Wednesday 29th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 85)

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Wednesday 29th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 85)

Post by James Robinson » Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:56 pm

Countdown recap for Wednesday 29 April 2020.

C1: Champion David Kempshall (5 wins, 436 points.) A marketing director from Stafford.
C2: Challenger 'Pax' Paxton. A retired RAF squadron leader from Cheshire. He used to fly in Lightning and Tornado aircraft.
DC: Susie Dent and Fern Britton.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: C D I E V R E N T
R02: V S W A I D A O Y
R03: 25, 6, 1, 5, 2, 3. Target: 384.
TTT: RURALMICE - "Freddie's temperament could change from one minute to the next."
R04: T Z P E O A J W D
R05: R I D U T N O A H
R06: 100, 9, 7, 2, 1, 7. Target: 518.
R07: L E T I R U S Q X
R08: B T R A E P I A S
R09: 100, 5, 7, 2, 7, 3. Target: 289.
TTT: VOICETRAP - "Rather than just let it happen, she tried to do something about it."
R10: E O E T M S A R U
R11: P S I O N E R I C
R12: D G A E N M O A F
R13: L I S E B F I L A
R14: 25, 8, 3, 2, 1, 2. Target: 273.
R15: H U B R I S R A H (conundrum)


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Round 1: C D I E V R E N T

David: INVERTED (8)
'Pax': INVERTED (8)
DC: DIVERT (6) EVICTED (7)
OT: INVECTED (8)
Score: 8–8 (max 8)

A great 8 to start off today's proceedings. :D

INVECTED is a heraldic adjective meaning having convex semicircular projections along the edge.

Round 2: V S W A I D A O Y

David: AVOIDS (6)
'Pax': AVOIDS (6)
DC: DISAVOW (7)
OT: VAIDYAS (7)
Score: 14–14 (max 15)

DC go good with their 7, but the contestants stick together with 6's here.

A VAIDYA (or VAID) is a practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine.

Round 3: 25, 6, 1, 5, 2, 3. Target: 384.

David: 384. (3 x 5 x 25) + 6 + 1 + 2 (10)
'Pax': 383.
Score: 24–14 (max 25)

David takes the lead with a perfect numbers solve. :)

Teatime teaser: RURALMICE -> MERCURIAL

Round 4: T Z P E O A J W D

David: JAPED (5)
'Pax': APED (4)
DC: TAPED (5) TOPAZ (5)
OT: POETAZ (6)
Score: 29–14 (max 31)

A very weird 6 available here, but sticking a J at the beginning proves fruitful for David here.

A POETAZ (or "poetaz daffodil", "poetaz narcissus") is any of a group of narcissus hybrids produced by crossing Narcissus poeticus and Narcissus tazetta, bearing two or more fragrant white or yellow flowers with a short corona.

Round 5: R I D U T N O A H

David: DURATION (8)
'Pax': THIRD (5)
DC: HANDOUT (7)
Score: 37–14 (max 39)

A long enough DURATION for David, and his lead is getting longer and longer now....

Round 6: 100, 9, 7, 2, 1, 7. Target: 518.

David: 517. ((7 - 2) x 100) + 9 + 7 + 1 (7)
'Pax': 518. Mistake in working.
RR: 518. (((1 + 7) x 9) + 2) x 7 (10)
Score: 44–14 (max 49)

Oh dear, bad miscalculation by 'Pax', as he uses David's method, but he's 1 away.... :oops: :oops:

Fern talks about spending 4 days in Basra for This Morning during the Iraq War.

Round 7: L E T I R U S Q X

David: LUSTIER (7)
'Pax': SQUIRT (6)
DC: SQUIRE (6) QUILTERS (8)
Score: 51–14 (max 57)

Pokémon fans may have seen squirtle in there, but at least it provides a great darrenic 8 for DC, as David pulls further clear.

Round 8: B T R A E P I A S

David: PARTIES (7)
'Pax': BREAST (6)
DC: AIRBASE (7) PARASITE (8)
OT: ASPIRATE (8) PREBAITS (8) SEPTARIA (8)
Score: 58–14 (max 65)

'Pax' might have 6's all the time, but they're no use compared to David's 7's for now....

