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  • Countdown Scorecard #6143

    So after a wonderfully collaborative week in which a few of us Handmade Hero alumni formed a team to write the annotations for the Episode Guide, we find ourselves flung into another week which may end up being a career-changer for yours truly. Before we get there, though, let us enjoy my scorecard for the 6143rd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Carl Karjalainen's bloopy soundtrack for the best puzzle game to be released for a while, if garlandobloom is to be believed (he is!), Snakebird.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 yfsroaine finery 6
    2 eausgwdre greased 13
    3 100 4 10 1 8 2 → 488 488
    (100 + (10 + 1) × 2) × 4
    23
    TTT paultoys outplays1
    4 vtpioresd disprove 31
    5 xtslaouae sexual 37
    6 100 2 3 3 10 5 → 348 348
    (100 + 10 + 3 × 2) × 3
    47
    7 ctpreioie copier 53
    8 ounsnbano nouns 58
    9 100 25 50 75 9 6 → 946 9472
    100 × 9 + 50 − 75 × 25
    65
    TTT sadantic antacids3
    10 iearsrmrg marries 72
    11 trdloiena relation 80
    12 oeuhlsfdi hideous 87
    13 svlneaoca clones 93
    14 75 5 7 6 10 6 → 990 990
    75 × (7 + 6) + 10 + 5
    103
    15 dropinvet (provident)4 103
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (100 − 6) × 9 + 75 + 25
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Gary


    Game

    Words: finery greased disprove sexual copier nouns marries relation hideous clones
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6138

    After a much more memorable week involving the previously mentioned gorgeous software company, but one that we mustn't jinx by mentioning at greater length, we arrive back at my Mondaily scorecard for the 6138th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by a preview of Beats & Pieces Big Band's album All In, due for release on 8th June.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 npteaomtl polenta 7
    2 aeorylfes floras 13
    3 75 100 50 25 4 10 → 454 454
    50 × 10 − 75 + 25 + 4
    23
    TTT heshares rehashes1
    4 aeacdruwg graced 29
    5 zpreoectm temper 35
    6 100 6 8 10 9 7 → 219 219
    100 × (8 − 6) + 10 + 9
    45
    7 srdouange resound2 52
    8 ioilrcems recoils 59
    9 100 75 25 50 2 8 → 145 145
    100 + 75 − 25 − 50 ÷ (8 + 2)
    69
    TTT aquatire taqueria3
    10 bknuoesqt quest 74
    11 nspieitfb finest 80
    12 pgneauehs pages 85
    13 drtuoahni handout 92
    14 50 8 3 4 2 10 → 255 255
    50 + 4 − 3 × 10 ÷ 2
    102
    15 googlesit (geologist)4 102
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Susie and Louise gave us DANGEROUS for nine
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by David


    Game

    Words: polenta floras graced temper resound recoils quest finest pages handout
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6136

    It's been a week that we'd like to forget here in the UK, but one that we likely ought to remember as the country continues at the hands of, undeniably now, the Conservative party. 'Twill be mildly interesting to see how often "leftover policies inherited from the [Liberal Democrat side of the] previous coalition government" get mentioned, along with the usual "economic situation inherited from the previous-previous Labour government".

    In much warmer news, a wood burning stove has been installed at home and, as it's a Monday, we may enjoy my scorecard for the 6136th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Sleaford Mods' emotionally appropriate Divide and Exit, ahead of their third LP Key Markets to be released in July.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 srteuezgt gutters 7
    2 hstaiepra harpist 14
    3 75 25 50 100 10 4 → 738 7421
    75 × 10 − 4 − 100 × 25
    21
    TTT danlikes knaidels
    4 fsneoegya nosegay 28
    5 rtkiaedlv trailed 35
    6 25 7 1 2 9 10 → 187 187
    25 × 7 + 10 + 2
    45
    7 bdtiaoxce coaxed 51
    8 gnlieatlr tanglier 59
    9 75 50 100 25 1 2 → 526 5252
    75 × (100 ÷ 25 × 2 − 1)
    66
    TTT imageurn geranium3
    10 pbrioufta ratio 71
    11 lcsieopri policies4 79
    12 dvcoaoign coding 85
    13 swpoeanjs spawns 91
    14 50 2 6 3 3 10 → 666 666
    50 × (10 + 3) + 6 × 3 − 2
    101
    15 stemshoot smoothest 111
    1 Solved by Rachel with (100 + 75 + 10) × 4 − 50 ÷ 25
    2 Solved by David with (75 − 25) × 25 − 100 + 1
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Susie gave us POLICIERS for nine


