Draw

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A draw is a game where both players have the same score at the end of the show. In modern 15-round Countdown there is no such thing as a draw; instead, extra conundrums are used until one player wins the game. Up until the end of Series 21, if two players drew they played each other again the next day, which causes numerous problems with the recording schedule, not just for the production team but for contestants who may have to go back home and come back up to the studios for another recording session. Additional conundrums were used to decide winners in the series finals and Championship of Champions events.

Facts and figures

List of draws

There were 28 draws in Countdown history. Below is a list of all of them in chronological order.

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3 4/11/1982 P Bill Benson ? Michael Goldman Ted Moult ??
8 15/11/1982 P Helen Grayson ? Joyce Cansfield Kenneth Williams ??
25 14/12/1982 P Jane McLeman 41 – 41 Maurice Daniels Kenneth Williams Mary 70
64 8/06/1983 P David Wright 40 – 40 Philip Nelkon Kenneth Williams 68
91 5/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 36 – 36 Alan Walker William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 70
146 24/04/1984 P Sydney Price 36 – 36 Graham Paxton Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 74
151 2/05/1984 P Stuart Schofield 51 – 51 Robert Richland Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 70
157 14/05/1984 P Debbie Maguire 43 – 43 Mike Willis Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 71
196 30/10/1984 P Sarah Hadaway 55 – 55 Colin Pearce Nigel Rees Yvonne Warburton 73
297 24/10/1985 P Peter Collier 35 – 35 Dennis Allen John Junkin ??
311 13/11/1985 P Enid Fordham 35 – 35 Tim O'Kane John Junkin ??
317 22/11/1985 P Tim Davies 44 – 44 Arthur Boden Gyles Brandreth ??
351 22/01/1986 P Dorothy Bailey 49 – 49 Paul Comaish Gyles Brandreth Della Thompson 71
369 17/02/1986 P Andy Keeble 53 – 53 Sandie Simonis Gyles Brandreth Hilary McGlynn 83
413 21/04/1986 P Peter Conroy 42 – 42 Mick Keeble Bill Tidy Catherine Clarke 74
512 25/02/1987 P Diana Beasley 51 – 51 Marianne Croll Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 73
563 7/05/1987 P Jon Marsh 49 – 49 Phyllis Stevens Patrick Mower Freda Thornton 71
602 1/07/1987 P Peter Medhurst 47 – 47 Cath Powell Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 74
607 8/07/1987 P Hilary Hopper 44 – 44 Boz Osberg Russell Harty Catherine Clarke 83
679 20/11/1987 P Joel Salkin 52 – 52 Derek Rutter Bill Tidy Julia Swannell 72
832 27/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 51 – 51 Mary Hawes Sylvia Syms Freda Thornton 71
846 16/02/1989 P Anna Sims 48 – 48 Len Marshall Eve Pollard Della Thompson 81
888 7/08/1989 P Sue Hall 61 – 61 Jonathan Anstey Eve Pollard Simon Mason 86
1049 4/09/1990 P Fiona Willis 50 – 50 Ian McLoughlin Brian Johnston Mark Nyman 73
1088 28/01/1991 P Raine Hilson 35 – 35 John Arfon Bill Tidy Freda Thornton 73
1108 25/02/1991 P Gillian Tickle 49 – 49 Suzanne Kinnersley Richard Stilgoe Alexandra Clayton 68
1117 8/03/1991 P Julie Purdey 42 – 42 Lew Schwarz Nigel Rees Judy Pearsall 74
1120 13/03/1991 P Nuala Clenaghan 54 – 54 Lew Schwarz Nigel Rees Judy Pearsall 73
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