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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Countdown Scorecard #6000

    Perhaps the biggest news this week is the arrival of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux. The pleasant news is that it runs remarkably well on my elderly system. The personal news is that I've never actually been much into first-person shooters. In other news, here's my scorecard for the 6000th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by EnV's thumping soundtrack for the sexually explicit, hardcore platform game Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (more my thing).

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 cdaindare drained 7
    2 notagoety tango 12
    3 100 10 2 8 3 5 → 900 900
    100 × (10 − 3 + 2)
    22
    TTT drabrose boarders1
    4 sagelagtu gauges 28
    5 bsroupelr roubles 35
    6 50 5 8 4 6 9 → 669 669
    50 × (8 + 5) + 9 + 6 + 4
    45
    7 uivdmetpi pitied 51
    8 delibraso boilers 58
    9 100 6 9 9 6 4 → 945 945
    (100 + 9 − 4) × 9
    68
    TTT ageinsun sanguine2
    10 ksaleoazg glazes 74
    11 sntinaite tinniest 82
    12 hanrieoms moreish3 89
    13 qtleusnet quest 94
    14 75 25 10 1 6 8 → 596 596
    75 × 8 − 10 + 6
    104
    15 moisteggs smoggiest 114
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Susie gave us HARMONIES and HARMONISE for nine


    Game

    Words: drained tango gauges roubles pitied boilers glazes tinniest moreish quest
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #5996

    Aphex Twin's Syro is released today.

    That's all, folks. Before you buy it, though, do enjoy my scorecard for the 5996th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by John Robert Matz, Ryan Ike & Francisco Cerda's noir jazz soundtrack for the stealth puzzle game Gunpoint from Humble Indie Bundle 12 (ending tomorrow at 19:00).

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 ldhuoivta hail 4
    2 fnroeksav franks 10
    3 25 9 1 3 4 4 → 477 4761
    (4 × 4 + 3) × 25 + 1
    17
    TTT gassyone nosegays2
    4 mtoawctim coat 21
    5 sydaoezcg cadges 27
    6 25 50 2 6 1 2 → 825 825
    (50 + 25) × (6 × 2 − 1)
    37
    7 pripeaste sappier3 44
    8 njrieucgs cursing 51
    9 25 7 6 8 5 4 → 442 442
    (7 − 4) × 6 × 25 − 8
    61
    TTT sirracer carriers4
    10 ldieflxos dollies 68
    11 ltseiensa tensile 75
    12 dgniaehno heading 82
    13 qrbpeoime prime 87
    14 25 50 3 5 3 1 → 955 955
    (25 − 3 − 3) × 50 + 5
    97
    15 joserigan (jargonise) 97
    1 Rachel solved this one with ((3 + 4) × 4 + 25) × 9
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Susie gave us APPETISER for nine
    4 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: hail franks coat cadges sappier cursing dollies tensile heading prime
    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 #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

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