'Countdown' Contestant Wins Round By Spelling Out 'Penises'

Ever since it's been possible to doctor images, people have been sharing faked images with rude words on the Countdown answer board. Because why not? It's kind of funny. But the other day, it actually happened for real. Take a look:

Presented with the letters 'FSNUEIPSE', contestants Diane and Toby did their best to turn the jumble into a high scoring word.

Toby came up with 'spines' - a pretty good word but nothing spectacular - but Diane came up with a really good one. Yes, she spelled out a word that would cause a classroom of eight-year-olds (and probably some adults, to be honest) to burst out in a fit of giggles: 'Penises'. Not just one, but many of them.

Sadly, there doesn't seem to be an official collective noun for the word 'penis' but that doesn't matter. The fact is a woman spelled out that word while little old ladies were watching it in the afternoon.

Contestants Diane and Toby (Credit: Channel 4/Countdown)
Contestants Diane and Toby (Credit: Channel 4/Countdown)

In Dictionary Corner, both Susie Dent and special guest Paul Zenon seemed a little bemused, while Rachel Riley gave a wry little smile as she spelled out the word on the board.

A bit later, the 32-year-old TV personality posted a picture of her smirking beside the word and wrote: "They say a picture paints a thousand words, but sometimes all you need is 9 letters."

Her tweet has since been liked and retweeted more than 6,000 times.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

It's not, however, the first time a contestant has spelled out a rude word on the programme - one contestant once won a round by spelling the slightly more offensive 'wanker'.

And while appearing on the show as a guest in Dictionary Corner back in April, Rachel's other half - professional ballroom dancer Pasha Kovalev came up with 'bumhole', prompting Rachel to later screenshot the moment with the caption: "Can't take @PashaKovalev anywhere... This was supposed to be the clean version of the show!"

Also earlier this year, when one contestant spelled 'squirt', Rachel arranged the leftover O, K and I to spell out 'OK I squirt', much to the delight of the Twitterverse. We bet there will be some more rude words spelled out in future episodes, too.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4/Countdown

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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