Episode 1003

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Episode 1003 was broadcast on 2 July 1990, and was a specially-extended 50-minute game to celebrate Countdown's 1000th show (although the actual 1000th game had been broadcast toward the end of Series 19).

Allan Saldanha played Tim Morrissey, with Allan Saldanha winning 94 – 93. The Dictionary Corner guests were Gyles Brandreth and Richard Stilgoe, and the lexicographer was Catherine Clarke.

NOTE: The spelling of MILLENIUM for the second conundrum is actually incorrect. It's MILLENNIUM.

Notably, the selection in Round 1 was identical (disregarding its order) to that in the immediately preceding letters selection, in Round 12 of the previous game.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Allan Saldanha Score Tim Morrissey Others Max.
1 WKYAIEBLF WEAKLY 6 – 6 BEWAIL BIKEWAY* 7
2 BUWSITODE TEDIOUS 13 – 13 OUTSIDE WIDEOUTS* 15
3 25 6 1 7 8 3 → 133 133
(25 − 3) × 6 + 1
23 – 23 133
6 × 25 − (8 + 7 + 3 − 1)


25
4 LSNOEARDD ADORNED 30 – 30 LADDERS SOLANDER 33
5 XEITZERLP EXPIRE 36 – 36 TRIPLE PERLITE*, PRETZEL, REPTILE, TRIPLEX 40
6 1 2 9 4 3 7 → 931 927
((4 + 1) × 7 × 3 − 2) × 9
43 – 36

CV: 931 = ((4 + 1) × 3 × 9 − 2) × 7

50
7 MAINFRESH 43 – 46 FISHERMAN
(1 second)
60
8 RYAREPOTE PORTRAY 50 – 53 OPERATE PERORATE* 68
9 LTDIAELPV TALLIED 57 – 60 PLAITED 75
10 5 7 4 7 2 6 → 255 255
(7 × 6 + 7 + 2) × 5
67 – 70 255
(7 × 5 + 2) × 7 − 4


85
11 UGCTIORSA giaours ☓ 67 – 76 ACTORS GRACIOUS, ORGASTIC* 93
12 GCQEOUDSR SCOURED 74 – 83 SCOURED SCOURGED 101
13 50 7 8 3 10 6 → 526 526
(7 − (8 − 3) + 50) × 10 + 6
84 – 93 526
(8 ÷ (7 − 3) + 50) × 10 + 6


111
14 ILLIMMUNE MILLENIUM**
(1.75 seconds)
94 – 93 121
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