14 round format
The 14 round format is the arrangement of letters, numbers and conundrum rounds used for grand finals of series and Championships of Champions between Series 2 and Series 45. Described by fans as LLNLLNCLLNLLNC, the format was also used for two special games celebrating Countdown's 1000th and 1500th episodes.
Episodes played to this format normally lasted for 45 minutes, including one advertising break after the first conundrum (round 7), though the 1500th episode special was extended to 50 minutes. The additional numbers rounds and conundrums arguably added an air of chance to the final, as there was a greater emphasis on numbers and conundrum skill than in a normal game. The last 14 round game broadcast was the grand final of Series 45, with John Rawnsley being the last-ever 14 round winner.
|Rnd||Selection||Champion (C1)||Score||Challenger (C2)||Others||Max.|
|3||C 2 NUMBERS →||–||
|6||C 1 NUMBERS →||–||
|10||C 1 NUMBERS →||–||
|13||C 2 NUMBERS →||–||
|Chosen by champion||Chosen by challenger||Total|