Pendleton debuted on 17 February 2011 in a game against Mark Jones. Despite having offered invalid words in the first two rounds, a good performance on the numbers (his preferred selection was 4 large) helped him to a 69 – 62 victory. His next two games were fairly close, but his scores improved and he completed an octochamp run on 28 February, notably also beating Dan McColm, who would become a series champion and CoC runner-up on his return appearance.
He was #5 seed for the quarter-finals, meaning that he drew fellow octochamp Andy McGurn. The game went down to a sudden death conundrum ONIONPIGS, to which Pendleton buzzed in first, but offered SPOONING which was incorrect. McGurn correctly got POISONING, meaning that Pendleton suffered his only ever defeat. He also holds the dubious honour of being the first player to ever guess multiple conundrums incorrectly during the same game (outside of the Countdown Masters).
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5207||17/02/2011||P||Mark Jones||62 – 69||Ned Pendleton||Debra Stephenson||Susie Dent||141|
|5208||18/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||70 – 48||Colin Cox||Debra Stephenson||Susie Dent||116|
|5209||21/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||70 – 63||Andy Johnson||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||119|
|5210||22/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||92 – 59||Greg Bowler||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||127|
|5211||23/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||91 – 83||John Cornforth||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||122|
|5212||24/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||89 – 66||Dan McColm||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||118|
|5213||25/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||91 – 57||Jon Edmondson||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||120|
|5214||28/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||92 – 54||Emmet Masterson||Mark Durden-Smith||Susie Dent||131|
|5275||31/05/2011||QF||Ned Pendleton||89 – 99*||Andy McGurn||Gregg Wallace||Susie Dent||118|