In the country of Vocabuleria each year in February The Great Word Competition is held. Words from all over the country gather to compete against each other. This year's competition attracted 32 participants and all of them were drawn blindly in a knock-out tournament that consists of five rounds.
To keep the competition fresh and exciting each year the rules are re-established. This year the following rules were agreed upon:
- First of all, as was the case last year, the maximum allowed word length is 7. Shorter words are allowed to enter the competition, but they have a significant disadvantage to the longer words.
- In each round all members of a word are allowed six shots to score points. The points of all the members of a word are added together and the word with the highest number of points proceeds to the next round. The loser will be out of the tournament. Should a match end in a draw, the first members of the words will play a head-to-head match in which they are again allowed six shots. If this does not produce a winner, the second members will play a head-to-head by the same rules and so on, until there is a winner.
- The scores that can be earned are different each round. They are as follows:
First Round: All scores are worth $1$ point.
Second Round: Scores in either of the top corners are worth $2$ points. All other scores are worth $1$ point.
Quarter-finals: Scores in either of the top corners are worth $3$ points. All other scores are worth $1$ point.
Semi-finals: Scores in either of the top corners are worth $4$ points. Scores in either of the bottom corners are worth $2$ points. All other scores are worth $1$ point.
Final: Scores in either of the top corners are worth $5$ points. Scores in either of the bottom corners are worth $3$ points. All other scores are worth $1$ point.
Below you can find this year's schedule of play. The green and red shading indicates the winners and losers of the matches that have already been played. As you can see, we have reached the semi-finals by now. The quarter-finals have all been very exciting; especially the match of VICTORY against VOYAGER, which ended in 42-41 and was decided only on the very last shot. Now for the semi-finals we have two highly-contested matches coming up: "WINNING vs. SYNONYM" and "VICTORY vs MYSTERY".
Can you predict the winners of the semi-finals and the final?
1. What will be the final score in each of the semi-finals and the final?
2. Which word lost their first round match by the biggest margin?
3. What is the only match in this competition during which the second members of the competing words have had to play a head-to-head?