Episode 4770

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Episode 4770 was broadcast on 4 March 2009, as part of Series 60.

Kirk Bevins played Ben Nicholas, with Kirk Bevins winning 126 – 47. The Dictionary Corner guest was Dr Phil Hammond, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Bevins' perfect performance was the first in the history of 15-round televised Countdown, although at least three perfect games had been previously achieved under the 9 round format.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Kirk Bevins Score Ben Nicholas Others Max.
1 TMGEAECOT ECOTAGE 7 – 7 COTTAGE 7
2 SDWIEPIOF SWIPED 13 – 13 SWIPED FODIES*, IODISE, POISED*, WIFIES* 13
3 SHRAIEXAN HERNIAS 20 – 20 NEARISH 20
4 CTOUARRSE OUTRACES 28 – 20 courters ☓ CAROUSER*, CREATORS*, CURATORS*, REACTORS 28
5 25 3 4 10 3 9 → 593 593
(9 − 3) × 4 × 25 − (10 − 3)
38 – 20 603


38
TTT PINGLASS The older they get, the thicker they get. SAPLINGS
6 CRTLUAEKN CENTAUR 45 – 20 TRANCE CAULKER*, CENTRAL*, CLUNKER*, NEUTRAL*, NUCLEAR*, TACKLER*, TRUCKLE, TRUNCAL*, UNCLEAR*, UNCRATE* 45
7 SFPIOIREV IVORIES 52 – 20 SPIRE PRIVIES* 52
8 OGMSADETI DOGMATISE 70 – 20 STAGED 70
9 SMJEEARED SMEARED 77 – 27 REDEEMS EMERSED*, MEDRESE* 77
10 100 7 1 2 9 6 → 141 141
100 + 7 × 6 − 1
87 – 37 141
100 + 7 × 6 − 1


87
TTT LESSPURE It puts you off eating lentils for life. REPULSES
11 BDDLIAEIG ALIBIED 94 – 37 BAILED 94
12 OETQSAEPO PESETA 100 – 37 SPATE TOPEES* 100
13 NNTIAINOA NAIANT 106 – 37 annoint ☓ ANOINT, NATION*, TANNIA*, TANNIN* 106
14 50 7 1 2 6 2 → 159 159
(2 + 1) × 50 + 7 + 2
116 – 47 159
(2 + 1) × 50 + 7 + 2


116
15 SMARTIRON RAINSTORM
(17.75 seconds)
126 – 47 126


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