Friday, 14 October 2016

NG 842

New game 842 is now available.

The re-run is episode 198; its rounds are here and its writeup is here.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

NG 841

New game 841 is now available.

The re-run is episode 198; its rounds are here and its writeup is here.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Monday, 10 October 2016

Sunday, 9 October 2016

New games back this week

I'll be putting up new games this coming week during the remaining finals of series two (Monday's will probably be a little late, but I'll aim to get the others up at the usual 6pm).  Meanwhile, here's links to my earlier writeups for the first quarterfinal (episode 194) and the second quarterfinal (episode 195).

In other news, the mezzacotta Puzzle Competition is on this week.  This is run by the people who used to run the CiSRA Puzzle Competition, but no longer under the auspices of CiSRA.  Check it out, maybe you'll find something to like there.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ep 193: James Coutie, Andre Sardone (October 5, 2016; originally aired April 27, 2011)

Rounds: Here.

Disclaimer: I watched this episode when it first aired, and although I did not recall any of it I cannot rule out memory being a factor.

James Coutie gets his turn in the champion's seat, for the last game before the finals.  James has just finished his sixth season of lifesaving; he started of with normal lifesaving, then transitioned into teaching it.  He says that he mainly teaches the First Aid Awards now (I'm not sure what that is -- there is a UK organisation by that name, but presumably that is not what is meant), but he also does other things like Emergency Response, where he gets to ride jet skis.

Tonight's challenger is Andre Sardone, a roof plumber and Richard informs us that Andre has turned roof plumbing into a more creative endeavour.  Andre explains that he has always been good at drawing and painting, but about six years ago he decided to create artworks out of Colorbond steel (his chosen material in roof plumbing).  He creates wall-hanging artworks out of it: Like paintings, but instead of painting colours, he cuts shapes and layers them together to create an image.  (Unfortunately, Andre's website seems to be under construction at the time of writing this post, but a few older examples of his art can be found elsewhere, such as on this page.)

Andre bolted to an early lead by finding good seven-letter words in the first two rounds whereas James only managed five-letter words.  A win in the first numbers round from Andre saw him 19 points ahead at the first break.  James rallied a bit in the second third, finding one longer word in round four and then sharing the points in round five.  Andre squashed that recovery by solving the second numbers round, though, and was 22 points ahead at the second break.  That left James needing to outscore Andre on the last letters round, but his five-letter word was not sufficient to the task.  Neither was able to score in the final two rounds, and Andre won, 42 to 13.