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Countdown:Did you know

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Did you know..., sometimes abbreviated to DYK, is a relatively recent addition to The Countdown Wiki, wherein between three and five facts about Countdown are presented on the Main Page every month. Facts selected for DYK will be in some way notable, unexpected or surprising; for instance, they might offer insight into presenters, guests or contestants with unusual backgrounds for a quiz show, or they might describe noteworthy instances in the games themselves. Ideally, articles linked to from within DYK will contextualise the fact with additional information, though they do not necessarily have to reach featured article standards.


See also: Countdown:Did you know/Nomination archive 1.

Anyone can suggest a fact worthy of a future month's Did you know.... Please edit this section to append your suggestion in a bullet point below, as per standard talk page conventions.

  • Just like this! -- Chris 'Crispy' Philpot 12:49, 27 June 2010 (BST)
  • That on 8 March 1994, the round 4 numbers game could be solved simply using 100=100?
  • That on 2 March 2000, the closest possible solution to the round 8 numbers game was a whopping 596 away from the target?
  • That on 3 November 1983, in the round 7 letters game, the longest word possible was just three letters long?
  • That on 13 September 2010, in the round 10 numbers game, neither contestant could spot that 100x9+6+6=912?
  • That 609 is the most common numbers game target, having happened 33 times (including once in the Countdown Masters)?
  • That the only ever occurrence of an impossible numbers game target below 200 happened on 8 December 1996 in round 8?
  • That on the 18th birthday special on 2 November 2000, Richard Whiteley asked for the first numbers game target to be changed as "anyone could get that",

only to get the calculation wrong himself?

  • That CECIL, the random number generator used for the number games, can generate numbers below 100? On 24 December 1999, it

generated the numbers 040 and 039, in recognition of Carol Vorderman's birthday.

  • Not all number games are unique. The first instance of a repeated numbers game was in round 8 on 28 April 1999, which was

the same as the game in round 8 on 27 March 1990. On both occasions the numbers selected were 1,4,5,6,10,75 and the target was 988.

  • When series 8 champion Clive Spate appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, his phone a friend was none other than Chaser, Mark Labbett.
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