Episode 5649

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Episode 5649 was broadcast on 22 February 2013, and was the second quarter-final of the 30th Birthday Championship.

Jon O'Neill played Jack Worsley, with Jon O'Neill winning 122 – 104. The Dictionary Corner guest was Dr Phil Hammond, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

O'Neill's perfect performance was the fourth in the history of 15-round televised Countdown, as well as being the third of the series. His score of 122 was also the highest ever achieved without a nine-letter word in the old 15-round format.

This episode is also notable for the fact that between them, O'Neill and Worsley scored maximum points in 28 of the 29 picks that they offered.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Jon O'Neill Score Jack Worsley Others Max.
1 EUEPDLTLR DRUPELET 8 – 0 repulled ☓ 8
2 TRNLAOUET TOLERANT 16 – 8 TOLERANT 16
3 IEOPTNZRE PIONEER 23 – 15 POINTER POETIZE*, PROTEIN, REPOINT* 23
4 PBSLIOIEA OBELIAS 30 – 22 POSABLE BAILIES*, BOILIES* 30
5 75 100 50 25 7 2 → 861 861
(75 + 50 − 2) × 7
40 – 32 861
(75 + 50 − 2) × 7


40
TTT GOTCOINS I've got some coins, so I'm dashing off to spend them. SCOOTING
6 MRDGIEOAM IDEOGRAM 48 – 40 IDEOGRAM 48
7 EIOSPYWSR SWIPERS 55 – 47 OSPREYS PROWESS, PYROSIS 55
8 MSBDUAESI DISABUSE 63 – 55 DISABUSE IAMBUSES 63
9 EAEDGFVTH HEAVED 69 – 61 DEFEAT HAFTED*, HEATED*, HEFTED* 69
10 6 7 2 4 10 10 → 313 313
(10 − 2) × 4 × 10 − 7
79 – 71 313
(6 + 2) × 4 × 10 − 7


79
TTT HITGENES It sounds like it's pouring down with bedding. SHEETING
11 OAUSKRTEH AUTHORS 86 – 78 SHOUTER EARSHOT, KASHRUT*, KURTHAS*, THAKURS* 86
12 RTNCUAIEA CRANIATE 94 – 86 CRANIATE CARINATE* 94
13 IOEXNSNGJ JONESING 102 – 94 JONESING 102
14 25 4 10 8 1 6 → 988 988
(25 × 10 − (8 − 6 + 1)) × 4
112 – 104 988
(25 × 10 − (8 − 6 + 1)) × 4


112
15 CHEESEPRO ECOSPHERE
(2.5 seconds)
122 – 104 122
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