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Goatdown

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Goatdown is a variant on the general Countdown game that is popularly played over MSN Messenger, on Apterous, but also occasionally played at real life tournaments.

In 2020, Callum Todd announced a co-event would be played with Goatdown, but this never happened owing to the 2020 COVID-19 hiatus.

Differences from regular Countdown

The main difference from Countdown is that instead of choosing a consonant or a vowel for the ninth letter, a contestant may select any specific letter of the alphabet. For example: 'consonant, consonant, vowel' might become 'consonant, consonant, E'. Scoring is the same as in standard Countdown.

Example game

(Specifically chosen letter in italics).

Rnd Selection Player 1 Score Player 2 Others Max.
1 OAOTTRTTW TATTOO 6 – 6 TATTOO 6
2 SEDOTODLS DOODLES 13 – 13 DOODLES LOOSEST*, STOOLED, TODDLES 13
3 OIEARSDJL DARIOLES 21 – 21 DARIOLES 21
4 25 5 4 6 7 3 → 704 704
(25 × 7 + 6 − 5) × 4
31 – 31 704
(25 × 7 + 6 − 5) × 4


31
5 BEVUQIPHF EQUIP 36 – 36 EQUIP PIQUE 36
6 IOUABRNDA AROUND 36 – 43 OUABAIN AIRBAND*, BANDORA*, BANDURA*, INBOARD*, UNBRAID* 43
7 KONITURAI RAINOUT 43 – 50 RAINOUT OUTRANK* 50
8 4 5 10 8 7 2 → 761 760
((7 + 2) × 10 + 5) × 8
50 – 57 760
(7 × 2 + 5) × 4 × 10

Best: 761 = (10 × 8 + 4) × (7 + 2) + 5

60
9 FOURSWOR... 50 – 67 SORROWFUL
(10 seconds)
70


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