    Game

    Words: gutters harpist nosegay trailed coaxed tanglier ratio policies coding spawns
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6134

    A few days after an open day at a gorgeous software company, with positive vibes about the possibility of finally settling into a career, we find ourselves back at Monday with my scorecard for the 6134th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by the soundtrack for the destructible 3D platformer Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 mlcktaeon omental 7
    2 ywsriaile wailers 14
    3 100 7 5 3 1 9 → 656 656
    (100 − 5) × 7 − 9
    24
    TTT sadsmile misleads1
    4 tstlieide slitted 31
    5 rtzntoaeh another 38
    6 75 25 3 2 1 1 → 367 365
    (75 − 1 − 1) × (3 + 2)
    45
    7 rsrnsieor sorrier 52
    8 ldaepmush slumped 59
    9 25 3 6 2 6 1 → 406 406
    25 × (6 × 2 + 3 + 1) + 6
    69
    TTT darnbest bartends2
    10 pgiavriaj grip 73
    11 nptdqoaeo panted 79
    12 dgeocnewo wooden 85
    13 gsxrsioed dossier 92
    14 100 50 1 7 4 4 → 276 2753
    (100 − 7) × (4 − 1) − 4
    99
    15 fingerlip (pilfering)4 99
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rachel with (50 − 7 + 1) × 4 + 100
    4 Unscrambled by Robert


    Game

    Words: omental wailers slitted another sorrier slumped grip panted wooden dossier
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6129

    This week has seen the resumption of my voluntary work at my local hospital, the release of Linux 4.0 (see above) and my discovery of this useful tool from the Open Rights Group which aims to inform us, ahead of the 2015 General Election, how the people we'll find on our ballot sheets on 7th May would "reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people". My hope is that this sort of tool will be made available for more policies – particularly health and education – so that I and even habitual non-voters may be better informed and more inclined to vote in the elections to come.

    But as brief diversion from my hopes, let us enjoy my scorecard for the 6129th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Ben Babbitt's blissful soundtrack for Act I of the magical realist adventure game Kentucky Route Zero.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 spreioukn spunkier 8
    2 tadtogpea pottage 15
    3 50 8 5 2 10 8 → 367 367
    (50 + 8 ÷ 8) × (5 + 2) + 10
    25
    TTT restrift fritters1
    4 nirlexsav nailers 32
    5 slcieonys slices 38
    6 25 6 2 9 4 3 → 419 2 38
    7 qmfaielru marque 44
    8 tosnecrae coaster 51
    9 75 10 7 4 8 3 → 860 8613
    (75 − 3) × (8 + 4) - 10 + 7
    58
    TTT sorebrut robuster4
    10 mirtohdae mother 64
    11 njtiuabpe jaunt 69
    12 gastodfua gusto 74
    13 vmtoeiosn emotions 82
    14 5 9 2 1 9 4 → 511 5105
    (5 × (9 + 2) − 4) × (9 + 1)
    89
    15 sitongate (gestation) 89
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (25 × 2 − 3) × 9 − 4
    3 Solved by both Gavin and Simon with (25 × 2 − 3) × 9 − 4
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Solved by Rachel with ((9 + 9) × 4 + 1) × (5 + 2)


    Game

    Words: spunkier pottage nailers slices marque coaster mother jaunt gusto emotions
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6125

