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by Michael Wallace
Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 11435

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

hang on, so now people are going to *watch* me be destroyed by a future series champion?

oh well, that means I can blame the pressure of an audience for losing

again

>_>
by Michael Wallace
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Television Appearance
Replies: 45
Views: 3070

Re: Television Appearance

Conor wrote:It's next week, isn't it?
you make an excellent point

(I deny all responsibility)
by Michael Wallace
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Television Appearance
Replies: 45
Views: 3070

Re: Television Appearance

just bumping this for anyone who checks the forums at the last minute - good (retroactive?) luck, Kirk
by Michael Wallace
Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday, 12th February
Replies: 12
Views: 1640

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday, 12th February

also ASTEROID, right (round 5), DC weren't asked...

(obviously I mean round 6...no funny comments about "how did you get a word in a numbers round?!" please... >_>)
by Michael Wallace
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 11th February 2008
Replies: 22
Views: 2575

Re: Spoilers for Monday 11th February 2008

that was a shame, the challenger seemed quite promising in the first part, but completely died in the middle/end still not convinced by this champion's consistency, though I played along with the champ for the first ten rounds and was only 7 points up thanks to spotting OVERMAN in the TAVERNA round...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 11th February 2008
Replies: 22
Views: 2575

Re: Spoilers for Monday 11th February 2008

that was a shame, the challenger seemed quite promising in the first part, but completely died in the middle/end

still not convinced by this champion's consistency, though
by Michael Wallace
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Two points about number games
Replies: 15
Views: 1998

Re: Two points about number games

1. Has anyone else noticed that at some point in the past (I can't remember when) the normally unobscured numbers started becoming obscured by Carol's head when she puts the rest of them up? How and why did this happen? I'm sure it never used to happen, so something must have changed. She got talle...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My favourite cheese...
Replies: 44
Views: 2360

Re: My favourite cheese...

Good choice. BTW, Is that cheese stall still on Cambridge market place? oh god, that brings back memories (I say that like I wasn't there 6 months ago...) - early morning scramble to lectures, through borders, through the market place, and that *horrid* smell :P I quite like cheese, but can't reall...
by Michael Wallace
Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 11435

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

Martin Gardner wrote:I already have a 3 hour exam in April, I don't want it to be 3 hrs 45 minutes !
Each June for the 3 years of my undergraduate degree I had to do that - 4 days of 3 and 3/4 hours maths exams *shudder*
by Michael Wallace
Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 11435

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

Corby wrote:What is your disability Michael?
I'm registered as visually impaired (my eyesight is marginal for that, but I'm blind in my left eye, which helps, so to speak), not sure I can blame it for my countdown performance though...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 8th February 2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3452

Re: Spoilers for Friday 8th February 2008

I think your edit made my post pointing out that his easy misses at the end of part 2 disappear!

but yeah, bandied and that numbers game miss...disappointing, let's hope it's just beginner's nerves
by Michael Wallace
Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 11435

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

ooh, since I'm disabled I get 25% extra time in my exams - can I have an extra 7.5 seconds in every round please?
by Michael Wallace
Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 11435

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

Corby wrote:Cool, am I a Master or do I have to play in the retards section?
oi!



(not retards, just 'differently abled')
by Michael Wallace
Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Corral Correction
Replies: 18
Views: 2447

Re: Countdown Corral Correction

so no-one's commented on how you can get SECRETION from ERECTIONS?

disappointing, guys...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:49 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Corral Correction
Replies: 18
Views: 2447

Re: Countdown Corral Correction

I wonder how many contestants have had ERECTIONS on the show...
by Michael Wallace
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Corral Correction
Replies: 18
Views: 2447

Re: Countdown Corral Correction

his erection problem?
by Michael Wallace
Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:40 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition
Replies: 190
Views: 11435

Re: COMA- The Countdown Online Masters competition

Presuming that it's possible, I'm free pretty much all of next week as cannon fodder for the wild card tournament, it'll make my procrastinating when I should be working feel more productive!

(do I need to do anything?)
by Michael Wallace
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Probability
Replies: 19
Views: 2946

Re: Probability

Kirk Bevins wrote:Michael, do you mean a probability fractionally larger than zero, rather than less than zero :D
Close..I actually meant fractionally less than 1...

(if I told you about these new fangled probabilities which are less than zero, I'd have you kill you...or something...)
by Michael Wallace
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 6th February, Wednesday
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

Re: Spoilers for 6th February, Wednesday

finals? but the series is still young, another 8 people could come along and score 900 points! :P
by Michael Wallace
Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Probability
Replies: 19
Views: 2946

Re: Probability

(although I think statisticians would say exactly 1 but I disagree with their philosophy). They most certainly wouldn't, unless he or she was an idiot. The number of people in the world is finite, so the probability is going to be exactly something fractionally smaller than zero. The problem with t...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:27 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Richard Digance
Replies: 81
Views: 5226

Re: Richard Digance

so to summarise this thread, they should take the revolutionary step of having people who are actually *funny*?
by Michael Wallace
Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ratio of letters to numbers
Replies: 20
Views: 5331

Re: How would Susie fare as a contestant?

