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Name Place held Entrants Winner Final score Runner up Matches played Host Highest score
Countdown Aces Trophy Huddersfield 14 Jack Worsley 11 – 7 Kirk Bevins 10 Jeff Clayton
James Robinson
Anna Woodward
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The Countdown Aces Trophy was a Countdown tournament run by James Robinson, Jeff Clayton and Anna Woodward on Saturday 23 November 2013. The winner was the Series 66 champion, Jack Worsley.

Contents

Format

The format was partially adapted from the show's French parent, Des chiffres et des lettres, although most of the traditional rounds associated with most CO-events were still in this event.

Heats

There were 4 heats, which involved each of Countdown's 4 different formats from its history, the 9 round format, the 14 round format, the "old" 15 round format and the "current" 15 round format, there then followed a 9 round quarter-final, before the new "solo round" semi-finals took place.

Solo Round

The top 4 contestants each played a special 15 round game (all different to each other) under a time limit of 5 minutes.

Letters

As in the normal game, the contestant is not told the available max beforehand. Each letter appeared from left to right, one second at a time. The clock started as soon as the last letter is in place. Once you buzzed, you would be asked to declare how many letters are in your word before offering. Score 10 points for a max word, or 1 point if you come up one short. If there is no buzz then the clock simply ran its course. But if your offer was invalid or you were out of range of the available max, you forfeited 30 seconds in addition to however much time you'd used in that round.

Numbers

Each tile appeared from right to left, then when CECIL came up with the target, the clock started. Buzz in once you could offer a solution – declaring your answer before going through your working. Score 10 points for a correct solution, or 1 point if you could get to one away and wanted to move on. If there was no buzz then the clock simply ran its course. An incorrect answer forfeited 30 seconds.

The numbers got progressively harder and the difficulty ratings had been measured using [1]. The first numbers game in R2 was no harder than 50%, whilst the sixth numbers game in R13 was upwards of 80%.

Conundrum

As per the normal game, you got one shot at it. Score 10 points with the correct answer, but forfeited 30 seconds with an incorrect answer.

Round 15

After playing 14 rounds, as long as the contestant had some time remaining, they were allowed to pick any round of their choice for another 10 points.

Grand Final

In the final, the two contenders went head-to-head in a 20-round match (9 letters rounds, 9 numbers rounds and 2 conundrums).

There were no preset rounds and no time bank, but they were still on the buzzer in every round and now there was no safety net for falling short of the maximum. Using flat scoring, a max word or a correct solution scored 1 point, but they would forfeit 1 point with an incorrect buzz. So they needed confidence and quick thinking in the harder selections, and sheer speed in the easier ones.

Progress

Jack Worsley (1) vs Stewart Gordon (8) Jack Worsley (1) Jack Worsley (1)
vs
Kirk Bevins (2)
Kirk Bevins (2) vs Phil Jarvis (7) Kirk Bevins (2)
Heather Styles (3) vs Andy McGurn (6) Heather Styles (3)
Callum Todd (4) vs Andy Platt (5) Andy Platt (5)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Matches

# Date Type Player 1 Score Player 2 Host
Heat 1: 14 rounders
COAT1 23/11/2013 P Andy McGurn 98 – 66 Anthony Endsor Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT1 23/11/2013 P Stewart Gordon 65 – 116 Heather Styles Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT1 23/11/2013 P Kirk Bevins 93 – 46 Chris Marshall Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT1 23/11/2013 P Phil Jarvis 67 – 73 Jason Turner Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT1 23/11/2013 P Paul Worsley 48 – 116 Jonathan Wynn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT1 23/11/2013 P Jack Worsley 106 – 92 Andy Platt Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT1 23/11/2013 P Elaine Broadley 38 – 81 Callum Todd Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
Heat 2: Old 15 rounders
COAT2 23/11/2013 P Jack Worsley 117 – 55 Callum Todd Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT2 23/11/2013 P Chris Marshall 95 – 84 Andy McGurn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT2 23/11/2013 P Paul Worsley 85 – 97 Andy Platt Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT2 23/11/2013 P Phil Jarvis 95 – 56 Anthony Endsor Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT2 23/11/2013 P Heather Styles 99 – 89 Jason Turner Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT2 23/11/2013 P Kirk Bevins 117 – 77 Jonathan Wynn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT2 23/11/2013 P Elaine Broadley 70 – 101 Stewart Gordon Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
Heat 3: 9 rounders
COAT3 23/11/2013 P Heather Styles 48 – 35 Jonathan Wynn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT3 23/11/2013 P Stewart Gordon 36 – 52 Paul Worsley Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT3 23/11/2013 P Kirk Bevins 59 – 36 Anthony Endsor Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT3 23/11/2013 P Jack Worsley 68 – 35 Phil Jarvis Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT3 23/11/2013 P Callum Todd 67 – 35 Andy McGurn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT3 23/11/2013 P Jason Turner 40 – 36 Chris Marshall Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT3 23/11/2013 P Elaine Broadley 19 – 56 Andy Platt Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
Heat 4: New 15 rounders
COAT4 23/11/2013 P Callum Todd 120 – 44 Anthony Endsor Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT4 23/11/2013 P Heather Styles 66 – 58 Elaine Broadley Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT4 23/11/2013 P Chris Marshall 64 – 109 Phil Jarvis Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT4 23/11/2013 P Andy Platt 110 – 112 Kirk Bevins Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT4 23/11/2013 P Stewart Gordon 91 – 56 Jonathan Wynn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT4 23/11/2013 P Andy McGurn 92 – 41 Paul Worsley Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT4 23/11/2013 P Jason Turner 85 – 108 Jack Worsley Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
Finals
COAT5 23/11/2013 QF Jack Worsley 67 – 14 Stewart Gordon Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT5 23/11/2013 QF Phil Jarvis 43 – 59 Kirk Bevins Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT5 23/11/2013 QF Heather Styles 58 – 41 Andy McGurn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT5 23/11/2013 QF Callum Todd 58 – 62 Andy Platt Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT6 23/11/2013 9th Jason Turner 35 – 43 Jonathan Wynn Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT6 23/11/2013 11th Chris Marshall 46 – 40 Paul Worsley Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT6 23/11/2013 13th Anthony Endsor 35 – 28 Elaine Broadley Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
# Date Type Player Score Host
COAT7 23/11/2013 Solo Andy Platt 94 (4:09) Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT8 23/11/2013 Solo Heather Styles 64 (4:28) Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT9 23/11/2013 Solo Kirk Bevins 123 (3:22) Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
COAT10 23/11/2013 Solo Jack Worsley 150 (2:26) Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward
# Date Type Player 1 Score Player 2 Host
COAT11 23/11/2013 GF Kirk Bevins 7 – 11 Jack Worsley Jeff Clayton, James Robinson, Anna Woodward

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