    Alright, no progress at all to report for the past week so let's just enjoy my scorecard for the 6125th game of Countdown, its sister word game and last week's poetic entry from Rosie, accompanied by Mega Drive's retrofuturist album Hardwired V1.4.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 czpaoerfr opera 5
    2 lotaxilda dial 9
    3 100 6 2 5 3 8 → 805 805
    100 × 8 + 5
    19
    TTT sellsago goalless1
    4 eaitmtnga teaming 26
    5 ndpieiusg nudges 32
    6 50 8 4 6 5 9 → 596 596
    50 × (8 + 4) − 9 + 5
    42
    7 nlweuapge plunge 48
    8 oeomrtvni emotion 55
    9 75 6 2 6 1 7 → 544 544
    75 × 7 + 6 × 6 ÷ 2 + 1
    65
    TTT rarelist trailers2
    10 eialbjsrt jailers 72
    11 sqsioeinv noises 78
    12 mtgoeircu court 83
    13 rhkeoeams shaker3 89
    14 100 6 8 8 1 8 → 219 219
    100 × (8 − 6) + 9 + 9 + 1
    99
    15 ropytripe (propriety) 99
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Susie gave us SHOEMAKER for nine


    Game

    Words: opera dial teaming nudges plunge emotion jailers noises court shaker
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    Round-up of last week's entry

    'Natural Beauty' by Rosie

  • Countdown Scorecard #6120

    As the West Indies cricketers welcome England to the Caribbean by putting them in to bat for the first innings of the series at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua (currently 49/3 after 25 overs), back here in the tourists' homeland I am to be found playing Countdown. And here it is, my scorecard for the 6120th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by NIGORO's slippery soundtrack for the apparently sentient archaeological adventure game La-Mulana (in the current Humble Bundle until 19:00 BST tomorrow).

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 lfuhreitl fillet 6
    2 jkaotdupa pout 10
    3 75 9 8 1 2 4 → 312 312
    (75 + 2 + 1) × 4
    20
    TTT trodcode doctored1
    4 dtiecgoma godetia 27
    5 npealmitg palming 34
    6 25 9 7 6 9 8 → 185 185
    25 × 7 + 9 + 9 − 8
    44
    7 rznaedqos snored 50
    8 rlmeaitvd trailed 57
    9 50 1 8 9 6 3 → 336 336
    (50 − 6 ÷ 3) × (8 − 1)
    67
    TTT holyfuse housefly2
    10 straeungo strange3 74
    11 rweopnarc prancer 81
    12 rsviuexri surer 86
    13 steowdasu ousted 92
    14 100 10 3 3 9 5 → 959 959
    (100 − 5) × 10 + 9
    102
    15 untongued (outgunned)4 102
    1 Solved by Mum and Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Gerry found OUTRANGES for nine
    4 Unscrambled by Gerry


    Game

    Words: fillet pout godetia palming snored trailed strange prancer surer ousted
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6117

    After a magnificent week of Handmade Hero in which Casey implemented this, compelling me to dive finally into the source code and put my newfound programming knowledge to practical use, we crash back down to Earth today with my Mondaily Countdown Scorecard. So let us just enjoy it for the 6117th game and its sister word game accompanied by Jonathan Geer's calming soundtrack for the hardcore restaurant simulator Cook, Serve, Delicious! (mechanical keyboard highly recommended).

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rpicbuxoa burp 4
    2 jidsaoegs gassed 10
    3 100 8 6 2 1 6 → 376 376
    (100 − 6) × (6 − 2)
    20
    TTT isntlove novelist1
    4 tgiuatcyt tatty 25
    5 wbedpadom domed 30
    6 50 2 6 6 5 3 → 171 171
    (50 + 5 + 2) × 3
    40
    7 ntiagedrd treading 48
    8 niwuasvet invest 54
    9 75 2 3 9 6 5 → 767 7682
    75 × 5 × 2 + 9 + 6 + 3
    61
    TTT seespace escapees3
    10 rzoamreos roomers 68
    11 nralmetao meant 73
    12 srciakent narkiest4 81
    13 rduehsqip rushed 87
    14 100 5 9 4 2 8 → 113 113
    100 + 8 +
    97
    15 weirdpong powdering5 97
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (2 × 5 + 75) × 9 + 6 ÷ 3
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Gerry and Mark both found CRANKIEST for nine
    5 Unscrambled by Gerry


