Monday, 29 August 2016

Ep 160: Richard Hartley, Rohan Long (August 19, 2016; originally aired March 11, 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.

Just the summary for now, as I'm still very behind.


Ep 159: Richard Hartley, Everson Kandare (August 18, 2016; originally aired March 10, 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.

Just the summary for now, as I'm still very behind.


Ep 158: Richard Hartley, Tim Shiel (August 17, 2016; originally aired March 9, 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.

Just the summary for now, as I'm still very behind.


Ep 157: Richard Hartley, Jenni Bradford (August 16, 2016; originally aired March 8, 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.

Just the summary for now, as I'm still very behind.


Ep 156: Richard Hartley, David Gunn (August 15, 2016; originally aired March 7, 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.

Just the summary for now, as I'm still very behind.


Since one of the contestants is named David, I will be using DA to refer to David Astle in the rest of this post.


Weekly summary: Episodes 151 to 155

I did not manage to equal (or exceed) David and Lily in the solo totals this week, but I came close throughout.  There were generally only a couple of rounds difference each game; my best chance came on Thursday, where I was briefly ahead before I came unstuck on the numbers.  This was a much more consistently good week than last week, despite the highs then, and I am happy about that.


MonTueWedThuFri
Me6975747476
Champion3227152030
Challenger22673434
David + Lily7376787677
Me (solo)6975747476


Greg managed to get to a fifth game before Rob ended his run.  Greg just barely pips Kannan for fifth place, but the totals are low enough that both could easily miss out on the finals.  Jack, sitting above them in fourth place, is looking fairly secure.  Richard put Rob out in a close game on Friday, starting off with a good total.

Barry Harridge755145543959323
Matthew Thomason466449445265310
Oli Bryant714660555432318
Jack Dell5973405036258
Greg Beers3559463833211
Kannan Sethuraman4253454129210
Brett Chaiyawat2559284234188
Samuel Hastings46585824186


A couple of tough full monties this week eluded David's eagle eye.  Lily continues to be in fine form -- this is the third week in a row that she has solved every numbers round.

MonTueWedThuFri
Full Monties0
Missed Full Monties112
Tough Numbers0
Impossible Numbers0


My maximum count is the same as last week, in the main rounds at any rate.  I picked up one letters maximum but dropped one in the numbers.  I did solve all conundrums this week, so that's a small improvement over last week.  My performance was much more consistent this week.


MonTueWedThuFri
Maximums: L34444
N23223
C11111


Contestants sorted by average score:


TotalGamesAverage
Richard Hartley*56156.00
Barry Harridge323653.83
Oli Bryant318653.00
Matthew Thomason310651.67
Jack Dell258551.60
Jason Dunn102251.00
Colwyn Buckland51151.00
Brian Morgan151350.33
Luke Brattoni149349.67
Rob Hunt99249.50
Raf Goodens98249.00
Gary Beer49149.00
Ryan Turk48148.00
Samuel Hastings186446.50
Daniel Drumm92246.00
Jonathan Goodman44144.00
Greg Beers211542.20
Kannan Sethuraman210542.00
Kathryn James123341.00
Jodi Knight82241.00
Avi Chanales163440.75
Margaret Frangos79239.50
Peter Stephenson78239.00
Brett Chaiyawat188537.60
Janine Huan37137.00
Aram Kalyanasundaram36136.00
Luke Warden72236.00
David Waddell71235.50
Damien Chua35135.00
Jayden Spudvilas-Powell34134.00
Michael Bakker66233.00
Nathan Boadle33133.00
Cameron Ling32132.00
Neil McInnes32132.00
Ben Ripley32132.00
Felix Johnson95331.67
Mike Vitale63231.50
John Marsiglio31131.00
Bryce Lawrence30130.00
Matt Pitcher29129.00
Anna Gunn27127.00
Glen Chandler26126.00
Nicky Henderson24124.00
Louise Kuchmar23123.00
Vikas Ahuja22122.00
Rob Carter20120.00
Rosemary Stafford20120.00
Liam Murphy18118.00
Basil Theophilos18118.00
Seb Dworkin17117.00
Frank Rice15115.00
Vanessa Rule15115.00
Dane Watkins15115.00
Susan Bee13113.00
Mali Konda13113.00
Rhys McCaig13113.00
Matthew Ball12112.00
Matt Bolton12112.00

Monday, 22 August 2016

Ep 155: Rob Hunt, Richard Hartley (August 12, 2016; originally aired Match 4, 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.


Rob Hunt gets his turn in the champion's seat, after defeating Greg Beers last night.  Rob is learning Spanish at the moment; he originally started that because he wanted to travel around South America.  As he puts it, in a lot of places in the world, he can get away with just speaking English loudly, but in South America you really need to know the lingo.  Richard pulls David into the conversation at this point, as David also travelled around South America at one point, and asks him about his Spanish.  David responds in Spanish that he can speak it a little, but not well.  Still in Spanish, he asks Rob if he is going to win, and Rob responds in Spanish that he hopes so.

Tonight's challenger is Richard Hartley, a planetary science student and guitar teacher.  As he explains it, planetary science is a mix of astronomy and geology, that looks at the formation of planets, the solar system, and more broadly the whole universe.  Richard has been studying it for three years in London; he has just a few exams to go and then it will all be done.


The contestants start out with matched answers in the first round, then Richard moves ahead in the second round with a good find.  The first numbers round was too easy, so Richard took the advantage into the first break.  An error from Rob in round four allowed Richard to move further ahead, and he extended that lead still further in round five.  Richard looked like he might cruise home, but invalid answers from him in the next two main rounds put Rob right back in contention.  It had the makings of quite a comeback when Rob buzzed in first at the conundrum, but he did not have the answer.  That gave Richard the game; he picked up a few more points by solving the conundrum, finishing the winner by 56 to 42.