When I worked part time in Bath, I was always home in time to switch on the TV and watch a programme called Countdown.
Originally hosted by Richard Whitely, it was a word and numbers puzzles game with a selection of letters from the vowels and consonants pile, and then numbers 1 to 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100.
If you made a word with all 9 letters you got double points, but the highest number of letters used won the round. With the numbers, there was a random computer generated target, and Carol Vorderman was in her element. Most times I could get the target within the 30 seconds allowed.
The final round of the game was the Conundrum. Not exactly an anagram, but nine letters jumbled up and you had to identify the word against the clock and your opponent. I was pretty good at getting it.
Richard Whitely died in June 2005, and Des Lynam took over as presenter, followed by Des O’Connor. I don’t know who took over from him and Carol Vorderman as we haven’t had a TV since 2007.