To PREBAIT is to employ prebaiting in a trap, area, etc.
A SEPTARIUM (plural SEPTARIA) is a concretionary nodule, typically of ironstone, having radial cracks filled with calcite or another mineral.

Round 9: 100, 5, 7, 2, 7, 3. Target: 289.

David: 289. ((100 - 2) x 3) - 5 (10)
'Pax': 289. Mistake in working.
Score: 68–14 (max 75)

Oh dear, oh dear, it's definitely not going well for 'Pax'...., especially since round 2 anyway.... :roll: :roll: :roll:

Teatime teaser: VOICETRAP -> PROACTIVE

Round 10: E O E T M S A R U

David: MAESTRO (7)
'Pax': ROUTES (6)
DC: EMOTERS (7) MATURES (7)
OT: AUSTERE (7) MEASURE (7) METEORS (7) OUTARMS (7) REMOTES (7) RETEAMS (7) ROSEATE (7) RUESOME (7) STEAMER (7) STRUMAE (7) TEAMERS (7)
Score: 75–14 (max 82)

7's aplenty, but 'Pax' ain't finding them now..... :( :( :(

To OUTARM is to possess a more powerful weapon than; to exceed in possession or acquisition of weapons of war. Also refl.: to provide oneself with more arms than a competitor.
ROSEATE is an adjective meaning rose-coloured.
A STRUMA (plural STRUMAE) is a swelling of the thyroid gland; a goitre.

Round 11: P S I O N E R I C

David: PRISON (6)
'Pax': PRISON (6)
DC: COPIERS (7) PRECISION (18)
Score: 81–20 (max 100)

PRECISION anagramming from DC for the 9 there, as even though 'Pax' gets some points on the board, the game is now over as David can't be caught now.

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

Round 12: D G A E N M O A F

David: MANAGED (7)
'Pax': mondage
DC: FOAMED (6) MANGEAO (7)
OT: ADENOMA (7) AGNAMED (7) GOADMAN (7) GOADMEN (7)
Score: 88–20 (max 107)

Definitely not the worst guess of all time, but 'Pax' certainly isn't having the rub of the green today.... :roll: :roll: :roll:

To AGNAME is to double object, in pass. To be styled or called instead of or in addition to an ordinary given name and surname.
A GOADMAN (plural GOADMEN) is a person employed to drive a team of draught animals.

Round 13: L I S E B F I L A

David: FILLIES (7)
'Pax': FILLS (5)
DC: LIAISE (6) BILLIES (7)
OT: ALBIFIES (8) LABILISE (8)
Score: 95–20 (max 115)

Ouchy, ouchy, that pretty much sums up the whole match here....

To ALBIFY is to make white; to whiten (obsolete). Also without object: to become or turn white.

Round 14: 25, 8, 3, 2, 1, 2. Target: 273.

David: 273. ((8 + 3) x 25) - 2 (10)
'Pax': 273. ((8 + 3) x 25) - 2 (10)
Score: 105–30 (max 125)

Well, 'Pax' finally scores in the numbers round at last :!: :D :D

Round 15: H U B R I S R A H

David buzzes on 11 seconds to say HAIRBRUSH which is correct.
Final Score: 115–30 (max 135)

But, it's David who has the final word, as he gets the conundrum to give himself a new personal best. :D :D :D

So, David now has 6 wins, and he's getting closer and closer to octochampdom...., will he do it, I wonder.... :?: :?

Join me at the end of this month and the start of next month, to see if he can. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

Statistics Corner

David:
Total score - 115
Raw score - 115
Total % of max - 85
Raw % of max - 85
Total average score per round - 7.7
Raw average score per round - 7.7
Number of maxes - 8

'Pax':
Total score - 30
Raw score - 69
Total % of max - 22
Raw % of max - 51
Total average score per round - 2.0
Raw average score per round - 4.6
Number of maxes - 2

Further summaries are at:
http://cdb.apterous.org/series.php?series=82
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