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    While most of my other games are on hiatus due to my question source going bonkers, I figured I'd go with a simpler game that doesn't involve questions of any sort.


    RULES:
    (parts of this rulesheet are taken from the Wikipedia article on Countdown)

    Two contestants compete in a game of numbers and letters.

    The game structure:
    3 letters rounds
    1 numbers round
    3 more letters rounds
    1 more numbers round
    Countdown Conundrum

    LETTERS ROUND:

    Letter tiles are arranged face-down in two piles; one all consonants, the other vowels. The contestant picks a pile, and the top tile from that pile is revealed and placed on the board. A selection of nine tiles is generated in this way, and must contain at least three vowels and four consonants. Once this is done, the clock is started, and the contestants have 48 hours to come up with the longest word they can make using the available letters. A letter can only be used as many times as it comes up in the selection.

    (at some point before the 48 hours are up, both contestants must send me the word they will use for the round)

    After the thirty seconds are up, the players declare the length of their chosen word, with the player who selected the letters declaring first. Both players reveal their words; the shorter word is revealed first. If both words are the same length, then the player who selected the letters goes first. Only the contestant with the longer word scores points; both score in the event of a tie. One point is scored per letter, except for nine-letter words, which score double points. If a contestant offers an invalid word then they score no points.

    Any word that appears in the Oxford or Cambridge Dictionaries, plus dictionary.org are acceptable, with a few exceptions:

    -proper nouns (ex. Kurdistan)
    -hyphenated words (re-embark)
    -some plurals of mass nouns (mankinds)
    -words that occur only in combination (mistle is only used in mistle thrush)

    American and British spellings are both acceptable.

    The champion (or designated champion) picks the letters in the first and third letters rounds of the first half, and the challenger picks the letters for the second letters round of the first half. This applies vice-versa for the second half of the game.


    NUMBERS ROUND:

    One contestant selects six of twenty-four shuffled tiles. The tiles are arranged into two groups: four "large numbers" (25, 50, 75 and 100) and the remainder "small numbers", which comprise two each of the numbers 1 to 10. The contestant chooses how many large numbers are in the selection; anywhere from none to all four. A random three-digit target is then generated. The contestants then have 48 hours to get as near to the target as possible by combining the six numbers selected using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Not all numbers need to be used. Fractions are not allowed—only integers may be used at any stage of the calculation.

    (at some point before the 48 hours are up, both players must send me a PM showing their work on how they got as close as they could to the target number.)

    Points are awarded for the closest solution, and again both contestants score if the solutions are equally close. 10 points are given for an exact answer, 7 points for a non-exact solution up to 5 from the target, and 5 points for a solution between 6 and 10 from the target. If neither contestant can get within 10, no points are awarded.

    The target is not always necessarily reachable.

    The champion picks the numbers in the first numbers round, and the challenger picks in the second.

    COUNTDOWN CONUNDRUM:

    A 'conundrum' of nine letters is revealed, usually arranged in the form of two smaller words (such as CHINALUNG). The contestants have 48 hours to find the nine letter word within the anagram. The first player to buzz in (on the thread, a-la Sale's Fame Game) with a correct answer receives 10 points, but both players may guess only once. Once a contestant guesses correctly, or time runs out, the correct answer is revealed.


    After the conundrum, the player with more points wins the game.

    The loser receives $50 per point along with any previous winnings. The winner receives $200 a point, and returns for the next game. In the event of a tie after the conundrum, both players receive the winner's payout and rematch in the next game.

    For every fifth victory, a champion wins a $10,000 bonus onto their winnings, and a player can keep returning as long as they win.

    Well, that's about it. I need two players for Game 1.

    CONTESTANTS AND WINNINGS:
    Ansem the wise: $9,600, 1 win in 1 appearance
    InfernalBlaze: $900, 1 appearance
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    Just an FYI/Second Page bump: deadlines will become 24 hours after this first 'episode', barring holidays, vacations, etc, in which case deadlines will be 48 hours or possibly more, depending on the situation.

    Anyhow, two players to start!
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    Ill take a spot.
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    I'll take the second spot.

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    Alright, I've gone and flipped a coin, and Ansem is the designated champ, which by extension means he gets to choose the letters for our first letters round. Whenever you're ready, Ansem.

    (Make your consonant /vowel selections all at once)
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    Hmmm.
    I feel like i should take the most amout of consonants i can but...
    ill take 4 vowels and 5 consonants.
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    And here's what we get out of that (presented in random order):

    C A H A L O G E M

    Here's your time:

    [COUNTDOWN CLOCK]

    (48 hours to PM me the longest word you can find within those letters, please do not cheat)
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    (the countdown finishes)

    Ansem, how many?

