Paul Erdunast

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Paul Erdunast during his quarter-final.
Paul Erdunast during his first game.

Paul Erdunast was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 74, winning the highest number of rounds in an octorun in Countdown history with 82 of 120 rounds won. In addition, Erdunast's aggregate winning margin over his eight heat opponents was 625 points, a close second to Dylan Taylor's 628. He was also the eighth contestant in the history of Countdown to solve all eight conundrums during his heat games.

With a total of 925 points over eight games, Erdunast returned in June 2016 as #1 for the series finals. During his quarter-final draw, he swept aside four-time winner Tony Lock with relatively little difficulty, but saw the end of his perfect conundrum record. The semi-finals matched him against octochamp and Apterite Conrad Teixeira. Teixeira played well in this game but could not compete with the scoring power of Erdunast, who gained points in every round and dropped only four points from perfection. This brought Erdunast to the Series 74 grand final, where he faced #3-ranked Ann Dibben. Here, Erdunast kicked off the game with a spot of the nine-letter word UROKINASE, and despite Dibben riposting in Round 4 with PHOBIAS, he held onto and later extended his lead to seal victory prior to the final numbers game. However, Dibben gained the last word by unravelling the conundrum HOLYCIGAR and achieving the highest score by a female contestant in a grand final. With his victory, he became the first person to since Callum Todd in Series 69 to have won a series without having appeared on an earlier series of Countdown.

Preceded by
Jonathan Wynn
Series winner
Series 74
Followed by
Martin Hurst

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6311 18/02/2016 P David Armstrong 32 – 122 Paul Erdunast Richard Arnold Susie Dent 137
6312 19/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 127 – 46 Stuart Moore Richard Arnold Susie Dent 132
6313 22/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 130 – 73 Ben Dali Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 135
6314 23/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 113 – 15 Julie Hall Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 132
6315 24/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 106 – 40 Luke Bates Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 124
6316 25/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 118 – 48 Philip Allen Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 144
6317 26/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 98 – 20 Colin Mills Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 118
6318 29/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 111 – 26 Dave Higgins Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 134
6378 10/06/2016 QF Paul Erdunast 114 – 34 Tony Lock Richard Madeley Susie Dent 132
6382 22/06/2016 SF Paul Erdunast 118 – 91 Conrad Teixeira Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
6384 24/06/2016 GF Paul Erdunast 116 – 105 Ann Dibben Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 135
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