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  • Countdown Scorecard #5991

    And with only the news that I have successfully completed Rosie's Photo Challenge – still a few points up for grabs for you lot – let us enjoy my scorecard for the 5991st game of Countdown, its sister word game and last week's secluded entry from Rosie, all accompanied by Kozilek's pumping soundtrack for the aeronautical shooter game Luftrausers.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 tlpieuzsa plaits 6
    2 gnyosetin nesting 13
    3 50 4 4 8 3 7 → 161 161
    50 × 3 + 7 + 4
    23
    TTT cutetoad outacted1
    4 gsefiogat foggiest 31
    5 hqtouewrn quote 36
    6 50 6 8 2 2 5 → 692 692
    50 × (6 × 2 + 2) − 8
    46
    7 tlnoaocse loosen 52
    8 raeungnis nearing 59
    9 25 3 10 2 8 7 → 326 326
    25 × (10 + 3) + 8 − 7
    69
    TTT ateslept palettes2
    10 lervlojeh holler 75
    11 dnrcieoer corner 81
    12 tkliusfou flouts 87
    13 vspeaendi pensive 94
    14 50 7 4 8 9 5 → 350 350
    50 × 7
    104
    15 abigentry (betraying)3 104
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Unscrambled by Farhan


    Game

    Words: plaits nesting foggiest quote loosen nearing holler corner flouts pensive
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
    Hints: If you blog here on BCUK, use the trackback-URL when publishing your entry and a snippet of your entry will then appear here as a comment

    Round-up of last week's entry

    'A Story' by Rosie

  • Pseudo-Pixel Art

    Ordinary points for identifying the general gist of the images
    Bonus points for identifying the specific subject of them

  • Ring a Ring o' Records

    Bonus points for identifying the records in the image…

    Update – The playlist is filling up:

    1. Sword & Sworcery LP: The Ballad of the Space Babies (2011) by Jim Guthrie1
    2. City to City (1978) by Gerry Rafferty1
    3. Liege & Lief (1969) by Fairport Convention1
    4. Music Has the Right to Children (1998) by Boards of Canada1
    5. TNT (1998) by Tortoise1
    6. Never for Ever (1980) by Kate Bush1
  • The Way to this Man's Heart

    Five ordinary points for identifying the foodstuffs in the image (bonus if you're a novice English speaker)
    Bonus points for correctly guessing the order in which I habitually attack this traditional del Carpian supper

    Update – The orders are in:

    1. Cheese1
    2. Crisps1
    3. Gujarati Mix1
    4. Yoghurt1
    5. Massive Cookies1|2
  • Terminally Colourful

    So "later in the week" from the comments in yesterday's post has come sooner than expected, yet a few hours too late for me to write any half decent accompanying prose. Bear with me and maybe something will materialise shortly.

    For now, though, enjoy my X resources colour scheme (right) and the colours in action on my music player ncmpcpp.

    P.S. Yep, these are the photos for today.

    Bonus points for identifying the font in the screenshots…

  • Our Moon

    The view that all animals with a sight of the skies – from the North Pole to the South, Europe around to Australasia and out to our astronauts on the International Space Station – may see throughout the year. Our constant companion. Our Moon.

  • Quality Discrepancy

    There are at least two things wrong with this image:

    1. A speaker is wearing a pair of headphones
    2. Those beautiful headphones are indeed being driven by that low-grade computer speaker

    But start somewhere we must in the quest for aural bliss. The last decade or so has seen me gradually transition from hypothetically identifying as an audiophile – knowing that high-end gear exists out there somewhere, seeking out the lushest recordings and, when dealing with digital audio, using lossless formats whenever possible – to putting my money where my ears are and being more able to identify as one. So now with my source material and headphones sorted, all that's left is to replace the computer's low-end soundcard and speakers with a decent audio interface: something akin to this. Once that's sorted, I can start working on my analogue setup to more fully enjoy my ever growing vinyl collection.

    Bonus points for the first person to identify the model of that speaker…

  • Countdown Scorecard #5988

    Perhaps the most notable development is exemplified by the image to the left: a challenge has been bestowed – dare I say inflicted? – upon me by our Rosie to post a photo a day for a week. And, being a Monday, what better way to begin than with an image of the notes I make week after week in order to produce the Countdown scorecard?

    This part of the process has remained more or less the same from the start way back in – when‽ – 2008. From here I then type these notes into a template – which has enjoyed some changes over the years and will hopefully enjoy some more in time – before copy 'n' pasting it into BCUK and writing a spot of text in readiness for publication.

