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by Jeff Clayton
Sun May 24, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Arrive at/in/into (pedantry)
Replies: 34
Views: 1339

Re: Arrive at/in/into (pedantry)

377s - is that Southern's main rolling stock, KB?

Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Sat May 23, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Arrive at/in/into (pedantry)
Replies: 34
Views: 1339

Re: Arrive at/in/into (pedantry)

"Arrive into" is an expression not unheard of in bus and coach circles, though not used so widely since on-board announcements are unusual. But this leads to me an interesting counter-argument for trains. Whilst staff making announcements on the likes of East Midlands Trains, NX East Coast, Virgin P...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun May 03, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Light up and enjoy a fag?
Replies: 25
Views: 1530

Re: Light up and enjoy a fag?

I am a manager in the transport industry and despair at the numbers of drivers who can be seen smoking. We could do with more characters like George in our canteens and rest areas who not only demonstrate integrity to but also bear influence over other colleagues. Another fascinating read. Many than...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Final Countdown
Replies: 17
Views: 1663

Re: The Final Countdown

On a personal note, Monday marks five years since I recorded my shows - o how things have changed since then. It is the end of an era, but I wish the show and all staff a smooth transition into continued success in Manchester. I trust that the finals made exciting television, and look forward to wat...
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st April
Replies: 29
Views: 1925

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st April

Indeed! Calling six small with a 14-point lead at R.14 is a bold move, but James worked a solution and delivered confidently. Looking forward to seeing more of his numbers skills.


Just an alternative method for 218:

10 x 4 = 40
7 + 2 = 9
40 - 9 = 31
31 x 7 = 217
217 + 1 = 218


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Rachel v Carol
Replies: 46
Views: 4351

Re: Rachel v Carol

985 from six small on Monday - I went the same way as Junaid with 123x8 for 984.

"No, couldn't get anywhere near it I'm afraid."

Afraid of what?

PS I'll overlook your own little grammatical error. :D
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Songs In Games
Replies: 57
Views: 4632

Re: Favourite Songs In Games

Nah. Passing Breeze is the original and best.

Sounds even better in the arcade. 4'56 is my PB for completing the course - one of my favourite pounds sterling spent in recent memory!


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Rachel v Carol
Replies: 46
Views: 4351

Re: Rachel v Carol

So the contestants can't find the numbers solution, and Mr. Stelling hands the floor to Rachel. She hasn't got it either. Fine, but I feel that she doesn't so much explain why she's missed, suggest her thought processes, provide stimulating airtime etc as suddenly discover a terrible itch on the bac...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: In the real world
Replies: 10
Views: 1655

Re: In the real world

I don't list my television appearances on my CV, since they bear no relevance to the industry in which I work, but there is a mention of participating in national Countdown and DCeDL tournaments as a pastime. Seems a bit of a contradiction in terms to be proud of an achievement yet "not have the gut...
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Radio Times
Replies: 16
Views: 1979

Re: New Radio Times

Ooh, ooh, is that for the episode of Doctor Who with the bus in it?
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 23rd Match
Replies: 22
Views: 1478

Re: Spoilers for Monday 23rd Match

Anuzzer way ov dooeeng eet...

25 x 5 = 125
9 + 5 + 2 = 16
125 - 16 = 109
109 x 6 = 654


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for March 17th
Replies: 97
Views: 6941

Re: Spoilers for March 17th

I'd seen the "will he / won't he" 900+ poll on here but decided not to keep track of the cumulative score and instead just enjoy each new game. What a result at the end though (and what a delivery by Schoolmaster Stelling) - many congratulations on your achievement Kirk. Enjoy the success!!


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 16th March
Replies: 56
Views: 2986

Re: Spoilers for Monday 16th March

Re REDLINE, Susie made reference to revs in an engine. The rev counter is technically known as the tachometer, but this is not to be confused with the tachograph. Possibly a good pub quiz question?


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Leeds - The Final Countdown?
Replies: 80
Views: 8259

Re: Leeds - The Final Countdown?

I just crossed my fingers! I will be doing that periodically for a little while!
With any luck you'll get an Irish tart as a result!

Happy St Paddy's!
by Jeff Clayton
Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Leeds - The Final Countdown?
Replies: 80
Views: 8259

Re: Leeds - The Final Countdown?

