Friday 14th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 92)

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Friday 14th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 92)

Post by James Robinson » Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:56 am

Time to end our first week back on screen... :D :D :D

Countdown recap for Friday 14 August 2020.

C1: Champion Brendan Russell-Cooper (4 wins, 307 points.) A retired business improvement manager from Bradford.
C2: Challenger Olivia Askam. A commercial analyst from Preston, Lancashire. She plays football for Sir Tom Finney F.C., and as you would expect, she supports Preston North End F.C..
DC: Susie Dent and Dr. Phil Hammond.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: A E I E N G S P R
R02: Q A I W G R E O W
R03: 25, 75, 1, 2, 7, 8. Target: 191.
TTT: HOLYPAINT - "This may not be an expensive hobby, but you're going to need some money."
R04: T H I E A R P U S
R05: E A E I R T S L O
R06: 50, 8, 3, 5, 6, 1. Target: 710.
R07: U E A E T S M P G
R08: M T I E A D B O D
R09: 5, 3, 1, 8, 6, 9. Target: 405.
TTT: TECHNICAL - "Technically, it's the advertising industry's best friend."
R10: F C I E U N L M T
R11: E A I V N R L J O
R12: F R A I E T Y U Z
R13: I O A T M R V D U
R14: 75, 5, 2, 8, 10, 2. Target: 858.
R15: F O C U S I N O N (conundrum)


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Round 1: A E I E N G S P R

Brendan: SPEARING (8)
Olivia: SEEPING (7)
OT: NAGEIRES (8) NAGIERES (8) PERIGEAN (8) PIERAGES (8) SPREEING (8)
Score: 8–0 (max 8)

Brendan SPEARING his way into an early lead thanks to his 8.

NAGEIRE (or NAGIERE) is a Japanese style of floral arrangement in which flowers are displayed in a simple, apparently casual way, usually in tall vases.
PERIGEAN is an adjective relating to PERIGEE, the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.
PIERAGE is the use of, or right to use, a pier or wharf.

Round 2: Q A I W G R E O W

Brendan: WAGER (5)
Olivia: WAGER (5)
DC: EARWIG (6)
Score: 13–5 (max 14)

I've got a couple of WAGERs here that say DC will MAX out with an EARWIG... :P :P :P

Round 3: 25, 75, 1, 2, 7, 8. Target: 191.

Brendan: 191. ((75 + 25) x 2) - (8 + 1) (10)
Olivia: 191. ((75 + 25) x 2) - (8 + 1) (10)
Score: 23–15 (max 24)

Simples... :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:

Teatime teaser: HOLYPAINT -> NOTAPHILY

Round 4: T H I E A R P U S

Brendan: HARPIES (7)
Olivia: PARTIES (7)
DC: therapus SUPERHIT (8)
OT: PATERISH (8) THESAURI (8)
Score: 30–22 (max 32)

DC have got a SUPERHIT on their hands, whilst our players have to settle with some HARPIES at some PARTIES... :lol: :lol: :lol:

PATERISH is an adjective relating to sheep showing symptoms of giddiness or ataxia.

Round 5: E A E I R T S L O

Brendan: realties
Olivia: RELATES (7)
DC: AEROLITES (18)
Score: 30–29 (max 50)

You can't pluralise a realty, so Olivia gets to within 1 point of Brendan, while DC hit the heights with their 9 :!: :!: :!:

Round 6: 50, 8, 3, 5, 6, 1. Target: 710.

Brendan: 710. ((8 + 6) x 50) + ((3 - 1) x 5) (10)
Olivia: 710. ((8 + 6) x 50) + ((3 - 1) x 5) (10)
Score: 40–39 (max 60)

Another simple numbers... :) :) :)

Dr. Phil talks about the wonders of vaccines.

Round 7: U E A E T S M P G

Brendan: GAMEST (6)
Olivia: GAMEST (6)
DC: AMPUTEES (8) STUMPAGE (8)
Score: 46–45 (max 68)

DC get double 8, whilst our players are happy with identical 6's.