    So, with only the vaguest of ideas for the next entry in the challenge, have my finished scorecard for the 5988th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Aleksi Perälä's most recent instalment in the Colundi Sequence, Level 6.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rantiseml mailers1 7
    2 rifasurse fissure 14
    3 100 1 9 6 4 4 → 984 984
    (100 − 6 + 4) × (9 + 1) + 4
    24
    TTT comatuft factotum2
    4 goyeposna spongey 31
    5 tulwolebt bullet 37
    6 75 8 9 7 5 3 → 919 9173
    75 × (7 + 5) + 9 + 8
    44
    7 sandupoqe pounds 50
    8 dimelarne remailed 50
    9 50 3 10 9 3 2 → 166 166
    (50 + 2) × 3 + 10
    60
    TTT rayvotes overstay4
    10 cinogerdw crowding 68
    11 livondaro avoid 73
    12 tegasidrc cardies 80
    13 eisfteozt foist 85
    14 25 10 6 4 7 2 → 140 140
    25 × 6 + 10
    95
    15 treeomilk (kilometre)5 95
    1 Jamie found TRAMLINES for nine and Susie also gave us TERMINALS
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rachel with (75 + 9) × (8 + 3) − 5
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Unscrambled by Jamie


    Game

    Words: mailers fissure spongey bullet pounds crowding avoid cardies foist
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
    Hints: If you blog here on BCUK, use the trackback-URL when publishing your entry and a snippet of your entry will then appear here as a comment
  • Countdown Scorecard #5983

    Not a jot more than my scorecard for the 5983rd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Wounds' desolate soundtrack for the exploratory puzzle game Kairo.

    P.S. How I'd love to be experiencing Kate Bush in concert

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 tgjoaurhe gather 6
    2 dtnsiaoun nations 13
    3 75 9 3 7 8 4 → 937 9361
    (75 + 3) × (8 + 4)
    20
    TTT makeszee kameezes2
    4 bydleiade bladed 26
    5 grwieutnc crewing 33
    6 75 100 3 6 7 10 → 963 963
    (100 − 3) × 10 − 7
    43
    7 lvtaeonfd loaned 49
    8 lrnraeuga granular 57
    9 25 6 8 10 5 6 → 395 395
    25 × (10 + 6) − 5
    67
    TTT lentdave levanted3
    10 tphseoaim mopiest 74
    11 lstoaircp pilots 80
    12 lrsreeomn remorse 87
    13 kdpeoivsm videos 93
    14 25 100 50 7 3 7 → 118 118
    100 + 25 − 7
    103
    15 paulpeter (perpetual)4 103
    1 Rachel solved this one with: (75 − 3) × (9 + 4) + 8 − 7
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by David


    Game

    Words: gather nations bladed crewing loaned granular mopiest pilots remorse videos
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
    Hints: If you blog here on BCUK, use the trackback-URL when publishing your entry and a snippet of your entry will then appear here as a comment
  • Countdown Scorecard #5978

    Nothing at all more than my scorecard for the 5978th game of Countdown and its ever present sister word game accompanied by Pablo Vega's soundtrack for AI War: Ancient Shadows, the fourth expansion to the interplanetary strategy game AI War: Fleet Command.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rfiursahe hurries 7
    2 tisetodag godetias 15
    3 75 8 10 8 9 1 → 610 610
    75 × 8 + 10
    25
    TTT rugherbs burghers1
    4 itedawenm mediate2 32
    5 tiemsiryg grimiest 40
    6 50 100 8 1 6 1 → 174 1723
    (100 − 8 − 6) × (1 + 1)
    47
    7 vrelunitu tune 51
    8 gbaoeljan jangle 57
    9 25 2 1 4 9 6 → 226 226
    25 × 9 + 1
    67
    TTT gintonic noticing4
    10 idasolasw solids 73
    11 shotseano shoots 79
    12 pepniebux pipe 83
    13 lacrpofio proof 88
    14 25 75 50 10 8 2 → 924 9255
    75 × (10 + 2) + 25
    95
    15 klingooon (onlooking)6 95
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Found by Dad
    3 Rachel solved this one with: (8 × 6) ÷ (1 + 1) + 100 + 50
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Rachel solved this one with: 50 ÷ 25 + 75 × (10 + 2)
    5 Unscrambled by Douglas


    Game

    Words: hurries godetias mediate grimiest tune jangle solids shoots pipe proof
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
    Hints: If you blog here on BCUK, use the trackback-URL when publishing your entry and a snippet of your entry will then appear here as a comment

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