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Episode S47

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Episode S47 was broadcast on 21 December 2020, as the first of the 2020 Christmas special episodes, and was between two former contestants based in Bingley in Yorkshire.

Tom Carey played George Armstrong, with Tom Carey winning 122 – 110. The Dictionary Corner guest was Rory Bremner, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

This was the first episode presented by Colin Murray, whilst Nick Hewer shielded at home during England's second COVID-19 lockdown.

Additionally, the Teatime Teasers were renamed as "Tinsel Teasers" by Murray for the Christmas specials. On the return from the advert break after the first teaser, however, he incorrectly stated the clue as "ice and hymns are part of Christmas, and so are these".

Both contestants opted to yield their numbers picks over to the presenters – rounds three, six, and nine were chosen by Riley, and round 14 by Murray.

NOTE: The conundrum was originally BAUBLEDIT, which Carey solved after approximately 10 seconds; however it did not make the final cut and was replaced, because both players were fed the wrong camera on their monitors when the conundrum was revealed.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Tom Carey Score George Armstrong Others Max.
1 BOFIRUSEN BONFIRES 8 – 0 fibreous ☓ BRUNOISE* 8
2 DAGETOPIC PAGODITE 16 – 8 PAGODITE PAGETOID* 16
3 8 5 1 10 9 3 → 416 416
(10 + 3) × (9 − 5) × 8​
26 – 18 416
(10 × 8 + 3) × 5 + 1


26
TTT ​ICEHYMNS Ice and hymns are part of Christmas, but so are these. CHIMNEYS
4 YEHALOMTP APOTHEM 33 – 18 LOATHE METALOPH*, POLYMATH* 34
5 SUNIGEKAV GUINEAS 40 – 18 GENIUS SINKAGE* 41
6 50 100 25 75 7 6 → 245 244
50 + 100 + 25 + 75 − 6
47 – 25 244
50 + 100 + 25 + 75 − 6

RR: 245 = (50 + 7) × 6 + 75 ÷ 25 − 100

51
7 RONIGEPOA REAPING 54 – 32 POGONIA OREGANO*, PARENGO*, PERIGON*, PIROGEN*, PONGIER*, POORING*, PORANGI*, PRONAOI*, PRONOIA*, ROGAINE* 58
8 WETIFUSRA SURFEIT 61 – 39 FAIREST FRETSAW*, FUSTIER, SWIFTER*, WAITERS*, WARIEST* 65
9 25 100 50 10 7 1 → 624 624
(100 ÷ 50 × 7 + 10) × (25 + 1)​
71 – 49 624
50 × 10 + 100 + 25 − 1​


75
TTT WILDLOGO Don't spread the virus, spread this instead. GOODWILL
10 NOJETIBES BETONIES 79 – 57 BETONIES 83
11 CORAHILEG GLACIER 86 – 64 ARGILEH OLIGARCH 91
12 WORAMELDS EARLDOMS 94 – 72 EARLDOMS 99
13 NIDATELOP PLANETOID 112 – 90 PLANETOID PLATINODE* 117
14 75 2 7 2 3 1 → 115 115
(7 + 1) × (2 + 3)​ + 75
122 – 100 115
3 × 2 × 7 − 2​ + 75


127
15 NNICEGIFT 122 – 110 INFECTING
(3 seconds)
137
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