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Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Matthew Green » Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:13 pm

I got OILFIELDS last week in a 10-sec game which I was rather impressed with. I also got GADABOUTS but only after I saw Paul Howe get it in the singular.
If I suddenly have a squirming baby on my lap it probably means that I should start paying it some attention and stop wasting my time messing around on a Countdown forum

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Post by Ian Dent » Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:49 pm

Classier.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Michael Wallace » Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:49 pm

I think my best spot to date was RHEOSTATS, having not had cause to think about the word since doing A level physics.

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Post by Paul Howe » Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:22 pm

EUKARYOTE, or picking the final U for DEUTERIUM.

I quite like the words that come up as the best picks in goatdown sometimes, e.g. COWABUNGA, JUNKYARD, LIFEBUOY, SYSADMIN, BACCARAT, TRITHEISM and so on.

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Post by Innis Carson » Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:33 pm

BARGEPOLE, definitely.

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:40 pm

Innis Carson wrote:BARGEPOLE, definitely.
Ha, I remember that. Mine's probably PARTRIDGE, RHATANIES or COMELIEST.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:53 pm

Mine has to be AEPYORNIS.

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Post by Jon Corby » Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:49 pm

Probably PSORIASIS in a regular letters round.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Simon Myers » Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:40 pm

In any game, QUANTISER in goatdown probably. I chose the S (was going for URINATES till I remembered that it took a Q, otherwise I'd of course gone Z).

In a 15 rounder, SCIAENID.

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:11 pm

I'd say DIDJERIDU would be the greatest spot ever.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:38 pm

I always like it when I "beat the dictionary" which is to say I get a word which clearly should be in there but isn't, but is longer than anything allowable. Once I got FANBASE (of course it's a word) but then there's the nine-letter DUMBARSES which is surely worthy of a medal.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:21 pm

ANHEDONIA (although it was Goatdown.)

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by David O'Donnell » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:23 pm

KEIRETSU, REQUINTOS, BINDAAS and AVIRULENT (but only because this last one was against Corby and he had VIRULENT mu ha ha)

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Post by Jon Corby » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:59 pm

David O'Donnell wrote:KEIRETSU, REQUINTOS, BINDAAS and AVIRULENT (but only because this last one was against Corby and he had VIRULENT mu ha ha)
My "A" key doesn't work though.

(I cut and pasted that A from elsewhere. And these ones.)

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:55 pm

proud of myself when i got MISSHAPED against David O'Donnell although i did get beat

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Clare Sudbery » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:36 pm

I had NERDIEST today, made me happy. Actually i think i've had it before, tis quite a common letters combination? or would be on scrabble... nobody ever did answer my qu about countdown letter frequencies...

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Post by David O'Donnell » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:39 pm

Eoin.V.Monaghan wrote:proud of myself when i got MISSHAPED against David O'Donnell although i did get beat
Yeah, well done. My niner radar is a bit awful sometimes but luckily it's never gonna cost me.

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Post by Junaid Mubeen » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:57 pm

Just got EUTHERIAN against Dinos. Been wanting to get it ever since I learnt it. Incidentally, it stems from HERNIA as such: HERNIA-HAIRNET-HAURIENT-EUTHERIAN.

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:24 pm

Clare Sudbery wrote:I had NERDIEST today, made me happy. Actually i think i've had it before, tis quite a common letters combination? or would be on scrabble... nobody ever did answer my qu about countdown letter frequencies...
There's a topic on it somewhere, but I can't be bothered to try and find it :)

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Post by Clare Sudbery » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:05 pm

maybe you can just tell me if they have equal nums of all letters on countdown, yay or nay?

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:24 pm

Clare Sudbery wrote:maybe you can just tell me if they have equal nums of all letters on countdown, yay or nay?
Take a guess.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:23 am

Clare Sudbery wrote:maybe you can just tell me if they have equal nums of all letters on countdown, yay or nay?
Clearly not, otherwise you might expect on occasion to see Z, X, Q etc coming up more than once per game.

