Series 80 Player Analysis and Ongoing Discussion Thread (Spoilers Inside!)

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Series 80 Player Analysis and Ongoing Discussion Thread (Spoilers Inside!)

Post by Tom S » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:20 pm

Hi all, as promised I've started an analysis of those who are in the running to be finalists. I'll start with the 3 octochamps that we have at the moment, and will make additions as the series progresses.

Dinos Sfyris
Current Seed: 1
Wins: 8
Points: 918 (114.75 per game)
Total Max: 81/120 (67.5%)

Letters Maxes: 49/80 (61.3%)
Badged Words:(7+ length maxes not previously submitted as a max by a contestant on Countdown before at time of broadcast):11 :ugeek: :)
Medalled Words: (7+ length maxes not previously submitted as a max by a contestant or DC on CD before at time of broadcast): 4
Badged: Corsages, Disgorge, Pinafores, Treenails, Caponised, Quirted, Pomading, Rotifer, Headshot, Baroness, Absolve
Medalled: Amortises, Shagged, Nowhere, Diapering

Numbers 25/32 (78.1%)
6S: 3/4 (75%)
1L: 20/25 (80%)
2L: 2/3 (67%)
3L: N/A
4L: N/A

Conundrums: 7 /8
7 Won, 0 Lost, 1 Unsolved

Some very impressive stats from Mr Sfyris- especially the amount of 9s spotted. His numbers consistency has also been very well demonstrated too (though it shall be interesting to see his 3L/4L skills are shown in the finals), as was his general lightning fast speed on the conundrums. Very good effort indeed! Well done Dinos- look forward to seeing you in the finals!

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Post by Tom S » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:09 pm

Brendan Whitehurst:
Current Seed: 2
Wins: 8
Points: 821 (102.6 per game)
Total Max: 55/120 (45.8%)

Letters Maxes: 26/80 (32.5%)
Badged Words: 0
Medalled Words: 3
B: N/A
M:Trollied (which his opponent also got too, so a "shared" medal there :) ), Virtued, Obscured

Numbers: 25/32 (78.1%)
6S: N/A
1L: 13/17 (76%)
2L: 12/14 (85%)
3L: 0/1
4L:

Conundrums: 4/8 (50%)
4 Solved, 2 Lost, 2 Unsolved

Congrats to Brendan on his octochampdom and coming across as a thoroughly nice person. I think the letters stats do him a bit dirty here, as he is capable of some good letters spots, but nevertheless has the odd tendency at times to miss some more gettable words, which would be his main area to work on imo as consistency is key in the finals for success. Nevertheless, his numbers are very strong and he has a good conundrum record, so look forward to seeing him in the finals!

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Post by Tom S » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:56 pm

Maggie Barlow:
Current Seed: 3
Wins: 8
Points: 794 (99.25 per game)
Total Max: 66/120 (55%)

Letters Maxes: 40/80 (50%)
Badged Words: 4
Medalled Words: 6 :)
B: Coarsest, Gullets, Untested, Crazing
M: Milkiest, Assizes, Tandoor, Unthread, Bailouts, Outlain (sorry Toby, going to give it to Maggie as it was declared valid)

Numbers: 19/32 (59.4%)
6S: 1/3 (33%)
1L: 14/17 (82%)
2L: 4/8 (50%)
3L: 0/2
4L: 0/2

Conundrums: 7/8
7 Solved, 0 Lost, 1 Unsolved

Well Maggie's stats throw a bit of a spanner in the works as her overall max count is a good 10 points higher than Brendan's, though he does compensate for that in his numbers stats. Unlike the 2 chaps presently above her in the table, Maggie has experienced all selections and has weathered not too badly on them as a whole- with her speciality lying in 1L. However, other finalists will do what they can to win and will probably employ more trickier selections instead of 1L, which will be what she needs to practise imo. Nevertheless, her other stats are very good- she could even be a dark horse in the finals- but congrats to Maggie nevertheless on being the first female octochamp in 3 years!
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:58 pm

Tom S wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:56 pm
Well Maggie's stats throw a bit of a spanner in the works as her overall max count is a good 10 points higher than Brendan's
This doesn't surprise me at all actually.

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Post by Tom S » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:18 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:58 pm
Tom S wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:56 pm
Well Maggie's stats throw a bit of a spanner in the works as her overall max count is a good 10 points higher than Brendan's
This doesn't surprise me at all actually.
It was just the close debut game between herself and John which brought her score down really. Her letters stats are not actually that much lower than Dinos' to be honest, which considering she is not an Apterite, is a very good feat. Nevertheless, Brendan joined Apterous after his run was broadcasted, so I'd imagine that he's built on his ability during his run.....

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Post by Tom S » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:05 pm

Steven Turnbull:
Current Seed: 4
Wins: 8
Points: 619 (77.38 per game)
Total Max: 42/120 (35%) (exc. TB conundrum)

Letters Maxes: 24 /80 (30%)
Badged Words: 1
Medalled Words: 3
B: Lurgies
M: Happens, Neither, Peroxide.

Numbers Maxes: 16/32 (50%)
6S: 0/1
1L: 10/19 (52.6%)
2L: 4/10 (40%)
3L: 2/2
4L: N/A

Conundrum Maxes: 2/8 (25%) (exc. Tie-Breaker)
2 Solved, 5 Unsolved, 1 Lost.

Although Steven now holds the accolade for the lowest octochamp total, His stats are very similar to those of Dave Ashton from the last series, who got exactly 120 points more in his total, which means that his "octototal" has done him dirty, in my opinion. Think Steven's main area to focus on is his numbers, should he make the finals (which I'm sure he will).Nevertheless, I was still wondering when the last octochamp to win a Tie-Breaker was- feels like a while? So, congratulations on the octochamp status Steven, and thanks for providing us with some edge-of-your-seat games during your run!

