Episode 397

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Episode 397 was broadcast on 27 March 1986, and was the Series 8 grand final.

Clive Spate played Anthony Butcher, with Clive Spate winning 107 – 53. Clive Spate was therefore the first player in Countdown's history to score a century, as well as being the first #1 seed in the history of the show to win a series.

In a specially extended 45-minute edition, the Dictionary Corner guests were Bill Tidy and Gyles Brandreth, and the lexicographer was Julia Swannell.

NOTE: Round 9: under the rules in force at the time (for verbs listed in COD 7, agent nouns in common usage accepted and assumed to take -er endings), DOMINATER is acceptable, despite the fact that it is commonly known that dominatOR is the correct spelling (which presumably would have been disallowed!).

Rounds

Rnd Selection Clive Spate Score Anthony Butcher Others Max.
1 OAELGDSIN DEALINGS 8 – 8 DEALINGS ALONGSIDE 18
2 SCRATUSNX CARTS 13 – 13 CARTS SUNSTAR* 25
3 50 75 4 10 7 7 → 365 367 13 – 23 365
(50 + 75) × (7 − 4) − 10


35
4 EAORHLTES earholes ☓ 13 – 31 LEATHERS TREHALOSE* 53
5 PDSAWISPE SWAPPED 20 – 38 SWAPPED APSIDES*, WASPIES* 60
6 100 50 3 10 4 1 → 475 475
(100 + 50 + 10) × 3 − 4 − 1
30 – 38


70
7 TRAGICIER GERIATRIC
(6 seconds)
40 – 38 80
8 STNATEYWI SATINET 47 – 38 TWINES TAWNIEST 88
9 OIEDMTNAR DOMINATER 65 – 38 DOMINATE 106
10 25 75 3 7 5 8 → 698 698
(25 + 75) × 7 − (5 − 3)
75 – 48 698
(25 + 75) × 7 − (5 − 3)


116
11 BDENVROVA BROADEN 82 – 48 BRAVED BANDORE* 123
12 OULGVEOMW GLOVE 87 – 53 GLOVE VOLUME* 129
13 50 100 4 3 10 8 → 548 548
(50 + 4) × 10 + 8
97 – 53 546


139
14 ALBUMHINT THUMBNAIL
(17.5 seconds)
107 – 53 149
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