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by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

Trying and failing to find out about the poker events from the website - what are the entry criteria for that, what platform etc etc. If you go to their calendar of events at https://msoworld.com/mso-is-open-for-registrations/ you can see all the different events. Click on each each event to see mo...
by Tony Atkins
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

The annual game-playing festival, the Mind Sports Olympiad, is being held online on various platforms during the month of August 2020 instead of being played face-to-face in London. I am hosting the Countdown event (CO-MSO) on Apterous (apterous.org) during the evening of Friday 21st August from 19:...
by Tony Atkins
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20th December 2019 (Series 81, GRAND FINAL)
Replies: 11
Views: 1232

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20th December 2019 (Series 81, GRAND FINAL)

(75-50/25)x8+100=684 for those who don't like using 7s.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20th December 2019 (Series 81, GRAND FINAL)
Replies: 11
Views: 1232

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20th December 2019 (Series 81, GRAND FINAL)

Less impressive way for first numbers (50-75/25)x7-10=319
by Tony Atkins
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th December 2019 (Series 81, SF1)
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th December 2019 (Series 81, SF1)

Third numbers out of time (100x10-75+7)x25/50=466
by Tony Atkins
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)
Replies: 6
Views: 962

Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)

Luke back again

Beating him and Rachel: (6x7-9)x25-2-8=815
by Tony Atkins
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 9th December (Series 81, Prelim 115)
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Spoilers for Monday 9th December (Series 81, Prelim 115)

Luke continues to impress. He had the chance to make 672 by 84x8 for a second time in the 3rd numbers.
Shame he missed the fourth numbers - alt (standard) method (10+4)x50-75-5+2
by Tony Atkins
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 12445

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Game records now available at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso19games.pdf and recaps at
http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso19recapsgames.pdf - sorry for the delay!
by Tony Atkins
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 2970

Re: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019

Not sure that 930 was a good example for using the 937.5 method as two standard method solves are possible too!

((75-50)x25)+(3x100)+5
((25-3)x50)-100-75+5
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 12445

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

The points table for the five heats is at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso19.pdf
by Tony Atkins
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 12445

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Congrats to young Ronan Higginson for winning his first Co event and taking the Gold medal! He beat Jonathan De Souza in the final 107-103 after spotting the crucial connundrum from ABUTDOVER. The bronze medal went to Jonathan Wynn who beat Martin Thomas in the play-off 103-66. Recaps and full resul...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 22nd August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 38)
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 22nd August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 38)

As there was nearly a month between the recording this and the previous show, I would have expected David to be sharper.
Perhaps he got up early to travel to Salford and was feeling tired?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 31)
Replies: 8
Views: 2315

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 31)

Third way for 744: (((7-2)x5x10)-2)x3

Alt in R10 KAIROSES and in R12 HAURIENT.
by Tony Atkins
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 25th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 18)
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 25th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 18)

Did beat James on the first numbers getting to 954 rather than the nearest 957.
((3x75)+1)x100/25+50=954
by Tony Atkins
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 25th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 18)
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Spoilers for Thursday 25th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 18)

Woo - one apterite going for octochampdom and another in dictionary corner!
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday 16th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 11)
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th July

Nice to see an apterite doing well, though playing a little nervously I think.

But some people never learn:
R11 DC offers maniocs
R12 PC offers Masonic
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 2nd July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 2)
Replies: 4
Views: 1185

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 2nd July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 2)

Alt first numbers ((6x7)+25)x(6+4)=670.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)
Replies: 7
Views: 2164

Re: Spoilers for Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)

Rachel put up GRAYER on the board in R13, which is incorrect. I spotted this too. Made me think that Susie could have been mean and asked the contestant how he had spelled it :lol: :lol: Although GRAYER is US Spelling I was always confused why GRAY and GRAYS were valid - but that's a scientific unit.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 10th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 99)
Replies: 0
Views: 1397

Spoilers for Monday 10th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 99)

Some hard numbers on this show! For the easier second one I liked the alt (4+7)x(8+2+1)=121.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 7th June 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 3799

Re: Spoilers for Friday 7th June 2019

Painty is specified. Paintiest or paintier is not. The rule is that single syllable adjectives can be changed to -er or -est
without them being specified. Unfortunately painty is not single syllable. I came unstuck online recently with unfairest for the same reason.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)
Replies: 23
Views: 5896

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)

piecrust only appears in phases piecrust table and piecrust top now (though in ODE3 the definition of piecrust table used it as a stand alone word).
by Tony Atkins
Wed May 22, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)
Replies: 23
Views: 5896

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)