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Post by Andy McGurn » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:10 pm

Tom S wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:05 pm
I was still wondering when the last octochamp to win a Tie-Breaker was
Moose

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Post by Tom S » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:16 pm

Andy McGurn wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:10 pm
Tom S wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:05 pm
I was still wondering when the last octochamp to win a Tie-Breaker was
Moose
Ah yes! Thanks for that- was thinking it was even longer....

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Post by Tom S » Sat May 04, 2019 11:19 am

After quite some time, I can finally update this thread with a new octochamp!

Fiona Titcombe
Current Seed: 4
Wins: 8
Points: 720 (90 per game)
Total Max: 35 /120 (29.2%)

Letters Maxes: 19/80 (23.75%)
Badged Words: 2
Medalled Words: 1
B: Overused, Moralises
M:Adjoiner

Numbers Maxes: 13/32 (40.7%)
6S: 0/1
1L: 9/21 (43%)
2L: 3/8 (33.3%)
3L: 1/1 (100%)
4L: 0/1

Conundrum Maxes: 3/8 (37.5%)
3 Solved, 2 Unsolved, 3 Lost

Whilst Fiona's stats aren't as high as Steven's, she has definitely proven herself to be a good player, with some nice letters spots and good numbers solves. Good luck to her!

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Post by Tom S » Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:15 pm

Elliott Mellor

Current Seed:1
Wins: 8
Points: 1061 (132.6 per game)
Total Max: 102/120 (85%)

Letters Maxes: 63/80 (78.75%)
Badged Words: 6
Medalled Words: 15 :o :o
B:Nodalizes, Porkier, Mediatory, Carrioles, Judicare, Oxidises
M: Taiapure, Neoterism, Animateur, Infracted, Reusage, Wisteria, Operance, Monodias, Untoward, Andisols, Opalise, Menswear, Reefpoint, Forelimb, Posteriad

Numbers Maxes: 31/32 (97%)
6S: 1/1 (100%
1L: 26 /27 (96.3%)
2L: 1/1 (100%)
3L: 1/1 (100%)
4L: 2/2 (100 %)

Conundrum Maxes: 8/8 (100 %)
8 Solved, 0 Unsolved, 0 Lost

1 word: WOW. As if there were not strong enough players in these finals already, Elliott has just upped the standard significantly. It's been one of the strongest series in years, and Elliott's record breaking skills have only enhanced it.
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Post by Fiona T » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:57 pm

Tom S wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:15 pm
Total Max: 102/120 (85%)
102 maxes is, I think, another record breaker. A formidable opponent indeed!

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Post by Tom S » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:15 am

Fiona T wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:57 pm
Tom S wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:15 pm
Total Max: 102/120 (85%)
102 maxes is, I think, another record breaker. A formidable opponent indeed!
100%!

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:21 pm

Tom S wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:15 am
Fiona T wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:57 pm
Tom S wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:15 pm
Total Max: 102/120 (85%)
102 maxes is, I think, another record breaker. A formidable opponent indeed!
100%!
No... 85%...
Possibly the first contestant to accelerate with a mic clipped...

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Re: Series 80 Player Analysis and Ongoing Discussion Thread (Spoilers Inside!)

Post by Tom S » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:48 am

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:21 pm
Tom S wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:15 am
Fiona T wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:57 pm


102 maxes is, I think, another record breaker. A formidable opponent indeed!
100%!
No... 85%...
Pedant :P

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:24 pm

Love the badged/medalled stuff.

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Post by Tom S » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:27 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:24 pm
Love the badged/medalled stuff.
Thanks but I take no credit for it- credit should go to Martin Hurst who devised the whole format. It is always interesting to have a look and see though!

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Post by Tom S » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:33 am

Sandra PIlson
Wins: 6
Points: 630
Seed:7
Total Maxes: 43 /105 (41%)

Letters Maxes: 23 /70 (33%)
Badged Words: 1
Medalled Words: N/A
B: Louries
M:

Numbers Maxes: 17/28 (61%)
6S: 1/1 (100%)
1L: 2/4 (50 %)
2L: 11/21 (52%)
3L: N/A
4L: 2/2 (100 %)

Conundrum Maxes: 3/7 (43%)
3 Solved, 5 Unsolved.

For someone who did not become an octochamp, Sandra proved herself to be a good, rounded player, who's overall max % beats the #5 and #6 seeds. She even had a better letters % than the #3 seed, which all attributes to her being quite unfortunate to not get 8 imo- especially after being 1 second too late on her final conundrum against Arran.

She'll face Dinos in her QF, who has been excellent throughout, and whilst I am confident that the win will be his, I think she'll put up a good fight and give a good account of herself as she did in her preliminary run.

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Post by Tom S » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:04 pm

Mark Decouto:
Wins:6
Points:544
Seed:8
Total Max: 28 /105 (27%)

Letters Max: 17/70 (24%)
Badged: N/A
Medalled: 2
B: N/A
M: Funkiest, Certain

Numbers Max: 7/28 (25%)
6S: 0/9
1L: 5/10 (50%)
2L: 2/8 (25%)
3L: N/A
4L: 1/1 (100%)

Conundrum Max: 4/6 (75%)
4 Solved, 1 Lost, 1 Unsolved.

So Mark comes in as the #8 seed and has the unenviable task of facing Elliott in the QF. Whilst his stats on the whole do him a bit dirty, he has had some nice letters spots and is strong on the conundrums- wish him luck in the finals!

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