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Episode 7860

From Countdown
The highest ever score on Countdown!

Episode 7860 was broadcast on 29 September 2022, as part of Series 86.

Tom Stevenson played Lauren Bowley, with Tom Stevenson winning 154 – 28. The Dictionary Corner guest was Eve Muirhead, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

This game broke a few records:

  • Stevenson's score of 154 points was the highest ever achieved on Countdown, surpassing Elliott Mellor's previous record of 152, as well as the highest score spotting three 9-letter words in the process.
  • His performance was also a max game — the twelfth in the history of Countdown, the first in a heat game in the new 15-round format, and naturally, the highest-scoring max of all time, topping Luke Johnson-Davies' previous high of 136 points.
  • This is also the second time a max has ever been achieved in a preliminary game in the 15-round format, the first being Kirk Bevins' one back in 2009.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Tom Stevenson Score Lauren Bowley Others Max.
1 TESCATREA CASTRATE 8 – 8 CASTRATE ACETATES*, RASCETTA*, RASCETTE*, STEARATE* 8
2 GNIETFGER GREETING 16 – 8 FREEING 16
3 4 6 7 8 3 3 → 208 208
(7 × 4 − 6 ÷ 3) × 8
26 – 8 207


26
TTT LUTEAREA Hugh had dinner with a poet. LAUREATE
4 LSIUWLDAO DISALLOW 34 – 8 SWILL 34
5 EUTANFSCA NUTCASE 41 – 8 FAUNAS ACUATES*, CAFTANS, CATENAS*, FAUCETS* 41
6 50 4 1 7 2 2 → 689 689
(7 × 50 − 4) × 2 − 2 − 1
51 – 8 688


51
7 TWGOEAPKL GELATO 57 – 8 POLKA KGOTLA*, KOTWAL*, LEGATO*, LOWAGE*, PELOTA*, POTAGE*, TOWAGE 57
8 BTEIMSORN BRIMSTONE 75 – 8 tersion ☓ 75
9 25 1 9 10 10 9 → 225 225
9 × 25
85 – 18 225
(10 + 10) × (9 + 1) + 25


85
TTT DOWNSIDE The downside is they're going to stop funding you. DISENDOW
10 QOELRIHSE HEROISE 92 – 18 HOLES LOERIES* 92
11 IAMRENLIN MAINLINER 110 – 18 LINEAR 110
12 TGOIRVSEH OVERSIGHT 128 – 18 SHIVER 128
13 PCUSAXENJ PECANS 134 – 18 excuse ☓ PUCANS*, UNCAPS*, UNCASE*, UPCASE*, USANCE* 134
14 10 3 8 2 5 6 → 108 108
(8 + 2) × 10 + 5 + 3
144 – 28 108
5 × 2 × 10 + 8


144
15 UNLETOVER VOLUNTEER
(3.25 seconds)
154 – 28 154