Episode 495

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Episode 495 was broadcast on 2 February 1987, and was a special extended 45-minute game to celebrate Countdown's 500th show (although the actual 500th game would not be broadcast for about a week).

Bill Tidy, aided by Mark Nyman, Brian Hudson, Peter Evans and Darryl Francis played Gyles Brandreth, aided by Clive Freedman, Michael Wylie, Joyce Cansfield and Harvey Freeman, with Bill Tidy winning 41 – 32. There were no Dictionary Corner guests in this episode, although the audience was made up of former contestants and DC guests including John Junkin, Steve Jones, Eve Pollard, Ken Bruce and Lee Peck. Also present were Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Light Entertainment Mike Bolland, Bertrand Renard from Des chiffres et des lettres, and word game expert (and co-author of the first of the Countdown puzzle books) Peter Newby. The lexicographer was Della Thompson.

This was the only episode to be broadcast using the unique format of LLNLLNLLC.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Bill Tidy with Mark Nyman Score Gyles Brandreth with Clive Freedman Others Max.
1 AIYLVRESY VIRELAYS 8 – 0 SILVERY 8
2 AORGDPITR AIRPORT 15 – 0 PARROT AIRDROP*, PAROTID* 15
Rnd Selection Bill Tidy with Brian Hudson Score Gyles Brandreth with Michael Wylie Others Max.
3 2 6 8 3 7 4 → 775 775 ☓ 15 – 0

CV: 775 = 4 × 3 × (6 + 2) × 8 + 7

25
4 AUGYKTORA gyrator ☓ 15 – 6 RAGOUT AUTARKY* 32
Rnd Selection Bill Tidy with Peter Evans Score Gyles Brandreth with Joyce Cansfield Others Max.
5 TSHOUWHJE SHOUT/JOUST 20 – 11 HOUSE ETHOS*, HOWES*, JOUST*, SHOTE*, SOUTH*, THOSE*, THOUS*, THEWS*, WHETS*, WHOSE* 37
6 100 10 8 2 1 3 → 239 239
8 × 3 × 10 − 1
30 – 21 239
8 × 3 × 10 − 1


47
Rnd Selection Bill Tidy with Darryl Francis Score Gyles Brandreth with Harvey Freeman Others Max.
7 NLWBOAENF FLOWN/BLOWN 35 – 26 FLOWN/BLOWN ALONE*, ANOLE*, BEANO*, BELOW*, BONNE*, BOWEL*, ELBOW*, FABLE*, FELON*, LOWAN*, NOBLE* 52
8 STPIOIWSU SPOUTS 41 – 32 POSITS PISTOU*, PTOSIS*, STOUPS* 58
Rnd Selection Bill Tidy Score Gyles Brandreth Others Max.
9 ILLGBLYSE billglyes ☓
(14 seconds)
41 – 32 billandgyles/sybil ☓
(1 second/29 second)
GYLESBILL 68
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