Andrew Hulme

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Andrew Hulme in Series 61.

Andrew Hulme was a contestant in Series 42 and the runner-up of Series 61, and was a participant in the 30th Birthday Championship. He was a student at Warwick University.

He first appeared in February 2000 at around 11 years of age. Here he faced seven-time winner and eventual Series 42 champion Michael Calder. Hulme kept up with Calder, with the scores level going into the conundrum, but Calder solved BINGONUTT, defeating Hulme and earning the title of octochamp.

Hulme's next appearance was midway through Series 47, when, aged 13, he took part in and won a special three-day Junior Championship, prevailing over future finalist Amey Deshpande and Scrabble champion Perry Fung to emerge the victor.

Seven years after his Junior victory, Hulme returned to Countdown as an adult near the start of Series 61. In his debut episode against Micheal Harris, both contestants spotted two niners, and while Harris made a score of 101, Hulme achieved an incredible 133, the second highest debut score in history. Hulme rattled off seven more wins, and while none of his other opponents achieved centuries, he himself maintained his skill to the end, spotting such words as MINNEOLA and EXTRINSIC and never scoring below 101 en route to becoming an octochamp.

He became only the third contestant to score centuries in all eight heat games, and also the fourth to score over 900 points after Julian Fell, Craig Beevers and Kirk Bevins. Most notably, his octochamp total of 930 points broke the previous record of 925 set by Bevins in Series 60. (That record was beaten, though narrowly, by Jack Hurst in Series 63.)

In the quarter-finals, #1 seed Hulme took on #8 seed Jacqueline Baker, and despite some very tough rounds (the conundrum's solution was GRIMALKIN), he won 86 – 42. Hulme's score improved to 95 in his semi-final thanks to POLEAXE, SOUNDEST and an excellent final numbers game. This brought him to the final against Chris Davies. He was ultimately outclassed by Davies' spots of TETRODE and DIARISES, though he performed very well on the numbers and made an inspired attempt at a niner (houseload ☓). With 930 points, Hulme has one of the highest octochamp totals of any series runner-up.

He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. He won his first match against the reigning Champion of Champions Steven Briers by a score of 113 – 74, before losing to Series 66 runner-up Jonathan Rawlinson on a crucial conundrum.

Hulme's grandfather, Ernie, appeared as a contestant in Series 44. Outside of Countdown, Hulme is a keen poker player and Apterite.

Preceded by
Jimmy Gough
Series runner-up
Series 61
Followed by
Nicki Sellars

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2706 9/02/2000 P Michael Calder 57 – 47 Andrew Hulme Tim Rice Susie Dent 74
3208 13/03/2002 JSF Andrew Hulme 66 – 44 Amey Deshpande Andi Peters Phiona Stanley 82
3209 14/03/2002 JF Andrew Hulme 53 – 41 Perry Fung Andi Peters Phiona Stanley 72
4857 9/07/2009 P Micheal Harris 101 – 133 Andrew Hulme Donal MacIntyre Susie Dent 155
4858 10/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 116 – 52 Eileen Broadhead Donal MacIntyre Susie Dent 132
4859 13/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 111 – 21 Gordon Armour Ian Hyland Susie Dent 126
4860 14/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 119 – 48 Steven Davenport Ian Hyland Susie Dent 139
4861 15/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 101 – 50 Jonathan Good Ian Hyland Susie Dent 121
4862 16/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 104 – 19 Barbara Speak Ian Hyland Susie Dent 121
4863 17/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 118 – 64 Vicky Smith Ian Hyland Susie Dent 139
4864 20/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 128 – 52 Mike Olive Anton du Beke Susie Dent 144
4947 10/12/2009 QF Andrew Hulme 86 – 42 Jacqueline Baker Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 118
4951 16/12/2009 SF Ryan Taylor 48 – 95 Andrew Hulme Rory McGrath Susie Dent 116
4953 18/12/2009 GF Andrew Hulme 86 – 117 Chris Davies Rory McGrath Susie Dent 120
5622 16/01/2013 30BP Andrew Hulme 113 – 74 Steven Briers Martin Lewis Susie Dent 127
5639 8/02/2013 30B1 Andrew Hulme 91 – 98 Jonathan Rawlinson Kate Adie Susie Dent 115
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