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  • Countdown Scorecard #6052

    Tell you what, being employed – while fantastic for a number of reasons – doesn't half eat into your day. With which insightful observation in mind, savour my scorecard for the 6052nd game of Countdown and its sister word game, if possibly not the last of the year, definitely the last for Series 71.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 olrmeuspc couplers 8
    2 dnsaeiypm dampens 15
    3 1 9 7 4 7 6 → 217 1|2 15
    TTT shestrim smithers
    4 tspaeavto toast 20
    5 rqsiuotlf quilts 26
    6 75 9 8 5 7 9 → 493 4913
    (75 − 5) × 7 + 9 ÷ 9
    33
    7 rngeiabls bearings 41
    8 nrxeaetns tenners 48
    9 100 75 25 9 2 6 → 247 247
    25 × 9 + 100 − 75 − 6 ÷ 2
    58
    TTT coughson souchong
    10 rtbioagdo abort 63
    11 tfkaigcne tacking 70
    12 hmtieandc chained 77
    13 gnuordtir touring 84
    14 50 8 4 8 3 2 → 398 398
    50 × 8 − 2
    94
    15 northdash (shorthand)4 94
    1 Tricia solved this one with (4 × 7 + 9 − 3) × 7
    2 Laurence solved this one with (4 × 6 + 7) × 7
    3 Solved by Laurence with 7 × 75 − 4 × 8
    4 Unscrambled by Tricia


    Game

    Words: couplers dampers toast quilts bearings tenners abort tacking chained touring
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6048

    1. Arrive home from work in one piece
    2. Enjoy dinner
    3. Play Countdown
    4. Publish scorecard
    5. Enjoy the next (and mercifully the final platform-specific) instalment of Handmade Hero
    6. Enjoy University Challenge
    7. Enjoy Only Connect
    8. Sleep

    Bearing all of which in mind, feel free to enjoy my scorecard for the 6048th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Level 7 of Aleksi Perälä's Colundi Sequence, while I see what Casey has to say about 'QueryPerformanceCounter and RDTSC' in Handmade Hero.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 hipnuteza zenith 6
    2 ludielshc chilled 13
    3 25 75 50 1 9 3 → 386 1 13
    TTT passlice specials2
    4 ieoslycar calories 21
    5 mebjaerdt beater 27
    6 25 75 3 7 4 2 → 644 6433
    75 × (7 + 2) − 25 − 4 − 3
    34
    7 narlsoaen loaners 41
    8 wroastoma aortas 47
    9 100 4 4 5 10 10 → 900 900
    100 × (5 + 4)
    57
    TTT auntenid inundate4
    10 qupeotlna opaque 63
    11 sitsotbwa boats 68
    12 nfveiupde pined 73
    13 gsmoaidgo dogmas 79
    14 50 100 7 6 1 10 → 941 941
    (100 − 6) × 10 + 1
    89
    15 ifiredtom (MORTIFIED)5 89
    1 Solved by Rachel with (75 + 9) × (3 + 1) + 50
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rachel with (25 + 75 − 4 × 1) × 7
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Unscrambled by Den


    Game

    Words: zenith chilled calories beater loaners aortas opaque boats pined dogmas
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6043

    Thus begins my second week of gainful employment at Royal Mail's Stockport MDEC for Christmas 2014. The first began fairly weirdly with me getting back to grips with looking at images of envelopes and actually typing, but 'twas all alleviated by the sight of one or two familiar faces. You may or may not recall from last year that speed and accuracy are the stats that are tracked while we do our work. So far my speed increased last week from ~1200IPH (items per hour) up to ~2000IPH, with my accuracy rated at 100% – they only take a small sample of about ten from the thousands of tasks you do each shift – so I'm pretty much on course for another decent stint at the place.

    In other news I am now enjoying a magnificent project which game programmer extraordinaire Casey Muratori is undertaking as we speak called Handmade Hero. Essentially, he is programming this game from scratch, streaming and recording his work while commentating on it, all for the educational benefit of the world. Trust me on this one, if you fancy spending ten hours of your life on something you may not have done otherwise, you could do no better than enjoy his Intro to C series of videos. I am up to the final half an hour of the final Q&A and positively champing at the bit to embark on the main stream.

