Kevin McMahon

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Kevin McMahon

Kevin McMahon was an octochamp in Series 44, the last in the 9 round format, and a participant in Championship of Champions XI.

He first appeared on 7 March 2001, aged just fifteen, and quickly rattled off eight high-scoring wins to become an octochamp, the only one of the series. He was the clear #1 seed for the finals, but was unexpectedly defeated in the quarter-final 45 – 50 by John Rainsden.

McMahon returned two years later for Championship of Champions XI, being invited back after Series 46 semi-finalist Paul Ryan was unable to make the studio dates, but lost 99 – 97 to John Rawnsley in the first round.

McMahon is now an Apterite. He is also a competitive Scrabble player and won the prestigious ABSP-organised British Matchplay Championship in 2012, beating fellow Countdown alumnus Paul Gallen in the deciding game.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2963 7/03/2001 P Heather Jenkins 44 – 57 Kevin McMahon Victor Ubogu Richard Samson 74
2964 8/03/2001 P Kevin McMahon 56 – 28 Betty Whitear Victor Ubogu Richard Samson 74
2965 9/03/2001 P Kevin McMahon 52 – 29 Brian Howard Victor Ubogu Richard Samson 74
2966 12/03/2001 P Kevin McMahon 70* – 60 Gareth Fuller Gloria Hunniford Richard Samson 86
2967 13/03/2001 P Kevin McMahon 63 – 25 John Frankel Gloria Hunniford Richard Samson 75
2968 14/03/2001 P Kevin McMahon 68 – 13 Linda Clark Gloria Hunniford Richard Samson 73
2969 15/03/2001 P Kevin McMahon 74 – 52 Mark Sperinck Gloria Hunniford Richard Samson 84
2970 16/03/2001 P Kevin McMahon 68 – 23 Julie Devine Gloria Hunniford Richard Samson 73
3036 21/06/2001 QF Kevin McMahon 45 – 50 John Rainsden Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 72
3393 9/01/2003 CP John Rawnsley 99 – 97 Kevin McMahon Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 141
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum
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