Episode 80

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Episode 80 was broadcast on 2 July 1983, and was the Series 2 grand final. It aired at the later time of 7.00 p.m. and was an extended 45-minute episode, and the first 14 round game in Countdown history. It was also the first ever episode to be aired on a Saturday.

The numbers game in Round 6 was the first recorded instance of a round in which both players failed to score any points, excluding conundrums. Round 7's conundrum is also the only known one to have contained two Zs.

Ash Haji played Russell Byers, with Ash Haji winning 71 – 70. The Dictionary Corner guests were Kenneth Williams and Gyles Brandreth, and the lexicographer was Lesley Burnett, with this episode marking Burnett's last appearance as leixcographer to date.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Ash Haji Score Russell Byers Others Max.
1 GIBGEVNIS GIVING 6 – 0 givings ☓ SIEVING* 7
2 AECTRSDIR DIRECTS 13 – 7 CRATERS ASTRIDE*, CARDERS*, CARRIED*, CARRIES*, CARTERS*, CREDITS*, CRISTAE*, DARTERS*, DISRATE*, DRASTIC*, ERRATIC*, RACIEST*, RADICES*, RAIDERS*, REDACTS*, RETARDS*, SCARIER*, SCARRED*, STARRED*, STIRRED*, STRIDER*, TARDIER*, TARRIED*, TARRIES*, TARSIER*, TIRADES*, TRACERS*, TRADERS*, TRICARS* 14
3 50 6 8 3 2 5 → 896 896
?
23 – 7

Best: 896 = 50 × 6 × 3 − 8 ÷ 2

24
4 BUOTDEMVG TOMBED 29 – 13 BUDGET DEVOUT* 30
5 AETSMWITL WATTLES 36 – 20 WATTLES MATIEST* 37
6 75 100 8 8 2 1 → 429 36 – 20

Best: 429 = 75 × (8 − 1) − 100 + 8 ÷ 2

47
7 ZIILQCZUA 36 – 30 QUIZZICAL
(1 second)
57
8 EODYCXAEF COAXED 42 – 36 COAXED DEFACE* 63
9 NPIODENDC COPIED 48 – 42 PINNED POINDED* 70
10 6 5 8 7 2 8 → 282 272 48 – 47 276
?

Best: 282 = 8 × 5 × 7 + 2

80
11 IENGNOJGN NOGGIN 54 – 53 NOGGIN GENNING* 87
12 GEBWSINOK SKEWING 61 – 60 SKEWING WIGEONS* 94
13 50 6 7 1 2 2 → 682 682
?
71 – 60

Best: 682 = (50 + 7) × 6 × 2 − 2

104
14 IBSRTTOAA 71 – 70 ABATTOIRS
(2 seconds)
114
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