Episode 3957

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Episode 3957 was broadcast on 30 June 2005, immediately before Episode 3958, and was the first semi-final of Series 53.

Richard Heald played John Brackstone, with John Brackstone winning 89 – 75. The Dictionary Corner guest was Philip Franks, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Richard Heald Score John Brackstone Others Max.
1 TBPOABRIS RABBITS 7 – 0 SPORT PROBITS* 7
2 PDRSUAENL PLUNDERS 15 – 8 LAUNDERS LURDANES, PENDULAR*, PURSLANE*, SPANDREL*, SUPERNAL* 15
3 IFRUYTIVS FRUITS 21 – 14 FRUITS VITRIFY 22
4 MCMAOERTO coater ☓ 21 – 19 COMMA COOTER*, MARMOT, MOOTER*, OMERTA*, RECOAT*, ROMCOM* 28
5 75 100 25 9 1 2 → 939 938 ☓ 21 – 19 930 ☓

CV: 939 = (100 − 1) × 9 + 75 − 25 − 2

38
TTT SOUPTELL Add to seven to make a mess. POLLUTES
6 PDXEOAGLD PEDALO 27 – 25 PADDLE GAOLED*, GOADED, LAPDOG, LOADED, LODGED* 44
7 NTRDIOTAN ordinant ☓ 27 – 32 ANDIRON 51
8 GLREAOPLG GALLOPER 35 – 40 GALLOPER 59
9 ASCEKNISN SNACKS 35 – 47 SICKENS CANINES, INCASES*, KINASES*, NANCIES*, SEASICK*, SIENNAS* 66
10 50 8 6 7 4 1 → 338 338
50 × 7 − 8 ÷ 4 × 6
45 – 57 338
50 × 7 − (8 + 4)


76
TTT SISTOOLS SOLOISTS
11 RTDEISMEN DEMERITS 53 – 57 MINSTER DEMINERS*, DEMISTER, DIMETERS*, INSERTED*, NERDIEST*, RESIDENT*, SEDIMENT, SINTERED*, TRENDIES* 84
12 WNHAEOMSL MANHOLES 61 – 65 MANHOLES 92
13 AENFTCOTS FATTENS 68 – 72 FATTENS CONTEST, COSTATE*, NOTATES*, OCTANES*, OCTANTS* 99
14 25 10 2 1 1 8 → 991 992
(2 + 1 + 1) × 10 × 25 − 8
75 – 79 992
(2 + 1 + 1) × 10 × 25 − 8

CV: 991 = (10 ÷ 2 × 25 − 1) × 8 − 1

109
15 RIPEROOTS 75 – 89 POSTERIOR
(10.25 seconds)
119
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