Friday 17th May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 99 )

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Friday 17th May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 99 )

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Hello and welcome to another recap

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C1: Champion Arthur Page (2 wins, 202 points.)
C2: Challenger Sam Lawrence.
DC: Susie Dent and Sunetra Sarker.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: R L G N I E U A E
R02: L W N A O E R S O
R03: 50, 100, 25, 7, 3, 2. Target: 619.
TTT: ITSATRAP - "Dad moves unsteadily to those pieces of music"
R04: D A N S D O E I G
R05: S E L N O I C W S
R06: 100, 1, 3, 8, 8, 4, . Target: 675.
R07: P D T B A O E L T
R08: D S X T I E A V G
R09: 100, 25, 6, 8, 1, 10. Target: 549.
TTT: FEDLIMES - "They fed on limes and created havoc for the farmers."
R10: C R I A E G K T M
R11: G T N I E I R F R
R12: N M B P S A U E R
R13: T S T P U E A T D
R14: 25, 5, 10, 8, 2, 1. Target: 222.
R15: U N C L E B A J I (conundrum)


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Round 1: R L G N I E U A E

Arthur: GENERAL (7)
Sam: LEERING (7)
DC: REALIGN (7)
OT: REGULINE (8)
Score: 7–7 (max 8)

7s all round from our Champion and Challenger............but there was an 8 hidden away with Reguline

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Round 2: L W N A O E R S O

Arthur: ARENOSOL (8)
Sam: LOANER (6)
DC: AEROSOL (7)
Score: 15–7 (max 16)

A fantastic 8 from Arthur...........you guessed it I spotted this one !


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Round 3: 50, 100, 25, 7, 3, 2. Target: 619.

C1: 619. 7 × 100 − 50 − 25 − 3 × 2 (10)
C2: 615.
Score: 25–7 (max 26)

Do you honestly think that Arthur wouldn't get this ?????

Teatime teaser: ITSATRAP -> PARTITAS

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

Arthur: DIAGNOSED (18)
Sam: DINGOES (7)
DC: ADENOIDS (8)
Score: 43–7 (max 44)

A brilliant 9 from our champion Arthur with Diagnosed..........you guessed I spotted this one

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Round 5: S E L N O I C W S

Arthur: INCLOSES (8)
Sam: clownies
Score: 51–7 (max 52)

Another good round from Arthur...........sadly Sam is not having any luck on the letters round as Susie disallows his 8 Clownies


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Round 6: 100, 1, 3, 8, 8, 4. Target: 675.

C1: 675. (8 + 1) × 3 × 100 ÷ 4 (10)
C2: 675. (8 − 1) × (100 − 3) − 4 (10)
Score: 61–17 (max 62)

Piece of piss this...........can we move on ???????!!!!!

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

Arthur: TABLETOP (8)
Sam: PLOTTED (7)
OT: DOTTABLE (8)
Score: 69–17 (max 70)

Round 8: D S X T I E A V G

Arthur: DATIVES (7)
Sam: STAGED (6)
DC: VISAGED (7) TAXIED (6)
OT: AGISTED (7) VISTAED (7)
Score: 76–17 (max 77)

Round 9: 100, 25, 6, 8, 1, 10. Target: 549.

C1: 549. 100 × 6 − ((10 − 8) × 25 + 1 (10)
C2: 549. 100 × 6 − ((10 − 8) × 25 + 1 (10)
Score: 86–27 (max 87)

Nice and Straightforward from our Champion and Challenger that bags them both 10 points each !

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Teatime teaser: FEDLIMES -> MEDFLIES

Round 10: C R I A E G K T M

Arthur: GERMATIC (8)
Sam: TRAGIC (6)
DC: TRACKIE (7) GRIMACE (7)
OT: TICKAMEG (8)
Score: 94–27 (max 95)

Another piece of brilliance from Arthur with his 8 Germatic.......another 8 I have never heard of Tickameg

Round 11: G T N I E I R F R

Arthur: RETIRING (8)
Sam: rerifting
DC: REFIRING (8) FINGER (6) FRINGE (6)
OT: FERRITIN (8)
Score: 102–27 (max 103)

More brilliance from Arthur with his 8 retiring he could be on for a big score.............Sam is unfortunate with his risky 9 that is disallowed by Susie


Round 12: N M B P S A U E R

Arthur: PENUMBRAS (18)
Sam: NUMBERS (7)
DC: SUPERMAN (8)
Score: 120–27 (max 121)

A brilliant 9 with Penumbras from our Champion Arthur..........you guessed it...........I spotted this one ! Our superheroes in DC come up with an 8 Superman


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Round 13: T S T P U E A T D

Arthur: UPDATES (7)
Sam: PASTED (6)
DC: UPSTATE (7)
OT: STATUTED (8)
Score: 127–27 (max 129)

A good 7 from from Arthur with updates..........but a rather interesting 8 hidden away with Statuted

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Round 14: 25, 5, 10, 8, 2, 1. Target: 222.

C1: 222. (25 − 2) × 10 − 8 (10)
C2: 222. Mistake in working.
Score: 137–27 (max 139)

Not too taxing for our champion as he bags himself 10 points.........but our challenger misses it

Round 15: U N C L E B A J I

C2 buzzes on 8.5 seconds to say JUBILANCE which is correct.
Final Score: 137–37 (max 149)

A great game all round..........137 is an outstanding score by our champion Arthur but take nothing away from Sam he couldn't match the brilliance of Arthur but had the last laugh by solving the conundrum. By my reckoning Arthur will become an octo-champ by next week ...............I have every confidence in him........join me again for the next recap..........in the meantime it is bye for now.

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