Dinos Sfyris

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Dinos finds the CoNot 2008 event a bit of a balancing act.
Dinos Sfyris in Series 80, 12 years after his first appearance.
Dinos Sfyris holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy after winning Series 80.

Konstadinos "Dinos" Sfyris was a contestant in Series 57 and an octochamp in and the champion of 80. As of his 2nd appearance, he is a Maths Tutor from Rotherham.

The following year, Sfyris returned to the Countdown world for the unofficial COLIN 2008 tournament. He subsequently appeared at CoNot 2008, CoLei 2008, COLIN 2009, CoLei2, COLIN 2010, CoLei Summer Special, CoLei3, Co:Lon 2011, COLIN 2012 and was the winner of CoNot 2009.

On both 16 December 2009, during a semi-final, and 15 March 2010 during a special, Sfyris was seen on the show again, as the audience member who solved the conundrum when neither contestant could get it. He appeared in another special on 2 August 2010, where he beat Series 59 octochamp Kai Laddiman, this time appearing as Dinos, as opposed to Konstadinos.

Outside of Countdown, Sfyris also appeared on The Weakest Link in 2009, and The Krypton Factor on 2 February 2010. One year later, he appeared on The Chase and Pointless, and then in January 2015 appeared on Tipping Point, followed by an appearance on Two Tribes later that same year. His next TV apperance was The Boss on BBC One in 2018.

Sfyris reappeared on the show in 2019 in Series 80, hitting the ground running with a debut score of 117 points and defeating his rival David Ellis by close to a hundred points. He then followed this victory with 7 more sensational victories with 6 centuries and 2 scores in the 90s, garnering an aggregate score of 918 points. He also spotted impressive 9 letter words such as AMORTISES, DIAPERING, ERECTIONS, and PINAFORES.

As a result of his impressive run, he became the second octochamp of Series 80, and returned in June for the series finals as the number 2 seed. In his quarter-final, he dispatched fellow Series 57 returnee Sandra Pilson, with further 9-letter finds of PROACTIVE and FARMHOUSE helping him to a 118-point total. He then advanced to the semi-finals, facing fellow Apterite Brendan Whitehurst. Despite going wrong in the second numbers, he won 103 - 78 and solved the very difficult conundrum RIPUPROOT. This set up a grand final match between him and record-breaking octochamp and fellow Apterite Elliott Mellor; Countdown’s first contestant to accumulate over 1,000 points in an octorun.

After Mellor discounted FILATURES, Sfyris took the lead with a very difficult six small solve in round 3. He then lost the subsequent letters round by Mellor’s COALISED, but quickly cancelled the damage out by spotting TREASURE in a 5-vowel selection. He extended his gap to 17 with GOATISH, but his lead shrunk to 10 ahead once again when his gamble of forestudy x backfired. His lead held on until a crucial conundrum solve won him the title of Series 80 Champion, twenty volumes of the OED and the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy. Clips of his Grand Final game were shown on Celebrity Gogglebox on 5 July 2019.

Preceded by
Mike Daysley
Series winner
Series 80


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4457 11/10/2007 P John Scott 57 – 99 Konstadinos Sfyris Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 121
4458 12/10/2007 P Konstadinos Sfyris 86 – 42 Georgina Parkinson Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 115
4459 15/10/2007 P Konstadinos Sfyris 87 – 48 Marianne Rowntree Johnny Ball Susie Dent 122
4460 16/10/2007 P Konstadinos Sfyris 76 – 78 Dorian Lidell Johnny Ball Susie Dent 120
S28 2/08/2010 S Kai Laddiman 84 – 90 Dinos Sfyris Gary Osborne Susie Dent 141
7017 22/02/2019 P David Ellis 23 – 117 Dinos Sfyris Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 135
7018 25/02/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 92 – 25 Martin Rose Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 132
7019 26/02/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 130 – 44 Dennis Miller Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 133
7020 27/02/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 137 – 75 Jamie Barron Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 142
7021 28/02/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 98 – 56 Jake Pacifico Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 143
7022 1/03/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 120 – 39 Darren Smith Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 124
7023 4/03/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 119 – 18 Pauline Collard Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 147
7024 5/03/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 105 – 32 Joe Harrington Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 135
7102 21/06/2019 QF Dinos Sfyris 118 – 71 Sandra Pilson Rufus Hound Susie Dent 147
7106 27/06/2019 SF Dinos Sfyris 103 – 78 Brendan Whitehurst Richard Arnold Susie Dent 123
7107 28/06/2019 GF Elliott Mellor 83 – 103 Dinos Sfyris Richard Arnold Susie Dent 131
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