Series 51

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The Series 51 finalists with the presenters and Dictionary Corner.

Series 51 ran from January 2004 to June 2004. The fifty-first of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley was won by Stewart Holden. This was also the first series in which the Oxford Dictionary Of English (2nd Edition) was used.

Holden qualified as #1 seed by a large margin, but had a struggle against Nicole Hutchings and only won by 5 points, thanks to his spot of PENTODE in round 11, followed by MANICURE in round 13. Sweyn Kirkness was beaten by Steve Graston when Graston took the points from the last numbers game, meaning that the conundrum was irrelevant. Gary Male survived narrowly on the crucial conundrum GEOLOGIST when his opponent John Jeffrey couldn't solve it. Nik Von Uexkull fell foul of Richard Pay thanks to another unsolved crucial conundrum.

In the semi-finals, Holden never looked like losing with great finds like BEAUTIES and DINOSAUR, but hurt his own score with the disallowed gelatos ☓. Steve Graston made a great start against Gary Male, and never looked like losing despite a brave fightback from Male, who spotted, UNPAIRED and SALUTE in the last three letters rounds, Graston was too far ahead and it was too little too late.

The final was a close game, despite a disallowed word Graston lead by 1 point after 10 rounds, but was beaten in rounds 11 and 12 by PROSAIC and WALDOES. Graston could still win if Holden would slip up on the final numbers game, but the final numbers was easily solved and Holden avoided a crucial conundrum. As the conundrum LAYONEEGG was revealed, Holden buzzed in quickly with GENEALOGY and won the series unbeaten, with 8 centuries in 11 games.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Stewart Holden 8 870
2 Sweyn Kirkness 8 765
3 Gary Male 8 750
4 Nik Von Uexkull 8 749
5 Richard Pay 8 732
6 John Jeffrey 7 693
7 Steve Graston 5 586
8 Nicole Hutchings 4 444

Between Series 39 and Series 63, players are sorted by number of wins then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums aren't counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by highest score.


