Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

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Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

Post by James Laverty » Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:39 pm

Countdown recap for Tuesday 28 April 2015.

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It's Tuesday and we have a new champion in Simon Tomlinson, he'll need a few more wins if he wants to make the finals.

Nick's introductory monologue today talks about a dog who more or less walks itself! Apparently it's owner was having a cigarette one time when the bus came and the dog got on itself, sat on it's normal seat and went to the park on it's own.

C1: Champion Simon Tomlinson (1 win, 78 points.) A mortgage underwriter from Solihull.
C2: Challenger Craig Roe. Company director of a car sales business in Nottingham. *WOOOO GO NOTTINGHAM!!!!* A big film lover.
DC: Susie Dent and Myleene Klass.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: S O W D E R N A U
R02: G T S E D I O L R
R03: 7, 4, 2, 5, 5, 75. Target: 173.
TTT: NAILHIRE - "It became a victim of the recession and never recovered"
R04: M U A P N E Z L Y
R05: T I B H O G D E S
R06: 7, 8, 1, 8, 75, 50. Target: 602.
R07: R I W S A C T E D
R08: I O R M R A H N I
R09: 1, 4, 8, 7, 8, 25. Target: 990.
TTT: NILSALES - "Nobody buys hammers when they can go this way"
R10: V S P E O E T C F
R11: R U M T A Q N I E
R12: I E B R A P J S S
R13: L O D G E N R A K
R14: 10, 4, 6, 25, 50, 100. Target: 973.
R15: N A T C H P E R M (conundrum)


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Round 1: S O W D E R N A U

Simon: WONDERS (7)
Craig: wounders
DC: WARDENS (7) DOWNERS (7) WANDERS (7) RONDEAU (7)
OT: UNDERSOW (8)
Score: 7–0 (max 8)

An unfortunate start for Craig as he attempts an 8 which is invalid, but going unnoticed is a valid anagram which gives us a Darren straight away!
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I fancied a change from footballers

Round 2: G T S E D I O L R

Simon: LOITERS (7)
Craig: LOITERS (7)
DC: GODLIEST (8) STODGIER (8)
Score: 14–7 (max 16)

The contestants are a pair of LOITERS here, but DC give us both of the 8s.

Round 3: 7, 4, 2, 5, 5, 75. Target: 173.

Simon: 173. (5+5+75)*2+(7-4) (10)
Craig: 171.
Score: 24–7 (max 26)

Simon is spot on and is 17 points ahead going into the first adbreak

Teatime teaser: NAILHIRE -> HAIRLINE

Round 4: M U A P N E Z L Y

Simon: plumey
Craig: NAMELY (6)
DC: MEANLY (6)
OT: LAYMEN (6) LUMPEN (6) PLENUM (6) PNEUMA (6)
Score: 24–13 (max 32)

This could be a way back for Craig as Simon fails to pick one of the 6s available in a relatively flat round

Round 5: T I B H O G D E S

Simon: GHOSTED (7)
Craig: GHOSTED (7)
DC: GOBSHITE (8)
Score: 31–20 (max 40)
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Myleene has a chance to shine with a rather vulgar 8, and it is also todays 2nd darren!

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Round 6: 7, 8, 1, 8, 75, 50. Target: 602.

Simon: 602. 75*8+8-7+1 (10)
Craig: 602. 75*8+8+1-7 (10)
Score: 41–30 (max 50)

Despite Rachel saying "This could be tricky", turns it is was rather easy... moving on

Myleene talks about her trip to the Yap Islands in Micronesia, andhow she was flown there with her grand piano to meet a tribe who had never encountered Westerners and how she wrote a song with them in three days.

Round 7: R I W S A C T E D

Simon: WAITERS (7)
Craig: WASTER (6)
DC: WAISTED (7) CARDIES (7) SIDECAR (7) WARIEST (7)
OT: ASTRIDE (7) CREDITS (7) CRISTAE (7) DIRECTS (7) DISRATE (7) DRASTIC (7) RACIEST (7) RADICES (7) REDACTS (7) STAIDER (7) STEWARD (7) TIRADES (7) TRADIES (7)
Score: 48–30 (max 57)
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A mammoth EIGHTEEN 7s available here but Craig can't find one and allows Simon to extend his lead in a very flat round

Round 8: I O R M R A H N I

Simon: HAIR (4)
Craig: MINOR (5)
DC: MOHAIR (6)
OT: MANOIR (6) MARRON (6)
Score: 48–35 (max 63)

Craig pulls some points backas DC points out Simon could have taken the points if he had added MO to his HAIRy offering

Round 9: 1, 4, 8, 7, 8, 25. Target: 990.

