Heather Styles

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Heather Styles

Heather Styles was an octochamp in and the runner-up of Series 67, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions XIV.

Styles began her Countdown career on 7 November 2012. In her début appearance against Philip Jackson, her spot of the impressive nine-letter word PLANETOID helped her to a final score of 114, the highest of the series. She proceeded to win seven more heats, getting no further centuries but also no scores below 82, to complete an octochamp run and become #3 seed for the series finals. After seeing off the quarter-final challenge of Tia Corkish rather easily, she came up against #2 seed David Barnard in the semis. Styles beat him with ISOLATED and MATERIEL, but he fought back with SEDATING to make the scores dead level going into the crucial conundrum BLUEINDIA. Styles solved this to advance to the grand final. Here, however, she emerged runner-up after falling to #1 scorer Paul James.

Styles returned to Countdown in January 2016 as a participant in Championship of Champions XIV. In her opening game here, she notably spotted UNREALIST, a nine-letter word only added in the most recent OED update. However, her opponent, the Series 68 champion Giles Hutchings, found a niner here too and was indomitable in all other rounds, dropping only three points from perfection, and Hutchings emerged the winner 132 – 73.

Styles' mother, Phyllis, was a six-time winner in Series 65.

She is an Apterite who attended CO:REA and CobliviLon.

In 2014, she appeared as a contestant in the revival of Fifteen to One.

Preceded by
Jonathan Rawlinson
Series runner-up
Series 67
Followed by
Jack Hurst

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5584 7/11/2012 P Philip Jackson 65 – 114 Heather Styles Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 138
5585 8/11/2012 P Heather Styles 89 – 67 Rhondda McCracken Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 132
5586 9/11/2012 P Heather Styles 98 – 56 Keith Walton Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 139
5587 12/11/2012 P Heather Styles 87 – 65 Tracy Turner Connie Fisher Susie Dent 129
5588 13/11/2012 P Heather Styles 82 – 73 Alma Cox Connie Fisher Susie Dent 118
5589 14/11/2012 P Heather Styles 89 – 49 Max Plaice Connie Fisher Susie Dent 119
5590 15/11/2012 P Heather Styles 88 – 20 Stuart Gillespie Connie Fisher Susie Dent 120
5591 19/11/2012 P Heather Styles 90 – 57 Mike Whinnerah Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 132
5610 17/12/2012 QF Tia Corkish 65 – 100 Heather Styles Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 119
5613 20/12/2012 SF Heather Styles 91 – 81 David Barnard Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 117
5614 21/12/2012 GF Heather Styles 51 – 106 Paul James Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 118
6279 5/01/2016 CP Heather Styles 73 – 132 Giles Hutchings Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 135
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