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  • Countdown Scorecard #5909

    At last! at last! at long last my most anticipated game of 2014, Life Goes On, has been released, so have my scorecard for the 5909th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Kevin Greenlee's intrepid soundtrack to LGO and let me get back to it. Enjoy!

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 thseaoefr fathers 7
    2 npiesdtok dopiest 14
    3 100 75 10 7 8 4 → 269 268
    (75 − 8) × 4
    24
    TTT trapless plasters1
    4 mgitveojb motive2 30
    5 stmaeiord asteroid3 38
    6 50 8 10 4 2 8 → 368 368
    (50 − 4) × 8
    48
    7 cslteaedg legates 55
    8 yonriosep spoonier 63
    9 75 100 6 8 8 4 → 186 186
    100 + 75 + 6 + 4 + 8 ÷ 8
    73
    TTT eraseher rehearse4
    10 tguernois routines 80
    11 nwzmeaoad amazed 86
    12 rbeulnqor boner 91
    13 ltfiaisgo gloats 97
    14 75 2 7 6 5 8 → 233 233
    75 × 6 ÷ 2 + 8
    107
    15 sumogroin ginormous 117
    1 Solved by Dad and Rosie
    2 Found by Dad
    3 Mark found MEDIATORS for nine
    4 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: fathers dopiest motive asteroid legates spoonier routines amazed boner gloats
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5904

    Not an awful lot more than my scorecard for the 5904th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Magnus "SoulEye" Pålsson's gloriously moody soundtrack to Terry Cavanagh's challenging / rewarding and wonderfully fun platform game VVVVVV.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 vsruieglo gloves 6
    2 nraubseoa bores 11
    3 25 50 100 2 4 7 → 638 639
    (100 + 2) × 7 − 50 − 25
    18
    TTT halfcoin falchion1
    4 tneiwmetd mitten 24
    5 rgdeoivte goitred 31
    6 75 50 100 4 8 5 → 870 870
    100 × 8 + 75 − 5
    41
    7 dbnoeiast sedation2 49
    8 sroernoga groaners 57
    9 100 25 50 75 4 8 → 851 851
    100 × 8 + 50 + 4 − 75 ÷ 25
    67
    TTT insetgas giantess3
    10 plaerhoqt plate 72
    11 sfleeisrl fillers 79
    12 spuecsioj juices 85
    13 nrdieaiyo rained 91
    14 75 8 1 3 2 1 → 106 106
    75 + 8 × (3 + 1) − 1
    101
    15 vatredone (renovated) 101
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Mark and Ciaran both found BOTANISED for nine
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: gloves bores mitten goitred sedation groaners plate fillers juices rained
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5899

    So Barwick & Hecker at the RNCM promised to be a glorious evening of ambient bliss, and they delivered in their own ways peacefulness, naïveté and beauty, danger, exhilaration and the most physical experience I have ever enjoyed at a concert. The closest I'd come to such physicality from music was my discovery of Clark when he supported Tortoise at London's Koko Club around the time his Body Riddle was released. The title of that record aptly describes what Clark did to us that evening, and Tim Hecker did this sort of thing and more. He eased us in with ever loudening waves of sound until we left our seats and floated on the crest, then later shot us through with a machine gun and near the end he chilled us to our bones. All in almost complete darkness. 'Twas quite beautiful to share in this experience of music for introverts.

    And on the stage of Woodford Community Players, Tom Dawson, Derek Snowdon and Steven Tomlinson captivated us with their performances of Frank McGuinness's Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. They showed us the boredom, the torture and the affection which can develop between people in captivity. It was quite a dangerous production, directed with sensitivity and playfulness by Sue Mooney, and the feedback we have received has been almost as powerful – if the chaps will excuse me – as the performances.

