Episode 3000

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Special guest Cecil Korer joins the team for a champagne toast.

Episode 3000 was broadcast on 27 April 2001, as part of Series 44.

Paul Hawkins played Raymond Reece, with Paul Hawkins winning 51 – 31. The Dictionary Corner guest was Keith Barron, and the lexicographer was Tania Styles.

This episode was specifically billed as the 3000th episode, and on its original transmission, it was followed by the documentary A Tribute to Countdown: 3000 and Counting. This is the only instance to date in which a "thousandth" episode of Countdown has actually been celebrated on the correct day; all others have deviated from the correct day, sometimes by several weeks (e.g., the episode billed as the "6000th" was actually Episode 5987).

Rounds

Rnd Selection Paul Hawkins Score Raymond Reece Others Max.
1 DAHTNEGVI EVADING 7 – 7 HEADING DEVIANT*, GAHNITE*, HEATING*, HEAVING*, NIGHTED*, VINTAGE 7
2 RESYOLCAL COARSELY 15 – 7 LOCALES 15
3 TSUDERNIP SPRINTED 23 – 7 TURNIPS DISPUTER*, INTRUDES, STUPIDER, UNRIPEST*, UPTRENDS* 23
4 100 2 5 9 8 4 → 158 159
(5 + 2) × 9 − 4 + 100
30 – 14 159
100 ÷ 2 × (8 − 3) + 9

CV: 158 = (8 − 2) × 9 + 4 + 100

33
5 SVADEMRIE DIVERSE 37 – 14 DREAMS ADMIRES, ADVERSE*, ADVISER*, DEARIES*, DERIVES*, MISREAD, READIES*, REVISED*, SEAMIER*, SIDEARM*, SMEARED* 40
6 XATGNOIHF HATING 37 – 21 HOAXING HAFTING 47
7 REPSUTKEA UPRATES 44 – 21 uptakes ☓ AUSTERE*, PASTURE*, PERUKES*, REPEATS*, REPUTES*, RETAKES*, SPEAKER* 54
8 5 1 1 25 3 7 → 727 725
((3 + 1) × 7 + 1) × 25
51 – 21

CV: 728 = ((7 − 1) × 5 − 1) × 25 + 3

61
9 PICZASIGN 51 – 31 CAPSIZING
(23.5 seconds)
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