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by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 4987

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: 4987

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: 4987

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: 4987

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: 855

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: 855

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: 1211

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: 4987

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: 1663

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: 793

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: 1167

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: 1338

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: 1338

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: 4403

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: 1398

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: 1398

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: 1948

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: 4403

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: 4403

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: 824

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: 1023

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: 964

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: 903

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: 903

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: 1539

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: 1083

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: 818

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: 818

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: 1082

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: 672

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: 4403

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: 383

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: 4403

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: 4987

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: 941

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: 4987

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: 463

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: 4987

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...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)

A few beaters around today but the only one I got was HEDARIM in the harmed/milder round
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8 December 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 99)

Second numbers but well out of time ((25x10)-(8x8))x4-1
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016

First day of Advent. Time to open your calendars. And play Countdown! (And post your spoilers here) That's almost as bad as calling the day before Easter Day "Easter Saturday". Of course it is the fifth day of Advent and the first day of December. I guess they start calendars on the first of Decemb...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st December 2016

The first game with 8 letter teaser was on 8th December 2003 (FATNURSE=AFTERSUN), so we have had 8s for 13 years.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:Also out of time (and also not the standard method) ((50+8)x3-7)x5+3
No 8, sorry...
Damn transcribed it wrong when I turned my paper over for more space.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 537

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Beaters available in first two rounds and the pergola round I think.

Alt first numbers (10+4)x25+8=358 and 2nd numbers (9-1-1)x75+(6x8)=573 and 3rd numbers (75-5) x (8-2) +4=424
by Tony Atkins
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Also out of time (and also not the standard method) ((50+8)x3-7)x5+3

And why didn't they see GOATISH in the GOATS and AGOUTIS round?

Also at least one beater available?
by Tony Atkins
Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th October 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th October 2016

My stomach told me it was Countdown time at 14:10, but my brain forgot the change and I didn't sit down until 15:10, by
which time luckily they had uploaded the episode.

Nice that all the targets were multiples of 12 today - 77x12 was the neat way to get to 924 after the 73x12 round.
by Tony Atkins
Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th October 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th October 2016

OBLIGES alt in R1
MANTUAS alt in R2
and what was wrong with (5+2)=7 in the first numbers?
by Tony Atkins
Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 4th October 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 4 October 2016

Alt last numbers: (75+8-6)x(10+3)-4
by Tony Atkins
Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 4th October 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 4 October 2016

RUINOUS as a better alt to QUINOAS in R2.

NEARSIDE alt to BRANDIES in R5.

TETRODES alt to ROSETTED in R11.

LOONIEST and PELOTONS to LOOPIEST and POLONIES in R13.
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 29th September
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 29th September

Of course the players would have had it flip over - our bit of the screen is added in post-production usually - you
will have probably seen then filming the conundrum reveal again after the show.

However maybe it was to go with the very easy numbers rounds?
by Tony Atkins
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016

Indeed great run, Martin!
by Tony Atkins
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Spoilers For Monday September 5th 2016

Alt 2nd numbers (25-7)x(50+9-8)-4
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

The awoid to avoid passing paper in 3rd nos: (7-4)x(10+1)x6
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

The easier way to 909: ((6x50)+5)x(4-1)-6
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

RUBATOS as alt to SAUTOIR and ROBUSTA, but I suspect a beater available in R1?
by Tony Atkins
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Spoilers for Friday 2 September 2016

Martin's 7th game...
by Tony Atkins
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1 September 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Spoilers for Thursday 1 September 2016

Martin's 6th show:

Alt 2nd nos (7+8+1)x(50+4)-7
by Tony Atkins
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 765

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 31 August 2016

864 is the best on the last numbers, but strangely I too used an extra 2 to clam 900.