Wednesday 26th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 100)

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Wednesday 26th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 100)

Post by James Robinson » Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:08 pm

Time for a Wednesday warmer-upper. ;) :) :D

Countdown recap for Wednesday 26 August 2020.

C1: Champion Pete Reynolds (2 wins, 205 points.) A retired police officer from Coven Heath, Staffordshire.
C2: Challenger Sam Cappleman-Lynes. An Apteforumite and software developer from Rochdale. He has represented the UK on 2 occasions at the World Sudoku Championships.
DC: Susie Dent and Nina Hossain.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: Z D M I E O D W S
R02: Y L T P U I O E F
R03: 75, 10, 9, 1, 6, 9. Target: 729.
TTT: GIRLWAXES - "They can't print obscenities, so they use these instead."
R04: S N R L E I O A C
R05: W V D G I E U R A
R06: 50, 100, 6, 9, 8, 2. Target: 213.
R07: N P J E O A M S N
R08: H M D F E I U A T
R09: 25, 9, 2, 3, 2, 6. Target: 411.
TTT: RIVERTREE - "I really love my dog, she's just so fetching."
R10: B N L V E I O C S
R11: T L S T E A E S N
R12: T B M R O I A I C
R13: G Y R S E O A P O
R14: 75, 3, 2, 9, 6, 7. Target: 893.
R15: D E L T A A C E S (conundrum)


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Round 1: Z D M I E O D W S

Pete: MODES (5)
Sam: MOWDIES (7)
DC: DOMED (5) DIODES (6)
OT: DESMOID (7)
Score: 0–7 (max 7)

Now, that's a way to start your Countdown career!! Even Susie seemed perplexed... :P :P :P

DESMOID is an adjective denoting a type of fibrous tumour of muscle and connective tissue, typically in the abdomen.

Round 2: Y L T P U I O E F

Pete: POLITE (6)
Sam: POLITE (6)
DC: TULIP (5) UPLIFT (6) TUPELO (6)
OT: FLUTEY (6) FULYIE (6) FUTILE (6) OUTFLY (6) OUTLIE (6) PIOLET (6) PITFUL (6) PLUTEI (6) PLUTEY (6) PLUTIE (6) POLITY (6) POTFUL (6) POULET (6)
Score: 6–13 (max 13)

A plethora of 6's for us all to enjoy.

FLUTEY (or FLUTY) is an adjective meaning reminiscent of the sound of a flute.
FULYIE (or FUILZIE) is excrement; droppings of cattle or sheep; manure.
A PLUTEUS (plural PLUTEI) is the planktonic larva of some echinoderms, being somewhat triangular with lateral projections.
PLUTEY (or PLUTIE) is an adjective meaning very wealthy; plutocratic.

Round 3: 75, 10, 9, 1, 6, 9. Target: 729.

Pete: 729. (75 + 6) x 9 (10)
Sam: 729. (10 - 1) x 9 x 9 (10)
Score: 16–23 (max 23)

Love the 9 cubed route. :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek:

Teatime teaser: GIRLWAXES -> GRAWLIXES

Round 4: S N R L E I O A C

Pete: coralines
Sam: LONICERAS (18)
DC: CARLINES (8)
OT: ACROLEINS (18) CENSORIAL (18)
Score: 16–41 (max 41)

Ah, good old LONICERAS, a nice try by Pete too though, in fairness.

ACROLEIN is a colourless, acrid, liquid aldehyde obtained by dehydration of glycerol, used for making plastics and as an aquatic herbicide. (Formula: CH₂=CHCHO)

Round 5: W V D G I E U R A

Pete: WAIVER (6)
Sam: GAUDIER (7)
DC: DIVER (5) WAGER (5)
Score: 16–48 (max 48)

Another max for Sam..., the unthinkable can't happen..., can it :?: :?: :?:

Round 6: 50, 100, 6, 9, 8, 2. Target: 213.

Pete: 212.
Sam: 213. 100 + 50 + (((8 + 6) / 2) x 9) (10)
Score: 16–58 (max 58)

That's certainly a cool way to get to the answer. 8-) 8-) 8-)

Nina talks about a trip to London with some of her friends when they were misdirected to the hotel spa... :oops: :oops: :oops:

Round 7: N P J E O A M S N

Pete: NAMES (5)
Sam: MOPANES (7)
DC: MOANS (5)
OT: MANNOSE (7) PANNOSE (7)
Score: 16–65 (max 65)

Good old MOPANES. ;) :) :D

MANNOSE is a sugar of the hexose class which occurs as a component of many natural polysaccharides. (Chemical formula: C₆H₁₂O₆)
PANNOSE is an adjective meaning having the texture or appearance of woollen cloth; felted.

Round 8: H M D F E I U A T

Pete: MEDIA (5)
Sam: IDEATUM (7)
DC: FAITHED (7)
Score: 16–72 (max 72)

That's another cracker from Sam here. He's settling in really nicely it seems. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Round 9: 25, 9, 2, 3, 2, 6. Target: 411.

Pete: 411. ((25 + 2) x (6 + 9)) + (2 x 3) (10)
Sam: 411. (((25 x 2) - 3 - 2) x 9) + 6 (10)
Score: 26–82 (max 82)

2 very different methods, but 2 lots of 10 points, which I like. :D :D :D

Teatime teaser: RIVERTREE -> RETRIEVER

Round 10: B N L V E I O C S

Pete: NOVICES (7)
Sam: NOVELS (6)
DC: CLOSE (5) INCLOSE (7)
OT: BOVINES (7)
Score: 33–82 (max 89)

Well, I didn't expect the MAX GAME to end like that, but that's the way it is. :cry: :cry: :cry:

Round 11: T L S T E A E S N

Pete: NETTLES (7)
Sam: LATENESS (8)
OT: LEASTEST (8)
Score: 33–90 (max 97)

Well, he gets back in immediately, and in the process also seals the win with 4 rounds to go. :geek: :geek: :geek:

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

Round 12: T B M R O I A I C

Pete: COMBAT (6)
Sam: MAROTIC (7)
OT: MICROTIA (8)
Score: 33–97 (max 105)

Another superb word that flusters Susie once again. :mrgreen: :geek: :ugeek:

MICROTIA is a congenital condition in which the cartilage of the outer ear is underdeveloped or absent.

Round 13: G Y R S E O A P O

Pete: OPERAS (6)
Sam: POORGAS (7)
DC: GROPES (6) GRAPES (6)
Score: 33–104 (max 112)

And yet another one :!: :!: :!:

Round 14: 75, 3, 2, 9, 6, 7. Target: 893.

Pete: -
Sam: 893. (2 x 6 x 75) - 7 (10)
Score: 33–114 (max 122)

Pete seems to want to get out now while he still can it seems....

Round 15: D E L T A A C E S

No one buzzes. The answer was ESCALATED.
Final Score: 33–114 (max 132)

Well, that was a surprise ending...., I certainly didn't expect either player to miss that one... :roll: :roll: :roll:

But hey-ho..., that was a dream performance by Sam, and he'll be hopefully having high hopes of a long run on the show....

Maybe a certain #1 seed might even have to look over his shoulder...., but who knows... :?: :?: :?:

Statistics Corner

Pete:
Total score - 33
Raw score - 80
Total % of max - 25
Raw % of max - 61
Total average score per round - 2.2
Raw average score per round - 5.3
Number of maxes - 4

Sam:
Total score - 114
Raw score - 120
Total % of max - 86
Raw % of max - 91
Total average score per round - 7.6
Raw average score per round - 8.0
Number of maxes - 12 8-) 8-)

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

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