Thanks for the suggestions, but...
I appreciate suggestions from Scroogle users, but there are issues that many of them have missed.
As far as I can tell, the www.google.com/pda, www.google.com/xhtml, and www.google.com/m (mobile) searches only serve up a maximum of 10 results per page. The www.google.com/search can do 100 results with the num=100 parameter. So can the news search and the blog search. This parameter has been a Google staple for ten years.
The so-called "simple interfaces" everyone is recommending to me are pathetic in this respect. I like 100 results per page, and there is no way I'd do 10 successive fetches just so I can put them all in one package.
Also, I compared the standard Google output page with the output=ie page that I was using, for the same search term and using 20 links per page. My search was for "obama". The output=ie page came into my server 7,201 bytes and the regular page came in at 63,070 bytes. The regular page is more than eight times the bloat! Scroogle was doing over 300,000 scrapes a day with six or fewer servers, and had performance issues to consider.
Everything at Scroogle was written in compiled 'C' for speed and efficiency. There is no way I would use Perl, or PHP, or Python.
The other issue worth mentioning is that the output=ie interface skipped not only the ads, but all that "Universal Search" stuff that Google added three years ago. I'm talking about news links, book search links, image links, Youtube links, and whatever else Google uses to make you click harder for clean "organic" (I call them "generic") links from non-Google sites. The output=ie dates back to the day when Google wasn't making 97 percent of its revenue from ads. In fact, they were just starting to get interested in ads when it began. It hasn't changed since then, which is probably why it had to come down.
Scroogle will not return unless Google brings back the output=ie interface.