Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

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Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Joseph Bolas » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:37 pm

No more Jo Brand words after today :(.

EDIT: I wonder if Ben fancies Marge Simpson :lol:?

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Matt Coates » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:32 pm

TROUPES as an equaller

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Joseph Bolas » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:34 pm

R3: SONNETS as an equaller.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Matt Coates » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:34 pm

SONNETS as an equaller

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Joseph Bolas » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:36 pm

R4: ZLOTIES

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Matt Coates » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:38 pm

75+3 X (6+4) + 7 - 2 as an alternate

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Martin Gardner » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:01 pm

Joseph Bolas wrote:R4: ZLOTIES
Yeah I got that as well.

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If you cut a gandiseeg in half, do you get two gandiseegs or two halves of a gandiseeg?

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Martin Gardner » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:05 pm

Btw I thought that UPSTROKE was excellent earlier in the game
If you cut a gandiseeg in half, do you get two gandiseegs or two halves of a gandiseeg?

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Joseph Bolas » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:06 pm

Martin Gardner wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:R4: ZLOTIES
Yeah I got that as well.

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It's a good 7 letter bingo play in Scrabble using the Z :D.

EDIT: God Damn it, it was another 2 vowel conundrum :x.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Martin Gardner » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:08 pm

I thought it was a bit of a flat game to be honest. I think they chose only 3 vowels in almost all the letters game, when a vowel would have probably given some sevens and eights. The quality of the game was good, but the selections really weren't.

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If you cut a gandiseeg in half, do you get two gandiseegs or two halves of a gandiseeg?

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Dinos Sfyris » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:15 pm

Martin Gardner wrote:I thought it was a bit of a flat game to be honest. I think they chose only 3 vowels in almost all the letters game, when a vowel would have probably given some sevens and eights. The quality of the game was good, but the selections really weren't.

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I know I read Ben's post earlier RE: PRAETORS + any vowel gives a 9, then it came up and he asked for a friggin consonant!

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Ray Folwell » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:49 pm

I thought they were going for some sort of record with 3 vowels in every round. An then they spoilt it in Round 8.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Joseph Bolas » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:47 am

I could be wrong, but I could've sworn I saw a 2nd 'W' when Carol picked up the 'F' at the end of round 13's selection of letters (Carol picked up more than 1 tile before putting 'F' on the board).

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Post by Benji Hanks » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:26 pm

Personally, I've always preferred 3 vowels in 80% of cases, but that's more how I like to work, and always leave it til the last letter before deciding.

And also..
Joseph Bolas wrote: EDIT: I wonder if Ben fancies Marge Simpson :lol:?
No thanks, she's a little old for me ;)

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Joseph Bolas » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:48 pm

Benji Hanks wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote: EDIT: I wonder if Ben fancies Marge Simpson :lol:?
No thanks, she's a little old for me ;)
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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by DaveC » Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:10 pm

Benji Hanks wrote:Personally, I've always preferred 3 vowels in 80% of cases, but that's more how I like to work, and always leave it til the last letter before deciding.
I presume then that you never opt for 5 vowels?

I did notice that on all rounds on Friday, the three vowels were chosen during the first 7 letters, we all know the first 3 vowels and 4 consonants aren't a choice. Effectively once three vowels and four consonants are chosen the last two letters are free choice. For this reason I consciously open up with 3 vowels and 4 consonants, (though not necessarily bunched together, eg VVCCVCC decided in advance).

It does surprise me on those occasions where people make odd selections with their first few tiles. Eg. Tony Durrant vs Keith Brown, Keith opened up with 4 vowels on 4 occasions, then with 5 consonants on the other. Thus losing the advantage of making his 2 free choices having first seen the mandatory 3V 4C.

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If a person practiced 6C 3V combinations a lot, and commonly appearing (but not common usage) words for that combination perhaps they could give themselves a slight advantage by choosing their letters accordingly. Just a thought.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Benji Hanks » Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:29 pm

DaveC wrote:
Benji Hanks wrote:Personally, I've always preferred 3 vowels in 80% of cases, but that's more how I like to work, and always leave it til the last letter before deciding.
I presume then that you never opt for 5 vowels?
Well, like you say, I like to get them down quickly, so I have the choice. But generally unless I've got 3 Us down, i'm not interested in a 5th vowel. If I've got EAIE after 8 letters, I'm unlikely to want/need another vowel, is my general opinion.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:55 am

Benji Hanks wrote:Well, like you say, I like to get them down quickly, so I have the choice. But generally unless I've got 3 Us down, i'm not interested in a 5th vowel. If I've got EAIE after 8 letters, I'm unlikely to want/need another vowel, is my general opinion.
Hi Ben :)

I dunno about you, but I much preferred it when my opponent was picking the letters, as I could then play along as I do at home (i.e. trying to make words as you go along, spot stuff that might come out etc). While I was picking the letters, I was so busy concentrating on saying the right words and making sure I didn't do anything "stupid" (like hesitate for too long, or say "cowel" or "vonsonant") that I barely even noticed what letters had actually been put up. So while I'm aware that PRAETORS + a vowel makes a nine, I might not necessarily spot that or process that information at the time. Picking letters is a stressful business which requires a lot of concentration. Honest.

Just my 2p.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:36 pm

Corby wrote:While I was picking the letters, I was so busy concentrating on saying the right words and making sure I didn't do anything "stupid" (like hesitate for too long, or say "cowel" or "vonsonant")
My favourite was "Can I have an adjective please Carol?", which was a few series ago now.

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Re: Spoilers for Friday, 18th April

Post by David O'Donnell » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:37 pm

Corby wrote:
Benji Hanks wrote:Well, like you say, I like to get them down quickly, so I have the choice. But generally unless I've got 3 Us down, i'm not interested in a 5th vowel. If I've got EAIE after 8 letters, I'm unlikely to want/need another vowel, is my general opinion.
Hi Ben :)

I dunno about you, but I much preferred it when my opponent was picking the letters, as I could then play along as I do at home (i.e. trying to make words as you go along, spot stuff that might come out etc). While I was picking the letters, I was so busy concentrating on saying the right words and making sure I didn't do anything "stupid" (like hesitate for too long, or say "cowel" or "vonsonant") that I barely even noticed what letters had actually been put up. So while I'm aware that PRAETORS + a vowel makes a nine, I might not necessarily spot that or process that information at the time. Picking letters is a stressful business which requires a lot of concentration. Honest.

Just my 2p.

Agreed. I never would have missed SOLENOIDS had my opponent been choosing ... honest.

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