Monday, 14 May 2012

Weekly Summary: Episodes 441 to 443, 94 to 95

The interruption to the normal schedule complicates my usual arrangement; I may end up including a later pseudo-week for episodes 441 to 445 once the remaining two episodes air.

The regular episodes went reasonably well, but the difference in my performance in finals episodes shows up clearly -- although the gaps between my performance and the David and Lily combination in the last three games can be put down almost entirely to missed nine-letter words by me (full monties or conundrums).  I ended up with a surprising win on Thursday, but blew my chances for similar fortune on Friday.  On the plus side I found a full monty on Tuesday; against that I missed four others this week, and they were all findable (although the two on Friday were tough).

David + Lily7687887997
Me (solo)7086775564

Rob won his fifth game before the finals interruption; he'll be back in a few months aiming for that sixth win and a probable second place in the rankings.  His performance knocked Margaret Zimmer out of contention, leaving Ian Phillips as the sole remaining three-gamer on the list.

Norm Do676258615962369
Simon Walton654749474555308
Ann Russell404846624947292
Ben Fisher555363426021294
Rob Fischer*6144455675281
Jane Taylor47546440205
Mark Potter41515140183
Ian Phillips575949165

Two full monties were on offer in the regular games, and I found the harder one but missed the easier one; I also missed the three ones available during the finals episodes.  In two cases I was only a few seconds off the pace, but it is still frustrating how poorly I end up doing on nine-letter words.  Monday served up some tricky number mixes, the last of which also eluded Lily.  Thursday served up an impossible target where even getting close was a good result, and Friday ended things on an easy note, at least numerically.

Full Monties11125
Missed Full Monties

Tough Numbers11
Impossible Numbers11

Things were going well during the middle of the week, with a couple of good games back to back.  Then the finals hit and my performance dropped noticeably.  That's disappointing, but I guess I am letting the finalists' reputations get to me.

Maximums: L24441

Contestants sorted by average score:

Norm Do369661.50
Rob Fischer*281556.20
Ian Phillips165355.00
Simon Walton308651.33
Jane Taylor205451.25
Louise Broadbent99249.50
Ben Fisher294649.00
Ann Russell292648.67
Mark Potter183445.75
Paul Bishard45145.00
Diana Greenslade43143.00
Mark O'Carrigan43143.00
Margaret Zimmer127342.67
Craig Hill85242.50
Jean Watson42142.00
Steve Hibbert83241.50
Andrea Boyd40140.00
Gavin Griffith40140.00
Carey McManus76238.00
Neil Croft37137.00
Mark Niciejewski37137.00
Steve Malcolm71235.50
James Cooper35135.00
Philip Scambler35135.00
Andrew Boyden34134.00
Donald Piggott-McKellar34134.00
Lara Irvine31131.00
Peter Ghalayini30130.00
Joseph Liebhaber30130.00
Scott Morrow30130.00
Jack Maloney29129.00
Mathew Thomas57228.50
Brent Dalton26126.00
Marc Lissner26126.00
Ian Wanless26126.00
Zaid Abbas24124.00
Bonnie McAllister23123.00
Kylie Alexander21121.00
Nic Brown21121.00
Susan Morrison21121.00
Cassie Palmer20120.00
John Morris16116.00
Casey Duggan13113.00
Andrew Fischer10110.00
Vishal Gandhi10110.00
Patrick Johns10110.00
Hans Pieterse616.00

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