You’re either a Countdown person, or you’re not.

The famous game show attracts bright minds from across the country, inviting them to solve clever word puzzles and number problems.

There have been some nearly impossible sums to work out, but Channel 4 has unearthed what is possibly the most impressive bit of mathematics on the show.

In the first part of the numbers game, James Martin was told to get the number 952.

He had 30 seconds to work out a sequence of calculations using six numbers he chose, to get as close to 952 as possible.

He was to use 25, 50, 75, 100, 3, and 6.

This is how he did it:

100 + 6 = 106

106 x 3 = 318

318 x 75 = 23,850

23,850-50 =23,800




Fans of the show were impressed by the contestant's on-the-fly mathematics

And comparisons were made between Martin and Big Bang Theory's resident genius, Sheldon Cooper


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