Simon: 992. (8*4+8)*25-7-1 (7)
Craig: -
RR: 990. (8*8+25+1)*(7+4) (10)
Score: 55–35 (max 73)

Simon extends his lead back up to 20 points but Rachel is needed to achieve perfection

Teatime teaser: NILSALES -> NAILLESS

Round 10: V S P E O E T C F

Simon: STOVE (5)
Craig: COVES (5)
DC: COVETS (6) PESTO (5) POETS (5)
OT: TOPEES (6) VETOES (6)
Score: 60–40 (max 79)

Pair of 5s from the contestants this time but a trio of 6s were hiding

Round 11: R U M T A Q N I E

Simon: untame
Craig: QUAINTER (8)
DC: RUMINATE (8) ANTIQUE (7)
Score: 60–48 (max 87)

An excellent spot from Craig pulls the deficit back to 12 points as Simon has his offering disallowed.

OoW: Susie talks about dodgy lawyers, having come across the word "pettifogger", a legal practitioner who takes on petty cases as well as "shyster"

Round 12: I E B R A P J S S

Simon: PRAISES (7)
Craig: BASSIER (7)
OT: ASPIRES (7) BRAISES (7) BRASSIE (7) JASPERS (7) PARESIS (7) SPIREAS (7)
Score: 67–55 (max 94)

A load of 7s here and both men spot one of them

Round 13: L O D G E N R A K

Simon: DARKEN (6)
Craig: LANDER (6)
DC: GROANED (7) RANKLED (7)
OT: DANGLER (7) GNARLED (7) LADRONE (7)
Score: 73–61 (max 101)

I was hoping for an I as it's the only letter that stemmed with the first 8 to get a 9 but Simon picks a consonant. Six more points each but a smattering of 7s were on offer

Round 14: 10, 4, 6, 25, 50, 100. Target: 973.

Simon: 973. 100*10-25-(6-4) (10)
Craig: 973. 100*10-25-(6-4) (10)
Score: 83–71 (max 111)

Craig gambles with a 3 Large in an attempt to get within crucial range but it's an easy one and Simon is over the finishing line

Round 15: N A T C H P E R M

No one buzzes. The answer was PARCHMENT.
Final Score: 83–71 (max 121)

Nothing from the contestants so it's up to the audience and someone wins themselves a mug as Craig is sent off back to Robin Hood land with a goody bag and Nick's best wishes. Simon will be back tomorrow and will want a few more wins if he wants to make the finals, join Robbo to see if he can make it three.

I'll be back next Tuesday. Ta-ra.


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Re: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

Post by Stewart Gordon » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:36 pm

No mention of whether ANTIQUER would have been valid. Would it?

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Re: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun May 03, 2015 6:37 pm

Stewart Gordon wrote:No mention of whether ANTIQUER would have been valid. Would it?
It would have to be listed under this entry, and it's not.

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Re: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

Post by Stewart Gordon » Mon May 18, 2015 11:24 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Stewart Gordon wrote:No mention of whether ANTIQUER would have been valid. Would it?
It would have to be listed under this entry, and it's not.
Have you established that this is indeed the dictionary Countdown uses now? I wasn't sure whether it was actually the free-for-all one or a more comprehensive one that you have to pay a subscription for.

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Re: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Series 72 Prelim 74)

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed May 20, 2015 1:49 pm

Stewart Gordon wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Stewart Gordon wrote:No mention of whether ANTIQUER would have been valid. Would it?
It would have to be listed under this entry, and it's not.
Have you established that this is indeed the dictionary Countdown uses now? I wasn't sure whether it was actually the free-for-all one or a more comprehensive one that you have to pay a subscription for.
I thought this was established ages ago. I wasn't aware of any doubt.

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