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  • 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
    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 #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
  • 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

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