Alan Sinclair

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Alan Sinclair was the champion of Series 32.

He first appeared on Countdown on 29 July 1996, defeating Peter Cottee 49 – 36 in the 21st heat of Series 32. he won 3 more games in impressive fashion before losing 45 – 28 to Craig Douglas. Sinclair's 4 wins were enough to see him return for the finals as #3 seed, where he beat David Ligat in the quarter-finals and 'took revenge' on Craig Douglas in the semi-finals, beating him 55 – 39. In the final, Sinclair took on Dennis Fearon, and after a close-run affair, it came to a crucial conundrum, with Fearon leading 73 – 68. It all looked over for Sinclair as LOSTAGAIN was uncovered and Fearon buzzed in on 3.5 seconds, but his answer of NOSTALGIC was incorrect, the clock was restarted and almost immediately Sinclair buzzed in to give the correct answer of NOSTALGIA, snatching the win and becoming the 32nd champion of Countdown in the process.

Sinclair returned the very next week for Championship of Champions VIII, but was defeated in the first round by eventual winner Chris Rogers.

Sinclair is also a keen Scrabble player.

In 2008, he appeared on the first series of Only Connect as the captain of the "Edinburgh Scrabblers" team. His other members were ex-Countdowners, Simon Gillam and Melanie Beaumont.

Preceded by
David Acton
Series winner
Series 32
Followed by
Harvey Freeman

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
1803 29/07/1996 P Alan Sinclair 49 – 36 Peter Cottee June Whitfield Kendall Clarke 72
1804 30/07/1996 P Alan Sinclair 68 – 17 Eileen Williams June Whitfield Kendall Clarke 73
1805 31/07/1996 P Alan Sinclair 54 – 47 Stephen Cook June Whitfield Kendall Clarke 74
1806 1/08/1996 P Alan Sinclair 65 – 57 Daniel Hodgin June Whitfield Kendall Clarke 85
1807 2/08/1996 P Craig Douglas 45 – 28 Alan Sinclair Philip Franks Susie Dent 85
1843 23/09/1996 QF David Ligat 37 – 45 Alan Sinclair Philip Franks Susie Dent 81
1846 26/09/1996 SF Alan Sinclair 55 – 39 Craig Douglas Philip Franks Susie Dent 70
1847 27/09/1996 GF Alan Sinclair 78 – 73 Dennis Fearon Philip Franks Susie Dent 117
1848 30/09/1996 CQF Alan Sinclair 32 – 60 Chris Rogers Jan Harvey Susie Dent 83
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