Tuesday, 26 November 2013

NG 267

New game 267 is now available.


Round 1: H B D E A B G U Z

I had BEAD, an uncertain GABBED (valid), amused myself with BUGHEAD but not seriously so, GAUZE, rejected GAUZED (but GAUZE does actually have a verb sense), and correctly rejected HUBBED also.

Aside from the two valid sixes that I rejected the others are BEDBUG and BEDAUB.

My selection: GAUZE
Best: BEDBUG


Round 2: R C S K O T I O S

I had CORKS, STOCK, and STOCKS.

Six is the best to be done; the others are TRICKS, CROOKS, STICKS, SKIRTS, STORKS / TORSKS (TORSKS being a type of fish) / SKORTS (SKORT: "a women's garment, comprising shorts with a loose leg designed to fold so as to appear to make a short skirt"), ROOSTS / TORSOS, SCOOTS, STOICS, SICKOS, and STOOKS (STOOK: "a group of sheaves of grain placed on end supporting one another in the field").

My selection: STOCKS


Round 3: Target 274 from 25 1 4 9 3 8

The standard method is clearly the way to go: 274 = (8 + 3)*25 - 1.

My selection: 274 = (8 + 3)*25 - 1


Round 4: S N S N O A A R I

I had SONS, ARSON, and SONARS / ARSONS.  I also amused myself with the idea of NARNIAS.

There is a seven here: NASIONS (NASION: "Anatomy the intersection of the internasal suture with the nasofrontal suture, in the mid-sagittal plane").

The other sixes are NASION / ANIONS, ROSINS, SARINS (SARIN being a nerve gas), SARANS (SARAN being a trademark for any of a set of polymers), NORIAS (NORIA: "a device consisting of a series of buckets on a wheel, used for raising water"), and NAIRAS (NAIRA being "the unit of currency of Nigeria").

My selection: SONARS
Best: NASIONS


Round 5: O S W E T S P G I

I had WOES, STOWS, PESTOS, and SPIGOTS (SPIGOT: "a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask, etc.").

The other sevens are POSTIES and STOGIES / EGOISTS.

My selection: SPIGOTS


Round 6: Target 585 from 100 5 1 5 8 10

Just a matter of reading off the digits this time: 585 = 5*100 + 8*10 + 5.  And one could even make that 5*1 to really drive home the correspondence with decimal representations.

My selection: 585 = 5*100 + 8*10 + 5


Round 7: T D F E D R L U E

I had DEFT, LURED, and FURLED.

The sevens are REFUTED, DELUDER, DETRUDE ("to thrust out or away"), and FERULED (FERULE as a verb: "to punish with a ferule", where FERULE as a noun is "a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for the punishment of children, by striking them, especially on the hand").

My selection: FURLED
Best: REFUTED


Round 8: Target 287 from 75 10 6 2 5 6

The standard method would suggest making this as 300 - 13, but somehow I missed the option of (10 - 6)*75 - 6 - 5 - 2.  Instead I went further afield, noting the target was 5*75 - 88.  A bit of further tweaking turned up a solution of 287 = 5*(75 - 10 - 6) - 6 - 2.

My selection: 287 = 5*(75 - 10 - 6) - 6 - 2


Round 9: BOWMEN NOD

The W is often awkward, but after some playing around with WOOD and DOWN fragments I spotted WOMEN and thus BONDWOMEN (plural of BONDWOMAN: "a female slave", or maybe what happens when Bond girls get older).

My selection: BONDWOMEN (8.8s)

6 comments:

Louise Molloy said...

1. gabbed
2. tricks
3. (8+3)x25 -1=274
4. sonars
5. poises
6. (5+1)x100 -(10+5)=585
7. refuted (didn't go with 'fuddler'!)
8. (10-6)x75 -(2+5+6)=287
9. x

A few dodgy words here from me I think, but the numbers were a bit kinder tonight.

Geoff Bailey said...

All your words are fine, Louise. (I had GABBED as speculative but sadly did not risk it. The more I thought about it after time, the more plausible it seemed and indeed it is valid.) SONARS was also my choice -- SONAR is not just the system, but any device that implements it.

Mike Backhouse said...

GABBED, HUBBED (although the latter appears wrong and not in my second edition)
STORKS
Geoff's way
SONAR
GOSSIP
5*(100+10+8-1)=585
FURLED
6*(75-2)-(6-5)=287
BONDWOMEN (I could only find this and was going to put it up as a joke. I didn't even record my time, which was probably about 40s)

Victor said...

1. x (HUBBED)
2. STOCKS
3. 274 = (8 + 3)*25 - 1
4. SONARS
5. SWIPES
6. 585 = (5 + 1)*100 - 10 - 5
7. REFUTED
8. 287 = (10 - 6)*(75 - 2) - 5
9. BONDWOMEN - 46s - same sentiment as Mike!

Sam Gaffney said...

1. GABBED
2. STOCKS
3. 274 = (8 + 3)*25 - 1
4. SONARS
5. SPIGOTS
6. 585 = (100+1)*5 + 8*10
7. REFUTED
8. 287 = (10 - 6)*75 6 - 5 - 2
9. BONDWOMEN - 9.4s

Louise Molloy said...

Thanks for the feedback on words, Geoff.