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Episode 7407

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Episode 7407 was broadcast on 10 December 2020, and was the first quarter-final of Series 82.

Luke Johnson-Davies played David Kempshall, with Luke Johnson-Davies winning 136 – 89. The Dictionary Corner guest was John Inverdale, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Johnson-Davies's maximum-scoring performance was only the eleventh in the history of Countdown, the second in the "new" 15 round format, and the first since December 2014 when Dan McColm achieved this feat. It was also the first since a major 2015 update to Oxford Dictionaries Online which massively expanded the scope of the dictionary compared to all the other max games. In addition, 136 points out of a possible 136 is the highest maximum score ever achieved to date.

The Teatime Teasers were lifted from Episode 4904.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Luke Johnson-Davies Score David Kempshall Others Max.
1 SPCDEOIAT SCIAPODE 8 – 0 PACIEST DESPOTIC*, DIOPTASE*, OPACITES*, SOCIATED, SPICATED* 8
2 GYEUHLOTR HELOTRY 15 – 7 ROUGHLY LOGHTER*, OUTERLY, ROUGHET*, THEURGY*, TOUGHER, TOUGHLY, YOGHURT* 15
3 25 10 10 9 3 8 → 170 170
(9 + 8) × 10
25 – 17 170
(9 + 8) × 10


25
TTT TOMSROAD They're very submissive, often trodden all over. DOORMATS
4 MSIENCGAW MAGNESIC 33 – 17 CEASING 33
5 PBTDOEIGR RIDGETOP 41 – 17 PODGIER 41
6 25 100 6 7 9 7 → 528 528
(100 − 25) × 7 + 9 − 6​
51 – 27 528
(100 − 25) × 7 + 9 − 6​


51
7 WMLNOEAKU UNMAKE 57 – 27 WOMAN ALUMEN*, AWOKEN*, KNAWEL*, LAWMEN*, MAENOL*, WANKLE* 57
8 RTIESAJFL FRAILEST 65 – 35 FRAILEST 65
9 75 5 4 9 8 3 → 396 396
(8 × 3 + 75) × 4
75 – 45 396
75 × 4 + (9 + 3) × 8


75
TTT CACTISET Feeling happy that your former partner won't move. ECSTATIC
10 HDOENRSIT HORNIEST 83 – 53 HORNIEST DOITHERS*, HEDONIST, NORDITES*, ORTHIDES* 83
11 PCFVEOALB VOCABLE 90 – 53 copable ☓ PLACEBO* 90
12 PNUESRMOT REMOUNTS 98 – 61 REMOUNTS MOUNTERS, MOURNEST*, PORTSMEN* 98
13 NGDLIEAIT DETAILING 116 – 79 DETAILING 116
14 50 10 6 7 2 8 → 292 292
50 × 6 − 8
126 – 89 292
50 × 6 − 8


126
15 TVSERIIES RESISTIVE
(5.5 seconds)
136 – 89 136
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