Thursday, 12 September 2013

NG 214

New game 214 is now available.


Round 1: E E S O T H D E T

I had TOES, THOSE / ETHOS, TEETHED, SHEETED, and ESTHETE (variant spelling of AESTHETE: "someone who cultivates the sense of the beautiful; one very sensitive to the beauties of art or nature").  I was not certain that ESTHETE would be allowed, but later checking confirmed that it was acceptable.  After time I noted SEETHED as another seven.

Seven looks like the best, with the others being TEETHES and SHOTTED (past tense of SHOT as a verb: "to load or supply with shot").

My selection: SHEETED


Round 2: O A O L S C E R L

I had LOOS, COALS, SOLACE, SOLACER / ORACLES, RECALLS, and COLLARS.  After time I noted down the other sevens of SCLERAL (not listed in the Macquarie, for some reason; the SCLERA is "a dense, white, fibrous membrane forming with the cornear the external covering of the eyeball") and CREOSOL ("a colourless oily liquid [...] with an agreeable smell and burning taste, resembling carbolic acid; obtained from wood tar and guaiacum resin").

It seemed a plausible mix for an eight, although I was not able to find one.  But the later search turned up a single eight-letter word: COROLLAS (not the car; here COROLLA is "the internal envelope or floral leaves of a flower, usually of delicate texture and of some colour other than green; the petals considered collectively").

Update: Commenter Victor points out that CORELLAS is also good.

The other sevens are COROLLA, COALERS, COOLERS, CELLARS / CALLERS, AEROSOL / ROSEOLA ("a kind of rose-coloured rash"), LOCALES, and OCELLAR ("related to an ocellus", where an OCELLUS is "an eye-like spot, as on a peacock feather").

My selection: ORACLES
Best: COROLLAS


Round 3: Target 446 from 25 100 2 7 7 9

Bleah, I got lost here.  Obviously the standard method seems like a good start, with the target being 4 away from 450.  450 is 9*50, which could be either 9*25*2 or 9*100/2, but I was not able to get either to work.  On the other hand, 49 is close to 50 and that enabled me to get down a fallback one-away 445 = 7*7*9 + 100/25.

Still within time, I was considering things like 892/2, 7*64 - 2, and 425 + 21 (this last rather tempting because of the 7's).  I was not able to find a solution, though, which in retrospect is disappointing given that some of those approaches were workable.

There turn out to be three solutions.  One is of the form 7*64 - 2; I was not able at the time to make 64 from 100, 25, 7, and 9, but that was because I didn't think of it in those terms.  Had I done so, I might have seen the answer: 446 = 7*(7 + 9)*100/25 - 2.

Another applies the 425 + 21 approach.  The 21 is 3*7, which is 2*7 + 7 and there is some tweaking leeway.  Again, I did not get to the point of considering it this explicitly, but the remaining task of making the 425 is achievable, and the resulting solution is 446 = 9*25 + 2*(100 + 7) + 7.

The final solution is perhaps the simplest in form; it makes the target as 450 - 4 after all, with the help of a little tweaking: 446 = (7*25 - 2)*2 + 100, where one of those 2's is 9 - 7.  I feel particularly embarrassed not to have seen that way of getting the 4.

My selection: 445 = 7*7*9 + 100/25  [1 off]
Best: 446 = 7*(7 + 9)*100/25 - 2


Round 4: A U I T T M O B P

I had MUTT, PUTTO (thanks to yesterday's game: "a representation of a young naked boy, often as a cherub or cupid with wings, in Renaissance and baroque painting and sculpture"), AMBIT ("boundary; limits; sphere"), and was rightly dubious about OUTAIM.

There are some sixes here, though: UTOPIA, OPTIMA, and BITMAP ("a computer graphics image consisting of rows and columns of dots stored as bits").

My selection: AMBIT
Best: UTOPIA


Round 5: E O R T U P G A R

I had TORE, OUTER, POUTER / TROUPE, OUTRAGE, GAROTTE, rejected OUTRAGER (rightly so), and amused myself with the idea of a GROUP RATE.

Seven looks like the limit here, with the others being GROUPER / REGROUP, PORTAGE, RAPTURE, TROUPER, and GROUTER (colloquial for "an unfair advantage").

My selection: OUTRAGE


Round 6: Target 499 from 25 75 10 7 10 3

Definitely a case for the standard method; I started with 499 = 10*(75 - 25) - (7 + 3)/10, then saved a number with 499 = 7*75 - 25 - 10/10.

My selection: 499 = 7*75 - 25 - 10/10


Round 7: I E A D Q R A N R

I had AIDE / IDEA, DRAIN, and DRAINER.

DRAINER is the only seven, and the best to be done (RANDIER is not explicitly listed).

My selection: DRAINER


Round 8: Target 441 from 75 100 7 10 2 6

Thanks to round 3 it was still fresh in my memory that 441 is 7*63, so I wrote down 441 = 7*(75 - 2*6) in short order.  Then I considered 425 + 16 to get 441 = 7*75 - 100 + 10 + 6, and finally got back to the standard method proper with 441 = 6*75 - 7 - 1.

My selection: 441 = 6*75 - 7 - 2


Round 9: GLAD IT ATE

I was just a bit too slow here, finding the answer of TAILGATED at 34.6s.

My selection: [no answer]
Best: TAILGATED

6 comments:

Louise Molloy said...

1. seethed
2. callers
3. [(7-2)x(100-7)]-25+9=449 ...3 off
4. about
5. rapture
6. [(75-25)10] -(10/3+7)=499
7. drainer
8. (6x75)-(2+7)=441
9. tailgated (53s)

Interested to see how 3. could be solved. Cheers, Louise

Victor said...

Not using an Australian anagram solver Geoff? CORELLAS is also there in R2.

1. SEETHED
2. LOCALES
3. 3-away: 449 = 9*100/2 - 7/7
4. PATIO
5. PORTAGE
6. 499 = 10*(75 - 25) - 10/(7 + 3)
7. DRAINER
8. 441 = 6*75 - 7 - 2
9. TAILGATED - 28.6s

Geoff Bailey said...

Victor: No, and it's been a frequentish source of issues. It's one reason I welcome all these alternative finds -- nice one with CORELLAS!

Mike Backhouse said...

Here are mine:

SHEETED
COLLARS
7*2*25+100+9-7=444 (2 off)
TOMB
PORTER (a Y would have given PURGATORY)
Geoff's way
x RANDIER (wondered about it)
7*(75+2)-100=439 (2 off)
x

Sam Gaffney said...

1. SEETHED
2. COLLARS
3. 2-away: 448 = (9*25 - 7/7)*2
4. PATIO
5. REGROUP
6. 499 = 7*75 - 25 - 10/10
7. x RANDIER, too late to see DRAINER, though avoided the G-less ARRAINED trap.
8. 441 = 6*75 - 7 - 2
9. x GLADIATE at 1.1s, thanks for another trap, Geoff. A couple of minutes for TAILGATED.

Geoff Bailey said...

Great vision to see the almost-PURGATORY there, Mike. Very nice!

Sam: I did my best to untrap it, but there's only so much I can do.