Episode 5652

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Episode 5652 was broadcast on 27 February 2013, and was the first semi-final of the 30th Birthday Championship.

Jonathan Rawlinson played Jack Hurst, with Jack Hurst winning 116 – 105. The Dictionary Corner guest was Jenny Eclair, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Fifty-one vowels were selected during this game, the most ever. Note that this record cannot be beaten under the "new" 15 round format, as doing so in said format would require selections containing fewer than the minimum four consonants.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Jonathan Rawlinson Score Jack Hurst Others Max.
1 ODANISTEC CATENOIDS 18 – 18 CATENOIDS SONICATED* 18
2 GXHAUONRS ROUGHS 24 – 24 ROUGHS SAXHORN* 25
3 EGAMUKZEA ZEUGMA 30 – 30 ZEUGMA KAMEEZ* 31
4 LRNUOECAE ALEURONE 38 – 38 CERULEAN 39
5 50 9 3 10 4 8 → 725 724
(10 + 4) × 50 + 8 × 3
45 – 45 724
8 × 9 × 10 + 4

RR: 725 = (((9 + 3) × 10 − 4) × 50) ÷ 8

49
TTT RIPERICH Seemingly happier than the other little birds. CHIRPIER
6 DFVUAIREI VARIED 51 – 51 VARIED FAIRED*, FERVID 55
7 ENOTUWMRE REMOUNT 58 – 58 REMOUNT MOUNTER 62
8 BDTOIAEFO TABOOED 65 – 65 TABOOED FOOTBED 69
9 IPAGUNATE PAGINATE 73 – 73 PAGINATE 77
10 25 75 50 2 7 10 → 441 441
10 × 50 − 75 + 25 − 7 − 2
83 – 83 441
(75 − 25) × 10 − 50 − 7 − 2


87
TTT USEDFLAT Uses the flat, but fails to pay the rent. DEFAULTS
11 ISOMIHEMA MAHOES 89 – 83 hammies ☓ HOMIES*, MASHIE*, MIMEOS*, MIMOSA*, SAMMIE* 93
12 PTYIAUSIO PATOIS 89 – 90 AUTOPSY PAYOUTS* 100
13 EDIWOTEOL OOLITE 95 – 96 LOOTED TOILED, TOOLED, WELTED*, WILTED* 106
14 75 100 50 25 3 9 → 119 119
100 + 25 − (9 − 3)
105 – 106 119
75 + 50 − (9 − 3)


116
15 TURNMOIST 105 – 116 STRONTIUM
(3 seconds)
126
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