Tuesday 2nd April 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 66 )

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Tuesday 2nd April 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 66 )

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Hello and welcome to another recap.........it's an all apterite battle and a run of the Mills of stuff !!!! Our champion Mark is going for his second win....can our challenger Anthony Noonan stop him ???? Tune into the show to see how he does !

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C1: Champion Mark Mills (1 win, 72 points.)
C2: Challenger Anthony Noonan.
DC: Susie Dent and Pam Ayres .
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: D O N A B E P T R
R02: N V U F A I T A E
R03: 50, 25, 6, 7, 5, 8. Target: 524.
TTT: LEDHARRY - "Studying this led Harry to discover his coat of arms."
R04: S N K U C E U T I
R05: M U L E M O L S W
R06: 100, 2, 1, 3, 4, 10. Target: 844.
R07: N A T E R A G E A
R08: D H C I D A E I M
R09: 75, 50, 1, 5, 6, 4. Target: 509.
TTT: ATTESTIT - " The potatoes were just so shabby."
R10: Y S R E T U E H I
R11: T E L I S O G S R
R12: Z S D E R O E N O
R13: G U N O L A R N P
R14: 25, 100, 75, 50, 2, 4. Target: 271.
R15: P U P H E R N I A (conundrum)


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Round 1: D O N A B E P T R

Mark: BOATER (6)
Anthony: PROBATE (7)
DC: PRONATED (8)
OT: PROBATED (8)
Score: 0–7 (max 8)

A good start for our challenger Anthony with his 7 Probate.............DC get to show off with their Pronated..........but I have just learnt that you extend Probate by sticking a D at the end of it and Probated was my spot

Round 2: N V U F A I T A E

Mark: UNFIT (5)
Anthony: AUNTIE (6)
DC: AUNTIE (6) NATIVE (6)
OT: AFAINT (6) AVAUNT (6) AVIATE (6) NAVETA (6) TAENIA (6)
Score: 0–13 (max 14)

Lots of 6s here but not for our Champion Mark who is stuck on 5

Round 3: 50, 25, 6, 7, 5, 8. Target: 524.

C1: -
C2: 524. (6 + 5) × 50 − 25 − (8 − 7) (10)
Score: 0–23 (max 24)

Not the best of starts for our champion Mark as he goes behind after three rounds


Teatime teaser: LEDHARRY -> HERALDRY

Round 4: S N K U C E U T I

Mark: UNSTUCK (7)
Anthony: UNSTUCK (7)
DC: SNICKET (7) UNSTICK (7)
OT: STUCKIN (7) UNTICKS (7) UNTUCKS (7)
Score: 7–30 (max 31)

At last our champion gets some points on the board with his 7 Unstuck...........but there were a few of those hidden away......again not a lot to whine over !


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Round 5: M U L E M O L S W

Mark: MULES (5)
Anthony: SMELL (5)
DC: MELLOWS (7)
Score: 12–35 (max 38)

5s all round..........but DC get to shine with their 7 Mellows..........I have a 5 with Mouse


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A very cute Mouse in honour of Tom Carey aka Maus

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Round 6: 100, 2, 1, 3, 4, 10. Target: 844.

C1: -833/855 *Mills did not specify whether he got 833 or 855 – he only mentioned he was 11 away.
C2: 844. (100 × 2 + 10) × 4 + 3 + 1 (10)
Score: 12–45 (max 48)

Very unlucky for our champ Mark...........our challenger Anthony has no trouble solving this bad boy...........I found a couple of ways of solving 844


100*2=200
200+10=210
210 +11=211
211*4=844

100+3=103
103*4=412
412+10=422
422*2=844


Round 7: N A T E R A G E A

Mark: NEATER (6)
Anthony: REAGENT (7)
DC: TANAGER (7)
OT: GRANTEE (7) GREATEN (7) NEGATER (7) RENTAGE (7)
Score: 12–52 (max 55)

A great 7 from our challenger Anthony he is starting to pile up the points

Round 8: D H C I D A E I M

Mark: -
Anthony: CHIDED (6)
DC: CADDIE (6)
OT: DIDACHE (7)
Score: 12–58 (max 62)

Our champ has drawn a blank in this round does he want the unwanted record of scores under 30 ? he will need to score some points in a few rounds


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Round 9: 75, 50, 1, 5, 6, 4. Target: 509.

C1: 505.
C2: 510. (75 + 50) × 4 + 6 − 1 + 5 (7)
RR: 509. 75 × 6 + 50 + 5 + 4 (10)
Score: 12–65 (max 72)

Another good round for Mr Noonan he picks up 7 points...........Ms Riley gets to showcase her talents by producing the perfect 10

Teatime teaser: ATTESTIT -> TATTIEST

Round 10: Y S R E T U E H I

Mark: SHIRE (5)
Anthony: SURETY (6)
DC: HIRSUTE (7)
OT: SHIRTEE (7) TRUEISH (7) TUYERES (7)
Score: 12–71 (max 79)

Moving on......................

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Round 11: T E L I S O G S R

Mark: GLOSSIER (8)
Anthony: GOITRES (7)
DC: GORIEST (7) GLOSSIER (8)
OT: GLISTERS (8) RESITOLS (8) RIGOLETS (8) STRIGOSE (8)
Score: 20–71 (max 87)

What a great 8 from our champion Mark............could the comeback be on ? There were quite a few 8s Rigolets was my spot


Round 12: Z S D E R O E N O

Mark: REZONES (7)
Anthony: REZONES (7)
DC: SNOOZED (7) ENDORSE (7)
OT: OZONERS (7) REZONED (7) RONEOED (7) SNOOZER (7)
Score: 27–78 (max 94)

7s all round........can we move on please ????????

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Round 13: G U N O L A R N P

Mark: UNPLAN (6)
Anthony: unran
DC: LANGOUR (7)
OT: LANGUOR (7) POLUGAR (7) UNPOLAR (7)
Score: 33–78 (max 101)

Another good round for our champion Mark and much to my annoyance he has beaten me on this round ! Over in Dc they get to shine with their 7 Langour..............but there was a fair few of those hidden away

Round 14: 25, 100, 75, 50, 2, 4. Target: 271.

C1: 271. 2 × 100 + 75 − 4 (10)
C2: 271. (100 + 50) × 2 − 25 − 4 (10)
Score: 43–88 (max 111)

Piece of piss this numbers game..........sadly it is not enough to save our champion........for Mr Mills it is game over

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Round 15: P U P H E R N I A

No one buzzes. The answer was UNHAPPIER.
Final Score: 43–88 (max 121)

Neither Contestant spots the conundrum however it is left to a certain Rachel Riley and our very own recap writer Tracey Mills to spot it. Firstly congratulations to Anthony Noonan on becoming the newest member of the teapot club, secondly take nothing away from Mark he will be happy with his 1 win and the teapot, you can join Mark for the next recap when a familiar face returns to the Countdown studios..........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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