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by Tony Atkins
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 10th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 99)
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Spoilers for Monday 10th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 99)

Some hard numbers on this show! For the easier second one I liked the alt (4+7)x(8+2+1)=121.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 7th June 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 744

Re: Spoilers for Friday 7th June 2019

Painty is specified. Paintiest or paintier is not. The rule is that single syllable adjectives can be changed to -er or -est
without them being specified. Unfortunately painty is not single syllable. I came unstuck online recently with unfairest for the same reason.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)
Replies: 25
Views: 1055

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)

piecrust only appears in phases piecrust table and piecrust top now (though in ODE3 the definition of piecrust table used it as a stand alone word).
by Tony Atkins
Wed May 22, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)
Replies: 25
Views: 1055

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)

Ray Wilding wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 1:31 pm
MAULVI, bad miss in R7.
Or GAVIAL - but I think he also missed another 9....?
by Tony Atkins
Fri May 03, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 73)
Replies: 3
Views: 449

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 73)

The other way Rachel mentioned may have been ((7x25)+(75/5))x4
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Like 2017 and 2018, there will be a Countdown event at the 2019 Mind Sports Olympiad. For details of all events at MSO see https://msoworld.com/events-woo-ev-products/ This is held in London at the end of August and there is a slot on the second Sunday for a Countdown event. Top three places will ge...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 19 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: COREA 19 Recaps

Countdown recap for COREA Game 1 Saturday 20 April 2019. C1: Rob C2: Jon Host: Tony Atkins DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words SN: Sample number solutions R01: G H G T I A E D R R02: P S T S E E E S K R03: 6, 5, 10, 10, 9, 2. Target: 531. R04: V T R A I O L O O R05: M B T S O O I T U R06: 50, 7, 7, ...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 19 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 449

COREA 19 Recaps

Results at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea19/results.html Countdown recap for COREA Final Saturday 20 April 2019. C1: Rob Foster (5 wins, 523 points) C2: Tom Cappleman (4 wins, 494 points) Host: Tony Atkins DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words or solutions. R01: V D S T I E E L L R02: R D C B U O E O T...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)
Replies: 5
Views: 642

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)

Dave had from 5th December recording of yesterday's show to 28th January of today's to practice - looks like he enjoyed
Christmas and New Year the traditional way instead.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)
Replies: 5
Views: 642

Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)

SPONGIER an alt (that I missed in one of my shows) in R1
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)

I assume Susie offered SECONDE in R4 but it didn't make the edit. I also got CONGEES there and CARNIES in R5.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)

I got GERMIEST too and SWAPTION as an alt in R2.
by Tony Atkins
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 3725

Re: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019

Walk-in entries are more than welcome! Please arrive as near to 10:30 as possible.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 5th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 53)
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Spoilers for Friday 5th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 53)

Geoff seems to have eaten too much lunch...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 52)
Replies: 1
Views: 335

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 52)

The way people were shouting at their sets for third numbers must have been ((25+75)-9)x10/5-4=178 (though sadly got out of time).
by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 15th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 38)
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

Re: Spoilers for Friday 15th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 38)

Nice second numbers solve there but slightly easier is (100-8)x75/25-10+50 (though sadly out of time).
Standard method for last numbers: (75-50)x25+100+10.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 36)
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

Re: Spoilers for March 13th 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 36)

1st numbers (100+50-9)x5+1=706 for 1 away
by Tony Atkins
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 7th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 32)
Replies: 5
Views: 942

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 7th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 32)

Alt 1st numbers knowing 7x8x9=504: (9-2)x(5+3)x9+3=507

Sorry you are out John.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 31)
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Spoilers for Wednesday 6th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 31)

Two new players - one of whom seems to be apterous's Edward Ashcroft playing as John?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)

Alt last numbers (9x25+3+7)x4-2=938

Alt last words ELISIONS though LIONISES would be more appropriae for Dinos!
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)

Alt for R1: TRIGONAL and R3 (7+7+1)x50/6=125
by Tony Atkins
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 4th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 29)
Replies: 5
Views: 885

Re: Spoilers for Monday 4th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 29)

I was pleased to beat him on coalfield but missed diapering - a few alts about - any beaters?
by Tony Atkins
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 28th February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 27)
Replies: 10
Views: 1325

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 28th February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 27)

Annoyingly I had tetragon and two other words disallowed and missed the 9s, so lost today despite getting the numbers
(first one alt (100+9+1)x(10-6)-10; last one alt 2x75+5x7).
by Tony Atkins
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 3725

COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019

The eighth COREA (Countdown in Reading) is on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 20th April 2019, in Woodley in Reading. Sorry for delay in announcing, but I needed to find a new "Rachel" as Martyn and his family are moving to Swanage. Details at at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea19 We will be raising mo...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 90)
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 90))

Alt 1st numbers: (50+25+5-4+1)x7=539
Alt 4th numbers: (((10x9)+4)x9)-8-5=833

In R 11 of course COUGHS+H=CHOUGHS but I went CHIGOES.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 6734

Re: CO-MSO 2018

The games are now at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso18games.pdf and recaps are
at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso18recaps.pdf - hopefully no typos this year.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)

What? Tony from Reading's on, and it's not me... and he beat my top score :(
by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 6734

