Episode 2874

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The unusual set-up for this special show.

Episode 2874 was broadcast on 2 November 2000, and was a special game to celebrate Countdown's 18th birthday.

Mark Nyman and Gyles Brandreth played Jo Brand and Damian Eadie, with Mark and Gyles winning 50 – 46. There were no Dictionary Corner guests in this episode, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent. Carol Vorderman was frustrated at her inability to solve the numbers games and walked off the set before the conundrum.


NOTE: The original target for Round 4 was 197, but Richard made an "executive decision" that it was too easy, and ordered that the button should be pressed again.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Mark & Gyles Score Jo & Damian Others Max.
1 MIDUNOPES IMPOUNDS 8 – 8 IMPOUNDS UNPOISED* 8
2 FAVIEWTRA airwave ☓ 8 – 8 airwave ☓ VARIATE 15
3 EBNIGUROM BROMINE 15 – 15 BROMINE EMBRUING*, UMBERING* 23
4 50 25 100 75 9 3 → 758 753
100 × 9 − 75 − 50 − 25 + 3
22 – 15 756 ☓

Best: 758 = (100 ÷ 25 + 75) × 9 + 50 − 3

33
5 LEAIKTZSN LANKIEST 30 – 23 LANKIEST 41
6 LEUNTILOT OUTLINE 37 – 30 OUTLINE ELUTION*, OUTTELL* 48
7 AEDFIACGE DEFACE 43 – 36 DEFACE ACEDIA*, FACADE* 54
8 50 100 25 75 10 1 → 278 277
(10 + 1) × 25 + 100 ÷ 50
50 – 36 276

Best: 278 = (75 × 100 − (10 + 1) × 50) ÷ 25

64
9 ENTRIMMER 50 – 46 MERRIMENT
(1 second)
74


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