New game 223 is now ready. Enjoy!
Round 1: A C U W T F E T I
I had FACT, FACET, ACUTE, ATTIC / TACIT, and wondered about CATTIE as a variant spelling of CATTY ("a unit of weight used in Asia for the sale of rice, fruit, etc., equal to approx. 625 grams"). I didn't like it, though, and rightly so -- only the spelling CATTY is listed.
There is a six here, though: FAUCET. The other fives are TWICE, CUTIE, and TACET ("(in a music score) an indication that an instrument or voice is to be silent for a time").
My selection: FACET
Round 2: D L N B L A A O O
I had BLAND, BALLAD, and BALLOON.
BALLOON is the only seven; the other six is ANODAL.
My selection: BALLOON
Round 3: Target 199 from 50 100 2 9 9 3
Getting to 200 is straightforward, and the remaining offset of 1 is easy also: 199 = 2*200 - 9/9. For good meaure I noted another solution of 199 = 100 + 9*(9 + 2).
My selection: 199 = 2*100 - 9/9
Round 4: R N H C T O A E I
I had TORCH, ANCHOR, ANCHORET (which I mentioned two days ago in NG 221: "someone who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit; recluse"), CHAROITE (an unusual gemstone ably found by David in the plural back in episode 7), REACTION / CREATION, and then belatedly realised -- as I did mention in NG 221 also -- that ANCHORET is a variant spelling of ANCHORITE.
There is another nine here: ANTECHOIR ("an enclosed space in front of the choir of a church"). The other eights are ANTIHERO, INCHOATE, and ANORTHIC (another term for TRICLINIC: "denoting or relating to a system of crystallisation in which the three axes are unequal and intersect at oblique angles").
My selection: ANCHORITE
Round 5: M S T P A A E M I
I had STAMP, PASTA, and PASTIME / IMPASTE. I also noted MEAT PIES, but obviously that is two words.
There are a pair of eights here: PSAMMITE ("any sandstone") and IMAMATES (IMAMATE: "the office of an imam"). The other sevens are IMAMATE and MISMATE / TAMMIES (plural of TAMMY, a variant form of TAMIS: "a cloth sieve or strainer").
My selection: PASTIME
Round 6: Target 330 from 50 100 8 9 7 5
I got a little lost at first as I spent too much time thinking about 325 + 5. But at some point I realised the factorisation 5*66 and that got me to the solution 330 = 5*(50 + 9 + 7). Then I observed that the offset of 20 was manageable as 100/5 and found the alternative solution 330 = 7*50 - 100/5.
My selection: 330 = 7*50 - 100/5
Round 7: O U I T R G T A B
I had TOUR, GROUT, OUTRIG, GUITAR, and OUTBRAG. Fortunately I've had to look up OUT- words a lot during the course of this blog, so I knew that was listed.
The other seven here is TUGBOAT
My selection: OUTBRAG
Round 8: Target 623 from 25 100 50 75 6 10
Ooh, a tough one, at least for me -- I expect Sam to have had fewer problems. Getting to 625 is easy enough from the large numbers, but an offset of 2 thereafter is less so. I ended up thinking I would have to settled for something nearby, and as I started with 6*100 I realised that the rest rather fortuitously worked out: 623 = 6*(100 + 75/25) + 50/10. A pleasing solution!
There are two other solutions; the Sam-like one is 623 = 6*100 + (10*50 + 75)/25. The other solution makes it as 648 - 25: 623 = (75 + 6)*(10 - 100/50) - 25.
My selection: 623 = 6*(100 + 75/25) + 50/10
Round 9: START UNIT
I doubt I would have solve this in time, but in practice I thought it was yet non-common word and buzzed in early with the invalid TRUANTIST.
My selection: [invalid -- TRUANTIST at 7.1s]