Friday 22nd January 2016 (COC XIV - Final)

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Friday 22nd January 2016 (COC XIV - Final)

Post by Anthony Endsor » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:49 pm

Hello and welcome to another Friday recap. :) Well this isn't just any Friday recap. This is the Champion of Champions, and not just any old Champion of Champions match, but ..... THE FINAL !!!! Here today we have the 2 best players to have graced Countdown in the last 3 years. Dylan Taylor and Dan McColm have beaten some of the best of the rest along the way and certainly haven't had an easy ride. Enjoy.

Countdown recap for Friday 22 January 2016.

C1: Challenger Dylan Taylor.
C2: Challenger Dan McColm.
DC: Susie Dent and Naga Munchetty.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: I D F S O K E A T
R02: G S L U E I T O J
R03: 3, 6, 9, 3, 5, 7, . Target: 929.
TTT: CODCHEST - "Put an end to the rumours about his liking for whisky."
R04: N R S U A I M A W
R05: I O B R S T E A O
R06: 4, 5, 10, 2, 7, 50, . Target: 786.
R07: E G T I A R V E I
R08: N C D E O I T A M
R09: 1, 5, 4, 9, 10, 2, . Target: 149.
TTT: MOODTILE - "If you spot this mineral you might call it a triumph."
R10: P R D O E U S H E
R11: O T S N A M O X H
R12: G R L E A O T E P
R13: R S M N O E R A I
R14: 1, 6, 2, 1, 8, 25, . Target: 493.
R15: N I C E T A S T Y (conundrum)


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Round 1: I D F S O K E A T

Dylan: FOISTED (7)
Dan: STIFADO (7)
DC: STAKED (6) SKATED (6) STOKED (6)
OT: IODATES (7) OAKIEST (7) TOADIES (7)
Score: 7–7 (max 7)

Both players start off with 7's FOISTED and STIFADO.

Round 2: G S L U E I T O J

Dylan: EULOGIST (8)
Dan: OUTJIES (7)
DC: GLUTES (6) UGLIEST (7)
Score: 15–7 (max 15)

Dan gets OUTJIES for 7, but Dylan finds EULOGIST for 8 to take an early lead.

Round 3: 3, 6, 9, 3, 5, 7. Target: 929.

Dylan: 930. (7 x 3) x 9 - 3 x 5 (7)
Dan: 927.
RR: 930. (7)
OT: 930. (7)
Score: 22–7 (max 22)

Dylan gets 7 points for 930, 1 away. Dan only gets to 927, but 929 is impossible.

Teatime teaser: CODCHEST -> SCOTCHED

Round 4: N R S U A I M A W

Dylan: SAMURAI (7)
Dan: SURAMIN (7)
DC: MARINAS (7)
OT: SAURIAN (7) URANISM (7)
Score: 29–14 (max 29)

It's 7 a piece with SANURAI and SURAMIN.

Round 5: I O B R S T E A O

Dylan: ROBOTISE (8)
Dan: ROBOTISE (8)
DC: REBOOTS (7) BOASTER (7)
OT: AEROBOTS (8)
Score: 37–22 (max 37)

Both players manage to ROBOTISE this round for 8.

Round 6: 4, 5, 10, 2, 7, 50. Target: 786.

Dylan: 786. (10 + 5) x 50 + ((7 + 2) x 4) (10)
Dan: 784.
Score: 47–22 (max 47)

Dan gets 2 away but Dylan is spot on with 786 to get 10 points.

Naga Munchetty talks about a golf interview she did with a 7 year old on Breakfast TV.

Round 7: E G T I A R V E I

Dylan: VIRGATE (7)
Dan: EVIRATE (7)
DC: GRIEVE (6)
OT: AEGIRITE (8) ERGATIVE (8)
Score: 54–29 (max 55)

It's 7 each with VIRGATE and EVIRATE.

Round 8: N C D E O I T A M

Dylan: DOMINATE (8)
Dan: METACONID (18)
DC: NOTICED (7) ACTIONED (8) COMEDIAN (8)
OT: CATENOID (8) DAEMONIC (8) DEMONIAC (8) NEMATOID (8) NOEMATIC (8)
Score: 54–47 (max 73)

Dylan thinks he can DOMINATE this round with 8, but Dan comes up with a 9 METACONID :D :D

Round 9: 1, 5, 4, 9, 10, 2. Target: 149.

Dylan: 149. (9 + 4 + 2) x 10 - 1 (10)
Dan: 149. (5 x 10) x (9 - 4 - 2) - 1 (10)
Score: 64–57 (max 83)

It's a perfect 10 for both players with 149.

Teatime teaser: MOODTILE -> DOLOMITE

Round 10: P R D O E U S H E

Dylan: REHOUSED (8)
Dan: REHOUSED (8)
DC: USHERED (7)
Score: 72–65 (max 91)

Both players get REHOUSED for 8.

Round 11: O T S N A M O X H

Dylan: ONOMAST (7)
Dan: ONOMAST (7)
DC: MONTHS (6)
Score: 79–72 (max 98)

It's 7 each with ONOMAST.

Susie talks about the origin of the word champion.

Round 12: G R L E A O T E P

Dylan: PRELATE (7)
Dan: PERGOLA (7)
DC: GLOATER (7) PROTEGE (7)
OT: PETROLAGE (18)
Score: 86–79 (max 116)

Both players get 7 with PRELATE and PERGOLA. There was a 9 though, PETROLAGE.

Round 13: R S M N O E R A I

Dylan: ROSMARINE (18)
Dan: ROSMARINE (18)
OT: ARMOIRES (8) MARINERS (8) MORAINES (8) ROMAINES (8) ROMANISE (8)
Score: 104–97 (max 134)

An increasingly familiar 9 for both players ROSMARINE. :D :D

Round 14: 1, 6, 2, 1, 8, 25. Target: 493.

Dylan: 492. (2 + 1) x 75 + 8 - 1 x 6 (7)
Dan: 494. (25 x 2) x (8 + 1 + 1) - 6 (7)
RR: 493. (25 + 6) x 8 - 1 x 2 - 1 (10)
Score: 111–104 (max 144)

Both players are 1 away either side, so we have a crucial conundrum. DUM DUM DUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM....

Round 15: N I C E T A S T Y

Dylan buzzes on 1 second to say INTESTACY which is correct.
Final Score: 121–104 (max 154)

So Dylan Taylor is crowned the 14th Champion of Champions after a magnificent final which went right to the wire, as you would expect with 2 players as good as these. Dylan has been perfect at Conundrums all the way through, so Dan was always up against it in the final round, but this was a great game which could have gone either way as Dan fought back from a difficult start. So that brings to a close this special 3 weeks in the history of Countdown. It was a great joy and a privilege to be part of the audience for the vast majority of it as well. Series 74 starts on Monday and Andy McGurn has the privilege of the first recap. Join him to see if the carry over champion Tim Down can get his second win. I'll be back next Friday. I hope you will join me then. Thank you very much for reading and goodbye. :)

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