Tuesday 2nd January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 1)

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Tuesday 2nd January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 1)

Post by Sean Fletcher » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:41 am

Countdown recap for Tuesday 2 January 2018.

C1: Champion Roger Springthorpe (1 win, 77 points.) An HGV driver from Coalville.
C2: Challenger Jacob Coventry-Peters. A politics student from Newcastle with a passion for languages.
DC: Susie Dent and Richard Arnold.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: R T X I T O M K U
R02: R L B E I O N T E
R03: 9, 7, 5, 2, 50, 100. Target: 785.
TTT: CARTOOTED - "It sounds like the medical expert had food, to a certain degree."
R04: C H W I E I T C S
R05: B S L O U P T E N
R06: 9, 8, 1, 3, 4, 25. Target: 144.
R07: R D H I E M N A D
R08: Q N T Y I E A R I
R09: 5, 10, 6, 2, 100, 75. Target: 238.
TTT: ACTSPHONY - "He acts like a phony to the people he wants to curry favour with."
R10: S L P E I E S Z R
R11: S T R A E D A R F
R12: S G L O E I T P O
R13: S M I S G A U O V
R14: 1, 2, 9, 8, 7, 25. Target: 549.
R15: P R I M E H A N G (conundrum)


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Round 1: R T X I T O M K U

Roger: RIOT (4)
Jacob: tumor
DC: TROUT (5)
OT: MITOUT (6) MORUTI (6) MOTRIX (6) RUTTOK (6)
Score: 4–0 (max 6)

Round 2: R L B E I O N T E

Roger: intone
Jacob: BOILER (6)
DC: BELTER (6) BORNITE (7)
OT: NOBLEITE (8)
Score: 4–6 (max 14)

Round 3: 9, 7, 5, 2, 50, 100. Target: 785.

Roger: 785. (100+5)*7+50 (10)
Jacob: -
Score: 14–6 (max 24)

Teatime teaser: CARTOOTED -> DOCTORATE

Round 4: C H W I E I T C S

Roger: WHITES (6)
Jacob: WITCHES (7)
DC: HECTICS (7)
OT: CHICEST (7) CICHETI (7) CWTCHES (7) WHITIES (7) WITHIES (7)
Score: 14–13 (max 31)

Round 5: B S L O U P T E N

Roger: BLOUSE (6)
Jacob: POUTS (5)
DC: SUBPLOT (7)
OT: PLEUSTON (8)
Score: 20–13 (max 39)

Round 6: 9, 8, 1, 3, 4, 25. Target: 144.

Roger: 146.
Jacob: 144. (25+8+3)*4 (10)
Score: 20–23 (max 49)

Richard talks about when he played nosy Smurf.

Round 7: R D H I E M N A D

Roger: hardens
Jacob: HANDIER (7)
DC: DRAINED (7) HARDMEN (7)
OT: ADERMIN (7) ADMIRED (7) DANDIER (7) DIEHARD (7) HEDARIM (7) RHEADIN (7)
Score: 20–30 (max 56)

Round 8: Q N T Y I E A R I

Roger: auntie
Jacob: RETAIN (6)
DC: QINTAR (6) INERTIA (7)
Score: 20–36 (max 63)

Round 9: 5, 10, 6, 2, 100, 75. Target: 238.

Roger: 239. Mistake in working.
Jacob: 237. (100+10+6)*2+5 (7)
RR: 238. (75-6)*2+100 (10)
Score: 20–43 (max 73)

Teatime teaser: ACTSPHONY -> SYCOPHANT

Round 10: S L P E I E S Z R

Roger: siezers
Jacob: RESIZES (7)
DC: PIELESS (7) PIERLESS (8)
OT: PRIZELESS (18)
Score: 20–50 (max 91)

Round 11: S T R A E D A R F

Roger: STARED (6)
Jacob: REDRAFTS (8)
DC: STARRED (7)
OT: DRAFTERS (8)
Score: 20–58 (max 99)

Susie's Origins Of Words discuss the use of the penny in varying idioms.

Round 12: S G L O E I T P O

Roger: LOOPIEST (8)
Jacob: LOOPIEST (8)
DC: gloopiest
OT: GOOPIEST (8)
Score: 28–66 (max 107)

Round 13: S M I S G A U O V

Roger: GAUSS (5)
Jacob: SMOGS (5)
DC: AMISS (5) AMIGOS (6)
OT: AVISOS (6) GISMOS (6) IMAGOS (6) MASSOI (6) OSMIAS (6) OUSIAS (6) OVISMS (6) SIGMAS (6)
Score: 33–71 (max 113)

Round 14: 1, 2, 9, 8, 7, 25. Target: 549.

Roger: 549. Mistake in working.
Jacob: 549. (9+8+7-2)*25-1 (10)
Score: 33–81 (max 123)

Round 15: P R I M E H A N G

Jacob buzzes on 1 second to say HAMPERING which is correct.
Final Score: 33–91 (max 133)


Further summaries are at:
http://cdb.apterous.org/series.php?series=78

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