Countdown contestant left Carol Vorderman impressed with speedy maths answer

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Countdown is a beloved show that has managed to keep us thrilled despite being all about number and word tasks.

In fact, in 2014, the show entered the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most series of a TV game show broadcast.

This game show is known for its intense quizzes and tough questions, especially in the maths rounds.

Over the years, we watched with bated breath as contestants try to crack complex math puzzles given by Countdown hosts Carol Vorderman and Rachel Riley.

Every once in a while, contestant stuns everyone with their sheer math prowess as they solve these numerical riddles with ease.

In fact, some of the trickiest and toughest questions have been solved in under 30 seconds, stunning the hosts, along with everyone else in the audience.

The Mirror looked at some of these incredible moments we've seen over the years, and the players responsible for getting to a solution.

'Maths wizard'

James had 30 seconds use the numbers 25, 50, 75, 100, 3, and 6 to calculate how to get as close to 952 as possible.

Here's how he did it:

100 + 6 = 106

106 x 3 = 318

318 x 75 = 23,850

23,850-50 =23,800

23,800/25

=

952

'Terrific' George

In October 2014, George was tasked with using 1, 2, 25 and 100, as well as 75 and 50, to get to 940.

George managed it by doing:

75 x 25 = 1875

He then added one for 1876, before multiplying by 50 for 93800, and divided by 100 to give 938, before adding 2.

"Well done!" exclaimed Rachel Riley.

"Terrific George," said Nick Hewer.

'Where did we find this guy?'

To get 813, Carol tasked two contestants with using 1, 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100.

John said he had 813, using:

75 – 10 = 65

65 x 25 = 1625

1625 + 1 = 1626

1626 x 50 = 81300

81300 divided by 100 = 813

"Where did we find this guy?" asked Richard Whiteley.

  • Carol Vorderman
  • Rachel Riley
  • Maths-Whizz

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