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  • Countdown Scorecard #6199

    And as if in answer to my question from last week, this weekend Abner Coimbre, firm but fair moderator for Handmade Hero, streamer in his own right and one of the people at Kennedy Space Centre responsible for launching spacecraft safely into space, announced Handmade Dev, a new hub for the creation of software that works well and quickly and, amongst a plethora of other things, respects the user's time:

    More details will come as the site is developed and features are implemented, but for now I feel the defining characteristic we can look forward to in Handmade Dev will be its generosity of spirit. Its founders Abner Coimbre, Andrew Chronister and Jeroen van Rijn, all alumni from the Handmade Hero community, are putting a ton of effort and time into this – hell, Jeroen is essentially coming out of retirement to lend his expertise (and overcome years of accumulated disillusionment) in web development – and a few others of us from the community are helping out where necessary and poised to spring into action once the site is ready to go. So if you are hacked off with the software you currently use and feel like Handmade Dev could be the place to go to find (and learn about) software that you would like to use, then do follow the project and perhaps consider becoming a patron to help it become the place that we all deserve.

    While all of this bubbling away, though, let us enjoy my scorecard for the 6199th game of Countdown, its sister word game and last week's picturesque entry from Rosie accompanied by, well… why not enjoy the Handmade Dev announcement trailer again and again and try and figure out what that green thing flapping in the breeze is after all?

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 bgreoipfd griped 6
    2 vsraeumta master 12
    3 50 3 10 9 1 10 → 704 7051
    (10 − 3) × 10 + 50 ÷ 10
    19
    TTT airchess cashiers2
    4 drwieospa aspired 26
    5 xnlioirea aileron 33
    6 50 75 1 10 5 6 → 226 226
    50 × 6 − 75 + 1
    43
    7 tmceuitfy tufty 48
    8 ndmaoesla models 54
    9 100 1 4 1 2 5 → 876 876
    100 × (7 + 2) − (5 + 1) × 4
    64
    TTT chatbite bathetic3
    10 dgrnoeile lording 71
    11 rhqaeiste hearties 79
    12 nwpauokis wanks 84
    13 mrseoitus mousiest4 92
    14 50 75 8 2 7 10 → 644 644
    75 × 8 + 50 − (10 − 7) × 2
    102
    15 pendeceit (centipede)5 102
    1 Solved by Rachel with (50 − 10 − 3) × (10 + 9) + 1
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Jonathan found MISROUTES for nine
    5 Unscrambled by Jonathan


    Game

    Words: griped master aspired aileron tufty models lording hearties wanks mousiest
    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 entries

    'Having Another Go…' by Rosie

  • Countdown Scorecard #6195

    Let us suppose for a moment that we are familiar with computer systems. Let us also suppose that at various points of our lives we have the pleasure of using some really wonderful systems and the misfortune to use some awful ones. Some of us may derive no joy from using these systems, regardless of their quality, merely using them to get things done; while others of us do enjoy using certain well-made systems and actively seek out or create those ones which enable us to be as productive as possible, positively banishing from our lives those which make us grumpy and unproductive.

    Now, this notion of productivity is one which seems to be highly regarded by all of us, whether those who get things done or those who enjoy using well-made systems. Another notion upon which both camps mostly seem to agree, but for different reasons, is familiarity: the doers seem to like familiarity for the sake of familiarity and (apparent) ease and simplicity, while it may be safe to say that the enjoyers favour familiarity – potentially after a period of learning – for the boost it gives to productivity. Where the two camps seem to differ, however, is on the notion of quality of life. For the doers, the quality of life aspect of using a computer system seems likely to be a measure of how little they have to engage with said system. There is no scope for the system itself providing any improvement to its user's quality of life. However, for those who enjoy using well-made systems, quality of life is very important. It can encompass notions with which the doers may relate, such as ease of use, but a system can also improve quality of life by such things as being logically consistent, by having the user's back via validity checking and by not concerning the user with the format in which information is stored but rather presenting it in a form that they want.

    These three notions are all derived from how systems work, which those who enjoy using systems probably take an interest in. For the doers, however, how systems work and how they provide them with the ability to do seems to be of no interest whatsoever. At least not until an enjoyer suggests a possible improvement to an existing system and must spontaneously assume the role of systems architecture guru, psychoanalyst and orator. For, of course, the status quo must prevail and, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The question then is how does the enjoyer best get their point across? How do they convince the doer that it is broken? How do they express how important quality of life is to them?

    While we're pondering this, if you don't mind, let us enjoy my scorecard for the 6195th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by ella guro's delicious E.P. YEAR ZERO, just because we cannot really have too much ella guro, can we?

