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Stephen Read in Series 76.

Stephen Read was an octochamp in Series 76. He is also an Apterite. He is the 75th member of the 800 club, and has qualified to return in June 2017 for the series finals.

In April 2016, he attended his first Co-event - Countdown in Leeds 2016 - followed up in May 2016 by his attendance at Countdown in King's Lynn 2016, which he won. He beat Series 69 champion Callum Todd in the final on a tie-break conundrum, having been 20 points adrift earlier in the game, spotting the low-probability 6 DOODAD in the process. He also won Countdown in Birmingham 2016 and reached the final of Countdown in Huddersfield 2016, meaning he either won or was runner up in three of his first four Co-events. He was awarded FOCAL's 'Rookie of the Year' prize for 2016.

After making a strong impression in the FOCAL circuit, he made his televised debut on 5 May 2017 and went on to score a century in all his heat games (only the 15th contestant to do so) to top the series seed table, with an octochamp total of 915.

On Apterous, Read is known for making Jo Brand-style puns of the letter selections online during the day's Countdown broadcast.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6576 5/05/2017 P John Robertson 37 – 119 Stephen Read John Inverdale Susie Dent 124
6577 8/05/2017 P Stephen Read 110 – 27 Jake Denney John Inverdale Susie Dent 121
6578 9/05/2017 P Stephen Read 111 – 27 Tim Clarke John Inverdale Susie Dent 133
6579 10/05/2017 P Stephen Read 104 – 60 Dan Haggerty Mark Austin Susie Dent 122
6580 11/05/2017 P Stephen Read 131 – 21 Alan Jefferson Mark Austin Susie Dent 133
6581 12/05/2017 P Stephen Read 114 – 61 Mark Rainey Mark Austin Susie Dent 135
6582 15/05/2017 P Stephen Read 115 – 51 Jane Donnelly Mark Austin Susie Dent 121
6583 16/05/2017 P Stephen Read 111 – 42 Craig Tampin Mark Austin Susie Dent 132
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