Friday 18th December 2015 (Series 73, 4th Quarter Final)

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Friday 18th December 2015 (Series 73, 4th Quarter Final)

Post by Anthony Endsor » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:14 pm

Hello and welcome to the final Friday recap of 2015. :) As this is the last Quarter Final of series 73, only the best players will do. Today we have two octochamps, John Hardie and Matthew Tassier, both of whom specialise in numbers, but whose number will be up after today's show? Enjoy.

Countdown recap for Friday 18 December 2015.

C1: Champion John Hardie (8 wins, 845 points.) A maths tutor from Willerby, West Yorkshire.
C2: Champion Matthew Tassier (8 wins, 799 points.) A statistical consultant from Ealing.
DC: Susie Dent and Sir Tim Rice.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: N R Q T I A E G L
R02: D A F P I T O E A
R03: 8, 7, 4, 2, 3, 25. Target: 189.
TTT: THEACRES - "The acres have had a metric conversion."
R04: H I M S E P U O R
R05: V C D T I A E I D
R06: 8, 1, 3, 8, 7, 10. Target: 544.
R07: R S G K E O A E M
R08: R U L N A T E O I
R09: 1, 5, 2, 9, 10, 6. Target: 462.
TTT: GOINGFAR - "Going far into the forest to search for food."
R10: F E P R I M A O E
R11: W S N B I U E P O
R12: S A T R O V E I A
R13: S L D N E U A I Z
R14: 2, 6, 4, 6, 7, 10. Target: 458.
R15: R I P E G R E E N (conundrum)


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Round 1: N R Q T I A E G L

John: INTEGRAL (8)
Matthew: RELATING (8)
DC: ALTERING (8) ALERTING (8) TRIANGLE (8)
OT: TANGLIER (8)
Score: 8–8 (max 8)

It's 8 for both players. John makes an INTEGRAL start and Matthew is RELATING to it.

Round 2: D A F P I T O E A

John: ADIPATE (7)
Matthew: OPIATED (7)
Score: 15–15 (max 15)

It's 7 each again with ADIPATE and OPIATED.

Round 3: 8, 7, 4, 2, 3, 25. Target: 189.

John: 189. (25 + 2) x 7 (10)
Matthew: 189. (25 + 2) x 7 (10)
Score: 25–25 (max 25)

A perfect 10 for both players with 189.

Teatime teaser: THEACRES -> HECTARES

Round 4: H I M S E P U O R

John: MOUSIER (7)
Matthew: PROMISE (7)
DC: MURPHIES (8)
Score: 32–32 (max 33)

And still they can't be separated. MOUSIER and PROMISE for 7.

Round 5: V C D T I A E I D

John: ADVECT (6)
Matthew: ADDICTIVE (18)
DC: DIDACTIVE (18)
Score: 32–50 (max 51)

John only sees a 6 with ADVECT. But Matthew has a very ADDICTIVE 9.

Round 6: 8, 1, 3, 8, 7, 10. Target: 544.

John: 544. (10 x 7) - (3 - 1) x 8 (10)
Matthew: 544. (10 x 7) - (3 - 1) x 8 (10)
Score: 42–60 (max 61)

It's 10 a piece with 544. This is the standard you would expect from these two mathematicians. :D

Sir Tim Rice talks about the writing of stories and lyrics.

Round 7: R S G K E O A E M

John: SMOKER (6)
Matthew: GREASE (6)
DC: MAKERS (6) MEAGRES (7)
OT: REMAKES (7)
Score: 48–66 (max 68)

It's 6 each again with SMOKER and GREASE.

Round 8: R U L N A T E O I

John: ORIENTAL (8)
Matthew: RELATION (8)
DC: OUTLINER (8)
OT: URANOLITE (18) URANOTILE (18)
Score: 56–74 (max 86)

It's our old favourite without the plural. ORIENTAL and RELATION get our players 8 each, but there were two 9's there. :o

Round 9: 1, 5, 2, 9, 10, 6. Target: 462.

John: 462. (5 x 9 x 10) + (6 x 2) (10)
Matthew: 462. (5 x 9 x 10) + (6 x 2) (10)
Score: 66–84 (max 96)

And another perfect 10 on the numbers as both players get 462.

Teatime teaser: GOINGFAR -> FORAGING

Round 10: F E P R I M A O E

John: EMPORIA (7)
Matthew: EMPORIA (7)
DC: FOAMIER (7)
OT: EPIMERA (7)
Score: 73–91 (max 103)

Both players score 7 with EMPORIA.

Round 11: W S N B I U E P O

John: SUPINE (6)
Matthew: OPINES (6)
DC: PUISNE (6)
OT: UNPOISE (7)
Score: 79–97 (max 110)

It's 6 each this time with SUPINE and OPINES.

Susie continues her A to Z of origins, today going from E to I.

Round 12: S A T R O V E I A

John: VARIATES (8)
Matthew: AVIATORS (8)
DC: VOTARIES (8)
Score: 87–105 (max 118)

And another level round, this time for 8 with VARIATES and AVIATORS.

Round 13: S L D N E U A I Z

John: unsailed
Matthew: DENIALS (7)
DC: SUNDIAL (7)
OT: DUALIZES (8)
Score: 87–112 (max 126)

John gets 'unsailed' disallowed, so Matthew extends his lead with DENIALS for 7.

Round 14: 2, 6, 4, 6, 7, 10. Target: 458.

John: 458. ((7 x 10) + 6) x 6 + 2 (10)
Matthew: 458. ((7 x 10) + 6) x 6 + 2 (10)
Score: 97–122 (max 136)

Both players get 10 again with 458.

Round 15: R I P E G R E E N

John buzzes on 1 second to say PEREGRINE which is correct.

John Hardie gets one of his now famous zero second conundrums. He spots PEREGRINE before the clock starts. For the sake of the recap writer not getting completely confused, I have marked it down as 1 second.

Final Score: 107–122 (max 146)

So despite getting that zero second conundrum, John Hardie bows out. He was beaten by a brilliant performance from Matthew Tassier, who was magnificent today and thoroughly deserves his place in the Semi Finals. This was a great game. The 4th Quarter Final of a series is always an interesting affair with the players so closely locked together and this series was no different. Matthew Tassier now has the pleasure of playing the number one seed Thomas Carey on Monday. Will he meet his match, or will he spring a surprise? Join Andy McGurn on Monday to find out. As for me, my next recap is on 8th January. By that time the long awaited Champion of Champions will be underway. I hope you will join me for that. In the meantime, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you very much for reading, and goodbye. :)


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