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Charlie Reams, known not infrequently as Soo was the runner-up of series 59. Reams is one of the most important characters in the Countdown online community. He created The Countdown Database which replaced the Countdown Corral after being asked to make a list of all the nines in the current Series. The site quickly grew and now includes round details from over 1000 games and statistics about players, Series and Octochamps. Soo also runs this site and is the head moderator on the C4countdown online forum.
Before appearing on Countdown in 2008, he went to in COLIN in 2005, 2006 and 2008, winning the prize for the highest placed player never to have appeared on the show in 2008. He made his debut on the televised show on 15th October 2008 scoring 114, the highest debut score of the series. His next game against Darren Edwards was one of the great thrashings of all time, with Reams winning by 95. Only Julian Fell and David O'Donnell have won a game by a larger margin. After slipping to 92 in his next game, he scored over 100 in three of his next four games, before a dramatic 8th game. Reams trailed from the start but managed to take a slim lead in round 11 with BEASTIE and then scored 7 points on a difficult final numbers game to go into the conundrum leading 63 - 52. He got the conundrum and completed his run with 73, his final total was 820 points.
His quarter-final was a close, tense affair but Reams survived without a crucial conundrum, despite scoring nothing on the last numbers game. The semi-final was another close affair, this time against #4 seed 11-year old Kai Laddiman. Laddiman beat him in the first few rounds to take a 14 - 0 lead, but he made a comeback with IONIZES. Reams got closer on the following numbers game, and then beat Laddiman with SPRAINED, OUTRAGE, the second numbers game and SUNDIAL. This gave Reams an unassailable lead going into the conundrum AMBERNAIL which neither player could solve, found by Jo Brand in Dictionary Corner.
In the final #1 seed faced #3 seed, and the game was very close, first of all Reams missed STEMMED in the first round, but Mubeen had SLOPERS x disallowed in the next round. The players scored in the next two rounds, before Mubeen decided to pick six small numbers. Reams declared nothing while Mubeen declared 929 but had miscounted and got no points. In the second "half", Junaid took the lead with ORGANDIE and extended it when Reams had ALIENER disallowed. Mubeen held onto this lead until the final numbers, where Reams made a tactical choice of 4 large, but it didn't work because both players got the target and put their pens down after 20 seconds. Mubeen had a 14 point lead going into the conundrum, but it was Reams that solved ERACLOSES (CASSEROLE) and lost the final by just 4 points, 88 - 84.
When questioned on the show about his hobbies, he admitted that he reads the dictionary for fun (joking that you can ignore words over 9 letters) and also loves cheese... which he said is "fortunate because both can be pursued simultaneously from the comfort of your own armchair".
Charlie appeared on Countdown with a now legendary swoosh at the front of his beautiful straw-like hair. His name was also misread to be 'Charlie Beans', by your humble editor, having missed the beginning of his first show. Your humble editor thinks that'd be a better name, but nobody's perfect.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4690||15/10/2008||P||John McCarthy||69 – 114||Charlie Reams||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent|
|4691||16/10/2008||P||Charlie Reams||126 – 31||Darren Edwards||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent|
|4692||17/10/2008||P||Charlie Reams||92 – 54||David Wylie||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent|
|4693||20/10/2008||P||Charlie Reams||106 – 60||Kathleen Carroll||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent|
|4694||21/10/2008||P||Charlie Reams||115 – 88||Allan Harmer||Brian Capron||Susie Dent|
|4695||22/10/2008||P||Charlie Reams||92 – 51||Paul Blake||Brian Capron||Susie Dent|
|4696||23/10/2008||P||Charlie Reams||102 – 79||Anne Jenkin||Brian Capron||Susie Dent|
|4697||24/10/2008||P||Charlie Reams||73 – 52||John Eva||Brian Capron||Susie Dent|
|4726||04/12/2008||QF||Charlie Reams||82 – 69||Patricia Jamieson||Phil Hammond||Susie Dent|
|4730||10/12/2008||SF||Kai Laddiman||70 – 99||Charlie Reams||Jo Brand||Susie Dent|
|4732||12/12/2008||F||Junaid Mubeen||88 – 84||Charlie Reams||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent|
|4739||20/01/2009||CP||Peter Davies||66 – 85||Charlie Reams||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent|
|4742||23/01/2009||CQF||Junaid Mubeen||79 – 88||Charlie Reams||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent|
Charlie also spotteed W****RS but it was bleeped out that time