Friday 24th June 2016 (The Final)

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Friday 24th June 2016 (The Final)

Post by Anthony Endsor » Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:33 pm

Hello and welcome to another Friday recap. :) Well here we are. After an absolutely fantastic series where we have seen many great players come and go, we are finally down to the last 2 players. A good few of the players who lost games to these two probably feel they deserve better than to be packed off home to watch this final on TV, but sadly we can only have one winner and a runner up. These two players have amassed well in excess of 2,000 points between them on their way to the final, and have played the game in a wonderful spirit throughout. Paul Erdunast and Ann Dibben, two very good friends of the Countdown Community lock horns in what is sure to be a great game. Enjoy.

Countdown recap for Friday 24 June 2016.

C1: Challenger Paul Erdunast.
C2: Challenger Ann Dibben.
DC: Susie Dent and Dr Phil Hammond.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: N K U I S R A E O
R02: M T I S D A U E T
R03: 7, 1, 7, 1, 3, 25. Target: 376.
TTT: TERMSLAB - "Ricky the footballer is bright in more ways than one."
R04: B P S I A O F I H
R05: L N A E T H A U O
R06: 9, 3, 4, 4, 25, 75, . Target: 223.
R07: R Q E A N D I O A
R08: T R U S O R A O G
R09: 4, 9, 7, 1, 4, 25, . Target: 352.
TTT: VERYCELL - "It sounds like Tom the footballer does things very well."
R10: P W T I E I R A C
R11: N G E I S T A O G
R12: S L R U E P U D R
R13: N V I A R R I O E
R14: 10, 5, 3, 8, 100, 75, . Target: 590.
R15: H O L Y C I G A R (conundrum)


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Round 1: N K U I S R A E O

Paul: UROKINASE (18)
Ann: SNAKIER (7)
Score: 18–0 (max 18)

Paul gets off to an unbelievable start with a 9. UROKINASE is a medical term apparently, good job we've got Dr Phil on hand :shock: Much to the dismay of Ann, who got SNAKIER for 7.

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

Paul: SITUATED (8)
Ann: SITUATED (8)
DC: STADIUM (7) MISDATE (7)
OT: IDEATUMS (8)
Score: 26–8 (max 26)

Both players are SITUATED in the studio and 8 points better off.

Round 3: 7, 1, 7, 1, 3, 25. Target: 376.

Paul: 376. (7 + 7 + 1) x 25 + 1 (10)
Ann: 376. (7 + 7 + 1) x 25 + 1 (10)
Score: 36–18 (max 36)

It's a perfect 10 for both players with 376.

Teatime teaser: TERMSLAB -> LAMBERTS

Round 4: B P S I A O F I H

Paul: OAFISH (6)
Ann: PHOBIAS (7)
DC: BISHOP (6)
Score: 36–25 (max 43)

Shock! Horror! :shock: :shock: Paul has missed a 7. His OAFISH is only 6. Ann gets 7 with PHOBIAS, showing she is not afraid. :P
Round 5: L N A E T H A U O

Paul: ETHANOL (7)
Ann: ETHANOL (7)
OT: ALOUATE (7) ETHANAL (7)
Score: 43–32 (max 50)

Both players get 7 with ETHANOL.

Round 6: 9, 3, 4, 4, 25, 75. Target: 223.

Paul: 223. (9 x 25) - 3 + (4 / 4) (10)
Ann: 223. (9 x 25) - 3 + (4 / 4) (10)
Score: 53–42 (max 60)

Another perfect 10 with 223 for both players.

Dr Phil Hammond continues his week of t shirts with hospital phrases on them.

Round 7: R Q E A N D I O A

Paul: ANEROID (7)
Ann: ANEROID (7)
OT: ARANEID (7)
Score: 60–49 (max 67)

And it's another 7 each with ANEROID.

Round 8: T R U S O R A O G

Paul: OUTROARS (8)
Ann: OUTROARS (8)
DC: RAGOUTS (7)
Score: 68–57 (max 75)

One player OUTROARS the other. Except they don't, as both players pick up 8 points.

Round 9: 4, 9, 7, 1, 4, 25. Target: 352.

Paul: 352. (25 - 4 + 1) x (7 + 9) (10)
Ann: 353.
Score: 78–57 (max 85)

Paul gets a perfect 10 with 352, as Ann is 1 away with 353.

Teatime teaser: VERYCELL -> CLEVERLY

Round 10: P W T I E I R A C

Paul: WIRETAP (7)
Ann: WIRETAP (7)
DC: PIRETIC (7) PICRATE (7)
OT: PARETIC (7) PICRITE (7) PIRATIC (7)
Score: 85–64 (max 92)

Both players pick up another 7 with WIRETAP.

Round 11: N G E I S T A O G

Paul: AGONISE (7)
Ann: EASTING (7)
DC: STAGING (7)
OT: GIGATONS (8) SEAGOING (8)
Score: 92–71 (max 100)

It's 7 each again with AGONISE and EASTING.

Susie talks about collective nouns.

Round 12: S L R U E P U D R

Paul: SLURPED (7)
Ann: USURPED (7)
DC: SLURRED (7)
OT: DRUPELS (7) PUDEURS (7) PURLERS (7) PURSUED (7) PURSUER (7) SLURPER (7) SPURRED (7) USURPER (7)
Score: 99–78 (max 107)

Ann USURPED this round as Paul SLURPED.

Round 13: N V I A R R I O E

Paul: RIVIERA (7)
Ann: OVERRAN (7)
DC: RIVERAIN (8)
Score: 106–85 (max 115)

It's another 7 each as Ann OVERRAN while Paul got RIVIERA.

Round 14: 10, 5, 3, 8, 100, 75. Target: 590.

Paul: 590. (8 - 5 + 3) x 100 - 10 (10)
Ann: 590. (8 x 75) - 10 (10)
Score: 116–95 (max 125)

Another perfect 10 for both players with 590.

Round 15: H O L Y C I G A R

Ann buzzes on 2 seconds to say OLIGARCHY which is correct.

Ann brilliantly spotted the conundrum in just 2 seconds.

Final Score: 116–105 (max 135)

So a great final, and Ann was really unlucky to go 18 points down so early on and unfortunately there was just no way back from that as Paul held on. Ann fought hard though, and over the other 14 rounds was the higher scorer, meaning we were a mere UROKINASE away from seeing our first female champion in 18 years. Take nothing away from Paul though, he thoroughly deserved his victory. I know he has been working very hard up to his recording, and now it has all paid off for him. Well done Paul, and commiserations Ann.
So that concludes series 74. A whole new chapter begins on Monday with series 75. Join Sean Fletcher for that to see how we shape up on the first programme of a new series. I'll be back next Friday. I hope you will join me then. In the meantime, thank you very much for reading, and goodbye. :)

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Re: Friday 24th June 2016 (The Final)

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:56 pm

Anthony Endsor wrote:Round 12: S L R U E P U D R

Paul: SLURPED (7)
Ann: USURPED (7)
DC: SLURRED (7)
OT: DRUPELS (7) PUDEURS (7) PURLERS (7) PURSUED (7) PURSUER (7) SLURPER (7) SPURRED (7) USURPER (7)
Score: 99–78 (max 107)
Incredibly generous interpretation. I listened to that several times, really trying to hear SLURRED, but it came out BIRD every time.

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