Wednesday 6th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 114 )

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Wednesday 6th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 114 )

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Hello and welcome to another midweek recap


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C1: Champion JJ Burrows (3 wins, 266 points.)
C2: Challenger Gareth Munson.
DC: Susie Dent and Bob Harris.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: P R V O E S N C A
R02: D I S U T A N E J
R03: 25, 75, 6, 8, 10, 7, . Target: 653.
TTT: LAMBLODGE - "The lamb placed a bet while running around"
R04: S O F I M E N O T
R05: S R G H A E N U I
R06: 100, 75, 1, 4, 5, 6. Target: 376.
R07: D O K T A E S L P
R08: R I B Q O M E W L
R09: 50, 100, 7, 4, 10, 1. Target: 973.
TTT: DOWNTUBES - " I'm heading for Camden but I'll have to take the bus"
R10: D I P A L O R T E
R11: S G A U D F I S O
R12: W E R A N C T U M
R13: D T L I E P H I E
R14: 100, 50, 2, 1, 7, 7. Target: 837.
R15: V E G A N R I C E (conundrum)


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Round 1: P R V O E S N C A

JJ: caperons
Gareth: PROVEN (6)
DC: CAVERNS (7) OVERSCAN (8)
OT: OVERSPAN (8) PRENOVAS (8)
Score: 0–6 (max 8)

Not the best start from our champion JJ as Susie disallows his 8 Caperons..........but Gareth gets to score with his 6 Proven............over in DC they get to shine with their 8 overscan..........I spotted this one

Round 2: D I S U T A N E J

JJ: STAINED (7)
Gareth: unsuited
DC: SINAUTE (7) AUNTIES (7)
OT: AUDIENTS (8)
Score: 7–6 (max 16)

Another good rounfd from our champion JJ...........sadly Gareth doesn't even get close with unsuited which is valid but there is only one U in this selection of letters............one rather interesting 8 hidden away with Audients that I managed to spot

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Round 3: 25, 75, 6, 8, 10, 7. Target: 653.

C1: 653. 8 × 75 + 25 + (10 − 6) × 7 (10)
C2: -
Score: 17–6 (max 26)

Nice and straightforward from our champion JJ.............. our challenger Gareth doesn't even get close

Teatime teaser: LAMBLODGE -> GAMBOLLED

Round 4: S O F I M E N O T

JJ: moonies
Gareth: -
DC: MOONIEST (8)
OT: EMOTIONS (8)
Score: 17–6 (max 34)

Both Champion and Challenger blank this round........there was a couple of 8s one of those was spotted by DC

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Round 5: S R G H A E N U I

JJ: HEARINGS (8)
Gareth: GRAINS (6)
DC: ANGUISH (7) HEARINGS (8)
OT: SHEARING (8) USHERING (8)
Score: 25–6 (max 42)

Another good round from Gareth with his 8

Round 6: 100, 75, 1, 4, 5, 6. Target: 376.

C1: 376. (4 − 1) × 100 + 75 + 6 − 5 (10)
C2: 376. (4 − 1) × 100 + 75 + 6 − 5 (10)
Score: 35–16 (max 52)

Nice and straightforward this numbers solve........our champion and challenger have no trouble solving this bad boy

Round 7: D O K T A E S L P

JJ: PEDALOS (7)
Gareth: SKATED (6)
DC: TADPOLES (8) OLDSPEAK (8)
Score: 42–16 (max 60)

Another good round from with JJ with Pedalos that can be with or without an E.........over in DC they get to shine with their 8s Oldspeak and Tadpoles was my spot in that round

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Round 8: R I B Q O M E W L

JJ: MOBILE (6)
Gareth: LIMBO (5)
DC: BLOWIER (7)
OT: EMBROIL (7)
Score: 48–16 (max 67)

Round 9: 50, 100, 7, 4, 10, 1. Target: 973.

C1: 973. 10 × 100 − (7 × 4 − 1) (10)
C2: 973. 10 × 100 − (7 × 4 − 1) (10)
Score: 58–26 (max 77)

Piss Ez this numbers round our Champion and Challenger both pick up 10 points each


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Teatime teaser: DOWNTUBES -> WESTBOUND

Round 10: D I P A L O R T E

JJ: TRAILED (7)
Gareth: PILOTED (7)
DC: DEPILATOR (18)
Score: 65–33 (max 95)

7s all round from our Champion and Challenger.............but over in DC Susie gets to shine with her 9 Depilator..........you guessed it I spotted this one !

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Round 11: S G A U D F I S O

JJ: gaudios
Gareth: audios
DC: AUDIO (5)
OT: DAIGOUS (7)
Score: 65–33 (max 102)

What a stinker this letters round is...........both contestants have their words disallowed by Susie.........but there was a rather interesting 7 hidden away with Daigous

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Round 12: W E R A N C T U M

JJ: truance
Gareth: WEAR (4)
DC: CENTAUR (7)
OT: CENTRUM (7) CREMANT (7) CREWMAN (7) UNCRATE (7)
Score: 65–37 (max 109)

Round 13: D T L I E P H I E

JJ: TILED (5)
Gareth: TILED (5)
DC: HELPED (6)
OT: ETHIDE (6) HILTED (6) PELITE (6) PELTED (6) PIELET (6) PITHED (6) PITIED (6)
Score: 70–42 (max 115)

5s from Champion and Challenger...........but there were a fair few 6s hidden away

Round 14: 100, 50, 2, 1, 7, 7. Target: 837.

C1: 840.
C2: 836. (7 + 1) × 100 + 50 − 2 × 7 (7)
RR: 837. (100 − 7) × (7 + 2) (10)
Score: 70–49 (max 125)

A good solve from our challenger Gareth that gives him 7 points sadly not enough to save him........if you turn your attention to the 9 times table.....it will give you a perfect 10

Round 15: V E G A N R I C E

No one buzzes. The answer was GRIEVANCE.
Final Score: 70–49 (max 135)

Another win wrapped up for JJ who is half way to be becoming an octochamp, you have feel sorry for Gareth who had some good spots but they were were not enough to match the brilliance of JJ........join me again for the next recap.....in the meantime it is bye for now

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