Finals progress

Stewart Holden (1) vs Nicole Hutchings (8) Stewart Holden (1) vs Richard Pay (5) Stewart Holden (1)
vs
Steve Graston (7)
Richard Pay (5) vs Nik Von Uexkull (4)
Gary Male (3) vs John Jeffrey (6) Gary Male (3) vs Steve Graston (7)
Steve Graston (7) vs Sweyn Kirkness (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3615 5/01/2004 P Steve Graston 115 – 67 Mal Myers Eve Pollard Susie Dent 129
3616 6/01/2004 P Steve Graston 96 – 42 Hossein B Zadeh Eve Pollard Susie Dent 117
3617 7/01/2004 P Steve Graston 80 – 94 Gail Wood Eve Pollard Susie Dent 119
3618 8/01/2004 P Gail Wood 64 – 93 Margaret Murphy Eve Pollard Susie Dent 129
3619 9/01/2004 P Margaret Murphy 85 – 74 Kay Heath Eve Pollard Susie Dent 123
3620 12/01/2004 P Margaret Murphy 88 – 26 Peter Ernest Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 133
3621 13/01/2004 P Margaret Murphy 80 – 89 Jean Bridge Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 132
3622 14/01/2004 P Jean Bridge 89 – 70 Dermot MacHugh Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 121
3623 15/01/2004 P Jean Bridge 78 – 83 Dennis Shepherd Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 142
3624 16/01/2004 P Dennis Shepherd 59 – 65 Evelyn Schofield Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 123
3625 19/01/2004 P Evelyn Schofield 87 – 26 Tom Jamieson Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 129
3626 20/01/2004 P Evelyn Schofield 67 – 57 Samantha Cooper Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 119
3627 21/01/2004 P Evelyn Schofield 91 – 64 John Delaney Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 153
3628 22/01/2004 P Evelyn Schofield 64 – 96 Eric Wright Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 132
3629 23/01/2004 P Eric Wright 78 – 70 Julie Cope Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 133
3630 26/01/2004 P Eric Wright 123 – 66 Jonathan De Souza Esther Rantzen Alison Heard 151
3631 27/01/2004 P Eric Wright 69 – 73 Chris Brown Esther Rantzen Alison Heard 121
3632 28/01/2004 P Chris Brown 89 – 82 Jill Ramsay Esther Rantzen Alison Heard 141
3633 29/01/2004 P Chris Brown 93 – 75 Norman MacKenzie Esther Rantzen Alison Heard 142
3634 30/01/2004 P Chris Brown 70 – 80 Adrian Daniel Esther Rantzen Alison Heard 131
3635 2/02/2004 P Adrian Daniel 56 – 85 Ariane Sherine Keith Barron Susie Dent 123
3636 3/02/2004 P Ariane Sherine 91 – 60 Chris Philpot Keith Barron Susie Dent 131
3637 4/02/2004 P Ariane Sherine 61 – 64 Paul Habershon Keith Barron Susie Dent 129
3638 5/02/2004 P Paul Habershon 42 – 94 Sue Babb Keith Barron Susie Dent 130
3639 6/02/2004 P Sue Babb 61 – 95 Richard Pay Keith Barron Susie Dent 121
3640 9/02/2004 P Richard Pay 105 – 51 Andy Cowie Michael Aspel Susie Dent 123
3641 10/02/2004 P Richard Pay 70 – 62 Cathy Doyle Michael Aspel Susie Dent 139
3642 11/02/2004 P Richard Pay 90 – 69 Kirk Bevins Michael Aspel Susie Dent 111
3643 12/02/2004 P Richard Pay 102 – 74 Sue Booton Michael Aspel Susie Dent 132
3644 13/02/2004 P Richard Pay 89 – 82 Peter Thompson Michael Aspel Susie Dent 122
3645 16/02/2004 P Richard Pay 79 – 77 Claire Whitaker Eric Knowles Susie Dent 130
3646 17/02/2004 P Richard Pay 102 – 72 David Gordon Eric Knowles Susie Dent 123
3647 18/02/2004 P John Hayward 71 – 66 Tony Bridge Eric Knowles Susie Dent 121
3648 19/02/2004 P John Hayward 54 – 92 Victoria Thompson Eric Knowles Susie Dent 129
3649 20/02/2004 P Victoria Thompson 78 – 87 Philip Aelberry Eric Knowles Susie Dent 140
3650 23/02/2004 P Philip Aelberry 45 – 115 Stewart Holden Jimmy Carr Susie Dent 129
3651 24/02/2004 P Stewart Holden 108 – 21 Fiona Scott Jimmy Carr Susie Dent 119
3652 25/02/2004 P Stewart Holden 94 – 52 Matt Dent Jimmy Carr Susie Dent 131
3653 26/02/2004 P Stewart Holden 113 – 31 Pamela Moffat Jimmy Carr Susie Dent 128
3654 27/02/2004 P Stewart Holden 116 – 35 Mike Collins Jimmy Carr Susie Dent 131
3655 1/03/2004 P Stewart Holden 108 – 84 Mo Janson Ken Bruce Susie Dent 132
3656 2/03/2004 P Stewart Holden 137 – 68 Anna Briggs Ken Bruce Susie Dent 139
3657 3/03/2004 P Stewart Holden 79 – 73 Martin Rigby Ken Bruce Susie Dent 116
3658 4/03/2004 P Krista Simpson 73 – 87 Ben Phillips Ken Bruce Susie Dent 131
3659 5/03/2004 P Ben Phillips 63 – 81 Jon Jacobs Ken Bruce Susie Dent 134
3660 8/03/2004 P Jon Jacobs 87 – 59 Simon Macaulay Jan Ravens Susie Dent 131
3661 9/03/2004 P Jon Jacobs 83 – 80 Sue Picken Jan Ravens Susie Dent 118
3662 10/03/2004 P Jon Jacobs 77 – 93 Steve Hyde Jan Ravens Susie Dent 152
3663 11/03/2004 P Steve Hyde 97 – 72 Anna Daws Jan Ravens Susie Dent 120
3664 12/03/2004 P Steve Hyde 92 – 93 Andy Page Jan Ravens Susie Dent 120
3665 22/03/2004 P Andy Page 106 – 33 Sandra Moore Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 124
3666 23/03/2004 P Andy Page 74 – 92 Gary Male Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 122
3667 24/03/2004 P Gary Male 104 – 50 Paul Kennedy Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 122
3668 25/03/2004 P Gary Male 92 – 66 Chris Gentry Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 141
3669 26/03/2004 P Gary Male 84 – 54 Anne Course Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 129
3670 29/03/2004 P Gary Male 84 – 83 Laurence Scott Philip Franks Susie Dent 123
3671 30/03/2004 P Gary Male 90 – 60 Nick Allies Philip Franks Susie Dent 119
3672 31/03/2004 P Gary Male 112 – 36 Lorna Griffiths Philip Franks Susie Dent 143
