Monday 11th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 117 )

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Monday 11th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 117 )

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Hello and welcome to another Monday recap, we are now at the second to last heat of Series 88 with Grand Final and Christmas just around the corner, so tuck in to your Mince pies and Brandy.............and the enjoy the show


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C1: Champion Mark Goodliffe (1 win, 93 points.)
C2: Challenger Nicola Lawson.
DC: Susie Dent and Marcus Brigstocke .
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: I O E K T C L N M
R02: N J L A E U D S P
R03: 25, 5, 7, 1, 7, 3, . Target: 796.
TTT: TEASETINT - "There's no will, but if you add the letter R, there's definitely a way"
R04: Y G R I O A I H T
R05: E U O L V S D T M
R06: 100, 10, 6, 2, 2, 7. Target: 892.
R07: E A O R S P T C G
R08: R N Q U I E S M F
R09: 8, 10, 5, 5, 3, 2. Target: 349.
TTT: SMILEYWON
R10: R N A O L B T A E
R11: U E O C S G D A N
R12: P R I A I U H W N
R13: E E O D T S P A X
R14: 75, 100, 3, 2, 5, 6. Target: 747.
R15: E D D D Y L I C E (conundrum)


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Round 1: I O E K T C L N M

Mark: TONEMIC (7)
Nicola: LOCKMEN (7)
DC: LOCKET (6) TICKLE (6) MICKLE (6)
OT: MONTICLE (8)
Score: 7–7 (max 8)

7s all round from our Champion and Challenger.............quite a few 6s from DC as they have plenty to laugh about with Tickle as their 6.......some of you may know him as Mr Tickle from the Mr Men books his character was created in 1971 this was inspired by Adam Hargreaves the son of the late great Mr Men creator and children's author Roger Hargreaves when he asked his father what a tickle would look like..............In other news there was one 8 hidden away with Monticle

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Round 2: N J L A E U D S P

Mark: UNLAPSED (8)
Nicola: unplated
DC: UPLANDS (7)
Score: 15–7 (max 16)

Another fine 8 from our champion Mark

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Round 3: 25, 5, 7, 1, 7, 3. Target: 796.

C1: 794. (7 × 5 − 3) × 25 − (7 − 1) (7)
C2: 797. Mistake in working.
RR: 795. 25 × (7 + 1) × (7 − 3) − 5 (7)
Score: 22–7 (max 23)

Teatime teaser: TEASETINT -> INTESTATE

Round 4: Y G R I O A I H T

Mark: RIGHTO (6)
Nicola: gaitor
DC: THORIA (6)
OT: ARIGHT (6) GIRTHY (6) RIGHTY (6)
Score: 28–7 (max 29)

Round 5: E U O L V S D T M

Mark: VOLUMES (7)
Nicola: MOULDS (6)
DC: VOLUTES (7) MODULES (7) VOLUMES (7)
OT: LOUDEST (7) MOULTED (7) TOUSLED (7) VOLUMED (7) VOLUTED (7)
Score: 35–7 (max 36)

Round 6: 100, 10, 6, 2, 2, 7. Target: 892.

C1: 892. (7 + 2) × 100 − (10 − 2) (10)
C2: 892. (7 + 2) × 100 − (10 − 2) (10)
Score: 45–17 (max 46)

Nice and straightforward........not too taxing this numbers game

Round 7: E A O R S P T C G

Mark: POSTAGE (7)
Nicola: COASTER (7)
DC: ESCARGOT (8)
OT: PORTAGES (8) POTAGERS (8)
Score: 52–24 (max 54)

7s all round from our Champion and Challenger.....there were a few 8s hidden away Escargot was the one that DC and Myself spotted

Round 8: R N Q U I E S M F

Mark: SQUIRE (6)
Nicola: FIRES (5)
DC: INFUSER (7)
OT: FRENUMS (7) NERIUMS (7) SURFMEN (7)
Score: 58–24 (max 61)

Round 9: 8, 10, 5, 5, 3, 2. Target: 349.

C1: 349. (5 × 8 − 5) × 10 − (3 − 2) (10)
C2: 350.
Score: 68–24 (max 71)

Nice and straightforward...........again nothing to complain over

Teatime teaser: SMILEYWON -> WINSOMELY

Round 10: R N A O L B T A E

Mark: BARONET (7)
Nicola: NOTABLE (7)
DC: BLOATER (7)
OT: LABORANT (8)
Score: 75–31 (max 79)

7s all round from everybody...........there was a rather interesting 8 hidden away that nobody spotted

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Round 11: U E O C S G D A N

Mark: DECAGONS (8)
Nicola: SECOND (6)
DC: DECAGONS (8)
Score: 83–31 (max 87)

Another 8 from Mr Goodliffe........you guessed it I spotted this one

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Round 12: P R I A I U H W N

Mark: UNPAIR (6)
Nicola: PRAWN (5)
DC: HAIRPIN (7)
Score: 89–31 (max 94)

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Round 13: E E O D T S P A X

Mark: ADOPTEES (8)
Nicola: EXPOSED (7)
Score: 97–31 (max 102)

Another fine 8 for our champion

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Round 14: 75, 100, 3, 2, 5, 6. Target: 747.

C1: 747. 5 × 2 × 75 − 3 (10)
C2: 747. 5 × 2 × 75 − 3 (10)
Score: 107–41 (max 112)

Jumbo Proportions and plane sailing when it comes to this nice and straightforward........again not too taxing this bags our champion and challenger 10 points each

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Round 15: E D D D Y L I C E

C1 buzzes on 2 seconds to say DECIDEDLY which is correct.
Final Score: 117–41 (max 122)

Another good showing from Mr Goodliffe giving him win no 2...........take nothing away from Nicola she had some good spots there were not enough to match the prowess of Mark....join me again to see if Mark can get a third win........in the meantime.........bye for now

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