James Kennedy

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James Kennedy, 17 years after his first appearance in Series 77.

James Kennedy was an octochamp in Series 77 who débuted in Series 43.

A retired teacher from Scotland, Kennedy first appeared in 2000 where he blundered on a crucial conundrum and lost by 18 points. He returned 17 years later in another close game. He got a crucial conundrum wrong again, but this time wasn’t costly as he was 7 ahead and Alex Smith comically drew a blank. Kennedy followed with his only century of his run and scored no lower than 83 in his remaining six wins, including a 1-point win over Rania Abdul-Wahab.

As a result of his octochampdom, Kennedy returned for the series finals in December, but in a long and strong series, his total of 736 points was only enough to make him the #7 seed. Despite this, he ran #2-ranked Apterite Bradley Horrocks very close in his quarter-final match, leading him by four points going into the crucial conundrum. However, Horrocks came through with a solution to GYRATIONS, and the game's result would ultimately remain true to the seed table.

Kennedy's cousin, Jane Burns, was a contestant in Series 79.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2843 20/09/2000 P Iain Macdonald 58 – 40 James Kennedy Geoffrey Durham Damian Eadie 74
6690 18/10/2017 P Alex Smith 73 – 80 James Kennedy Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 132
6691 19/10/2017 P James Kennedy 105 – 39 Krishna Shukla Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 136
6692 20/10/2017 P James Kennedy 88 – 41 Dylan Henderson Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 137
6693 23/10/2017 P James Kennedy 83 – 82 Rania Abdul-Wahab Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 135
6694 24/10/2017 P James Kennedy 99 – 46 Ian Currie Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 132
6695 25/10/2017 P James Kennedy 95 – 80 John Oxley John Challis Susie Dent 146
6696 26/10/2017 P James Kennedy 94 – 61 Mary Anderson John Challis Susie Dent 125
6697 27/10/2017 P James Kennedy 92 – 52 Charlie Turner John Challis Susie Dent 113
6731 15/12/2017 QF Bradley Horrocks 86 – 80 James Kennedy Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
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