Episode 5581

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Episode 5581 was broadcast on 2 November 2012, as part of Series 67.

Philip Jackson played Ron Highley, with Philip Jackson winning 93 – 33. The Dictionary Corner guest was Jo Brand, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

The conundrum scramble THIRTYFUN was a reference to the fact that this game was transmitted on the 30th anniversary of Countdown's first episode in 1982.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Philip Jackson Score Ron Highley Others Max.
1 THMRDAEIC CHARTED 7 – 0 THREAD CHEDARIM, TRACHEID* 8
2 RLEDSKUIH SHIRKED 14 – 0 HUSKED RUSHLIKE* 16
3 NDSNVEAEO NOVENAS 21 – 0 vendors ☓ DONNEES*, ENNEADS* 23
4 AEALTSHEC LATCHES 28 – 0 CHEATS ALCAHEST*, CHELATES, ESCALATE, LEACHATE* 31
5 100 9 3 7 8 10 → 896 896
9 × 100 − (7 − 3)
38 – 10 896
9 × 100 − (7 − 3)


41
TTT WETAREAS Wet areas on the boat contain this. SEAWATER
6 OIEINSDPO POISED 44 – 10 6 POISONED 49
7 LSTLNAEAY NEATLY 50 – 10 latent ☓ ANALYTES* 57
8 EIARPTEMW PIRATE 56 – 10 partie ☓ EMIRATE*, EMPTIER*, EPIMERA*, MEATIER*, PEATIER*, PRIMATE, TEMPERA*, WARTIME, WIRETAP* 64
9 DMLCQAEUT CALMED 62 – 10 TAMED TALCUMED 72
10 100 8 6 8 1 2 → 611 611
6 × 100 + 8 + 1 + 2
72 – 10


82
TTT STACKLAW The animal sets off to the workplace of models. CATWALKS
11 DJRNREAIO JOINDER 79 – 10 JOINER ORDAINER 90
12 FBEICZOSR FROZE 79 – 16 SCRIBE CORBIES* 97
13 MSNGTEAOW TANGOES 86 – 23 MAGNETS MAGNETOS*, MEGATONS*, MONTAGES* 105
14 7 10 1 8 4 3 → 649 647
(7 + 1) × 8 × 10 + 4 + 3
93 – 23

RR: 650 = ((7 + 1) × 8 + 4 − 3) × 10
Best: 649 = (8 × 7 + 3) × (10 + 1)

115
15 THIRTYFUN 93 – 33 UNTHRIFTY
(11.5 seconds)
125
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