COLEI RECAPS

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COLEI RECAPS

Post by Kirk Bevins » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:48 pm

Thought I'd make a thread to put the recaps of the games from COLEI in here.

3rd QF, battle of the series champions.

Countdown recap for Saturday 31 July 2010.

C1: Challenger Ben Wilson.
C2: Challenger Kirk Bevins.
DC: Dictionary Corner.
RR: 'Rachel Riley'
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: T V S Z I A I S G
R02: K M V A O O R I F
R03: R D H O E U T I O
R04: J N S U A E M O M
R05: 3, 5, 8, 1, 7, 9. Target: 958.
R06: W S R I E O L T A
R07: L D P I A I E L H
R08: R T M E A E T S T
R09: P Y B A E A N T G
R10: 8, 6, 10, 10, 6, 4. Target: 320.
R11: F Q L S E O E N I
R12: D N T S A O A O I
R13: W S F L A E I D N
R14: 25, 2, 2, 9, 7, 3. Target: 664.
R15: B L A I R I T E R (conundrum)


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Round 1: T V S Z I A I S G

C1: VISITS (6)
C2: VISTAS (6)
OT: AGISTS (6)
Score: 6–6 (max 6)

A Book of Bevins is awarded for my word.

Round 2: K M V A O O R I F

C1: VROOM (5)
C2: VROOM (5)
DC: OVIFORM (7)
Score: 11–11 (max 13)

Ben's risk of VROOM pays off but DCs excellent OVIFORM wins the day.

Round 3: R D H O E U T I O

C1: OUTRODE (7)
C2: OUTRIDE (7)
OT: HIDEOUT (7)
Score: 18–18 (max 20)

Round 4: J N S U A E M O M

C1: unjams
C2: NOSEMA (6)
OT: JAMUNS (6) OMASUM (6) SUMMAE (6) SUMMON (6)
Score: 18–24 (max 26)

A case of a 'normal' word being disallowed and a ridiculous word being in. Unlucky.

Round 5: 3, 5, 8, 1, 7, 9. Target: 958.

C1: 960. (9x5x3+1)x7+8 (7)
C2: 960. (9-1)x3x5x8 (7)
RR: 958. (9x7x3+1)x5+8 (10)
Score: 25–31 (max 36)

Round 6: W S R I E O L T A

C1: LOITERS (7)
C2: SALTIRE (7)
OT: ISOLATE (7) TOILERS (7) ORALIST (7) TAILORS (7) REALIST (7) RETAILS (7) SALTIER (7) TROWELS (7) WAILERS (7) WAITERS (7) WARIEST (7) WASTREL (7)
Score: 32–38 (max 43)

A plethora of 7s here when it looked likely an 8 was around.

Round 7: L D P I A I E L H

C1: HAILED (6)
C2: HELIPAD (7)
Score: 32–45 (max 50)

I just extend my lead with this darren.

Round 8: R T M E A E T S T

C1: TEAMSTER (8)
C2: METATES (7)
Score: 40–45 (max 58)

But Ben breaks straight back as I declare 7 then "shit, just seen an 8".

Round 9: P Y B A E A N T G

C1: PAGEANT (7)
C2: PAGEANT (7)
OT: ABEYANT (7)
Score: 47–52 (max 65)

Round 10: 8, 6, 10, 10, 6, 4. Target: 320.

C1: 320. 8x4x10 (10)
C2: 320. 8x4x10 (10)
Score: 57–62 (max 75)

A 6 small tactic doesn't pay off as it's pretty straightforward.

Round 11: F Q L S E O E N I

C1: FELONIES (8)
C2: OLEFINES (8)
Score: 65–70 (max 83)

Round 12: D N T S A O A O I

C1: atonias
C2: TANIAS (6)
DC: ODONATA (7)
Score: 65–76 (max 90)

This was a stupid round as we both saw we needed a final E for ODONATES (that's why I fished for it) but then both missed ODONATA. Plonkers.

Round 13: W S F L A E I D N

C1: FINALES (7)
C2: INWALES (7)
OT: DENIALS (7) SWINDLE (7)
Score: 72–83 (max 97)

11 ahead is a nice position to be in so I went 1 large.

