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Des Chiffres et des Lettres

aka: Le Grand Jeu des Chiffres et des Lettres
Moby ID: 23331
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Des Chiffres et des Lettres ("Numbers and Letters") is a French game show which inspired the similar British programme Countdown. Two players compete in a sequence of rounds challenging language and arithmetic skills. In this version you can turn off either type of rounds, and can have infinite time to think in each round, if you wish.

In letters rounds, an array of 9 letters is chosen by each player alternately choosing either a vowel or a consonant, and players must find the longest possible legitimate word. In numbers rounds, an array of face-down numbers (including 25, 50, 75 and 100 as well as 2 each of 1-10) is presented to the player, who chooses the number of 'large' numbers. A target between 101 and 999 is then generated, and players must get as close to this as possible. Additionally, there are mental arithmetic challenge rounds, in which players must solve an equation as quickly as possible.

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Credits (Amstrad CPC version)



In a subtle in-joke, the sequence of letters used in the photograph on the cover can be rearranged to form the publisher's name, Loriciels.

The example numbers game featured is tricky, as those using six small numbers generally are. However it can be solved:

6x4 = 24

24x3 = 72

72x7 = 504

504+1 = 505


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Martin Smith.

DOS, Commodore 64 added by POMAH.

Additional contributors: POMAH, Patrick Bregger.

Game added July 31, 2006. Last modified February 22, 2023.