Episode 6853

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Episode 6853 was broadcast on 22 June 2018, and was the Series 78 grand final.

Zarte Siempre played Philip Aston, with Zarte Siempre winning 128 – 118. The Dictionary Corner guest was Paul Zenon, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

The show's joint score of 246 makes it the highest scoring Grand Final of a series ever to date, breaking the former record set in the grand final of Series 69. Furthermore, not only was Siempre's score of 128 the highest for a regular series Grand Final, Aston's score of 118 is the highest losing score for a Grand Final as well as the second-highest losing score in the history of Countdown, behind Series 68's runner-up Andy Platt's score of 125 in Episode 6287.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Zarte Siempre Score Philip Aston Others Max.
1 AVSOLEBMS ABSOLVES 8 – 8 MOVABLES 8
2 ITCUTANIA TITANIC 15 – 15 TITANIC ACTINIA* 15
3 25 100 8 3 1 7 → 309 309
100 × 3 + 8 + 1
25 – 25 309
100 × 3 + 8 + 1


25
TTT GIANTLEGS He's got giant legs; this word fits him perfectly. GANGLIEST
4 UPDHEERDS REPUSHED 33 – 25 PERUSED 33
5 ALZENOBTE BENZOATE 41 – 33 BENZOATE 41
6 100 1 6 3 4 5 → 196 196
6 ÷ 3 × 100 − 4
51 – 43 196
(5 − 3) × 100 − 4


51
7 OWLIGECRS COWGIRLS 59 – 51 COWGIRLS 59
8 EQHRAONTM ANOTHER 66 – 58 ANOTHER MENORAH*, MONTERA* 66
9 25 75 3 10 8 5 → 308 308
(75 + 25) × 3 + 8
76 – 68 308
(75 + 25) × 3 + 8


76
TTT PRIORTOES In days gone by, the headmaster would tell you to touch your toes prior to whacking you on this. POSTERIOR
10 EPJOLTIGT PIGLET 82 – 74 PIGLET PIOLET*, PITTLE*, POLITE, POTJIE*, POTTLE*, TIPTOE*, TOILET 82
11 ERTAMIDLO MEDIATOR 90 – 82 MEDIATOR IDOLATER, TAILORED* 90
12 INPKUERSG superking ☓ 90 – 90 PERUSING KERUINGS*, SPUNKIER*, SUPERING* 98
13 ATNORISED NOTARISED 108 – 108 NOTARISED DERATIONS, NADORITES*, ORDINATES 116
14 25 9 10 6 8 10 → 672 672
(10 × 9 − 6) × 8
118 – 118 672
(10 × 6 + 25 − (10 − 9)) × 8


126
15 USEDLOGIC GLUCOSIDE
(10.25 seconds)
128 – 118 136
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