Wednesday 19th June 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 122 )

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Wednesday 19th June 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 122 )

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Hello Countdowners and welcome to another recap, we are at the final heat of Series 89 with finals week fast approaching, best of luck to the finalists who are participating in this wonderful series, a big thank you to all the contestants who have taken part in this fantastic series.

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C1: Champion Phil Campbell (2 wins, 193 points.)
C2: Challenger Caroline McAlindon.
DC: Susie Dent and Greg Rusedski.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: D R C A E U G D E
R02: M G S I A F L U S
R03: 75, 50, 10, 4, 2, 9, . Target: 733.
TTT: REDUNION - " If you get this, you'll have pressing matters to attend to"
R04: B R H O I T R E P
R05: L R D I E U N W A
R06: 25, 100, 8, 7, 2, 4. Target: 266.
R07: C N T E I O V D A
R08: T S I E M T Q O R
R09: 25, 75, 5, 8, 2, 6, . Target: 478.
TTT: THEPLANE - "The plane shares its name with this creature"
R10: H S U A D G O N E
R11: P T R O E I N S A
R12: P F S E A I W G U
R13: L N C I A I N T D
R14: 8, 1, 3, 5, 2, 4. Target: 493.
R15: W E T N U D I S T (conundrum)


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Round 1: D R C A E U G D E

Phil: GRACED (6)
Caroline: GRACED (6)
DC: REDUCED (7) GUARDED (7)
OT: ADDUCER (7) AUGERED (7) DEGRADE (7) GUARDEE (7)
Score: 6–6 (max 7)

Moving on................6s all round from our Champion and Challenger...........lots of 7s................can we move on ?????

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Round 2: M G S I A F L U S

Phil: GULFS (5)
Caroline: FAILS (5)
DC: FLAGS (5)
OT: MAGILUS (7)
Score: 11–11 (max 14)

Not the best selection of letters to kick off the days proceedings.........but I managed to spot the only 7 available with Magilus

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Round 3: 75, 50, 10, 4, 2, 9. Target: 733.

C1: 733. (75 × 10) − 9 − (4 × 2) (10)
C2: 732.
Score: 21–11 (max 24)

Another fine solve from our Champion Phil............but I used a different method of getting there

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9+4=13
50*13=650
650+75=725
725+10=735
735-2=733

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Teatime teaser: REDUNION -> UNIRONED

Round 4: B R H O I T R E P

Phil: BOTHER (6)
Caroline: TRIPE (5)
DC: BROTHER (7) ORBITER (7)
OT: BIRTHER (7) HERITOR (7) REBIRTH (7)
Score: 27–11 (max 31)

Our champion has got himself in a spot of bother with his 6...............but there were a few 7s hidden away.........so can we move on !

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Round 5: L R D I E U N W A

Phil: LAUNDER (7)
Caroline: WINDER (6)
DC: UNRAILED (8)
Score: 34–11 (max 39)

Phil is cleaning up in this contest with his 7 Launder...........but DC get to show off with their 8 Unrailed which was my spot !


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Round 6: 25, 100, 8, 7, 2, 4. Target: 266.

C1: 266. (100 + 25 + 8) × 2 (10)
C2: 260.
Score: 44–11 (max 49)

Another fine solve from our Champion Phil.........our Challenger Caroline doesn't seem to be having any luck in the numbers round with her 260 which is 6 away from the target


Round 7: C N T E I O V D A

Phil: VOICED (6)
Caroline: VOICED (6)
DC: ADVECTION (18)
Score: 50–17 (max 67)

6s all round from our Champion and Challenger.........Susie gets to shine with her 9 Advection

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Round 8: T S I E M T Q O R

Phil: MOISTER (7)
Caroline: TIMERS (6)
DC: MOTTIES (7)
OT: OMITTERS (8)
Score: 57–17 (max 75)

Our Champion spotting Susie's least favourite word Moister..........but I managed a 7 with Torties..........what else did you expect from a cat lover ??? which is what our recap writer is ! However there is an 8 hidden away with omitters that nobody spotted !

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Round 9: 25, 75, 5, 8, 2, 6. Target: 478.

C1: 475.
C2: 477. 6 × 8 × 5 × 2 − (75 ÷ 25) (7)
RR: 478. (75 + 5) × 8 − 2 (10)
Score: 57–24 (max 85)

A fine solve from our challenger Caroline.......could the comeback on ??? over in brainbox corner Ms Riley shows us how it is done by producing a perfect 10

Teatime teaser: THEPLANE -> ELEPHANT

Round 10: H S U A D G O N E

Phil: GNASHED (7)
Caroline: GOADS (5)
OT: NOGHEADS (8)
Score: 64–24 (max 93)

A good 7 from our champion Phil..........one rather interesting 8 hidden away with Nogheads

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Round 11: P T R O E I N S A

Phil: PROTEINS (8)
Caroline: PROTEINS (8)
DC: PATRONISE (18)
OT: ISOPTERAN (18)
Score: 72–32 (max 111)

8s all round............there were a couple of 9s that I managed to spot...........no extra points for being a smart arse if you spot Isopteran !

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Round 12: P F S E A I W G U

Phil: WAGES (5)
Caroline: PEAS (4)
DC: WASPIE (6)
Score: 77–32 (max 117)

Not the best letters selection but DC do well to get a 6 out of it with Waspie

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Round 13: L N C I A I N T D

Phil: TAIL (4)
Caroline: TANNIC (6)
DC: ACTININ (7)
OT: INDICANT (8)
Score: 77–38 (max 125)

Another stinky set of letters but there was an 8 hidden away with Indicant that nobody spotted


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Round 14: 8, 1, 3, 5, 2, 4. Target: 493.

C1: -
C2: 483. 8 × 5 × 4 × 3 + 2 + 1 (5)
RR: 493. (8 × 4 + 1) × 3 × 5 − 2 (10)
Score: 77–43 (max 135)

Not easiest of 6 smalls our challenger does well to get 5 points.............Ms Riley mops up and shows us how it is done !

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Round 15: W E T N U D I S T

No one buzzes. The answer was UNTWISTED.
Final Score: 77–43 (max 145)

Another conundrum goes unsolved by our contestants........but is left to our recap writer to solve it, Phil will be the carry over champion for Series 90 and will be continuing his run.......it is scheduled to start on the 1st July after the Series 89 Grand final, and will conclude in December 2024 hopefully more legends will be made.........all being well I will be doing the odd recap as and when I can fit them in........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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