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Episode 3387

From Countdown

Episode 3387 was broadcast on 18 December 2002, and was the first semi-final of Series 48.

Danny Hamilton played Julian Fell, with Julian Fell winning 146 – 77. The Dictionary Corner guest was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the lexicographer was Richard Samson.

Fell's score of 146 was the highest score ever achieved on Countdown at the time until it was beaten by Zarte Siempre with a score of 150 in Episode 6991 on 17 January 2019. This was also the first (and to date only) time that a contestant has got 4 nines in a single game.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Danny Hamilton Score Julian Fell Others Max.
1 MRHIAUGQP GRAPH 5 – 5 GRUMP QUAIGH*, RUPIAH* 6
2 CTJOATEFR FACTOR 11 – 11 FACTOR COTTAR*, COTTER, FATTER*, JOTTER, ROTATE 12
3 SLNIOADMS DOMAINS 11 – 29 SALMONIDS 30
4 OIEDGPNRT DEPORTING 29 – 47 DEPORTING 48
5 7 4 25 75 50 100 → 249 249
7 × 50 − 100 − (4 − 75 ÷ 25)
39 – 57 249
7 × 50 − 100 − (4 − 75 ÷ 25)


58
TTT MUTEPOP UPTEMPO
6 YCALBEOSX CABLES 45 – 63 CABLES CALYXES 65
7 NDTEIARML tramlined ☓ 45 – 71 TERMINAL 73
8 OSEPGWIVT PIVOTS 51 – 77 SPIGOT EGOIST*, OGIVES*, POSTIE*, SOVIET*, STOGIE*, SWIVET* 79
9 RSMUOODCL CLOUDS 51 – 84 COLOURS COUROLS 86
10 7 3 1 4 6 50 → 195 195
50 × 4 − (6 − 1)
61 – 94 195
50 × 4 − (6 − 1)


96
TTT THESIGH HIGHEST
11 NRTEAIGSH SHEARING 61 – 112 INGATHERS 114
12 EOALDFNIT FAINTED 61 – 130 DEFLATION DEFOLIANT* 132
13 GRSEUOZPA GROUPS 67 – 136 PAREUS ARGUES*, AROUSE*, AUGERS*, AZURES*, GAPERS*, GASPER*, GAZERS*, GOURAS*, GRAPES, GRAZES, GROPES, GROSZE*, GROUSE, OPERAS*, PAGERS*, PARGES*, POSEUR*, PURGES*, ROGUES*, ROUGES*, RUGOSA*, RUGOSE*, SAUGER*, SPARGE*, SPURGE*, UPROSE* 138
14 75 9 2 4 8 1 → 103 103
(8 − 1) × 4 + 75
77 – 146 103
(8 − 1) × 4 + 75


148
15 THEIRCOPY 77 – 146 HYPOCRITE 158