Friday 8th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 116 )

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Friday 8th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 116 )

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Hello and welcome to another Friday recap


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C1: Champion JJ Burrows (5 wins, 450 points.)
C2: Challenger Mark Goodliffe.
DC: Susie Dent and Bob Harris
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: C T R E I S A P M
R02: E U O T J D L N T
R03: 25, 100, 10, 1, 8, 4. Target: 625.
TTT: UNLITCAVE - "Show some enterprise – think of Spock's eraser. "
R04: E U A V H R N K L
R05: S W P O M E A G D
R06: 25, 10, 8, 3, 5, 7. Target: 608.
R07: U N B I R E O S T
R08: A U A R F P T E Q
R09: 100, 25, 6, 4, 5, 2. Target: 819.
TTT: NINEMITTS - " The camping item has vanished – it's just wrong."
R10: O E U N R S D W H
R11: S B O G O A M R I
R12: E O E T N S C D L
R13: S N R C A N I A E
R14: 75, 3, 8, 1, 7, 10. Target: 248.
R15: P E A C H I I E R (conundrum)


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Round 1: C T R E I S A P M

JJ: crampiest
Mark: CAMPIEST (8)
DC: SPERMATIC (18)
Score: 0–8 (max 18)

Not the best start from our Champion JJ as Susie disallows his 9 but our challemger Mark score with his 8 Campiest over in DC they get to shine with their 9 Spermatic which was my spot

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Round 2: E U O T J D L N T

JJ: outlend
Mark: JOTTED (6)
DC: UNTOLD (6) NODULE (6)
OT: UNJOLTED (8) UNLOTTED (8)
Score: 0–14 (max 26)

Another risk not paying off for the champion........our challenger 6s seem to be the order of the day for our Challenger and DC........but there were a couple of 8s that nobody spotted.

Round 3: 25, 100, 10, 1, 8, 4. Target: 625.

C1: 625. (4 + 1) × (100 + 25) (10)
C2: 625. (4 + 1) × (100 + 25) (10)
Score: 10–24 (max 36)

Nice and straightforward........not too taxing this solve

Teatime teaser: UNLITCAVE -> VULCANITE

Round 4: E U A V H R N K L

JJ: UNRAVEL (7)
Mark: HANKER (6)
DC: HARKEN (6) UNRAVEL (7)
OT: VENULAR (7)
Score: 17–24 (max 43)

Round 5: S W P O M E A G D

JJ: POMADES (7)
Mark: SWAMPED (7)
DC: MEADOWS (7) MEGAPODS (8)
OT: PAGEDOMS (8)
Score: 24–31 (max 51)

7s all round.........but there was an interesting 8 hidden away with Megapods which I spotted along with DC


Round 6: 25, 10, 8, 3, 5, 7. Target: 608.

C1: 608. 25 × 8 × 3 + 10 + 5 − 7 (10)
C2: 608. 25 × 8 × 3 + 10 + 5 − 7 (10)
Score: 34–41 (max 61)

Nice and straightforward..........not too taxing when it comes to solving this bad boy

Round 7: U N B I R E O S T

JJ: BOUNTIES (8)
Mark: TRIBUNES (8)
DC: TURBINES (8)
OT: BRUNOISE (8) BURSTONE (8) NITREOUS (8) RIBSTONE (8) ROBINETS (8) ROBINUTS (8) ROUTINES (8) RUBSTONE (8)
Score: 42–49 (max 69)

8s all round again not a lot to complain about

Round 8: A U A R F P T E Q

JJ: UPRATE (6)
Mark: QUARTE (6)
DC: PARQUET (7)
Score: 48–55 (max 76)

6s all round.......a rather good 7 spotted by Susie with Parquet

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Round 9: 100, 25, 6, 4, 5, 2. Target: 819.

C1: 819. Mistake in working.
C2: 820. (6 + 2) × 100 + 25 − 5 (7)
RR: 819. 4 × 2 × 100 + 25 − 6 (10)
Score: 48–62 (max 86)

A very costly mistake from our champion JJ.......Our challenger Mark seizes the opportunity and extends his lead further........but Ms Riley shows us how it is done and produces a perfect 10

Teatime teaser: NINEMITTS -> MISINTENT

Round 10: O E U N R S D W H

JJ: UNHORSED (8)
Mark: wounders
DC: REWOUND (7) UNHORSED (8)
OT: DOWNRUSH (8) ENSHROUD (8) UNDERSOW (8)
Score: 56–62 (max 94)

A good 8 from JJ with Unhorsed that puts him back in the contest....our challenger Mark has his 8 Wounders disallowed by Susie....there were a few more 8s hidden away

Round 11: S B O G O A M R I

JJ: imbargos
Mark: GROOMS (6)
DC: AMIGOS (6) BIOGAS (6)
OT: BIGRAMS (7) ORGIASM (7)
Score: 56–68 (max 101)

Another risk for JJ isn't paying off.............quite a few 6s in this rather ghastly selection of letters...........there were a couple of rather interesting 7s hidden away

Round 12: E O E T N S C D L

JJ: CLOSETED (8)
Mark: ENCLOSED (8)
DC: SCENTED (7)
OT: TELECONS (8)
Score: 64–76 (max 109)

Top Marks from our contestants as they get an 8........DC can only manage a 7 with Scented


Round 13: S N R C A N I A E

JJ: SCANNER (7)
Mark: SCANNER (7)
DC: CANARIES (8) CRANNIES (8)
OT: ACARINES (8) ANNARIES (8)
Score: 71–83 (max 117)

7s all round.........but there were a few 8s hidden away two of those were spotted by DC

Round 14: 75, 3, 8, 1, 7, 10. Target: 248.

C1: 248. (75 + 8) × 3 − 1 (10)
C2: 248. (75 + 10) × 3 − 7 (10)
Score: 81–93 (max 127)

Top Marks from our champion and challenger they have no trouble solving this bad boy.........there was a LNAFP solve by yours truly....saldy it is not enough to save JJ and for him it is game over

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10*3=30
30+1=31
31*8=248

Round 15: P E A C H I I E R

No one buzzes. The answer was HAIRPIECE.
Final Score: 81–93 (max 137)

We have a new champion our returnee Mark Goodliffe wins his first game after missing out in 2010 and losing his only game to eventual Series 62 champion Oliver Garner despite being ahead for most of that game, Secondly take nothing away from fellow returnee JJ who lost his only game to fellow returnee and Series 68 finalist Jill Hayward.........he will be happy with his 5 wins and the teapot ......join me again to see how Mark goes on his next game in the meantime it is bye for now.

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Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills aka Crazy Cat Lady and Cat Lover
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