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Goatdown

From Countdown

Goatdown is a variant on the general Countdown game that was played over MSN Messenger, and is now popularly played 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.

Letters rounds

The picking player chooses the first 8 letters as normal, but instead of choosing a consonant or a vowel for the ninth letter, players may select any specific letter of the alphabet. This can be chosen with the keyboard or by clicking the letter in the interface. The player is given 6 seconds to make this decision. For example: 'consonant, consonant, vowel' might become 'consonant, consonant, E'. Scoring is the same as in standard Countdown.

Numbers rounds

Numbers rounds are unchanged.

Conundrums

Conundrums still have 9-letter answers, but only 8 letters are shown. Only one 9 letter word can be made by adding an extra letter to these 8, and this is the required answer, which scores 10 points as usual. After the standard time is up (e.g. 30 seconds), the missing letter is revealed and an extra half-time (e.g. 15 seconds) is added. However solving the conundrum during this extra time is only worth 7 points.

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 DOTLESS*, LOOSEST*, STOOLED, TODDLES, TOODLES* 13
3 OIEARSDJL DARIOLES 21 – 21 DARIOLES RADIOLES* 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 PEQUI*, 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


See also