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by Tony Atkins
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 18 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 731

Re: COREA 18 Recaps

Countdown recap for COREA Round 1 Saturday 31 March 2018. C1: Zubair Patel C2: Jonathan De Souza Hosts: Tony Atkins and Martyn Neads DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words SN: Sample number solutions R01: V R C E E I S L D R02: N A I O V T L O S R03: 25, 50, 75, 100, 6, 4. Target: 299. R04: M D J I I E...
by Tony Atkins
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 18 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 731

COREA 18 Recaps

Results at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea18/results.html Countdown recap for COREA Final Saturday 31 March 2018. C1: Tom Cappleman (4 wins, 521 points) C2: Graeme Cole (4 wins, 501 points) Hosts: Tony Atkins and Martyn Neads DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words or solutions. R01: T F N S I I E L L R02...
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 57)
Replies: 13
Views: 703

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 57)

I was doing alright until I risked "unstaked" in R10, but got the conundrum quickly which surely isn't that hard?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 26th March 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Spoilers for Monday 26th March 2018

Peter Mabey wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:49 pm
(100+7)x50x9/75+25 = 667 :)
The computer tells me you can also make 700 and then do 66/2 to make the 33 to take away.
Obvious once you know how...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018

Ryan Lam wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:14 pm
Alternative for R14: (75 - (8 + 8+ 6)) x 10
several alts there, for instance:

6x75 + 8x10
6x8x10 + 50
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 51)
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 51)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:35 pm
STUDIABLE for 9 in round 7.
Had a flashback to my third show when my BESTIAL was beaten by SUITABLE. STUDIABLE wasn't valid then of course.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 12th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 45)
Replies: 10
Views: 1443

Re: Spoilers for Monday 12th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 45)

I bet Zarte was annoyed by missing that numbers game - 837 was possible (25-(2x7))x75+2x6 - but I got the 836
without factoring in the 2 times: (2x6x75)-((25+7)x2)

The 7 points would have equalled Dylan's 974 run and the 10 beaten it (who of course beat Zarte last time round).
by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 9th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 44)
Replies: 17
Views: 1147

Re: Spoilers for Friday 9th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 44)

Was pleased to get an equaller in PINNULE in R1, but it all went down hill after that.

Shame it was such a low max game - the 1000 score seems too far away now.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 43)
Replies: 12
Views: 1167

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 43)

I'm starting to think there should be a special, hidden panel on the letters board for people who blatantly ask Rachel for "continents". And just once, she should reach into that panel and put up a tile with a map of Antarctica on it. I keep thinking that for COREA this year that as well as contine...
by Tony Atkins
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday, February 26, 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 913

Re: Spoilers for Monday, February 26, 2018

I went BURETTE in the ABETTER/ABUTTER round.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday, February 26, 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 913

Re: Spoilers for Monday, February 26, 2018

or (10x25)-75+100-4 or (10x10)+100+75-4 by the standard method.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 21st February 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: Spoilers for 21st February 2018

Well done Philip! - glad I trained you well with the standard method on the T-for-Tony round.
Did beat me today - though I did make 728 a different way from Rachel: ((5+9)x2+1)+25+3
by Tony Atkins
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 30)
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Spoilers for Monday 19th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 30)

Becky did well again.

Alt 1st numbers ((75+3)x2-25+1)x5

Alt 3rd numbers (100+50/2-2)x(9-3)
by Tony Atkins
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th February 2018.
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th February 2018.

Alt 2nd numbers ("standard method"): (100+25)x7-(9x(6+2))
by Tony Atkins
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 18)
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 18)

Alt first numbers (by the standard method) (100+25)x7-(8x(7-5))
by Tony Atkins
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 18)
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 18)

In the NEGATIVE+P round didn't Suzannah say "I got PAGEANT"?

