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  • 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
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5976

    Our cricketers did it again, demolishing India in half the allotted time to win the five-Test series 3–1. Our bowlers shared the spoils, only Dhoni able to repel their attack for 82 runs of India's first innings total of 148, before our batsmen took to the crease and showed that the pitch was not the minefield it appeared to be, racking up a total of 486 centred around Joe Root's 149 not out. Captain Alastair Cook (79) and new arrivals Gary Ballance (64) and Jos Buttler (45) contributed significantly in that innings and our bowlers put an end to the Test series, bowling India out for 94, Chris Jordan the pick of the bowlers with 4-18. Overall a pretty magnificent series for England and encouraging for the future. Captain Cook has found much better form, as has Root, and recent arrivals in the Test side Ballance, Buttler, Jordan, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes are settling in nicely and showing much potential.

    In other news, here's my scorecard for the 5976th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by David Housden's soundtrack to the companionable puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 tmwouejpg tempo 5
    2 maresahky makers1 11
    3 100 25 4 8 2 3 → 578 578
    100 × (8 − 2) − 25 + 3
    21
    TTT ritaspam pastrami2
    4 sdteiosne nosiest 28
    5 xtgaoucer cougar 34
    6 9 6 3 1 4 2 → 302 302
    (9 + 1) × (6 + 4) × 3 + 2
    44
    7 lrnuoerom mooner 44
    8 sntuafowe fasten 50
    9 50 25 8 7 6 6 → 353 352
    50 × 7 + 8 − 6
    57
    TTT bensline blennies3
    10 sptieovna spate 62
    11 bgrouasbr garbs 67
    12 dtcneioze coined 73
    13 rmgtlioie toil 77
    14 8 4 8 10 9 7 → 259 259
    8 × 8 × 4 + 10 − 7
    87
    15 usreaders (reassured) 87
    1 Susie gave us HAYMAKERS for nine
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: tempo makers nosiest cougar fasten spate garbs coined toil
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5971

    Well, if our cricketers hadn't despatched India in two and a half days, we could have had some cricket to enjoy today. As it is, we didn't. Absolutely no other news to report besides my scorecard for the 5971st game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by nervous_testpilot's sexy soundtrack written especially for the Frozen Synapse: Red expansion pack (original campaign pictured, left).

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 hrbaeituw bather 6
    2 glyeoadph holed 11
    3 100 50 8 6 5 10 → 264 264
    50 × 5 + 8 + 6
    21
    TTT testbait battiest1
    4 ttcioetsc tits 25
    5 smtioemav motives 32
    6 50 10 6 9 4 1 → 246 246
    (10 × 4 + 1) × 6
    42
    7 nlnouican cannon 48
    8 rtsiaerfi faster2 54
    9 75 50 3 7 10 3 → 649 650
    50 × (10 + 3)
    61
    TTT joeyruns journeys3
    10 mzpaiodbe biome 66
    11 sngaeuraf ranges 72
    12 dnreoedqi ridden 78
    13 wsteaoler relates 85
    14 100 6 10 2 5 2 → 568 85
    15 madpolicy (diplomacy) 85
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Mark found RATIFIERS for nine
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: bather holed tits motives cannon faster biome ranges ridden relates
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5966

    Not an iota more than my scorecard for the 5966th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Lifeformed's Fastfall, his delicious soundtrack for the 2D sweep-'em-up platformer Dustforce. Unless of course we count the news that our man Jimmy Anderson will be able to play in the rest of the Test series against India, continuing tomorrow at Old Trafford, or that I have invested in a new pair of headphones.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 dnveouwse snowed 6
    2 oaekrlsid soldier 13
    3 100 8 6 5 9 7 → 816 816
    (100 + 9 − 7) × 8
    23
    TTT bestidea diabetes1
    4 oeamtfseo emotes 29
    5 jgtieidlc jilted 35
    6 100 25 4 4 1 5 → 319 319
    (100 + 5) × (4 − 1) + 4
    45
    7 hsvoaualo halos 50
    8 rnbuioenl boiler 56
    9 25 7 8 5 9 4 → 579 56
    TTT crablids baldrics2
    10 rdrietnae retrained 74
    11 pxgioetdi pixie 79
    12 samodiype poised 85
    13 rbtoaeqan boater 91
    14 25 75 1 7 10 8 → 582 582
    75 × 8 − 25 + 7
    101
    15 sleepguru (superglue) 101
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: snowed soldier emotes jilted halos boiler retrained pixie poised boater
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5965

