Friday, 3 January 2014

NG 290

New game 290 is now available.


Round 1: B B I O G R N A A

My selection: ROBBING


Round 2: N E S R L S I I C

The best options of SERICINS and RESILINS might both be treated as mass nouns; if so, there's still a few sevens to back them up, including SLICERS and ICINESS.

My selection: LINERS
Best: SERICINS


Round 3: Target 989 from 25 75 50 100 4 7

This target is unreachable; one off is the best possible.

My selection: 992 = 7*100 + 4*(75 - 50/25)  [3 off]
Best: 988 = (7*50 - 100 - 75/25)*4  [1 off]


Round 4: E K E D D S A T A

My selection: SEDATED


Round 5: I M A C L O R O F

I'd considered the best option here, but was insufficiently sure about it.

My selection: FORMICA
Best: COLIFORM


Round 6: Target 864 from 50 9 2 10 1 5

My selection: 864 = 9*2*(50 - 10/5)


Round 7: S U T T P A I N D

I was disappointed to see that PANTSUIT is not allowed -- the Macquarie only lists it as PANTS-SUIT.  On the plus side, there was a full monty lurking here.

My selection: PUNDITS
Best: DISPUTANT


Round 8: Target 746 from 25 100 8 9 2 7

I had much simpler solutions at first, but spotted an enjoyable scenic route that I opted for instead.

My selection: 746 = 25*100/2 - 7*8*9


Round 9: TNT OCCURS

My selection: CONSTRUCT (13.7s)

4 comments:

Louise Molloy said...

1. robbing
2. slicers
3. 7x(100-50/25)+4x75=986 (3 off)
4. sedated
5. floor
6. (2x9-1)x50+10+5=865 (1 off)
7. paints
8. 8x(100-7)+2=746
9. x

Good to see those number solutions. Thanks, Geoff.

Michael Backhouse said...

ROBBING
SLICERS
4*(100+50+75+25)-7=993 (4 off and went over time)
TASKED (presumed DETASKED) was not valid
FLORAL
(5+10+2)*(50+1)=567 (3 off)
PAINTS
(8+2)*(100-25)-(9-7)=748 (2 off)
x

Victor said...

1. ROBBING
2. SLICERS
3. 4-away: 993 = (4 + 100/25)*(75 + 50) - 7
4. SKATED
5. FORMIC (wish I'd known FORMICA)
6. 864 = 9*(2*50 - 5 + 1)
7. PUNDITS
8. 746 = 8*(100 - 7) + 2
9. CONSTRUCT - 2 mins

Sam Gaffney said...

1. ROBBING
2. SLICERS
3. one off: 990 = ((75-4)*7*50-100)/25
4. SEDATED
5. FORMAL
6. 864 = (2*50 - 5 + 1)*9
7. DISTANT
8. 746 = (100-7)*8 + 2. Good shenanigans from Geoff here.
9. CONSTRUCT - 1.9s