    Four.

    And Blaze?

    Five.

    Ansem, let's hear your four.

    The only word I can come up with is CLOG.

    It's perfectly fine at this point. Blaze?

    I'm going with "ALOHA".

    Hm, interesting one. I think we may have to go to Dictionary Corner to check the validity of that.

    (frantic dictionary flipping) Word checker: It's definitely in here, meaning hello and farewell, very good.

    How good could they have done?

    Word checker: There were a few sixes in this one, like ACHAGE and HOMAGE; I also found a potential seven in here, GALOCHE.

    Definitely room for improvement, but a good start nonetheless. Blaze picks up 5 points for that, it's 0-5 in favor of him, and Blaze, it's also your selection of the letters.
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    I'll take the same as Ansem. So, four vowels and five consonants.

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    And here they are:

    T A O R H E E T S

    Here's the clock:

    [COUNTDOWN CLOCK]

    (48 hours)
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    (clock ends)

    Blaze?

    Seven.


    And Ansem?

    Five.


    Alright, Ansem, what's your five?

    Sheet.


    That's good, we don't need to check that. Blaze, what's your seven?

    Hotseat.


    (cut to Dictionary Corner, flipping dictionaries) The good news is, technically, it's a word, the bad news is, it's actually two separate words, so we can't allow it. Sorry.

    Well, it happens sometimes. Was there better in that one?

    There were a few eights in there, such as EARTHSET and THEATERS.

    Well, you certainly have to give credit to Blaze for trying. Score now is 5 to 5, and it's back to Ansem for another letters round.
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    i'll take 5 vowels and 4 consonants.
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    F O E T N O U I P

    Good luck.

    [COUNTDOWN CLOCK]

    (48 hours)
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    Ansem?

    Five.

    And how about you, Blaze?

    Four.

    OK, Blaze, let's hear your 4.

    Note.

    Perfectly fine, and Ansem, your five, please?

    Unite.

    Alright, that sounds perfectly fine to me; could they have done better?

    Word checker: There was exactly 1 seven in there, POUTINE, a Canadian dish.

    Well, not too bad at all. Score is 10-5 in favor of Ansem, but that can all change going into our first numbers game. Blaze, you get the selection of the numbers.
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    I say two large numbers and four small numbers.

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    Hey, can I play?
    Tonight, I wanna dance with someone else ~

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    I can gladly put you in to go against whoever wins this game. I'll VM you when we need you.

    Anyhow, your numbers:

    25 50 10 1 5 5

    And the target is:

    280


    You may not need all the time on this one, but here it comes anyway:

    [COUNTDOWN CLOCK]

    (FTR, you only need to send me in the PM what you managed to reach; you'll show your work when I tell you to on the thread)
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    (countdown ends)

    Blaze, what did you get to?

    276.

    And Ansem?

    271.

    Alright, Blaze is closer, so Blaze, show us how you got to 276.
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    Well, it went like this.

    25x10=250
    250+50=300
    300-5x5=300-25=275
    275+1=276

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    (applause)

    Perfectly good solution for 276, you pick up 7 points for that, and let me tell you, there was a way to reach 280 on this one:

    50 X 5 = 250
    25 + 5 = 30
    250 + 30 = 280


    276 and 271 are still good though. Alright, we're at about halftime, and it's a back and forth game right now, with the scores 10-12, with Blaze taking the lead back with that 276. We'll see you after the break.

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    And welcome back! It's a very close game for our inaugural show, anything could happen at this point. Anyhow, it's the fourth letters round of the game, and Blaze gets the selection.
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    I'll take the same as before. So, four vowels and five consonants.

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    B A N I E D A F G

    Here we go!

    [COUNTDOWN CLOCK]
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    Blaze?

    Four.

    How about you, Ansem?

    Five.

    Alright, Blaze, your four, please?

    Bane.

    Good, and Ansem, your five?

    Fiend.

    And also good. But could you have done better?

    Word checker: There was an eight, BADINAGE, in there, as well as a couple of sevens, BANDAGE and BEADING.

    (applause)

    And the lead changes hands once again. It's 15-12 with Ansem back in the lead. Speaking of which, he's got the selection for the next letters round.
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    4 vowels and five consonants por favor.
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    D S O C E A A C N

    There's nine in the frame, so let's get on with the game!


    [COUNTDOWN CLOCK]
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