Series 68

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Series 68 was the third regular series to be presented by Nick Hewer. Series 68 began on 4 March 2013 and ended on 28 June 2013. Notably, this series only lasted for 67 episodes, the joint-lowest in a 15 round series (along with Series 46), largely due to the 30th Birthday Championship occupying what would have ordinarily been its first eight weeks. As a result, Series 68 also had the lowest finals threshold in 15-round history, with only 2 wins being sufficient to qualify for the finals.

The series champion was Giles Hutchings, who in his heats beat Jack Hurst's record for most points achieved by an octochamp with 965 points, defeating Andy Platt in the final.

Series 23, 25, 45, 63 and 68 are the only series in which the finals went completely true to the seedings (i.e., the higher seed always beat the lower seed, with no upsets).

On 25 March 2013, a couple of weeks into the heats, the format changed to the new 15 round format of LLNLLNLLNLLLLNC. Hutchings and Platt would later return for Championship of Champions XIV in 2016.

Contents

Leaderboard

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Giles Hutchings 8 965
2 Andy Platt 8 889
3 Eileen Taylor 8 754
4 Joe McGonigle 8 716
5 Sam McElhinney 4 393
6 Jill Hayward 3 374
7 Chris Ball 3 358
8 Peter Fenton 2 262
Rachael Moran, with 4 wins and 438 points, would have qualified for the finals as #5 seed, but she withdrew for personal reasons.

Since Series 64, 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 the number of conundrums correctly guessed, then highest individual score.


