8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 19, Episode 4

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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 19, Episode 4 was a special episode broadcast on 30 January 2020, as part of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 19.

Regulars Sean Lock and Jon Richardson were the contestants, along with Miles Jupp and Sophie Duker who were their teammates respectively, while Jimmy Carr reprised his role as the host.

The match saw Jon Richardson, with the assistance of Sophie Duker, winning by 44 – 17 in a 7-rounder and they won a Countdown aerobics kit consisting of a pair of 80s style fitness attire complimentary with two pairs of dumbbells.

Rachel Riley was, as ever, the arithmetician. The Dictionary Corner guests were Lee and Dean, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent. Joe Wilkinson also made a special appearance just before Round 5 where he was "encased in a block of ice" and got visibly frustrated with Fabio, the show's permanent male model, waving at the audience and not trying to "thaw" and help him.

Interesting and notable moments from the episode are listed below:

1) During the Introduction, Sean proceeded to strip completely naked from behind a translucent screen to the right of the studio and performed a sexual dance in tune with Diamonds Are Forever.

2) In Round 2, Jon was not asked to show his solution to Sean despite getting the same target as him.

3) During the 30 seconds in Round 3, Jimmy used breads and spread them with Nutella to create a portrait of his face and later showed one with Sean's face and a cracker with Jon's face. Later on, all the celebrities were given toast slices.

4) In Round 6, the clock music was replaced with a version played on a harmonica by Jimmy. After the time was up, he "swallowed" it.

NOTE 1: In this version, both players' declarations were allowed, although points were only awarded for the best answer.

NOTE 2: The conundrum had two valid solutions: MARBLEISE and MISERABLE.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Miles & Sean Score Jon & Sophie Others Max.
1 AOELPTSUG STAPLE
STAPLE
0 – 7 OUTAGES
PLEATS
GLUEPOTS, OUTLEAPS, PETALOUS* 8
2 50 25 4 2 9 5 → 889 889 ☓
891
2 × 9 × 50 − 5 − 4
7 – 14 891
1000
2 × 9 × 50 − 5 − 4 *

RR: 889 = (50 × 9 + 5) × 2 + 4 − 25

18
TTT DONGIDOL I like to draw them. DOODLING
Rnd Selection Miles Jupp Score Jon Richardson Others Max.
3 IEONTMAUR minotaur ☓ 7 – 21 REMOUNT ROUMANITE* 36
Rnd Selection Sean Lock Score Sophie Duker Others Max.
4 25 100 9 2 1 4 → 933 7 – 31 933
9 × 100 + 25 + 4 × 2


46
TTT ANTIORAL That's reasonable. RATIONAL
Rnd Selection Miles & Sean Score Jon & Sophie Others Max.
5 NFRIOEDAC CREDO
diaforn ☓
7 – 37 FRIEND
ROAD
ACRIDONE*, FIRENADO*, IRONFACE* 54
TTT SOFTRING Ooh, yummy! FROSTING
6 IBASELGSK BILGE
GABLES
7 – 44 BAGLESS
basils ☓
KISSABLE 62
7 BAREMILES MISERABLE**
(16.5 seconds)
17 – 44 72
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