Friday 15th January 2016 (COC XIV, Quarter Final 2)

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Friday 15th January 2016 (COC XIV, Quarter Final 2)

Post by Anthony Endsor » Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:30 pm

Hello and welcome to another Friday recap. :) This is the second Quarter Final in our Champion of Champions, which means now only the very best 8 players this country has had to offer in recent years remain. Andy Platt and Dylan Taylor compete today. Both are series runners-up, but are Champions in all but name as we know it after coming through some magnificent battles to get this far. Oh and I nearly forgot, Dylan is the record holder for getting 974 in his 8 preliminary games back in 2013. Enjoy.

Countdown recap for Friday 15 January 2016.

C1: Challenger Andy Platt.
C2: Challenger Dylan Taylor.
DC: Susie Dent and John Inverdale.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: C T R P I O I E A
R02: U S N M E D A S I
R03: 8, 8, 25, 100, 75, 50. Target: 866.
TTT: PRESSDON - "Keep pressing Don until he gives an answer."
R04: O I R S E L X R W
R05: T N L B U U O A V
R06: 4, 3, 3, 8, 9, 2, . Target: 143.
R07: K D T C E A I L G
R08: E Z P T I M E A S
R09: 4, 6, 100, 50, 25, 75. Target: 942.
TTT: ABLESOIL - "The soil makes it possible for these plants to grow."
R10: E T S U N D A L E
R11: T P R M O E O S R
R12: U E I F N L S D R
R13: G D J T A O A E O
R14: 4, 1, 7, 8, 9, 25. Target: 391.
R15: M I N U T E P U N (conundrum)


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Round 1: C T R P I O I E A

Andy: APORETIC (8)
Dylan: APORETIC (8)
DC: EROTICA (7)
OT: OPERATIC (8)
Score: 8–8 (max 8)

It's a max start as both players get APORETIC for 8.

Round 2: U S N M E D A S I

Andy: UNMISSED (8)
Dylan: SIDESMAN (8)
DC: SUNDAES (7)
OT: ANIMUSES (8) UNMASSED (8)
Score: 16–16 (max 16)

Andy made sure his 8 was UNMISSED as Dylan spotted a SIDESMAN.

Round 3: 8, 8, 25, 100, 75, 50. Target: 866.

Andy: 866. (100 + 8) x 8 + (50 / 25) (10)
Dylan: 866. (100 + 8) x 8 + (50 / 25) (10)
Score: 26–26 (max 26)

It's a perfect 10 for both players.

Teatime teaser: PRESSDON -> RESPONDS

Round 4: O I R S E L X R W

Andy: WORRIES (7)
Dylan: WORRIES (7)
DC: LORRIES (7)
OT: LOWRIES (7)
Score: 33–33 (max 33)

No WORRIES in this round, except both players got it, so there must have been :roll:

Round 5: T N L B U U O A V

Andy: BUTANOL (7)
Dylan: BUTANOL (7)
DC: UNVOLT (6) VOLANT (6)
Score: 40–40 (max 40)

Both players get BUTANOL for another magnificent 7.

Round 6: 4, 3, 3, 8, 9, 2. Target: 143.

Andy: 143. (9 x 8) x 2 - (3 / 3) (10)
Dylan: 143. (9 + 4) x (8 + 3) (10)
Score: 50–50 (max 50)

It's aperfect 10 for both with 143.

John Inverdale talks about the Olympics coming up in Brazil later this year, and when Brazil couldn't afford to take part in Los Angeles in 1932.

Round 7: K D T C E A I L G

Andy: CITADEL (7)
Dylan: TACKLED (7)
DC: TICKLED (7) DIALECT (7) LIGATED (7)
OT: CATLIKE (7) DELTAIC (7) EDICTAL (7)
Score: 57–57 (max 57)

Andy gets CITADEL as Dylan gets TACKLED.

Round 8: E Z P T I M E A S

Andy: EMPTIES (7)
Dylan: PASTIME (7)
DC: PASTIE (6) MESTIZA (7)
OT: MAZIEST (7) SEPTIME (7) STEAMIE (7)
Score: 64–64 (max 64)

Another 7 each with EMPTIES and PASTIME.

Round 9: 4, 6, 100, 50, 25, 75. Target: 942.

Andy: 942. Mistake in working.
Dylan: 942. (100 + 50 + 4) + (75 / 25) x 6 (10)
Score: 64–74 (max 74)

Oh no! :shock: Disaster for Andy as he uses the 6 twice en route to 942, which Dylan then gets correctly to take the lead.

Teatime teaser: ABLESOIL -> LOBELIAS

Round 10: E T S U N D A L E

Andy: UNSEATED (8)
Dylan: UNSEATED (8)
DC: UNSEALED (8) UNSALTED (8)
Score: 72–82 (max 82)

Both players were UNSEATED in this round.

Round 11: T P R M O E O S R

Andy: PROMOTERS (18)
Dylan: PROMOTERS (18)
DC: ROOMERS (7)
Score: 90–100 (max 100)

It's a 9!!!! Both players spot PROMOTERS and bag 18 points. :D :D

Susie talks about the hidden connection between glamour and grammar.

Round 12: U E I F N L S D R

Andy: URNFIELDS (18)
Dylan: DIREFUL (7)
Score: 108–100 (max 118)

Andy has redeemed himself by getting a 9 URNFIELDS. Dylan had to settle for DIREFUL for 7.

Round 13: G D J T A O A E O

Andy: GEODATA (7)
Dylan: GEODATA (7)
DC: DOTAGE (6)
Score: 115–107 (max 125)

It's another 7 each with GEODATA.

Round 14: 4, 1, 7, 8, 9, 25. Target: 391.

Andy: 391. (8 + 7 + 1) x 25 - 9 (10)
Dylan: 391. (8 + 7 + 1) x 25 - 9 (10)
Score: 125–117 (max 135)

Both players get 391 for 10 points to lead to a high noon conundrum.

Round 15: M I N U T E P U N

Dylan buzzes on 1 second to say NEPTUNIUM which is correct.
Final Score: 125–127 (max 145)

Well what a match that was. An aggregate of 252 points which is unprecedented in Countdown. These 2 players fought tooth and nail and gave it everything and it's a great shame one of them had to lose. Dylan held his nerve to get the conundrum when he was in trouble at the end, making Andy the unluckiest man alive as one slip cost him the game. In 13 games Andy has played over 3 years, I think that is the first mistake I've seen him make on the numbers, and it proved crucial as he lost by 2 mere points. Very well done to Dylan though who will now march on to the Semi Finals.
Next week is the last week for Champion of Champions. The third Quarter Final is on Monday. Andy McGurn will be here for that. I'll be back next Friday for the final. Who will be in it? I hope you'll join me to find out. In the meantime, thank you very much for reading, and goodbye. :)

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Re: Friday 15th January 2016 (COC XIV, Quarter Final 2)

Post by Owen Carroll » Sun May 27, 2018 1:16 am

Wish I'd seen this episode. But I could be seeing it before long!

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