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by Jon O'Neill
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 27986

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: 128
Views: 7108

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 40
Views: 1421

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: 40
Views: 1421

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: 40
Views: 1421

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: 40
Views: 1421

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: 992
Views: 89933

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 4309

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: 4309

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 249
Views: 27986

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: 128
Views: 7108

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: 772
Views: 161121

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: 272
Views: 66588

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: 826

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: 712
Views: 132053

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: 120
Views: 13631

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: 697
Views: 152380

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: 697
Views: 152380

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: 2225

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: 13047

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: 3624

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: 71
Views: 3207

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: 438

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: 3794

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: 3258

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: 3136

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: 7731

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: 760

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: 708

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: 1730

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...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 543
Views: 158703

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Where is this information coming from Rhys? Particularly the phone call and details about coughing in the recording that you were counting.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 543
Views: 158703

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Quiz has now finished, and if I thought Ep2 was a little loose with the truth, Ep3 was flat out lying at points. - The suggestion that Celador added the coughs to the tapes is unfounded and ridiculous. The coughs were turned up for the trial , not as the original cut. Isn't the tape used at the tri...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 543
Views: 158703

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Obviously they cheated, but the video with the coughing raised to the same level as Tarrant and Ingram's voices is a misleading piece of evidence. It feels like such a "gotcha" moment - I remember that feeling when I first watched the Major Fraud documentary. But that's obviously not what Ingram/Tar...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1730

Re: NHS-worship

It's what separates us from the animals. It is therefore a huge source of national pride. It's just about the only thing I have any national pride in.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 6876

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Yeah I don't really get that one. I get that they closed the London parks because it would be difficult to keep a safe distance. But Snowdonia? I've never been but I can't imagine it was as packed as St. James' Park gets. I went to Hainault Forest Country Park on Saturday and it was very easy to kee...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A massive apology to you all.
Replies: 34
Views: 2827

Re: A massive apology to you all.

Well done for owning up and apologising. It takes bravery to do that and everyone appreciates it.
You've still got a lot of growing up to do, but you're by no means alone in that regard.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 1951

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

The trouble with knowing how to solve the tactical positions you will see in a newspaper is that you will only get to one of those positions very rarely, and only if you have outplayed your opponent up to that point. In any case a game between two beginners is usually just a succession of blunders,...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 132053

Re: Politics in General

But what do you think generally about the points I made, other than disagreeing with how I worded them? Ok - there's a conflict in what you described as the prevailing liberal view. But you're wrong about what the prevailing liberal view is. Not suffering from gender dysphoria or knowing too much a...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 132053

Re: Politics in General

Going back to the trans debate, there's a BBC news article here about it and whether children can give informed consent to block puberty etc. Obviously we can go round in circles talking about what it means to be a man or a woman, but it's interesting that the prevailing "liberal" view seems to be ...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 27986

Re: You Are The Ref

I think everyone should use a pen to tap the table.. it's a sharper sound which makes it much easier to adjudicate. I've been using a pen on conundrums forever and it's definitely a competitive advantage to simply twitch your fingers than move your whole arm to bang the table, so I don't know why mo...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 27986

Re: You Are The Ref

1. c 2. b 3. b - Would be different if the host promised before the round to warn with 5 seconds left. If they promised to but didn't, and the player said their answer as soon as time was up, it'd be a very murky area. 4. b 4 (letters fall off before) - a. round ended when the letters fell off 4 (le...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 1951

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

If you're bad and want to become below-average like me: Learn the main tactical motifs. Then do simple tactical puzzles (i.e. shouldn't take more than 5 seconds to solve) for hours and hours (it can be fun for someone of our ilk).
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 543
Views: 158703

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I didn't think it was that great. I mean it was OK but it wasn't very "Inside No 9". There was no twist or was I missing something? (Other than the bit that happened quite early on so doesn't really count.) I was looking at the clock - "10:28" - surely something has to happen now to make this episo...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 543
Views: 158703

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. We all know that The 12 Days of Christine is the best episode o...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 20
Views: 2446

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

The main part of Gevin's post I'd disagree with is the bit about co-ordination being a "base" skill. Here I admit I'm drawing heavily on Matthew Syed's "Bounce" (which I gather draws a lot in turn from Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers"). Syed is a former British number one in table tennis but when he p...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)
Replies: 13
Views: 2095

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)

It's very good. i really enjoyed it.

Some sound quality issues with Conor unfortunately. In 2020 it seems like these should be solved by now but sadly not. An idea might be to get your guests to record the call as well then you can use their recording of them and your recording of you.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 23
Views: 4954

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

Good personal hygiene should be required.
Not washing hands after going to the toilet is a bannable offence.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: In the current climate
Replies: 7
Views: 953

Re: In the current climate

How could we possibly function in this extreme society, where teachers aren't allowed to beat the shit out of a child, or comfort them? How are fictional men supposed to live with the sceptre of sexual assault accusations looming large over their heads every time they want to sexually assault someon...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 132053

Re: Politics in General

I always enter into these discussions as a blank slate and if people hold views that I find troubling, I'm happy to explain why I have arrived at my perspective, hammer out the points where we differ, and either agree to disagree or just move on. This goes for literally any subject matter, no matter...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 132053

Re: Politics in General

Have you literally ever done any reading or research into this topic or are you just wanking yourself off on the proposition of a big fun C4C debate like a Braintree Ben Shapiro? I think I know which one it is. more liek gammon chipper lolzzz!! - is 'not renewing a contract' synonymous with 'sackin...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 132053

Re: Politics in General

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/stop-using-phony-science-to-justify-transphobia/ That is interesting but I'm not sure how much it changes. It starts off by saying that people with XX or XY chromosomes can still end up intersex, but clearly most people don't and that's not what this is a...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 132053

Re: Politics in General

- Everyone who earns up to 100k will be better off - Those who earn between 20-50k will basically be getting a 10% net pay rise overnight - This will raise £6bn for the treasury Don't do any interviews with Nick Ferrari. Someone earning £100K pa would be pay a whopping £15K extra under your propose...