Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

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Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by David O'Donnell » Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:29 pm

Countdown recap for Tuesday 29th April 2008.

C1: Champion David Preedy (1 win, 71 points.)
C2: Challenger Ellen Hill.
DC: Susie Dent and Keith Barron.
CV: Carol Vorderman.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: E I E C M N N T E
R02: S N P A O I R D E
R03: I O U R C W P P E
R04: D S N I A A T S O
R05: 25, 75, 50, 100, 10, 3. Target: 415.
TTT: GURNMATE - "It's better to solve it than start it."
R06: L R S I E E B S U
R07: O U I T M S G X O
R08: T L N I E A N V A
R09: O U A L D S T F I
R10: 10, 3, 2, 7, 5, 100. Target: 590.
TTT: CARSLIME - "Smokey's extraordinary backing, perhaps"
R11: E A O R J N Y E I
R12: T C D A E A R R I
R13: O A O T H P S E D
R14: 8, 1, 5, 10, 10, 75. Target: 348.
R15: D E S E R T P A L (conundrum)


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David Preedy knocked out our very own Ben Hanks in a bit of a scrappy game yesterday. It was quite something, today, to have contestants whose hair didn't complement the colours of the set. This is meant as a compliment, Ben, though I am not sure if it would be if it was the same set when Ben Wilson won his series. I often wondered about that colour scheme: was it to commemorate the twentieth anniversay of Bobby Sands's hunger strike? Anyway, moving on, David won a tricky game and showed the mettle to advance but will he advance further. "No!" yells Ellen Hill and when she makes a stand she makes a stand and not even her own weight in bacon is going to convince her otherwise.


Round 1: E I E C M N N T E
C1: EMINENCE (8) (Quality spot, I stupidly stopped on EMINENT in this round).
C2: ENTICE (6)
OT: ENCEINTE (8)
Score: 8–0 (max 8)

ENCEINTE means pregnant as an adjective and a fortification enclosing fortress or town in its noun form.

Round 2: S N P A O I R D E
C1: parisoned
C2: SPRAINED (8)
DC: ANEROIDS (8) PADRONES (8)
OT: There are ten eights.
Score: 8–8 (max 16)

parisoned, presumably, means a rush of blood to the head.

Round 3: I O U R C W P P E
C1: COPPER (6)
C2: COPPER (6)
DC: COWRIE (6)
OT: COPIER (6) RECOUP (6)
Score: 14–14 (max 22)

Round 4: D S N I A A T S O
C1: STAINS (6)
C2: STANDS (6)
DC: SONATAS (7)
Score: 20–20 (max 29)

Round 5: 25, 75, 50, 100, 10, 3. Target: 415.
C1: 425.Mistake in working.
C2: -
CV: 415. (50-(100/25-3))*10-75 (10)
Score: 20–20 (max 39)


Des, charitably, points out that David is a first class Oxbridge graduate in maths to which Carol replies that you don't use numbers in maths: cue a break in filming and an ice-cold face cloth for Des's throbbing temples.

Teatime teaser: GURNMATE -> ARGUMENT

Round 6: L R S I E E B S U
C1: blesser
C2: BRUISES (7)
OT: BLUESIER (8) SUBERISE (8)
Score: 20–27 (max 47)

BLUESIER means more bluesy and that's not something you can define because you gotta feel da blues; to SUBERISE means to attain a cork like quality which presumably means a very thick accent and a love of hurling.

Round 7: O U I T M S G X O
C1: MOIST (5)
C2: MOIST (5)
DC: GUSTO (5)
OT: OSTIUM (6)
Score: 25–32 (max 53)


OSTIUM is a small opening or orifice, as in a body organ or passage or any of the small openings or pores in a sponge: feel free to introduce it into your dirty talk.

Round 8: T L N I E A N V A
C1: NATIVE (6)
C2: VALIANT (7)
OT: ALANINE (7)
Score: 25–39 (max 60)

An ALANINE is a constituent of many proteins, a crystalline amino acid, C3H7NO2.

Round 9: O U A L D S T F I
C1: FLOUTS (6)
C2: FLOUTS (6)
DC: OUTSAIL (7) DUALIST (7) squalid (Des)
OT: STIFADO (7) FISTULA (7)
Score: 31–45 (max 67)

A FISTULA is an abnormal duct or passage resulting from injury, disease, or a congenital disorder that connects an abscess, cavity, or hollow organ to the body surface or to another hollow organ. A lot of stuff about passages today, Corby would love to be doing this recap :D .