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:08 pm

Clare Sudbery wrote:maybe you can just tell me if they have equal nums of all letters on countdown, yay or nay?
There is a thread that Jim Bentley did, which mentioned the Letter Frequency for series 57.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Phil Reynolds » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:13 pm

Has to be SPINNERET in round 1 of this game. I'd noted it, but wasn't convinced of the spelling, so I was going to declare SPINNER until Plum went first and declared a 9 so I decided I had to go for it. Turned out Plum's word wasn't in the selection so 18-0 to me. 8-)

I went to pieces towards the end of the game, but was pleased to get two 9s in the first 6 rounds.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:20 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:Has to be SPINNERET in round 1 of this game. I'd noted it, but wasn't convinced of the spelling, so I was going to declare SPINNER until Plum went first and declared a 9 so I decided I had to go for it. Turned out Plum's word wasn't in the selection so 18-0 to me. 8-)
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Post by Jimmy Gough » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:58 pm

PANACEAS.

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:14 pm

MIREPOIX

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Post by Steven Briers » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:08 pm

HENDIADYS
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Post by Kai Laddiman » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:43 pm

16/10/2007 - Episode 4460
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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Neil Zussman » Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:02 pm

Cornflake!
Except...
It's not a valid word :-(

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:19 pm

Neil Zussman wrote:Cornflake!
Except...
It's not a valid word :-(
Yeah, that was so unlucky. it's odd coz I was thinking yesterday about CONFLATES (as you do) and then started wondering whether you could have CORNFLAKE. It's one crazy, crazy world.

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Post by Oliver Garner » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:15 pm

Jimmy Gough wrote:I'd say DIDJERIDU would be the greatest spot ever.
I had that as a conundrum recently, saw it but typed the wrong first letter.

My best was INTERWOVE

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Post by Innis Carson » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:32 pm

Got ARBORETUM a few days ago, not sure whether or not it takes the title though.

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Post by Gary Male » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:51 pm

Jimmy Gough wrote:
Neil Zussman wrote:Cornflake!
Except...
It's not a valid word :-(
Yeah, that was so unlucky. it's odd coz I was thinking yesterday about CONFLATES (as you do) and then started wondering whether you could have CORNFLAKE. It's one crazy, crazy world.
Interesting. Cornflake was valid in the series where COD9 was the dictionary of choice.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:10 pm

Gary Male wrote:
Interesting. Cornflake was valid in the series where COD9 was the dictionary of choice.
Yeah, stupid ODE2r only lists CORNFLAKES as a plural noun. So what is one of them called?

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Post by Gary Male » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:24 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:
Gary Male wrote:
Interesting. Cornflake was valid in the series where COD9 was the dictionary of choice.
Yeah, stupid ODE2r only lists CORNFLAKES as a plural noun. So what is one of them called?
Frank Cole?

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Post by Ian Volante » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:01 pm

meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles meles

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Martin Gardner » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:49 pm

OSTRACIZE, with a Z.
If you cut a gandiseeg in half, do you get two gandiseegs or two halves of a gandiseeg?

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Post by Michael Wallace » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:56 pm

Martin Gardner wrote:OSTRACIZE, with a Z.
As opposed to OSTRACIZE without a Z?

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Post by Charlie Reams » Mon May 11, 2009 3:28 pm

Update?

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Post by Michael Wallace » Mon May 11, 2009 3:29 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:Update?
That's rubbish - you suck.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Mon May 11, 2009 3:48 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:Update?
That's rubbish - you suck.
UPDATING, on the other hand...

