Monday, 30 December 2013

NG 286

And... we're back; I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.  New game 286 is now available


Round 1: V L H C C D E O I

My selection: CHOICE
Best: CLICHÉD


Round 2: R M I K E I T P L

My selection: LIMPET
Best: IMPERIL


Round 3: Target 849 from 100 75 1 6 8 9

My selection: 849 = 8*(100 + 6) + 1


Round 4: M A I I S R N U S

My selection: RAINS
Best: RAISINS


Round 5: E N S A E P T C A

My selection: CATENAE


Round 6: Target 405 from 5 7 6 2 2 4

The target is unreachable; one off is the best on offer.

My selection: 406 = 7*(6*2*5 - 2)  [1 off]


Round 7: T S O E O N U H W

A minor trap here: TOWNHOUSE is tempting (and I had it written down within time) but a little thought suggests that the Macquarie would treat this as two words only.  That turns out to be the case, so there is no nine here.

My selection: OUTSHONE


Round 8: Target 570 from 25 6 1 3 1 8

My selection: 570 = 3*8*(25 - 1) - 6


Round 9: MELD PLUME

My selection: PUMMELLED (8.5s)

8 comments:

Michael Backhouse said...

Hi Geoff and everyone.

COILED
MILKER
(9+1)*75+100=850 (1 off)
MAINS
CAPSTAN
5*7*6*2-4*2=412 (7 off)
TONES
25*((6*(3+1))-1)-8=567 (3 off)
PUMMELLED (11s)

Michael Backhouse said...

Just realised that I should have used the extra I for MILKIER. Grrrr.

Geoff Bailey said...

CAPSTAN was excellent, Mike. And yes, it would have been nice to see MILKIER within time.

Victor said...

Merry christmas everyone,

1. VOICED
2. MILKIER (not sure if valid)
3. 849 = 8*(100 + 6) + 1
4. SIMIANS
5. CAPSTAN
6. 1-away: 404 = 2*(5*6*7 - 2*4)
7. HONEST (saw TOWNHOUSE later, would have risked it)
8. 570 = 3*8*(25 - 1) - 6
9. PUMMELLED - 1.7s

Geoff Bailey said...

Yes, MILKIER is valid. (I found it after time, but IMPERIL seemed like a nicer word to declare as best.) Nice work with SIMIANS (another word I found after time) and CAPSTAN, Victor.

Louise Molloy said...

1. coiled
2. permit
3. 8x(100+6)+1=849
4. X unarms (don't think it's a verb, should be 'disarms')
5. canapes
6. [(6x7)-2]x(5x2)+4=404 (1 off)
7. soothe
8. (8x3-1)x25 -(6-1)=570
9. pummelled (8.7s)

Happy New Year!

Geoff Bailey said...

The good news is that UNARMS gets the nod -- UNARM is listed as meaning "to disarm" (and some other ones that I forgot to pay attention to). Nice game!

Sam Gaffney said...

1. CLICHED
2. IMPERIL/MILKIER
3. 849 = 8*(100 + 6) + 1
4. RAISINS
5. CAPSTAN
6. 1-away: 406 = (6*7*2-2)*5 - 4
7. x TOWNHOUSE
8. 570 = 3*8*(25 - 1) - 6
9. PUMMELLED - 1.5s