Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)

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Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)

Post by James Robinson » Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:14 pm

Nothing like a West Yorkshire derby :!: :!: :!:

Countdown recap for Tuesday 11 August 2020.

C1: Champion Brendan Russell-Cooper (1 win, 90 points.) A retired business improvement manager from Bradford.
C2: Challenger Junaid Saleem. A recruiter from Leeds. He's a big fan of Taylor Swift.
DC: Susie Dent and Dr. Phil Hammond.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: W G Q R I O E P R
R02: S N U G E C A S D
R03: 100, 25, 1, 7, 4, 1. Target: 967.
TTT: MYACCOUNT - "I was brought before the court to account for my behaviour and was found guilty of this."
R04: N I T R O E X S J
R05: C S F M U A E O T
R06: 75, 100, 6, 9, 7, 10. Target: 374.
R07: A O I E R C D F B
R08: D U V N I T N E C
R09: 50, 100, 3, 5, 4, 4. Target: 697.
TTT: PILLBONES - "Do these birds read about their debts on a regular basis?"
R10: O N T U R Y L V I
R11: Y W R K D E O I N
R12: A T E C L O M N A
R13: D T R Z I O A O B
R14: 75, 50, 1, 4, 1, 10. Target: 765.
R15: L O N E R S P E N (conundrum)


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Round 1: W G Q R I O E P R

Brendan: ROPIER (6)
Junaid: GROPER (6)
OT: GORIER (6) GRIPER (6) GROWER (6) PEROGI (6) PORGER (6) REGROW (6)
Score: 6–6 (max 6)

Well, at least there's no gropier... :P :P :P

A PEROGI (or PIEROGI or PIROGI) is a small dough dumpling stuffed with a filling such as potato or cheese, typically served as a dish with onions or sour cream.
Chiefly in Jewish usage in the British Isles, a PORGER is a person whose occupation is to porge meat, a slaughtered animal ritually clean in accordance with Jewish religious laws by removing the sinews and veins.

Round 2: S N U G E C A S D

Brendan: CAUSED (6)
Junaid: CAGED (5)
DC: UNCASED (7) UNCAGED (7) SUNDAES (7)
OT: ASCENDS (7) AUGENDS (7) DEGAUSS (7) SCUNGES (7) UNCAGES (7) UNCASES (7)
Score: 12–6 (max 13)

Brendan takes the lead, but Junaid might regret sticking the UN in front of his CAGED. :oops: :oops: :oops:

In Mathematics Computing, an AUGEND is the number to which another is added.
A SCUNGE is a disagreeable person.

Round 3: 100, 25, 1, 7, 4, 1. Target: 967.

Brendan: -
Junaid: -
RR: 967. ((100 + 25 - 4) x (7 + 1)) - 1 (10)
Score: 12–6 (max 23)

A complete blank from our players, but even with two 1's, Rach solves it once again. :geek: :geek: :geek:

Teatime teaser: MYACCOUNT -> CONTUMACY

Round 4: N I T R O E X S J

Brendan: JOINERS (7)
Junaid: nitros
DC: NITRO (5) JOINTS (6) JOINTERS (8) REJOINTS (8)
Score: 19–6 (max 31)

Another case of forgetting to add a letter, but this time it doesn't matter for Brendan, as he pulls further ahead.

Round 5: C S F M U A E O T

Brendan: COAST (5)
Junaid: STEAM (5)
DC: OUTFACES (8) COSTUME (7) MUCOSAE (7)
Score: 24–11 (max 39)

Whilst the players stick on 5's, DC find a darrenic 8. 8-) 8-) 8-)

Round 6: 75, 100, 6, 9, 7, 10. Target: 374.

Brendan: -
Junaid: 375. 10 / (9 - 7) x 75 (7)
RR: 374. (100 - 75 - (9 - 6)) x (10 + 7) (10)
Score: 24–18 (max 49)

Brendan's numbers are still drawing a blank for now, as Junaid gets back to within 6 points.

Dr. Phil talks about his cancelled appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, and working as an agony aunt during the pandemic.

Round 7: A O I E R C D F B

Brendan: CARDIE (6)
Junaid: bodier
DC: AEROBIC (7) BROCADE (7) FEDORA (6)
OT: BARCODE (7) CARBIDE (7) FORBADE (7) RADIOBE (7)
Score: 30–18 (max 56)

Brendan's lead doubles again, as Junaid's 6 isn't in, and Brendan's is.

A RADIOBE is an apparently cell-like object seen to form in large numbers in gelatin solutions in the presence of radium salts, originally claimed to be a living organism that owed its existence to radioactivity.

