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 any 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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