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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 Rachael 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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
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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

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