Jonathan Wynn

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Jonathan Wynn in Series 73.
Jonathan Wynn in Series 63.

Jonathan Wynn was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 73 who debuted in Series 63. He has also been an Apterite since 2009, and is a regular Co:event player.

In his first show, Wynn showed some strong word knowledge but lost on the crucial conundrum WINTERNUT. He returned to the programme ten series later, and after more practice on Apterous, he carded a century in all eight of his heat wins. However, he ended up ranked number 2 seed for the finals, with his octotal of 922 being one short of Thomas Carey’s 923. Luckily, for Wynn, Carey would go on to crumble under the pressure and suffer elimination in his semi-final.

Wynn is notable as the first octochamp to have always been ahead of his opponent in all 120 rounds of his run. He continued this pattern into the finals, having a higher score than his quarter-final opponent, 6-time winner Liam Moloney, at every juncture (although Wynn failed to get a century there). This record only ended in his semi-final, in which both he and Stephen Briggs scored in the first round; ironically, in this game, Wynn would go on to achieve his highest total score so far, and was denied the new 15-round record score on a wrong answer to the conundrum LIDLTENSE.

The next day, Wynn faced the numbers whizz Matthew Tassier in the grand final. After Tassier could only come up with the invalid waiged x in round 4, he turned it round with his specialist 6-small choice in round 6 to take a 4-point lead. Wynn later regained the lead with REQUIEM in round 12 and SALMONID (beating Tassier’s disallowed offering of mondials x) in round 13, but Tassier’s 6-small pick beat Wynn again, forcing a crucial conundrum. However, neither player could unravel TTHESCORE, giving Wynn the win and the championship after a close “letters vs numbers” nail-biter.

Preceded by
Tom Cappleman
Series winner
Series 73
Followed by
Paul Erdunast

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5072 1/07/2010 P Ryan Loughborough 77 – 74 Jonathan Wynn Tim Vine Susie Dent 132
6194 24/08/2015 P Chris Roy 30 – 100 Jonathan Wynn Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 136
6195 25/08/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 107 – 46 Mark Ainsley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 123
6196 26/08/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 111 – 55 Steve Heeney Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 124
6197 27/08/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 119 – 49 Will Irvine Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 122
6198 28/08/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 112 – 79 Daniel Morris Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 132
6199 31/08/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 131 – 55 Paul Curtayne Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6200 1/09/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 113 – 65 David Vernon Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6201 2/09/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 129 – 33 Hannah Short Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 132
6272 16/12/2015 QF Jonathan Wynn 90 – 84 Liam Moloney David Baddiel Susie Dent 122
6276 22/12/2015 SF Jonathan Wynn 134 – 100 Stephen Briggs Tim Rice Susie Dent 157
6277 23/12/2015 GF Jonathan Wynn 98 – 94 Matthew Tassier Tim Rice Susie Dent 130
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