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* DidntThinkThisThrough: The above-mentioned [[https://youtu.be/JKub0glGQJg?t=478 "kitten incident"]] in one episode of the ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' crossover , lampshaded when they point out that Jimmy didn't think it through.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: The above-mentioned [[https://youtu.be/JKub0glGQJg?t=478 "kitten incident"]] in one episode of the ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' crossover , crossover, lampshaded when they point out that Jimmy didn't think it through.


* {{Corpsing}}: Richard Whiteley loses it while telling a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFbumvpcvuw joke once]]; amazing how he can even make a bad joke funny.


* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: In play since Anne Robinson took over as host in June 2021, giving the show the combination of blonde (Rachel), brunette (Susie) and redhead (Anne).

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: In play since between June 2021 and July 2022, when Anne Robinson took over as host in June 2021, was the host, giving the show the combination of blonde (Rachel), brunette (Susie) and redhead (Anne).



* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing in 2005 by Creator/DesLynam, who turned the desk over to Des O'Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling was the next host, starting in 2009; he left at the end of 2011 and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]) at the start of 2012. Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a Dictionary Corner guest in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.

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* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing in 2005 by Creator/DesLynam, who turned the desk over to Des O'Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling was the next host, starting in 2009; he left at the end of 2011 and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]) at the start of 2012. Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a Dictionary Corner guest in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. 2021, and, after she left, was replaced by Colin Murray in July 2022, having already hosted it in place of Nick Hewer in 2020/21 when the latter was shielding from Covid-19 and until he was vaccinated.[[note]]Murray himself would have to be covered - firstly by Les Dennis and then Jenny Eclair - after testing positive for Covid.[[/note]] Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.


* '''Conundrum''': Always played as the final round of each episode. The players are shown a collection of nine letters, and the first to buzz-in and rearrange the letters into a single word scores 10 points. If the scores are tied after this round, additional Conundrums are played until the tie is broken. When the scores differ by 10 points or less going into this round, it is called a "Crucial ''Countdown'' Conundrum."

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* '''Conundrum''': Always played as the final round of each episode. The players are shown a collection group of short words totaling nine letters, and the first to buzz-in and rearrange the letters into a single word scores 10 points. If the scores are tied after this round, additional Conundrums are played until the tie is broken. When the scores differ by 10 points or less going into this round, it is called a "Crucial ''Countdown'' Conundrum."


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfa3MHLLSWI&t=167s this]] occurs, Carol nearly dies laughing.


* ThinkMusic: About as iconic in the UK as the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Final Jeopardy!]]'' music is in America, to the point that people who never even watch the show will start humming it as a hint that you need to hurry up and make a decision). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9MytO0O_q0 Have a listen]].

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* ThinkMusic: About as iconic in the UK as the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Final Jeopardy!]]'' music is in America, to the point that people who never even watch the show will start humming it as a hint that you need to hurry up and make a decision). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9MytO0O_q0 com/watch?v=M2dhD9zR6hk Have a listen]].


* UnintentionallyUnwinnable: The numbers round sometimes generates a target that is impossible to reach with the six chosen numbers.

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* UnintentionallyUnwinnable: The numbers round sometimes generates a target that is impossible to reach with the six chosen numbers. If such a feat occurs, then closest to the number wins the points.


* BrainyBrunette: Carol Vorderman.

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* BrainyBrunette: Carol Vorderman. Also Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: In play since Anne Robinson took over as host in June 2021, giving the show the combination of blonde (Rachel), brunette (Susie) and redhead (Anne).


*BrainyBrunette: Carol Vorderman.



* DumbBlonde: Completely averted with Rachel Riley. She studied mathematics at Oxford, graduated with honors, and can often work out an exact solution for the numbers round if neither of the contestants can get it. On the rare occasions that she can't figure one out on the spot, she works on it either during a commercial break or at home.

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* DumbBlonde: Completely averted with Rachel Riley. Riley, who replaced Carol Vorderman as the co-host as of 2009. She studied mathematics at Oxford, graduated with honors, Oxford and can often usually work out an exact solution for the numbers round if neither of the contestants can get it. On the rare occasions that she can't figure one out on the spot, she works on it either during a commercial break or at home.



* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing in 2005 by Des Lynam, who turned the desk over to Des O'Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling was the next host, starting in 2009; he left at the end of 2011 and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]) at the start of 2012. Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a Dictionary Corner guest in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.

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* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing in 2005 by Des Lynam, Creator/DesLynam, who turned the desk over to Des O'Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling was the next host, starting in 2009; he left at the end of 2011 and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]) at the start of 2012. Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a Dictionary Corner guest in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.



* LovelyAssistant: Primarily Carol Vorderman and Rachel Riley, but the earlier seasons had more of them before Carol took over. [[note]]Carol Vorderman's initial role was just that of checking the working out in the numbers round and providing a solution if the contestants couldn't, carrying the humorous (if slightly sexist-sounding) job title "vital statistician"! (She also shared this role with Linda Barrett in the first two series.) Other hostesses were involved in dealing with the letters and numbers tiles. (They included, at various times: Cathy Hytner, Beverley Isherwood, Karen Loughlin and Lucy Summers.)[[/note]] In some seasons of ''8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'', Rachel got her own LovelyAssistant in the shape of Joe Wilkinson.

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* LovelyAssistant: Primarily Carol Vorderman and up to 2008, Rachel Riley, but the earlier seasons had more of them before Carol took over. [[note]]Carol Vorderman's Riley since 2009 [[note]]Carol's initial role was just that of checking the working out in the numbers round and providing a solution if the contestants couldn't, carrying the humorous (if slightly sexist-sounding) job title "vital statistician"! (She also shared this role with Linda Barrett in the first two series.) Other hostesses were involved in dealing with the letters and numbers tiles. (They included, at various times: Cathy Hytner, Beverley Isherwood, Karen Loughlin and Lucy Summers.)[[/note]] Summers)[[/note]]. In some seasons of ''8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'', Rachel got her own LovelyAssistant in the shape of Joe Wilkinson.


* UnwinnableByMistake: The numbers round sometimes generates a target that is impossible to reach with the six chosen numbers.

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* UnwinnableByMistake: UnintentionallyUnwinnable: The numbers round sometimes generates a target that is impossible to reach with the six chosen numbers.


* UnwinnableByDesign: Just occasionally, the numbers round will throw up a target that it's impossible to reach with the available numbers.

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* UnwinnableByDesign: Just occasionally, the UnwinnableByMistake: The numbers round will throw up sometimes generates a target that it's is impossible to reach with the available six chosen numbers.


* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing in 2005 by Des Lynam, who turned the desk over to Des O'Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling was the next host, starting in 2009; he left at the end of 2011 and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]) at the start of 2012. Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a contestant in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.

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* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing in 2005 by Des Lynam, who turned the desk over to Des O'Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling was the next host, starting in 2009; he left at the end of 2011 and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]) at the start of 2012. Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a contestant Dictionary Corner guest in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.


* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing by Des Lynam, then Des O'Connor. Jeff Stelling began hosting the show upon the departure of O'Connor. Stelling left the show in 2012, and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]). Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a contestant in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.

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* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing in 2005 by Des Lynam, then who turned the desk over to Des O'Connor. O'Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling began hosting was the show upon the departure of O'Connor. Stelling next host, starting in 2009; he left at the show in 2012, end of 2011 and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]).Hewer]]) at the start of 2012. Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a contestant in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.


* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing by Des Lynam, then Des O'Connor. Jeff Stelling began hosting the show upon the departure of O'Connor. Stelling left the show in 2012, and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]). Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'', succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.

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* GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley".[[/note]] He was replaced after his passing by Des Lynam, then Des O'Connor. Jeff Stelling began hosting the show upon the departure of O'Connor. Stelling left the show in 2012, and was replaced with Nick Hewer ([[Series/TheApprentice yes,]] ''[[Series/TheApprentice that]]'' [[Series/TheApprentice Nick Hewer]]). Anne Robinson, host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'', ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (and a contestant in 1987), succeeded Hewer after he left in June 2021. Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.

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