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  • Countdown Scorecard #6082

    I went for option 4: the PC Specialist Lafité. And as we look forward to its arrival let's enjoy my scorecard for the 6082nd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by the soundtrack for a game I've been dreaming of picking back up again, Leonardo Badinella's steamy one for Expeditions: Conquistador (last heard accompanying scorecard #5885).

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 tsrigeiwa triages 7
    2 tnrieecie centre 13
    3 25 75 50 6 3 1 → 203 203
    25 × 6 + 50 + 3
    23
    TTT danflush handfuls1
    4 fiepvicme mice 27
    5 ltroiebrc broiler 34
    6 100 50 75 25 8 5 → 304 305
    50 × 8 − 75 − 25 + 5
    41
    7 whadxeuje exude 46
    8 ysnoaoldu unloads 53
    9 100 1 8 10 9 8 → 997 9982
    100 × 10 − 1 − 8 ÷ 8
    60
    TTT reptiles peltries3
    10 wiaeptuoh wait 64
    11 ndngueade gunned 70
    12 tsnaeitlt nattiest 78
    13 mqdaoapke pomade 84
    14 50 7 2 8 5 6 → 906 906
    (8 × 2 + 7 − 5) × 50 + 6
    94
    15 ronsalbum (subnormal) 94
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by both Nick and Kevin with (100 − 1) × 10 + 8 − 9 + 8
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: triages centre mice broiler exude unloads wait gunned nattiest pomade
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6077

    Options for staving off the cold (sorted by price, incl. p&p):

    1. Move the computer to a warmer corner of the house
    2. Swap out the computer's coolers for ones that are less effective or fanless
    3. Invest in more powerful components that generate more heat
    4. Invest in a laptop
    5. Invest in Scandinavia-grade home insulation
    6. Relocate closer to the equator

    With which options in mind let us enjoy my scorecard for the 6077th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by – no soundtrack, on account of the cold.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 nrajhoube bourne 6
    2 vsdioaglp violas 12
    3 25 50 1 6 3 9 → 980 9811
    (50 − 9 − 3 + 1) × 25 + 6
    19
    TTT enastime matinees2
    4 criofbeua farce 24
    5 twineamto amniote 31
    6 50 75 5 3 10 9 → 696 6973
    50 × (9 + 5) − 3
    38
    7 gpfeaxoli foil 42
    8 rnmeavsue averse 48
    9 100 6 8 1 7 3 → 148 148
    100 + 8 × 6
    58
    TTT lashdeck shackled4
    10 dzltauept update 64
    11 gisnrucel cursing5 71
    12 sdhoairsy hoards 77
    13 ttqusedan squatted 85
    14 75 1 4 3 6 5 → 936 936
    (75 + 3) × (6 + 5 + 1)
    95
    15 hogcurrie grouchier 105
    1 Solved by Rachel with (25 − 6) × 50 + ((9 + 1) × 3)
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rachel with (75 + 50 − 9) × (3 × 10 ÷ 5)
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Susie gave us SURCINGLE for nine


    Game

    Words: bourne violas farce amniote foil averse update cursing hoards squatted
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6072

    Nothing to see here, folks, besides my scorecard for the 6072nd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Tiger Style's soundtrack for the Martian action-adventure game Waking Mars.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 wnsaiabdt bandits1 7
    2 qseafkita fakies 13
    3 25 6 2 3 8 4 → 124 124
    (25 + 6) × 4
    23
    TTT balecost obstacle2
    4 rwdounesl roundels 31
    5 rxngoeial relaxing 39
    6 100 4 8 5 10 1 → 618 618
    (100 + 8 − 5) × (10 − 4)
    49
    7 cptloueit couplet 56
    8 cmdeoefta teamed 62
    9 50 1 5 3 6 3 → 765 3 62
    TTT rubyplat abruptly4
    10 zsneihteo shine 67
    11 smgnuiabo amusing 74
    12 cryiegsan crying 80
    13 srtdioepu proudest5 88
    14 75 25 100 3 4 9 → 267 2666
    100 × 3 − 25 − 9
    95
    15 diverseti revisited 105
    1 Susie gave us WAISTBAND for nine
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Tracey with (50 + 1) × 5 × 3
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Susie gave us DIPTEROUS for nine
    6 Solved by Rachel with (75 − 9) × 4 + 3


    Game

    Words: bandits fakies roundels relaxing couplet teamed shine amusing crying proudest
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6067

