A copper faced a new type of conundrum as he appeared on an edition of the Channel 4 show Countdown.
PC Peter Littleton appeared on the famous game of letters and numbers alongside presenters Nick Hewer, who lives in Northamptonshire, and Rachel Riley yesterday.
PC Littleton, who works in the Wellingborough Rural Safer Community Team, started off strongly, staying neck and neck with his opponenent for the first few rounds.
But a couple of winning words from his rival, who also worked out the final conundrum of lapdances was landscape, saw him lose 85-69.
Despite not winnning the Countdown crown, there was no shame for the officer who put up a good fight and showed his number crunching skills are pretty impressive.
He also went home with a selection of Countdown goodies.
The officer travelled to Manchester to film the programme in February and is hoping his appearance on the show will raise money for the C2C Charitable Trust, a Christian charity which provides practical and pastoral support to offenders.
PC Littleton said: “It was an amazing experience.
“It was the first time in my life I have had to go to a make-up room, but it was all part of the experience. They want you looking your best on screen.
“I sat in my make-up chair and the person next to me was Rachel Riley, she was chatting away while they were sorting me out.
“I got to meet Nick Hewer and had a chat with him after the show.
“They are all just really nice, down-to-earth people.
“I had a great time.”
Speaking about his time on the show, PC Littleton said: “I was pleased with my performance, I didn’t embarrass myself.
“The one thing you don’t want to do is end up with an all-time low score or getting beaten on every round.
“I was pleased with some of the words I got, all in all it was a marvellous experience.”
PC Littleton was on duty when the show aired yesterday, but was hoping to be able to watch it in the canteen at Wellingborough Police Station with his colleagues.
PC Littleton is hoping to raise £1,000 for the C2C Charitable Trust, a Christian charity providing practical and pastoral support to offenders, helping them turn away from crime. Staff and volunteers work on various projects, including giving talks in schools and providing a listening ear in police stations.
The officer is hoping to raise £1,000.