Tuesday, 28 January 2014

NG 307

New game 307 is now available.


Round 1: A N A T E A N M R

I had NEAT, MARTEN, MANTRA, and REMNANT.

REMNANT appears to be the only seven.  The other sixes are MANNER, TANNER, MA√ĎANA ("tomorrow; the indefinite future"), and ATAMAN ("a chief of Cossacks, elected by the whole group, serving as a chairman in peace and a leader in war").

My selection: REMNANT


Round 2: R P B S F E E O I

I had BEER, FREES, PROBES, and FRISBEE.  I also noted that an H (the next consonant, it turns out) instead of the F would have allowed BIOSPHERE, so in some sense this was almost a full monty round.

FRISBEE looks like the only seven; the other sixes are BRIEFS / FIBRES / FIBERS, BEFORE, REPOSE, SOIREE, REBOPS (REBOP being a variant form of BEBOP), and RIBOSE ("a pentose sugar [...]").

My selection: FRISBEE


Round 3: Target 807 from 25 50 100 9 7 10

The desire to keep the 7 aside to make this as 800 + 7 was clear.  I perhaps made heavy weather of getting to 800, though; fortunately I got there in the end with 807 = (9*50/25 - 10)*100 + 7.

There's quite a few ways to make the target, actually.  Perhaps the easiest is 807 = (100 - 25)*10 + 50 + 7, while the technique I keep forgetting gives the shortest solution: 807 = (25 - 9)*50 + 7.

My selection: 807 = (9*50/25 - 10)*100 + 7


Round 4: U O O H C C C L T

I had OUCH, COUCH, CLOTH, COUTH, CLUTCH, and OCCULT.

Six seems to be the limit here; the other is CULTCH (variant spelling of CULCH: "the stones, old shells, etc., forming an oyster bed and furnishing points of attachment for the spawn of oysters"; it also has a verb sense, incidentally).

My selection: CLUTCH


Round 5: P A E S D Q R M A

I had APES, SPADE, SPARED, and DAMPERS.

The other seven here is PARADES.

My selection: DAMPERS


Round 6: Target 408 from 100 25 50 7 5 8

The factorisation 8*51 is pretty clear, and I soon had 408 = 8*(50 + 5 - 100/25).  Then I considered the option of 400 + 8 and eventually emerged with 408 = (7 + 5)*25 + 100 + 8.

My selection: 408 = 8*(50 + 5 - 100/25)


Round 7: D U E U L A G H S

I had DUEL, LAUD, LAUGHED, and briefly pondered but correctly rejected LUGHEADS.

LAUGHED is the only seven; the sixes are LAUGHS, LASHED, GASHED, GUSHED, HAULED, SLUDGE, GLADES, and LUSHED (LUSH as a verb: "to drink liquor").

My selection: LAUGHED


Round 8: Target 396 from 100 8 1 4 3 7

It was hard to go past 4*100 - 4, which could be formed that way but I went with the tweak of 396 = 4*(100 - 1).

My selection: 396 = 4*(100 - 1)


Round 9: INEPT RICK

I skipped over this one too quickly, alas.

My selection: [no answer]
Best: NITPICKER

3 comments:

mcphert1 said...

MANNER
SOBER and after time FIBRES
(9+7)*50+10-100/25=806 (1 off)
OCCULT
RAMPED
5*100-50+25-8-7=410 (2 off)
LAUGHED
(4*100-(7-3)=396
x

mcphert1 said...

That's my entry above on another account. My computer is in the shop and I'm using another one. Mike B.

Louise Molloy said...

1. remnant
2. beers
3. 9x(100-10)-50/25=808 (1 off)
4. occult
5. dreams
6. 8x(50+5-100/25)=408
7. gashed
8. 4x100-8+3+1=396
9. nitpicker (10.5s)

Thanks Geoff, good to see the variety of ways to get to 807 in Round 3.