Round 14: 25, 2, 2, 9, 7, 3. Target: 664.

C1: 664. 25x3x9-7-2-2 (10)
C2: 664. 25x3x9-7-2-2 (10)
Score: 82–93 (max 107)

Round 15: B L A I R I T E R

C2 buzzes on 2 seconds to say IRRITABLE which is correct.
Final Score: 82–103 (max 117)

A tough quarter final but I had an even tougher semi final coming up.
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Re: COLEI RECAPS

Post by Kirk Bevins » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:03 pm

Countdown recap for Saturday 31 July 2010.

Semi Final #1.

C1: Champion Dinos Sfyris (1 win.)
C2: Champion Kirk Bevins (1 win.)
DC: Dictionary Corner
RR: 'Rachel Riley'
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: K R F I O E R S W
R02: N D R A E I R G M
R03: T E T S U R U T E
R04: G T P E A O Y A B
R05: 25, 4, 2, 7, 3, 2. Target: 901.
R06: N F L U E E N S D
R07: Q S E U F E S L T
R08: L B D E O I P O C
R09: G X C O E R O B N
R10: 6, 8, 10, 5, 6, 4. Target: 364.
R11: W D R I U O P E P
R12: H L D A U I T I E
R13: S R N A E E C T A
R14: 5, 6, 4, 10, 8, 6, . Target: 820.
R15: L I E D T O E A T (conundrum)


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Round 1: K R F I O E R S W

C1: FIREWORKS (18)
C2: FIREWORKS (18)
Score: 18–18 (max 18)

An excellent start - fireworks one might say - as an unlikely 9 rears its head.

Round 2: N D R A E I R G M

C1: DREAMING (8)
C2: MARGINED (8)
OT: REARMING (8)
Score: 26–26 (max 26)

Round 3: T E T S U R U T E

C1: STUTTER (7)
C2: tutters
OT: TETTERS (7) TRUSTEE (7)
Score: 33–26 (max 33)

I go behind for the first time in the day. Annoyingly I was toying with tutters or TETTERS, the latter being valid and I didn't spot the put the 's' of tutters on the beginning for Dinos' valid word. D'oh.

Round 4: G T P E A O Y A B

C1: PAGEBOY (7)
C2: PAGEBOY (7)
Score: 40–33 (max 40)

Round 5: 25, 4, 2, 7, 3, 2. Target: 901.

C1: 901. (7+2)x4x25+3-2 (10)
C2: 901. (7+2)x4x25+3-2 (10)
Score: 50–43 (max 50)

Round 6: N F L U E E N S D

C1: FUNNELS (7)
C2: FUNNELS (7)
OT: FLENSED (7) NEEDFUL (7)
Score: 57–50 (max 57)

Round 7: Q S E U F E S L T

C1: FLEETS (6)
C2: SEQUELS (7)
OT: FETUSES (7)
Score: 57–57 (max 64)

I break back and it's a level playing field again.

Round 8: L B D E O I P O C

C1: POLICED (7)
C2: POLICED (7)
OT: BLOOPED (7)
Score: 64–64 (max 71)

Round 9: G X C O E R O B N

C1: BOOGER (6)
C2: GOOBER (6)
OT: BRONCO (6) CONGER (6) NOCEBO (6) ORGONE (6) OROGEN (6)
Score: 70–70 (max 77)

Round 10: 6, 8, 10, 5, 6, 4. Target: 364.

C1: 364. (10x8+6+5)x4 (10)
C2: 364. (10x8+6+5)x4 (10)
Score: 80–80 (max 87)

The 6 small tactic doesn't pay off once again but we opt for a slightly nicer way of solving it.

Round 11: W D R I U O P E P

C1: POWDER (6)
C2: POWDER (6)
OT: DIPPER (6) RIPPED (6) DOPIER (6) PERIOD (6) DOPPIE (6) POURED (6) ROUPED (6) WEIRDO (6)
Score: 86–86 (max 93)

Round 12: H L D A U I T I E

C1: HAILED (6)
C2: DILATE (6)
OT: AUDILE (6) DETAIL (6) TAILED (6) DILUTE (6) HALIDE (6) HALITE (6) HALTED (6) LATHED (6) HAULED (6) HILTED (6) LITHIA (6)
Score: 92–92 (max 99)

Flat.