    So the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are in full swing and one noticeable difference in the TV coverage from that of the Olympics is the total absence of the medal table. Without visiting the Glasgow 2014 site I would have been barely aware that Australia currently top the table, with England and Scotland following in second and third place. Also, has anybody seen a schedule of the day's events on TV? Trumping the absence of medal tables, however, must be the integration of para-sport and able-bodied contests. Rather than having separate tournaments running at different times, as at London 2012 and Sochi 2014, we find para-sport and able-bodied events on the same bill. For me, this integration helps to offset the slightly smelly imperialist vibe of the tournament. While we savour all of this, let us take a morsel of my scorecard for the 5965th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Chris Remo's ghostly soundtrack for the story exploration game Gone Home.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 njrieadne rained 6
    2 rnsioulbe lousier 13
    3 50 5 10 1 8 2 → 159 159
    50 × (5 − 2) + 8 + 1
    23
    TTT acnerisk skincare1
    4 tgpoeanzu outage 29
    5 rgtoaedso storage 36
    6 50 100 8 3 8 6 → 137 137
    100 + 50 + 3 − 8 − 8
    46
    7 whxuietgv white 51
    8 tksiaonta station 58
    9 75 1 4 8 10 7 → 153 153
    75 × (10 − 8) + 4 − 1
    68
    TTT malering malinger2
    10 cshoeitld closed 74
    11 rvpeoedly proved 80
    12 rgsieamcr mirages3 87
    13 pmbiaernl nimbler 94
    14 100 50 7 9 1 1 → 223 225
    100 × (1 + 1) + 50 ÷ (9 − 7)
    101
    15 andhegrin (hardening) 101
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Susie gave us GRIMACERS for nine


    Game

    Words: rained lousier outage storage white station closed proved mirages nimbler
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5960

    Tied for the headline spot this week is the news that Shellac of North America's fifth LP Dude Incredible will be released on Touch & Go in September, that our dear ol' Rosie has written a piece for last week's word game entitled Playing Games, and that I have finished the magnificent first-person puzzle game Antichamber. While we weigh up these pieces of wonderful news, let us enjoy my scorecard for the 5960th game of Countdown, its sister word game and last week's cosy and dreamy entry from Rosie, accompanied by Robin Arnott's Meditation Walk With Antichamber. (Siddhartha Barnhoorn's abstract soundtrack for the game may be found accompanying scorecard #5880.)

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rpaobsaxi baps 4
    2 ueodsnsam moussed 11
    3 50 7 5 2 9 7 → 147 147
    (50 − 7 ÷ 7) × (5 − 2)
    21
    TTT wantpair warpaint1
    4 eoipdvsuj poised 27
    5 peorfsefo offers 33
    6 25 50 8 10 3 4 → 147 147
    25 × (10 − 4) − 3
    43
    7 saoetdlat toadlets 51
    8 ieimynsbe mines 56
    9 25 3 8 10 5 7 → 611 610
    25 × 8 × 3 + 10
    63
    TTT upcinder unpriced2
    10 aoirgnesg greasing 71
    11 mrtoavoen overman 78
    12 aietgrlop piglet 84
    13 dlriumire milder 90
    14 75 25 1 8 5 4 → 780 90
    15 ibehindit (inhibited) 90
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: baps moussed poised offers toadlets mines greasing overman piglet milder
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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    Round-up of last week's entries

    'Playing Games' by Rosie

  • Countdown Scorecard #5955


    James Anderson scores 81 runs

    Alastair Cook takes his first Test wicket

    There's nothing more to do than to congratulate Jimmy Anderson (left) for his innings-winning 81 runs, his highest in First-class cricket, and his captain Alastair Cook (right) for taking the wicket of Ishant Sharma, his first in Test cricket. Roles reversed on a flat Trent Bridge pitch in a game which ended inevitably in a draw.

    These awe-inspiring performances overshadow my scorecard for the 5955th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by David García Díaz's soundtrack for the musical puzzle game Circuits.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 nasitedor asteroid1 8
    2 ciespofnu pounces 15
    3 10 9 6 1 3 5 → 579 576
    (9 × 6 + 3) × 10 + 5 + 1
    22
    TTT ultrafly artfully2
    4 qteodaeho hooted 28
    5 txeajeupg tape 32
    6 50 8 6 3 6 9 → 184 32
    7 ioslhrnel shiner 38
    8 tozeaosyr roost 43
    9 1 7 6 4 8 9 → 474 43
    TTT gulfrace graceful3
    10 bneoiwrem bonier 49
    11 cpaugetvi give 53
    12 daorlesak reloads 60
    13 togenisep steeping 68
    14 75 6 5 4 8 9 → 290 290
    75 × 4 − 9 − 6 + 5
    78
    15 mistermad (midstream) 78
    1 Ian found DERATIONS for nine
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: asteroid pounces hooted tape shiner roost bonier give reloads steeping
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5952

