Episode 5395

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Episode 5395 was broadcast on 13 December 2011, and was the fourth quarter-final of Series 65.

Jayne Wisniewski played Carl Williams, with Carl Williams winning 98 – 64. The Dictionary Corner guest was Jon Culshaw, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Notably, the letter L was completely absent from this game's letters rounds. This is the only time this letter has not appeared in a 15 rounder. It is believed that this was due to some of the Ls in the consonant pile having been pulled from it to be used on the conundrum scramble and solution boards.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Jayne Wisniewski Score Carl Williams Others Max.
1 KTEIBRAET BIRETTA 7 – 7 BATTIER BATTERIE*, REBETIKA*, TIEBREAK* 8
2 PCRIEIXAR PACIER 7 – 14 PRICIER PRAIRIE 15
3 FSAIMSEIN FAMINES 14 – 21 FAMINES INFAMIES 23
4 OUSGOTWOR OUTGROWS 22 – 29 OUTGROWS 31
5 25 4 1 7 2 9 → 430 430
(7 × 2 + 4 + 25) × (9 + 1)
32 – 39 430
(2 × 9 + 25) × (7 + 4 − 1)


41
TTT ISBRAINY He is brainy, it must be all the curries. BIRYANIS
6 NGJSAEOYD JEANS 32 – 45 GONADS NOSEGAY, NOYADES* 48
7 ZPUASNEAS SPANS 37 – 50 SNAPS ANUSES*, ASPENS*, NAUSEA, PAEANS*, PAUSES, SAUNAS*, SPAZAS*, UPASES* 54
8 EIRGNADTO RATIONED 45 – 58 RATIONED DERATING*, DERATION*, DRAGONET*, GRADIENT*, ORDINATE, ORGANDIE*, TREADING 62
9 QRIACNOIU CURIO 50 – 63 ACORN COQUINA* 69
10 9 4 1 7 2 9 → 579 50 – 73 579
9 × 9 × 7 + (2 + 1) × 4


79
TTT EVESSCAR It's what's left over after an icy break-up. CREVASSE
11 DWOESRUED DROWSED 57 – 73 sworded ☓ DOWERED* 86
12 MNTAIETVR MINARET 64 – 80 NITRATE MARTINET 94
13 HNAETGOUS OUTAGES 64 – 88 TOUGHENS SHOGUNATE* 112
14 75 25 7 1 9 6 → 851 851 ☓ 64 – 98 851
(75 + 25) × 9 − (6 + 1) × 7


122
15 MORSTELLA 64 – 98 STEAMROLL 132
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