Friday 21 January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 10)

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Friday 21 January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 10)

Post by Mike Brown » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:05 pm

Countdown recap for Friday 21 January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 10).

C1: Champion Adam Gillard (7 wins, 778 points.)
C2: Challenger Mavis Riley.
DC: Susie Dent and Jonathan Maitland.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

For one week only, I bring you... the Friday Recap on a Friday!!! Don’t expect this every week, it’s called having the day off. :) Anyway, without further ado, let’s see if our very own Adam Gillard can become the first octochamp of Series 64. Up against him is Mavis Riley (no, not that one), who is known to her friends in Haslingden, Lancs. as ‘Mave the Rave’. Oh yes.

R01: V O S E M E R O D
R02: S N I E A T R O L
R03: X I T E L A P E J
R04: N D R G N I A U I
R05: 100, 6, 8, 5, 10, 3. Target: 451.
TTT: PAYPROBE - "More often than not, he's the bringer of bad news."
R06: Z C R T A I U W P
R07: K O D E L A P B L
R08: H W T D T U E A I
R09: R E H A P E D R N
R10: 100, 50, 7, 9, 5, 1. Target: 926.
TTT: ADULTTIE - "It makes the pilot light, but it's nothing to do with cooking."
R11: Q U Y O F I S O S
R12: T N R S A E I G U
R13: M I V A S E T O N
R14: 50, 75, 3, 9, 8, 7. Target: 689.
R15: R A S H Y P A I R (conundrum)

Countdown is sponsored by Immunace, so there shouldn’t be any nasty viruses around here this week.

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Today’s show opens with a discussion of cookery, which concludes with a tale from Rachel, in which one of her friends had the audacity to go into labour after Ms Riley had slaved over a hot stove preparing a very specific meal for them to satisfy their dietary requirements. The cheek of some people!

Round 1: V O S E M E R O D

C1: OVERDOSE (8)
C2: REMOVES (7)
DC: OVERDOES (8)
Score: 8–0 (max 8)

A good start for Adam and not a bad one for Mavis. A nice seven there was SMOORED, which is to do with braising or stewing meat or fish.

Round 2: S N I E A T R O L

C1: RELATIONS (18)
C2: LATRINES (8)
DC: ORIENTALS (18)
OT: TENSORIAL (18)
Score: 26–0 (max 26)

Ka-pow! Suddenly this game is looking a little one-sided.

Round 3: X I T E L A P E J

C1: PIXELATE (8)
C2: expilate
Score: 34–0 (max 34)

Risks all round, but only Adam’s pays off as he selects one of the three correct ways of spelling PIXELATE. Susie suggests that Mavis may have been thinking of EXPIATE.

Round 4: N D R G N I A U I

C1: RAIDING (7)
C2: DARING (6)
DC: DRAINING (8)
Score: 41–0 (max 42)

Adam misses the darren, but he’s still, ahem, 41 points in front.

Round 5: 100, 6, 8, 5, 10, 3. Target: 451.

C1: 451. ((100-8)x5)-6-3 (10)
C2: -
Score: 51–0 (max 52)

Those of an easily embarrassed disposition should look away from the scores now.

Jonathan Maitland uses his last slot of the week to discuss methods of cheating in competitive Scrabble, including the technique of ‘brailling’, which involves feeling the indentations of the tiles while they’re still in the bag.

Teatime teaser: PAYPROBE -> PAPERBOY

Please note PAPER BOY is still listed as two words in the ODE3, so remains invalid on Countdown.

Round 6: Z C R T A I U W P

C1: WART (4)
C2: upcart
DC: TAPIR (5)
OT: ARTIC (5) TRIAC (5) AURIC (5) CARPI (5) TWIRP (5) WAZIR (5)
Score: 55–0 (max 57)

Mavis once again dips into her personal dictionary, but there are no WARTS on Adam (well, just the one on this occasion). :lol:

Round 7: K O D E L A P B L

C1: PEDALO (6)
C2: LABEL (5)
DC: POLKAED (7)
Score: 61–0 (max 64)

Good darrenic spot from DC as Adam dances further into the lead.