Round 13: S R N A E E C T A

C1: SARCENET (8)
C2: SARCENET (8)
OT: ARSENATE (8) SERENATA (8) CATERANS (8)
Score: 100–100 (max 107)

It's 100 a piece as we go into the final numbers. It will be a crucial conundrum whatever happens now and it reminds me of my proper semi final against Neil Zussman. Composure needed.

Round 14: 5, 6, 4, 10, 8, 6. Target: 820.

C1: 000.
C2: 820. ((6+5)x8-6)x10 (10)
Score: 100–110 (max 117)

Dinos blanks and I manage to spot 820.

Round 15: L I E D T O E A T

C2 buzzes on 1 second to say ETIOLATED which is correct.
Final Score: 100–120 (max 127)

I buzz instantly to say ETIOLATED, a word I learnt from Innis Carson recently (thanks Innis) and come through a superb semi final with a 14 max game. Had I have gone for TETTERS in round 2, or seen to shift the 's' for STUTTER I think this would have been the first perfect game in 15 round CO-event history. Oh well. I was through to the final and pleased.

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Re: COLEI RECAPS

Post by JackHurst » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:31 pm

Hope Dinos doesn't post a recap of our game, i'll be horrified by how many maxes i got.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:53 pm

So, here we are, the COLEI Summer Special final!


Countdown recap for Saturday 31 July 2010.

C1: Champion Kirk Bevins (2 wins.)
C2: Champion Richard Priest (2 wins.)
DC: Dictionary Corner.
RR: 'Rachel Riley'.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: H C L O U A T R T
R02: S R S A E A R F A
R03: H F N E O O D O N
R04: G D G I E O S I A
R05: 9, 1, 8, 1, 10, 5. Target: 189.
R06: C T S I A I W R A
R07: Z N P U A E R I Y
R08: D S M O E E R L E
R09: T N G I E I D I P
R10: 25, 9, 7, 5, 2, 3. Target: 375.
R11: L T T U A U L N E
R12: S X G A O I N T B
R13: R J N E I I L W C
R14: 50, 7, 8, 5, 2, 4. Target: 727.
R15: P C W H I S K E R (conundrum)


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Round 1: H C L O U A T R T

C1: CUATRO (6)
C2: OUTACT (6)
OT: AUTHOR (6) CHALOT (6) CHORAL (6) COTTAR (6) CROTAL (6) TURACO (6) CURTAL (6) HARLOT (6) OCULAR (6) RUCOLA (6) THROAT (6) TORULA (6)
Score: 6–6 (max 6)

A flat opener but some lovely 6s in there.

Round 2: S R S A E A R F A

C1: AFARAS (6)
C2: SEARS (5)
OT: ARRASES (7)
Score: 12–6 (max 13)

I extend my lead early on and Jack Hurst comes up with ARRASES.

Round 3: H F N E O O D O N

C1: FOEHN (5)
C2: HOONED (6)
OT: HOOFED (6)
Score: 12–12 (max 19)

Ouch. A simple miss (and I didn't risk HOONED) and it's back level.

Round 4: G D G I E O S I A

C1: DOGGIES (7)
C2: DOGGIES (7)
Score: 19–19 (max 26)

Round 5: 9, 1, 8, 1, 10, 5. Target: 189.

C1: 189. (10+8+5-1-1)x9 (10)
C2: 189. (10+8+5-1-1)x9 (10)
Score: 29–29 (max 36)

Round 6: C T S I A I W R A

C1: CARITAS (7)
C2: AWAITS (6)
OT: WISTARIA (8)
Score: 36–29 (max 44)

Another obscure word pushes me into the lead.

