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A featured article is of one The Countdown Wiki's finest articles, and could be about a player, a game, or a piece of Countdown terminology. The article's prose will be of a reasonable length, and preferably supplemented by images and external links to make the article more attractive, interesting, and informative.

Potential featured articles are suggested by registered editors of the wiki on this very page. If an editor's nomination is successful, an administrator will promote the article to featured status. This is indicated by a teapot symbol (right) appearing in the top right corner of the article, and the article will also appear in Category:Featured articles. One featured article is displayed prominently on the Main Page each month.


List of featured articles

See also: Category:Featured articles and Countdown:Featured article archives.

How to make a nomination

To make a new proposal, follow this edit link, or the one at the top of the page, and add your own suggestion. The name of the article placed between two sets of square brackets to make a blue link, with three equals signs on either side to make a third-level heading. For example, if you wanted to nominate the article for Jon O'Neill, you would type: ===[[Jon O'Neill]]===

Any related discussion takes place below this heading. Please use bullet points (* In my opinion…) and indentations (:* In reply to your point…) to keep things readable!


See also: Countdown:Featured articles/Nomination archive 1
===Charlie Reams===



October's featured article

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Julian Fell was the champion of Series 48, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest Countdown contestants of all time. A Cambridge University student at the time of recording, Fell matched or broke multiple Countdown records. He scored at least a century in all of his eight heat games, and became only the third contestant to solve all eight of his preliminary round conundrums. His final heat game against Carl McDermott marked the first time a player had even won by more than 100 points. Fell's octochamp total of 924 points went unbeaten for more than six years, before Kirk Bevins amassed 925 en route to winning Series 60. Fell's semi-final against Danny Hamilton remains the only time a contestant has found four nine-letter words in a single game. Although Fell failed to unravel the conundrum THEIRCOPY in this game, he had amassed 146 points. This score remains the highest ever achieved in a single game, only equalled by Conor Travers in the final of Countdown's 30th Birthday Championship.

In the series final against Grace Page, Fell immediately gained an 18-point advantage with the nine-letter word MANTICORE. He extended this lead with LEOPARDS in round 2 and ZODIAC in round 6, but Page reduced the deficit with the darrenic KNITWEAR in round 9. This ended a run of 59 consecutive rounds in which Fell's various opponents had been able to prevent him from scoring. Page reduced her arrears to 14 points in the final numbers game, which Fell failed to solve. He returned to form for the conundrum APIMOMENT and became series champion with a score of 112 points to 88.

Fell returned for the Championship of Champions XI as the favourite. In his first match against Series 42 semi-finalist Terence O'Farrell, Fell gained a 14 point lead across the first two letters games and scored in all 15 rounds to win comfortably, 118 – 64. His quarter-final pitted him against Graham Nash, champion of Series 43. Both contestants had offerings disallowed – formica ☓ for Nash and gambiers ☓ for Fell – but otherwise scored point-for-point across the first 14 rounds. Trailing by one point going into the conundrum, Fell was beaten to the buzzer and Nash won the game 120 – 109. Despite losing, Julian maintained his streak of scoring a century in every game. Julian's final appearance on Countdown came in a special against Chris Wills, which he won 100 – 92 on a crucial conundrum. As such, 100 was Julian's lowest ever score on Countdown. (more...)

This article will appear on The Countdown Wiki's Main Page throughout October.

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