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 dkroimasn smirk 5
    2 trzoebasl bloaters 13
    3 25 6 9 6 5 3 → 371 371
    25 × (9 + 6) − 3 − 6 + 5
    23
    TTT wideflex flixweed
    4 dtgoieava godetia 30
    5 jnreowitl jointer 37
    6 50 10 2 9 8 8 → 737 7401
    50 × (9 + 8 − 2) − 10
    44
    7 dnesotleu snouted 51
    8 gwniaremu wearing 58
    9 25 2 5 7 8 8 → 610 6082
    25 × 8 × (5 − 2) + 8
    65
    TTT hepeople peephole3
    10 ptheafirs pastier 72
    11 aencmedip encamped4 80
    12 tlgeoacen legate 86
    13 tvpioreoe overtip 93
    14 100 7 10 3 9 5 → 422 422
    (100 + 3) × (9 − 5) + 10
    103
    15 wongapill walloping 113
    1 Solved by Rachel with 9 × 8 × 10 + 25 − 8
    2 Solved by Rachel with (7 × 8 + 5) × (8 + 2)
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Susie gave us IMPEDANCE for nine


    Game

    Words: smirk bloaters godetia jointer snouted wearing pastier encamped legate overtip
    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 #6192

    For want of any new groundbreaking announcements, let's simply enjoy my scorecard for the 6192nd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Peaks' stellar soundtrack for Reassembly from the current Humble Weekly Bundle: The Return of Space Boy. Gosh! if the game lives up to the soundtrack…

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 dtmgaiosa mastoid 7
    2 reopnubse openers 14
    3 25 100 6 4 4 2 → 884 1 14
    TTT playexpo apoplexy2
    4 caotntiod action 20
    5 lwteairsa wailers 27
    6 50 5 8 2 9 9 → 262 262
    50 × 5 + 9 + 9 + 2 − 8
    37
    7 ctreuomre more 41
    8 hpiaktfer father 47
    9 100 10 2 1 5 6 → 715 715
    100 × (6 + 1) + 10 + 5
    57
    TTT dataurge graduate3
    10 zuelsgiap pages 62
    11 jdvsioura avoids 68
    12 qeitgloar gloater 75
    13 smdoeubne mounds 81
    14 7 10 2 10 6 8 → 356 356
    10 ÷ 2 × 7 × 10 + 6
    91
    15 fatdingle deflating 101
    1 Solved by Rachel with (100 × 2 + 25 − 4) × 4
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: mastoid openers action wailers more father pages avoids gloater mounds
    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 #6187

    AUS 60
    ENG 391-9 declared
    AUS 243
    England win the 4th Test by an innings and 78 runs

    What more need we say?

    Here's my scorecard for the 6187th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by the blissful soundtrack for Knytt Underground.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 pwroiatdp rapid 5
    2 ekwsaedov avowed 11
    3 50 3 7 4 4 6 → 541 541
    50 × (7 + 4) − 6 − 3
    21
    TTT igetatad agitated1
    4 nspaertul planters 29
    5 mnleiernz miner 34
    6 100 75 9 3 1 7 → 451 451
    75 × (9 − 3) + 1
    44
    7 dtsiaehlq ladies 50
    8 dgtiuogna dating 56
    9 100 2 5 8 5 8 → 688 6872
    100 × (7 + 2) − 8 − 5
    63
    TTT sidegift digestif3
    10 ctmeosatg cottages 71
    11 sjreiocfd forced 77
    12 rsdeianrt randiest 85
    13 btfeoevmi emotive 92
    14 25 50 7 10 1 3 → 754 754
    (50 + 25) × 10 + 3 + 1
    102
    15 arichluny (raunchily)4 102
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (100 − 8 ÷ 2 − 5 − 5) × 8
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Rachel and Rosie


    Game

    Words: rapid avowed planters miner ladies dating cottages forced randiest emotive
    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 #6182

    A brief visit to the Department for Laptopless Souls consigned last week's word game to oblivion, but with a new motherboard having been installed in ye olde trusty laptop we can pick up pretty much where we left off.

    Which was in the embryonic stages of a solution to the third Project Euler problem. Before the visit to the DfLS, my function could figure out if a number is prime but it hadn't completed the puzzle by then going on to find out if that prime number is a factor of that big, scary target number. The calming ambience of the DfLS helped me realise that the function had all of the necessary information and that all that needed changing was the printf("%d is prime\n", PrimeTest); line for an if statement. So immediately upon my return to Laptop Land I gave this a whirl, compiled and ran it, and was presented with the correct answer. The only snag: the program doesn't exit. But this didn't deter me from then going on to solve two more prime number-based problems using essentially the same function, just with some slightly different tests. Now if only I can get it to exit it may be worth pulling out that function into an "euler.h" file to use for future problems.