The results announced by ITV on Wednesday are clearly nothing short of dismal, though one of the main points now being discussed is how the organisation has struggled with plummeting advertising revenues. You can probably imagine someone with a Yorkshire accent fondly saying something like "I rememb...
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Idea
Replies: 32
Views: 2796

Re: Idea

I understand that Chiffres/Lettres have recently introduced something to their game that's not a million miles off this idea. The requirement of the French format is that a contender must win five best-of-three matches before [s]he can retire with 1000€ and a weekend break. So anyone who starts anew...
by Jeff Clayton
Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:13 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Oops
Replies: 62
Views: 10004

Re: Oops

I assume Wednesday's programme was the one Lara Searle tipped us off about on the "times" matter. Good to see the programme responding to viewers' concerns and clarifying not only what is now correct, but making an effort to explain "times by" dating from the Chaucer era (C14th), and "multiply by" w...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Drifting semantically
Replies: 61
Views: 5235

Re: Rachel Riley at the numbers board

For the non-francophiles among you, the point I'm making is that I do embrace lingustic change - I spent many hours whilst studying for my degree looking into the intricacies of French language. I take this opportunity to apologise for screwing up - I didn't read my ODE2r properly before starting th...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Drifting semantically
Replies: 61
Views: 5235

Re: Rachel Riley at the numbers board

For instance, how do you explain the totally different pronunciations of THROUGH, THOUGHT and THOUGH. I suppose you might as well add TROUGH and TOUGH to that list. English pronunciation is so illogical and without rules. Martin Que la langue anglaise soit diverse et sans constance - telle serait v...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBris 2009
Replies: 16
Views: 2681

Re: CoBris 2009

Are you organising one?
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Oops
Replies: 62
Views: 10004

Re: Rachel Riley at the numbers board

Jon O'Neill wrote:According to our beloved ODE, it is. In fact the quote they supply as an example is "you times the six by the four to get twenty-four", which is pretty conclusive.
Point retracted and tail firmly between legs. Hadn't checked the ODE properly. Sorry!


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Oops
Replies: 62
Views: 10004

Oops

I feel compelled to make two important points about Ms. Riley's standards of presentation at the numbers board. i) Multiplying numbers together. It is not correct to say things like "times them together", "times it by the four", etc. "Times" is not a verb. ii) Written arithmetical expression. During...
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBris 2009
Replies: 16
Views: 2681

Re: CoBris 2009

It was intended as an open floor question since I would like to organise another tournament this year. But for personal reasons, I don't know where or when this might be at the moment. I am perfectly aware, Ben, but undeterred. But if two tournaments should come up close together, would people aim f...
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBris 2009
Replies: 16
Views: 2681

Re: CoBris 2009

Let the scapegoating... continue!!

Does it matter that two tournaments might come up in close proximity?


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday February 2nd 2009
Replies: 43
Views: 2651

Re: Spoilers for Monday February 2nd 2009

Seemingly lots of ways to get 664 - here's another:

50 + 4 = 54
8 + 4 = 12
54 x 12 = 648
8 x 2 = 16
648 + 16 = 664


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 30th January (CofC XIII GF)
Replies: 85
Views: 5991

Re: Spoilers for Friday 30th January (CofC XIII GF)

Can anyone confirm if the early morning repeats of Countdown are shown two-and-a-half days after the original afternoon broadcast?

If so, will the programme scheduled for 5:10am on Monday 2 February be a re-run of Friday's final?

TIA
Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Lincoln 2009
Replies: 167
Views: 11660

Re: Countdown in Lincoln 2009

A superb event-plus-afterparty and well worth looking forward to - as ever! Thanks for a great day. Bee wasn't expecting to be thrown into the lion's den but I think she enjoyed giving it a go!! The photos that I took are now available. Please email me if you would like the set - jeffrey_clayton @ h...
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: British geography
Replies: 9
Views: 988

Re: British geography

The easternmost point of the UK mainland is actually Lowestoft Ness. The northernmost tip is Dunnett Head, several miles west of John O'Groats and up a bit more.


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No God on the bus.
Replies: 83
Views: 5870

Re: No God on the bus.

If you drive a bus with a large side advert for the Sex and the City movie on DVD, Sex Drive the film in cinemas etc, does that mean you're endorsing sex on the side?

Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Humorous incident on DCeDL
Replies: 21
Views: 1330

Re: Humorous incident on DCeDL

I'm not too far away from my year in France (which is really 7 months, I might add) so by the end of that year, I should know what I'm potientially up against. I did ten months, three years ago, and still can't crack it! Don't let that put you off though. Enjoy being able to watch the program up to...
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Lincoln 2009
Replies: 167
Views: 11660

Re: Countdown in Lincoln 2009

Lunch yes please, dinner in the pub yes please, re-run of the post-CoLei discussion on anagrams of 9s ah go on then.

Ta!
Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:26 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Humorous incident on DCeDL
Replies: 21
Views: 1330

Re: Humorous incident on DCeDL

How about "j'ai une lettre"? The below is a 9min extract from a late night talk show on France 2 called "On n'est pas couché", presented here by Laurent Ruquier (left) and Jean-Luc Lemoine (doing the talking). The segment is an open mic session inviting questions from the public on how different pro...
by Jeff Clayton
Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Do you learn meanings of words?
Replies: 24
Views: 1207

Re: Do you learn meanings of words?

Yes I do like to learn the meanings. I am stimulated by more than just sets of juxtaposed letters, and find satisfaction in having (striving to have) a broader understanding of the world around me.


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Terrible weather in Seattle today
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: Terrible weather in Seattle today

The weather here today has made me wonder about something. The last time I checked, the weather in England was foggy. Has the weather there changed since then? Storm in a proverbial English teacup, methinks. You cannot talk about "the weather in England" generically - we are a relatively small isla...
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C4C T-shirt
Replies: 37
Views: 2641

Re: C4C T-shirt

Joseph Bolas wrote:Not sure what you would put on it though.
The best bits are at the front.

OR

Two large ones please love.

OR

I'm with Charlie
--->
He sounds like the Buzzcocks guy.
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Carol's farewell programme
Replies: 58
Views: 3901

Re: Carol's farewell programme

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7777032.stm

P.S.: Is the font that you see at 0:59 Futura Extra Bold?

Yes. And if you're interested, the BBC News typeface is Humanst521.

Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Rachel Riley Unveiled.
Replies: 141
Views: 11575

Re: Rachel Riley Unveiled.

Ms Riley is a former pupil of Southend High School for Girls and grew up in nearby Thorpe Bay, the local Evening Echo newspaper has reported this week. A couple of short articles from the same source for your general reference: __ Southend girl to star in TV's Countdown (22 November) By John Geogheg...
by Jeff Clayton
Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Des O'Connor interviewed on Radio 2
Replies: 2
Views: 532

Des O'Connor interviewed on Radio 2

My apologies for not posting sooner as this was on Tuesday afternoon.

Have a listen to Steve Wright on the iPlayer; it was from 16:30 to 16:40 so aim for about two and a half hours in.


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Rachel Riley Unveiled.
Replies: 141
Views: 11575

Re: Rachel Riley Unveiled.

I also like where the slot is. It can prove to be valuable run-up time to a hardcore six small.

Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Host
Replies: 264
Views: 17902

Re: New Host

I look forward to seeing the new Countdown and take this opportunity to wish all staff a successful continuation.

Obviously the main host's first name is legendary, and our new co-host hails from a superb part of the country! What more could we want! :)


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Lincoln 2009
Replies: 167
Views: 11660

Re: Countdown in Lincoln 2009

There's a Premier Inn and adjoining watering hole a short distance down the road? On the A46 heading towards Newark?

Can Neb clarify?
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Up and coming Chiffres/Lettres tournament in France
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: Up and coming Chiffres/Lettres tournament in France

The Duplicate in France tends to be a 30-round affair (NLL x 10) but it is not the traditional two-player format. The rounds are pre-prepared and the objective is to score as many points as possible without taking risks, and finish with a score as near to the overall maximum as you can. For instance...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No God on the bus.
Replies: 83
Views: 5870

Re: No God on the bus.

The bus is my religion. It's the reason I get up each morning. The whole business model can work smartly aswell as profitably. My aim is to convert everyone else to believing in the same and subscribing to these values.

[/sermon]


Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown World Championships
Replies: 34
Views: 2850

Re: Countdown World Championships

Since there isn't really a world market for this game, such an event might for starters need to follow in the footsteps of the original Going for Gold - splitting the UK into four different countries. I went to the annual Chiffres/Lettres tournament in Paris last weekend and finished up a decisive 4...
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Production Team: The Showdown
Replies: 40
Views: 3288

Re: Countdown Production Team: The Showdown

Are you voting neutrally today?
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No God on the bus.
Replies: 83
Views: 5870

Re: No God on the bus.

