Episode CS1997

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The Christmas special, broadcast on 25 December 1997, between Series 37 and Championship of Champions IX, featured the presenters, Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman (billed as Carol King, her married name) as contestants, with Carol King winning 43 – 30.

It was hosted by William G. Stewart, and featured Dictionary Corner guest Magnus Magnusson and lexicographer Mark Nyman. Susie Dent filled in for Carol as the arithmetician.

The game was a close battle, with King living up to her new regal name by winning on a crucial conundrum. Whiteley later claimed that he had buzzed at the start of the conundrum out of habit, from normally having to press the button to start the clock.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Richard Whiteley Score Carol King (Vorderman) Others Max.
1 LNFCKEIOT LECTION 7 – 0 TINKLE FLECTION 8
2 RLERTEEPE PETER 12 – 5 PETER REPLETE 15
3 7 8 2 10 4 25 → 614 607 12 – 15 614
((10 + 2) × 25 + 7) × 8 ÷ 4


25
4 YADIOETPS SPADE 17 – 20 STAID DIOPTASE*, DYSTOPIA* 33
5 AONWEAGBT TOWAGE 23 – 26 TOWAGE AGNATE*, TAONGA* 39
6 10 4 1 10 9 100 → 953 952
(100 − 4) × 10 − (9 − 1)
30 – 33 952
(100 − 4) × 10 − (9 − 1)

Best: 953 = (100 + 10 − 4) × 9 − 1

49
7 LOSTMETIE
(1 second)
30 – 43 MISTLETOE
(2 seconds)
59


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