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Max game

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A max game is a game in which the maximum possible score is achieved in every single round. This is indicated by bolding the score, max, and name in episode tables. Whether or not a numbers round with the max score but not the closest possible solution to the target is considered a max is a matter of debate in the community. Allan Saldanha's win against Joyce Cansfield is the only such game in the list below and is considered by some not to be a true max game.

A double max game is a game where the two players achieve the maximum possible joint score. This results from both players maxing all letters and numbers rounds, and one then solving the conundrum. This has never been achieved on televised Countdown, with Episodes 5649 and 5653 below each being one maxed letters round short of the achievement.

Some games from the early years of Countdown are not known, so it is possible that Haldane's max game was not the first.

List of max games

The list is sorted chronologically.

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
792 5/08/1988 P John Widdowson 46 – 70 Jenny Haldane Ned Sherrin Freda Thornton 70
1621 16/02/1995 P Darren Shacklady 69 – 38 Tony David Jan Harvey Ruth Killick 69
1903 16/12/1996 SQF Joyce Cansfield 50 – 67 Allan Saldanha Nigel Rees Catherine Clarke 67
4770 4/03/2009 P Kirk Bevins 126 – 47 Ben Nicholas Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 126
5634 1/02/2013 30B1 John Ashmore 92 – 130 Kirk Bevins Mark Foster Susie Dent 130
5642 13/02/2013 30B2 Chris Hawkins 85 – 119 Conor Travers Ken Bruce Susie Dent 119
5649 22/02/2013 30BQF Jon O'Neill 122 – 104 Jack Worsley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
5650 25/02/2013 30BQF Conor Travers 119 – 94 Kirk Bevins Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 119
5653 28/02/2013 30BSF Jon O'Neill 102 – 120 Conor Travers Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 120
6054 17/12/2014 SF Dan McColm 123 – 77 George Ford David Baddiel Susie Dent 123
7407 10/12/2020 QF Luke Johnson-Davies 136 – 89 David Kempshall John Inverdale Susie Dent 136

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