Episode 5654

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Episode 5654 was broadcast on 1 March 2013, and was the grand final of the 30th Birthday Championship.

Jack Hurst played Conor Travers, with Conor Travers winning 146 – 111. The Dictionary Corner guest was Jenny Eclair, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Travers' score of 146 equalled the highest score ever achieved on Countdown at the time, (only three points off the game's perfect score of 149) matching Julian Fell's effort in Series 48, and this was the highest score a contestant has got 3 nines in a single game. Both records would later be broken by Zarte Siempre in January 2019.

The aggregate score of 257 points was the highest in the history of Countdown until it was broken just under six years later by the same episode mentioned earlier with the aggregate score being at 272.

It was also the first time that a contestant had got 3 nines in a row, referred to by Travers as an ambulance, which was a pun on the number one calls in the United Kingdom to arrange for one - 999 and the first time in Countdown history that three consecutive games had a double century.

The winner's trophy was presented to Travers by Marcel Stellman.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Jack Hurst Score Conor Travers Others Max.
1 CGNEAIHPT CHEATING 8 – 8 CHEATING NIGHTCAP, PATCHING, PEACHING, TEACHING* 8
2 LMGOEISRU MOUSIER 15 – 15 MISRULE GLORIES*, LOURIES*, LOUSIER, LURGIES*, MORGUES, REGULOS* 15
3 YTPOIANLS SOAPILY 15 – 33 PONYTAILS 33
4 DRSEIATEN RESINATED 33 – 51 DETAINERS DENTARIES* 51
5 50 75 100 25 9 9 → 483 484
9 × 50 + 25 + 9
40 – 58 484
9 × 50 + 25 + 9

RR: 483 = (100 × 9 + 75 − 9) ÷ (50 ÷ 25)

61
TTT ICECLASH These large cups have a religious connection. CHALICES
6 LMZIEONAR NORMALIZE 58 – 76 NORMALIZE 79
7 GTSIEOFAI FIESTA 64 – 82 AGEIST EGOIST, FOGIES, SOFTIE*, STOGIE* 85
8 LHREOICTD CHORTLED 72 – 90 CHLORITE CHLORIDE*, CLOTHIER*, ELDRITCH* 93
9 VNWEAECSD VENDACES 80 – 98 VENDACES 101
10 50 8 6 7 7 10 → 616 616
(7 × 10 + 7) × 8
90 – 108 616
(50 + 6) × (7 ÷ 7 + 10)


111
TTT HITSACES Tell Charlie off about his neckwear, perhaps? CHASTISE
11 BKMSIUIEO IMBUES 96 – 114 IMBUES BIKIES*, BIOMES*, KOMBIS*, SMOKIE* 117
12 RGDUAOXUA GUARD 101 – 119 AGORA AUGUR*, GOURA*, GOURD* 122
13 BDSMEAEOP SOAPED 101 – 126 POMADES OEDEMAS* 129
14 100 10 6 8 7 10 → 945 945
(100 − 6) × 10 + 8 + 7 − 10
111 – 136 945
(100 − 6) × 10 + 8 + 7 − 10


139
15 HEVALIANT 111 – 146 LEVIATHAN
(0.75 seconds)
149
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