Friday 15th April 2022 ( Series 85, Prelim 75 )

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Friday 15th April 2022 ( Series 85, Prelim 75 )

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Friday 15th April Series 85 ( Prelim 75 )

It has been a long time since I last recapped a game; but today’s game is no exception when we see the long awaited return of apterite Matt O’Connor. So let’s hope that today’s game and 11 years of practice will have paid off for Matt. Stand by for a cracker you don’t want to miss this!!!!

C1: Champion Craig Fawcett (5 wins, 504 points) A Marketing researcher for a Deodorant Brand searching for a 6th win and a possible shot at Octochampdom

C2: Challenger Matt O'Connor - A serving police detective with Cheshire Constabulary, and an apterite some of you may remember Matt from series 65 that he appeared on 11 years ago where he narrowly missed out on the finals. And his special episode called ‘Law and Order ‘where he raised money for the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors).

DC: Susie Dent and Giles Coren
RR: Rachel Riley
OT: Other words or solutions

R01: N D N H I U A E N
R02: S R A T I A I L S
R03: 75, 8, 9, 5, 4, 6, . Target: 995.
TTT: CUPSTAYS - "He is gentle and mild mannered, what's new ? "
R04: Q M E D E I N S O
R05: A U O A R P S M R
R06: 50, 25, 10, 1, 7, 5, . Target: 488.
R07: S N T Y O E O U S
R08: G W A T I A E R R
R09: 75, 50, 5, 1, 4, 9, . Target: 173.
TTT: CABWHEEL - "Nothing to do with a taxi, how you want your fare to be "
R10: C K U N I A L I N
R11: G D L C O E E A R
R12: R B E R O O P E T
R13: M L S T A E A O N
R14: 100, 25, 5, 3, 10, 8, . Target: 593.
R15: T V E N C O D E R (conundrum)


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Round 1: N D N H I U A E N

Craig: NANNIED (7)
Matt: NANNIED (7)
DC: Hunnied x NANNIED (7)
OT: NANDINE (7) NUNDINE (7)
Score: 7–7 (max 7)

Round 2: S R A T I A I L S

Craig: STAIRS (6)
Matt: LARIATS (7)
OT: LIATRIS (7) TARSALS (7)
Score: 7–14 (max 14)

Round 3: 75, 8, 9, 5, 4, 6. Target: 995.

Craig: 994 ( 8+5)*75 +9+4+6 (7)
Matt: 994 ( 8+5)*75 +9+4+6 (7)

A good 7 points from both of our contestants with their 1 away solution........but Rachel mops up and produces the perfect solution

RR: 995. (9 × 6 − 4 + 75) × 8 − 5 (10)

Score: 14–21 (max 24)

Teatime teaser: CUPSTAYS -> PUSSYCAT

Round 4: Q M E D E I N S O

Craig: DEMONISE (8)
Matt: DEMONISE (8)
DC: DOMINEES (8)
Score: 22–29 (max 32)

Great 8's from both Craig and Matt but the gap still remains tight

Round 5: A U O A R P S M R

Craig: PARAMOURS (18)
Matt: AURORAS (7)
Score: 40–29 (max 50)

A brilliant 9 from our champion Craig sees him go 11 points ahead, Matt is now playing catch up........there is still everything left to play for !!!!


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Round 6: 50, 25, 10, 1, 7, 5. Target: 488.

Craig:488 50*10-7-5 (10)
Matt:488 50*10-7-5 (10)

Top marks from our contestants in the numbers department........not too taxing !!!

Score: 50–39 (max 60)

Round 7: S N T Y O E O U S

Craig: SOONEST (7)
Matt: SOONEST (7)
DC: OUTNESS (7)
OT: OSTEONS (7) YOUSENS (7)
Score: 57–46 (max 67)

Round 8: G W A T I A E R R

Craig: awaiter
Matt: WARTIER (7)
Score: 57–53 (max 74)

A great 7 from Matt :D :D :D :D :D :D ..........but this was one I spotted myself Craig was very unlucky with his risk

Round 9: 75, 50, 5, 1, 4, 9. Target: 173.

Craig: 175 (5 + 1 − 4) × 50 + 75 (7)
Matt: 175 (75 − 50) × (9 − (5 − 4) − 1)

Two good methods for the 2 away solution Matt using the Omelette method

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Rachel mops up yet again and produces the perfect solution which was mine as well again using the omelette method !!! :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek:

RR: 173. 5 × 9 + 50 + 75 + 4 − 1 (10)

Score: 64–60 (max 84)

Teatime teaser: CABWHEEL -> CHEWABLE

Round 10: C K U N I A L I N

Craig: NIACIN (6)
Matt: CLUNK (5)
DC: CLINK (5) CLANK (5) UNICAL (6) UNLINK (6)
OT: ANNULI (6) INULIN (6) NIAULI (6) UNCIAL (6) UNNAIL (6)
Score: 70–60 (max 90)

A great spot from Craig with his 6 NIACIN Matt can only manage a 5 with CLUNK that leaves him 10 points behind rounds are running out fast.......can Matt pull off a Tracey Mills style comeback and ARREST this deficit ........let's see how the few next rounds go on !!!

Niacin Another term for nicotinic acid

Round 11: G D L C O E E A R

Craig: regoaled
Matt: RECOALED (8)
DC: CORDAGE (7) CLEARED (7) DECLARE (7)

WOAH WOAH WOAH !!!!! the comeback is definitely on !!! Matt spots a brilliant 8 RECOALED whereas Craig has is regoaled disallowed leaving this game on a knife edge !!!

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Score: 70–68 (max 98)

Round 12: R B E R O O P E T

Craig: TROOPER (7)
Matt: TROOPER (7)
DC: Betrrop x TROOPER (7) REBOOT (6) PROBER (6)
OT: ROBOTEER (8)
Score: 77–75 (max 106)

Round 13: M L S T A E A O N

Craig: LAMEST (6)
Matt: MALONATES (18)

THIS GAME NEVER FAILS TO AMAZE ME !!!! a brilliant 9 from Matt and one I spotted !!!!! sees him go 16 points ahead with two rounds to go, everything is still left to play for !!! :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Malonate A salt or ester of malonic acid.

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Score: 77–93 (max 124)

Round 14: 100, 25, 5, 3, 10, 8. Target: 593.

Craig: 585.
Matt: 593(100 − 25) × 8 − (10 − 3) ( 10 )

Matt breezes his way to another 10 points and sealing victory before conundrum !!

Score: 77–103 (max 134)

Round 15: T V E N C O D E R

Matt buzzes on 1.25 seconds to say CONVERTED which is correct.

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A super speedy buzz from Matt !!




A cracking and thrilling contest that could of gone either way, a huge congratulations to Matt who now breezes his way into the champions chair and a possible shot at Octochampdom......But take nothing away from Craig who deserved a shot at octochampdom......he was rather unfortunate to run into Matt. Craig will be happy with his 5 wins and the teapot.....but there is still a chance that Craig could make into the series 85 finals.
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Join us again on Monday to see how Matt gets on !!!


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Score : 77 -113 ( max 144 )
Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills and cat lover
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