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* CatchPhrase: Several, used by the various hosts to start the clock: "Stand by," "Clock time," "And here's the countdown clock," and sometimes just "Countdown."


In January 2012, the stars of the panel comedy show ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' did an AffectionateParody of ''Countdown'' for the Channel 4 Mashup event, which mixed one show with another for one night of hilarity. It was titled -- wait for it -- ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''. It proved so popular that it eventually became a series in its own right, premiering in July 2013.

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In January 2012, the stars of the panel comedy show ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' did an AffectionateParody of ''Countdown'' for the Channel 4 Mashup event, which mixed one show with another for one night of hilarity. It was titled -- wait for it -- ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''. It proved so popular that it eventually became a series in its own right, right (and in fact has more or less replaced the original ''8 Out of 10 Cats'' completely), premiering in July 2013.

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* 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 air, she works on it at home.

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* ImpossiblePickleJar: During one of the countdowns in ''8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown'', Jimmy pulled out an enormous jar of pickles from under the desk and attempted to open it, using an assortment of increasingly unlikely tools. In the dying seconds, Rachel walked over and opened it for him, causing him to comment "I loosened that".


''Countdown'' is based on a [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] game much more straightforwardly titled ''The Numbers and Letters'' (''Des chiffres et des lettres'').

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''Countdown'' is based on a [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] game much more straightforwardly titled ''The Numbers and Letters'' (''Des chiffres et des lettres'').
lettres''). There is also an Australian version titled ''Letters and Numbers'', to avoid confusion with the [[NamesTheSame Australian program titled]] ''Countdown'', a music video show (see below).

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*** Subverted on some seasons of ''8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'', where Rachel got her own LovelyAssistant in the shape of Joe Wilkinson.

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* HiddenDepths: One episode had the contestants write poems for a guest appearance by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cooper_Clarke John Cooper Clarke]]. Johnny Vegas' poem [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JADmrVVz3bI got a standing ovation from most of the panel]], including Clarke himself.


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[[caption-width-right:350:...and the ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown'' logo.]]



In January 2012, the stars of the panel comedy show ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' did an AffectionateParody of ''Countdown'' for the Channel 4 Mashup event, which mixed one show with another for one night of hilarity. It was titled - wait for it - ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''. It proved so popular that it eventually became a series in its own right, premiering in July 2013.

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In January 2012, the stars of the panel comedy show ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' did an AffectionateParody of ''Countdown'' for the Channel 4 Mashup event, which mixed one show with another for one night of hilarity. It was titled - -- wait for it - -- ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''. It proved so popular that it eventually became a series in its own right, premiering in July 2013.


* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The ''Countdown'' Conundrum. It becomes a "Crucial ''Countdown'' Conundrum" if the players' scores differ by 10 or less.

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The ''Countdown'' Conundrum. It becomes a "Crucial ''Countdown'' Conundrum" if the players' scores differ by 10 or less.


** Before Channel 4 there was also an earlier incarnation, ''Calendar Countdown'' which was shown only on Yorkshire Television as an offshoot of regional news programme ''Calendar''. If the pilot (kicking around YouTube somewhere) is anything to go by, the format was a lot different, with rounds not making it into the more famous Channel 4 incarnation and the clock ran for 45 seconds.

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** Before Channel 4 there was also an earlier incarnation, ''Calendar Countdown'' which was shown only on Yorkshire Television as an offshoot of regional news programme ''Calendar''. If the pilot (kicking around YouTube Website/YouTube somewhere) is anything to go by, the format was a lot different, with rounds not making it into the more famous Channel 4 incarnation and the clock ran for 45 seconds.


In January 2012, the stars of the panel comedy show ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' did an AffectionateParody of ''Countdown'', entitled - wait for it - ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''. It proved so popular that it eventually became a series in its own right, premiering in July 2013.

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In January 2012, the stars of the panel comedy show ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' did an AffectionateParody of ''Countdown'', entitled ''Countdown'' for the Channel 4 Mashup event, which mixed one show with another for one night of hilarity. It was titled - wait for it - ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''. It proved so popular that it eventually became a series in its own right, premiering in July 2013.

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* RunningGag: On the ''8 Out of 10 Cats'' edition, Nick Helm's [[StalkerWithACrush frighteningly aggressive]] crush on Susie Dent.


** 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]]).

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** GameShowHost: Richard Whiteley is the most well-known well-known.[[note]]He was also a presenter on Yorkshire Television's regional news programme ''Calendar'', earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley"[[/note]]. 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]]). Creator/JimmyCarr naturally hosts ''8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown''.


No relation to the 1968 Creator/RobertAltman film, the Australian music show, the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', or the weekly comic series that was later re-titled ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.

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No relation to the 1968 Creator/RobertAltman film, the Australian music show, the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', ''Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', or the weekly comic series that was later re-titled ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.

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