3673 1/04/2004 P Gary Male 92 – 87 Greg Bryce Philip Franks Susie Dent 129
3674 2/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 86 – 43 John D Hall Philip Franks Susie Dent 134
3675 5/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 81 – 72 James Nunan Emma Forbes Susie Dent 129
3676 6/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 85 – 68 Anne Callender Emma Forbes Susie Dent 133
3677 7/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 86 – 69 Leon Lewis Emma Forbes Susie Dent 133
3678 8/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 96 – 55 Dwain Tudor Emma Forbes Susie Dent 119
3679 9/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 85 – 66 Colin Jacobs Emma Forbes Susie Dent 130
3680 12/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 107 – 51 Hilary Halter John Craven Susie Dent 122
3681 13/04/2004 P John Jeffrey 67 – 74 Sean Jessop John Craven Susie Dent 118
3682 14/04/2004 P Sean Jessop 88 – 83 Andrew Kirkham John Craven Susie Dent 130
3683 15/04/2004 P Sean Jessop 72 – 79 Nicole Hutchings John Craven Susie Dent 131
3684 16/04/2004 P Nicole Hutchings 92 – 71 Dennis McGarry John Craven Susie Dent 129
3685 19/04/2004 P Nicole Hutchings 102 – 71 Matt Baker Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
3686 20/04/2004 P Nicole Hutchings 94 – 68 David Minor Richard Digance Susie Dent 127
3687 21/04/2004 P Nicole Hutchings 77 – 97 Nik Von Uexkull Richard Digance Susie Dent 129
3688 22/04/2004 P Nik Von Uexkull 71 – 66 Helen Waterston Richard Digance Susie Dent 121
3689 23/04/2004 P Nik Von Uexkull 89 – 70 Keith Wade Richard Digance Susie Dent 120
3690 26/04/2004 P Nik Von Uexkull 95 – 61 Tricia Anderson Paul Zenon Susie Dent 127
3691 27/04/2004 P Nik Von Uexkull 114 – 56 David Harlow Paul Zenon Susie Dent 133
3692 28/04/2004 P Nik Von Uexkull 100 – 68 John Britton Paul Zenon Susie Dent 138
3693 29/04/2004 P Nik Von Uexkull 78 – 37 Gillian Beal Paul Zenon Susie Dent 131
3694 30/04/2004 P Nik Von Uexkull 105 – 67 Conor Owens Paul Zenon Susie Dent 132
3695 3/05/2004 P Anju Keetharuth 71 – 94 Del Smith Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 124
3696 4/05/2004 P Del Smith 79 – 61 Judy Mugleston Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 120
3697 5/05/2004 P Del Smith 58 – 104 Sweyn Kirkness Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 123
3698 6/05/2004 P Sweyn Kirkness 96 – 49 Marcus Alder Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 124
3699 7/05/2004 P Sweyn Kirkness 84 – 65 Marilyn Spicer Henry Blofeld Susie Dent 123
3700 10/05/2004 P Sweyn Kirkness 103 – 66 Ian Fellows Barry Norman Susie Dent 121
3701 11/05/2004 P Sweyn Kirkness 92 – 52 Sue Clifford Barry Norman Susie Dent 110
3702 12/05/2004 P Sweyn Kirkness 122 – 52 James Carragher Barry Norman Susie Dent 131
3703 13/05/2004 P Sweyn Kirkness 88 – 83 Luke Boynton Barry Norman Susie Dent 119
3704 14/05/2004 P Sweyn Kirkness 76 – 47 Brian Mills Barry Norman Susie Dent 121
3705 17/05/2004 P Chris White 93 – 104 Laura Taylor Keith Barron Susie Dent 153
3706 18/05/2004 P Laura Taylor 66 – 70 Margaret Goodman Keith Barron Susie Dent 125
3707 19/05/2004 P Margaret Goodman 72 – 100 Julian Durlacher Keith Barron Susie Dent 129
3708 25/05/2004 P Julian Durlacher 70 – 83 Celia Rogers Keith Barron Susie Dent 123
3709 26/05/2004 P Celia Rogers 37 – 103 Ben Walden Keith Barron Susie Dent 123
3710 27/05/2004 P Ben Walden 101 – 84 Anna Perry Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 142
3711 28/05/2004 P Ben Walden 83 – 91 Jeff Clayton Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 128
3712 31/05/2004 P Jeff Clayton 85 – 65 Yvonne McKeon Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 142
3713 1/06/2004 P Jeff Clayton 52 – 75 Richard Hunter Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 128
3714 2/06/2004 P Richard Hunter 90 – 66 Nadeem Roshan Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 122
3715 3/06/2004 P Richard Hunter 78 – 75 Nobby Richardson Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 130
3716 4/06/2004 P Richard Hunter 77 – 89 Mark Hannon Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 121
3717 7/06/2004 P Mark Hannon 71 – 50 Martyn Washbourne Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 123
3718 8/06/2004 P Mark Hannon 95 – 102 David Thirlwall Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 130
3719 9/06/2004 P David Thirlwall 95 – 52 Jane Coulon Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 134
3720 15/06/2004 P David Thirlwall 77 – 67 Eric Robinson Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 131
3721 16/06/2004 P David Thirlwall 88 – 55 David Phelan Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 129
3722 17/06/2004 QF Stewart Holden 110 – 105 Nicole Hutchings Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 124
3723 18/06/2004 QF Sweyn Kirkness 64 – 78 Steve Graston Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 112
3724 21/06/2004 QF John Jeffrey 71 – 79 Gary Male Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 122
3725 22/06/2004 QF Nik Von Uexkull 80 – 85 Richard Pay Michael Aspel Susie Dent 123
3726 23/06/2004 SF Richard Pay 60 – 93 Stewart Holden Michael Aspel Susie Dent 124
3727 24/06/2004 SF Steve Graston 100 – 83 Gary Male Michael Aspel Susie Dent 129
3728 25/06/2004 GF Steve Graston 81 – 104 Stewart Holden Michael Aspel Susie Dent 119

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