8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 12, Episode 9

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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 12, Episode 9 was a special episode broadcast on 8 June 2017, as part of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 12. This was the 2017 UK Snap General Election special as well.

Acting Team Captain Alan Carr and Regular Jon Richardson were the contestants, along with Romesh Ranganathan and Sarah Millican who were their teammates respectively, while Jimmy Carr reprised his role as the host.

The match saw Jon Richardson, with the assistance of Sarah Millican, winning by 41 – 22 in an 7-rounder and they won a Countdown portable voting booth.

Rachel Riley was, as ever, the arithmetician. The Dictionary Corner guest was John Kearns, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Interesting and notable moments from the episode are listed below:

1) During the Introduction, Jon's prop was a rosette making reference to the "Countdown Party" as well as "Wetwang Constituency", in tribute to Richard Whiteley, Also, he said if elected he would change the UK's National Anthem to the clock music with the lyrics "This is Britain" repeated. Also, Sarah's dog made an appearance on the show as her prop.

2) During the 30 seconds in Round 1, Jimmy studied how to make a Rosette but ended up "making" a larger than usual one with "Vote Jimmy" in the middle of it, of which the centre had a hole which could fit his head. Interestingly, the letters had the anagram JONMADEIT which was shown.

3) Romesh's declaration in Round 3 holds a distinction of him misdeclaring it as an 8, the word being invalid, as well as the letter N not being in the selection.

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

NOTE 2: In Round 4, Jon did not specify how he obtained one of the "25"s, although it is assumed he did it by subtracting 50 from 75.

NOTE 3: This was the first episode to feature the new Countdown studio which has been used from Series 77 onwards. Furthremore, due to the Alternative Election Night airing live directly after the show at 10pm when the Exit Poll has to be revealed, the episode had to be shortened; the third Teaser was removed and Round 6 was a Numbers Round instead, making this the shortest ever episode of this version of the show to date.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Romesh & Alan Score Jon & Sarah Others Max.
1 EINJADTMO madeit ☓
JOINTED
7 – 7 JOINTED
MOANED
DOMINATE, NEMATOID* 8
2 25 100 7 10 5 9 → 339
339
(10 − 7) × 100 + 25 + 5 + 9
17 – 7


18
TTT VOTEARSE Shove it all in. OVEREATS
Rnd Selection Romesh Ranganathan Score Sarah Millican Others Max.
3 DURTGOSIM dungriots ☓8 17 – 12 MOIST MIDGUTS, MORUTIS*, OUTRIGS*, TOURISM 25
Rnd Selection Alan Carr Score Jon Richardson Others Max.
4 100 25 50 75 9 10 → 364 17 – 19 365
(25 + 9) × 10 + 25**

RR: 364 = (25 × 10 + 50) ÷ 75 × (100 − 9)

35
TTT SHITPOLL The only way is up. HILLTOPS
Rnd Selection Romesh & Alan Score Jon & Sarah Others Max.
5 PFVUOIERB RUBE
VIPER
22 – 24 covfepb ☓
FIVER
BOUVIER, POUFIER* 42
6 75 25 7 9 5 10 → 338 40
22 – 31 340
330
(75 − 25) × 7 − 10

RR: 338 = (75 − 25 − (10 − 9)) × 7 − 5

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7 IVOTEPISS 22 – 41 POSITIVES
(9.75 seconds)
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