Round 8: D U V N I T N E C

Brendan: TEND (4)
Junaid: INVENT (6)
DC: TINNED (6)
OT: DUNITE (6) DUNNIT (6) INCENT (6) INDENT (6) INDUCE (6) INDUCT (6) INTEND (6) TUNNED (6) UNDINE (6) UNITED (6) UNTIED (6) VINTED (6)
Score: 30–24 (max 62)

And the status quo returns immediately as Junaid cancels out that 6 with one of his own.

DUNITE is a green to brownish coarse-grained igneous rock consisting largely of olivine.
In the US, to INCENT is to provide with an incentive.
To TUN is to store (wine or other alcoholic drinks) in a tun, a large beer or wine cask.
To VINT is to produce wine or another alcoholic drink.

Round 9: 50, 100, 3, 5, 4, 4. Target: 697.

Brendan: 696. (100 x (3 + 4)) - 4 (7)
Junaid: 696. (100 x (3 + 4)) - 4 (7)
RR: 697. (4 x 4 x 50) - 100 - 3 (10)
Score: 37–31 (max 72)

Seems easier than it is, but it's another good spot by Rach, as this low-scoring game remains evenly poised....

Teatime teaser: PILLBONES -> OPENBILLS

Round 10: O N T U R Y L V I

Brendan: TURN (4)
Junaid: TOUR (4)
DC: NITRO (5) TURION (6)
OT: IRONLY (6) LUTINO (6) NITRYL (6) NOVITY (6) NYTRIL (6) UNITOR (6) UNOILY (6)
Score: 41–35 (max 78)

More 4's, but there's loads of unusual 6's around too...

IRONLY means as or like iron; rigidly, determinedly; coldly.
A LUTINO is a bird (especially a cage bird of the parrot family) with more yellow in the plumage than usual for the species.
NITRYL is the nitro group —NO₂ or the nitronium ion NO₂ +.
A NOVITY is an innovation; a novelty.
NYTRIL is a synthetic fibre used in textiles, consisting mainly of a long chain polymer of vinylidene dinitrile.
UNOILY refers to food that is not cooked with or containing too much oil or fat.

Round 11: Y W R K D E O I N

Brendan: WORKED (6)
Junaid: WORKED (6)
DC: WONKIER (7) KEYWORD (7)
OT: DOWNIER (7) WONKERY (7)
Score: 47–41 (max 85)

Well those 6's WORKED out nicely... :P :P :P

WONKERY is an enthusiastic or excessive interest in the specialized details of a particular subject or field, especially political policy.

Susie's Origins Of Words talks about the nation's most popular mispronounced words.

Round 12: A T E C L O M N A

Brendan: LAMENT (6)
Junaid: LAMENT (6)
DC: MALONATE (8)
OT: METACONAL (18)
Score: 53–47 (max 103)

A fantastic 9 is missed, but will our players LAMENT their missed opportunities.... :?: :?:

METACONAL relates to METACONE, a cusp on the posterior buccal corner of a mammalian upper molar tooth.

Round 13: D T R Z I O A O B

Brendan: BRAID (5)
Junaid: BRAID (5)
DC: TOROID (6)
OT: ADROIT (6) BORZOI (6) OTRIAD (6)
Score: 58–52 (max 109)

Not many big words coming today, but this game is still up for grabs...

A BORZOI is a large Russian wolfhound of a breed with a narrow head and silky, typically white, coat.
An OTRIAD (or OTRYAD) is a detachment of soldiers, support staff, etc.; a team of workers.

Round 14: 75, 50, 1, 4, 1, 10. Target: 765.

Brendan: -
Junaid: 765. ((75 + 1) x 10) + 4 + 1 (10)
Score: 58–62 (max 119)

WOAH!!!! He's behind from the get-go, but Junaid has taken the lead with one round to go.... :o :o :o

So, it's time for the first crucial DIGITAL conundrum :!: :!: :!: 8-) 8-) 8-)

Round 15: L O N E R S P E N

Brendan buzzes on 4 seconds to say PERSONNEL which is correct.
Final Score: 68–62 (max 129)

Well, it's not to be for Junaid, as Brendan gets his resolve back and gets the conundrum to seal his second win. :D :D :D

So, will he make it a hat-trick tomorrow...., and will we see the confident and impressive Brendan from Monday, or the struggling Brendan from today :?: :?: :?:

Statistics Corner

Brendan:
Total score - 68
Raw score - 72
Total % of max - 53
Raw % of max - 56
Total average score per round - 4.5
Raw average score per round - 4.8
Number of maxes - 2

Junaid:
Total score - 62
Raw score - 67
Total % of max - 48
Raw % of max - 52
Total average score per round - 4.1
Raw average score per round - 4.5
Number of maxes - 3

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