Actually, only 1 or 2 of them I got off Countdown.
Correct, Mathsyperson. Same one used on Countdown.
Do you watch it?
Thou hath foiled thy evileth planeths.
I watch it occasionally if I'm bored. I don't go out of my way or anything to watch it though.
And I didn't watch it today, so I wasn't cheating.
Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.
Same here, I rarely watch Countdown unless there's nothing else to watch. I like the number-puzzles the best, though.
what is this Countdown?
Last edited by Toast (2006-11-22 16:06:13)
Countdown is a UK TV "words and numbers" game, based on the French original, "Des Chiffres et Des Lettres", and was the first programme to be broadcasted on Channel 4, on November 2nd, 1982. It is produced by the Yorkshire Television Company in Leeds, England, and is hosted by Des Lynam and Carol Vorderman. Countdown is currently aired on Channel 4 from Monday to Friday at 3.30 p.m., with repeats shown at approximately 5 a.m. and also in the morning on the digital channel More4. Until the end of Series 53, Countdown was hosted by the late Richard Whiteley, who passed away at the end of June 2005.
In the game, the contestant who's turn it is must say whether they want a vowel or a consonant, picked from 2 random piles of vowels and letters, in no particular order. Once they have picked 9 letters, they might end up with something like:
etc. Once all the letters have been picked, a 'countdown' starts immediately, and the two contestants must try to find the longest words possible in the 9 letters that have been picked by one of the contestants. The countdown lasts for 30 seconds, and the contestants have only a pen, a dictionary, and a cup of water with them. When the countdown has finished, the two contestants must say out loud what their longest words were. The person with the longest word gets the points, and the amount of letters in the word is equal to the amount of points they are given. When they are nearing the end of a round, they have a number puzzle. One of the contestants says how many small numbers and how many large numbers they want, and they may only picked 6 numbers. A computer calculates a target for them to reach from the numbers. Again, the two contestants only have 30 seconds, and they only have some paper. When the time is up, they may state how close they got to the target, or if they reached the target itself. It usually is the latter. The person who gets closest or gets the target, wins. If both contestants happen to get the target, then they both get the same amount of points. After this game, they take a break for advertisements etc., and to keep you thinking, they give you an 8-lettered anaram for you to solve. They give you a clue about what it is before the advertisements are about to show.
Hope that wasn't too long.
sounds like a very popular show , too bad we don't really have anything like that in Australia, just quick quizzes and luck games.
They don't get a dictionary, only the Dictionary Corner does.
Boy let me tell you what:
I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.
Hmm, I guess I'll have to watch it more carefully next time. I like when the contestants pick the most hard consonants and vowels from the pile, and then they can barely manage to get a four-letter word out of it.
I say the answer could be 2 for the first one as the daughter could be the mother, and same for the son and father. 2! =2. QED.