I'm with gevin/gavin here, well, at least I think his proposed 10 letters 4 numbers round would be good, but obviously I'm biased I certainly think that numbers games are almost always very easy - in my game after completely mind-blanking an easy 2 from the top I went for 6 smalls on both, and they ...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 3448

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008

maybe they should raise the threshold for the 'teapot if you score zero' to something that's positive now we have these 15 round games? :P
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 3448

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008

wow, lowest score ever in 15 rounds, right? also, was it just me or was the countdown revealed suddenly in a cut? I looked up at the screen and it seemed to be visible before he started the clock

that said, I didn't sleep last night...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 3448

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 30th January 2008

round 2, DC mention OUTRACED but not OUTRAGED - Carol did put the G below the C though when she put it up ;)
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 14233

Re: Higher or Lower

my post got eaten, hmm... but yes, I also would presume that the distribution of the random numbers is uniform on (-infinity,+infinity), but the only thoughts I've had on this problem have involved me thinking about my first year course on number theory, and countable and uncountable infinites (I'd ...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 14233

Re: Higher or Lower

In fact, by the frivolous law of large numbers you'd go bankrupt buying enormous pieces of paper (to fit the numbers on) and so I'm doomed to never get my money off you!
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 14233

Re: Higher or Lower

I wonder if there is a significance to the fact that if one guesses wrong, you get £1 - does that mean if they're the same then you get £1 regardless? That would de-symmetricise the problem I suppose edit: indeed, now I reread the problem, it could be a trick question - you could always choose two n...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 14233

Re: Higher or Lower

the frivolous law of large numbers states that most numbers are very very large - surely that doesn't count as advanced mathematics? :P
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 14233

Re: Higher or Lower

frivolous law of large numbers, anyone?
by Michael Wallace
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall/Take A Deal
Replies: 10
Views: 2725

Re: Monty Hall/Take A Deal

it's a nice question, although I'll refrain from answering given that a) I'm doing an MSc in statistics; and ii) I've already thought about this problem when someone has raised it with respect to deal or no deal and the 'swap or no swap' scenario not that I watch deal or no deal, or anything, it jus...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mathmo Test
Replies: 33
Views: 4264

Re: The Mathmo Test

perhaps I should clarify that this isn't meant to be a test of how good a mathematician you are :p (in case that wasn't obvious...)

more it's a list of things that are stereotypical of uber-maths-geeks - it's quite possible that the lower you score, the better (from your point of view, at least!)
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mathmo Test
Replies: 33
Views: 4264

Re: The Mathmo Test

I'm a chem and maths undergrad and even I thought those questions were bizarre. I've never heard of the term "Mathmo" and had no idea what those games were in the first section of the test. Are they American? Nevertheless I got 24. :geek: Mathmo is slang for someone studying maths at university, al...
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mathmo Test
Replies: 33
Views: 4264

The Mathmo Test

Hello all, I thought I'd get around to starting a topic myself, and because I'm curious to see how countdown geeks (I use geeks in its most endearing sense) do on a supposed test of how much of a mathematician you are. So if you're sufficiently bored, go here and see how many of the traits you have,...
by Michael Wallace
Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Caption Competition
Replies: 13
Views: 3741

Re: Caption Competition

Could someone maybe describe who/what's going on here, for those of us (un)fortunate enough not to have a clue?

Also, I condone caption competitions - I hosted one on a forum a couple of years ago, which produced some truly awesome moments.
by Michael Wallace
Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Suggestions thread?
Replies: 41
Views: 5090

Re: Suggestions thread?

from my (relatively extensive) experience of forums, 5 is a *tiny* number of sub-forums to have, I agree with the post above (which I can't be bothered to navigate away and back for) - it doesn't really matter if you have sub-forums (such as, say the CO- events forum) that are likely to be completel...
by Michael Wallace
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Looks Like A 9, But Can Only Get An 8
Replies: 18
Views: 1985

Re: Looks Like A 9, But Can Only Get An 8

can we start a campaign to make DATAMINES a word?

pretty please?
by Michael Wallace
Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:29 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter distribution
Replies: 37
Views: 7381

Re: Letter distribution

so because it's half 4 am, and because I'm supposedly doing some work that involves letter distributions, and because I'm a bit of a sad git who finds this interesting, here are what the letter distributions *should* be based on wikipedia's letter frequency stats http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_...
by Michael Wallace
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Alison/Susie?
Replies: 42
Views: 5315

Re: Alison/Susie?

Susie is clearly superior - I don't know if it's just because Alison is new, but she seems to check a lot of words that are pretty clearly going to be in the dictionary.

Plus it's just not the same when someone spots 'erotica'...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1943
Views: 304919

Re: Welcome!

Why, hello there, I'm Michael Wallace, resident series 55 failure (I have enough excuses to hit the posting character limit, I suspect, but the main one involves modding not being in the dictionary...yet). I am currently doing a masters in statistics at UCL (having done maths at Cambridge for my und...
by Michael Wallace
Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 57
Views: 8140

Re: Breakfast

If I'm having breakfast it means I got up in the morning, which means something has gone horribly, horribly wrong...