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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6157

    A new series of Countdown spells a new chapter in The Life and Times of Miblo del Carpio. Only time will tell if Chapter 43 brings anything more than another series's worth of scorecards. Incidentally, it breaks with the Steam Summer Sale in full flow and me resisting like a pro the tempting offers that pop up day by day. Thus far I've bought two games, Ichi and Creeper World 3, removed others from my wishlist and put one in my cart for me to ponder.

    In other news, a python script of mine called weestreamer – my first foray into python and interfacing with an application's API – has been accepted as one of weechat's official scripts, making it my first contribution to an open-source project. If you use weechat and like to watch video streams such as Handmade Hero via livestreamer, give it a try – /script install weestreamer.py – and let me know what you'd like to see improved.

    And once you've done that, maybe there'll be time to enjoy my scorecard for the 6157th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by the sweltering soundtrack for Tale of Tales' interactive tale of an American activist / house cleaner in early 1970's South America, Sunset.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 hkanitres thinkers 8
    2 lrsioupei lousier 15
    3 25 9 1 10 7 3 → 686 686
    25 × 9 × 3 + 10 + 1
    25
    TTT morerays rosemary1
    4 btnaeifcs cabinets 33
    5 tadmutreh mutated 40
    6 100 75 50 25 9 4 → 763 7662
    (100 + 75 × 4) + 50 + 25 − 9
    47
    7 nsoqgepir reposing 55
    8 ntruoager outrange 63
    9 50 7 10 9 2 3 → 791 791
    (10 + 3 × 2) × 50 − 9
    73
    TTT nameitem meantime3
    10 cpsaiejat paciest 80
    11 ynornurta outran 86
    12 dlbeouvia valued 92
    13 mifgosemv movies 98
    14 50 100 75 25 2 6 → 455 452
    50 × (75 × 25 + 6) + 2
    105
    15 gadwinner (wandering)4 105
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (100 + 9) × (75 × 25 + 4)
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Rhys


    Game

    Words: thinkers lousier cabinets mutated reposing outrange paciest outran valued movies
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6152

    We're into the final week of Countdown's 72nd series but we can't dwell on that too long because the TIS-100 is busted and in need of repair! So let's briefly skim through my scorecard for the 6152nd game of Countdown and its sister word game, and get back to our important work.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 spleaitcu clause1 6
    2 oeahgtrsj gathers 13
    3 25 1 6 9 8 6 → 829 2 13
    TTT rearnags arranges3
    4 eiurntmia mintier4 20
    5 pfseiatrl frailest 28
    6 100 4 1 3 5 8 → 877 877
    (100 + 5 + 4 + 1) × 8 − 3
    38
    7 ndsioelsg glossed5 45
    8 iuonmngde mounding 53
    9 25 1 8 1 4 9 → 429 429
    25 × (9 + 8) + 4
    63
    TTT pricedue pedicure6
    10 aiovxtrse exits 68
    11 lbnaoefru unable 74
    12 oeasmtryt mastery 81
    13 pksoeovri spookier 89
    14 1 8 3 5 10 5 → 717 717
    8 × (5 + 5 − 1) × 10 − 3
    99
    15 beyoncels (obscenely) 99
    1 Susie gave us SPICULATE for nine
    2 Solved by Rachel with 6 × 6 × 25 − 8 × 9 + 1
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Tracey found MINIATURE for nine
    5 Susie gave us GODLINESS for nine
    6 Solved by Rosie


    Game

    Words: clause gathers mintier frailest glossed mounding exits unable mastery spookier
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6148

    A week of wildly conflicting emotions – resulting in my infuriatingly ongoing state of unemployment – ended spectacularly with an evening of compulsive chain-streaming from a string of people (mostly) programming on twitch. The order of the night ran thus:

    Abner: 'What Programming is Never About'
    Sean: Programming obbg
    Matthew: Programming ZG
    Dustin: Presenting spectorengine
    Andrew: Surviving a noise storm
    Willy: Playing Snakebird

    The highlight was probably Abner's announcement of a book deal he's secured which will allow him to publish a book on programming. And not just any old programming, but data-oriented programming. Essentially, this will be the kind of material, along with projects like Handmade Hero, that I would have loved to have stumbled upon as a child. It wasn't all that clear from the announcement who the target audience will be, but as somebody with a couple of decades of fooling around with computers behind him, who fancies levelling up (or down, depending on how you look at it) his computing knowledge from scripting to programming at a low level, and is slowly getting a handle on all that Casey is doing on Handmade Hero, I don't doubt it will be a goldmine for me.

