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Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Tue 19 Oct, 2010 10:35 am

Just thought you might like to know, but there will be a piece in the Formby Times tomorrow about me and my puzzling exploits! It might get sent round to the bigger local papers as well - i.e. the Liverpool ones. I've put some stuff about sponsorship in the press release, but whether it will get put in or not is out of my hands.

So, let's start the sweep. How many facts in the article will be incorrect?

I'll go for a conservative three.

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Wed 20 Oct, 2010 9:38 am

Well, here it is - the school inflated the role of the captain a bit, but they were trying to big themselves up as well.

One obvious mistake - they missed out the word "not" which is rather important...

A TEACHER is heading to Poland to captain his country in the World Puzzle Championships.

Dr Steve Barge, who is Head of Maths at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School will be travelling to the east European country this week to take part in the competition now in its ninetieth year.

The UK team of four puzzlers will be competing against 25 other countries in both individual and team rounds.

The Championship, held annually, is run by the World Puzzle Federation.

Led by the Formby man the team will have to take on puzzles that are knowledge based which could involve anything that does not include a crossword or a quiz.

The team qualified using the US qualifying competition which was held this year online in June.

Dr Barge, who has taught at Merchant Taylor’s for four years, said “The key to training for a competition like this is practise, practise and more practise.

“There are some good magazines that have a variety of testing puzzle types and any magazine that is not exclusively Sudoku is a good place to start.

“Sudoku is a great way to get into puzzling but there’s so much more out there.”

The UK Puzzle Association, which was formed to develop and support international standard puzzle and Sudoku playing in the UK, is in charge of picking the other illustrious team members.

As Head of Maths Dr Barge said he feels puzzles play an important part in helping students learn,

He said: “I encourage the girls to do logical puzzles because they promote problem solving, thinking two or three steps ahead and creating your own strategies.

“These skills can be transferred to other situations, in particular mathematical problems that require extra connections to be made.

“They are an excellent teaching aid and by using them some students don’t even notice they are doing some quite difficult maths in order to solve the problems.”

Dr Barge believes that they are one of the strongest teams in the Championship and hopes to finish within the top 10.

The other team members are Gareth Moore, who is the brains behind the Puzzlemix website, Ronald Stewart, a Maths tutor from London, who was recently a semi-finalist on the Krypton Factor and Simon Anthony, a Managing Director who is also a Sudoku specialist.

The cat lover added: “What I really hope comes from this championship and the recent launch of the UK Puzzle Association is a wider awareness of the sort of puzzles that are available and the recruitment of a new generation of puzzlers to our competitions.

“I’m starting to encourage the girls in their puzzling with a view to introducing competitions at a later date.

See www.ukpuzzles.org for more info.

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Re: Press Attention

Post by GarethMoore » Wed 20 Oct, 2010 12:34 pm

Also ninetieth is a little bigger than nineteenth! ;) But really cool, and thanks for the puzzlemix mention! :)

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Wed 20 Oct, 2010 2:08 pm

You're welcome.

They also got the wrong end of the stick about "one of the strongest teams" as I meant one of the strongest UK teams for a while - I don't see us wrestling with the top 3.

And the actual headline ended up being the somewhat overblown "World Title Should Be No Problem for Puzzle King"

So, if you can all call me your majesty from now on, it would be appreciated :D

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Re: Press Attention

Post by nickdeller » Wed 20 Oct, 2010 2:25 pm

drsteve wrote:And the actual headline ended up being the somewhat overblown "World Title Should Be No Problem for Puzzle King"

So, if you can all call me your majesty from now on, it would be appreciated :D
You're lucky, Madge. My local rag a few years back regaled me with something like "'Second Best' Puzzle Solver Heads For World Championship" :lol:

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Re: Press Attention

Post by PuzzleScot » Wed 20 Oct, 2010 6:33 pm

No pressure then! They're already planning the 'World Champion' homecoming banner!

Mentioning no names - one person 'recently' got loads of press attention in his home country about his trip to the WPC, and came last (or thereabouts). I guess we won't be seeing him again...

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Re: Press Attention

Post by ronaldx » Wed 20 Oct, 2010 7:13 pm

Shouldn't it be "practice, practice and more practice"? ;)

Also cool about the Krypton Factor mention! I didn't know people knew that about me :)

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Thu 21 Oct, 2010 5:01 am

ronaldx wrote:Shouldn't it be "practice, practice and more practice"? ;)
We discussed this - if it's an instruction, and as a teacher, it often is, then it's the verb. :P That's the fourth time I've had to explain that...

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Re: Press Attention

Post by PuzzleScot » Thu 21 Oct, 2010 8:08 am

That's the fourth time I've had to explain that..
I think I was one of them. Americans are sloppy, and use '-ice' for both noun and verb.
It works the same way as advise/advice, devise/device. That's the principal rule of thumb.

