Episode 2791

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Episode 2791 was broadcast on 12 June 2000, and was the first quarter-final of Series 42.

David Ballheimer played Jim Ainsworth, with David Ballheimer winning 63 – 60. The Dictionary Corner guest was Ned Sherrin, and the lexicographer was Damian Eadie.

According to Ballheimer, his declaration of SCREES in round seven was originally disallowed as Eadie interpreted SCREE as a mass noun and therefore could not allow SCREES. However, the production team reversed the decision after round eight after Ballheimer was allowed to give an alternate definition which was not a mass noun and thus the word could be allowed. This reversal proved to influence the outcome of the game.

Rounds

Rnd Selection David Ballheimer Score Jim Ainsworth Others Max.
1 BNESIRXED BENDIER 7 – 7 INBREED INBREEDS, INDEXERS 8
2 MALGTEONP MEGATON 14 – 14 MONTAGE MAGNETO, OMENTAL*, POLENTA*, TANGELO*, TELAMON* 15
3 YNRIFDAWU UNWARY 20 – 20 UNFAIR DURIAN*, INWARD*, RUNWAY* 21
4 25 1 2 9 5 10 → 726 726
(2 × 10 + 9) × 25 + 1
30 – 30 726
(2 × 10 + 9) × 25 + 1


31
5 SEJDTAEVO DEVOTES 37 – 37 DEVOTES 38
6 LTEGTISGU gutties ☓ 37 – 44 UGLIEST GLUIEST* 45
7 COQRSEEMS SCREES 43 – 50 SCORES CESSER*, COMERS*, COMESS*, CORSES*, CROSSE*, RECESS* 51
8 25 10 8 3 6 9 → 606 606
8 × 3 × 25 + 6
53 – 60 606
8 × 3 × 25 + 6


61
9 CANDIRIOT INDICATOR
(28 seconds)
63 – 60 71
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