Thursday 20th April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 72)

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Thursday 20th April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 72)

Post by Sean Fletcher » Wed May 17, 2017 12:34 pm

Countdown recap for Thursday 20 April 2017.

C1: Champion Berkan Chelikhan (4 wins, 361 points.)
C2: Challenger Nick Smith. A publisher and author from Fyfield, Oxfordshire who recently published a novel called 'Drowned Hogg Day'.
DC: Susie Dent and Adam Henson.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: Z I E N D T I R L
R02: M E G A M E V I S
R03: 3, 4, 2, 5, 5, 75. Target: 341.
TTT: SLATETEAM - "You slate the team for their lack of effort in the nil-nil draw."
R04: D A P E C A M O L
R05: T D U E R P U L R
R06: 4, 7, 50, 25, 100, 75. Target: 731.
R07: N J D O A U G E A
R08: R U B I V E T I N
R09: 3, 2, 4, 2, 10, 9. Target: 924.
TTT: LIKEMETRO - "He didn't like to take the metro, so he walked, but it wasn't too far."
R10: F E K I L E R O F
R11: W S I U G E L R N
R12: Y A T E S I D O L
R13: S H S I O T A B N
R14: 5, 6, 25, 50, 100, 75. Target: 721.
R15: R U E W A R D E N (conundrum)


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Round 1: Z I E N D T I R L

Berkan: TIDIER (6)
Nick: DITZIER (7)
DC: TENDRIL (7) NITRILE (7)
OT: NITRIDE (7)
Score: 0–7 (max 7)

The challenger takes an early lead, as Berkan is stuck on six.

Round 2: M E G A M E V I S

Berkan: IMAGES (6)
Nick: VISAGE (6)
DC: MISGAVE (7)
Score: 6–13 (max 14)

DC spot the darrenic max as both players get 6 points each.

Round 3: 3, 4, 2, 5, 5, 75. Target: 341.

Berkan: 340.
Nick: 341. (75-5)*5-3-2-4 (10)
Score: 6–23 (max 24)

Berkan manages one away, so Nick extends his early lead with the perfect solution.

Teatime teaser: SLATETEAM -> STALEMATE

Round 4: D A P E C A M O L

Berkan: CLAMPED (7)
Nick: CLAMPED (7)
DC: CLOMPED (7) PEDALO (6)
OT: PALACED (7) PEDOCAL (7) PLACODE (7)
Score: 13–30 (max 31)

Lots of sevens available and both players find one.

Round 5: T D U E R P U L R

Berkan: RUPTURED (8)
Nick: RUPTURED (8)
DC: PURRED (6) DRUPEL (6)
OT: PULTRUDE (8)
Score: 21–38 (max 39)

Nick's lead remains the same with both contestants getting one of the 8's.

Round 6: 4, 7, 50, 25, 100, 75. Target: 731.

Berkan: 731. (100+4)*7+75/25 (10)
Nick: 732.
Score: 31–38 (max 49)

It's Nick's turn to be 1-away as Berkan reduces the deficit.

Adam talks about when he went gliding whilst working on Secret Britain.

Round 7: N J D O A U G E A

Berkan: JADE (4)
Nick: NUDGE (5)
DC: GONAD (5) AGENDA (6)
OT: GUANOED (7)
Score: 31–43 (max 56)

Not the nicest selection, but Nick finds a 5 to increase his lead. DC see a six, although a 7 was lurking.

Round 8: R U B I V E T I N

Berkan: TURBINE (7)
Nick: TURBINE (7)
DC: TRIBUNE (7) VITRINE (7)
OT: INVITER (7) UNITIVE (7) UNRIVET (7) VENTURI (7)
Score: 38–50 (max 63)

Another round with lots of sevens. Both players spot the same one.

Round 9: 3, 2, 4, 2, 10, 9. Target: 924.

Berkan: 920. ((3*2+4)*9+2)*10 (7)
Nick: -
RR: 924. (10+2)*(4+3)*(9+2) (10)
Score: 45–50 (max 73)

Nick blanks so Berkan's 4-away puts him five points behind. Rachel has the exact solution.

Teatime teaser: LIKEMETRO -> KILOMETRE

Round 10: F E K I L E R O F

Berkan: foiler
Nick: FOLKIER (7)
Score: 45–57 (max 80)

Berkan has his six disallowed, not that it would have mattered as Nick spots the darrenic max.

Round 11: W S I U G E L R N

Berkan: LINGERS (7)
Nick: SEWING (6)
DC: NEWSGIRL (8)
Score: 52–57 (max 88)

Berkan claws back 7 points whilst DC get the only 8 available.

OoW: Susie talks about the origin of the expression 'at loggerheads'.

Round 12: Y A T E S I D O L

Berkan: DETAILS (7)
Nick: STEADILY (8)
DC: ISOLATED (8) DIASTOLE (8)
OT: SODALITE (8) SODALITY (8) YODELIST (8)
Score: 52–65 (max 96)

A variety of eights available but Berkan is stuck on seven, allowing Nick to extend his lead again.

Round 13: S H S I O T A B N

Berkan: BASTIONS (8)
Nick: BATHOS (6)
DC: BANISH (6) OBTAINS (7) ASTONISH (8)
OT: ABSINTHS (8)
Score: 60–65 (max 104)

A good eight puts Berkan back within ten points.

Round 14: 5, 6, 25, 50, 100, 75. Target: 721.

Berkan: 720. 100*6+75+50-5 (7)
Nick: -
RR: 721 (10). Rachel says leave it with me....

Score: 67–65 (max 114)

Nick blanks the numbers whilst Berkan gets one away, and takes the lead for the first time.

Round 15: R U E W A R D E N

Nick buzzes on 10 seconds to say UNDERWEAR which is correct.
Final Score: 67–75 (max 124)

Nick takes the victory with the conundrum solve.

.... and then RR: 721(75+50-100/25)*6-5.

After leading for the whole game Nick found himself behind going into the conundrum, but did well to solve the conundrum.

Berkan will be hoping his 4 wins are enough to see him through to the finals.


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