#### The interruption in service three months ago was caused by motherboard failure. I don't have a replacement, this motherboard is only available on a temporary basis and may be shut down at any time. This site was custom-coded 18 years ago and I would have to convert the code in order to move it to new hosting.

# Countdown's Numbers Game

#### (Last Update 16:01 on Monday, 07 May 2012)

## How to play

The applet displays a target three-digit number at the top, using
separate digits for easy selection. There are also six starting numbers
at the bottom. Using these numbers, the four arithmetic operations
+, -, × and ÷ (and brackets), try to compute the target number.

## Controls

## Hints

- You don't need to use the random numbers, you can choose the numbers or
you can enter the numbers from the show. The random numbers only allow one of
each big number or two of each little number.
- Some platforms support pop-up menus as an alternative to the standard choice
control. I've even resolved the problem with JDK1.2 on Windows 9x/NT.
- You don't need to stay online after the applet has started.
- The applet will display the nearest solutions to the target,
or the solution using the fewest number of starting numbers. For example,
442 = (100 × (7 - 3)) + (7 × (5 + 1)) but the applet will only display the solution
442 = ((100 + (7 × 7)) × 3) - 5 which doesn't use the 1.
- Try Channel 4's applet.
- More Countdown links.

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