Ned Pendleton

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Ned Pendleton

Ned Pendleton was an octochamp and finalist in Series 64. He is a travel enthusiast from London.

Pendleton debuted on 17 February 2011 in a game against Mark Jones. Despite having offered invalid words in the first two rounds, a good performance on the numbers (his preferred selection was 4 large) helped him to a 69 – 62 victory. His next two games were fairly close, but his scores improved and he completed an octochamp run on 28 February, notably also beating Dan McColm, who would become a series champion and CoC runner-up on his return appearance.

He was #5 seed for the quarter-finals, meaning that he drew fellow octochamp Andy McGurn. The game went down to a sudden death conundrum ONIONPIGS, to which Pendleton buzzed in first, but offered SPOONING which was incorrect. McGurn correctly got POISONING, meaning that Pendleton suffered his only ever defeat. He also holds the dubious honour of being the first player to ever guess multiple conundrums incorrectly during the same game (outside of the Countdown Masters).

Pendleton is also Apterite and a member of c4Countdown.

After appearing on the show, he made his CO-event debut at Co:Lon 2011, followed up by an appearance at CobliviLon. In 2015 he appeared on Hive Minds and Only Connect, and in 2019 he appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5207 17/02/2011 P Mark Jones 62 – 69 Ned Pendleton Debra Stephenson Susie Dent 141
5208 18/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 70 – 48 Colin Cox Debra Stephenson Susie Dent 116
5209 21/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 70 – 63 Andy Johnson Mark Foster Susie Dent 119
5210 22/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 92 – 59 Greg Bowler Mark Foster Susie Dent 127
5211 23/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 91 – 83 John Cornforth Mark Foster Susie Dent 122
5212 24/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 89 – 66 Dan McColm Mark Foster Susie Dent 118
5213 25/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 91 – 57 Jon Edmondson Mark Foster Susie Dent 120
5214 28/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 92 – 54 Emmet Masterson Mark Durden-Smith Susie Dent 131
5275 31/05/2011 QF Ned Pendleton 89 – 99* Andy McGurn Gregg Wallace Susie Dent 118
*includes 10 points from tie-break conundrum
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