    So what on Earth am I doing still typing? Here! have my scorecard for the 6043rd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Chris Christodoulou's delicious soundtrack for the tough as nails action / platformer adventure game Risk of Rain, and get programming.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 phtsioena paeons1 6
    2 chcpiealt lactic 12
    3 5 8 6 1 8 7 → 174 1742 12
    TTT reelboob boerboel3
    4 rtwroaien writer 18
    5 tlmsaieno manliest 26
    6 100 1 3 4 7 2 → 216 216
    (100 + 7 + 1) × 2
    36
    7 fsmdaeaoe seamed 42
    8 rgtnjoiuq quoting 49
    9 1 7 10 4 1 3 → 429 4244
    7 × (3 + 1 + 1) × 10 + 4
    56
    TTT paulcash chalupas5
    10 lrbkroeid dorkier 63
    11 grnteueao orange6 69
    12 ypltieaud plaited 76
    13 txdmdoaer dreamt 82
    14 100 25 8 1 5 2 → 334 334
    100 × (5 − 2) + 25 + 8 + 1
    92
    15 queertogs (grotesque)7 92
    1 Antoinette found PANTIHOSE for nine
    2 Solved by Antoinette with (8 + 8 + 7 + 5 + 1) × 6
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Solved by Rachel with (4 × 10 − 1) × (7 + 3 + 1)
    5 Solved by Rosie
    6 Susie gave us ENTOURAGE for nine
    7 Unscrambled by Emma


    Game

    Words: paeons lactic writer manliest seamed quoting dorkier orange plaited dreamt
    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 Scorecards #6033 and #6038

    Not an awful lot of news today other than, since last we met, I volunteered my last day of the year at Stepping Hill and will begin my first piece of gainful employment at Royal Mail's MDEC tomorrow. And last week's broadband outage means we have a double-bill of scorecards today. So enjoy mine for the 6033th and 6038th game of Countdown and their whopping sister word-game for you to play along at home.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 mrgmueade merged 6
    2 oltlieqpo polite 12
    3 75 50 25 100 6 5 → 249 249
    50 × 5 − ((100 − 75) ÷ 25)
    22
    TTT theirsly slithery1
    4 asnoscrat acorns 28
    5 fpriounde founder 35
    6 50 7 2 6 1 3 → 655 655
    50 × (7 + 6) + 3 + 2
    45
    7 saevctloe lactose 52
    8 ahdmilrot tailor 58
    9 10 7 6 9 2 8 → 538 538
    10 × 9 × 6 − 2
    68
    TTT isacharm charisma2
    10 anrnziewr zanier 74
    11 wpbeietga begat 79
    12 soavdruel aroused 86
    13 ypiuigtef pity 90
    14 75 50 9 4 2 8 → 314 3133
    50 × (8 − 2) + 9 + 4
    97
    15 queenryfc (frequency)4 97
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Laurence with (75 + 8) × 4 − (9 × 2)
    4 Unscrambled by Laurence
    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rmifeahnu fireman 7
    2 tgdfaouta fado 11
    3 75 5 9 2 2 9 → 583 1 11
    TTT simplest misspelt2
    4 rmtdiaemo trimmed 18
    5 rectabecn berate 24
    6 50 25 7 10 2 10 → 302 3003
    50 × (25 − 10 − 9 − 2)
    31
    7 rysieodna sandier 38
    8 wpgreieot goitre 44
    9 25 5 10 9 7 9 → 370 370
    (25 × (10 − 7) − 9 ÷ 9) × 5
    54
    TTT alunatic nautical4
    10 ninasleuv unveils 61
    11 sejlisort rosiest 68
    12 hspgiaaup push 72
    13 tsdeolnie deletions 90
    14 75 50 100 25 9 4 → 870 871
    100 × 9 − 25 − 4
    97
    15 lingelver revelling 107
    1 Rachel solved this with (75 − 9 − 2) × 9 + 2 + 5
    2 Solved by Dad and Rosie
    3 Andrew and Rachel both solved this with 25 × 10 + 50 + 2
    4 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: merged polite acorns founder lactose tailor zanier begat aroused pity fireman fado trimmed berate sandier goitre unveils rosiest push deletions
    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 #6029