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Thu 21 Oct, 2010 8:25 am

PuzzleScot wrote:
That's the fourth time I've had to explain that..
I think I was one of them. Americans are sloppy, and use '-ice' for both noun and verb.
It works the same way as advise/advice, devise/device. That's the principal rule of thumb.
In this case it can be either though - and yes, advise/advice is the way I remember it when I'm writing reports - it's a rare day when the word doesn't turn up in a Maths report.

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Thu 21 Oct, 2010 10:51 am

Oh god, local radio want to talk to me now...

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Re: Press Attention

Post by PuzzleScot » Thu 21 Oct, 2010 10:52 am

Way to go! Don't forget to mention the need for sponsors!

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Thu 21 Oct, 2010 1:34 pm

Set your alarms - BBC Radio Merseyside, 11:30 to 12:00 (in the morning). Going to be live in the studio. Honest.

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Re: Press Attention

Post by ronaldx » Fri 22 Oct, 2010 12:55 am

Oh, I know that practise is a verb, but I always imagine it being the noun in that saying. Thanks for explaining again :D

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Fri 22 Oct, 2010 5:14 am

Actually, having read the way the journalist rephrased it - practise, practise and more practise, it's definitely a noun in that context - he added the "and more" bit to what I wrote and hence made it incorrect. So you guys are all right - it should be a c.

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Fri 22 Oct, 2010 6:47 am

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liv ... -27522895/

Another article - not as comprehensive as the first and rather annoyingly, doesn't mention the website. Shame, as that one was in a Liverpool paper, rather than the local freebie.

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Re: Press Attention

Post by PuzzleScot » Fri 22 Oct, 2010 11:14 am

How did the radio thing go?

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Fri 22 Oct, 2010 12:03 pm

PuzzleScot wrote:How did the radio thing go?
Fine I think. Judge for yourself, its on BBC Radio Merseyside, on Listen Again, the Sean Styles show 1130 to 1150ish

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Re: Press Attention

Post by PuzzleScot » Fri 22 Oct, 2010 3:11 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p ... 2_10_2010/

Well done Steve - that must have been nerve-wracking!
Did they play Mariah Carey's "Hero" just for you - aaawwww!
Mind you don't do too well now, or you'll be off to Disneyland...

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Re: Press Attention

Post by drsteve » Fri 22 Oct, 2010 3:29 pm

PuzzleScot wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p ... 2_10_2010/

Well done Steve - that must have been nerve-wracking!
Did they play Mariah Carey's "Hero" just for you - aaawwww!
Mind you don't do too well now, or you'll be off to Disneyland...
Yeah - i let slip to my Lower Sixth that I keep getting sent flyers for a "Maths" trip to Disneyland Paris - they claim that if I get in the top 40, then I've agreed to take them - I haven;t and now it's on record!

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Re: Press Attention

Post by dickoon » Mon 05 Sep, 2011 5:11 pm

I've heard a suggestion that one of the contestants on Only Connect tonight is one Ronald Stewart, formerly of this parish. No money in it, but there's an outside chance of publicity (more likely for the World Puzzle Championship than for the UKPA, at a guess) and for my licence fee it's currently the best and puzzliest show on UK TV.

My Fantasy Only Connect team would largely be made up of UKPA people, for what it's worth...

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Re: Press Attention

Post by nickdeller » Mon 05 Sep, 2011 5:29 pm

dickoon wrote:I've heard a suggestion that one of the contestants on Only Connect tonight is one Ronald Stewart, formerly of this parish. No money in it, but there's an outside chance of publicity (more likely for the World Puzzle Championship than for the UKPA, at a guess) and for my licence fee it's currently the best and puzzliest show on UK TV.
The team photos on the Only Connect Facebook page for tonight say "Yep". Fingers crossed!
My Fantasy Only Connect team would largely be made up of UKPA people, for what it's worth...
So would mine, and we really ought to try to make it happen for Season 6 - you can't buy targeted publicity like that. It might even be a team that I could get selected for, what with my elite Missing Voles skillz and all...

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Re: Press Attention

Post by detuned » Mon 05 Sep, 2011 6:43 pm

Haha, interestingly enough Wei-Hwa apparently writes (or at least has written) some questions for the US version of the show, and grilled me/Byron/Nick B/Thomas S with them in Beijing. The results weren't exactly pretty, even when you lower expectations for me for lacking a whole lot of American cultural knowledge!

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Post by dickoon » Mon 05 Sep, 2011 7:26 pm

detuned wrote:Haha, interestingly enough Wei-Hwa apparently writes (or at least has written) some questions for the US version of the show
Scarier than that. There is no US version of the show; Wei-Hwa gets a name check in the end credits of the UK version - the only version, to the best of my knowledge - a few times a series.

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Post by detuned » Mon 05 Sep, 2011 8:03 pm

Oh fair enough - I blame the jet lag for that misunderstanding then! Well I'm definitely calling foul on some of his questions - perhaps he has something in mind for American audiences.

I missed the introductions and stuff tonight, but it otherwise seemed Ronald didn't manage to make much of an impact, more's the pity.

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