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by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24 March 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Spoilers for Friday 24 March 2017

Jeff has now won the same number of games as he did in series 51; I would hope he can go all the way this time.
by Tony Atkins
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017

At least 3 beaters about today but not seen by me sadly.

Nice standard method solve in 2nd numbers, but if you want an Extended Standard Method solve: (6x50)+((5+(75/25))x9)=372
by Tony Atkins
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017

If you want to see Jeff Clayton in action in the flesh then come to COREA on 15th April or the one he is hosting in
Bournemouth later on.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Spoilers for Friday 17 March 2017

It might be St Patrick's day but sadly the luck wasn't with Natasha as she battled Lawrie today. Maybe her decision to pick 5 vowels was not a good one, though some rounds good words would have been available if the right 5th vowel came out. Beat Rachel to the last numbers by (50+(100/(75-25)))x5+9 ...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Second numbers game alt: (5x8+7)x(10+10)-2 = 938
by Tony Atkins
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1418

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

Sorry Zarte, did not mean to cause the focal team more work or worry - we will stay out this year.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 23 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 10)
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Spoilers for Monday 23 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 10)

A few beaters about today. I got MORULAE to beat lummox, and TAIKOS to beat iotas.
by Tony Atkins
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1418

COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

The sixth COREA (Countdown in Reading) is on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 15th April 2017, in Woodley in Reading.

Details at at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea17

We will be raising money for the Alzheimer's Research UK.

We have decided it will not be part of FOCAL just yet.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 23
Views: 901

Re: CO-MSO

Now definite - see updated first posting.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)
Replies: 11
Views: 664

Re: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)

Well done to Martin and unlucky to Andrew who would have been okay a few dictionaries ago with airdate.

At least one beater around today (R7), but I only managed URNFIELD as an alt in R1.

Alt second numbers (9x75)+100 + (3x6) +4
Alt last numbers (via the standard method) (75-50)x25 +100 -4+3
by Tony Atkins
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 23
Views: 901

Re: Possible CO-MSO

Thanks to Heather for offering to help and the MSO team (nothing to do with MSI), we have a provisional date of the bank holiday Monday 28th August 2017. It will run from 10:15 to 18:00 with a lunch break, but as it their last day the medals will be in the closing ceremony which usually ends about 1...
by Tony Atkins
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st December 2016 (1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st December 2016 (1st Semi-Final)

Had Rachel been on the sherry at lunch time? As well as the 80-800 incident and not being able to keep up, she allowed Martin to use a 7 that wasn't in the selection (he had to use 9-2 to make it).
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 23
Views: 901

CO-MSO

There will be a Countdown event at the 2017 Mind Sports Olympiad. This is held in London at the end of August and there is a slot on the Bank Holiday Monday for a Countdown event. Top three places will get the gold/silver/bronze medals and there would be junior medals too if enough juniors play and ...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)

A few beaters around today but the only one I got was HEDARIM in the harmed/milder round
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)

Second numbers but well out of time ((25x10)-(8x8))x4-1
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016

First day of Advent. Time to open your calendars. And play Countdown! (And post your spoilers here) That's almost as bad as calling the day before Easter Day "Easter Saturday". Of course it is the fifth day of Advent and the first day of December. I guess they start calendars on the first of Decemb...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016

The first game with 8 letter teaser was on 8th December 2003 (FATNURSE=AFTERSUN), so we have had 8s for 13 years.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:Also out of time (and also not the standard method) ((50+8)x3-7)x5+3
No 8, sorry...
Damn transcribed it wrong when I turned my paper over for more space.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Beaters available in first two rounds and the pergola round I think.

Alt first numbers (10+4)x25+8=358 and 2nd numbers (9-1-1)x75+(6x8)=573 and 3rd numbers (75-5) x (8-2) +4=424
by Tony Atkins
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Also out of time (and also not the standard method) ((50+8)x3-7)x5+3

And why didn't they see GOATISH in the GOATS and AGOUTIS round?

Also at least one beater available?
by Tony Atkins
Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th October 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th October 2016

My stomach told me it was Countdown time at 14:10, but my brain forgot the change and I didn't sit down until 15:10, by
which time luckily they had uploaded the episode.

Nice that all the targets were multiples of 12 today - 77x12 was the neat way to get to 924 after the 73x12 round.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th October 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th October 2016

OBLIGES alt in R1
MANTUAS alt in R2
and what was wrong with (5+2)=7 in the first numbers?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 4th October 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 4 October 2016

Alt last numbers: (75+8-6)x(10+3)-4
by Tony Atkins
Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 4th October 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 4 October 2016

RUINOUS as a better alt to QUINOAS in R2.

