Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

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Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Thomas Carey » Fri May 24, 2019 12:22 pm

sources say that on 7 June, Elliott Mellor will replace Theresa May as highest scoring octochamp or something
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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri May 24, 2019 1:56 pm

ISONOMES in the MOONIES* round
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri May 24, 2019 2:07 pm

Bit of a car crash for Elliot there, not scoring in one of the rounds. Needs about 72 in the final game now I think for the 1000. Might be a bit tight!

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Neil A Collins » Fri May 24, 2019 2:07 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 1:56 pm
ISONOMES in the MOONIES* round
Not according to lex - possibly existed in the past.

NOISOME is valid - MOONIES is my falsie, having misdeclared it in the past. fwiw, MOONY, MOONING and MOONERS are valid. Really can't see why MOONIES isn't.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Fiona T » Fri May 24, 2019 2:56 pm

Neil A Collins wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 2:07 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 1:56 pm
ISONOMES in the MOONIES* round
Not according to lex - possibly existed in the past.

NOISOME is valid - MOONIES is my falsie, having misdeclared it in the past. fwiw, MOONY, MOONING and MOONERS are valid. Really can't see why MOONIES isn't.

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MOONIES is what I went for, although I'm pretty sure I've had it disallowed in the past on apto too. Moony there as an adjective, not a noun. Moonies allowed in Scrabble though!

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Fiona T » Fri May 24, 2019 3:03 pm

Other dictionaries seem to have a moonie as a dialect term for a goldcrest.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Owen Carroll » Fri May 24, 2019 3:08 pm

Was hoping Elliott's 9 would be freepoint

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Phil H » Fri May 24, 2019 5:35 pm

I associate Moonies with a religious cult whose heyday was maybe in the 1980s...

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Fred Mumford » Sat May 25, 2019 6:10 am

Elliott's discomfort in the last couple of days when he's thinking he might be condemning his opponent to a score of 0 is more than evident. At least such a scenario is unlikely to develop in his post-octorun (no spoiler, I have no idea if he won his 8th game) Countdown career of finals and potentially a CoC.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Marc Meakin » Sat May 25, 2019 6:23 am

Fred Mumford wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 6:10 am
Elliott's discomfort in the last couple of days when he's thinking he might be condemning his opponent to a score of 0 is more than evident. At least such a scenario is unlikely to develop in his post-octorun (no spoiler, I have no idea if he won his 8th game) Countdown career of finals and potentially a CoC.
Depends who is the 8th seed
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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Patrick Thompson » Sat May 25, 2019 7:54 am

Loving the gogglebox appearance, always nice to see countdown on there

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Fred Mumford » Sat May 25, 2019 8:30 am

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 6:23 am
Depends who is the 8th seed
At least the 8th seed can console themself with having had several good on-screen performances prior to their sadistical and gruesome slaughtering.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by David Williams » Sat May 25, 2019 4:15 pm

Fred Mumford wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 8:30 am
At least the 8th seed can console themself with having had several good on-screen performances prior to their sadistical and gruesome slaughtering.
Isn't that true of every 8th seed nowadays?

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Tom S » Sat May 25, 2019 5:32 pm

David Williams wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 4:15 pm
Fred Mumford wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 8:30 am
At least the 8th seed can console themself with having had several good on-screen performances prior to their sadistical and gruesome slaughtering.
Isn't that true of every 8th seed nowadays?
The #8 seed in the last series Bob Lunt was quite capable imo. Can only think of Jan Pask in recent years from S78 who had a slaughtering, though it depends on what you categorise as one....

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by David Williams » Sun May 26, 2019 9:08 am

What's the average margin in QF1? 50 points? I actually think Seed 8 might score higher against Elliott than some other Seed 1s. You might lose one or two more letters games, but you'd hope for 40 points in the numbers games. If you get a maximum you score points no matter how good your opponent is. The margins in Elliott's recent games are less to do with how good he is, more to do with his opponents maxing virtually nothing.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Martin Hurst » Sun May 26, 2019 6:18 pm

928 points after 7 games? WTF is this sorcery?

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Tom S » Mon May 27, 2019 7:25 am

Martin Hurst wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 6:18 pm
928 points after 7 games? WTF is this sorcery?
Already beaten Dinos` very strong total over 8 games. An Elliott-Dinos final would be an incredibly strong one of it happened :)

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Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

Post by Phil H » Tue May 28, 2019 11:34 am

David Williams wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 9:08 am
What's the average margin in QF1? 50 points? I actually think Seed 8 might score higher against Elliott than some other Seed 1s. You might lose one or two more letters games, but you'd hope for 40 points in the numbers games. If you get a maximum you score points no matter how good your opponent is. The margins in Elliott's recent games are less to do with how good he is, more to do with his opponents maxing virtually nothing.
Yeah, although I think there were more missable maxes than usual, at least for the likes of me, but he still missed almost nothing. Last time I played Elliott online I 'only' lost by 30-40 points but in some of his TV games I'd barely have done better than the TV opponent - perhaps partly because of the number of 5 and 3 vowel selections.

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