Episode 538

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Episode 538 was broadcast on 2 April 1987, and was the first quarter-final of Series 11.

John Clarke played Maurice Sobell, with John Clarke winning 74 – 56. The Dictionary Corner guest was Russell Harty, and the lexicographer was Freda Thornton.

This episode had the highest maximum score of any recorded 9 round game, with 106 points available — a max that is actually higher than the 105 points available in the lowest-maxed 15 rounder.

Rounds

Rnd Selection John Clarke Score Maurice Sobell Others Max.
1 PNJOAOLMU MOON 4 – 4 PALM LAMPOON* 7
2 NTEIXNEOS EXTENSION 22 – 4 SONNET 25
3 TFBEIEMSR BRIEFEST 30 – 4 FIRMEST 33
4 100 1 3 8 9 7 → 959 959
(100 + 7) × 9 − (3 + 1)
40 – 14 959
9 × 100 + 8 × 7 + 3


43
5 TCUIRDEIS DIRECTS 47 – 21 CRUDEST CRUDITIES, DIURETICS 61
6 NSDAUIGRA DURING 47 – 39 GUARDIANS 79
7 TSEAHREGS HEATERS 54 – 46 GATHERS 86
8 100 3 10 9 3 4 → 219 219
3 × 100 − (10 − (4 − 3)) × 9
64 – 56 219
(3 + 3 − 4) × 100 + 10 + 9


96
9 HATNCCMET CATCHMENT
(2 seconds)
74 – 56 106
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