    But it'll likely be a while before that snuggles up in my bookshelf, so we have plenty of time to enjoy my scorecard for the 6148th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Danny Baranowsky's divine soundtrack for The Binding of Isaac.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 mazdurnep pander 6
    2 btsaoreho booster 13
    3 50 4 4 3 5 10 → 409 409
    (50 − 5 − 4) × 10 − 4 + 3
    23
    TTT realpics replicas1
    4 iuofnwivs snow 27
    5 lcevamrso clovers 34
    6 50 5 4 5 4 3 → 788 788
    (50 × 4 − 3) × 4
    44
    7 ptuenptid pitted 50
    8 eorlbiuno boiler 56
    9 50 4 3 4 10 5 → 442 442
    (50 − 5) × 10 − 4 − 4
    66
    TTT isawsham mawashis2
    10 gjgeierot jogger 72
    11 steadlsen steals 78
    12 aeatnhtem manatee 85
    13 sigsfoead dosages 92
    14 75 100 3 4 1 1 → 660 657
    (100 − 3) × (4 + 1 + 1) + 75
    99
    15 vainzelga (galvanize)3 99
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Unscrambled by James


    Game

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    And now, for goodness' sake, let's finish annotating Day 089 of Handmade Hero.

  • Countdown Scorecard #6143

    So after a wonderfully collaborative week in which a few of us Handmade Hero alumni formed a team to write the annotations for the Episode Guide, we find ourselves flung into another week which may end up being a career-changer for yours truly. Before we get there, though, let us enjoy my scorecard for the 6143rd game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Carl Karjalainen's bloopy soundtrack for the best puzzle game to be released for a while, if garlandobloom is to be believed (he is!), Snakebird.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 yfsroaine finery 6
    2 eausgwdre greased 13
    3 100 4 10 1 8 2 → 488 488
    (100 + (10 + 1) × 2) × 4
    23
    TTT paultoys outplays1
    4 vtpioresd disprove 31
    5 xtslaouae sexual 37
    6 100 2 3 3 10 5 → 348 348
    (100 + 10 + 3 × 2) × 3
    47
    7 ctpreioie copier 53
    8 ounsnbano nouns 58
    9 100 25 50 75 9 6 → 946 9472
    100 × 9 + 50 − 75 × 25
    65
    TTT sadantic antacids3
    10 iearsrmrg marries 72
    11 trdloiena relation 80
    12 oeuhlsfdi hideous 87
    13 svlneaoca clones 93
    14 75 5 7 6 10 6 → 990 990
    75 × (7 + 6) + 10 + 5
    103
    15 dropinvet (provident)4 103
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rachel with (100 − 6) × 9 + 75 + 25
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by Gary


    Game

    Words: finery greased disprove sexual copier nouns marries relation hideous clones
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6138

    After a much more memorable week involving the previously mentioned gorgeous software company, but one that we mustn't jinx by mentioning at greater length, we arrive back at my Mondaily scorecard for the 6138th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by a preview of Beats & Pieces Big Band's album All In, due for release on 8th June.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 npteaomtl polenta 7
    2 aeorylfes floras 13
    3 75 100 50 25 4 10 → 454 454
    50 × 10 − 75 + 25 + 4
    23
    TTT heshares rehashes1
    4 aeacdruwg graced 29
    5 zpreoectm temper 35
    6 100 6 8 10 9 7 → 219 219
    100 × (8 − 6) + 10 + 9
    45
    7 srdouange resound2 52
    8 ioilrcems recoils 59
    9 100 75 25 50 2 8 → 145 145
    100 + 75 − 25 − 50 ÷ (8 + 2)
    69
    TTT aquatire taqueria3
    10 bknuoesqt quest 74
    11 nspieitfb finest 80
    12 pgneauehs pages 85
    13 drtuoahni handout 92
    14 50 8 3 4 2 10 → 255 255
    50 + 4 − 3 × 10 ÷ 2
    102
    15 googlesit (geologist)4 102
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Susie and Louise gave us DANGEROUS for nine
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Unscrambled by David


