Thursday 20th December 2018 (Series 79, 2nd Semi-Final)

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Thursday 20th December 2018 (Series 79, 2nd Semi-Final)

Post by James Robinson » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:25 pm

Countdown recap for Thursday 20 December 2018.

C1: #2 Seed Mike "The Hull Hammer" Daysley (9 wins, 890 points.) A restaurant deputy manager from Adlington, Lancashire. He defeated #7 seed Adam Rolston 104-58 in his quarter-final last Friday.
C2: #6 Seed Alan "The London Lance" Duval (9 wins, 736 points.) An Apterite and entrepreneur from London. He defeated #3 seed Andrew Jackson 62-60 in his quarter-final on Monday.
DC: Susie Dent and Phill Jupitus.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: K R U E V T E U S
R02: H O N E R I P O F
R03: 25, 75, 2, 10, 7, 1. Target: 518.
TTT: NOSEDREGS - "Twelve dozen of them were totally wrapped up in the movie."
R04: C A S E T G U V O
R05: L R E A E X D G I
R06: 25, 100, 75, 7, 9, 5. Target: 270.
R07: S T U E D S M A N
R08: G U T L I R E I T
R09: 25, 9, 1, 10, 7, 3. Target: 812.
TTT: CLUEMIGHT - "This clue might leave you feeling happy and cheerful, especially if you're German."
R10: N A T E D O L A Q
R11: D M E O L D E S P
R12: M A P O M U R B I
R13: S R A O N R N E C
R14: 4, 9, 4, 7, 1, 7. Target: 889.
R15: N E G A H O L I C (conundrum)


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Round 1: K R U E V T E U S

Mike: UTERUS (6)
Alan: TUSKER (6)
OT: VESTURE (7)
Score: 6–6 (max 7)

Round 2: H O N E R I P O F

Mike: PHONIER (7)
Alan: PHONIER (7)
DC: firehoop
OT: OPHERION (8)
Score: 13–13 (max 15)

Round 3: 25, 75, 2, 10, 7, 1. Target: 518.

Mike: 518. (75 x 7) - (10 - 2 - 1) (10)
Alan: 518. (75 x 7) - (10 - 2 - 1) (10)
Score: 23–23 (max 25)

Teatime teaser: NOSEDREGS -> ENGROSSED

Round 4: C A S E T G U V O

Mike: VAGUEST (7)
Alan: VAGUEST (7)
DC: AVOCETS (7) OCTAVES (7)
OT: ACETOUS (7) ACTUOSE (7) OUTAGES (7) OUTGAVE (7) SCUTAGE (7) VOGUEST (7)
Score: 30–30 (max 32)

Round 5: L R E A E X D G I

Mike: RELAXED (7)
Alan: RELAXED (7)
DC: GLIDER (6) REGALED (7)
Score: 37–37 (max 39)

Round 6: 25, 100, 75, 7, 9, 5. Target: 270.

Mike: 270. ((9 - 7) x 100) + 75 - 5 (10)
Alan: 270. (25 x 7) + 100 - 5 (10)
Score: 47–47 (max 49)

Phill talks about the surprising amount of art galleries that he found whilst doing his UK tour.

Round 7: S T U E D S M A N

Mike: DUSTMAN (7)
Alan: MADNESS (7)
DC: UNMASTED (8)
OT: MEDUSANS (8) UNMASSED (8)
Score: 54–54 (max 57)

Round 8: G U T L I R E I T

Mike: GUILTIER (8)
Alan: GUILTIER (8)
DC: ruglitter GLITTER (7)
OT: RUTILITE (8)
Score: 62–62 (max 65)

Round 9: 25, 9, 1, 10, 7, 3. Target: 812.

Mike: -
Alan: 810. 9 x 10 x (3 + 7 - 1) (7)
RR: 812. (3 x 10 x 25) + (9 x 7) - 1 (10)
Score: 62–69 (max 75)

Teatime teaser: CLUEMIGHT -> GEMUTLICH

Round 10: N A T E D O L A Q

Mike: TALONED (7)
Alan: DONATE (6)
OT: OATLAND (7)
Score: 69–69 (max 82)

Round 11: D M E O L D E S P

Mike: MODELS (6)
Alan: modeled
DC: emplode PODDLE (6) PODDLES (7)
OT: DEPOSED (7) MEDDLES (7) MOEPELS (7) PEDDLES (7) SEEDPOD (7)
Score: 75–69 (max 89)

Susie's Origins Of Words talks about the origins of some types of dog.

Round 12: M A P O M U R B I

Mike: AMOUR (5)
Alan: BUMP (4)
DC: BARIUM (6)
OT: MIMBAR (6) MIOMBA (6)
Score: 80–69 (max 95)

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

Mike: CORNERS (7)
Alan: canoners
DC: REASON (6) SONAR (5) SCANNER (7)
OT: ANCONES (7) CANNERS (7) CANOERS (7) COARSEN (7) COARSER (7) CORNEAS (7) ROSACRE (7) SCORNER (7) SERRANO (7) SONANCE (7)
Score: 87–69 (max 102)

Round 14: 4, 9, 4, 7, 1, 7. Target: 889.

Mike: -
Alan: -
RR: 889. ((9 - 1) x 7 x 4 x 4) - 7 (10)
Score: 87–69 (max 112)

Round 15: N E G A H O L I C

Mike buzzes on 20.5 seconds to say HALOGENIC which is correct.
Final Score: 97–69 (max 122)

What was a very tight final in the first half eventually loosened up from round 9, but it was a guess too many for Alan, as Mike got a more comfortable ride in the end, and he will return tomorrow for the grand final against Martin May, for yet another #1 v #2 seed final. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

Statistics Corner

Mike:
Total score - 97
Raw score - 97
Total % of max - 80
Raw % of max - 80
Total average score per round - 6.5
Raw average score per round - 6.5
Number of maxes - 8

Alan:
Total score - 69
Raw score - 79
Total % of max - 57
Raw % of max - 65
Total average score per round - 4.6
Raw average score per round - 5.3
Number of maxes - 5

Further summaries are at:
http://cdb.apterous.org/series.php?series=79
CO:WY COMING SOON.... ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-) :geek: :ugeek:

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