    Game

    Words: burp gassed tatty domed treading invest roomers meant narkiest rushed
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6113

    We're getting there. I've dragged myself away from the likes of XCOM, Octodad and Borderlands 2 to setup some more stuff on my laptop such that there isn't much left for it but to start playing with the source code of Handmade Hero. And to type out this 100-page keyboard test I've had an idea to do. And to get a decent job application process going, ideally complete with automatic logging of each application sent and possible reminders to follow them up.

    But this Saturday just gone I even dragged myself away from computer stuff entirely to see Cloudbusting, a Kate Bush tribute band, perform at Manchester's Club Academy. In short, they were amazing. They played a set brimming with my favourite songs – 'The Wedding List', 'Never Be Mine' and 'Wild Man' amongst them – that lasted nigh on three hours (surely not, was it, Harlan?) with a fifteen-minute interval one hour in. The whole band was on magnificent form, playing their hearts out, engaging with the audience and filling the place with the magic of Kate Bush. From memory, no gig has yet moved me to actual tears, but Cloudbusting brought a lump to my throat many times throughout the evening and that is about as far as I get for now.

    Ah! but lest this degenerates to a soppy love-fest, let us simply enjoy my scorecard for the 6113th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by a video of Mandy and Michael from Cloudbusting performing one of my favourite Kate Bush songs 'Never Be Mine'.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 sprtuiena pertains 8
    2 ycroinzue coiner 14
    3 100 50 25 75 3 5 → 285 285
    (100 − 5) × 3
    24
    TTT cutsteel lettuces1
    4 rsvgioade gravies 31
    5 lmdruaike milked 37
    6 100 25 8 2 10 5 → 285
    100 × (5 − 2) − 25 + 10
    47
    7 tsgpoaois spots 52
    8 tnueibdsa bandiest 60
    9 100 50 25 75 2 10 → 954 9532
    100 × 10 − 50 + 75 × 25
    67
    TTT manlyrod randomly3
    10 sgeoaptre potagers 75
    11 xcsdioaie coaxed 81
    12 ptsoaerno operants 89
    13 bmgnieotd emoting 96
    14 8 5 1 7 6 1 → 792 4 96
    15 rapdances (parascend) 96
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (10 + 2) × 75 + 50 + 100 ÷ 25
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Solved by Tom with (7 + 1 + 1) × (5 + 6) × 8


    Game

    Words: pertains coiner gravies milked spots bandiest potagers coaxed operants emoting
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6108

    After a month and a half-long holiday during which my new laptop transformed from a Lafité into an UltraNote II, the Mondaily Countdown scorecard returns. So really, without further ado, let us enjoy it for the 6108th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Seth Parker's heart-rending soundtrack for the 3D relationship simulator Octodad: Dadliest Catch.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 tlnraoiub ration 6
    2 sreiovwat waviest 13
    3 75 100 50 25 10 → 404 404
    ((50 + 25) ÷ 75 + 100) × 4
    23
    TTT monorigs moorings1
    4 ryeanrsoi sorry 28
    5 dnxcaeust uncased 35
    6 75 6 1 6 3 7 → 172 1692
    75 × (3 − 1) + 7 + 6 + 6
    42
    7 cmlkeaitr trickle 49
    8 lsbueaigw bulges 55
    9 50 100 75 25 7 1 → 739 55
    TTT ringonce encoring3
    10 mteotiugs outies 61
    11 jnvseaoli javelins 69
    12 gheatmfou mouth 74
    13 dtldeaeop loaded 80
    14 50 25 3 2 2 5 → 392 392
    (50 − 2 ÷ 2) × (5 + 3)
    90
    15 beeflazer freezable4 90
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Tom with (75 + 7 + 1) × (6 ÷ 3) + 6
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Tom


    Game

    Words: ration waviest sorry uncased trickle bulges outies javelins mouth loaded
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