Wednesday 15th May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 97 )

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Wednesday 15th May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 97 )

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Hello and welcome to another recap...................it is great to be back to my day job..........after a bout of Illness it is nice to be back ! So sit back and enjoy this all apterite battle

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C1: Champion Alex Robertson (1 win, 111 points.)
C2: Challenger Arthur Page.
DC: Susie Dent and Sunetra Sarke.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: T E R O M A R G S
R02: E O I N S T N O P
R03: 2, 6, 3, 10, 1, 5. Target: 394.
TTT: IDODIETS - " Strange things happen in space, according to David"
R04: D S I U E G A E R
R05: N A B O L S A N E
R06: 75, 5, 8, 5, 10, 8, . Target: 886.
R07: D O T E V N O I J
R08: R S K A I M E A E
R09: 6, 7, 4, 3, 6, 2. Target: 660.
TTT: DOWNSOME - "They down some water, before they get chopping again."
R10: R D N T I O E I D
R11: T A H O D A U W T
R12: Y S L X C T E U O
R13: H A G E N O P G I
R14: 25, 100, 75, 8, 4, 2, . Target: 555.
R15: G R E E N D I C E (conundrum)


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Round 1: T E R O M A R G S

Alex: MORTARS (7)
Arthur: ROTAMERS (8)
OT: REARMOST (8) REOGRAMS (8)
Score: 0–8 (max 8)

A cracking start from our Challenger Arthur with his 8 Rotamers I reckon we could have a legend in the making

Round 2: E O I N S T N O P

Alex: TOONIES (7)
Arthur: ISOTOPE (7)
OT: INTONES (7) IONONES (7) NOONIES (7) NOTIONS (7) OPSONIN (7) OPTIONS (7) PENSION (7) PENTONS (7) PEONINS (7) POINTES (7) PONENTS (7) PONTINE (7) POOTIES (7) POSITON (7) POTIONS (7) TENPINS (7) TENSION (7) TOONENS (7)
Score: 7–15 (max 15)

7s all round..........let's not complain about this.........let's get over it !

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Round 3: 2, 6, 3, 10, 1, 5. Target: 394.

C1: 394. Mistake in working.
C2: 394. (5 × 2 × 10) × (3 + 1) − 6 (10)
Score: 7–25 (max 25)

A fantastic solve from our challenger Mr Page that allows him to extend his lead further


Teatime teaser: IDODIETS -> ODDITIES

Round 4: D S I U E G A E R

Alex: GUIDERS (7)
Arthur: REGUIDES (8)
DC: DISAGREE (8)
OT: GAUDERIES (18)
Score: 7–33 (max 43)

A great start from our challenger Arthur with his 8 reguides...........but there was a 9 hidden away that I spotted !

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Round 5: N A B O L S A N E

Alex: blanes
Arthur: ABALONE (7)
OT: ABALONES (8)
Score: 7–40 (max 51)

I wonder if Arthur was toying with Abalones...........that would of counted if he took the risk not that it matters the damage is minor at this point as he 33 points ahead !

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Round 6: 75, 5, 8, 5, 10, 8. Target: 886.

C1: 885. (75 + 8 + 5) × 10 + 5 (7)
C2: 885. (75 + 8 + 5) × 10 + 5 (7)
RR: 886. (8 + 5) × (75 − 8) + 10 + 5 (10)
Score: 14–47 (max 61)

A good 1 away solution from our champion and challenger........but Ms Riley shows them how it is done and produces the perfect 10

Round 7: D O T E V N O I J

Alex: DEVOTION (8)
Arthur: DEVOTION (8)
Score: 22–55 (max 69)

Top marks from our Champion and Challenger as they spot the only available 8


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Round 8: R S K A I M E A E

Alex: REMAKES (7)
Arthur: REMAKES (7)
DC: SEAMIER (7)
OT: MAKARISE (8)
Score: 29–62 (max 77)

7s all round from our champion and challenger...............but one rather interesting 8 hidden away with Makarise

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Round 9: 6, 7, 4, 3, 6, 2. Target: 660.

C1: 660. Mistake in working.
C2: 660. Mistake in working.
RR: 660. (4 + 6) × (7 × 2 − 3) × 6 (10)
Score: 29–62 (max 87)

Both Champion and Challenger blank this round..........but Ms Riley gets to showcase her maths skills and produces a perfect 10..........Our Recap writer found a different way to get there

4+3=7
7*7=49
49+6=55
55*6=330
330*2=660

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Teatime teaser: DOWNSOME -> WOODSMEN

Round 10: R D N T I O E I D

Alex: NITRIDE (7)
Arthur: TRENDOID (8)
DC: RETINOID (8)
OT: REDDITION (18)
Score: 29–70 (max 105)

A fantastic eight from our champion Arthur with Trendoid.............but if I'd that you could add an extra letter to Redition that could of given me a 9 and 18 points !

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Round 11: T A H O D A U W T

Alex: THAW (4)
Arthur: WHAT (4)
DC: THAW
OT: AWHATO (6)
Score: 33–74 (max 111)

Not the best letter selection our contestants and DC do well to get a 4 out of it...........but there was an interesting 6 hidden away missed by all


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Round 12: Y S L X C T E U O

Alex: EXULTS (6)
Arthur: COSTLY (6)
DC: TUXES (5) LOCUST (6)
OT: CLOSET (6) CLOUTS (6) CLOXES (6) COLEUS (6) COLEYS (6) COYEST (6) CUTELY (6) CUTESY (6) CUTEYS (6) EXTOLS (6) LUXEST (6) SCOLEX (6) SOLUTE (6) TELCOS (6) TOUSLE (6) XYLOSE (6)
Score: 39–80 (max 117)

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


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Round 13: H A G E N O P G I

Alex: HEAPING (7)
Arthur: HEAPING (7)
DC: PAGING (6) HEAPING (7)
Score: 46–87 (max 124)

Nothing to write home about as Heaping is the only 7 available in this round

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Round 14: 25, 100, 75, 8, 4, 2. Target: 555.

C1: 556.
C2: 555. (75 − 2) × 8 − 25 − 4 (10)
Score: 46–97 (max 134)

A great numbers solve by our Challenger Arthur can only mean one thing that he is the new champion and the newest member of the teapot club


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Round 15: G R E E N D I C E

C2 buzzes on 2 seconds to say RECEDING ☓ which is incorrect.
C1 does not buzz.
The answer was DECREEING.
Final Score: 46–97 (max 144)

A great debut from our youngster Arthur I have a feeling that we could be seeing him our screens over the coming days and potentially in the finals of series 89, but take nothing away from Alex he will be satisified with his one win and the famous Countdown teapot...........join me again to see how Arthur gets on his next game................in the meantime it is bye for now !

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Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills aka Crazy Cat Lady and Cat Lover
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