    This week's biggest news is that our darling Rosie has nigh on completed her marathon Photo a Day for 100 Days project. Tomorrow will see her final entry. Tune in then to see what she comes up with to round off this magnificent achievement. Much more paltry is my scorecard for the 6029th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Kan R. Gao's soundtrack for A Bird Story, his recently-released follow-up to the spellbinding To the Moon.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rmvouedla louder 6
    2 rdmoeisna maidens1 13
    3 75 50 25 100 4 1 → 212 212
    (50 + 75 ÷ 25) × 4
    23
    TTT spraysit sparsity2
    4 pdtaealno tadpole 30
    5 fliemnatw mantle 36
    6 50 25 8 10 3 6 → 417 417
    (50 − 10 + 6 + 3) × 9 + 25
    46
    7 iehtwoshi whites 52
    8 stszeairt stairs 58
    9 6 3 1 4 4 7 → 554 560
    7 × (4 + 4) × (6 + 3 + 1)
    63
    TTT intobats botanist3
    10 rspaeaxru pause 68
    11 fpdoaensr panders 75
    12 uiegpnbvo bovine 81
    13 qsyeiokse yikes 86
    14 25 10 10 9 9 3 → 479 479
    25 × (10 + 9) + 10 − 9 + 3
    96
    15 starvedhe (harvested)4 96
    1 Susie gave us RANDOMISE for nine
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Laurence


    Game

    Words: louder maidens tadpole mantle whites stairs pause panders bovine yikes
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6024

    This week's headline news is that Supergiant Games' follow-up to their début action RPG Bastion, the beautiful and intriguing Transistor has arrived on Linux courtesy of Ethan Lee's handiwork on the port. So what am I doing here? Here, have my woeful scorecard for the 6024th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Darren Korb's gorgeous soundtrack for Transistor.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 kpniuijdm pink 4
    2 weputmcti puice 4
    3 50 25 75 100 8 5 → 481 1 4
    TTT fabchalk halfback2
    4 veodsnfne doves 9
    5 rghaiaobe barge 14
    6 2 3 9 1 2 1 → 105 3|4 14
    7 rtpnoieuq eruption 22
    8 nwcaesrna scanner 29
    9 50 100 25 75 6 4 → 459 459
    100 × 4 + 50 + 6 + 75 ÷ 25
    39
    TTT losegirl girolles5
    10 bgtsleuer burgles 46
    11 tgrmieoer goitre 52
    12 atrshfoae faster 58
    13 plvdieaes pleased 65
    14 9 2 5 4 9 6 → 653 6 65
    15 crepepuds (scuppered)7 65
    1 Solved by George with (50 − 75 ÷ 25) × 8 + 100 + 5
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Tom with (2 × 3 × 9 − 1) × 2 − 1
    4 Solved by George with (9 × 2 × 2 − 1) × 3
    5 Solved by Rosie
    6 Solved by both Tom and George with 9 × 9 × 4 × 2 + 5
    7 Unscrambled by George


    Game

    Words: pink doves barge eruption scanner burgles goitre faster pleased
    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 #6019

    Not an iota more news this week than my scorecard for the 6019th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied (not for the first time) by Martin Stig Andersen's incomparable soundtrack for LIMBO.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 ghaiulrol laugh 5
    2 dzdieiner ridden 11
    3 50 75 100 25 2 1 → 940 1 11
    TTT isntrage angriest2
    4 nusempuar pause 16
    5 ntleiaori relation 24
    6 100 4 1 9 6 10 → 919 919
    (100 + 1) × 9 + 10
    34
    7 mqaeabsie samba 39
    8 pmdaeatdi tamped 45
    9 25 100 2 8 6 4 → 493 4923
    (100 + 25) × 4 − 8
    52
    TTT bigdanny bandying4
    10 lrdoeubto troubled 60
    11 nxsnteois sextons 67
    12 ftpeoesga apogees 74
    13 rltkioeou outlier 81
    14 75 3 5 7 8 1 → 763 763
    75 × (7 + 3) + 8 + 5
    91
    15 cuterider (recruited)5 91
    1 Solved by George with (75 × 25 + 1) × 50 ÷ 100 + 2
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rachel with ((100 + 25) × 8 − 6) ÷ 2 − 4
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Unscrambled by George


    Game

    Words: laugh ridden pause relation samba tamped troubled sextons apogees outlier
    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 #6014

