Thats numberwang

From 1997 - James Martin's Numbers Game - This has got to be the most amazing numbers game answer ever - This video was originally hosted on another account. However, after his account was closed I thought I would upload this video. - All copyright remains with Yorkshire Television and ITV Productions - PLEASE COMMENT!

Rachel Riley could have done 318 x 75

:All I got was tnetennba.

:What's the point of having a game show that makes you use your actual brain? - A Concerned American

:The Australian version of Countdown is called 'Letters and Numbers' I think, who here thinks it should be called Count-Down Under?

:THATS NUMBERWANG

:I was happy with my 950.

:I can see how he did it without knowing what 318 * 75 was. What he essentially did was ((318 * 75) - 50)/25 which, simplified, is the same as 318 * (75/25) - (50/25) which is 318 * 3 - 2. which is 952. Very clever.

:Rumour has it, he's still getting noshed off by all the grannies in the audience that day

:Yeah but can he do it on a cold tuesday night in Stoke?!

:the american version of this game was cancelled in 17 minutes due to mass inability to think.

:Gerald’s delivery of his 953 answer was just so funny after all of that

:This is how uk men in the 90's stated their dominance, 4 from the top is just madness hahaha.

:I just love how much Carol is laughing and enjoying this

:There is always someone out there cleverer than yourself.

:While watching this as a kid i always wondered why they bothered having an entire clock if they only used half of it.

:that's how you get Vorderman into bed

:funny seeing people posting easier solutions, they had all the time needed to come up with their solution, on the show you get 30 seconds.

:I got: fourfty + eleventy = twelvety-ten

:So this is how the show looked before the current host and Rachel Riley. Interesting. By the way. WTF was up with that calculation?? Geez! Anyway. He got it...

:Obviously he mastered those manipulations of the big numbers, that's why he asks for all of them. So there are 3 variables instead of 7. It's a great strategy. I wish my brain could wrap around that logic more intuitively. It was clear he made an equation so he didn't have to do all the multiplication and division, but I would have no idea how to do that.

:Nice work James, Carol is now damp!

:Anyone notice, no whooping from the audience. Ah, those were the days.

:318 * 3 is the same as 318 * (75/25) which gives 954. He just needed to get rid of 2 in the division by using that 50. That's why he didn't know the answer to the multiplication.

:I'm an intellectual because this was in my recommended. *updates CV

:Carol's laugh is more funny than the outrageous sum, she has a good sense of humour.

:Carol was pushed beyond her design specs and started to break up.

:"Yes, same way Richard. Yup.". [eats evidence to the contrary]

:That's Numbawang!!

:pretty good. Im quite good myself i can multiply any two numbers. for example.. 3 multiplied by 4 is 12. And i can do that in real life pretty quick. not quite as good as this guy.. but still good.

:While this is impressive there's actually another way to get it without venturing into such big numbers. This is how I got it, I can't imagine I'm the only one. 75 x 6 = 450 450 / 50 = 9 100 + 3 = 103 103 x 9 = 927 927 + 25 = 952 To me this was easier to see than the way he got it.

:Sheldon later went to star in the sitcom 'the Big Bang theory'

:Do you think that Carol was told in her earpiece 23,850?

:Numberwang!

:add all the numbers together and reverse the order

:I dunno whether you are allowed to square numbers, but i would have done... 75/25=3, 3^2 = 9, 9*100 = 900, 6/3=2, then 900+50+2 = 952.

:Would have been great if the other guy had got a bucket of custard dunked on his head. That would have been a bit more in keeping with the spirit of of TV gameshows.

:Am I the only one thinks if there's no 100 up there, it's too hard to bother with hahaha

:To be honest it’s not hard to see what he’s done without actually having to know the value of 318 x 75: He saw that 318 x 3 = 954. What he needed was a way to multiply by 3 and subtract 2. 75/25 = 3. He has no way of getting a 2 to work with at this stage so he had the ingenious idea of subtracting 50 first, and since 50/25 = 2, it would have the overall effect of taking 2 from the final answer to get 952. Like this: (3-8 x 75 - 50)1/25 = (318 x 3 - 2) = 952. Not so bad. Beautiful though.

:75 * 6 = 450 450 / 50 = 9 100 + 3 = 103 103 * 9 = 927 927 + 25 = 952 easier

:A TV host that can do math? Good on you, Brits

:i was sent here by a father and son who raced atop dominoes

:Carol: That is 318 James: Now multiply that by 75 Carol: and then you're going to divide that right? James: Yes, but not right away Carol: ... Carol: What will you divide it by? James: 25, but before that I want to subtract 50 Carol: You mean we have to actually work out this value? Pretty epic answer.

:This passes as a game show in Britain what an odd amazing bunch

:The clip kind of looks older than 1997. Didn't realise Susie Dent has been on the show for so long. She has aged quite well and her demeanor seems unchanged.

:Been avoiding this video on my recommended for weeks, Finally decided to click on it and I'm not disappointed!! 😮

:Carol "you want to multiply by 75?" Maths genius" yes, that's exactly what we're doing" Carol: *throffing intensifies*

:That's numberwang!

:I WAS SENT HER *SQUISH*

:Ah Karen Venderman, I'll never forget her.

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