Thursday 20th June 2024 ( Series 89, 1st Quarter Final )

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Thursday 20th June 2024 ( Series 89, 1st Quarter Final )

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Hello Countdowners it's that time again...................you guessed it..........Countdown finals week...........after gracing our screens for 6 months.........we are now down to our last eight. Eight contestants have become octochamps, five them have amassed 700 points or more 4 of those are 800 club memebers with exception of Arthur Page who is the only 900 club member of series 89. Which of one these wonderful legends will walking off with the Richard Whiteley memorial trophy and the bragging rights of series 89 ? So sit back and indulge with your tea and biscuits as these legends do battle.

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C1: Champion Arthur " The Buckinghamshire Brainbox " Page (8 wins, 953 points.)
C2: Champion Isabelle " The Alkborough Arrow " Heward (8 wins, 686 points.)
DC: Susie Dent and Greg Rusedski.
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: T R D A E O N G E
R02: L G C W A E A N T
R03: 75, 100, 25, 50, 9, 1. Target: 124.
TTT: MADECASH - "He made cash by uploading his cycling videos, which were filmed on these"
R04: R Y S I E I H W S
R05: D S A E O V N G A
R06: 50, 6, 3, 5, 1, 1. Target: 886.
R07: U A I L N R T O E
R08: S B Z M U E A R T
R09: 75, 100, 10, 1, 4, 7. Target: 750.
TTT: SOLDBAIT - " Before clickbait, they used to sell page bait."
R10: P R H E I S O D F
R11: D U V L G A I M S
R12: B L T N U O I S G
R13: E A C D P C E U P
R14: 25, 10, 9, 6, 1, 8. Target: 241.
R15: G O T L A Y O U T (conundrum)


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Round 1: T R D A E O N G E

Arthur: RENEGADO (8)
Isabelle: NEGATED (7)
DC: DRAGONET (8) DEROGATE (8)
Score: 8–0 (max 8)

A great start from our no1 seed Arthur with his 8 Renegado ........there were a couple more eights that DC managed to spot.......Derogate was my spot


Round 2: L G C W A E A N T

Arthur: WANTAGE (7)
Isabelle: TANGLE (6)
DC: WANTAGE (7)
OT: AGLANCE (7) CANALET (7)
Score: 15–0 (max 15)

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

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Round 3: 75, 100, 25, 50, 9, 1. Target: 124.

C1: 124. 75 + 50 − 1 (10)
C2: 124. 100 + 25 − 1 (10)
Score: 25–10 (max 25)

Piss easy this.......shall we move on ???? Isabelle will be happy that she has some points on the board with easy numbers game

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Teatime teaser: MADECASH -> HEADCAMS

Round 4: R Y S I E I H W S

Arthur: WISHERS (7)
Isabelle: SHREWS (6)
DC: SWISHIER (8)
Score: 32–10 (max 33)

A good 7 from Arthur with Wishers.........my 8 was Swishier..........sorry Arthur but I beat you on this round !

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Round 5: D S A E O V N G A

Arthur: DOGVANES (8)
Isabelle: SANG (4)
DC: SAVAGED (7)
Score: 40–10 (max 41)

Another piece of brilliance from our Number One seed.......you guessed it........I spotted this myself !


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Round 6: 50, 6, 3, 5, 1, 1. Target: 886.

C1: 886. (50 − 1) × 6 × 3 + 5 − 1 (10)
C2: 890.
Score: 50–10 (max 51)

Nice and straightforward not too taxing !

Round 7: U A I L N R T O E

Arthur: URANOLITE (18)
Isabelle: AILERON (7)
DC: URANOTILE (18)
OT: OUTLINEAR (18)
Score: 68–10 (max 69)

This just gets better and better our Number one seed spotting a 9 in this quarter final.......I managed to spot Uranotile as my 9 as did DC


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Round 8: S B Z M U E A R T

Arthur: MATURES (7)
Isabelle: murates
OT: MAZUTES (7) MERBAUS (7) STRUMAE (7)
Score: 75–10 (max 76)

Another good round from our No 1 seed..............our No 8 seed Isabelle has her word disallowed by Susie.........but there were a few more 7s hidden away............no extra points for spotting them all

Round 9: 75, 100, 10, 1, 4, 7. Target: 750.

C1: 750. 10 × 75 (10)
C2: 750. 75 × 10 (10)
Score: 85–20 (max 86)

Here we go again.........another easy one !

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Teatime teaser: SOLDBAIT -> TABLOIDS

Round 10: P R H E I S O D F

Arthur: PERIODS (7)
Isabelle: FISHED (6)
DC: SPHEROID (8)
Score: 92–20 (max 94)

Another fantastic round from Mr Page...........over in DC they get to shine with their 8 Spheroid

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Round 11: D U V L G A I M S

Arthur: MAGILUS (7)
Isabelle: GLADIUS (7)
DC: DUALISM (7)
OT: MAULVIS (7)
Score: 99–27 (max 101)

7s all round...........lets move on shall we ?????

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Round 12: B L T N U O I S G

Arthur: BUSTLING (8)
Isabelle: BUSTLING (8)
DC: BLOUSING (8)
OT: BOULTING (8) TOUSLING (8)
Score: 107–35 (max 109)

Eights all round from our quarter finalists.......again not a lot to argue about !

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Round 13: E A C D P C E U P

Arthur: CUPPED (6)
Isabelle: CAPPED (6)
DC: CUPPED (6) CAPPED (6)
OT: ACCEDE (6) PEACED (6)
Score: 113–41 (max 115)

Sixes all round.......shall we move on ???????

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Round 14: 25, 10, 9, 6, 1, 8. Target: 241.

C1: 241. 25 × 10 − 9 (10)
C2: 241. 25 × 10 − 9 (10)
Score: 123–51 (max 125)

Let's move on........another piss easy one !

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Round 15: G O T L A Y O U T

C1 buzzes on 3 seconds to say AUTOLOGY which is incorrect.
C2 does not buzz.
The answer was TAUTOLOGY.
Final Score: 123–51 (max 135)

An incorrect guess from our NO1 seed but he realises his error when he left the first letter off but it is left to Susie Dent and our recap writer to solve the conundrum. Another fantastic perfomance from our number one seed Arthur who advances to the Semi-Finals on 26th June where he will meet the winner of Jessica Pratesi or Mark Goodliffe in the last quarter final that is coming to our screens on Tuesday...........take nothing away from Isabelle she will be proud of what she has achieved 51 points is a pretty respectable score but it was always going to be a tall order to beat Arthur, join me again for the next quarter final battle 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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