Friday 22nd March 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 59 )

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Friday 22nd March 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 59 )

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Hello and welcome to another Friday recap

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C1: Champion Toby Byfield (2 wins, 209 points.)
C2: Challenger Bernard Greep.
DC: Susie Dent and Neil Delamere .
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: M O V E T I L O P
R02: S E B A G S E R U
R03: 100, 25, 75, 50, 3, 3. Target: 368.
TTT: AIRSFURS - "They went on these in search of water, not animals."
R04: N A G I W N U K O
R05: N A R U N E G A D
R06: 100, 2, 2, 7, 5, 1, . Target: 496.
R07: W U T O C I P O C
R08: M A S E D R A O L
R09: 100, 75, 25, 50, 3, 9. Target: 648.
TTT: GROUCHES - "They may have a sore throat with some cash kept aside."
R10: B E N I G L N E R
R11: S I T E S U F E M
R12: J P T A E D C I R
R13: X E H O G I D A T
R14: 50, 100, 3, 5, 6, 2, . Target: 716.
R15: A T R A M W R E K (conundrum)


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Round 1: M O V E T I L O P

Toby: POLITE (6)
Bernard: POLITE (6)
DC: MOTIVE (6)
OT: LIMPET (6) MOOLIE (6) MOTILE (6) OLIVET (6) OOLITE (6) OPTIME (6) PIOLET (6) POMELO (6) POOLIE (6) POOTLE (6) TOOLIE (6) VIOLET (6)
Score: 6–6 (max 6)

6s all round...........lets move on shall we ?????

Round 2: S E B A G S E R U

Toby: ABUSERS (7)
Bernard: ABUSERS (7)
DC: GREASES (7) AUBERGES (8)
OT: REUSAGES (8)
Score: 13–13 (max 14)

7s all round from our champion and challenger...............over in DC Susie gets to shine with her 8 Auberges...........The word Auberge (a French word meaning "inn") and is also the 11th studio album by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea that topped the charts in 1991


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Round 3: 100, 25, 75, 50, 3, 3. Target: 368.

C1: 368. (100 − 3) × 3 + 75 + 50 ÷ 25 (10)
C2: -
Score: 23–13 (max 24)

Another fine solve from Mr Byfield that gives him a 10 point lead


Teatime teaser: AIRSFURS -> SURFARIS

Round 4: N A G I W N U K O

Toby: KNOWING (7)
Bernard: KNOWING (7)
OT: KWONGAN (7) WANKING (7)
Score: 30–20 (max 31)

7s all round...........I am wondering if our Champion and Challenger had the very rude 7 Wanking................the usual brand of rudeness from our recap writer who spotted it !!!!!!! Very naughty girl !

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Round 5: N A R U N E G A D

Toby: enguard
Bernard: DANGER (6)
DC: GUNNERA (7)
OT: ANDERUN (7) DUNNAGE (7) RENDANG (7) RUNANGA (7) RUNNAGE (7) URANAGE (7)
Score: 30–26 (max 38)

A very risky 7 from Toby that is disallowed by Susie...........however there is no Danger for Bernard as he scores with his 6 and reduces the arrears to 4 points in this rather tight contest............there was a few 7s and one of those was from DC with Gunnera which was my spot.

Round 6: 100, 2, 2, 7, 5, 1. Target: 496.

C1: 496. 5 × 100 − (2 + 2) (10)
C2: 496. 5 × 100 − (2 + 2) (10)
Score: 40–36 (max 48)

Piss easy and not too taxing

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Round 7: W U T O C I P O C

Toby: coptic
Bernard: OPTIC (5)
DC: OCTOPIC (7)
OT: OCCIPUT (7)
Score: 40–41 (max 55)

Another foolish risk from Toby that is disallowed by Susie............but Bernard gets to score with his 5 Optic and regains the lead by 1 point........over DC they get to shine with their 7 Octopic........one interesting 7 I spotted with Occiput.


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

Toby: ALARMED (7)
Bernard: DREAMS (6)
DC: ARMLOADS (8) EARLDOMS (8)
Score: 47–41 (max 63)

Toby regains the lead with his 7 Alarmed...........but over in DC they get to shine with their 8s Earldoms and Armloads which was my spot

Round 9: 100, 75, 25, 50, 3, 9. Target: 648.

C1: 648. 9 × 75 − 25 − 100 ÷ 50 (10)
C2: 647.
Score: 57–41 (max 73)

Another fine solve from Mr Byfield that allows him to stretch his lead further...........but I found a simplified way involving the 9 times table

75-3=72
72*9=648

Teatime teaser: GROUCHES -> COUGHERS

Round 10: B E N I G L N E R

Toby: REELING (7)
Bernard: BLINGER (7)
DC: BEGINNER (8)
Score: 64–48 (max 81)

7s all round from our champion and challenger...............over in DC they get to shine with their 8 Beginner...........this is something you don't see very often my hubby beating me on a letters round !

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Round 11: S I T E S U F E M

Toby: FUMIEST (7)
Bernard: FUMIEST (7)
DC: FUMIEST (7)
OT: TUMEFIES (8)
Score: 71–55 (max 89)

7s all round....................there was one rather interesting 8 hidden away with Tumefies that I spotted

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Round 12: J P T A E D C I R

Toby: PARTIED (7)
Bernard: PARTIED (7)
DC: PICRATED (8)
Score: 78–62 (max 97)

7s all round from the Champion and Challenger...........over in DC they get to shine with their 8 Picrated

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Round 13: X E H O G I D A T

Toby: GODETIA (7)
Bernard: OXIDATE (7)
DC: GODETIA (7) OXIDATE (7)
Score: 85–69 (max 104)

7s all round.............again not a lot to complain over

Round 14: 50, 100, 3, 5, 6, 2. Target: 716.

C1: 715. (100 + 3) × (5 + 2) − 6 (7)
C2: 715. (100 + 3) × (5 + 2) − 6 (7)
RR: 716. (2 × 3 + 5 + 100) × 6 + 50 (10)
Score: 92–76 (max 114)

A good 1 away solve from our Champion and Challenger that bags them 7 points.........but sadly it is not enough to save Bernard but for him it is game over....................meaanwhile Ms Riley gets to shine and produce a perfect 10

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Round 15: A T R A M W R E K

C2 buzzes on 12.5 seconds to say WATERMARK which is correct.
Final Score: 92–86 (max 124)

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Another great game and a good win for our champion Toby, our challenger Bernard gave Toby a run for his money but had the last laugh by solving the conundrum, join me again to see how Toby gets on in his next game in the meantime it is bye for now
Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills aka Crazy Cat Lady and Cat Lover
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