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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: 914

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: 5100

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.
by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)
Replies: 8
Views: 1096

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)

What? Tony from Reading's on, and it's not me... and he beat my top score :(
by Tony Atkins
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 5100

Re: CO-MSO 2018

Slightly controversial, because Paul Erdunast originally finished in second place, but was promoted to first after the winner was found to have a fork in his possession. Particularly controversial as forks weren't explicitly listed on the banned list. Even worse two players managed to smuggle sandw...
by Tony Atkins
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 5100

Re: CO-MSO 2018

Congrats to Paul Erdunast who won the final 105-101 vs James Robinson, having won 5 heats with 613 pts (James won 4 with 534). Jonathan De Souza won the third place by beating Tim Hebbes 103-93 on a crucial conundrum (3 wins 498 - 3 wins 491). Results table at http://www.kisekigo.com/cd/MSO18.pdf Ga...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)
Replies: 15
Views: 2073

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)

I foolishly went for expiral (x) in round 10.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)

If the contestants only multiply by 7 once: (100-10)x7+5+2/2=636
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)

Tom S wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:36 pm
Thought the 926 sum was very tricky, personally couldn't even find a way to get 1 away....
((5x25)+7)x7+8/8=925
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)
Replies: 11
Views: 1149

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)

What about this TOWAGES contoversy? Has the ODO been updated recently to make it invalid or is it
another of Ms Dent's whims?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 20th August 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 571

Re: Spoilers for 20th August 2018

Alt in the last numbers ((9x9x2)-4)x5 -6
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 5100

Re: CO-MSO 2018

As of yesterday 11 signed up - hopefully we will get to 16 like last year - not too late to enter!
by Tony Atkins
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 37)
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 16th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 37)

Mark Kudlowski wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:53 pm
4th numbers alt:

((9 x 6) + 6 + 2) x (10 + 5)
I made 93 and timed it by 10.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 15th August 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1309

Re: Spoilers for 15th August 2018

Why does the wiki show "* *" for MARLIER - that was said so should have no "*"?
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 15th August 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1309

Re: Spoilers for 15th August 2018

In third numbers, having made 125 the 22 was 6x5-8 of course. My way was make 49 and 3 and multiply.

Fourth numbers alt ((8x9)+1)x3+7-6
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 15th August 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1309

Re: Spoilers for 15th August 2018

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:19 pm
I can't make out what word Leonora said in Round 11 (PANTIES round). Is it PAINS? PAVES? It sounds like it contains a D sound. There are magically no subtitles available for this episode either.
I wrote it down as PAVES.
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 8013

Re: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018

There are no engineering works planned for Saturday and I can avoid any strike problems on South Western Railway
(not that trains to Bournemouth would not be running) by using Cross Country so I can be there!
by Tony Atkins
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 14th August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: Spoilers for 14th August 2018

My solution for first numbers was (((25-1)/8)x75+1)x4 then I saw the obvious way.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 8013

Re: Countdown Bournemouth - CO:BO Saturday 18th August 2018

Sean Fletcher wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:13 pm
Due to a change in circumstances there has been a change in venue. The event will now be taking place at The Royal Bath Hotel, which is a 10 minute walk from the original venue.
With the change of venue shouldn't the player nicknames now be royalty and not celebrities?
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)
Replies: 14
Views: 2218

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)

Vince Fernando wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:27 am
What is meant by the "standard method"? Is there a "standard" algorithm to solve the number problem?
Only for 3 large - See http://wiki.apterous.org/Standard_Method
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 10th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 33)
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

Re: Spoilers for Friday 10th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 33)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:22 pm
1st Numbers Alt.: (75 + 25 + 10) * 8 + 2
or (8+3)x(75+2)+25+10
by Tony Atkins
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)
Replies: 14
Views: 2218

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 28)

2nd numbers - 1 away (933) by the standard method, but out of time (100-6)x(8+50/25)-8=932.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 5100

CO-MSO 2018

Like 2017, there will be a Countdown event at the 2018 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 get the gol...
by Tony Atkins
Fri May 04, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 4th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 83)
Replies: 14
Views: 2520

Re: Spoilers for Friday 4th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 83)

Ryan Lam wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 2:00 pm
Alternative for R9 if you want to use all the Numbers: ((8 + 6) x 25) + (5 x 2) + 3
Or for people, like Go players. for whom 19x19 has a special meaning: (25-6)x((3x8)-5)+2
by Tony Atkins
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 18 Recaps
Replies: 1
Views: 1857

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: 1857

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: 1516

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: 2367

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: 1921

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: 1461

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: 2172

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: 2740

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: 2099

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: 1616

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: 1616

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: 1050

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: 916

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: 1639

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: 1346

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: 1346

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: 6956

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 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 9739

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 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 9739

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 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 9739

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 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 9739

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: 2024

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: 2024

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: 2410

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 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 9739

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: 3436

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: 1424

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: 1747

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: 1869

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: 1869

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: 9761

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: 2299

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.