    One unfortunately frequent refrain, however, was the apparent need to justify staging such a hard-hitting and mature play: "We can't always be doing all this fluffy stuff." To be fair, since I joined the Players in 2010 for When the Lights Go On Again – a light-hearted music hall take on wartime – five out of the nine plays in which I've been involved have been pretty high in the drama stakes, with only two shows – Dick Barton and Outside Edge being anywhere near to out and out comedy. Perhaps it's time we caught up with ourselves, let our audience grow to know and love us for such grown-up and affecting productions as Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Agnes of God, This Happy Breed, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Madness of George III, and found the need to apologise rather for the odd crowd pleaser thrown into a season.

    We settle back into daily life, however, with my scorecard for the 5899th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Kyle Gabler's beautiful soundtrack to his own poignant and surprising satirical puzzle game Little Inferno, available in the current Humble Weekly Sale.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 snrsoieaf nosier 6
    2 mednaseop dampens 13
    3 75 6 5 7 4 7 → 506 506
    75 × 7 − 5 × 4 + 7 − 6
    23
    TTT henspace cheapens1
    4 vrailemfa avail 28
    5 lntroaieu relation 36
    6 100 6 10 2 5 4 → 913 912
    100 × (5 + 4) + 10 + 2
    43
    7 stsheaiom homiest 50
    8 jscaoetbi boaties 57
    9 100 2 3 6 8 10 → 694 694
    100 × (10 − 3) − 6
    67
    TTT inalemon minneola2
    10 mpnuideso pounds 73
    11 nxhgioeik hiking 79
    12 vtnaearpi taverna 86
    13 rdtroeoaz toreador 94
    14 25 5 4 10 3 9 → 771 775
    (10 × 3 + 5 − 4) × 24
    101
    15 loafintin (inflation) 101
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: nosier dampens avail relation homiest boaties pounds hiking taverna toreador
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5896

    With only a couple of hours to go until the technical rehearsal for Woodford Players' production of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me I post my scorecard for the 5896th game of Countdown and its sister word game for you to enjoy. And as a taster for his arrival in Manchester tomorrow, the music is Tim Hecker's 'Virginal II' from his 2013 record Virgins. Hecker and Julianna Barwick will be on the stage of the Royal Northern College of Music's Theatre from 20:00, so book your tickets and join us for what promises to be a glorious evening of ambient bliss.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 krgreoaen enrage 6
    2 opnedoget opened 12
    3 25 5 9 7 3 10 → 820 12
    TTT lookthen knothole1
    4 hiyadifum hiya 16
    5 slndaeoer slander2 23
    6 50 100 1 9 9 6 → 495 495
    (100 − 9 ÷ 9) × (6 − 1)
    33
    7 oeiolsbvi boils 38
    8 lenaherwd healer 44
    9 100 1 4 9 6 2 → 492 492
    100 × (4 + 1) − 6 − 2
    54
    TTT bendline bedlinen3
    10 ramotesod doormats4 62
    11 xgpaieorl glare 67
    12 tefitestn stint 72
    13 zrpnaoiat ration 78
    14 75 8 5 5 9 3 → 787 788
    (75 + 3) × (5 + 5) + 8
    85
    15 cesskitti (stickiest) 85
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Trevor found OLEANDERS for nine
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Possible niner: MODERATOS


    Game

    Words: enrage opened hiya slander boils healer doormats glare stint ration
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5891

