Friday 24th May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 104 )

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Friday 24th May 2024 ( Series 89 Prelim 104 )

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Hello Countdowners and welcome to another recap, today is an important day as we are on the cusp on crowning another Octo-Champ in series 89 Arthur Page is one of the most exciting talents around can Ben Furness spoil the party and deny Arthur octo-champ glory ? Tune into the show and see how he goes on

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C1: Champion Arthur Page (7 wins, 833 points.)
C2: Challenger Ben Furness.
DC: Susie Dent and Pat Nevin .
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: L C R N A U E I K
R02: D W B E O A S R T
R03: 100, 10, 8, 3, 8, 2. Target: 248.
TTT: FERNARMY - " Chris gave you clear instructions not to pay Bryan."
R04: Q N S I E A N H D
R05: T E D M B I A E T
R06: 75, 25, 100, 4, 10, 1. Target: 356.
R07: S A G T E R U E G
R08: L T M O U E T N J
R09: 10, 2, 9, 8, 1, 3, . Target: 671.
TTT: CHIPLARD - "Bob's cat might fancy this for dinner"
R10: M N C U E O L P I
R11: E A E T R D S O L
R12: S V R A I E Y P D
R13: O U R W O G S E A
R14: 25, 100, 75, 10, 6, 9. Target: 868.
R15: R E P I N E P O P (conundrum)


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Round 1: L C R N A U E I K

Arthur: CLUNKIER (8)
Ben: CLUNKIER (8)
DC: LANKIER (7) NUCLEAR (7) CLUNKIER (8) CRINKLE (7)
Score: 8–8 (max 8)

A great start from our Champion and Challenger with an 8 no less

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Round 2: D W B E O A S R T

Arthur: BROADEST (8)
Ben: BOASTED (7)
DC: BROASTED (8)
OT: BEDSTRAW (8) SOWBREAD (8)
Score: 16–8 (max 16)

Another good round from Mr Page.......the points are building nicely

Round 3: 100, 10, 8, 3, 8, 2. Target: 248.

C1: 248. 8 × 3 × 10 + 8 (10)
C2: 247.
Score: 26–8 (max 26)

I like Arthur's number solution using the LNAFP method !

Teatime teaser: FERNARMY -> FERRYMAN

Round 4: Q N S I E A N H D

Arthur: HANDIES (7)
Ben: SHINED (6)
OT: ADHESIN (7) SHINNED (7)
Score: 33–8 (max 33)

Another great 7 from Arthur with Handies....................but there were a couple more of those hidden away

Handies :handie (plural handies or ("hand" sense only) handsies) Alternative form of handy ( "hand", "handjob" ) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Round 5: T E D M B I A E T

Arthur: MEDITATE (8)
Ben: DEBATE (6)
DC: BEDTIME (7)
Score: 41–8 (max 41)

It's Darren central in this round..........as our champion Arthur spots the only 8 in this round


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Round 6: 75, 25, 100, 4, 10, 1. Target: 356.

C1: 356. (25 + 1) × 10 + 100 − 4 (10)
C2: -
Score: 51–8 (max 51)

Do you honestly think that Arthur wouldn't solve this ?????? Sadly Ben blanks this round..........I found a less complicated way of solving this

100-10
90-1=89
89*4=356

Round 7: S A G T E R U E G

Arthur: GESTURE (7)
Ben: STAGGER (7)
DC: AUSTERE (7)
OT: REGAUGES (8)
Score: 58–15 (max 59)

7s all from our Champion and Challenger.........one rather interesting 8 missed by all Regauges


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Round 8: L T M O U E T N J

Arthur: MUTTON (6)
Ben: MOTTLE (6)
DC: MOLTEN (6)
OT: LOTMENT (7)
Score: 64–21 (max 66)

6s all round.............one rather interesting 7 hidden away with Lotment

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Round 9: 10, 2, 9, 8, 1, 3. Target: 671.

C1: 671. (10 × 9 − 3 × 2) × 8 − 1 (10)
C2: 671. (9 × 8 − 2 − 3) × 10 + 1 (10)
Score: 74–31 (max 76)

Nice and straightforward not too taxing from our Champion and Challenger


Teatime teaser: CHIPLARD -> PILCHARD

Round 10: M N C U E O L P I

Arthur: COMPILE (7)
Ben: POLICE (6)
DC: PUMICE (6) COLUMN (6)
OT: COMPLINE (8) PINOLEUM (8) PULMONIC (8)
Score: 81–31 (max 84)

A good 7 with Compile from Arthur he is now compiling the points and is on course for win no 8

Round 11: E A E T R D S O L

Arthur: LEOTARDS (8)
Ben: DESOLATE (8)
DC: LEOTARDS (8) LODESTAR (8) TREADLES (8)
OT: DELATORS (8) OLEASTER (8)
Score: 89–39 (max 92)

A Great 8 from Arthur the old Countdown favourite with Leotards............but quite a few 8s hidden away........again not a lot to argue over

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Round 12: S V R A I E Y P D

Arthur: ASPIRED (7)
Ben: ADVISER (7)
DC: ASPIRED (7) PRAISED (7)
OT: VESPIARY (8)
Score: 96–46 (max 100)

7s all round.............but there was one rather interesting 8 hidden away with Vespiary


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Round 13: O U R W O G S E A

Arthur: RAGEOUS (7)
Ben: GROUSE (6)
OT: AERUGOS (7)
Score: 103–46 (max 107)

Round 14: 25, 100, 75, 10, 6, 9. Target: 868.

C1: 869. (100 + 25 + 9) × 6 + 75 − 10 (7)
C2: 869. 9 × 100 − 25 − 6 (7)
RR: 867/869
Score: 110–53 (max 114)

Rachel says that 1 away is the best that you can do

Round 15: R E P I N E P O P

C1 buzzes on 2.75 seconds to say PEPPERONI which is correct.
Final Score: 120–53 (max 124)

Firstly congratulations to Arthur on becoming the 8th Octo-Champ of Series 89 his points of 953 averages out at 119.125 points a game he is the top seed for this series and the only 900 club member, secondly take nothing away from Ben he gave as good as he got but not enough to match the brilliance of Arthur, join me again for the finals week of series 89 ............. in the meantime it is bye for now !

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