Yet another alt for 2nd nos (25+3)x(10+8+4/4)
by Tony Atkins
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA18 - Saturday 31st March 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 4264

COREA18 - Saturday 31st March 2018

The seventh COREA (Countdown in Reading) is on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 31st March 2018, in Woodley in Reading. Details at at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea18 We will be raising money for the Christian Blind Mission. We have decided it will still not be part of FOCAL. =========================...
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

Re: CO-MSO

The typos were in Game 2 Round 14 numbers, Game 3 Round 9 target, game 5 round 2 letters and final R7 letters - sorry!
The corrected games are now at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso17games.pdf and recaps are
at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso17recaps.pdf
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

Re: CO-MSO

That conundrum scramble must have been METALATES, not METALITES as currently recapped, to maintain the theme running through the solutions? Typo now corrected - I can't be sure there aren't others as I haven't checked it yet. Conundrum in R2 was an emergency one as the cover fell off the answer to ...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

Re: CO-MSO

Results table at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/MSO17.pdf

In the third-fourth play-off Jonathan beat Tim 92-82

In the final Ann beat Tom by getting the conundrum - 113-110

The games are at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/mso17games.pdf - answers later!
by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

Re: CO-MSO

Congrats to Ann Dibben for winning Gold by beating Tom Cappleman in the final.
Bronze went to Jonathan DeSouza.

Full results and rescaps shortly.
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 24 August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 38)
Replies: 7
Views: 1403

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 24 August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 38)

Anyone get the first numbers?

I guess Martin was trying to say 66x4-2 was a quicker way to 262, though I did (100+4)x(75/25)-50.
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 24 August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 38)
Replies: 7
Views: 1403

Spoilers for Thursday 24 August 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 38)

Phew - at least I can claim still to be the second best contestant from Earley...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1561

Re: Spoilers for Thursday, 3rd August 2017

Like the players, I missed that 6/(9-6) is 2 to add to the 280 and did (5x8-(6/6))x7+9
by Tony Atkins
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

Re: CO-MSO

Adam Gillard wrote:
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:09 am
On the website it says there's £100,000 in prize money. Is any of this available in the Countdown event?
Sadly it seems the best one can hope for is a very small pocket dictionary...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)
Replies: 21
Views: 2120

Spoilers for Thursday 27 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 186)

Pleased to not only beat John today but also beat Rachel on the third numbers.

Also did the first numbers the easy way of 69x10-1.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 16)
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Spoilers for Tuesday 25 July 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 16)

Not sure why John keeps for 6 small as he seems so bad at it? Maybe he thinks if he doesn't
get it then neither will his opo so nothing lost?

eg 1 away fairly easy on the 1st one today (6+7)x4x10
by Tony Atkins
Thu May 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 11 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 87)
Replies: 5
Views: 1313

Spoilers for Thursday 11 May 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 87)

Cracking game from Stephen there - shame about in R13 missing all those 7s (though DC only got 1) - was hoping he
was going to max the game.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th April 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th April 2017

Alt first numbers (100+9)x(8-50/25)
Alt 3rd numbers (100-3)x75/25+50+2
Alt last numbers ((6+1)x25+2+9)x5
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th April 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Spoilers for Tuesday 25th April 2017

RECOALING was the 5th condrum at COREA recently - a beater in round 1 today.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 6038

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

Countdown recap for COREA Round 1 Saturday 15 April 2017. C1: Peter Clarke C2: Graeme Cole Hosts: Tony Atkins and Martyn Neads DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words SN: Sample number solutions R01: A A O F H L R S U R02: R L V E E E G M T R03: 5, 3, 7, 4, 1, 8. Target: 450. R04: M L P U E O R A M R05:...
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

Lucky that "unwashing" was invalid as if he had gone for it, and it was valid, he would have scored 0 for using the N twice.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Spoilers for Monday 17th April 2017

Alt to Jay's solve on 3rd numbers - (10+3)x10-8
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Bank Holiday Monday May 5th 2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2126

Re: Spoilers For Bank Holiday Monday May 5th 2014

Tony Atkins wrote:
Mon May 05, 2014 2:26 pm
What a cracking game! Certainly better than the game on 5th May three years ago.
As Sean is still around on the Countdown scene and has asked me which game I was referring to -
it was my first game which started off close but ended a bit one sided.
by Tony Atkins
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 6038

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

Results up at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea17/results.html Countdown in Reading Final Recap - Saturday 15 April 2017 C1: Rob Foster (5 wins, 528 points) C2: Graeme Cole (4 wins, 495 points) Hosts: Tony Atkins and Martyn Neads DC: Hannah McIntosh OT: Other words or solutions. R01: Q M G S E E A V O ...
by Tony Atkins
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 6038

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

Congrats to Rob Foster who beat Graeme Cole 67-99 in an exciting final where a 17 point lead turned into a 32 points loss.
Full recaps and results later in the weekend. Thanks to the the 17 players we raised over £185 for the charity.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th April 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 895

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th April 2017

A few other beaters about too today.

