Barry Grossman

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Barry Grossman was the Series 21 champion, and was a contestant in the 30th Birthday Championship.

He was a Glaswegian living and working in London, first appeared aged 35 on Countdown midway through Series 21, defeating Nick Saloman 62 – 53 on his debut on 14 February 1991. Grossman won four more games before losing his 6th to Gillian Tickle 54 – 51, but his scores were high enough to ensure him a place in the final rounds as #3 seed. He defeated Adam Simmons in the quarter-final, before 'gaining revenge' by defeating Gillian Tickle 59 – 44 in the semi-final. Despite having his first word disallowed, Grossman dominated the final against Jackie McLeod, winning 99 – 67 to become the 21st series champion.

Grossman returned in 1993 for Championship of Champions VI, but was beaten in the first round by Robert Teuton.

Grossman also participated in the Supreme Championship in 1996, beating Robert Violett and Brian Hudson before being beaten in the group finals by eventual winner Harvey Freeman.

He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. He won his first match in a rematch of the Series 21 final against Jackie McLeod by a score of 79 – 65, before losing to Series 6 champion Darryl Francis on a crucial conundrum.

Grossman is also a Scrabble expert, and has appeared under a different name on Fifteen to One. He has also written several books on Scrabble.

Preceded by
Liz Barber
Series winner
Series 21
Followed by
Chris Waddington
Grossman the Scrabble player a few years later.


Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
1101 14/02/1991 P Nick Saloman 53 – 62 Barry Grossman Simon Williams Alexandra Clayton 74
1102 15/02/1991 P Beatrice Syms 44 – 48 Barry Grossman Richard Stilgoe Alexandra Clayton 71
1103 18/02/1991 P Dave Dinsmore 20 – 49 Barry Grossman Richard Stilgoe Alexandra Clayton 73
1104 19/02/1991 P Val Carter 35 – 69 Barry Grossman Richard Stilgoe Alexandra Clayton 70
1105 20/02/1991 P Richard Foster 34 – 47 Barry Grossman Richard Stilgoe Alexandra Clayton 70
1106 21/02/1991 P Gillian Tickle 54 – 51 Barry Grossman Richard Stilgoe Alexandra Clayton 70
1128 25/03/1991 QF Adam Simmons 23 – 60 Barry Grossman Brian Johnston Richard Samson 75
1131 28/03/1991 SF Gillian Tickle 44 – 59 Barry Grossman Brian Johnston Richard Samson 74
1132 29/03/1991 GF Jackie McLeod 67 – 99 Barry Grossman Sally James, Brian Johnston Richard Samson 117
1331 7/01/1993 CQF Barry Grossman 50 – 55 Robert Teuton Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 72
1870 30/10/1996 cQF Barry Grossman 48 – 42 Robert Violett June Whitfield Susie Dent 84
1873 4/11/1996 cSF Barry Grossman 52 – 51 Brian Hudson Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 70
1874 5/11/1996 cF Barry Grossman 37 – 44 Harvey Freeman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 73
5621 15/01/2013 30BP Jackie McLeod 65 – 79 Barry Grossman Martin Lewis Susie Dent 119
5638 7/02/2013 30B1 Darryl Francis 82 – 63 Barry Grossman Kate Adie Susie Dent 118
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