Round 8: H W T D T U E A I

C1: WAITED (6)
C2: HATTED (6)
DC: TITHED (6)
OT: THWAITE (7)
Score: 67–6 (max 71)

The audience cheers as Mavis finally gets some well-deserved points. No one spots the darren; a THWAITE is a piece of wild land cleared for cultivation, often used in place names.

Round 9: R E H A P E D R N

C1: HARDENER (8)
C2: phadren
Score: 75–6 (max 79)

Mavis goes for seven, so Adam risks an eight. He’s spot on with HARDENER, but I’ve no idea where ‘phadren’ came from (although when googled, it does appear to be an unusual first name, which might explain it).

OoW: Susie discusses words that have their origins in cockfighting.

Round 10: 100, 50, 7, 9, 5, 1. Target: 926.

C1: 926. (100x9)+(50/(7-5))+1 (10)
C2: 926. (100x9)+(50/(7-5))+1 (10)
Score: 85–16 (max 89)

Mavis goes for two from the top, to which I confess my first reaction was “does this lady not want any more points?”, but fair dos to her, she gets ten points in the bag and removes any chance of recording the lowest ever 15-round score. I also confess that I only got 927... :oops:

Teatime teaser: ADULTTIE -> ALTITUDE

Round 11: Q U Y O F I S O S

C1: FUSSY (5)
C2: fisso
OT: OSSIFY (6)
Score: 90–16 (max 95)

Mavis, I want your dictionary... it rocks!! (incidentally, ‘fisso’ is valid in the Italian variant, if there is such a beast, so maybe that’s what she was thinking of.) DC spent their time looking for a longer word under ‘Q’; they’d have been better off looking under ‘O’...

Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18)
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man.

Round 13: M I V A S E T O N

C1: MOTIVES (7)
C2: inovates
DC: AMNIOTES (8) MAVIS (5)
Score: 115–16 (max 121)

Everyone enjoys seeing Mavis’s name (albeit in anagrammed form) come up on the board; DC get a forum favourite with AMNIOTES.

Round 14: 50, 75, 3, 9, 8, 7. Target: 689.

C1: 691.
C2: 690. (75x9)+8+7 (7)
RR: 689. ((75-(7-3))x9)+50 (10)
Score: 115–23 (max 131)

It seems Mavis’s 2-from-the-top skills weren’t a flash in the pan and this time she beats Adam to the points. It takes ‘our Rach’ to show us how to get it spot-on, mind.

Round 15: R A S H Y P A I R

C1 buzzes on 11 seconds to say HAIRSPRAY which is correct.
Final Score: 125–23 (max 141)

Adam’s slowest solve of his Countdown career, but who cares? - it’s his second highest score and enough to bump him over the 900-point barrier and naturally make him number one seed thus far. Many congrats to him and fair play to Mavis for not giving up – as Jeff pointed out, she might have done rather better against less outstanding opposition. Next week, Andrew Castle will be in Dictionary Corner with Susie and the Friday recap will be back to normal, i.e. being published over the weekend! And if you’re going to COLIN, see you there!

Further summaries are at:
http://www.apterous.org/cdb/series.php?series=64

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Re: Friday 21 January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 10)

Post by Martin Smith » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:25 am

One of the most one-sided contests ever, although Mavis' raw score wasn't too bad. Adam was a again excellent, although I'm surprised he missed DRAININGA and I beat him to the conundrum (to my surprise, I'm normally lousy at them). I solved the final numbers game a different way to Rachel - 75x7 + (50-8)x3.

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Re: Friday 21 January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 10)

Post by Marc Meakin » Wed May 04, 2016 1:41 pm

People who start sentences by saying " Some of my best friends are......"
To justify casual racism homophobia etc.
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Re: Friday 21 January 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 10)

Post by Johnny Canuck » Wed May 04, 2016 4:13 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:People who start sentences by saying " Some of my best friends are......"
To justify casual racism homophobia etc.
People who reply to an Off-Topic discussion inside a five-year-old recap.
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