very young old guy... he had that glint in his eye. I definitely aspire to be like that in my old age.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)

Fiona T wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:42 pm
Linky here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBQH0XXMyEg
This is amazing. I could watch Kenneth Williams episodes all day.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 73
Views: 6692

Re: Cummings and goings

So Dominic Cummings said in January that he wanted to make himself "largely redundant" by the end of the year (https://dominiccummings.com/2020/01/02/two-hands-are-a-lot-were-hiring-data-scientists-project-managers-policy-experts-assorted-weirdos/) but apparently this is a "news" story which has do...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:20 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 Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Combination Lock

Is Reel A the first reel?
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:42 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.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Squarebot

"How many squares have you drawn on the paper?"
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

Player A vs Player B Selection is O E M I I T S L L Player A leans back straight away, player B is sure there is a nine there but unsure whether it’s mollisite or mollities. He knows that player A will have it right and writes both down. Player A declares first with mollities, player B declares the...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cool Things You Did
Replies: 71
Views: 7262

Re: Cool Things You Did

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:45 am
I got buried in an insane quantity of pine cones for a music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbTRP-xw7uE
This is great 8-)
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:55 pm
Great show and it works really well. I really enjoyed playing in it.
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:35 pm
Love the show. Congratulations to all those who have made it what it is.
Does that include you?
No, and especially not you.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Love the show. Congratulations to all those who have made it what it is.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Xmas Specials
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Re: Xmas Specials

Too late I guess..

IN for next year's ones.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Just because the troll writes in grammatically coherent sentences, doesn't mean we should keep feeding it...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 141
Views: 53902

Re: Countdowners in the news

Mark James wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:54 am
https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/04/countdow ... -13370774/

Just wanted to mention this article as we finally get to learn Susie's real name. Fabulous investigative journalism there from the Metro.
Wow
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 131
Views: 19738

Re: Trade Secrets

I'll start: don't use cotton buds for cleaning your ears. They are useless. Use Bic pen lids. They're sturdy so you can scrape all the wax off the ear walls, or whatever you call it, they won't fall off, they go in the perfect depth (for me) before it starts getting uncomfortable, and they're cheap...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4378

Re: Future of this forum

Donated!
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 20th August 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1172

Re: Spoilers for 20th August 2020

It's a bit like the way the TV guide on Sky/Virgin/probably all others starts with the lowest-numbered channels at the top.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1808

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

undoubtedly it is the Barista version of Oatly. The Barista version is worth it. oat milk in general is the best for coffee in terms of smoothness (some like soy can curdle) and oat milk is also pretty much the best for the planet too This is the best one I had too. The first few sips are acceptabl...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1808

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

I've tried them all and nothing beats cow milk.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

It's the last round of a co-event. At this event, draws are allowed and they count as half a win, like at MK. As usual, the top two after six games play each other in the final. The top of the standings table looks like this: P W Pts 1 Alice 6 5 405 2 Bob 6 5 401 3 Cock 5 5 325 4 Dick 5 5 317 5 Ran...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17350

Re: Joke Items

Mark James wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:45 pm
Strimmers.
Go on..?
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

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.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6778

Re: Offensive Words

Haha, I think the drifting of my post from serious to flippant wasn't obvious enough. It happened because the more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it seemed to have to be justifying my point. As I said earlier, the word list for a word game should correspond to some dictionary or set of dict...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6778

Re: Offensive Words

The main reason is that it's utterly utterly pointless. The onus should not be on me (or people who agree with me) to convince you (or people who agree with you) that the wordlist should correspond to a dictionary or set of dictionaries. Otherwise we might as well just start again with a set of rand...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6778

Re: Offensive Words

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:41 am
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:23 am
It would be absolutely ridiculous if this passed.
These are strange times though , with virtue signalling and cancel culture gathering pace.
There's a big difference between opposing sexual predators from running riot and opposing words being used in a board game.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 6778

Re: Offensive Words

It would be absolutely ridiculous if this passed.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 997
Views: 98452

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Image

:D
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

For those that think it's fine, when declaring your word second, to have written down 10-15 plausible words and then just point to the one your opponent says... would you prefer if apterous was coded in this way, instead of the perfectly logical way it's coded now?
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013
Replies: 49
Views: 5851

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:27 pm
Did they silence the swearing today? I couldn't hear it.
I think they did. And if I'm not remembering this completely differently, didn't I make a comment about our online head to head record that wasn't in today's edit?
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013
Replies: 49
Views: 5851

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:58 pm
I was surprised to see today, after Jon was apparently still choosing between PODGIER and FIREDOG in R2 when asked for his word, that he didn't immediately forfeit the round.
Haha that's brilliant.
I have learnt how not to cheat in the intervening 6 years.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

Fair point. I think you have to have made your decision on what word you're going to offer when you declare your length. I would prefer a situation where someone who had the ability to write down every combination of letters on their paper in 30 seconds couldn't draw every letters round that they d...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

Sorry, in this case you only have two options, say MAWSONITE and AWMSONITE. You know your gonna pick one of them, by decide to wing it when asked. They declare first, saying MAWSONITE and getbapproving looks from dictionary corner. What would you do in that instance? Purposely pick the wrong one or...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

