# A Collection of Conundrums and Riddles

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start, begin

The first part of this puzzle is similar to the game show Countdown - in the letters round, try to make the longest possible word using the given letters, and in the numbers round, try to make the target number using the six given numbers and standard arithmetic operations.

extracting first part

In some cases, the longest word omits one letter, and the target number can only be reached by using exactly 5 out of the 6 numbers.

Take the unused letters and numbers after forming the longest possible words and hitting the target numbers.

538, bloomberg

538 and Bloomberg are both online publications with notable weekly puzzle columns. The title of this puzzle is a reference to these weekly puzzle columns.

love counting downs, solved puzzle columns

The solutions to the puzzles in the Kominer's Conundrums and Riddler columns give a way to modify the original puzzle and then "do it again".

extraction

In Countdown, the last round involves taking two words and anagramming their combined letters into one final word.

## Letters Round

Please stick to common words (and as always, proper nouns are not allowed).

 E H M A T N I B I
 E C U H S N L I M
 R E M O A U G M D
 S E I C Y C P T A
 A O P M E A N A D
 M E I I T Y M S L
 M T L L D A E R I
 V A E E L I T L A
 P I I R S B E C R
 A T S R P O M K E
 P I D E O R R A D
 H P A G T E C T I

## Numbers Round

758
 50 75 9 3 7 5
815
 100 25 2 3 6 4
989
 75 25 9 2 4 8
971
 50 100 2 3 8 6
937
 50 25 6 9 7 8
759
 25 50 8 6 5 4
902
 50 75 9 6 4 5
641
 25 75 4 3 7 6
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