Thursday, 12 January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

NG 844

New game 844 is now available.

Also, there will be no new game on Wednesday or Friday night, which will have the convenient side effect of bringing the new game numbering back to matching the weekly cycle.

Monday, 9 January 2017

NG 843

New game 843 is now available.

I'm ludicrously far behind on the writeups -- ended up getting involved in a lot of other things instead.  I'll aim to catch up eventually, and resume the new games also.



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Ep 209: Hugh Davidson, Dave Gray (October 26, 2016; originally aired May 19, 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.


It's the important fourth night for Hugh Davidson, and Richard asks about technique.  Specifically, he comments that Hugh's selections have led to some of the most spectacular number play that he thinks has been had on the show (I'm not sure about that, but it has certainly led to some challenging targets), and enquires what Hugh's strategy is.  Hugh demurs, saying that 'strategy' is probably the wrong word for it, and that he has been pretty reckless.  Also, he is likely to continue being so.

Tonight's challenger is Dave Gray, but not the one that I thought of when I heard the name.  This Dave Gray is the head gardener at the historic Vaucluse House in Sydney, and has been for twenty-two years.  He adds that he is actually the head gardener for the Historic Houses Trust (they changed their name to Sydney Living Museums in 2013), so he looks after a number of gardeners associated with historic properties throughout Sydney, and even one down in Nowra called Meroogal.

Dave agrees with Richard's next statement that the beautiful gardens are certainly an important part of the historic houses, because they reflect the period of which the house is set.  For instance, at Vaucluse House they are trying to encapsulate the 19th century in the garden there.

Richard reminds us that one of Dave's colleagues from Vaucluse House was on the show a while back; that was Susan Bee, back in episode 132.


Dave took the early lead with a good word, but Hugh rallied in the second round to reduce the deficit to a single point.  Hugh's usual choice of six small numbers stumped everyone, including Lily, who very unusually had nothing to say.  The points were shared in the next round, then Dave chanced an invalid word in round five; that allowed Hugh to take the lead.  Dave took it right back again with the numbers, and when he solved the final numbers round also he was safe going into the conundrum.  Dave did very well to solve that conundrum quickly, and finished a comfortable winner, 51 to 26.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Ep 208: Hugh Davidson, Amrit Singh (October 25, 2016; originally aired May 18, 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.


Hugh Davidson returns for his third night, and Richard returns to the topic of Hugh's radio work, asking him how many programs he is putting to air at the moment.  Hugh responds that he is doing two shows a week at the moment -- a live performance show on Tuesdays, and the piano show on Saturdays.  Hugh would love to work in radio in the future, and particularly for one of the national broadcasters like the ABC or SBS.

Facing Hugh tonight is Amrit Singh, an IT professional who describes his greatest achievement as bungee jumping off the Auckland bridge.  Richard asks Amrit whether he can describe what it is like to bungee jump.  Amrit says that it is a pretty scary experience, and to him personally it was quite fulfilling.  The worst moment was when he had to step out and just jump... they counted him down, and that was the scariest part.  After that it was great.


Hugh starts out with a pair of seven-letter words, while Amrit is unable to match him.  Neither could make headway on the first numbers round, but thereafter it all goes Hugh's way.  He picks up points in all the remaining rounds, including the conundrum, and Amrit was only able to get on the scoring board in the last numbers round.  It's a very one-sided affair, with Hugh winning 62 to 10.