I support anything which positively draws attention to buses. On the subject of Ying-Yang and arguing for/against, I seem to recall a fairly widespread campaign of external advertising around the country for some Christian faith society a few years back, and this extended to billboards and buses. Th...
by Jeff Clayton
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: We Love Countdown, Series 60 Style
Replies: 11
Views: 1136

Re: We Love Countdown, Series 60 Style

...Alexander, we love you so You're our new friend We love you so, we love you so We love Countdown... Sounds like something you might hear at St. James' Park on a cold Saturday afternoon: Oh Alexander, we do Oh Alexander, we do Oh Alexander, we do Oh Alexaaaander we love you. Let us know what the ...
by Jeff Clayton
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Foreign place names in the UK
Replies: 7
Views: 1360

Re: Foreign place names in the UK

Christchurch, Dorset vs. Christchurch, South Island, NZ.

Norwich, Norfolk vs. Norwich, New York and also Norwich, Vermont.
by Jeff Clayton
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Foreign place names in the UK
Replies: 7
Views: 1360

Re: Foreign place names in the UK

On the Aussie theme, there is a village in Cambridgeshire called Queen Adelaide. It's just to the north-east of Ely, and is also the point at which the railway splits into three branches - which also means there are three level crossings within a short distance of each other. http://www.multimap.com...
by Jeff Clayton
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday, 17th October
Replies: 48
Views: 3903

Re: Spoilers for Friday, 17th October

R11: CONVENT + A = COVENANT.

Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What will you do for my next birthday?
Replies: 14
Views: 1377

Re: What will you do for my next birthday?

I'll take you to the JobCentre so that you can find something worthwhile to be doing with your days.
by Jeff Clayton
Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Up and coming Chiffres/Lettres tournament in France
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Up and coming Chiffres/Lettres tournament in France

For anyone who may be interested, the annual C/L tournament in Paris will be taking place on Sunday 2 November. There's room for 40 entrants this year, and there are only around 10 places left. The format will be a 30-round "duplicate", before players are put into groups of eight to play seven 12-ro...
by Jeff Clayton
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Lincoln 2009
Replies: 167
Views: 11660

Re: Countdown in Lincoln 2009

I might be washing my hair.
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008

Now that we're all familiar with the concept of the Duel, I thought you might like this little gem on YouTube as a little souvenir. It's one of those mental arithmetic types. But even if you don't follow the French being spoken, all you need is the equation as shown on your screen, plus the fact tha...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Lincoln 2009
Replies: 167
Views: 11660

Re: Countdown in Lincoln 2009

*Homer Simpson styley* Mmmmmm....... Hypercountdown in Freeennnnccchhh......

Can you confirm which address to use for PayPal please?
by Jeff Clayton
Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008

My thanks to the nine of you for coming along on Saturday and your kind comments on here. What a day it was - some fantastic games, nine-letter words and quirky numbers solutions all in the mix. The tournament ran as follows: - 14 round qualifier, seedings drawn up based on points scored; - Players ...
by Jeff Clayton
Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008

Hi all

Registration for CoLei is now closed.

The nine registered players are:

Ross Allatt
Kirk Bevins
Mike Brown
Stewart Gordon
Karen Pearson
Richard Priest
Dinos Syfris
Mark Tournoff
Ben Wilson

Full details will be with you in an email shortly.

Thanks
Jeff
by Jeff Clayton
Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Exam results
Replies: 55
Views: 3112

Re: Exam results

I was informed last week that I passed the level 2 literacy exam - equivalent to a GCSE A*-C - for the course I undertook at work.

'nuff said.
by Jeff Clayton
Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008

As Ross has correctly said, there were five confirmed entrants at the time of his posting (now six) but despite this, I can assure you all that the event will go ahead. As things stand, there will be: - a qualifier; - five matches; - some exhibition games; - a decent cooked lunch. So even with relat...
by Jeff Clayton
Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Countdown in Leicester (CoLei) - Saturday 30 August 2008

Hi all As the date for CoLei nears on us, you still have time to contact me if you're interested in attending. You can secure your place via PayPal or cheque - details available on request, including those of you who have already emailed to express interest in the event. If you can get in touch with...