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Jos game

From Countdown

A Jos game is a lesser-used term coined by Gevin (and a better version of Rhys Benjamin's terminology of "DC Max"). It refers to a game that that was not beaten by Dictionary Corner, but equally could have been beaten: i.e. if an otherwise max game was spoiled only by a DC beater or RR beater, it is considered a "Jos game". The name "Jos" comes from a play on words of Jos and Max Verstappen, two Formula One drivers.

Example of a Jos game

From Episode 7470, the only words that Luke Boynton failed to spot here were NUCLEOIDS in Round 2 and SIMARUBA in Round 12, which also defeated Dictionary Corner.

Rnd Selection Luke Boynton Score Matthew Hallas Others Max.
1 MRTEOIPAO PROMOTE 7 – 0 PRIME EMPORIA*, IPOMOEA*, PRIMATE*, PROTOMA*, PROTOME*, PTEROMA*, TAPROOM*, TROOPIE* 7
2 NLCUISEDO DELUSION 15 – 0 SLICED NUCLEOIDS* 25
3 50 75 25 100 4 6 → 894 894
(100 + 50 − (4 − 75 ÷ 25)) × 6
25 – 0 896


35
TTT SEMISTAR They're stars, but they're not in the biggest group. ASTERISM
4 TRNIAEGLM TRIANGLE 33 – 0 MELTING ALERTING*, ALTERING, EMIGRANT*, GERMINAL, INTEGRAL*, LIGAMENT*, MALIGNER*, MALINGER, METALING*, RELATING*, TANGLIER*, TERMINAL, TRAMLINE* 43
5 CTSOAIEDL DISLOCATE 51 – 0 COLDEST 61
6 25 50 1 6 10 9 → 138 138
(25 − 1 − 10 + 9) × 6
61 – 10 138
(9 + 6 − 1) × 10 − 50 ÷ 25


71
7 RPGUOAEBN PARENGO 68 – 10 GRAPE BURGEON, PROBANG*, PRONUBA* 78
8 TWAIORNEJ JANITOR 75 – 10 WAITER JOINTER*, NOTAIRE*, OTARINE*, REJOINT*, TAWNIER*, TINWARE*, WAITRON 85
9 25 7 10 4 7 2 → 769 769
(25 × 10 + 7) × (7 − 4) − 2
85 – 10 770


95
TTT ENIDSBAR Jo and Russell visit Enid's bar and have a few drinks. BRANDIES
10 SDMAUOIGR MAROUDIS 93 – 10 MAIDS GOURAMIS 103
11 NSDAEOITE SEDATION 101 – 10 atonised ☓ ANDESITE*, ONSTEEAD* 111
12 BFSMAUIRA FUSARIA 108 – 10 FAIRS SIMARUBA* 119
13 VTLOEIAND DOVETAIL 116 – 10 TOILED DELATION*, DIVALENT*, DONATIVE*, VIOLATED 127
14 25 50 7 2 1 5 → 239 239
(50 − 2) × 5 − 1
126 – 10 237


137
15 RUNCINATE UNCERTAIN
(10.25 seconds)
136 – 10 147


List of Jos games

Harvey Freeman achieved a 9-round Jos game in his eighth heat appearance:

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
466 11/11/1986 P Harvey Freeman 75 - 10 Roy James Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy Freda Thornton 76

So far, there have been at least five 15-round instances of a Jos game. These games are sorted chronologically.

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
7470 23/03/2021 P Luke Boynton 136 - 10 Matthew Hallas Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 147
7662 17/12/2021 QF Florence Cappleman-Lynes 121 - 62 Jasamrit Rahala Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Adrian Chiles 122
7798 05/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 140 - 40 Sarah Booth Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 142
7862 03/10/2022 P Tom Stevenson 117 – 37 Steve Robinson Colin Murray Rachel Riley Pat Nevin Susie Dent 122
7935 19/01/2023 CSF Dan Byrom 111 – 121 Ahmed Mohamed Colin Murray Rachel Riley Rick Edwards Susie Dent 122