    What a difference a day makes. Twenty-four little hours later than usual here lands my scorecard for the 5891st game game of Countdown and its sister word game, accompanied by nervous_testpilot's heavenly soundtrack to the beautifully modern strategy game Frozen Synapse. Top tip: listen to it. Play it. Love it.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 oiegbsfup fogies 6
    2 eaedmnvop opened 12
    3 2 10 7 1 4 10 → 986 990
    (10 × 10 − 1) × (7 × 2 − 4)
    19
    TTT pinchtoe phonetic1
    4 iuathgtol taught 25
    5 nbzdieoet boned 30
    6 25 9 5 1 9 6 → 607 606
    25 × (9 + 9 + 5 + 1) + 6
    37
    7 ioaesgprg saggier2 44
    8 aeidmnsct maidens 51
    9 10 6 2 8 9 9 → 319 319
    8 × (6 − 2) × 10 − 9 ÷ 9
    61
    TTT triedcup pictured3
    10 oeaqlsrfn loafers 68
    11 hpuaedrns asunder 75
    12 oueocknrt trounce 82
    13 mnsriiaej remains 89
    14 100 2 9 1 6 5 → 568 568
    (100 − 5) × 6 − 2
    99
    15 simiantoy (animosity) 99
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Possible nine: ARPEGGIOS
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: fogies opened taught boned saggier maidens loafers asunder trounce remains
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5886

    Now now now (not then) I am bereft of Curling for another four years after Aileen and her team swept most of the opposition aside to take the bronze medal in Wheelchair Curling at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi. 'Twas a fair rollercoaster of a competition for Team GB, and Channel 4's coverage, while appreciated, was horribly marred by interminable commercial breaks, but our guys pulled through to win their medal and join Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell with their British record of four medals – 3× Silver and 1× Bronze – in Visually Impaired Alpine Skiing, and Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans who won Gold in Visually Impaired Women's Super-G to become GB's first ever gold medallists at a Paralympics Winter games. Great work from all of the guys. Go, Team GB!

    So let us celebrate / commiserate this time with my scorecard for the 5886th game of Countdown and its sister word game while enjoying David Pencil's stirring soundtrack to the open war game King Arthur's Gold.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rdheuonqi hound 5
    2 trneoliba relation 13
    3 25 1 8 5 9 5 → 176 176
    25 × (8 − 1) + 5 ÷ 5
    23
    TTT gotarude outraged1
    4 tmneuvsor remounts 31
    5 ieacrnced dancer 37
    6 75 7 1 8 5 3 → 212 212
    75 × 3 − 8 − 5
    47
    7 tdkouepyg pouted 53
    8 tnsraiest strains2 60
    9 50 75 5 2 8 1 → 630 630
    (75 + 5 − 1) × 8 − 2
    70
    TTT averseto overeats3
    10 nfzlaiojr jailor 70
    11 eaiprtgos grapiest 78
    12 lsmeoersu rouses 84
    13 aeihgneld headline 92
    14 75 50 7 8 4 6 → 773 772
    50 × (8 + 6) + 75 − 7 + 4
    99
    15 shesanerd (harnessed) 99
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Possible nine: TARTINESS
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: hound relation remounts dancer pouted strains grapiest rouses headline
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5885

    Just my scorecard for the 5885th game of Countdown and the word game accompanied by Leonardo Badinella's steamy soundtrack to the tactical roleplaying game Expeditions: Conquistador.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 ngdueyaci cueing 6
    2 tmsoeitra smatter1 13
    3 75 25 8 4 1 8 → 732 13
    TTT carishot chariots2
    4 eoalgptoc pootle 19
    5 rnsieapxn praise 25
    6 100 2 1 10 6 9 → 532 532
    (100 − 10 − 1) × 6 − 2
    35
    7 rkeuopsdv proves 41
    8 lfoaisrhe flashier 49
    9 75 2 7 1 10 3 → 873 49
    TTT moodiman ammonoid3
    10 mgdsioear raised4 55
    11 gbtfoaise bogies 61
    12 oiaspwtom waist 66
    13 lddeajnsi laddies 73
    14 25 3 2 5 1 8 → 221 221
    25 × (8 + 1) − 5 + 3 − 2
    83
    15 fitkisser (friskiest) 83
    1 James Robinson, via twitter, found ESTIMATOR for nine
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Possible niner: IDEOGRAMS


    Game

    Words: cueing smatter pootle praise proves flashier raised bogies waist laddies
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5880