NEARSIDE alt to BRANDIES in R5.

TETRODES alt to ROSETTED in R11.

LOONIEST and PELOTONS to LOOPIEST and POLONIES in R13.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 29th September
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 29th September

Of course the players would have had it flip over - our bit of the screen is added in post-production usually - you
will have probably seen then filming the conundrum reveal again after the show.

However maybe it was to go with the very easy numbers rounds?
by Tony Atkins
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016

Indeed great run, Martin!
by Tony Atkins
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016

Alt 2nd numbers (25-7)x(50+9-8)-4
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

The awoid to avoid passing paper in 3rd nos: (7-4)x(10+1)x6
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

The easier way to 909: ((6x50)+5)x(4-1)-6
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

RUBATOS as alt to SAUTOIR and ROBUSTA, but I suspect a beater available in R1?
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

Martin's 7th game...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1 September 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Spoilers for Thursday 1 September 2016

Martin's 6th show:

Alt 2nd nos (7+8+1)x(50+4)-7
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016

864 is the best on the last numbers, but strangely I too used an extra 2 to clam 900.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016

Seems they have run out of easy teasers...
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016

Martin's 5th show.
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016

ROUGHDONG (conundrum) sounds like it was left over from Catsdown!
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016

Steven M. McCann wrote:I was convinced Martin's "Nine" was DENIALING, fine in Touchy Words, probably illegal everywhere else.
INDEALING sounds pluasible too.

I think Martin started off too aggressively and only showed his strength when he stettled down. Great finish by him.
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016

Alt 2nd numbers 3x4x5x10-3-8
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016

Natalie's 3rd v Martin Hurst
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 573

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:Anyone see the DORMOUSE hiding in R12 or any of the obscure 8s in R13?
No 8s to be had there according to Lexplorer -- sure you had the selection copied right?
Sorry one round out - the dormouse was R11 and the 8s were in R12 - see the wiki recap for details.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday August 24th 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday August 24th 2016

Alt last numbers (100-9+5)x6-50
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday August 24th 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday August 24th 2016

samir pilica wrote:R 11 MIJNHEER
Or HERNIAE for 7.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 573

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016

Alt 2nd numbers (100-7)x8+9-4
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 573

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016

Anyone see the DORMOUSE hiding in R12 or any of the obscure 8s in R13?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 573

Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016

If Ben had picked a final vowel in Round 10 he could have made the teaser TOUGHIES.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 10 August 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 10 August 2016

Ah well two for today makes up for not having one yesterday.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 10 August 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Spoilers for Wednesday 10 August 2016

3rd numbers (9x9-4)x10-8 but out of time
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 3 August 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 22)
Replies: 9
Views: 613

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 3 August 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 22)

Cammy was lucky not to lose after failing to say "plus the other 8".

Alt 1st numbers (7+8)x50 - (7x(9-1))
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 2nd August
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 2nd August

(9x8) + (4x7) =100, just be awkward
by Tony Atkins
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday July 25th 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: Spoilers For Monday July 25th 2016

And Chris Cummins on 15:1
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday July 18th 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: Spoilers For Monday July 18th 2016

Sorry... two Es, one A. CEASED was the only other max in that round, though I toyed with DECAGES^ for a large portion of the time. Oops Only one 1-away solution to the last numbers game, in either direction -- this is why I've listed it as Rachel's solution on the wiki even though she didn't presen...
by Tony Atkins
Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday July 18th 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Spoilers For Monday July 18th 2016

Stephen's fifth show and quite a hard one too.

ACEDIAS to beat cadges, and there is an 8 in the last words round too.

574 is possible, but not by me....
by Tony Atkins
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday July 15th 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Spoilers For Friday July 15th 2016

Tony Atkins wrote:Only seven between the three number targets - will the 4th one be in the same range?
Nope 290 - must have confused Stephen. Some alt methods involve 58x5.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday July 15th 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Spoilers For Friday July 15th 2016

CANDIRU for a fishy beater in R7, but there is an 8 there. Also 8s available in the dallier round.

Only seven between the three number targets - will the 4th one be in the same range?
by Tony Atkins
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday July 15th 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Spoilers For Friday July 15th 2016

Stephen half-way to octochamp if he wins today, but will yetserday's conundrum solver beat him?
by Tony Atkins
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday July 14th 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Re: Spoilers For Thursday July 14th 2016

Nice to go back to the old way of showing the next competitor in the audience!
by Tony Atkins
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday July 14th 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Re: Spoilers For Thursday July 14th 2016

samir pilica wrote:R? PEONAGE(s)
Yep PEONAGES in R7. Another beater avialble in R8 too.