Episode 5653

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Episode 5653 was broadcast on 28 February 2013, and was the second semi-final of the 30th Birthday Championship.

Jon O'Neill played Conor Travers, with Conor Travers winning 120 – 102. The Dictionary Corner guest was Jenny Eclair, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Travers' perfect performance was the sixth in the history of 15-round televised Countdown, as well as being the fifth of the series, and Travers' third in a row as well.

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

Rounds

Rnd Selection Jon O'Neill Score Conor Travers Others Max.
1 OEANBNVTC COVENANT 8 – 8 COVENANT 8
2 RDWEOIPGF FIREDOG 15 – 15 PODGIER 15
3 AEINSTCEG GENETICS 23 – 23 GENETICS AGENCIES, CINEASTE 23
4 RZNOEACRG GROANER 30 – 30 GROANER 30
5 50 25 100 75 5 4 → 391 391
(100 − (25 + 50) ÷ 75) × 4 − 5
40 – 40 391
(100 − (25 + 50) ÷ 75) × 4 − 5


40
TTT PRESSONE Press one if you want a reply. RESPONSE
6 SPTUEALDH sulphated ☓ 40 – 48 PULSATED DUSTHEAP*, SULPHATE 48
7 UEONSNTAM SEAMOUNT 48 – 56 SEAMOUNT TONNEAUS 56
8 FKQIOIDUO QUID 52 – 60 FOOD QUOD 60
9 AIETSLRIW LAIRIEST 60 – 68 LISTERIA WISTERIA 68
10 50 8 6 3 10 3 → 522 522
50 × 10 + 8 × 3 − 6 ÷ 3
70 – 78 522
(50 + 3) × 10 − 8


78
TTT RISKSHER She risks her company's good name by employing these. SHIRKERS
11 OAEPBRJSP BOPPERS 77 – 85 JERBOAS 85
12 DLTIUANOE OUTLINED 85 – 93 DELATION 93
13 AEUSDRMYD REMUDAS 92 – 100 REMUDAS DASYURE*, DRAMEDY*, MADDERS* 100
14 9 8 7 5 3 6 → 258 258
9 × 8 × 3 + 6 × 7
102 – 110 258
(9 × 6 − (7 − 3)) × 5 + 8


110
15 FINEGIRTH 102 – 120 INFIGHTER
(1 second)
120
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