Wednesday 22nd May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 102 )

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Wednesday 22nd May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 102 )

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Hello again folks and welcome to another midweek recap.........today is national numeracy day............another day in the countdown studios let's see how good the sums are today and who will be at the top of the class ?

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C1: Champion Arthur Page (5 wins, 602 points.)
C2: Challenger Bekk Kennedy Scott.
DC: Susie Dent and Pat Nevin .
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: B Y R O U I S G E
R02: R N A I W S U A M
R03: 50, 75, 6, 6, 3, 3. Target: 438.
TTT: ROMANCOT - "No discussions to be had – it's all down to one person."
R04: G E A R T E O D G
R05: S D A E M D U A O
R06: 100, 4, 10, 8, 2, 9. Target: 277.
R07: N I T N E U E T O
R08: Z R E I S P H E A
R09: 50, 25, 2, 2, 6, 5. Target: 972.
TTT: BOLDLEAF - "You can fit the bad poker hand into the car boot."
R10: N T C E A E I F B
R11: E I A R S P S O L
R12: V T E I A G C L U
R13: R E D S O I E K P
R14: 75, 5, 2, 10, 4, 10, . Target: 127.
R15: T R E E S P A D E (conundrum)


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Round 1: B Y R O U I S G E

Arthur: BROIGES (7)
Bekk: BUSIER (6)
DC: BROGUES (7)
OT: BOUGIES (7) BOURGIE (7) BROIGUS (7) BROYGES (7) BRUISEY (7) EBRIOUS (7) REBUOYS (7) RUBIGOS (7) SUBGYRE (7)
Score: 7–0 (max 7)

What a fantastic start from our champion Arthur with his 7 Broiges................over in DC they come up with a 7 no less with Brogues

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Round 2: R N A I W S U A M

Arthur: WAIRUAS (7)
Bekk: SWARM (5)
DC: MARINAS (7)
OT: SAMURAI (7) SAURIAN (7) SURAMIN (7) URANISM (7)
Score: 14–0 (max 14)

Round 3: 50, 75, 6, 6, 3, 3. Target: 438.

C1: 438. 75 × 6 − 6 − 3 − 3 (10)
C2: 438. 3 × 3 × 50 − (6 + 6) (10)
Score: 24–10 (max 24)

Nice and straightforward not too taxing for Champion and Challenger

Teatime teaser: ROMANCOT -> MONOCRAT

Round 4: G E A R T E O D G

Arthur: DEROGATE (8)
Bekk: GEARED (6)
DC: RETAGGED (8)
Score: 32–10 (max 32)

Can we move on..........please ?????

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Round 5: S D A E M D U A O

Arthur: MOUSED (6)
Bekk: MOUSED (6)
DC: MEDUSA (6)
OT: AOUDADS (7) SAUDADE (7)
Score: 38–16 (max 39)

6s all round from our Champion and Challenger...........but there were a couple of 7s hidden away that nobody spotted


Round 6: 100, 4, 10, 8, 2, 9. Target: 277.

C1: 278. 4 × 8 × 9 − 10 (7)
C2: 276. 100 × 2 + 8 × 9 + 4 (7)
RR: 277. 100 ÷ 4 × (10 − 8 + 9) + 2 (10)
Score: 45–23 (max 49)

Round 7: N I T N E U E T O

Arthur: TONTINE (7)
Bekk: tennet
DC: UNION (5)
Score: 52–23 (max 56)

Another badass 7 from our champion Arthur !

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Round 8: Z R E I S P H E A

Arthur: RESHAPE (7)
Bekk: SPHERE (6)
DC: HARPIES (7)
OT: PEERISH (7) REPHASE (7) SEPHIRA (7) SHARPIE (7)
Score: 59–23 (max 63)

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Round 9: 50, 25, 2, 2, 6, 5. Target: 972.

C1: 973. (50 − 6 − 5) × 25 − 2 (7)
C2: -
RR: 972. (50 + 25 + 6) × (2 × 5 + 2) (10)
Score: 66–23 (max 73)

A good one away solve from our champion Arthur sadly our challenger Bekk doesn't even get close.................Rachel shows us how it is done and produces a perfect 10.........I used a different method of solving 972

6*2=4
50+4=54
25-5=20
20-2=18
54*18=972

Teatime teaser: BOLDLEAF -> FOLDABLE

Round 10: N T C E A E I F B * In Round 10, Kennedy-Escott declared five but stated they had gone wrong without declaring their word.

Arthur: ENTICE (6)
Bekk: -
DC: FIANCEE (7) BETAINE (7)
OT: ABIENCE (7) BENEFIC (7) BENEFIT (7) CABINET (7) FAIENCE (7)
Score: 72–23 (max 80)

Mr Page is stacking up the points in this contest...................sadly Bekk blanks this round, a couple 7s spotted by Fiancee was my spot

Round 11: E I A R S P S O L

Arthur: POLARISES (18)
Bekk: SPOILERS (8)
DC: POLARISES (18)
Score: 90–23 (max 98)

Another good round from our champion with his 9 no less.........you guessed it I spotted this one ! Our challenger is stuck on 23 points since round 6

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Round 12: V T E I A G C L U

Arthur: VULGATE (7)
Bekk: VALET (5)
OT: ALGETIC (7) AULETIC (7) VICTUAL (7)
Score: 97–23 (max 105)

More brilliance from Mr Page.........but there were a fair few 7s hidden away


Round 13: R E D S O I E K P

Arthur: OREIDES (7)
Bekk: SPIKER (6)*In Round 13, Dictionary Corner did not note that Kennedy-Escott's declaration of spiker ☓ was invalid, although it made no difference to the outcome of the game.
DC: PORKIES (7)
Score: 104–23 (max 112)

Another good round from Arthur...............over in DC they are telling Porkies when it comes to their 7


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If you are familiar with Cockney Rhyming Slang.............Porkie Pies.........means Lies

Round 14: 75, 5, 2, 10, 4, 10. Target: 127.

C1: 127. (75 − 4) × 2 − 10 − 5 (10)
C2: -
Score: 114–23 (max 122)

Another fine solve from Mr Page........not too taxing

Round 15: T R E E S P A D E

C1 buzzes on 3.25 seconds to say PRESEATED which is incorrect.
C2 does not buzz.
The answer was DESPERATE.
Final Score: 114–23 (max 132)

Our champion guesses the conundrum incorrectly but is left to Pat Nevin to solve it and much to my annoyance my hubby ! Arthur wraps up his 6th win and is taking steps to be 8th Octo-champ of this series, take nothing away from Bekk she was nervous but enjoyed the experience therefore making this game one-sided, join me again for the next recap.........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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