    After a week of near absolute hibernation interspersed with some spectacular puzzle-solving in SpaceChem let us enjoy my scorecard for the 6067th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Pablo Vega's grand soundtrack – not for SpaceChem because that unfortunately isn't on Bandcamp, nor did Pablo Vega write it – for the robotic turn-based strategy game Bionic Dues.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 rshnuelia hernias 7
    2 tnloifpoe potion 13
    3 100 25 75 50 9 7 → 746 747
    100 × 7 − 50 − 75 ÷ 25
    20
    TTT userstab abstruse1
    4 drxmuaosi radios 26
    5 tsraeowti toastier 34
    6 25 3 8 6 4 9 → 972 9732
    (9 + 4) × 3 × 25 − 8 + 6
    41
    7 pnstoeaeb batons 47
    8 ncshiuole uncoils 54
    9 100 75 50 25 8 3 → 845 844
    100 × 8 + 50 − 75 ÷ 25 − 3
    61
    TTT colaices coeliacs3
    10 stciaenyi nasty 66
    11 srdgauoar guards 72
    12 ndbreiame bendier 79
    13 gtnwaueri watering 87
    14 50 25 2 7 5 2 → 313 313
    (50 − 2) × 7 − 25 + 2
    97
    15 feistydim (mystified)4 97
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (6 ÷ 3 + 25) × 9 × 4
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Neil


    Game

    Words: hernias potion radios toastier batons uncoils nasty guards bendier watering
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6062

    With not an iota of news to report – except that my computer's faulty Radeon HD 6670 has been returned for replacement – enjoy my scorecard for the 6062nd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Austin Wintory's sneaky soundtrack for the top-down heist 'em up Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 eirfrdoes refired 0
    2 cmowabesd bowed 5
    3 50 2 10 5 8 9 → 648 648
    50 × (8 + 5) − 2
    15
    TTT piechart patchier1
    4 qistedsae steadies 23
    5 onarndoel nooner 29
    6 50 3 6 5 3 7 → 874 874
    (50 × 3 − 5) × 6 + 7 − 3
    39
    7 ewsjrnoea jeans 44
    8 tcmtiosel closet 50
    9 100 10 6 10 9 8 → 733 7362
    (100 − 9 + 10 ÷ 10) × 8
    57
    TTT sheranit hairnets3
    10 rxgotsieh rights 63
    11 ieiaktnir tinker 69
    12 mengpavea menage 75
    13 rnouaippm apron 81
    14 25 7 2 1 6 1 → 650 650
    25 × (7 + 6) × 2
    91
    15 soccersay (accessory) 91
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (100 − 6) × 8 − 10 − 9
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: bowed steadies nooner jeans closet rights tinker menage apron
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6057

    So it's a new year, a new series of Countdown and a new chapter in The Life and Times of Miblo del Carpio. And, as most of the (employed) working class returned to work after the Christmas / New Year holidays, those half-a-dozen of us temporary staff at Royal Mail's Stockport MDEC eeked out one last shift before we were asked to come no more. 'Twas a fun time, with some renewed acquaintances, some new, some trips down memory lane and the inevitable drug taking resulting from hundreds and hundreds of people from all walks of life suddenly finding themselves in each other's company for hours and hours on end.

    However, until I write at greater length about all of this, enjoy my scorecard for the 6057th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Ian Stocker's pumping soundtrack for the quite magnificent puzzle platformer Escape Goat.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 dwntaieuk wanked 6
    2 thbeoivne bovine 12
    3 25 4 8 6 9 2 → 258 258
    25 × (6 + 4) + 8
    22
    TTT braveasi abrasive
    4 drsaougpe grouped 29
    5 irocetuxp poutier 36
    6 25 50 4 3 7 6 → 937 9361
    50 × 6 × 3 + 25 + 7 + 4
    43
    7 arbceaeyt berate 49
    8 rudslioeg sludgier 57
    9 75 10 2 6 2 6 → 354 354
    (75 + 10) × 4 + 6 + 6 + 2
    67
    TTT scaleten cleanest
    10 cliaimetp claim2 72
    11 oiasrsumf forums 78
    12 thpaeifed heaped 84
    13 aosmelsal lasso 89
    14 75 1 1 9 5 7 → 187 1843
    75 × (5 − 1 − 1) × 7 + 9
    96
    15 berylthor (brotherly)4 96
    1 Solved by Rachel with (50 × 6 + 3) × 4 + 25
    2 Andy found IMPLICATE for nine
    3 Solved by Rachel with (9 + 5) × (1 + 7) + 75
    4 Unscrambled by Andy


    Game

    Words: wanked bovine grouped poutier berate sludgier claim forums heaped lasso
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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    P.S. I asked the following question of some folk on New Year's Eve:

    If you were to level up at midnight tonight and could choose to learn a new skill and boost one of your attributes, what would you choose?

    I wasn't sure myself at the time but think I've finally settled on boosting my warm heartedness and learning self-sufficiency. What would you choose?

  • 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
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  • 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

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