Round 7: Z N P U A E R I Y

C1: RAPINE (6)
C2: PUNIER (6)
OT: NAPERY (6) PANZER (6) PENURY (6) PINERY (6) PURINE (6) UNRIPE (6) PYURIA (6) ZANIER (6)
Score: 42–35 (max 50)

Round 8: D S M O E E R L E

C1: REMODELS (8)
C2: REMODELS (8)
Score: 50–43 (max 58)

Round 9: T N G I E I D I P

C1: IGNITED (7)
C2: EDITING (7)
OT: DIETING (7)
Score: 57–50 (max 65)

Round 10: 25, 9, 7, 5, 2, 3. Target: 375.

C1: 375. 25x3x5 (10)
C2: 375. 25x3x5 (10)
Score: 67–60 (max 75)

Crappy numbers means Richard is within touching distance still - I can't shake him off.

Round 11: L T T U A U L N E

C1: ULULATE (7)
C2: LUNULAE (7)
OT: LUNULATE (8)
Score: 74–67 (max 83)

I declare first and I had ULULATE and LUNULATE which I was only 90% sure of. I gambled on Richard not having a 7 so I went for the safe 7 hoping to build a bigger lead but he also had a 7. D'oh. The 8 was indeed valid and would have put me 15 ahead.

Round 12: S X G A O I N T B

C1: BOASTING (8)
C2: BOASTING (8)
Score: 82–75 (max 91)

Round 13: R J N E I I L W C

C1: LINIER (6)
C2: WINCER (6)
OT: INLIER (6) IRENIC (6) WILIER (6) WINIER (6)
Score: 88–81 (max 97)

Round 14: 50, 7, 8, 5, 2, 4. Target: 727.

C1: 727. (50x2+5)x7-8 (10)
C2: 727. 50x2x7+8x4-5 (10)
Score: 98–91 (max 107)

A relatively straightforward numbers game and it means the final of COLEI will be decided by a crucial conundrum. How many crucials have I had to win CO-event titles? Countless. Surely my experience in this situation would pull me through?

Round 15: P C W H I S K E R

C2 buzzes on 11 seconds to say SHIPWRECK which is correct.
Final Score: 98–101 (max 117)

It didn't. Rich spots SHIPWRECK on 11 seconds to go ahead for the first time in the match and win the game. Rich is absolutely over the moon and I feel like I've been kicked in the teeth. A great game but the opportunities were there for the win, e.g. HOONED/HOOFED and LUNULATE in particular. Richard wins his first CO-event and maybe the first of many to come. Well played mate.

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Re: COLEI RECAPS

Post by Jon O'Neill » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:19 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:Round 11: L T T U A U L N E

C1: ULULATE (7)
C2: LUNULAE (7)
OT: LUNULATE (8)
Score: 74–67 (max 83)

I declare first and I had ULULATE and LUNULATE which I was only 90% sure of. I figured Richard wouldn't have a 7 so I went for the safe 7 hoping to build a bigger lead but he also had a 7. D'oh. The 8 was indeed valid and would have put me 15 ahead.
Interesting tactical situation here. How sure do you have to be that Richard won't have a 7 for this to be the right decision? I think we can assume that if it sticks you win, but if it doesn't you still have about a 50/50 chance of winning, perhaps better. Any probabilistically-minded people out there able to help calculate this?

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Re: COLEI RECAPS

Post by Kirk Bevins » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:31 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:Round 11: L T T U A U L N E

C1: ULULATE (7)
C2: LUNULAE (7)
OT: LUNULATE (8)
Score: 74–67 (max 83)

I declare first and I had ULULATE and LUNULATE which I was only 90% sure of. I figured Richard wouldn't have a 7 so I went for the safe 7 hoping to build a bigger lead but he also had a 7. D'oh. The 8 was indeed valid and would have put me 15 ahead.
Interesting tactical situation here. How sure do you have to be that Richard won't have a 7 for this to be the right decision? I think we can assume that if it sticks you win, but if it doesn't you still have about a 50/50 chance of winning, perhaps better. Any probabilistically-minded people out there able to help calculate this?
I had obviously seen ULULATE and LUNULAE and I was hoping Rich either didn't know them or hadn't spotted them as two Us are rare. Sadly, my gamble didn't pay off. Probabilities for this are likely to be hard to calculate as the words will obviously vary. Had I had access to lexplorer in my memory and I could check to see whether ULULATE/LUNULAE had ever been offered by him then that would have helped my decision.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:34 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:Round 11: L T T U A U L N E

