John Cowen

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John Cowen in Series 77.

John Cowen was an octochamp in Series 77.

The maths graduate debuted on 19 July 2017 in impressive fashion, scoring the third highest total of the whole series on his debut as well as spotting the 9-letter word SPREADING. He missed out on joining the 800 club by 1 point, but nonetheless achieved four centuries and performed well in the numbers rounds in which he chose 6 small in every pick.

As a result of his preliminary success, Cowen returned for the Series 77 finals in December as #3 seed. In his quarter-final match, he thrashed fellow unbeaten player Michael Pfeffer, picking out the nine ANTINODES to prevail 105 – 49. In the semi-finals, he faced Bradley Horrocks, another player who picked 6 small most of the time (although he instead opted for 3 large there). However, his run came to an end after he had an incorrect solution to his final 6 small selection, meaning a crucial conundrum was avoided and gave the former the win by then.

Cowen joined Apterous in March 2018, and made his Co-event debut in Leeds a month later where he reunited with Horrocks. He also knows some Russian.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6626 19/07/2017 P Shabir Alidina 53 – 128 John Cowen Chris Packham Susie Dent 136
6627 20/07/2017 P John Cowen 106 – 24 Tom Blessington Chris Packham Susie Dent 129
6628 21/07/2017 P John Cowen 79 – 38 Raf Seneviratne Chris Packham Susie Dent 136
6629 24/07/2017 P John Cowen 97 – 74 Andrew Alden Chris Packham Susie Dent 125
6630 25/07/2017 P John Cowen 103 – 77 David Marsh Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 141
6631 26/07/2017 P John Cowen 104 – 35 Pete Hall Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 121
6632 27/07/2017 P John Cowen 88 – 64 Sue Wishart Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 133
6633 28/07/2017 P John Cowen 94 – 46 Vivek Mathews Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 121
6732 18/12/2017 QF John Cowen 105 – 49 Michael Pfeffer Rufus Hound Susie Dent 123
6735 21/12/2017 SF Bradley Horrocks 95 – 83 John Cowen Rufus Hound Susie Dent 134
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