Ray Wilding wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 1:31 pm
MAULVI, bad miss in R7.
Or GAVIAL - but I think he also missed another 9....?
by Tony Atkins
Fri May 03, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 73)
Replies: 3
Views: 1214

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 73)

The other way Rachel mentioned may have been ((7x25)+(75/5))x4
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 12445

CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Like 2017 and 2018, there will be a Countdown event at the 2019 Mind Sports Olympiad. For details of all events at MSO see https://msoworld.com/events-woo-ev-products/ This is held in London at the end of August and there is a slot on the second Sunday for a Countdown event. Top three places will ge...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 19 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 2033

Re: COREA 19 Recaps

Countdown recap for COREA Game 1 Saturday 20 April 2019. C1: Rob C2: Jon Host: Tony Atkins DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words SN: Sample number solutions R01: G H G T I A E D R R02: P S T S E E E S K R03: 6, 5, 10, 10, 9, 2. Target: 531. R04: V T R A I O L O O R05: M B T S O O I T U R06: 50, 7, 7, ...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 19 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 2033

COREA 19 Recaps

Results at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea19/results.html Countdown recap for COREA Final Saturday 20 April 2019. C1: Rob Foster (5 wins, 523 points) C2: Tom Cappleman (4 wins, 494 points) Host: Tony Atkins DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words or solutions. R01: V D S T I E E L L R02: R D C B U O E O T...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)

Dave had from 5th December recording of yesterday's show to 28th January of today's to practice - looks like he enjoyed
Christmas and New Year the traditional way instead.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Spoilers for Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 60)

SPONGIER an alt (that I missed in one of my shows) in R1
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

Re: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)

I assume Susie offered SECONDE in R4 but it didn't make the edit. I also got CONGEES there and CARNIES in R5.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

Re: Spoilers for Monday 15th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 59)

I got GERMIEST too and SWAPTION as an alt in R2.
by Tony Atkins
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 6256

Re: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019

Walk-in entries are more than welcome! Please arrive as near to 10:30 as possible.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 5th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 53)
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: Spoilers for Friday 5th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 53)

Alt second numbers (6x10-2)x(7+3/3)=464
by Tony Atkins
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 5th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 53)
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Spoilers for Friday 5th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 53)

Geoff seems to have eaten too much lunch...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 52)
Replies: 1
Views: 724

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 52)

The way people were shouting at their sets for third numbers must have been ((25+75)-9)x10/5-4=178 (though sadly got out of time).
by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 15th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 38)
Replies: 5
Views: 2072

Re: Spoilers for Friday 15th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 38)

Nice second numbers solve there but slightly easier is (100-8)x75/25-10+50 (though sadly out of time).
Standard method for last numbers: (75-50)x25+100+10.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 36)
Replies: 4
Views: 1987

Re: Spoilers for March 13th 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 36)

1st numbers (100+50-9)x5+1=706 for 1 away
by Tony Atkins
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 7th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 32)
Replies: 5
Views: 1999

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 7th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 32)

Alt 1st numbers knowing 7x8x9=504: (9-2)x(5+3)x9+3=507

Sorry you are out John.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 31)
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Spoilers for Wednesday 6th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 31)

Two new players - one of whom seems to be apterous's Edward Ashcroft playing as John?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)
Replies: 6
Views: 1875

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)

Alt last numbers (9x25+3+7)x4-2=938

Alt last words ELISIONS though LIONISES would be more appropriae for Dinos!
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)
Replies: 6
Views: 1875

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 30)

Alt for R1: TRIGONAL and R3 (7+7+1)x50/6=125
by Tony Atkins
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 4th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 29)
Replies: 5
Views: 1627

Re: Spoilers for Monday 4th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 29)

I was pleased to beat him on coalfield but missed diapering - a few alts about - any beaters?
by Tony Atkins
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 28th February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 27)
Replies: 10
Views: 2575

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 28th February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 27)

Annoyingly I had tetragon and two other words disallowed and missed the 9s, so lost today despite getting the numbers
(first one alt (100+9+1)x(10-6)-10; last one alt 2x75+5x7).
by Tony Atkins
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 6256

COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019

The eighth COREA (Countdown in Reading) is on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 20th April 2019, in Woodley in Reading. Sorry for delay in announcing, but I needed to find a new "Rachel" as Martyn and his family are moving to Swanage. Details at at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea19 We will be raising mo...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 90)
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 90))

Alt 1st numbers: (50+25+5-4+1)x7=539
Alt 4th numbers: (((10x9)+4)x9)-8-5=833

In R 11 of course COUGHS+H=CHOUGHS but I went CHIGOES.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 8846

Re: CO-MSO 2018

The games are now at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso18games.pdf and recaps are
at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso18recaps.pdf - hopefully no typos this year.