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Episode 7860

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The highest ever score on Countdown!

Episode 7860 was broadcast on 29 September 2022, as part of Series 86.

Tom Stevenson played Lauren Bowley, with Tom Stevenson winning 154 – 28. The Dictionary Corner guest was Eve Muirhead, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

This game broke a few records:

  • Stevenson's score of 154 points was the highest ever achieved on Countdown, surpassing Elliott Mellor's previous record of 152, as well as the highest score spotting three 9-letter words in the process.
  • His performance was also a max game — the twelfth in the history of Countdown, the first in a heat game in the new 15-round format, and naturally, the highest-scoring max of all time, topping Luke Johnson-Davies' previous high of 136 points.
  • This is also the second time a max has ever been achieved in a preliminary game in the 15-round format, the first being Kirk Bevins' one back in 2009.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Tom Stevenson Score Lauren Bowley Others Max.
1 TESCATREA CASTRATE 8 – 8 CASTRATE ACETATES*, RASCETTA*, RASCETTE*, STEARATE* 8
2 GNIETFGER GREETING 16 – 8 FREEING 16
3 4 6 7 8 3 3 → 208 208
(7 × 4 − 6 ÷ 3) × 8
26 – 8 207


26
TTT LUTEAREA Hugh had dinner with a poet. LAUREATE
4 LSIUWLDAO DISALLOW 34 – 8 SWILL 34
5 EUTANFSCA NUTCASE 41 – 8 FAUNAS ACUATES*, CAFTANS, CATENAS*, FAUCETS* 41
6 50 4 1 7 2 2 → 689 689
(7 × 50 − 4) × 2 − 2 − 1
51 – 8 688


51
7 TWGOEAPKL GELATO 57 – 8 POLKA KGOTLA*, KOTWAL*, LEGATO*, LOWAGE*, PELOTA*, POTAGE*, TOWAGE 57
8 BTEIMSORN BRIMSTONE 75 – 8 tersion ☓ 75
9 25 1 9 10 10 9 → 225 225
9 × 25
85 – 18 225
(10 + 10) × (9 + 1) + 25


85
TTT DOWNSIDE The downside is they're going to stop funding you. DISENDOW
10 QOELRIHSE HEROISE 92 – 18 HOLES LOERIES* 92
11 IAMRENLIN MAINLINER 110 – 18 LINEAR 110
12 TGOIRVSEH OVERSIGHT 128 – 18 SHIVER 128
13 PCUSAXENJ PECANS 134 – 18 excuse ☓ PUCANS*, UNCAPS*, UNCASE*, UPCASE*, USANCE* 134
14 10 3 8 2 5 6 → 108 108
(8 + 2) × 10 + 5 + 3
144 – 28 108
5 × 2 × 10 + 8


144
15 UNLETOVER VOLUNTEER
(3.25 seconds)
154 – 28 154