Paul Keane

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Paul Keane

Paul Keane was an octochamp and semi-finalist who made his debut on 10 November 2011, toward the end of Series 65 (thus also becoming the last octochamp of the Jeff Stelling era). He racked up eight preliminary victories, showing particular skill on conundrums, which he often solved in 1 second or less. Keane was the only Series 65 octochamp to not face any crucial conundrums during his run.

He returned as #3 seed for the finals in December. The niner MODERNISE and other good words helped him to a 96 – 78 defeat of Dave Taylor in the quarter-finals. In the semis, Keane continued to hold up well against Graeme Cole, but Cole ultimately overtook him near the end, and he went down 96 – 71 in a game closer than the scoreline suggests.

He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. After receiving a bye to the first round, he lost his only match to Series 60 semi-finalist Neil Zussman by a score of 99 – 81.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5372 10/11/2011 P Julie Davis 57 – 90 Paul Keane Ken Bruce Susie Dent 127
5373 11/11/2011 P Paul Keane 102 – 70 Siobhan O'Shea Ken Bruce Susie Dent 128
5374 14/11/2011 P Paul Keane 84 – 66 Jack Presswell John Parrott Susie Dent 119
5375 15/11/2011 P Paul Keane 73 – 36 Claire Aizlewood John Parrott Susie Dent 116
5376 16/11/2011 P Paul Keane 86 – 40 Richard Noble John Parrott Susie Dent 119
5377 17/11/2011 P Paul Keane 103 – 31 Nigel Fox John Parrott Susie Dent 118
5378 18/11/2011 P Paul Keane 102 – 53 Jane Wrightson John Parrott Susie Dent 140
5379 21/11/2011 P Paul Keane 104 – 73 Clare Nitman Tim Vine Susie Dent 129
5394 12/12/2011 QF Paul Keane 96 – 78 Dave Taylor Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 132
5397 15/12/2011 SF Graeme Cole 96 – 71 Paul Keane Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 119
5631 29/01/2013 30B1 Paul Keane 81 – 99 Neil Zussman Mark Foster Susie Dent 131
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