Sorry, in this case you only have two options, say MAWSONITE and AWMSONITE. You know your gonna pick one of them, by decide to wing it when asked. They declare first, saying MAWSONITE and getbapproving looks from dictionary corner. What would you do in that instance? Purposely pick the wrong one or...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

What if you knew there was a 9, had two possible options and resolved that you were gonna pick one, regardless of what the other person does. They declare first and you see DC give a smile and a nod. In that case, what do you do? If you're saying they declared the "other" one, then you have a choic...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

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 Jon O'Neill
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

It's the final letters game. C1 declares 8, and C2 declares 9. C1 says their word is NEMATOID, C2 says their word is MONRADITE. Points to C2. Later on, as the contestants shake hands for the crucial conundrum, C1 catches a glimpse of C2's paper and notices that DOMINATER is written in large letters...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17350

Re: Joke Items

The hyphen Our IT helpdesk at work also decided that the hyphen was a joke item, and introduced a new rule meaning that it wasn't allowed in anyone's name. Boy was that fun for me. The number of internal processes that just don't work for me any more is ridiculous. The best one was when we rolled a...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192771

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:08 pm
Where is Jim Bentley?
Have you really always wanted this answered?
If so that's pretty weird.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 282
Views: 84899

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

There's definitely an element of cooling when slurping soup or coffee.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Copyright Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1477

Re: Copyright Issues

That's fantastic.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193357

Re: Politics in General

Who has ever thought Twitter, or any other social media platform, would be a place to have a serious discussion about anything?

Now a Countdown forum, on the other hand, is perfect.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 131
Views: 19738

Re: Trade Secrets

If you want multiple accounts on some platform then they are generally not clever enough to distinguish between the above as well.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 177836

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Yes it is.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 177836

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who laugh at the jokes in Shakespeare.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: apterous update
Replies: 34
Views: 4375

Re: apterous update

Wow, that's really awesome of Phil.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013
Replies: 86
Views: 15230

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th

And don't forget that "I hope it's an A" was in direct reply to Rachel aslkng what he wanted :!: :shock: Another classic thread revived. This was a great re-read. But I can't let this piece of revisionist history go by. When the second "I" came out Jack murmurs "that's a shame", to which Rachel rep...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu May 28, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: VOTE FOR COUNTDOWN!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 4744

Re: VOTE FOR COUNTDOWN!!!

The fact that this guy created a Top 100 and didn't include Countdown is enough to undermine any of his subsequent output.

With that said, I have voted.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue May 26, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 73
Views: 6692

Re: Cummings and goings

If you really can't see why people would be so galled by this then you must be severely lacking in imagination. It sounds like you have no appreciation for the sacrifices some people are making to maintain social distancing. I don't count myself in that number but I know of people who are in childca...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat May 23, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite alcoholic cocktail or drink
Replies: 4
Views: 752

Re: Favourite alcoholic cocktail or drink

Can't get my head round "cocktail or drink". Is a cocktail not classed as a drink? My personal Microsoft paperclip does it again. This is a brilliant comeback and I can't wait to use it on someone in real life. Gin and tonic is the drink for all occasions. Any gin is probably fine but a poor tonic ...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat May 23, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is picking the letters an advantage?
Replies: 33
Views: 5169

Re: Is picking the letters an advantage?

I took a quick look into this based on apterous data. I only considered games that are reasonably simulations of Countdown, i.e. human-vs-human games with normal rules and 30-second rounds. I also only looked at data for the last two years, because the move to the much bigger dictionary presumably ...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu May 21, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5)
Replies: 31
Views: 4019

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5

Anyway it was nice to meet you and put a face to a forum personality. You were unfortunate to, as one of the all-time greats, and one of the all-time best pre-Apterous, be drawn against one of the all-time best. Way to slip in an under-the-radar "I'm an all-time best" comment. Which would only be t...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue May 19, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your skin colour?
Replies: 37
Views: 3978

Re: What's your skin colour?

It does indeed. It's my home page , in fact, and it's super useful. Surely View Unread Posts is more useful? It's what my c4c bookmark points to. I've lost all respect I ever had for you. Probably for a second time, but I'd forgotten about this post. Active topics is better in every way. And you've...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed May 13, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 12075

Re: Higher or Lower

Just re-read this. Great thread. Still not convinced, myself.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun May 10, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Dubs or Subs
Replies: 11
Views: 1255

Re: Dubs or Subs

I can't imagine wanting to watch anything, especially a film, so desperately that I would resort to watching it on a phone. I don't really agree with this. You can hold the phone a few inches from your face, with good headphones, and it's like being in the IMAX. It reminds me of when some film make...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat May 02, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Beat the Chasers
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Re: Beat the Chasers

I liked it for what it was but the format is surely flawed - it's probably easier to face 5 chasers than 1 or 2 in a 1-minute shootout.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 2951

Re: NHS-worship

I don't think anyone wants to begrudge the workforce for sure, that's never been an issue. The problem comes with the system, and the media deliberately convolution "a National Health Service" with " the National Health Service". The NHS, at present, is fundamentally flawed through the system of tr...