    The new drive is performing beautifully, thanks for asking. It mounts about 3× faster than the previous one and has all of the expected available space. The next decision is between setting up a RAID1 (mirrored) array of these two identical drives to protect against one of them failing, or a RAID0 array to create one big 4TiB volume. And after congratulating Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic on winning Wimbledon – both of them for the second time since they both won in 2011 – let's have my scorecard for the 5952nd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Doc Prop's heady soundtrack for the hand-drawn shoot-em-up adventure game Ballpoint Universe (in the current Humble Weekly Sale).

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 vlpoadinp avoid 5
    2 bntoudish bounds 11
    3 100 1 2 9 5 10 → 456 11
    TTT richsave archives1
    4 rgnueirln linger 17
    5 rckoesdoi dockers 24
    6 50 1 5 4 5 6 → 456 456
    50 × (5 + 4) + 6
    34
    7 lnsneoerc crones 40
    8 rtgoiasde staged 46
    9 100 3 10 9 10 1 → 330 330
    (100 + 10) × 3
    56
    TTT autorang argonaut2
    10 twnoauqsg quangos 63
    11 tphiampoe tempo 68
    12 fsfaietgr gaffers 75
    13 btxiameas mixes 80
    14 25 4 4 3 10 8 → 922 921
    (10 × 4 − 3) × 25 − 4
    87
    15 lpcaptain (applicant) 87
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: avoid bounds linger dockers crones staged quangos tempo gaffers mixes
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5947

    Now that Steam's Summer Sale has finally finished with the Red Team triumphing in the Summer Adventure, normal service may resume. Although normal service today has involved me installing a new 2TiB drive in this computer, and Countdown's Susie Dent setting aside the Oxford Dictionary of English's third print edition in favour of a laptop and the Oxford Dictionary Online. In other news – what other news? – nothing other than my scorecard for the 5947th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Level 5 of Aleksi Perälä's Colundi Sequence.

    (Thanks to the ever-vigilant @JRTerrier24 for the corrections.)

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 mcephaoen phoneme 7
    2 ugosaniso sousing 14
    3 50 4 8 9 8 2 → 817 817
    50 × 8 × 4 ÷ 2 + 9 + 8
    24
    TTT horsecap poachers1
    4 eldoerbgu burgled 31
    5 asmriglde gliders 38
    6 50 8 1 10 7 1 → 329 330
    (50 − 8 − 7 − 1 − 1) × 10
    45
    7 twloatves loaves 51
    8 imredoitj mired 56
    9 75 2 6 9 3 1 → 264 264
    (75 − 9) × (3 + 1)
    66
    TTT onedrove overdone2
    10 usenrifet insure3 72
    11 anspiodbi podia 77
    12 razesoema amazes 83
    13 cpseuhipl supple 89
    14 9 10 8 8 3 4 → 864 89
    15 vinegourd (devouring) 89
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Susie gave us INTERFUSE for nine


    Game

    Words: phoneme sousing burgled gliders loaves mired insure podia amazes supple
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5942

    From the midsts of a technical problem, a hunt for a bonus track and now the Steam Summer Sale I emerge to present my scorecard for the 5942nd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by the trailer for Lance Bangs' wonderful documentary about Slint, Breadcrumb Trail.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 eiorgvsde orgies 6
    2 tfnsoeiju joints 12
    3 25 10 7 1 9 3 → 259 259
    25 × 10 + 9
    22
    TTT vinogrog grooving1
    4 ranthoesl loathers 30
    5 ueatscftm cutest 36
    6 4 2 7 7 3 6 → 481 480
    (6 × 4) × (7 + 7 + 3 × 2)
    43
    7 ieadptqed deep 47
    8 gmrsioane soaring 54
    9 100 25 7 10 5 7 → 844 54
    TTT niceears increase2
    10 gmpdioali podia 59
    11 svrweoaet swerve 65
    12 nldsioueo unsoiled 73
    13 ecumorixe moxie 78
    14 50 25 75 7 9 3 → 236 236
    75 × 3 + (50 ÷ 25 + 9)
    88
    15 unclehoti (touchline) 88
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: orgies joints loathers cutest deep soaring podia swerve unsoiled moxie
    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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