Tuesday 26th April 2022 ( Series 85 Prelim 82 )

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Tuesday 26th April 2022 ( Series 85 Prelim 82 )

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Tuesday 26th April ( Series 85 Prelim 82 )

Hello Countdowners and welcome to another recap

Today is the day when we could see another octochamp being crowned, today is no excpetion. Matt O'Connor one of the most popular apterites of all time and a member of the countdown community, he was previously a contestant in series 65 where he narrowly missed out on the finals. Will Liam Moss spoil the party ?????...........or will Matt join the super elite ????????? tune into todays show and find out if it finishes on a dead heat with an autopsy of words as our Detective and Coroner do battle !!!


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C1: Champion Matt O'Connor (7 wins, 845 points) A Serving Detective Constable with Cheshire Constabulary formerly of Greater Manchester Police
C2: Challenger Liam Moss A former policeman from Liverpool, he is a now a Coroners officer
DC: Susie Dent and Justin Webb
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions

R01: B R U T I O C I U
R02: W A G O M A V E R
R03: 100, 75, 9, 7, 2, 6, . Target: 684.
TTT: NAILBOLT - "Vote for the chocolate box, perhaps."
R04: L E S O P A M E G
R05: F R A N E U S Q T
R06: 75, 5, 3, 7, 3, 4, . Target: 756.
R07: H N E R O I F O T
R08: H I W E R O D E L
R09: 25, 75, 4, 2, 1, 1, . Target: 579.
TTT: GOONCAST - "No mints, but you need to be after eights here."
R10: P A S O L E N A K
R11: D R I P E A T O N
R12: B A R O T U S E T
R13: L D E P A I T A Y
R14: 75, 5, 7, 3, 6, 1, . Target: 763.
R15: C O P P E R H I T (conundrum)


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Round 1: B R U T I O C I U

Matt: COURT (5)
Liam: COURT (5)
DC: BIOTIC (6)
Score: 5–5 (max 6)

Round 2: W A G O M A V E R

Matt: GEORAMA (7)
Liam: GRAVE (5)
DC: RAVAGE
Score: 12–5 (max 13)

A good 7 from Matt with GEORAMA

GEORAMA : A hollow globe whose inner surface contains a map of the world for examination by one standing inside


Round 3: 100, 75, 9, 7, 2, 6. Target: 684.

Matt: 684. (7 − 6 + 75) × 9 (10)
Liam: 684. 9 × 75 + 7 + 2 (10)
Score: 22–15 (max 23)

Top marks in the numbers department :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: this contest is building up quite nicely

Teatime teaser: NAILBOLT -> BALLOTIN

Round 4: L E S O P A M E G

Matt: APOGEES (7)
Liam: geomaps
OT: MEGALOPS (8) MESOGLEA (8)

A good 7 from our Champion with APOGEES.......however there are two interesting 8s ignored by all MEGALOPS and MESOGLEA

MESOGLEA : A gelatinous substance between the endoderm and ectoderm of sponges or cnidarians

MEGALOPS :A larva or larval stage following the zoea in the development of most crabs in which the legs and abdominal appendages have appeared, the abdomen is relatively long, and the eyes are large

Score: 29–15 (max 31)

Round 5: F R A N E U S Q T

Matt: QUATERNS (8)
Liam: QUARTS (6)
DC: AFTERSUN (8)
OT: QUERANTS (8) REFUSANT (8)
Score: 37–15 (max 39)

A good 8 from Matt this was one that I spotted :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: :geek: :geek: :geek:

Round 6: 75, 5, 3, 7, 3, 4. Target: 756.

Matt: 756 (7 + 3) × 75 + 5 + 4 − 3 (10)
Liam: 756 (7 + 3) × 75 + 4 + 5 − 3 (10)
OT: ( 7 + 3 )*75 )) + ( 5 - 3 ) + 4

My method of getting 756 using all the numbers, this as known as the the omelette method for those of you who don't what that is !


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Good spot by both Liam isn't letting Matt out of his sight !!!!!! :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: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :geek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek: :ugeek:

Score: 47–25 (max 49)

Round 7: H N E R O I F O T

Matt: ONOFRITE (8)
Liam: HOOTER (6)
Score: 55–25 (max 57)

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Round 8: H I W E R O D E L

Matt: LOWERED (7)
Liam: worldie
DC: WHIRLED (7)
OT: ORIELED (7) WHORLED (7) WIELDER (7)
Score: 62–25 (max 64)

Round 9: 25, 75, 4, 2, 1, 1. Target: 579.

Matt: -
Liam: 577. 2 × 4 × 75 − 25 + 1 + 1 (7)
RR: 579. (2 × 75 + 1) × 4 − 25 (10)
Score: 62–32 (max 74)

Now this is unexpected.............could Matt be getting a little jittery ????? as Liam picks up another 7 points....but Rachel mops up and produces the perfect solution

Teatime teaser: GOONCAST -> OCTAGONS

Round 10: P A S O L E N A K

Matt: NOPALES (7)
Liam: PLANKS (6)
OT: ALKANES (7) NESPOLA (7) OPANKAS (7) PAESANO (7) PALONES (7) PANELAS (7) PASKOLA (7)

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Score: 69–32 (max 81)

Round 11: D R I P E A T O N

Matt: PREDATION (18)
Liam: PREDATION (18)
Score: 87–50 (max 99)

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Top marks in this round.......as they both spot the 9 .........this was one that I spotted !!!!! :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:

Round 12: B A R O T U S E T

Matt: OUTSTARE (8)
Liam: TABOURETS (18)
OT: OBTURATES (18)

This is something you don't see often.................our champion Matt being beat on a letters round........COULD THE NERVES BE GETTING TO HIM A BIT.........OR IS THERE ANOTHER TWIST IN THIS CONTEST ???????? !!!!!! as our challenger spots the 9 that keeps him the game...........however there is still everything to play for !!!

TABOURET : A low stool or small table.

Score: 87–68 (max 117)

Round 13: L D E P A I T A Y

Matt: ADIPATE (7)
Liam: playdate
DC: ADEPTLY
OT: PEDALITY (8)
Score: 94–68 (max 125)

A great 7 from Matt that allows him to stretch his lead further.........but Liam has his 8 disallowed Play Date as it is two words :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( but there is an 8 hidden away with PEDALITY

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Round 14: 75, 5, 7, 3, 6, 1. Target: 763.

Matt: 763. (3 − 1) × 5 × 75 + 6 + 7 (10)
Liam: 762.
Score: 104–68 (max 135)

A good solve from Matt as he breezes his way to another 10 points and Octochampdom !!!!!

Round 15: C O P P E R H I T

Matt buzzes on 2.5 seconds to say PROTHETIC which is incorrect.
Liam buzzes on 3.75 seconds to say PROPHETIC which is correct.
Final Score: 104–78 (max 145)



A huge congraulations to Matt on becoming on octochamp and the newest member of the 900 club and storming into the No 2 seed position with his total of 949 points averaging 118.625 points a game. But take nothing away from Liam who put up a good fight and gave Matt a run for his money, on another day Liam could of easily won a couple of games as he had some really good spots but was unfortunate to run into Matt. I will be looking forward to seeing Matt in the finals ......... where he has to do it all over again......so lets hope the 11 years practice he has had will have paid off ...... will this make him the series 85 champion ????? Find out whether he will achieve this or not ????????? YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS IT !!!!


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Bye For now !!!!!
Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills and cat lover
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