Episode 4507

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Episode 4507 was broadcast on 20 December 2007, and was the second semi-final of Series 57.

Steve Baines played Jeffrey Hansford, with Jeffrey Hansford winning 81 – 66. The Dictionary Corner guest was Pam Ayres, and the lexicographer was Alison Heard.

NOTE: Hansford adopted his usual tactic of buzzing immediately on the conundrum, but on this occasion was too slow to answer. Just as presenter Des O'Connor went to restart the clock, Hansford announced the answer correctly as MALACHITE, but despite hearing the answer from his opponent, Baines declined to buzz in. This act of sportsmanship was widely lauded by the show's audience. Baines has since said that he would not have buzzed even had the conundrum been crucial.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Steve Baines Score Jeffrey Hansford Others Max.
1 EIEONPSBG BEEPING 7 – 7 PEONIES EPIGONES* 8
2 EANLCULMJ CLEAN 7 – 13 UNLACE ACUMEN*, CULMEN, LAUNCE*, MACULE* 14
3 MPEORSTIP IMPORTS 7 – 21 IMPOSTER POMPIERS*, STOMPIER* 22
4 RMOEOOSIT ROOMIEST 15 – 21 SOOTIER MOTORISE* 30
5 6 9 50 75 25 100 → 293 293
6 × 50 − (100 + 75) ÷ 25
25 – 21 293 ☓


40
TTT ALUNATIC Not behaving at sea, perhaps? NAUTICAL
6 EDSOEAIDF DIODES 31 – 27 DEFIED DEFIES*, DIDOES*, EDDIES*, EDDOES*, FODIES* 46
7 ARRDAASTO ROAST 31 – 33 RADARS AORTAS*, ROSTRA*, SARDAR*, TARRAS* 52
8 IBEUXEHOD OXIDE 36 – 38 BOXED OXHIDE 58
9 NSNZCIAUA ZINCS 41 – 43 NANAS ACINUS*, CANNAS* 64
10 7 2 10 1 8 50 → 469 469
(8 + 1) × 50 + 10 + 2 + 7
51 – 53 469
(8 + 1) × 50 + 10 + 2 + 7


74
TTT SODAMART Matthew loves these bullfighters. MATADORS
11 TECRINORI CORNIER 58 – 60 CORNIER CRITERION 92
12 ELAGIWDKA GLADE 58 – 66 WALKED GAWKED*, GELADA*, WAILED* 98
13 SIUTRTSEA STRIATES 66 – 74 RUSTIEST TESSITURA* 116
14 3 7 6 2 4 50 → 534 66 – 81 535
(50 + 3) × 6 × 4 + 7 − 2

CV: 534 = (50 + 4) × (7 + 3) − 6

126
15 EMAILCHAT 66 – 81
(0.25 seconds)
MALACHITE 136
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