Tuesday, 7 October 2014

NG 487

New game 487 is now available.


Round 1: I A E N L S R T C

I had ALIEN, ALIENS, TRENAILS (TRENAIL is a variant spelling of TREENAIL: "a cylindrical pin of hard word for fastening together timbers in ships, etc.") / LATRINES, CLARINETS, and ARTICLES / RECITALS.

CLARINETS is the only nine; other sources would allow CISTERNAL or LARCENIST, but the Macquarie has neither.

The other eights are CANISTER / SCANTIER / CERATINS (CERATIN being a variant spelling of the protein KERATIN), ENTRAILS / RATLINES (RATLINE being a nautical term for "any of the small ropes or lines which traverse the shrouds horizontally, serving as steps for going aloft"), CARLINES (CARLINE being a type of plant, as well as a Scottish term for an old woman), CENTRALS (CENTRAL as a noun: "US the office of a telephone system, in which connections are made between different lines"), CANISTEL ("the fruit of the canistel tree [...]"; strangely, the tree itself does not get an entry), and STERICAL (variant of STERIC: "relating to the spatial relationship of atoms in the molecule").

My selection: CLARINETS


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

I had REFS, SPORE, PERSON, PRISON, noted that an A instead of one of the E's would have yielded PINAFORES, and OPENERS / REOPENS.  After time I noted PEONIES as another seven.

There are eights to be had: PIONEERS / ISOPRENE.  There's a fair few other sevens, of which I'll just mention PIONEER and REFINES.

My selection: OPENERS
Best: PIONEERS


Round 3: Target 778 from 50 25 75 3 1 9

It was clearly desirable to keep the 3 aside, and some experimentation with the rest produced a solution: 778 = (9 + 1)*75 + 25 + 3.

My selection: 778 = (9 + 1)*75 + 25 + 3


Round 4: A R U A T R N L E

I had AURA, RETURN, NATURAL, and NARRATE.

Seven is the best to be done, with the other being NEUTRAL.

My selection: NATURAL


Round 5: O T S E E C O S V

I had TOES, COTES, COSSET, COVETS, and VETOES.  I also noticed that a D instead of an S would have allowed DOVECOTES, which would have been nice.

Six seems to be the limit here, with the others being STOVES, SCOOTS, COOEES, COSETS (COSET: "(in mathematics) a set which with another set produces a specified larger set", which is a vague enough definition to be essentially useless) / ESTOCS (ESTOC: "a short stabbing sword"), and SETOSE ("bristly").

My selection: COVETS


Round 6: Target 893 from 25 75 100 7 6 5

Clearly making this as 900 - 7 is the way to go; I went with 893 = 6*(100 + 75 - 25) - 7, then after time found the alternative of 893 = 5*(100 + 75) + 25 - 7.

My selection: 893 = 6*(100 + 75 - 25) - 7


Round 7: I L E D H T A O N

I had IDLE, LITHE, TAILED, and DELATION (noun derived from DELATE: "to inform against; denounce or accuse").  After time I noted ETHANOL as one of the sevens.

DELATION seems to be the only eight.  The other sevens are ELATION / TOENAIL, HOTLINE / NEOLITH ("a person who lived in the Neolithic period"), INHALED, LOATHED, TALONED, and LENTOID ("having the shape of a biconvex lens").

My selection: DELATION


Round 8: Target 218 from 50 75 10 9 3 3

Getting to 225 was the obvious starting point, with the remaining issue being to make a 7.  I overcomplicated things to start with by finding 218 = 3*75 - (9 + 3 - 50/10), then saved a number with 218 = 9*(75 - 50) - (10 - 3), before realising that combining the two approaches was better again: 218 = 3*75 - (10 - 3).

My selection: 218 = 3*75 - (10 - 3)


Round 9: OILS BAGEL

I was fortunate enough to try the -ISE fragment early.  Surprisingly quickly, in fact -- probably I was presented with this in an easier form.

My selection: GLOBALISE (1.6s)

4 comments:

Mike Backhouse said...

SLANTIER
FINER and just after time POISONER
(9-1)*(25+75-3)=776 (2 off)
RANTER
COOTS and STOVES just after time
(6+75/25)*100-7=893
ELATION
3*75-(10-3)=218
x

Geoff Bailey said...

It's good that you only saw POISONER after time, Mike, as there is only one O. Also, I'm afraid the Macquarie does not list SLANTY (although it does have SLANTLY), so no joy with SLANTIER. With those letters, better to remember LATRINES / ENTRAILS.

Louise Molloy said...

1. trances
2. ripens
3. (9+1)x75+25+3=778
4. natural
5. cosset
6. [(75/25)+6]x100-7=893
7. loathed
8. 3x75-(10-3)=218
9. X

Sam G said...

1. CLARINETS
2. REFINES. OPENSFIRE? Nearly PINAFORES.
3. 778 = (9+1)*75 + 25 + 3
4. NATURAL
5. COVETS
6. 893 = (100+75-25)*6 - 7
7. DELATION
8. 218 = 3*75 - 10 + 3
9. GLOBALISE - 2.1s