Friday, 2 January 2015

NG 550

New game 550 is now available.


Round 1: O P T Q E D B A R

My selection: PROBATED


Round 2: N A T E U P D M E

I rightly rejected UNTAPED and UNTAMPED, but somehow missed UNTAMED.  Bother.

My selection: PEANUT
Best: UNTAMED


Round 3: Target 391 from 50 8 8 4 5 10

My selection: 391 = 8*50 - 5 - 4


Round 4: N A G L S M I C A

The Macquarie does not have a separate listing for CALMING, so CALMINGS is not valid.

My selection: SALAMING


Round 5: A L S I E I M K S

A vexing omission here: MISLIKES is not valid.

My selection: LIAISES


Round 6: Target 903 from 25 50 100 75 1 4

There's only two solutions to this, with the other being 903 = ((25 - 1)*50 + 4)*10075.

My selection: 903 = (4*50 + 100 + 1)*75/25


Round 7: F G I C I R C I U

It's been a while since we've had a mix as horrible as this!  Unsurprisingly, GUCCI does not get the nod, so four is the best to be done.

My selection: FRUG


Round 8: Target 287 from 25 9 3 9 6 5

My selection: 287 = (6 + 5)*25 + 9 + 3


Round 9: TOP POETRY

My selection: [N/A -- conundrum chosen explicitly]
Best: PROTOTYPE

3 comments:

Mike Backhouse said...

PARTED
PUNTED
8*50-5-4=391
CALMING (luckily resisted adding an S)
AIMLESS
(4*50/25+1)*100=900 (3 off and went over)
URIC
9*(3*9+5)=288 (1 off and went over)
x

Sam G said...

Largely disappointing.

1. ABORTED. Rejected the valid PROBATED.
2. x UNMATED. UNTEAMED also invalid.
3. 391 = 50*8 - 5 - 4
4. MAGICAL/CALMING
5. MISSILE
6. 903 = ((25-1)*50+4)*75/100. Borderline on time. Didn't try Geoff's much easier way. It's very disappointing when the fancy solves have straightforward alternative answers.
7. CUIR
8. 287 = (6+5)*25 + 9 + 3
9. x OPTOMETRY at 1.1s. Got PROTOTYPE at perhaps a minute.

Louise Molloy said...

1. probated
2. untamed
3. 8x50-4-5=391
4. x lacings
5. x silkies
6. (100+50+75+1)x4=904 (1 off)
7. fig
8. (6+5)x25+9+3=287
9. x property