Thursday 23rd May 2024 (Series 89 Prelim 103)

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Thursday 23rd May 2024 (Series 89 Prelim 103)

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Hello and Welcome to another Thursday recap and an all apterite battle


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C1: Champion Arthur Page (6 wins, 716 points.)
C2: Challenger James Cook.
DC: Susie Dent and Pat Nevin .
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: J R T S A O E L G
R02: R I T A L O N E Y
R03: 75, 100, 50, 5, 3, 9, . Target: 759.
TTT: SOUTHHOE - "The flowers stay in here – they don't go."
R04: N I G O P A S I F
R05: S E T M O A I H F
R06: 50, 6, 6, 7, 9, 2. Target: 726.
R07: N U O M R T E C I
R08: U R H O D U N P E
R09: 50, 25, 10, 9, 2, 7. Target: 907.
TTT: ERADREAM - "It tastes so good according to Mick."
R10: O Q R A D E P I V
R11: G U R S A O I W E
R12: I G N E L A K E S
R13: C R O G A I N E O
R14: 100, 5, 4, 1, 8, 5, . Target: 497.
R15: O S P R E Y C O G (conundrum)


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Round 1: J R T S A O E L G

Arthur: GLOATERS (8)
James: GLOATERS (8)
DC: GLOATERS (8) LEGATORS (8)
Score: 8–8 (max 8)

8s all round from our apterites

Round 2: R I T A L O N E Y

Arthur: RELATION (8)
James: ORIENTAL (8)
DC: ELATION (7) ORNATELY (8)
OT: INTERLAY (8) ORIENTLY (8) ROTALINE (8)
Score: 16–16 (max 16)

More of the same.........let's move on !


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Round 3: 75, 100, 50, 5, 3, 9. Target: 759.

C1: 759. (100 + 50) × 5 + 9 (10)
C2: 759. 50 ÷ 5 × 75 + 9 (10)
Score: 26–26 (max 26)

Nice and Straightforward.........not too taxing


Teatime teaser: SOUTHHOE -> HOTHOUSE

Round 4: N I G O P A S I F

Arthur: SOAPING (7)
James: SOAPING (7)
DC: SOAPING (7)
OT: PINGAOS (7) POISING (7)
Score: 33–33 (max 33)

This contest is building up nicely.............who will make the clean break.........as Champion and Challenger both declare Soaping as their 7 !


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Round 5: S E T M O A I H F

Arthur: FOAMIEST (8)
James: FOAMIEST (8)
DC: FOAMIEST (8)
Score: 41–41 (max 41)

8s all round..........nothing to squabble over !

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Could the double max game be on..................let's find out how the rounds progress

Round 6: 50, 6, 6, 7, 9, 2. Target: 726.

C1: 726. (50 − 2) × (9 + 6) + 6 (10)
C2: timed out
Score: 51–41 (max 51)

Sadly not but the deadlock has been broken...................A nice straightforward solve from our Champion Arthur, very unfortunate for our challenger James as Colin Murray times him out

Round 7: N U O M R T E C I

Arthur: NEUROTIC (8)
James: muconite
DC: INTERCOM (8)
OT: MUCORINE (8)
Score: 59–41 (max 59)

Another fantastic round from our Champion Arthur with his 8 Neurotic ...........sadly James has his 8 muconite disallowed by Susie.....which now means that Arthur can increase his lead further but there is still everything left to play for


Round 8: U R H O D U N P E

Arthur: POUNDER (7)
James: UNROPED (7)
DC: UNPROUD (7) UNROPED (7)
OT: UNHOPED (7)
Score: 66–48 (max 66)

7s all round...........nothing to complain over !

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Round 9: 50, 25, 10, 9, 2, 7. Target: 907.

C1: 907. (50 + 25) × (10 + 2) + 7 (10)
C2: 907. 2 × 9 × 50 + 7 (10)
Score: 76–58 (max 76)

Top Marks from our Champion and Challenger they have no trouble solving this bad boy


Teatime teaser: ERADREAM -> DEMERARA

Round 10: O Q R A D E P I V

Arthur: OVERPAID (8)
James: PROVED (6)
DC: OVERPAID (8)
OT: POIVRADE (8)
Score: 84–58 (max 84)

I don't want to tempt fate yet...........Arthur is Five rounds away from a max game.......can he do it ?????

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Round 11: G U R S A O I W E

Arthur: EARWIGS (7)
James: WAGERS (6)
OT: AERUGOS (7) GIAOURS (7) RAGEOUS (7)
Score: 91–58 (max 91)

4 more rounds to go....................

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Round 12: I G N E L A K E S

Arthur: ENSILAGE (8)
James: ANGELISE (8)
DC: SLEEKING (8)
OT: ALGENIES (8) GENESIAL (8) LINEAGES (8) LINKAGES (8) SIGNALEE (8)
Score: 99–66 (max 99)

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8s all round ....................again nothing to argue over !


3 rounds to go................

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Round 13: C R O G A I N E O

Arthur: OROGENIC (8)
James: ROGAINE (7)
DC: OROGENIC (8) ORGANIC (7)
Score: 107–66 (max 107)

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What a badass 8 with Orogenic from Arthur and Susie..........that puts me to shame as I can only manage a 7 :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

2 rounds to go..........................

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Round 14: 100, 5, 4, 1, 8, 5. Target: 497.

C1: 497. 5 × 100 − (4 − 1) (10)
C2: 497. 5 × 100 − (8 − 5) (10)
Score: 117–76 (max 117)

1 more round left.............all that is left is the conundrum to solve..............can he do it ??????

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Round 15: O S P R E Y C O G

C1 buzzes on 29.75 seconds to say PESCOROGY which is incorrect.
C2 buzzes on 29.9 seconds to say GREYSCOPE which is incorrect.
The answer was GYROSCOPE.
Final Score: 117–76 (max 127)

Shock Horror !!!!! Arthur guesses the conundrum incorrectly and denies himself a max game a fantastic contest all round............James gave a Arthur a real run for his money............our champion gradually got the better of him, had James come on another day he would of been in contention for a teapot............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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