Re: CO-MSO 2018

Slightly controversial, because Paul Erdunast originally finished in second place, but was promoted to first after the winner was found to have a fork in his possession. Particularly controversial as forks weren't explicitly listed on the banned list. Even worse two players managed to smuggle sandw...
by Tony Atkins
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 6734

Re: CO-MSO 2018

Congrats to Paul Erdunast who won the final 105-101 vs James Robinson, having won 5 heats with 613 pts (James won 4 with 534). Jonathan De Souza won the third place by beating Tim Hebbes 103-93 on a crucial conundrum (3 wins 498 - 3 wins 491). Results table at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/MSO18.pdf Ga...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)
Replies: 15
Views: 3254

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)

I foolishly went for expiral (x) in round 10.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 1756

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)

If the contestants only multiply by 7 once: (100-10)x7+5+2/2=636
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 1756

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)

Tom S wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:36 pm
Thought the 926 sum was very tricky, personally couldn't even find a way to get 1 away....
((5x25)+7)x7+8/8=925
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)
Replies: 11
Views: 1898

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)

What about this TOWAGES contoversy? Has the ODO been updated recently to make it invalid or is it
another of Ms Dent's whims?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 20th August 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 744

Re: Spoilers for 20th August 2018

Alt in the last numbers ((9x9x2)-4)x5 -6
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 6734

Re: CO-MSO 2018

As of yesterday 11 signed up - hopefully we will get to 16 like last year - not too late to enter!
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 37)
Replies: 11
Views: 1880

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 16th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 37)

Mark Kudlowski wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:53 pm
4th numbers alt:

((9 x 6) + 6 + 2) x (10 + 5)
I made 93 and timed it by 10.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday 15th August 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 2170

Re: Spoilers for 15th August 2018

Why does the wiki show "* *" for MARLIER - that was said so should have no "*"?
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday 15th August 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 2170

Re: Spoilers for 15th August 2018

In third numbers, having made 125 the 22 was 6x5-8 of course. My way was make 49 and 3 and multiply.

Fourth numbers alt ((8x9)+1)x3+7-6
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday 15th August 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 2170

Re: Spoilers for 15th August 2018

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:19 pm
I can't make out what word Leonora said in Round 11 (PANTIES round). Is it PAINS? PAVES? It sounds like it contains a D sound. There are magically no subtitles available for this episode either.
I wrote it down as PAVES.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 9154

Re: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018

There are no engineering works planned for Saturday and I can avoid any strike problems on South Western Railway
(not that trains to Bournemouth would not be running) by using Cross Country so I can be there!
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday 14th August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1722

Re: Spoilers for 14th August 2018

My solution for first numbers was (((25-1)/8)x75+1)x4 then I saw the obvious way.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 9154

Re: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018

Sean Fletcher wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:13 pm
Due to a change in circumstances there has been a change in venue. The event will now be taking place at The Royal Bath Hotel, which is a 10 minute walk from the original venue.
With the change of venue shouldn't the player nicknames now be royalty and not celebrities?
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)
Replies: 14
Views: 3480

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)

Vince Fernando wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:27 am
What is meant by the "standard method"? Is there a "standard" algorithm to solve the number problem?
Only for 3 large - See http://wiki.apterous.org/Standard_Method
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 10th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 33)
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Spoilers for Friday 10th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 33)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:22 pm
1st Numbers Alt.: (75 + 25 + 10) * 8 + 2
or (8+3)x(75+2)+25+10
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)
Replies: 14
Views: 3480

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)

2nd numbers - 1 away (933) by the standard method, but out of time (100-6)x(8+50/25)-8=932.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 6734

CO-MSO 2018

Like 2017, there will be a Countdown event at the 2018 Mind Sports Olympiad. For details of all events at MSO see https://msoworld.com/events-woo-ev-products/ This is held in London at the end of August and there is a slot on the second Sunday for a Countdown event. Top three places will get the gol...
by Tony Atkins
Fri May 04, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 4th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 83)
Replies: 14
Views: 3308

Re: Spoilers for Friday 4th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 83)

Ryan Lam wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 2:00 pm
Alternative for R9 if you want to use all the Numbers: ((8 + 6) x 25) + (5 x 2) + 3
Or for people, like Go players. for whom 19x19 has a special meaning: (25-6)x((3x8)-5)+2
by Tony Atkins
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 18 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 2363

Re: COREA 18 Recaps

Countdown recap for COREA Round 1 Saturday 31 March 2018. C1: Zubair Patel C2: Jonathan De Souza Hosts: Tony Atkins and Martyn Neads DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words SN: Sample number solutions R01: V R C E E I S L D R02: N A I O V T L O S R03: 25, 50, 75, 100, 6, 4. Target: 299. R04: M D J I I E...
by Tony Atkins
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 18 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 2363

COREA 18 Recaps

Results at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea18/results.html Countdown recap for COREA Final Saturday 31 March 2018. C1: Tom Cappleman (4 wins, 521 points) C2: Graeme Cole (4 wins, 501 points) Hosts: Tony Atkins and Martyn Neads DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words or solutions. R01: T F N S I I E L L R02...
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 57)
Replies: 13
Views: 1938

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 57)

I was doing alright until I risked "unstaked" in R10, but got the conundrum quickly which surely isn't that hard?