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Episode Cats69

From Countdown

Episode Cats69, billed as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 11, Episode 4 was a special episode broadcast on 15 October 2016, as part of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 11.

Regular Sean Lock and Acting Team Captain Lee Mack were the contestants, along with Victoria Coren Mitchell and Bob Mortimer who were their teammates respectively, while Jimmy Carr reprised his role as the host.

The match saw Sean Lock, with the assistance of Victoria Coren Mitchell, winning by 40 – 24 in an 8-rounder and they won a Countdown beekeeping set.

Rachel Riley was, as ever, the arithmetician. The Dictionary Corner guest was Alex Horne & the Horne Section, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Interesting and notable moments from the episode are listed below:

1) During the Introduction, Sean purposely "drank" waste water which he "squeezed" from a garbage bin and added dust in the process. Also, Victoria brought a photo of Jon Richardson despite him not appearing in this episode which Jimmy remarked it to be similar to an obituary photo.

2) During the 30 seconds in Round 1, Jimmy drank a "Miracle Hair Growth Tonic", which resulted in him "growing hair" to the point it toally covered his face at the end of the Round.

3) In Round 2, Sean did not show his solution, however it can be assumed it was identical to Victoria's.

4) Likewise in previous episodes, the Horne Section played various pieces throughout the show. Most notably, they were jazzed up versions of the clock music in Rounds 2 and 4 respectively while Alex himself was eating a banana and playing Jenga in which he removed 20 blocks respectively and a song about Sir Chris Hoy "loving a Saveloy" and the made-up story of how he was knighted.

5) In Round 4, Bob showed his solution even though it was out of range which was: (25 − (6 + 6 + 2 + 1)) × 75. Later in Round 6, Victoria declared 745.5 using the solution: 50 ÷ 5 × 75 − 9 ÷ 2. However, as per the rules, her answer was not accepted as it was not an integer. She then realised when giving her answer she could have easily modified her answer slightly to get 745 if she had done: 50 ÷ 5 × 75 − (9 − 6 + 2).

6) During the 30 seconds in Round 7, Jimmy attached multiple rubber bands to his face to the point his face was severely squeezed and disfigured on camera.

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

NOTE 2: For reasons unknown, the clock hand did not move at all in Round 2. In Round 5, Lee was not asked to spell his word; therefore, he may have intended METERS rather than METRES. In Round 6, Lee declared he was two away, although in which direction was not known, thus both options are shown below. In Round 7, Dictionary Corner did not note that Victoria's offering of MASTERS was invalid, as there was only one S in the selection. However, this proved irrelevant as Lee offered a longer word anyway.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Victoria & Sean Score Lee & Bob Others Max.
1 EGOSULPIL GULLIES
PULSE
7 – 0 goulpiles ☓
SOUP
EGILOPS*, GELISOL*, GOLLIES*, LIGULES*, PILEOUS*, PILULES*, PLOGUES*, POLLIES 7
2 75 100 6 8 1 4 → 885 885
885
8 × 100 + 75 + 6 + 4
8 × 100 + 75 + 6 + 4 *
17 – 10 885
883
(8 × 100 + 75 + 6 + 4) × 1


17
TTT OAPPERVS It's a thumbs up from me. APPROVES
Rnd Selection Victoria Coren Mitchell Score Lee Mack Others Max.
3 HSADOPUIS SOAPS 22 – 10 shodus ☓ ADIPOUS* 24
Rnd Selection Sean Lock Score Bob Mortimer Others Max.
4 75 25 6 6 2 1 → 785 776
(6 + 6 − 2) × 75 + 25 + 1
27 – 10 750

RR: 785 = (75 × 2 − 25 + 6) × 6 − 1

34
TTT ARSECRUD Holy shit. CRUSADER
Rnd Selection Victoria & Sean Score Lee & Bob Others Max.
5 EMECURSVT CURVES
CURVES
33 – 16 METRES
MUTE
CERMETS*, CURVETS*, RECTUMS*, VESTURE 41
6 50 75 5 2 9 6 → 745 745.5
744
2 × 5 × 75 − 6
40 – 16 743/747

RR: 745 = (9 − 6) × 2 × (75 + 50) − 5

51
TTT ISEEPORN Who came first? PIONEERS
7 MATNSEEIR masters ☓**
RETAINS
40 – 24 margarine ☓ / MATINEES
smater ☓
MATERNISE*, MERTENSIA* 69
8 TRUEFARTS 40 – 24 margarine ☓
(27.5 seconds)
FRUSTRATE 79