Thursday 21 April 2022 ( Series 85 Prelim 79 )

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Thursday 21 April 2022 ( Series 85 Prelim 79 )

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Countdown recap for Thursday 21 April 2022 ( Series 85 Prelim 79 )

Hello Countdowners and welcome to another recap, our champion Matt is putting in superb performances, the 11 years of practice seems to be paying off.....lets see how today's game pans out. Let's all sit back and enjoy the show !!!

C1: Champion Matt O'Connor (4 wins, 481 points) A serving Detective Constable with Cheshire Constabulary and formerly of Greater Manchester Police
C2: Challenger Stewart Cairns A retired bank manager
DC: Susie Dent and Sophie Ellis Bextor
RR: Rachel Riley
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: D B I L U O E P R
R02: T Y R I E S N P A
R03: 50, 25, 8, 3, 8, 1. Target: 148
TTT: LENSHIFI - "Annette won't have anything to do with these creatures."
R04: D T H I E A G R U
R05: M C A T O O I K T
R06: 50, 2, 6, 1, 7, 5. Target: 182
R07: F D E C I E R A T
R08: N S L E U E R G I
R09: 50, 100, 10, 5, 9, 10. Target: 541
TTT: AIREDBIT - "He aired his views, but was a bit harsh"
R10: D W S E I T N R O
R11: P N A S E E A L M
R12: H S C I E M R S E
R13: F G I R U A E S D
R14: 50, 9, 1, 6, 3, 6. Target: 150
R15: S C R A N S I Z E (conundrum)


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Round 1: D B I L U O E P R

Matt: EUPLOID (7)
Stewart: BROILED (7)
DC: BOLDER (6) BUILDER (7) REBUILD (7)
OT: BOULDER (7) DOUBLER (7) LEPROID (7)
Score: 7–7 (max 7)

7's all round need I say more ...........

Euploid :Having an equal number of all the chromosomes of the haploid set.

Round 2: T Y R I E S N P A

Matt: PAINTERS (8)
Stewart: PAINTERS (8)
DC: PANTRIES (8) PINASTER (8)
OT: PRYTANIES (18)
Score: 15–15 (max 25)

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8' all round from our contestants and DC but there is a gem of a 9 hidden away PRYTANIES

Prytanie :The period during which the presidency of the senate belonged to the prytanes of the section.


Round 3: 50, 25, 8, 3, 8, 1. Target: 148.

Matt: 148 : ( 50 × 3) − (8 ÷ 8)− 1
Stewart: 148 : ( 50 * 3 ) - ( 8/8)-1 (10)

Top marks all round in the numbers department........not too taxing :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek:

Score: 25–25 (max 35)

Teatime teaser: LENSHIFI -> LINEFISH

Round 4: D T H I E A G R U

Matt: DAUGHTER (8)
Stewart: headier
DC: GRATED (6) HEADRIG (7)
Score: 33–25 (max 43)

A relatively good 8 from Matt with Daughter...........but a phantom E from Stewart allows our champ to go ahead and break the deadlock......but the gap still remains tight :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek:

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Round 5: M C A T O O I K T

Matt: ATOMIC (6)
Stewart: ATOMIC (6)
DC: MATTOCK (7)

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Score: 39–31 (max 50)

Stewart isn't letting Matt out of his sight just yet great 6's all round......... but DC get to show off with their 7 Mattock

Mattock : an agricultural tool shaped like a pickaxe, with an adze and a chisel edge as the ends of the head.

Round 6: 50, 2, 6, 1, 7, 5. Target: 182.

Matt: 180. ( 50 - 5 ) * (6-2 ) (7)
Stewart: 187
RR: 182. (7 − 1) × 6 × 5 + 2 (10)

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Our Champion can only manage 180......but Rachel manages to mop and produce the perfect solution using the LNAFP method :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek:

Score: 46–31 (max 60)

Round 7: F D E C I E R A T

Matt: CREATED (7)
Stewart: CRAFTED (7)
DC: CREATED (7) REACTED (7)
OT: CATERED (7) CERATED (7) DEFACER (7) DRAFTEE (7) FACETED (7) FEARDIE (7) FEARTIE (7) RECITED (7) REDFACE (7) REFACED (7) TIERCED (7)
Score: 53–38 (max 67)

Round 8: N S L E U E R G I

Matt: SEIGNEUR (8)
Stewart: REELING (7)
DC: LURGIES (7)
OT: GIRLEENS (8) REESLING (8) REGULINE (8) SERINGUE (8)
Score: 61–38 (max 75)

A brilliant 8 from Matt with Seigneur

Seigneur A feudal lord; the lord of a manor

Round 9: 50, 100, 10, 5, 9, 10. Target: 541.

Matt: 541. (100 + 10) × 5 − 9 (5)
Stewart: 541. (50 + 5) × 10 − 9 (5)
Score: 71–48 (max 85)

Nice straightforward solve need I say more ??????????


Teatime teaser: AIREDBIT -> DIATRIBE

Round 10: D W S E I T N R O

Matt: DOWNIEST (8)
Stewart: DOWNIEST (8)
DC: DOWNIEST (8) TOWNIES (7) WORDIEST (8)
OT: DISOWNER (8) NORDITES (8) ROWDIEST (8)
Score: 79–56(max 93)

Great 8's all round but Stewart isn't letting Matt out of his sight

Round 11: P N A S E E A L M

Matt: EMPANELS (8)
Stewart: ENAMELS (7)
DC: SEAPLANE (8)
OT: EMPLANES (8) PEAMEALS (8)
Score: 87–56 (max 101)

Great 8 from our Champ...........but I managed to spot Emplanes !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek:

Round 12: H S C I E M R S E

Matt: SCHEMERS (8)
Stewart: SCHEMERS (8)
DC: CHEMISES (8) SMIRCHES (8)
OT: RICHESSE (8) SCHEMIES (8) SCHMEERS (8)
Score: 95–64 (max 109)

Nothing to Scheme about....... as Matt and Stewart both spot an 8 with Schemers !!!!! Chemises was the 8 I spotted :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek:

Round 13: F G I R U A E S D

Matt: ARGUFIES (8)
Stewart: FRIDGES (7)
DC: FIGURED (7) SUGARED (7) ARGUFIED (8)
Score: 103–64 (max 117)

Nothing to argue about with Matt spotting the 8 Argufies .............leaving Stewart out in the cold with his 7 Fridges

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Round 14: 50, 9, 1, 6, 3, 6. Target: 150.

Matt: 150. 50*3 (10)
Stewart: 150 (9 − 6) × 50 (10)

ENOUGH SAID !!!!!!!!!!!

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OT : ( 9+ 6)* (6+3+1) My method using the LNAFP :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Score: 113–74 (max 127)

Round 15: S C R A N S I Z E

Another fine solve from Mr O'Connor !!!!!!!

Matt buzzes on 2.5 seconds to say CRAZINESS which is correct.
Final Score: 123–74 (max 137)

Great game all round Stewart was unlucky to run into Matt, if Stewart came on a different day he could of been in contention for a teapot. Tune into Friday's show to see if Matt can get his 6th victory and take a step closer to octochampdom ....or will history repeat itself.......????? where he narrowly missed out on the series 65 finals and lost to Drew Halliburton in his 5th game by a single point in an nail biting conundrum solve !!!

In the meantime bye for now !!
Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills and cat lover
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