    In other news, Rosie has played the word game, Terraria has arrived on Linux and I have begun to consider migrating The Life and Times of Miblo del Carpio to a WordPress-based blog hosted on a server of my own. For now, though, let's enjoy my scorecard for the 6182nd episode of Countdown, its sister word game and last week's embryonic entry from Rosie, accompanied by Chipzel's bouncing soundtrack for Super Hexagon.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 lsniadoni slain 5
    2 slutziaes tassel 11
    3 50 2 8 3 10 9 → 351 351
    50 × (9 − 2) + 8 + 3 − 10
    21
    TTT operagig arpeggio1
    4 tbkoeaqde beaked 27
    5 rhdisaera harried 34
    6 7 1 3 4 2 7 → 721 2 34
    7 dvloionfe flood 39
    8 lrvieawge wailer 45
    9 75 5 4 4 5 1 → 332 332
    (75 + 5 + 4 − 1) × 4
    55
    TTT golfiron flooring3
    10 puwreaucp cuppa 60
    11 tsceaermi creamiest 78
    12 nxgeoahme homage 84
    13 ntraeobte ornate 90
    14 75 25 50 100 10 8 → 829 4 90
    15 rickbinge (bickering)5 90
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with ((4 + 1) × 3 × 7 − 2) × 7
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Solved by Stephen with (75 ÷ 25 + 100) × 8 + 50 ÷ 10
    5 Unscrambled by Chris


    Game

    Words: slain tassel beaked harried flood wailer cuppa creamiest homage ornate
    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

    'Writing… A Work in Progress' by Rosie

  • Countdown Scorecard #6176

    Handmade Hero has only been going on for 151 days, the Episode Guide is filling up apace with annotations, and I have finally finally started to put some of Casey's teachings – the philosophical overtones of that word being not too far off the mark – into practice. For, some of the folks from the HMH Community have introduced me to Project Euler, which is essentially an ever-expanding collection of mathematical problems for us to solve however we wish, and I am attempting to solve them by writing computer programs written in C. Thus far I've solved the first two problems and am currently working on the third:

    Largest prime factor
    Problem 3

    The prime factors of 13195 are 5, 7, 13 and 29.

    What is the largest prime factor of the number 600851475143 ?

    I have a rough idea of what to do, so will first write the algorithm and test it on the example number. If it turns up the expected results then we can assume the algorithm is correct and be able to find that largest prime factor of 600851475143. Years and years later than this kind of thing could have been practical and career-defining, my programming and mathematical brain cells both enjoy a workout here, thanks to Project Euler.

    But before we resume our workout, let's quickly enjoy my scorecard for the 6176th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Scott Lloyd Shelly's soundtrack for the 2D action-adventure sandbox game Terraria, due to land on Linux before the end of the month.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 setarictq raciest 7
    2 lsdbuiaer bruised 14
    3 100 50 75 4 8 1 → 467 467
    100 × 4 + 75 − 8
    24
    TTT suchable chasuble1
    4 lnshwaouo shawl 29
    5 tedtlaiht tattled 36
    6 100 7 3 2 8 6 → 995 995
    100 × (7 + 3) − 8 + 6 ÷ 2
    46
    7 mocipenpa campion 53
    8 zsrtoeart retorts 60
    9 50 5 4 1 2 8 → 250 250
    50 × 5
    70
    TTT abbotera bareboat2
    10 sdpgieodt deposit 77
    11 viganorkm marking 84
    12 smyseiosi messy 89
    13 bnurvaerw burner 95
    14 100 3 8 1 5 1 → 915 915
    100 × (8 + 1) + 5 × 3
    105
    15 grumpifen (perfuming)3 105
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Unscrambled by Liam


    Game

    Words: raciest bruised shawl tattled campion retorts deposit marking messy burner
    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 #6171

    For want of personal news of a groundbreaking nature, let's just enjoy my scorecard for the 6171st game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Kettel's delicious soundtrack for ibb & obb, available for £2.39 along with a bunch more games for the next nine days in Bundle Stars' Abstract Bundle 2.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 qsruiegtl quilts 6
    2 srnoeasil snores 12
    3 100 7 4 3 8 6 → 250 250
    100 × (7 + 3) ÷ 4
    22
    TTT apesnack pancakes1
    4 autigwolt gloat 27
    5 sfdaeosgn dosages 34
    6 50 100 75 25 5 6 → 511 511
    100 + ((50 + 25) ÷ 75) × 5 + 6
    44
    7 pdbieotpk tipped 50
    8 pmyiaotur pouty 55
    9 25 3 7 8 3 10 → 370 3712
    25 × (10 + 8 − 3) − 7 + 3
    62
    TTT canthelp planchet3
    10 oeahjrnuf rune 66
    11 vcdeaophn caved 71
    12 stneiadrm mardiest 79
    13 rtlsauewr rustler 86
    14 100 75 25 50 3 4 → 128 128
    100 + 25 + 3
    96
    15 aimintoit (imitation)4 96
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (8 − 3 + 25 + 7) × 10
    3 Solved by Rosie
    3 Unscrambled by Judy