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Post by Michael Wallace » Mon May 11, 2009 3:53 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:Update?
That's rubbish - you suck.
UPDATING, on the other hand...
Hahaha you big gay.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Kevin Davis » Mon May 11, 2009 6:25 pm

Still gotta be PAROCHIAL.
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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Daniel O'Dowd » Mon May 11, 2009 7:15 pm

Not being given free access to an easy archive of my own nines, I can't really tell you for sure, but HEINOUSLY ranks up there, as does MARTINET which secured a huge comeback.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon May 11, 2009 7:23 pm

I think I'm the only person to have spotted MELIORIST, although it has come up a few times.

Edit - Actually Andrew Hulme has too, but he hadn't last time I checked.

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Post by Adam Dexter » Mon May 11, 2009 8:54 pm

Mine, I think, was STUCCO. Not that it's long, but more that it's quite obscure, and was a catalyst in my greatest ever comeback. Maybe a "generous type" could do a handy link to my game?
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Post by Ben Wilson » Mon May 11, 2009 9:08 pm

I like the whole 'nines this person got' feature, saves me from having to trawl through my archive to find this one. :) Non-goaty, it'd have to be this one or this one.

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Post by Stuart Arnot » Mon May 11, 2009 9:13 pm

Adam Dexter wrote:Mine, I think, was STUCCO. Not that it's long, but more that it's quite obscure, and was a catalyst in my greatest ever comeback. Maybe a "generous type" could do a handy link to my game?
I'm not generous yet (although I should have paypal funds by the time of my 1000th game, so that's how I'll celebrate), but I am smart. ;)

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Mon May 11, 2009 10:12 pm

Can I ask nicely for people posting links to game records etc. on apterous to please use the www in front of the domain name (rather than just using apterous.org) as otherwise I have to scroll past adverts to get to the bit I'm supposed to be looking at.

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Post by Matthew Green » Mon May 11, 2009 10:18 pm

Well given that this thread was my idea I think I should pick the winner:

Take a bow Mr Briers, HENDIADYS it is!
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Post by Matt Morrison » Tue May 12, 2009 12:13 am

Phil Reynolds wrote:Can I ask nicely for people posting links to game records etc. on apterous to please use the www in front of the domain name (rather than just using apterous.org) as otherwise I have to scroll past adverts to get to the bit I'm supposed to be looking at.
hmm... let Charlie know about this. The cookie for the website should now be shared across both 'domains', avec 'www.' and sans 'www.' - though maybe you have to specifically log in to both, I dunno?

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Ben Hunter » Tue May 12, 2009 12:22 am

APERITIFS. Only person to get this in normal (except for Paul Howe in a duel). FLINTLOCK in the same game was pretty good but it was a conundrum guess.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Oliver Garner » Tue May 12, 2009 7:41 pm

ENDOSPERM from some game I can't be bothered to find. Also, I think I am the only human user to find either DIGICAM or DIGICAMS.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Neil Zussman » Tue May 12, 2009 9:30 pm

Mine is probably arboretum in this game. On my opponents pick in a speed game as well. Only Innis has spotted it before, and the great Bevins missed it here! (admittedly several months ago).

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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue May 12, 2009 9:49 pm

Neil Zussman wrote:Mine is probably arboretum in this game. On my opponents pick in a speed game as well. Only Innis has spotted it before, and the great Bevins missed it here! (admittedly several months ago).
I definitely got it against my mom once. Maybe that was before the games got logged or something. It is a good word though.

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Post by Lee Simmonds » Wed May 13, 2009 10:55 pm

PHENOMENA or SAMPHIRES I would say for me.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Stuart Arnot » Wed May 13, 2009 11:09 pm

Usually, I panic if there's not an E in the selection, which is why I'm particularly pleased with UNITARILY and UNITARIST. Strangely, against the same player, and only a couple of days apart. :)

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Innis Carson » Sat May 16, 2009 10:09 pm

Updating my entry to GUAIACOL.

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Re: Your best apterous word to date?

Post by Andrew Hulme » Sat May 16, 2009 11:10 pm

GUAIACOL is ridiculous!

I would say for me SIXTEENMO

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