Friday 1st December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 111 )

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Friday 1st December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 111 )

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Hello and welcome to another Friday recap

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C1: Champion Naomi Raanan (1 win, 73 points)
C2: Challenger JJ Burrows.
DC: Susie Dent and Richard Coles
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: S G R E U O N M I
R02: B T A S O E L N E
R03: 50, 6, 10, 8, 5, 3. Target: 604.
TTT: DANISTHE - "Dan is the best when it comes to home maintenance. "
R04: C I A Z R U P N E
R05: T L H I O U N Q E
R06: 25, 100, 6, 5, 3, 4. Target: 444.
R07: S M A U R T E I C
R08: R D W E O L T A I
R09: 75, 9, 3, 3, 2, 2. Target: 750.
TTT: DUSTMINE - "The guitar player could not find his keys"
R10: K G D O E T S I N
R11: P C G A O U Y B S
R12: N D L E I S A T L
R13: J N R F O A E G O
R14: 75, 50, 1, 7, 6, 2, . Target: 817.
R15: T Y L E R N O I S (conundrum)


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Round 1: S G R E U O N M I

Naomi: ROUSING (7)
JJ: mongers
DC: RESUMING (8)
OT: MURGEONS (8) ROUGINES (8) SOIGNEUR (8)
Score: 7–0 (max 8)

A good start from our champion Naomi our challenger doesn't get to score with his 7 Mongers..........quite a few 8s though Resuming was the spot from DC and our very own Tracey Mills !

Round 2: B T A S O E L N E

Naomi: NOTABLE (7)
JJ: bloatens
DC: NOTABLES (8)
OT: BONELETS (8) NEOBLAST (8) NESTABLE (8)
Score: 14–0 (max 16)

Another risk that Isn't paying off for JJ as Susie disallows his 8 bloatens.........if you turn around the letters you can have Notables as an 8 that was offered by DC

Round 3: 50, 6, 10, 8, 5, 3. Target: 604.

C1: 608.
C2: 604. (50 + 3 + 8) × 10 − 6 (10)
Score: 14–10 (max 26)

A good numbers solve from our challenger JJ as his gets his first on the board

Teatime teaser: DANISTHE -> HANDIEST

Round 4: C I A Z R U P N E

Naomi: PRANCE (6)
JJ: PINCER (6)
DC: PANZER (6) CAPRINE (7)
OT: RINCEAU (7)
Score: 20–16 (max 33)

6s all round from our Champion and Challenger.............a good 7 from DC with Caprine


Round 5: T L H I O U N Q E

Naomi: QUILT (5)
JJ: untile
DC: QUINTE (6) HOTLINE (7)
OT: QUINTOLE (8)
Score: 25–16 (max 41)

Another risk not paying for JJ as Susie disallows his 6 Unitle.........A good 7from DC with Hotline..........but one rather interersting 8 hidden away with Quintole missed by all

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Round 6: 25, 100, 6, 5, 3, 4. Target: 444.

C1: 443.
C2: 444. (100 + 6 + 5) × 4 (10)
Score: 25–26 (max 51)

Another fine solve from our challenger JJ his points are building up nicely in this rather tight contest


Round 7: S M A U R T E I C

Naomi: MASTER (6)
JJ: MATURES (7)
DC: MURICATE (8) SURICATE (8) CERASTIUM (18)
Score: 25–33 (max 69)

Another good round from JJ with his 7 matures a couple of good 8s from DC followed by their 9 Cerastium that was spotted by our very Tracey Mills !!

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Round 8: R D W E O L T A I

Naomi: TRAILED (7)
JJ: TRAILED (7)
DC: realtor IDOLATER (8)
OT: LEADWORT (8) TAILORED (8)
Score: 32–40 (max 77)

7s all round from our Champion and Challenger.........but DC get to shine with the old countdown favourite Idolater as their 8

Round 9: 75, 9, 3, 3, 2, 2. Target: 750.

C1: 750. (2 ÷ 2 + 9) × 75 (10)
C2: 750. (3 ÷ 3 + 9) × 75 (10)
Score: 42–50 (max 87)

Nice and straightforward our contestants have no trouble solving this bad boy !

Teatime teaser: DUSTMINE -> MISTUNED

Round 10: K G D O E T S I N

Naomi: ignites
JJ: STOKING (7)
DC: DOESKIN (7)
OT: KENDOIST (8)
Score: 42–57 (max 95)

Our champion Naomi isn't having much luck in this round as Susie disallows her 7 Ignites as there is only one I in this selection of letters.....7s all round from JJ and Susie that will get her the chop..............as our very own Tracey Mills aka Crazy Cat Lady gets to shine with her 8 Kendoist

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The most badass Sensei Mr Miyagi portrayed by the late Pat Morita from the Karate Kid franchise who helped Daniel Larusso overcome bullying at the hands of Johnny and his Cobra Kai gang, Mr Miyagi trains Daniel for the All Valley Karate tournament by using unorthodox methods by learning muscle memory techniques, later on in the All Valley Tournament Daniel suprises a few people by doing rather well and beating their Cobra Kai star pupil and lead bully Johnny in the final with his Sensei proudly looking on..........Mr Miyagi takes care of Daniel who is a mentor and father figure to him after his own had died........he also takes care of those who bully and harass those close to him.


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The most badass Karate master the late actor Bruce Lee, Enter The Dragon was the last film he made that brought him international fame and fortune that was released one month after his untimely death and has become a cult classic amongst Bruce Lee fans.

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Last but not least...........my favourite TV series Cobra Kai which is a spin off from the Karate Kid franchise

Round 11: P C G A O U Y B S

Naomi: COUPS (5)
JJ: BUOYS (5)
DC: COYPUS (6) BAYOUS (6)
OT: BASUCO (6) BOYAUS (6) COPAYS (6)
Score: 47–62 (max 101)

Not the best selection of letters.......5 all round for the champion and challenger.......a couple of 6s found by DC

Round 12: N D L E I S A T L

Naomi: INSTALLED (18)
JJ: STALLED (7)
DC: DILATES (7) DEINSTALL (18)
Score: 65–62 (max 119)

What a fantastic 9 from Naomi.........could the comeback be on ? ............you guesssed it I spotted this one !

Round 13: J N R F O A E G O

Naomi: FORGE (5)
JJ: ORANGE (6)
DC: FORGONE (7)
OT: JARGOON (7) OREGANO (7) ROOFAGE (7)
Score: 65–68 (max 126)

A good 6 from JJ with Orange.........it is a Forgone conclusion with a 7 from DC and many other 7s that were there


Round 14: 75, 50, 1, 7, 6, 2. Target: 817.

C1: -
C2: 814. (6 + 7 − 2) × (75 − 1) (7)
RR: 817. (50 × 2 + 6) × 7 + 75 (10)
Score: 65–75 (max 136)

Our champion Naomi sadly blanks this round but our challenger JJ does well to get 3 away ......Rachel gets to shine and produces the perfect solution........this can only mean one thing........We have ourselves a crucial conundrum.........the question is who will buzz first will it be Naomi for her second win or JJ for his first win and the coveted Teapot ?

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Round 15: T Y L E R N O I S

No one buzzes. The answer was STORYLINE.

So we have a new champion in JJ he is the newest member of the teapot club............take nothing away from Naomi who will be happy with her 1 and the teapot.......joinme again on Monday to see how JJ gets on his next game.........it is Ta Ta for now !

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Final Score: 65–75 (max 146)
Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills aka Crazy Cat Lady and Cat Lover
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