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Episode M72

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Episode M72 was broadcast from 13 August 1990 to 17 August 1990, as part of the Countdown Masters.

John Cruse played Colin Woollard, with John Cruse winning 66 – 63. The lexicographer was Mark Nyman.

Cruse's guess of FROTTIFY on the final conundrum, sharing just two letters with the scramble (R and I), was the worst ever conundrum guess by this measure for some 29 years before being beaten by Philip Aston in Episode 6992.

Rounds

Rnd Selection John Cruse Score Colin Woollard Others Max.
1 NJTUIADYE UNTIED 6 – 6 UNTIDY JAUNTED 7
2 100 6 10 1 1 2 → 762 767
(10 + 100) × (6 + 1) − 2 − 1
13 – 13 767
(10 + 100) × (6 + 1) − 2 − 1

CV: 761 Best: 762 = (100 + (10 − 1) × (2 + 1)) × 6

17
3 COOLCHEAT 13 – 13 CHOCOLATE 27
4 RFRBOIEVA BRAVER 19 – 19 BRAVER FORBEAR, FORERIB* 34
5 100 10 2 4 8 5 → 878 878
(100 + 10) × 8 − 2
29 – 19 877


44
6 BREDAGAIN BARGAINED
(2.33 seconds)
39 – 19 54
7 GGLEOOTCK TOGGLE 45 – 25 TOGGLE LOCKET, OCELOT 60
8 10 5 2 4 8 8 → 492 493 45 – 35 492
(8 + 2) × 5 × 10 − 8


70
9 CIVILNUES 45 – 35 uncivilise ☓
(5 seconds)
INCLUSIVE 80
10 HNNZEIOEP PHONE 50 – 40 PHONE PINENE* 86
11 25 1 7 10 10 6 → 807 809 50 – 47 806
(7 + 1) × 10 × 10 + 6

CV: 806 = (7 + 1) × 10 × 10 + 6
Best: 807 = (25 × 10 + 1 − 6) × (10 − 7)

96
12 RUMREPEAT 50 – 47 amputater ☓
(16 seconds)
PREMATURE 106
13 VFHSAEARI SHAVER 56 – 53 SHAVER VIHARAS* 113
14 75 7 4 6 3 8 → 670 670
(6 + 3) × 75 − (8 − (7 − 4))
66 – 63 670
(6 + 3) × 75 − (8 − (7 − 4))


123
15 PRANGMAGI frottify ☓
(28 seconds)
66 – 63 grampian ☓
(8.5 seconds)
RAMPAGING 133
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