    Game

    Words: polenta floras graced temper resound recoils quest finest pages handout
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6136

    It's been a week that we'd like to forget here in the UK, but one that we likely ought to remember as the country continues at the hands of, undeniably now, the Conservative party. 'Twill be mildly interesting to see how often "leftover policies inherited from the [Liberal Democrat side of the] previous coalition government" get mentioned, along with the usual "economic situation inherited from the previous-previous Labour government".

    In much warmer news, a wood burning stove has been installed at home and, as it's a Monday, we may enjoy my scorecard for the 6136th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by Sleaford Mods' emotionally appropriate Divide and Exit, ahead of their third LP Key Markets to be released in July.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 srteuezgt gutters 7
    2 hstaiepra harpist 14
    3 75 25 50 100 10 4 → 738 7421
    75 × 10 − 4 − 100 × 25
    21
    TTT danlikes knaidels
    4 fsneoegya nosegay 28
    5 rtkiaedlv trailed 35
    6 25 7 1 2 9 10 → 187 187
    25 × 7 + 10 + 2
    45
    7 bdtiaoxce coaxed 51
    8 gnlieatlr tanglier 59
    9 75 50 100 25 1 2 → 526 5252
    75 × (100 ÷ 25 × 2 − 1)
    66
    TTT imageurn geranium3
    10 pbrioufta ratio 71
    11 lcsieopri policies4 79
    12 dvcoaoign coding 85
    13 swpoeanjs spawns 91
    14 50 2 6 3 3 10 → 666 666
    50 × (10 + 3) + 6 × 3 − 2
    101
    15 stemshoot smoothest 111
    1 Solved by Rachel with (100 + 75 + 10) × 4 − 50 ÷ 25
    2 Solved by David with (75 − 25) × 25 − 100 + 1
    3 Solved by Rosie
    4 Susie gave us POLICIERS for nine


    Game

    Words: gutters harpist nosegay trailed coaxed tanglier ratio policies coding spawns
    Rules: Comment or write an article on your own blog, utilising all of the words
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  • Countdown Scorecard #6134

    A few days after an open day at a gorgeous software company, with positive vibes about the possibility of finally settling into a career, we find ourselves back at Monday with my scorecard for the 6134th game of Countdown and its sister word game accompanied by the soundtrack for the destructible 3D platformer Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers.

    Rnd Selection Declaration Score
    1 mlcktaeon omental 7
    2 ywsriaile wailers 14
    3 100 7 5 3 1 9 → 656 656
    (100 − 5) × 7 − 9
    24
    TTT sadsmile misleads1
    4 tstlieide slitted 31
    5 rtzntoaeh another 38
    6 75 25 3 2 1 1 → 367 365
    (75 − 1 − 1) × (3 + 2)
    45
    7 rsrnsieor sorrier 52
    8 ldaepmush slumped 59
    9 25 3 6 2 6 1 → 406 406
    25 × (6 × 2 + 3 + 1) + 6
    69
    TTT darnbest bartends2
    10 pgiavriaj grip 73
    11 nptdqoaeo panted 79
    12 dgeocnewo wooden 85
    13 gsxrsioed dossier 92
    14 100 50 1 7 4 4 → 276 2753
    (100 − 7) × (4 − 1) − 4
    99
    15 fingerlip (pilfering)4 99
    1 Solved by Rosie
    2 Solved by Rosie
    3 Solved by Rachel with (50 − 7 + 1) × 4 + 100
    4 Unscrambled by Robert


    Game

    Words: omental wailers slitted another sorrier slumped grip panted wooden dossier
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