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Episode CS1997

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Episode CS1997 was broadcast on 25 December 1997, as a special episode.

Richard Whiteley played Carol Vorderman (billed as Carol King, her married name), with Carol King winning 43 – 30. It was hosted by William G. Stewart, and featured Dictionary Corner guest Magnus Magnusson and lexicographer Mark Nyman. Susie Dent filled in for Carol as the arithmetician.

The game was a close battle, with Carol King living up to her new regal name by winning on a crucial conundrum. Whiteley later claimed that he had buzzed at the start of the conundrum out of habit, from normally having to press the button to start the clock.

NOTE: King was not asked for her solution in Round 6; it was assumed she had the same method as Whiteley.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Richard Whiteley Score Carol King Others Max.
1 LNFCKEIOT LECTION 7 – 0 TINKLE FLECTION 8
2 RLERTEEPE PETER 12 – 5 PETER REPLETE 15
3 7 8 2 10 4 25 → 614 607 12 – 15 614
((10 + 2) × 25 + 7) × 8 ÷ 4


25
4 YADIOETPS SPADE 17 – 20 STAID DIOPTASE*, DYSTOPIA* 33
5 AONWEAGBT TOWAGE 23 – 26 TOWAGE AGNATE*, TAONGA* 39
6 10 4 1 10 9 100 → 953 952
(100 − 4) × 10 − (9 − 1)
30 – 33 952
(100 − 4) × 10 − (9 − 1)

Best: 953 = (100 + 10 − 4) × 9 − 1

49
7 LOSTMETIE
(1 second)
30 – 43 MISTLETOE
(2 seconds)
59


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