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Episode Cats143

From Countdown

Episode Cats143, billed as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 23, Episode 1, was a special episode broadcast on 29 July 2022, as part of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 23. Starting from this episode, due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the plexiglass which used to separate the guest and the lexicographer no longer exists. However, all celebrities are still socially distanced.

The Team Captains were Richard Ayoade and Jon Richardson, their teammates were Joe Wilkinson and Lucy Beaumont respectively, while Jimmy Carr reprised his role as the host.

The match saw both teams tied with a score of 28 – 28 in a 7-rounder. Following a change in rules from this Series, this meant that no one won the prize which was a Countdown changing kit.

Rachel Riley was, as ever, the arithmetician. The Dictionary Corner guest was Finlay Christie, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Interesting and notable moments from the episode are listed below:

1) During the Introduction, after Jimmy took a swipe at Lucy, Richard commented that Jon should slap him, in a reference to the infamous slapping incident involving Will Smith and Chris Rock earlier that year. In addition, the male models were dressed in the same clothes as Joe and Jon when presenting the prize, with both of them standing beside them corresponding to their attire later on.

2) In Round 1, the clock music was replaced with Uptown Funk, with "Jimmy" recreating some of the moves in the music video on a treadmill and ending with a split hanging upside down.

3) In Round 3, Jimmy modelled the studio using LEGO pieces, even going so far as to model the celebrities and the same letters on the letters board.

4) In Round 5, it was dubbed a Lightning Round. Only Joe and Jon took part where both would be jolted with an electric shock at random times by Jimmy via a pad attached on their spine. Points were doubled and the clock music was replaced with a spooky version of it coupled with sparks shooting out in front of the celebrities at various intervals, notably scaring everyone. Thus, the maximum was worth 14 points in this case.

5) During the 30 seconds in Round 6, Jimmy tried to pack a luggage with holiday items but ended up getting "tangled" within it. Notably, he threw out a copy of Susie's Word Perfect in the process of doing so.

NOTE 1: In this version, both players' declarations were allowed, although points were only awarded for the best answer.

NOTE 2: The solution in Round 4 was provided by Jon Richardson, who initially tried to assist Lucy by giving her the solution, but was caught cheating by Jimmy.

NOTE 3: During the Conundrum, in a situation similar to Episode Cats87, despite Richard's team pressing the buzzer first which was indicated by the sound and the light, Jimmy went for Jon's team instead as he had voiced out he had it. Thus, had Richard's team given the correct answer on that try if Jimmy had noticed the light, the score would have been 38 – 18 in their favour.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Joe & Richard Score Jon & Lucy Others Max.
1 TILSANCUO scount ☓
TOILS
0 – 8 CAUTIONS
TOILS
LOCUSTIAN* 18
2 25 50 6 5 7 2 → 717 717 ☓
25
0 – 18 717

(50 × 7 + 6) × 2 + 5


28
TTT GNAWNIPS The wider, the better. WINGSPAN
3 RMAEHOIFG GAMIER
haremfig ☓
6 – 18 fromage ☓
HOME
FOAMIER, HOMAGER* 35
Rnd Selection Richard Ayoade Score Lucy Beaumont Others Max.
4 75 25 6 4 10 8 → 885 888
75 × 10 + 25 × 6 − 8 − 4
13 – 18 885 ☓

RR: 885 = (6 × 4 − 8 + 75) × 10 − 25

45
TTT FEEDITIN This will work. DEFINITE
Rnd Selection Joe Wilkinson Score Jon Richardson Others Max.
5 WSEPILSUB BUSES 23 – 18 publess ☓ PILUSES* 59
TTT RICOSHAT It's on fire. CHARIOTS
Rnd Selection Joe & Richard Score Jon & Lucy Others Max.
6 TOXETBMEC TEET
OCTET
28 – 18 exocet ☓
btec ☓
BECOME, OBTECT* 65
7 LUBEDNERD 28 – 28 BLUNDERED**
(16 seconds)
75