New game 73 is now available.
Round 1: L C E A F J M E I
I had LACE, FECAL, FLAME, MALICE, and MALEFIC ("productive of evil; malign"). I also noted ICEFLAME (but obviously did not try it); it took me a while to figure out where that came from -- it is the name of a certain weapon in Steven Brust's Taltos series.
MALEFIC is the only seven; the other sixes are FEMALE, FACILE ("moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease"), and MEALIE ("(usually plural) South African maize").
My selection: MALEFIC
Round 2: D N I P O A R R E
I had POND, PONIARD (written down speculatively, and then the R turned up right on cue), and PARDONER. I wondered about ORDAINER (it turns out to be valid) and then saw PREORDAIN for nine... but was out of time. Bother.
There's a good many sevens here, but the other eight is RAINDROP.
My selection: PARDONER
Round 3: Target 367 from 25 100 5 10 5 10
With everything divisible by 5 this has the potential to be very difficult; if the other large number had been 50 instead of 25 then it would have been very grim indeed (but still possible; the solution is rather difficult to find, however). My thoughts turned toward trying to make this as 1835/5, but before I could get too carried away with that idea a bit of better sense asserted itself.
The target is near 5*75, and that can be made, so a fallback position was clearly achievable. In fact, it turned out to yield a solution and that was a relief: 367 = 5*(100 - 25) - 10 + 10/5.
There is exactly one other solution, which is close to what I was originally considering but actually makes it as 3670/10. Even with that as a starting point I'm not sure I'd have found my way there, though; that other solution is 367 = ((25 + 10)*(100 + 5) - 5) / 10.
My selection: 367 = 5*(100 - 25) - 10 + 10/5
Round 4: C R T O A G A T E
I had TORC, ACTOR, ROTATE, and then somehow untangled GREATCOAT out of this. That was a full monty from back in NG 32, so it's interesting that it repeated this quickly. I recalled that I had found an eight-letter word last time, so I spent the rest of the time looking for it but could not spot it. After time I noted some sevens of GAROTTE, REGATTA, and CARTAGE ("the act or cost of carting").
The other sevens are TEACART and COTTAGE, which leads to the eight of COTTAGER.
My selection: GREATCOAT
Round 5: T S A E S L O P E
I had SATE, SATES, SLATES, wondered about PELOTAS (I'm not convinced it is sustainable), PLEASES, and APOSTLES.
There's lots of sevens here again; the other eight is TAPELESS (and not POETLESS, although that would be acceptable in Scrabble; POETESS is one of the sevens, though).
My selection: APOSTLES
Round 6: Target 879 from 75 25 5 1 9 7
The nearest multipled of 25 is my favourite 875, and with both a 5 and 7 available things work out nicely to get to that. I was about to tweak my way to one off by an addition of 5 when I realised that 9 - 5 worked much better; the resulting solution was 879 = 5*(7*25 - 1) + 9.
My selection: 879 = 5*(7*25 - 1) + 9
Round 7: N T S O I H E I B
I had TONS, HOIST, wondered about ETHIONS (Scrabble-legal, but not listed in the Macquarie), and then found the safe sevens of BONIEST / EBONIST ("a worker in ebony"). After time I noted down BOTHIES (BOTHIE: "Scottish a hut or small cottage, especially for lodging farmhands or workers") and BIOTINS (BIOTIN is otherwise known as vitamin H) as other sevens.
Seven is the limit -- the Macquarie has NIOBATES but not NIOBITES -- and the others are HISTONE (one of a certain class of proteins), HENBITS (HENBIT being a type of weed), BENTHOS ("the animals and plants that live on the floor of the sea or lakes"), and STIBINE ("antimonous hydride [...]").
My selection: BONIEST
Round 8: Target 428 from 100 50 75 25 6 2
It would be nice to make this as 425 + 3, but although there's two easy ways to make the (6/2 or 75/25) it does not seem easy to make the 425 while leaving the requisite parts available. I wrote down a fallback one-away 427 = 6*75 - 25 + 2, then realised that the offset of 22 was tweakable with the remaining numbers. The resulting solution was 428 = 6*(75 - 100/25) + 2.
My selection: 428 = 6*(75 - 100/25) + 2
Round 9: FRIES PONY
I was presented this in different form; I eventually settled on the -IFY ending as the most likely use for the Y, but then messed up with the nonword RESPONSIFY. When I took the moment to actually determine the leftover letters it was easy to find PERSONIFY from this mix.
My selection: [invalid -- RESPONSIFY (23.1s)]