Alt way to 884 (std method) (100+75)x5+9
by Tony Atkins
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 10 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 65)
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Spoilers for Monday 10 April 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 65)

There have been 9 Q contestants before - none of whom won a game: 3 Quinn (Kevin, Marie, Michael), 3 Quirk (Phil, Don,
Raymond), Chris Quartemaine, Kenneth Quarshie and Belinda Quffa. Much rarer is first name Q - only one and they
didn't win either (Quin Collier in S39).
by Tony Atkins
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd April 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1058

Spoilers for Monday 3rd April 2017

Well done to Jeff!

HALMA as one of several 5 alts to ADULT for the games fans.

Glad Rachel got the standard method to 981.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29 March 2017

Alt 3rd numbers (for those who don't like the standard method): (100+6)x8+75-50

Alt to CRUDITES in CURTSIED
by Tony Atkins
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Spoilers for Wednesday 29 March 2017

Jeff's fifth game.

Alt 1st numbers (7x6+4)x10-5+3
by Tony Atkins
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28 March 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1807

Spoilers for Tuesday 28 March 2017

A few beaters about today and a very high possible max score.

ADJIGOS was my beater in the GOATS round.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24 March 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: Spoilers for Friday 24 March 2017

Jeff has now won the same number of games as he did in series 51; I would hope he can go all the way this time.
by Tony Atkins
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 876

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017

At least 3 beaters about today but not seen by me sadly.

Nice standard method solve in 2nd numbers, but if you want an Extended Standard Method solve: (6x50)+((5+(75/25))x9)=372
by Tony Atkins
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 876

Spoilers for Thursday 23 March 2017

If you want to see Jeff Clayton in action in the flesh then come to COREA on 15th April or the one he is hosting in
Bournemouth later on.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1222

Spoilers for Friday 17 March 2017

It might be St Patrick's day but sadly the luck wasn't with Natasha as she battled Lawrie today. Maybe her decision to pick 5 vowels was not a good one, though some rounds good words would have been available if the right 5th vowel came out. Beat Rachel to the last numbers by (50+(100/(75-25)))x5+9 ...
by Tony Atkins
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Second numbers game alt: (5x8+7)x(10+10)-2 = 938
by Tony Atkins
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 6038

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

Sorry Zarte, did not mean to cause the focal team more work or worry - we will stay out this year.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 23 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 10)
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Spoilers for Monday 23 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 10)

A few beaters about today. I got MORULAE to beat lummox, and TAIKOS to beat iotas.
by Tony Atkins
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 6038

COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

The sixth COREA (Countdown in Reading) is on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 15th April 2017, in Woodley in Reading.

Details at at http://www.kisekigo.com/corea17

We will be raising money for the Alzheimer's Research UK.

We have decided it will not be part of FOCAL just yet.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

Re: CO-MSO

Now definite - see updated first posting.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)
Replies: 11
Views: 1156

Re: Spoilers for Friday 23rd December 2016 (Grand Final)

Well done to Martin and unlucky to Andrew who would have been okay a few dictionaries ago with airdate.

At least one beater around today (R7), but I only managed URNFIELD as an alt in R1.

Alt second numbers (9x75)+100 + (3x6) +4
Alt last numbers (via the standard method) (75-50)x25 +100 -4+3
by Tony Atkins
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

Re: Possible CO-MSO

Thanks to Heather for offering to help and the MSO team (nothing to do with MSI), we have a provisional date of the bank holiday Monday 28th August 2017. It will run from 10:15 to 18:00 with a lunch break, but as it their last day the medals will be in the closing ceremony which usually ends about 1...
by Tony Atkins
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st December 2016 (1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st December 2016 (1st Semi-Final)

Had Rachel been on the sherry at lunch time? As well as the 80-800 incident and not being able to keep up, she allowed Martin to use a 7 that wasn't in the selection (he had to use 9-2 to make it).
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 6473

CO-MSO

There will be a Countdown event at the 2017 Mind Sports Olympiad. For details of all events at MSO see http://www.msoworld.com/events/ This is held in London at the end of August and there is a slot on the Bank Holiday Monday for a Countdown event. Top three places will get the gold/silver/bronze me...