C1: ULULATE (7)
C2: LUNULAE (7)
OT: LUNULATE (8)
Score: 74–67 (max 83)

I declare first and I had ULULATE and LUNULATE which I was only 90% sure of. I figured Richard wouldn't have a 7 so I went for the safe 7 hoping to build a bigger lead but he also had a 7. D'oh. The 8 was indeed valid and would have put me 15 ahead.
Interesting tactical situation here. How sure do you have to be that Richard won't have a 7 for this to be the right decision? I think we can assume that if it sticks you win, but if it doesn't you still have about a 50/50 chance of winning, perhaps better. Any probabilistically-minded people out there able to help calculate this?
I had obviously seen ULULATE and LUNULAE and I was hoping Rich either didn't know them or hadn't spotted them as two Us are rare. Sadly, my gamble didn't pay off. Probabilities for this are likely to be hard to calculate as the words will obviously vary. Had I had access to lexplorer in my memory and I could check to see whether ULULATE/LUNULAE had ever been offered by him then that would have helped my decision.
Sure but just as you can say you're 90% sure of a word, you can say there is some value for how likely you believe Richard is to know and spot one of those 7s, x%, below which you should stick with a 100% 7 and above which you should risk the 90% 8. I think you'd have to be very sure he wouldn't get a 7 for your strategy to be the winningest.

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Re: COLEI RECAPS

Post by Matthew Tassier » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:15 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote: I had obviously seen ULULATE and LUNULAE and I was hoping Rich either didn't know them or hadn't spotted them as two Us are rare. Sadly, my gamble didn't pay off. Probabilities for this are likely to be hard to calculate as the words will obviously vary. Had I had access to lexplorer in my memory and I could check to see whether ULULATE/LUNULAE had ever been offered by him then that would have helped my decision.
Sure but just as you can say you're 90% sure of a word, you can say there is some value for how likely you believe Richard is to know and spot one of those 7s, x%, below which you should stick with a 100% 7 and above which you should risk the 90% 8. I think you'd have to be very sure he wouldn't get a 7 for your strategy to be the winningest.
At the risk of treading on Dmitri's toes, if Kirk is 90% sure of the 8 and is sure that Rich will declare either a 6 or a 7 then we need to assign probabilities of Kirk winning to each situation after round 11.

Kirk's lead after round 11, % chance Kirk wins.
15 , 95%
14 , 95%
7 , 80%
1 , 70%
0 , 60%
(Feel free to supply more realistic probabilities if these seem unfair)

Using these figures you can calculate that Kirk should declare the 8 if there is >=18% chance of Rich having the 7.

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Re: COLEI RECAPS

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:12 pm

Dimitri, your moment has come!
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Post by Jeff Clayton » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:09 pm

That reminds me. Do you lot still want the recaps of the other four games?

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Post by Matt Bayfield » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:14 pm

I'd quite like to see them again, if you've got them available Jeff.

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Post by JackHurst » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:08 am

Jeff Clayton wrote:That reminds me. Do you lot still want the recaps of the other four games?
Please don't post one of mine.

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Post by Jeff Clayton » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:25 pm

Do you want to be known as Rachel or Carol on the recaps?

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Post by Matt Bayfield » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:19 pm

For the game when I was dishing out the letters/numbers, I'm happy to be referred to in recaps as Rachel. On the basis you'd struggle to find anyone who looked less like me... ;-)

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Post by Jeff Clayton » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:57 pm

All matches have now been recapped and full details can be found in the CoLei summer special thread.

Thanks and enjoy.
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Re: COLEI RECAPS

Post by Matt Bayfield » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:49 pm

Nice one Jeff - I enjoyed looking back at all of those... even if neither of us particularly covered ourselves in glory with our dCedL performances!

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