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Rachel Riley teases fans with Countdown conundrum hinting at second child

TV presenter and maths whizz took to Twitter with the heavy hint that she is expecting again

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Countdown presenter Rachel Riley teased her fans with a cute conundrum to announce she is pregnant with her second child.

The 35-year-old is married to professional dancer Pasha Kovalev, 40, after the pair met on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. 

Riley – who is already mum to one-year-old daughter Maven – shared the news over Twitter to her nearly 669K-strong legion of followers.

She wrote: ‘A special teatime teaser! ‘And your clue is… Riley had this to thank for the reason her clothes no longer fit her… ‘And it’ll only get worse till Autumn! ‘Happy, happy days for our little family @pashakovalev and future big sister Mave.’

The TV personality, who is also an antisemitism campaigner, revealed the answer to her hilarious conundrum, jumbled up as “Fitt Riley”, was the more than appropriate word, “fertility”.

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