    Game

    Words: quilts snores gloat dosages tipped pouty rune caved mardiest rustler
    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 #6168

    You know you've had a productive week when your idea of a newsworthy happening is that you've finally taken the plunge and swapped your Caps Lock and Escape keys on your keyboard. Seriously, that's about it. So let's savour my scorecard for the 6168th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Level 12 of Aleksi Perälä's eargasmic Colundi Sequence, while we anticipate what the coming week will bring.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 nbloaevrf flavone 7
    2 hiusdtnao shout 12
    3 50 1 9 6 2 3 → 572 572
    (50 × 2 − 3) × 6
    22
    TTT callinby billycan1
    4 rispdaujh drips 27
    5 stgeiomaw gamiest 34
    6 75 25 3 4 2 3 → 166 166
    75 × 2 + 25 − 3 ÷ 3
    44
    7 rsgeierka sarkier 51
    8 pdionerta predation 69
    9 50 10 6 1 2 8 → 779 7762
    50 × (10 + 6) − 8 × (2 + 1)
    76
    TTT acegotit cogitate3
    10 mduanlpeg plumaged 84
    11 msgoioudi goods 89
    12 tvsaeufqa quest 94
    13 crtoeirda carotid 101
    14 100 5 6 1 7 9 → 173 173
    9 × (7 + 1) + 6 − 5 + 100
    111
    15 otherways (seaworthy) 111
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (50 × 8 − 10) × 2 − 1
    3 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: flavone shout drips gamiest sarkier predation plumaged goods quest carotid
    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 #6163

    The most notable news this week is probably that I've kind of got back into doing audio engineering stuff. An accomplice and I'd hoped to record some music but, thanks to connection issues with electric instruments, we ended up recording some insightful commentary on games, music and life in general. It is still wanting full musical accompaniment, but once that's in we'll be sure to publish the episode somewhere. In the meantime, though, let's enjoy my scorecard for the 6163rd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Level 11 of Aleksi Perälä's delicious Colundi Sequence.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 wnoafgiod woofing 7
    2 snuekagsi snakes1 13
    3 50 7 7 3 2 10 → 260 260
    50 × (3 + 2) + 10
    23
    TTT garyfull frugally2
    4 vgoemrjua grave 28
    5 gmoitneus emoting 35
    6 25 50 100 75 6 5 → 965 9753
    75 × (6 + 5) + 100 + 50
    40
    7 hyeirteal leathery 48
    8 qtiusbaed basted 54
    9 75 2 4 5 3 1 → 603 603
    75 × 4 × 2 + 3
    64
    TTT irisdent nitrides4
    10 rpbiuosre pubes 69
    11 flaictous oculist 76
    12 pnaildiet planted 83
    13 ncuadnoah nacho 88
    14 50 100 75 25 8 5 → 126 1255
    75 + 50
    95
    15 ellninety (leniently)6 95
    1 Found by Mum
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rachel with (100 − 6) × 50 ÷ 5 + 25
    4 Solved by Rosie
    5 Solved by Rob with 100 + 50 − (75 ÷ 25 × 8)
    6 Unscrambled by Pat


    Game

    Words: woofing snakes grave emoting leathery basted pubes oculist planted nacho
    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 #6158

    This week's biggest news must be the release of Levels 10 and 11 in Aleksi Perälä's Colundi Sequence. Only for lovers of lush electronic music. Nothing much other than that, so let's enjoy my scorecard for the 6158th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Level 10.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 sdnuaegao dosage 6
    2 tmxuaelri maltier 13
    3 75 100 50 25 5 2 → 350 350
    75 × 5 − 25
    23
    TTT batoffun bouffant1
    4 dtlpsaeio dopiest2 30
    5 fnhuiejar hernia 35
    6 75 50 7 9 1 8 → 534 534
    75 × 7 + 9
    45
    7 svcioutar scout 50
    8 plneogbia eloping 57
    9 75 25 100 50 3 8 → 193 1943
    25 × 8 − (3 × 100 ÷ 50)
    64
    TTT sonsboot bostoons4
    10 sztceoiru outsize 71
    11 trmeoibao boomier 78
    12 kspuitdeo outside 85
    13 mpleaidem limped 91
    14 100 7 1 10 5 2 → 367 367
    (100 − 10) × (5 − 1) + 7
    101
    15 longtulip polluting 111
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Susie gave us SPOLIATED for nine
    3 Solved by Rachel with 75 × 3 − (100 ÷ 25 × 8)
    4 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: dosage maltier dopiest hernia scout eloping outsize boomier outside limped
    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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