    Honestly, nothing more than my scorecard for the 5880th game of Countdown and its sister word game, accompanied by Siddhartha Barnhoorn's abstract soundtrack to the ambient puzzle game (is that correct?) Antichamber from Humble Indie Bundle 11. Now let me get back to the Portal 2 Linux beta.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 ldneoastr leotards 8
    2 xslsuieno louses 14
    3 50 5 7 3 1 8 → 846 845
    50 × (8 + 7 + 3 − 1) − 5
    21
    TTT soapharm amphoras1
    4 gpndaiebi ponged 27
    5 mdrnaoism ordains 34
    6 100 1 8 3 10 2 → 755 755
    (100 + 8) × (10 − 3) − 1
    44
    7 rpteaeksm tampers 51
    8 vrfciuoel recoil 57
    9 50 25 75 100 4 7 → 385 382
    100 × 4 − 25 + 7
    64
    TTT susierod desirous2
    10 rpscaeota captors 71
    11 gbteioswd widgets 78
    12 hntneuefv hunt 82
    13 stniaolru rations3 89
    14 100 10 8 4 5 3 → 317 317
    (100 + 4) × 3 + 5
    99
    15 lovebrown (overblown) 99
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Possible niner: INSULATOR


    Game

    Words: leotards louses ponged ordains tampers recoil captors widgets hunt rations
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5875

    So the 2014 Winter Olympics come to a close in Sochi with Team GB having amassed their joint largest medal haul for ninety years and me being left bereft of Curling for another four. By way of celebration / consolation let's enjoy my scorecard for the 5875th game of Countdown and its sister game for us all to play, accompanied by Carlo Castellano's melancholy soundtrack for The Swapper from Humble Indie Bundle 11.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 eoimtdrba dreamt 6
    2 sdmuointe moisten 13
    3 25 3 4 5 4 1 → 576 576
    (5 × 4 + 3) × 25 + 1
    23
    TTT moonyear aeronomy1
    4 rcaspearg grasper 30
    5 oeindgszm mends 35
    6 50 1 8 5 9 7 → 281 281
    (50 + 7 − 1) × 5 + 9 − 8
    45
    7 trnoeosdi insert 51
    8 pvtraueon novate 57
    9 50 1 7 2 5 9 → 645 645
    50 × (7 × 2 − 1) − 5
    67
    TTT ichanced chicaned2
    10 aeijhfrat father 73
    11 eohgieqkd hiked 78
    12 auorblisr broils 84
    13 nohivelut violent 91
    14 100 75 2 7 5 8 → 336 91
    15 curvedone (uncovered) 91
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: dreamt moisten grasper mends insert novate father hiked broils violent
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5870

    As Countdown's host Nick Hewer celebrates his 70th birthday – Happy Birthday, Nick! – I celebrate my first century of 2014 in game #5870. And you play the word game. And we all enjoy Disasterpeace's crushingly lovely soundtrack to the incredible interdimensional puzzle platform game FEZ.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rtdxeaosj adores 6
    2 vrmueidsu drives 12
    3 100 10 8 7 9 8 → 398 398
    8 ÷ (9 − 7) × 100 − 10 + 8
    22
    TTT dryhabit birthday1
    4 oirlbsaeb rabbles 29
    5 gdrsieopf podgier 36
    6 100 6 7 8 2 9 → 568 568
    (100 − 7) × 6 + 8 + 2
    46
    7 nsdtieaop panties2 53
    8 iegshnoai hosing 59
    9 25 8 7 4 5 7 → 376 376
    25 × (8 + 7) + 5 − 4
    69
    TTT annsclam clansman3
    10 tveaicreg creative 77
    11 nthdoaupe haunted 84
    12 nagoeclma mangle 90
    13 rnwroielm oilmen 96
    14 75 7 1 6 2 9 → 432 432
    (75 − 2 − 1) × 6
    106
    15 creamycod (democracy) 106
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Brett found ANTIPODES for nine
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: adores drives rabbles podgier panties hosing creative haunted mangle oilmen
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