Episode 3349

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Episode 3349 was broadcast on 25 October 2002, as part of Series 48.

Julian Fell played Carl McDermott, with Julian Fell winning 138 – 29. The Dictionary Corner guest was Ingrid Tarrant, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

This game is notable for a number of reasons: it was the first game in Countdown history to feature a score over 130, it was the first game where one contestant spotted three nine-letter words, and it was the first ever game won by over 100 points.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Julian Fell Score Carl McDermott Others Max.
1 NCTUISEMG MINUETS 7 – 0 MUSING MINUTES*, NUTMEGS 7
2 RVDOILEAS VALORISED 25 – 0 disolver ☓ 25
3 ELWIOSRDF SWIRLED 32 – 7 FLOWERS DOWRIES*, FOLDERS, FOWLERS*, ROWDIES*, SOLDIER*, SOLIDER*, WEIRDOS*, WILDERS* 32
4 DCDEAMUOK DUKEDOM 39 – 7 MOCKED 39
5 75 2 3 1 10 7 → 342 342
(75 + 10) × (7 − 3) + 2
49 – 7 342 ☓


49
TTT QUARTPE PARQUET
6 LSPEINOUR REPULSION 67 – 7 PLIERS 67
7 TGEACETSL GESTATE 74 – 7 CATTLE GALETTES*, TELECAST 75
8 RYAIHPMEA HAMPER 80 – 13 HAMPER PYAEMIA* 82
9 REOTLTCIR COTTIER 87 – 13 LITTER CLITTER*, CORTILE, CRITTER*, CROTTLE*, TRIOLET* 89
10 75 3 8 10 2 7 → 402 402
(8 − 3) × 75 + 10 × 2 + 7
97 – 23 402
(75 ÷ 3 + 8 + 7) × 10 + 2


99
TTT EASEDEW SEAWEED
11 AEPNRTOZA PRONATE 104 – 23 PARENT OPERANT, PROTEAN* 106
12 PNSIOETDA ANTIPODES 122 – 23 POSTED 124
13 RNLXGVIOA AGRION 128 – 29 ROVING RANGOLI* 131
14 25 7 8 2 1 8 → 538 536 ☓ 128 – 29

CV: 536/540 Best: 537 = (25 + 8 + 1) × 8 × 2 − 7

138
15 MIAOUBUGS AMBIGUOUS
(2.25 seconds)
138 – 29 148
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