Episode 6991

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The record breaking game!

Episode 6991 was broadcast on 17 January 2019, and was the fourth quarter-final of Championship of Champions XV.

Tom Carey played Zarte Siempre, with Zarte Siempre winning 150 – 122. The Dictionary Corner guest was Jon Culshaw, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

This episode broke several records on Countdown. Siempre's score of 150 is the highest ever in the history of Countdown, breaking Julian Fell and Conor Travers's records of 146 set in December 2002 and March 2013 respectively. Furthermore, Carey's score of 122 is the second-highest losing score ever, behind Andy Platt's losing score of 125 in the previous CoC.

The aggregate score of 272 is the highest in the history of the show, breaking the record set in Travers' game as mentioned above. Siempre's score was the highest ever achieved by just spotting three nine-letter words.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Tom Carey Score Zarte Siempre Others Max.
1 NOCASULER LARCENOUS 18 – 18 LARCENOUS 18
2 IUNCLENAD UNNAILED 26 – 26 UNNAILED UNLANCED* 26
3 75 6 10 2 4 9 → 150 150
75 × 2
36 – 36 150
75 × 2


36
TTT SEEHERTUT You can see her tut with despair when people don't take their seats quickly. USHERETTE
4 ITSEWOSBL BLOWIEST 36 – 54 BLOWSIEST 54
5 DITAVEDAG DIVAGATE 36 – 72 DIVAGATED 72
6 100 25 4 10 6 10 → 524 524
(100 + 4) × 6 − 10 × 10
46 – 82 524
(100 + 25 + 6) × 4


82
7 TOSIGOMEF GOOFIEST 54 – 90 GOOFIEST 90
8 UEOLWDRAS ROULADES 62 – 98 ROULADES 98
9 100 50 25 75 2 4 → 465 465
(100 − 2) × 4 + 75 + 50 ÷ 25
72 – 108 465
(100 − 2) × 4 + 75 + 50 ÷ 25


108
TTT DONEINRAT He wasn't blessed with beauty; he looked like a rat that had been done in. RODENTIAN
10 EQTIAFDER FEARTIE 79 – 115 FEARTIE DRAFTEE*, FEARDIE* 115
11 KIGUROMEP GROUPIE 86 – 122 GROUPIE PIROGUE 122
12 IATSUMIRS TIRAMISUS 104 – 122 MATSURIS 140
13 JONEDERAP PARDONEE 112 – 130 PARDONEE 148
14 100 25 8 1 4 4 → 216 216
(25 + 1) × 8 + 4 + 4
122 – 140 216
25 × 8 + 4 × 4


158
15 MISSALICE 122 – 150 SEISMICAL
(1.5 seconds)
168
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