Series 46

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The Series 46 finalists with the presenters and Dictionary Corner.

Series 46 ran from September 2001 to December 2001. The forty-sixth of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley was won by Ben Wilson. As this was the first series in the current 15 round format, players were limited to six wins in the heats, not the traditional eight. While the new format was retained, the six-game limitation was reversed, so this was the only series to feature six-and-out winners known as viscounts.

In the finals, the #1 seed was Ben Wilson, one such viscount, who began by defeating the #8 seed Simon Cartwright. Phil Wass had to face Brian Capper, the player that Wass had already beaten during the heats. This time Capper got his revenge as he beat Wass on the crucial conundrum ACROBATSD which gives BROADCAST. Loz Sands also had to face a crucial conundrum against Steve Sandalls, but it was Sandalls that unravelled VERBOHIRE to reach the semi-finals. Paul Ryan completed the quarter-finals by beating unbeaten player Ian McMenzie 90 – 69.

In the semi-finals, there was a classic game between Wilson and Ryan as Paul Ryan lead after 12 rounds. In round 13, Wilson spotted the eight letter word RIVULETS and beat Ryan on the six small numbers game, which meant that Wilson led by 11 points with only 10 points remaining for the conundrum. It was academic, as Wilson spotted the conundrum YESTERDAY in 1.25 seconds. The second semi-final was another close game by Steve Sandalls triumphed over Brian Capper 99 – 84.

The final, shown on Christmas Day, was another close game and included another crucial conundrum. After nine rounds, the two player Wilson and Sandalls had equalled each other in every round, until Wilson chose his preferred six small numbers and took a ten point lead. He extended his lead with BONNIES but Sandalls clawed his way back with ACCEPT, GYRATED and five points on a very difficult final numbers game. This left the game poised at 75 – 74 with just the conundrum to go. Wilson solved the conundrum ASSISTANT in three seconds and was the 15 round era's first series champion, unbeaten with 9 wins out of 9.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Ben Wilson 6 570
2 Phil Wass 6 570
3 Loz Sands 6 569
4 Paul Ryan 6 559
5 Ian McMenzie 6 511
6 Steve Sandalls 5 525
7 Brian Capper 4 478
8 Simon Cartwright 4 467

Between Series 39 and Series 63, players are sorted by number of wins then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums aren't counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by highest score.


