Tom Chafer-Cook

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Tom Chafer-Cook in Series 76...
and again in Series 77!
Tom Chafer-Cook holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy after winning Series 77.

Tom Chafer-Cook was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 77. He is also an Apterite. Prior to his TV appearance, he made his CO-event debut at CoNot 2011.

He first appeared in the penultimate heat game of Series 76, winning two games and amassing 243 points — giving him the highest average score of any contestant in the series — before stepping aside for the series finals. He maxed 14 rounds in his second game. He then returned for the opening heat of Series 77 — the first game to be played on the "new" blue set — on 3 July, showing no sign of slowing down as he spotted the nine-letter word MACROLIDE. In the sixth game of the series, Chafer-Cook rounded off his run with a total of 896 points, becoming the first octochamp and 800 club member of Series 77.

As a result of his success in the preliminaries, Chafer-Cook returned for the Series 77 finals in December as #1 seed. In the quarter-final stage, he maintained his edge, delivering a 105 – 60 defeat to fellow unbeaten player Graeme Staples with the help of such spots as POTLINES and TRAINEAU. Chafer-Cook's next match pitted him against #4-ranked Noel McIlvenny; here, he asserted his dominance even further, prevailing early on with the nine UNDERSEAL and racking up 134 points (only one point short of the game's maximum score) to beat his own record for the highest score of the series. This brought Chafer-Cook to the series grand final, where he was pitted against the series' #2 prospect, Bradley Horrocks. Despite falling five points behind in the first round due to his disallowed offering of resexed ☓, he proceeded to score in every subsequent letters and numbers round, ultimately eking out a nine-point lead by beating Horrocks with POOLIES and ENLIVEN. The conundrum was to remain a crucial one. However, when neither contestant was able to unscramble RILEYISMS in the time, the final score was confirmed at 100 – 91, and Chafer-Cook consequently obtained the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy and the title of Series 77 champion. His “xicount” total is 1,235 points.

Chafer-Cook returned to Countdown in January 2019 for Championship of Champions XV, taking on fellow Apterite and series winner Martin Hurst in the championship's sixth preliminary. Both players put up an impressive fight, unravelling the niners ROYALISED and ELASIPODS, but Chafer-Cook sealed victory prior to the final numbers game and unscrambled ITIESCORE to finish with 129 points and advance to the quarter-finals. He played against Matthew Tassier in the second quarter-final. He went ahead very early on, despite both players messing up in the first number rounds. Chafer-Cook picked up speed in the second half when he risked the nine letter word OPERATEES. Eventually he racked up 111 points to Tassier's 62 points, maxing all 10 letters rounds, and set up a rematch of the Series 77 grand final against Bradley Horrocks. This game was on a knife’s edge: Chafer-Cook won the opening round with UNASKED, but blanked on the Horrocks’s 6-small pick in the third numbers round. Then, in the final letters round, Horrocks unravelled ATHEROMA to extend his lead to 11 points. Both players maxed the last numbers round, before Chafer-Cook bowed out with one final conundrum solve to finally lose by a single point.

Preceded by
Stephen Read
Series winner
Series 77
Followed by
Zarte Siempre

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6606 19/06/2017 P John Trueman 38 – 117 Tom Chafer-Cook Suzi Perry Susie Dent 125
6607 20/06/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 126 – 52 Bobbi Ramsammy Suzi Perry Susie Dent 134
6615 3/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 118 – 37 Carmel O'Brien Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6616 4/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 129 – 21 Nick Knight Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6617 5/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 110 – 55 Rob Spereall Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 132
6618 6/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 107 – 51 Al Harris Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 132
6619 7/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 91 – 73 Martin Smith Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 123
6620 10/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 98 – 17 Barry Taylor Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 130
6730 14/12/2017 QF Tom Chafer-Cook 105 – 60 Graeme Staples Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
6734 20/12/2017 SF Tom Chafer-Cook 134 – 83 Noel McIlvenny Rufus Hound Susie Dent 135
6736 22/12/2017 GF Tom Chafer-Cook 100 – 91 Bradley Horrocks Rufus Hound Susie Dent 122
6985 9/01/2019 CP Tom Chafer-Cook 129 – 89 Martin Hurst Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 142
6990 16/01/2019 CQF Matthew Tassier 62 – 111 Tom Chafer-Cook Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 128
6993 21/01/2019 CSF Bradley Horrocks 111 – 110 Tom Chafer-Cook Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 128

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