Episode 7229

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Episode 7229 was broadcast on 18 December 2019, and was the first semi-final of Series 81.

James Haughton played Morgan Sauer, with James Haughton winning 113 – 79. The Dictionary Corner guest was Jon Culshaw and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

The audience member who solved the conundrum was Callum Todd.

Rounds

Rnd Selection James Haughton Score Morgan Sauer Others Max.
1 SMNRAOEIG ORGANISE 8 – 8 SMEARING AGONISER*, MASERING*, MEGARONS*, MORAINES*, MORINGAS*, ORGANIES*, ORGANISM, ROGAINES*, ROMAINES*, ROMANISE 8
2 CDHUAOTEM TOUCHED 15 – 15 MATCHED CATHODE*, MOUCHED*, MOUTHED 15
3 100 50 25 75 8 10 → 245 246
25 × 10 − 8 ÷ (100 ÷ 50)
22 – 15 248

RR: 245 = (75 × 8 − 100 − 10) ÷ (50 ÷ 25)

25
TTT LISAWEARS Lisa wears warm clothing and goes from house to house singing carols. WASSAILER
4 NTWAEUNRT TAUNTER 29 – 22 TAUNTER ENTRANT* 32
5 VSRCOAEOA ROSACEA 36 – 22 COVERS 39
6 100 6 5 4 1 7 → 556 556
(100 − 7) × 6 − (5 + 1 − 4)
46 – 32 556
(100 + 7 + 4) × 5 + 1


49
7 XGSTIAOUJ AGOUTIS 53 – 39 AGOUTIS 56
8 HFMIEOCYE HOMIE 58 – 44 COMFY ECHOEY* 62
9 50 25 100 75 7 10 → 466 465
75 × 7 − 50 − 10
65 – 44 459

RR: 465/467 Best: 466 = (75 − 10 − 100 ÷ 50) × 7 + 25

72
TTT ELVESOPEN With so many letters to Santa, the elves have to open millions of these at Christmas. ENVELOPES
10 RTRUIAVRO RATIO 70 – 44 rotar ☓ RIATO*, VIRTU 77
11 TNDMIEOIA MEDIATION 88 – 62 MEDIATION 95
12 PRLEIUNGO LOUNGER 95 – 69 ELOPING NEUROPIL*, PLONGEUR 103
13 PRWSEAIDO PARODIES 103 – 69 POWDERS DIASPORE*, PARODISE 111
14 75 7 1 4 4 3 → 403 403
(4 + 1) × 75 + 7 × 4
113 – 79 403
(4 + 1) × 75 + 7 × 4


121
15 LASSIERIP 113 – 79 perissial ☓
(26.75 seconds)
SPIRALISE 131
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