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From Countdown

A half is any of the parts into which a Countdown episode is divided for broadcast on a commercial TV channel.

The term was coined by Richard Whiteley, and is a legacy from the days when Countdown was a game of two halves. Since the name "half" sounded good, it stuck when, in 2001, Countdown became a game of three halves.

Halves have varied in length from three rounds, in the one-off Celebrity Countdown series and the first half of the new 15 round format, to seven rounds, in the first 45 grand finals.

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