Two from the top and the rest small, please Carol

pPenny dropped: it's the Countdown numbers game!/p pThere's a special captain's treat that I save for myself, which is picking the teams for the Peter Rooke Cup. I'm after the best team of 8 players for the matches from the available pool, who together are inside the grading limit of 1120 (formerly 1120)./p pAfter some fiddling with a spreadsheet, I managed to hit exactly the limit of 1120 this year, one chap dropped out, then the closest I could get was 1119, which is still pretty good./p pThen today our opponents cancelled because of Weather, so I have to start again... /p pAnyhow, at that moment I realised what I'm sure everyone else realised long ago, which is that the problem is similar to the Numbers Game featured on the long-running Channel 4 programme a href="http://www.thecountdownpage.com/br / "Countdown/a./p pAnd of course, someone with a long Sunday afternoon to fill has scripted and made available to the rest of us a a href="http://www.xiberpix.net/Countup.html"Numbers Game Solver/a; hat-tip to a href="http://www.xiberpix.net/index.html"Xiberpix/a./p pShame the League rules allow only addition of the grades.../p pP.S. I believe Peter Rooke was a Teignmouth postman, who created a team competition to be played as a knockout, intended for 'ordinary' club players like himself./p

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