    This week's biggest news is that I am now beta testing the Steam release of FOTONICA, Santa Ragione's follow-up to MirrorMoon EP (soundtrack with scorecard #5865). The newer one is a complete change of pace from the previous ambient space exploration game but retains the similarly abstract art with gloriously kinetic audio design. Anticipate its arrival on the 6th November while enjoying my scorecard for the 6014th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by the blissful soundtrack for FOTONICA itself.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 smtoeolay moose 5
    2 srtieahse hearties 13
    3 75 6 6 1 5 5 → 826 826
    75 × (6 + 5) + 1
    23
    TTT ringchap parching1
    4 rdloiunoe loonier 30
    5 dtcoaespm coasted 37
    6 75 100 4 9 7 6 → 683 682
    75 × 9 + 7
    44
    7 rhnueapni pannier 51
    8 xdcueagne caged 56
    9 25 4 3 8 7 6 → 505 505
    25 × 4 + 7 − 6 × (8 − 3)
    66
    TTT errorset restorer2
    10 lwpoaisfe poise 71
    11 trlaeumeu emulate 78
    12 wtreoapbg boater 84
    13 fnroaenae none 88
    14 75 25 1 10 4 7 → 624 624
    75 ÷ (7 − 4) × 25 − 1
    98
    15 bobhoptom (photobomb)3 98
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Unscrambled by Dan


    Game

    Words: moose hearties loonier coasted pannier caged poise emulate boater none
    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 #6010

    Perhaps the most notable news from the past week is that I started volunteering at Stepping Hill Hospital. But since I've signed a confidentiality agreement, this is as much as you're getting. All is not lost, though, for you may freely enjoy my scorecard for the 6010th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Jim Guthrie's delicious soundtrack for Indie Game: The Movie.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rtpaueroe report 6
    2 jnfwauesh wash 10
    3 25 100 50 75 8 10 → 679 675
    50 × 10 + 100 + 75
    17
    TTT softpoet footstep1
    4 vtdmaeilo violated 25
    5 bpniauxes penis 30
    6 25 100 8 1 5 7 → 143 143
    25 × (5 + 1) − 7
    40
    7 crpauedua parade 46
    8 sksteairq streaks 53
    9 25 3 10 1 6 5 → 942 2 53
    TTT moreofus foursome3
    10 rdscaiaie cardies 60
    11 nvtoiaceo ovation4 67
    12 glpleiori pole 71
    13 gyerolitf goitre 77
    14 50 100 8 9 7 1 → 717 717
    100 × 7 + 8 + 9
    87
    15 rigidvent (diverting)5 87
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Dan with (25 × 5 + 10) × (6 + 1) − 3
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Susie gave us EVOCATION for nine


    Game

    Words: report wash violated penis parade streaks cardies ovation pole goitre
    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 #6005

    What is this? If the long-awaited arrival on Linux of CS:GO was not enough, last week saw computer users the world over welcoming another big game to the beautiful operating system: Borderlands 2. This one took me completely by surprise and, although I'd heard of the game from a friend, I was more or less ambivalent to the idea of it coming to my platform. One of the reasons for this is that the stated system requirements are well above my current specs:

    Operating System: SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.04
    CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad, AMD Phenom II X4
    CPU Speed: 2.4GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 13 GB
    Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 260
    Video Memory (VRam): 1GB

    …while my system sports a lowly single-core AMD Athlon64 3700+ running at 2.21GHz and 2GiB RAM.

    However, Aspyr have done such a magnificent job on the port that it runs beautifully for me. This is on lowest graphics settings at 1280×1024, mind you, but to get a game that looks this good and performs so well on such elderly hardware is quite a rarity.

    But enough of all this. Pandora awaits. So with hopes that I may mention at more length Flying Lotus's new record You're Dead! next week, have my scorecard for the 6005th episode of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by – what is this? – no soundtrack.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 teucdoxse excused 7
    2 dmaetqans masted 13
    3 100 10 3 9 8 → 388 388
    (100 − 3) × (9 − 5)
    23
    TTT ismoreto roomiest1
    4 cteogtuwp pout 27
    5 oiotdnpav ovation 34
    6 50 75 4 10 3 10 → 717 717
    (75 − 4) × 10 + 10 − 3
    44
    7 rbuomgrid gourd 49
    8 msaolsier loamier2 56
    9 50 25 10 2 8 10 → 437 437
    50 × 8 + 25 + 10 + 2
    66
    TTT kingsarm markings3
    10 szairgemn smearing 74
    11 ciurnsfao fusion 80
    12 nleujnosa salon 85
    13 yeoldpedt deeply 91
    14 50 100 5 1 3 10 → 543 543
    100 × 5 + 50 − 10 + 3
    101
    15 angryfold (dragonfly)4 101
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Susie gave us MORALISTS for nine
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Ellen


    Game

    Words: excused masted pout ovation gourd loamier smearing fusion salon deeply
    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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