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.
|#||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|