Round 10: 10, 3, 2, 7, 5, 100. Target: 590.
C1: 590.5*100+(7+2)*10 (10)
C2: 590.3*2*100-10 (10)
Score: 41–55 (max 77)

Teatime teaser: CARSLIME -> MIRACLES

Round 11: E A O R J N Y E I
C1: JOINERY (7)
C2: JOINER (6)
DC: JOINERY (7)
OT: ENJOYER (7)
Score: 48–55 (max 84)

Round 12: T C D A E A R R I
C1: DIRECT (6)
C2: CARRIED (7)
DC: TARRIED (7)
OT: AIRDATE (7) RADIATE (7) etc
Score: 48–62 (max 91)

Round 13: O A O T H P S E D
C1: SOOTHED (7)
C2: shooted
DC: POTHEADS (8)
Score: 55–62 (max 99)

Round 14: 8, 1, 5, 10, 10, 75. Target: 348.
C1: 348.(75+10)*(5-1)+8 (10)
C2: 344.
Score: 65–62 (max 109)

Round 15: D E S E R T P A L
C2 buzzes on 9 seconds to say PLASTERED which is correct.
Score: 65–72 (max 119)



A strange old game and rather perplexing. Ostensibly David should have been kicking ass and it seemed like it would be that way after his first round spot but then things went the way of the pear with David missing a few easy words. Ah well, I guess he is the absent-minded intellectual type, nothing absent-minded about today's challenger though. Good to see a lady in the champion's chair but I don't want to patronise her because I know that is completely politically incorrect. One thing though ... can she string a few wins together before her menstrual cycle kicks in?

PS I hope she doesn't make the finals otherwise I am in for a real kick in the stones :o , if she can find them ;) .

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Benji Hanks » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:05 pm

(100+25)*3+50-10 seemed easier to me, but then, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by JimBentley » Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:06 pm

I did ((100 + 50) x 3) - 25 - 10, which seemed really obvious and straightforward, so I was surprised when neither contestant got it, then even more surprised when Carol came out with her convoluted method in the end.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by David O'Donnell » Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:08 pm

Ditto! Carol seems to be liking the four large now given that she made that selection.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:34 pm

Lol, quality recap Dave :D

That bit about bacon was utterly immense:

Des: It says here that you were once doorstepped by The Big Breakfast team and asked if you would do a streak to win your weight in bacon! What did they actually say?
Ellen: Well, they knocked on the door and said: "we'd like to know whether you would do a streak to win your weight in bacon."

Priceless.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Joseph Bolas » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:37 pm

David O'Donnell wrote:Ditto! Carol seems to be liking the four large now given that she made that selection.
I don't think Carol likes 4 large. I think Carol just picked it because she was asked to pick her 2nd favourite selection and she mustn't have had one.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:22 am

jimbentley wrote:I did ((100 + 50) x 3) - 25 - 10, which seemed really obvious and straightforward, so I was surprised when neither contestant got it, then even more surprised when Carol came out with her convoluted method in the end.
Ditto.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Jon Corby » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:27 am

Gevin-Gavin wrote:
jimbentley wrote:I did ((100 + 50) x 3) - 25 - 10, which seemed really obvious and straightforward, so I was surprised when neither contestant got it, then even more surprised when Carol came out with her convoluted method in the end.
Ditto.
Me too.

I'm still laughing every time I think about that bacon dialogue. Comedy gold. :)

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Dinos Sfyris » Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:32 pm

lol :D the bacon thing was hilarious! I'm not sure what I'd do with that much bacon though...

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Benji Hanks » Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:55 pm

dinos_the_chemist wrote:lol :D the bacon thing was hilarious! I'm not sure what I'd do with that much bacon though...
The world's greatest ever sandwich?

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Joseph Bolas » Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:05 pm

Benji Hanks wrote:
dinos_the_chemist wrote:lol :D the bacon thing was hilarious! I'm not sure what I'd do with that much bacon though...
The world's greatest ever sandwich?
If you added a fried egg and black pudding to that, then yeah :P.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Dinos Sfyris » Fri May 02, 2008 11:25 am

Benji Hanks wrote:
dinos_the_chemist wrote:lol :D the bacon thing was hilarious! I'm not sure what I'd do with that much bacon though...
The world's greatest ever sandwich?
My arteries constrict at the thought

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Jason Larsen » Sun May 04, 2008 6:29 pm

Here we go with more of my random thoughts again.

"What's new (bleep,) whoa whoa whoa, what's new (bleep,) whoa whoa whoa"! Ellen Hill has just taken the title from Julie Gregory as "Knockout of the Year," a very pretty lady!
Letters Round #3: Carol, what could you possibly owe David? 1,000,000 pounds?
Teatime teaser #1: I got it!

That was a good game, and I'm glad Ellen won.

P.S. Saying the eight-letter "p" word is not very nice, that's why I bleeped it out of my writing.

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Dinos Sfyris » Mon May 05, 2008 9:05 am

What objection could you possibly have to saying "pussycat" Jason?

Surely you're kidding about Ellen's looks?

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Re: Tuesday, 29th April (Series 58: Game 81)

Post by Jason Larsen » Mon May 05, 2008 1:59 pm

If you remove the word, "cat," you have a very offensive word.

Yes, I happen to like the older women, ironically.

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