Monday, 10 March 2014

NG 336

New game 336 is now available.


Round 1: N R S R H A F E E

I had FANS, SHEAF, FRESHER, and FRESHEN.

Seven is the best to be done, with the others being REFRESH, SHEARER / HEARERS, EARNERS, and FEARERS.

My selection: FRESHER


Round 2: U A R A B O L T P

I had AURA, ORAL, PORTAL / PATROL, RUBATO ("the technique of varying the tempo within a bar of music without either lengthening or shortening the bar"), and TABULAR.

The other seven is ABLATOR.

My selection: TABULAR


Round 3: Target 535 from 50 25 10 3 6 9

I wanted to make this as 525 + 10, and was a little fixated on 7*75 = 525.  That would require making a 7 from 3, 6, 9, and in my haste I could not see such a way (but seen while writing this up is 535 = (9 - 6/3)*(50 + 25) + 10).  Instead I adjusted that to be 21*25, and that was much more promising since all the remaining small numbers were also divisible by 3.  A little more playing around produced the solution 535 = (9*3 - 6)*25 + 10.  Then I took a mental step back and considered that my normal approach would have been to attempt to get close first with 10*50, and a tweak resolved the rest: 535 = (50 + (3 + 6)/9)*10 + 25.

One thing which I did not think about until afterwards was that with two large numbers there is a good degree of flexibility in how to approach making the 525.  For instance, it could have been 50*10 + 25 (difficult without using up the 10) or 50*11 - 25, leading to the solution 535 = (9 + 6/3)*50 - 25 + 10.  Or a composite approach like 535 = 9*25 + 6*50 + 10.

My selection: 535 = (9*3 - 6)*25 + 10


Round 4: I T M H B E A N D

I had TIME, AMBIT, BATHED, and HABITED.  After time I noted ANTHEM as another six, and another seven of HEMATIN (HEMATIN being a variant spelling of HAEMATIN: "a pigment containing iron [...]").

The other sevens are AMBIENT and MEDIANT.

My selection: HABITED


Round 5: G D O F N T C O O

I had DONG (I was thinking of the Vietnamese unit of currency, but that sense is not listed; fortunately others are, including the verb sense of "(of a bell, etc.) to ring"), FOOT, noted that a final A instead of that third O would have allowed OCTAGON, and CODON / CONDO.

The other fives are TONDO ("a circular work of art, as a painting, relief, carving, etc.") and COGON (a type of grass) / CONGO (variant spelling of CONGOU: "a kind of black tea from China").

My selection: CODON


Round 6: Target 433 from 50 75 10 3 1 7

Applying the standard method got me an early solution of 433 = 50*10 - 75 + 7 + 1.  Then I considered that the target could be either 10*43 + 3 or 10*44 - 7, and the former was the easier to use: 433 = (50 - 7)*10 + 3.  My very first thought at the start had been to use 7*75, but 525 seemed rather far from the target and so I dismissed that.  I returned to considering it after those two solutions, and realised that the offset was 92, which was near 7*13, and found one more solution as a result: 433 = (75 - 10 - 3)*7 - 1.

My selection: 433 = (50 - 7)*10 + 3


Round 7: E T L E T N I U M

I had a dubious LEET (thinking of it in the L33T sense, which is not listed, but there is an obsolete meaning given: "a special type of manorial court or its jurisdiction"), TENT, TENET, and NETTLE.  This mix was near a couple of chemical elements (LUTETIUM and SELENIUM), but not quite compatible.  After time I noted MINUTE and ELUENT as other sixes.

There are two sevens available here: ENTITLE and LUNETTE ("any of various objects or spaces of crescent-like or semicircular outline or section").

My selection: NETTLE
Best: ENTITLE


Round 8: Target 418 from 75 25 10 8 2 4

With all those small numbers being even the option of 400 + 18 was far more attractive than 425 - 7.  I started with 418 = 4*(75 + 25) + 10 + 8, then played around with some other options to emerge with 418 = (8*25 + 4)*2 + 10.

My selection: 418 = 4*(75 + 25) + 10 + 8


Round 9: GRAB POINT

The -ING fragment is always worth considering when it is present, and it brought dividends here in the shape of PROBATING.

My selection: PROBATING (3.1s)

4 comments:

Louise Molloy said...

1. rasher, then out of time with earners
2. tabula
3. [50+(9-6/3)]x10 +25=535
4. bathed
5. condo
6. (50-7)x10+3=433
7. entitle
8. 4x(75+25)+10+8=418
9. probating (52.4s)

Geoff Bailey said...

I hope that TABULA was just a typo for TABULAR on your part, Louise, as TABULA itself only appears as part of the phrase TABULA RASA. That means the show would not have accepted it.

Nice work to get ENTITLE in round seven.

Louise Molloy said...

Thanks for the feedback, Geoff. Not a typo unfortunately - a bit of a gamble.

Michael Backhouse said...

RASHER
PATROL
9*(50+10)-6=534 1 off and out of time
BATHED
FONT
(7-1)*(75-3)+1=433
METTLE
Geoff's way
PROBATING 98s took longer as I didn't think this was a word but went for it anyway