Complete the List: the firsts
This page compiles the occasions upon which various things happened for the first time on Complete the List. It's almost certainly incomplete; while assembling and maintaining this archive has given me a pretty good grasp of the show's history, it isn't perfect. I'm always happy to take suggestions for additions; the means by which they can be submitted is on the site's front page.
- First category selected — "The Tools of Ignorance Is Bliss"
- First category doubled — "The Tools of Ignorance Is Bliss," by Harvey Silikovitz
- First response given — Johnny Bench, by Harvey Silikovitz
- First response cribbed — Johnny Bench, by Tova Perlmutter
- First doubled halftime round — Tova Perlmutter
- First winner — Harvey Silikovitz
- First clean sweep — Round 1, "We've Got Chemistry"
- First round doubled by all players — Round 1, "We've Got Chemistry"
- First 48-point round (the maximum possible aggregate total in a three-player game) — Round 1, "We've Got Chemistry"
- First 60+ main game (i.e. pre-final round) — Cody Vest
- First game with three clean sweeps — Round 2, "God Save the King (or Queen)"; Round 4, "Since I Was Born"; Round 6, "Wordful Sketches by Boz"
- First "two-four" (all responses in the six main rounds correct and unique) — Jeff Frank
- First 75+ full game — Jeff Frank
- First final round with all responses correct — Jeff Frank, Ben Ingram, and Dren Rollins
- First final round "bullseyes" (responses within 1% of the target number) — Jeff Frank and Dren Rollins
Episode 4 (released after Episode 5)
- First final round with all responses incorrect — Kaberi Chakrabarty, Trevor Mahoney, and Lisa Schlitt
- First two-contestant game — Bevan Narinesingh vs. Brett Chandler
- First "standard format" halftime — movies, television, music, sports, literature, three history/general questions, in that order
- First "Witness Protection Program" category (re-named) — Round 4, "Sadly, Firefly Would Not Make This List"; previously "No, Ironside Is Not on This List"
- First "runaway" game (a lead of at least 17½ points entering the final round) — Steve Bahnaman
- First listener-submitted category — Round 6, "The Landlord's Game," submitted by David Kendall
- First perfect halftime round — Jeremy Cahnmann
- First playing of a category that was passed three times — Round 3, "Twelve Figures or More"
- First (of only two) instances where two halftime round questions inadvertently referenced the same decade — the second was Episode 66
- First returning players — Lindsey Henry, Cody Vest, and Cory Harris
- First two-time winner — Jeremy Cahnmann
- First final round with an exactly correct response — Jeff Henderson
- First game featuring two-person teams — Mara Apostol & Idris Mercer vs. Natasha Baker-Bradley & Jason Hess vs. Bill & Jamie Logan
- First (and to date, only) "total wipeout," a non-final round in which no points were scored — Round 2, "They Were England's Newest Hitmakers"
- First three-time contestant — Matthew Kimberlin
- First listener-submitted final round — by Lisa Wolfisch, category: "The Last Jedi? Not So Fast!"
- First game with all women as contestants — Miranda Prince, Sally Neumann, and Jill Gilbert
- First game where a category on the Hoffa List was resurrected — Round 2, "Out of This World"
- First "less than twelve items" category (i.e. designed especially for two-player games) — Round 1, "You Done Messed Up, PricewaterhouseCoopers"
- First playing of a category that was passed four times — Round 2, "Not a Lot of Say"
- First "wild pitch" in the final round (response was off the target number by at least a factor of ten) — Dan Felsenheld
- First player to finish first, second, and third in different games — Dan Blake
(Thanks to Jonathan Graham for the suggestion.)
- First halftime round containing a year in the 1800s — question 7
- First instance of a tie entering the final round — Pat Frappier and Matt Carberry; Pat prevailed
- First instance of a tie after the final round, and thus, the first use of the tiebreaker — Jeff Garst and Colby Burnett; Jeff prevailed
- First game not hosted by Andy — he was a contestant, and won
- First two-team game — Ken Pendola & Matt Artz vs. Neal Fischer and Jeff Culver (the four players comprise the team behind the Triviality podcast)
- First (and to date, only) four-contestant game — Jeff Frank, Jeremy Cahnmann, Jason Sterlacci, and Harvey Silikovitz
- First 16-response clean sweep — Round 4, "Seventeen Hundred"
- First three-time winner — Jeremy Cahnmann
- First (and necessarily, only) fourth-place finish — Harvey Silikovitz
- First four-time contestant — Wesley Wells
- First listener-submitted halftime round — by Matt Carberry
- First halftime round containing future years — questions 1, 2, and 7
- First (and to date, only) episode tagged "EXPLICIT" in Apple Podcasts — there were twenty-nine bleeps
- First game hosted by Andy in which he wrote none of the six main categories
- First 16-point (perfect and doubled) halftime round — Kyle Hirshon & Mike Klauss
- First halftime round with all eight years exact — Kyle Hirshon & Mike Klauss
- First themed game — James Bond
- First five-time contestant — Wesley Wells
- First episode where Andy and all of the players were in the same location — Sean Baizana, Jim Brennan, and Jason Broersma; they were in Ottawa, Ontario
Season 2, Episode 2
- First game hosted by Andy in which he wrote none of the eight rounds — Episode 83 is close, but one of the halftime questions was written by Andy
Season 2, Episode 5
- First "double overtime" game — in which a second final question was needed to decide the game, because the two tied players were equally far away in the final round
Season 2, Episode 13
- First episode in which no game was played — the episode was a retrospecive of the show's history to date
Season 3, Episode 1
- First game streamed on Andy's Twitch channel — as part of the Fall 2019 Gamers vs. MS streaming marathon
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