Finals progress

Giles Hutchings (1) vs Peter Fenton (8) Giles Hutchings (1) vs Joe McGonigle (4) Giles Hutchings (1)
vs
Andy Platt (2)
Sam McElhinney (5) vs Joe McGonigle (4)
Eileen Taylor (3) vs Jill Hayward (6) Eileen Taylor (3) vs Andy Platt (2)
Chris Ball (7) vs Andy Platt (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5655 4/03/2013 P Rachael Moran 117 – 63 Zee Mitha Chris Packham Susie Dent 128
5656 5/03/2013 P Rachael Moran 83 – 95 Philip Jarvis Chris Packham Susie Dent 129
5657 6/03/2013 P Philip Jarvis 84 – 24 Anthony Josephson Chris Packham Susie Dent 118
5658 7/03/2013 P Philip Jarvis 76 – 81 Sam McElhinney Chris Packham Susie Dent 118
5659 8/03/2013 P Sam McElhinney 82 – 61 Juliette Bains Chris Packham Susie Dent 120
5660 11/03/2013 P Sam McElhinney 70 – 51 Ian Dobkin Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 120
5661 18/03/2013 P Sam McElhinney 93 – 66 Ricky Roberts Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 135
5662 19/03/2013 P Sam McElhinney 67 – 114 Andy Platt Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 127
5663 20/03/2013 P Andy Platt 112 – 25 John Wiseman Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 149
5664 21/03/2013 P Andy Platt 108 – 32 Jacqui Kemp Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 133
5665 22/03/2013 P Andy Platt 109 – 7 Carl Anderson Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 115
From 25 March 2013 onwards, the "new" 15-round format was used.
5666 25/03/2013 P Andy Platt 100 – 33 Daniel Davies Richard Arnold Susie Dent 120
5667 26/03/2013 P Andy Platt 116 – 80 Alex Newton Richard Arnold Susie Dent 127
5668 27/03/2013 P Andy Platt 120 – 29 Josh Young Richard Arnold Susie Dent 131
5669 28/03/2013 P Andy Platt 110 – 51 Bob Windsor Richard Arnold Susie Dent 134
5670 29/03/2013 P Alan Pollard 61 – 89 Peter Fenton Richard Arnold Susie Dent 123
5671 1/04/2013 P Peter Fenton 93 – 54 Eric Uphoff Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 131
5672 2/04/2013 P Peter Fenton 80 – 97 Jean Wright Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 124
5673 3/04/2013 P Jean Wright 54 – 129 Giles Hutchings Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 134
5674 8/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 119 – 19 Mike Lee Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 132
5675 9/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 120 – 57 Zulfi Ebrahim Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 121
5676 10/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 115 – 50 Nick Courtnadge Richard Madeley Susie Dent 126
5677 11/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 120 – 65 Mark Witney Richard Madeley Susie Dent 139
5678 12/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 130 – 82 Alan Flanagan Richard Madeley Susie Dent 144
5679 15/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 121 – 62 Rob Tuson Richard Madeley Susie Dent 131
5680 16/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 111 – 58 Nick Holland Richard Madeley Susie Dent 133
5681 17/04/2013 P Victoria Woollaston 63 – 76 Dan Tibbles Paul Zenon Susie Dent 124
5682 18/04/2013 P Dan Tibbles 68 – 82 John Gardner Paul Zenon Susie Dent 120
5683 19/04/2013 P John Gardner 54 – 85 Jill Hayward Paul Zenon Susie Dent 119
5684 22/04/2013 P Jill Hayward 87 – 72 JJ Burrows Paul Zenon Susie Dent 118
5685 23/04/2013 P Jill Hayward 104 – 63 Pat Gardner Paul Zenon Susie Dent 126
5686 24/04/2013 P Jill Hayward 98 – 102 Eileen Taylor Bill Turnbull Susie Dent 121
5687 25/04/2013 P Eileen Taylor 88 – 75 Paul Johnson Bill Turnbull Susie Dent 133
5688 29/04/2013 P Eileen Taylor 85 – 46 Ron Boyman Bill Turnbull Susie Dent 134
5689 30/04/2013 P Eileen Taylor 99 – 67 Morgan Nock Bill Turnbull Susie Dent 124
5690 1/05/2013 P Eileen Taylor 111 – 31 Katie Burge Bill Turnbull Susie Dent 123
5691 2/05/2013 P Eileen Taylor 99 – 72 Neil Budge Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 132
5692 3/05/2013 P Eileen Taylor 67 – 64 Sam Lake Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 133
5693 6/05/2013 P Eileen Taylor 103 – 45 Jake Elliott Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 124
5694 7/05/2013 P Richard Izzard 46 – 78 Ian Burn Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 118
5695 13/05/2013 P Ian Burn 57 – 83 Joe McGonigle Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 125
5696 14/05/2013 P Joe McGonigle 91 – 40 Lynne Banks Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 124
5697 20/05/2013 P Joe McGonigle 93 – 67 Mark Goldsmith Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 145
5698 21/05/2013 P Joe McGonigle 95 – 56 Jonny Walker Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 125
5699 22/05/2013 P Joe McGonigle 78 – 49 Mark Ivey Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 134
5700 23/05/2013 P Joe McGonigle 88 – 65 Adam Beardwell Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 134
5701 24/05/2013 P Joe McGonigle 94 – 76 Greg Pearce Jo Brand Susie Dent 123
5702 27/05/2013 P Joe McGonigle 94 – 40 Rachael Bagot Jo Brand Susie Dent 123
5703 28/05/2013 P Stuart Scholes 78 – 73 David Lockett Jo Brand Susie Dent 127
5704 29/05/2013 P Stuart Scholes 84 – 72 Dave Fielding Jo Brand Susie Dent 137
5705 30/05/2013 P Stuart Scholes 58 – 88 Chris Ball Jo Brand Susie Dent 124
5706 3/06/2013 P Chris Ball 95 – 47 Mill Pritchard Helen Skelton Susie Dent 130
5707 4/06/2013 P Chris Ball 84 – 57 Vicky Greaves Helen Skelton Susie Dent 130
5708 5/06/2013 P Chris Ball 91 – 125 Glen Webb Helen Skelton Susie Dent 145
5709 6/06/2013 P Glen Webb 91 – 58 Mike Bailey Helen Skelton Susie Dent 136
5710 7/06/2013 P Glen Webb 122 – 59 Richard Vaughan Helen Skelton Susie Dent 143
5711 10/06/2013 P Glen Webb 114 – 50 Mike Stone Dan Snow Susie Dent 131
5712 11/06/2013 P Glen Webb 141 – 49 Martin Wilsdon Dan Snow Susie Dent 145
5713 12/06/2013 P Glen Webb 109 – 48 Mark Williams Dan Snow Susie Dent 134
5714 13/06/2013 P Glen Webb 128 – 52 Anne Whitehead Dan Snow Susie Dent 133
5715 14/06/2013 QF Giles Hutchings 109 – 86 Peter Fenton Dan Snow Susie Dent 134
5716 17/06/2013 QF Andy Platt 115 – 29 Chris Ball Myleene Klass Susie Dent 123
5717 24/06/2013 QF Eileen Taylor 86 – 81 Jill Hayward Myleene Klass Susie Dent 134
5718 25/06/2013 QF Joe McGonigle 108 – 83 Sam McElhinney Myleene Klass Susie Dent 124
5719 26/06/2013 SF Giles Hutchings 106 – 38 Joe McGonigle Myleene Klass Susie Dent 124
5720 27/06/2013 SF Andy Platt 120 – 65 Eileen Taylor Myleene Klass Susie Dent 126
5721 28/06/2013 GF Giles Hutchings 95 – 86 Andy Platt Myleene Klass Susie Dent 115

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