Thursday 16th June 2022 ( Series 85 Second Semi Final )

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Thursday 16th June 2022 ( Series 85 Second Semi Final )

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Thursday 16th June 2022 ( Series 85 Second Semi Final )

Hello Countdowners and welcome to another recap....we are now at our second semi final........let's see which of these wonderful gentlemen will face Dan Byrom in Friday's showpiece ?????? WILL IT BE ???????

C1: Champion Matt " The Cheshire Colossus" O'Connor (9 wins, 1055 points.) A serving Detective Constable with Cheshire Constabulary, formerly of Greater Manchester Police.......Our very own Sweeney !!!! Matt defeated Dan Hall no 7 Seed in last Friday's Quarter final 106-58

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C2: Champion Steve" The Nottingham Nightmare " Hyde (9 wins, 912 points.) A credit card company product manager from Nottingham, Steve beat no 6 Seed Ronan Mackrory in Monday's Quarter final 106- 83

DC: Robert Rinder
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: R G E T I E S A P
R02: H N G I O U D P T
R03: 50, 25, 9, 2, 7, 7, . Target: 273.
TTT: ALLSUGAR - "It's not all sugar, there's a bit of cheese in it as well."
R04: N R S I A A D W O
R05: R B E S E I V U O
R06: 100, 10, 9, 10, 8, 6, . Target: 680.
R07: T G I D O I S O M
R08: T R F U A E W T L
R09: 100, 50, 10, 2, 6, 5, . Target: 622.
TTT: DONSAWAY - "It's the present that you can never take back."
R10: R K C U I O M N E
R11: F S E N O A M O P
R12: T Q C I A I R H A
R13: L G I S U O E N E
R14: 6, 10, 10, 2, 1, 7, . Target: 964.
R15: R I T A S M A T E (conundrum)


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Round 1: R G E T I E S A P

Matt: GRAPIEST (8)
Steve: PRESTIGE (8)
DC: GRAPIEST (8)
OT: PEATRIES (8) PIERAGES (8)
Score: 8–8 (max 8)

Nothing to WIne about !!!! as Matt spots Grapiest which is do with the type of wine........but Steve's 8 has more Prestige :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :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:

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Round 2: H N G I O U D P T

Matt: POUTING (7)
Steve: POUTING (7)
DC: POUTING (7)
OT: DOUTING (7) HOUTING (7) PHUGOID (7) THOUING (7)
Score: 15–15 (max 15)

Round 3: 50, 25, 9, 2, 7, 7. Target: 273.

Matt: 273. 25 × 9 + 50 − 2 (10)
Steve: 273. 25 × 9 + 50 − 2 (10)
Score: 25–25 (max 25)

Top marks in the numbers department...........what did you expect from these guys...........as this contest is building up nicely !!!!!

Teatime teaser: ALLSUGAR -> RASGULLA

Round 4: N R S I A A D W O

Matt: ORDAINS (7)
Steve: RADIANS (7)
DC: INWARDS (7)
OT: ARONIAS (7) DONAIRS (7) INROADS (7) ONWARDS (7) SWANDRI (7)
Score: 32–32 (max 32)

Round 5: R B E S E I V U O

Matt: BOUVIERS (8)
Steve: OBSERVE (7)
DC: VERBOSE (7)
Score: 40–32 (max 40)

GAME CHANGER !!!!! a brilliant 8 from Matt with Bouviers gives him the lead, this could be important !!!

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Bouvier : A large, powerful dog of a rough-coated breed originating in Belgium.......nothing to do with Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy which is a Capital B.

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Round 6: 100, 10, 9, 10, 8, 6. Target: 680.

Matt: 680. 6 × 100 + 8 × 10 (10)
Steve: 680. 6 × 100 + 8 × 10 (10)
Score: 50–42 (max 50)

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9+8=17
17*10=170
10-6=4
170*4=680

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Round 7: T G I D O I S O M

Matt: IDIOTS (6)
Steve: IDIOMS (6)
DC: MOIST (5) IDIOTS (6)
OT: SIGMOID (7)

6's all round......but there is an interesting 7 ignored by all Sigmoid

Sigmoid : Curved like the uncial sigma; crescent-shaped.


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Score: 56–48 (max 57)

Round 8: T R F U A E W T L

Matt: FLATTER (7)
Steve: FLATTER (7)
DC: AFLUTTER (8)

7s all round from our Semi Finalists but DC get to shine with their 8 Aflutter

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Score: 63–55 (max 65)

Round 9: 100, 50, 10, 2, 6, 5. Target: 622.

Matt: 622. (100 + 2) × 6 + 10 (10)
Steve: 622. (100 + 2) × 6 + 10 (10)
Score: 73–65 (max 75)

One I solved as well using the Omelette method

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( 50*10)+100)+ ( 6+5*2)

Teatime teaser: DONSAWAY -> NOWADAYS

Round 10: R K C U I O M N E

Matt: MONIKER (7)
Steve: MONIKER (7)
DC: MONICKER (8)
OT: MUCORINE (8)
Score: 80–72 (max 83)

7s all round.....Steve isn't letting Matt out of his sight just yet !!! but I have learned that you can spell Moniker with a C .

Round 11: F S E N O A M O P

Matt: MOPANES (7)
Steve: MOONS (5)
Score: 87–72 (max 90)

A great 7 from Matt with Mopanes..........allowing Matt to extend his lead......but the gap is still tight and everything left to play for !!!

Round 12: T Q C I A I R H A

Matt: CHAIR (5)
Steve: CHART (5)
DC: TIARA (5)
OT: CITHARA (7)

A stinker of a selection as there are 5s all round......but there is a sneaky 7 hidden away CIthara

Cithara :An ancient Greek and Roman stringed musical instrument similar to the lyre.

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Score: 92–77 (max 97)

Round 13: L G I S U O E N E

Matt: EULOGIES (8)
Steve: louseing
DC: LIGNEOUS (8)
OT: EULOGISE (8)

A very unfortunate risk from Steve.......this now means that Matt O'Connor is in the GRAND FINAL of Series 85

Score: 100–77 (max 105)

Round 14: 6, 10, 10, 2, 1, 7. Target: 964.

Matt: 963. (10 × 10 + 7) × (6 + 2 + 1) (7)
Steve: 966.
Score: 107–77 (max 112)

A good 6 small solve from Matt........but Rachel says 1 away is the best solve

Round 15: R I T A S M A T E

Matt buzzes on 16.5 seconds to say METATARSI which is correct.
Final Score: 117–77 (max 122)

A great solve from Matt.......one I couldn't get sadly :( :( :( :(

First of all I would like to offer my congratulations to Matt O'Connor for getting into the series 85 final.......but taking nothing from Steve Hyde who put up a real good fight against Matt......but ran out of steam as Matt Gradually got the better of him........so tune in to Friday's Grand Final to find out which of these wonderful players will win the Richard Whiteley memorial trophy ????? will it be ?????

Dan " The Sheffield Superman " Byrom

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Matt " The Cheshire Colossus " O'Connor

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In the meantime Bye for now !!!

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