Thursday 24th August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 38)

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Thursday 24th August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 38)

Post by James Robinson » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:41 pm

Countdown recap for Thursday 24 August 2017.

C1: Champion Noel McIlvenny (7 wins, 701 points.) A maths teacher from Belfast.
C2: Challenger Gary Shacklady. A primary school teacher from Reading, Berkshire. He's a keen collector of coins, and is only missing a few coins from some Pacific island nations. He's the chairman of his local village cricket club.
DC: Susie Dent and Martin Lewis.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: R T L D E O A O M
R02: N R D I E U B F M
R03: 50, 25, 100, 75, 6, 4. Target: 861.
TTT: BRITDUDES - "The unbalanced Brits aboard were woken by the binmen at 3am"
R04: V T D I E O N P Q
R05: R N R I E O P U C
R06: 100, 75, 5, 2, 1, 6. Target: 377.
R07: R P L O E I R A B
R08: X D G W U E A U R
R09: 50, 100, 25, 75, 9, 4. Target: 262.
TTT: UNIVERSED - "He didn't prepare for his exams, and as such, nothing changed"
R10: T S G I E A S H S
R11: N P S I E I L O S
R12: F T R E I U T L Z
R13: T S R O E A T E N
R14: 75, 25, 6, 6, 5, 8. Target: 168.
R15: F I G U R A N T E (conundrum)


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Round 1: R T L D E O A O M

Noel: DELATOR (7)
Gary: RELOAD (6)
DC: MODERATO (8)
Score: 7–0 (max 8)

Round 2: N R D I E U B F M

Noel: UNFIRED (7)
Gary: FRIEND (6)
DC: unfried
OT: BIRDMEN (7) DRUMINE (7) IMBRUED (7) UNMIRED (7)
Score: 14–0 (max 15)

Round 3: 50, 25, 100, 75, 6, 4. Target: 861.

Noel: 863. (((100 x 4) - 6) x (50 / 25)) + 75 (7)
Gary: -
OT: 861. (((75 x 50) - 6) / 4) + 100 - 25 (10)
Score: 21–0 (max 25)

Teatime teaser: BRITDUDES -> DISTURBED

Round 4: V T D I E O N P Q

Noel: POINTED (7)
Gary: POINTED (7)
DC: PIVOTED (7)
Score: 28–7 (max 32)

Round 5: R N R I E O P U C

Noel: PROCURE (7)
Gary: CROUPIER (8)
DC: PORCINE (7) porciner
Score: 28–15 (max 40)

Round 6: 100, 75, 5, 2, 1, 6. Target: 377.

Noel: 377. (5 x 75) + 2 (10)
Gary: 377. (5 x 75) + 2 (10)
Score: 38–25 (max 50)

Martin talks about the number no-one knows, but should do, and that is the "active ingredient" PL number.

Round 7: R P L O E I R A B

Noel: BOILER (6)
Gary: BROILER (7)
DC: PARBOIL (7) BIPOLAR (7)
OT: PERIORAL (8)
Score: 38–32 (max 58)

Round 8: X D G W U E A U R

Noel: WAXED (5)
Gary: GUARD (5)
DC: AUGURED (7)
Score: 43–37 (max 65)

Round 9: 50, 100, 25, 75, 9, 4. Target: 262.

Noel: 262. (((75 - 9) x 100) - 50) / 25 (10)
Gary: 264.
Score: 53–37 (max 75)

Teatime teaser: UNIVERSED -> UNREVISED

Round 10: T S G I E A S H S

Noel: STASHES (7)
Gary: GASHES (6)
DC: GASSIEST (8)
Score: 60–37 (max 83)

Round 11: N P S I E I L O S

Noel: PINLESS (7)
Gary: SPINES (6)
DC: EPSILONS (8) OILINESS (8)
OT: ELISIONS (8) ISOLINES (8) LIONISES (8) PELIOSIS (8)
Score: 67–37 (max 91)

Susie's Origins Of Words talks about the origins of "geezer".

Round 12: F T R E I U T L Z

Noel: FLUTTER (7)
Gary: FLITTER (7)
DC: FRUITLET (8)
Score: 74–44 (max 99)

Round 13: T S R O E A T E N

Noel: RESONATE (8)
Gary: ROTATES (7)
DC: ENTREATS (8)
OT: OESTRANE (8) ONSETTER (8) RATTEENS (8)
Score: 82–44 (max 107)

Round 14: 75, 25, 6, 6, 5, 8. Target: 168.

Noel: 168. (25 + 8 - 5) x 6 (10)
Gary: -
Score: 92–44 (max 117)

Round 15: F I G U R A N T E

No one buzzes, but Noel realises just after time that the answer was FEATURING.
Final Score: 92–44 (max 127)

Noel becomes an octochamp, and his total of 793 points puts him currently at #3 seed, although if he had got that conundrum, he'd have overtaken John Cowen as #2 seed... :oops: :oops:

Still, no show on Friday, because of Formula 1, so see you Bank Holiday Monday. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

Statistics Corner

Noel:
Total score - 92
Raw score - 105
Total % of max - 72
Raw % of max - 83
Total average score per round - 6.1
Raw average score per round - 7.0
Number of maxes - 6

Gary:
Total score - 44
Raw score - 82
Total % of max - 35
Raw % of max - 65
Total average score per round - 2.9
Raw average score per round - 5.5
Number of maxes - 3

Further summaries are at:
http://cdb.apterous.org/series.php?series=77
WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!!!
UP THE MIGHTY TERRIERS!!! ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

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