Round 8: M T I E A D B O D

Brendan: beaded
Olivia: BOATED (6)
OT: TOADIED (7)
Score: 46–51 (max 75)

Oh dear, Brendan seeing double sends Olivia into the lead.

Round 9: 5, 3, 1, 8, 6, 9. Target: 405.

Brendan: 405. (8 + 1) x 5 x 9 (10)
Olivia: 405. (8 + 1) x 5 x 9 (10)
Score: 56–61 (max 85)

6 small is always a nice idea, but even this one doesn't need much skill to work out. :geek: :geek: :geek:

Teatime teaser: TECHNICAL -> CATCHLINE

Round 10: F C I E U N L M T

Brendan: MINCE (5)
Olivia: MINCE (5)
DC: INFECTUM (8) FUNICLE (7)
Score: 61–66 (max 93)

A super impressive 8 from DC, whilst the contestants enjoy a little MINCE... :P :P :P

Round 11: E A I V N R L J O

Brendan: JOINER (6)
Olivia: JOINER (6)
DC: OVERLAIN (8) JAVELIN (7)
Score: 67–72 (max 101)

DC are on top form again with an 8, while the contestants are happy with some JOINERs. :P :P :P

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

Round 12: F R A I E T Y U Z

Brendan: FRUITY (6)
Olivia: FAIRY (5)
DC: RATIFY (6)
OT: AZURITE (7)
Score: 73–72 (max 108)

And Brendan retakes the lead thanks to his FRUITY 6.

AZURITE is a blue mineral consisting of basic copper carbonate. It occurs as blue prisms or crystal masses, typically with malachite.

Round 13: I O A T M R V D U

Brendan: outroam
Olivia: RATIO (5)
DC: AUDITOR (7) MAROUDI (7)
OT: MATROID (7) MORDITA (7) OVARIUM (7)
Score: 73–77 (max 115)

Oh dear, oh dear, more double vision sees Brendan surrender his lead immediately, as we head into the final phase...

MATROID is a mathematical entity consisting of a finite set E together with a collection ℐ of subsets of E such that (i) the empty set is a member of ℐ, (ii) any subset of a member of ℐ is also a member of ℐ, and (iii) if two subsets I₁ and I₂ are in ℐ, where the cardinality of I₁ is less than that of I₂, then there exists an element e that is in I₂ but not I₁ such that the union of I₁ with { e } is also an element of ℐ.
In Mexico and elsewhere in Spanish America, a MORDITA (or MORDIDA) is a bribe, an illegal exaction.
An OVARIUM is another name for the ovary.

Round 14: 75, 5, 2, 8, 10, 2. Target: 858.

Brendan: 858. ((10 + 2) x 75) - ((8 x 5) + 2) (10)
Olivia: 858. (((5 x 2) + 75) x 10) + 8 (10)
Score: 83–87 (max 125)

4 pretty simple numbers games today, and so we head into a crucial conundrum...., will it save Brendan once again.... :?: :?: :?:

Round 15: F O C U S I N O N

Brendan buzzes on 8.75 seconds to say CONFUSION which is correct.
Final Score: 93–87 (max 135)

Wouldn't you know it, it does!!! Olivia had a very good showing all show, but Brendan pulls the rabbit out of the hat once again to steal the win, and complete a week of wins. :o :o :o

Can he complete octochampdom next week... :? :? :? Who knows, but with this sort of luck, you can't rule him out... :!: :!: :!:

Statistics Corner

Brendan:
Total score - 93
Raw score - 93
Total % of max - 69
Raw % of max - 69
Total average score per round - 6.2
Raw average score per round - 6.2
Number of maxes - 6

Olivia:
Total score - 87
Raw score - 99
Total % of max - 64
Raw % of max - 73
Total average score per round - 5.8
Raw average score per round - 6.6
Number of maxes - 4

Further summaries are at:
http://cdb.apterous.org/series.php?series=82
CO:WY 2020 CANCELLED :cry: :cry: :cry:

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