Finals progress

Ben Wilson (1) vs Simon Cartwright (8) Ben Wilson (1) vs Paul Ryan (4) Ben Wilson (1)
vs
Steve Sandalls (6)
Ian McMenzie (5) vs Paul Ryan (4)
Loz Sands (3) vs Steve Sandalls (6) Steve Sandalls (6) vs Brian Capper (7)
Brian Capper (7) vs Phil Wass (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3086 24/09/2001 P Ian McMenzie 64 – 61 Simon Pope Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 123
3087 25/09/2001 P Ian McMenzie 85 – 56 Linda Smith Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 128
3088 26/09/2001 P Ian McMenzie 86 – 81 David Whyte Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 132
3089 27/09/2001 P Ian McMenzie 106 – 70 Fergus Murray Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 153
3090 28/09/2001 P Ian McMenzie 87 – 71 Sam Chandler Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 131
3091 1/10/2001 P Ian McMenzie 83 – 55 Craig Bromfield Lesley Graham Susie Dent 121
3092 2/10/2001 P Paul Booth 38 – 94 Ronald Holt Lesley Graham Susie Dent 122
3093 3/10/2001 P Ronald Holt 84 – 68 Daphne Champkins Lesley Graham Susie Dent 122
3094 4/10/2001 P Ronald Holt 46 – 107 Steve Sandalls Lesley Graham Susie Dent 130
3095 5/10/2001 P Steve Sandalls 84 – 51 Ted Beddard Lesley Graham Susie Dent 141
3096 8/10/2001 P Steve Sandalls 109 – 70 Paul Gardener Keith Barron Tania Styles 118
3097 9/10/2001 P Steve Sandalls 70 – 47 Pat Baxter Keith Barron Tania Styles 128
3098 10/10/2001 P Steve Sandalls 89 – 61 Bruce Dick Keith Barron Tania Styles 132
3099 11/10/2001 P Steve Sandalls 66 – 70 Diane Dootson Keith Barron Tania Styles 123
3100 12/10/2001 P Diane Dootson 44 – 121 Simon Cartwright Keith Barron Tania Styles 131
3101 15/10/2001 P Simon Cartwright 91 – 49 Carl Pilgrim Alastair Stewart Richard Samson 126
3102 16/10/2001 P Simon Cartwright 83 – 38 Ian Williams Alastair Stewart Richard Samson 119
3103 17/10/2001 P Simon Cartwright 91 – 78 Austen Allen Alastair Stewart Richard Samson 120
3104 18/10/2001 P Simon Cartwright 81 – 100 Stefan Gatward Alastair Stewart Richard Samson 154
3105 19/10/2001 P Stefan Gatward 47 – 76 Brian Capper Alastair Stewart Richard Samson 132
3106 22/10/2001 P Brian Capper 111 – 68 Mairéad Cheallacháin Kathryn Apanowicz Richard Samson 151
3107 23/10/2001 P Brian Capper 118 – 58 Trevor Whitnall Kathryn Apanowicz Richard Samson 128
3108 24/10/2001 P Brian Capper 94 – 60 Ann Kemp Kathryn Apanowicz Richard Samson 141
3109 25/10/2001 P Brian Capper 79 – 90 Phil Wass Kathryn Apanowicz Richard Samson 143
3110 26/10/2001 P Phil Wass 95 – 56 Charles Brindley Kathryn Apanowicz Richard Samson 118
3111 29/10/2001 P Phil Wass 93 – 59 Phil Quirk Lionel Blair Tania Styles 143
3112 30/10/2001 P Phil Wass 100 – 41 Alison McKenzie Lionel Blair Tania Styles 130
3113 31/10/2001 P Phil Wass 93 – 59 Ed Schaffert Lionel Blair Tania Styles 143
3114 1/11/2001 P Phil Wass 99 – 72 Michael McDowell Lionel Blair Tania Styles 121
3115 2/11/2001 P Rosemarie Loveridge 92 – 45 Joe Marshall Lionel Blair Tania Styles 122
3116 5/11/2001 P Rosemarie Loveridge 51 – 91 Peter Wilson Vanessa Feltz Clare Pemberton 141
3117 6/11/2001 P Peter Wilson 70 – 101 Ben Wilson Vanessa Feltz Clare Pemberton 114
3118 7/11/2001 P Ben Wilson 102 – 49 Jeanette Littlejohn Vanessa Feltz Clare Pemberton 152
3119 8/11/2001 P Ben Wilson 98 – 60 Bob Bride Vanessa Feltz Clare Pemberton 121
3120 9/11/2001 P Ben Wilson 90 – 80 Mike Nicholson Vanessa Feltz Clare Pemberton 130
3121 12/11/2001 P Ben Wilson 86 – 72 Pearl Norman Nigel Rees Phiona Stanley 122
3122 13/11/2001 P Ben Wilson 93 – 76 John Hadley Nigel Rees Phiona Stanley 123
3123 14/11/2001 P Mike Barnard 54 – 90 Leon Pugh Nigel Rees Phiona Stanley 132
3124 15/11/2001 P Leon Pugh 84 – 75 Cathy Wright Nigel Rees Phiona Stanley 161
3125 16/11/2001 P Leon Pugh 73 – 82 Iain Wilson Nigel Rees Phiona Stanley 128
3126 19/11/2001 P Iain Wilson 66 – 92 Loz Sands Barry Norman Susie Dent 124
3127 20/11/2001 P Loz Sands 97 – 82 Ray Gossington Barry Norman Susie Dent 137
3128 21/11/2001 P Loz Sands 80 – 64 Ron Else Barry Norman Susie Dent 121
3129 22/11/2001 P Loz Sands 111 – 37 Ena Clinton Barry Norman Susie Dent 141
3130 23/11/2001 P Loz Sands 86 – 65 Richard Hewitt Barry Norman Susie Dent 126
3131 26/11/2001 P Loz Sands 103 – 55 Steve Smith Richard Digance Richard Samson 118
3132 27/11/2001 P Mark Roper 99 – 72 Maeve Mulryan Richard Digance Richard Samson 122
3133 28/11/2001 P Mark Roper 72 – 98 Paul Ryan Richard Digance Richard Samson 142
3134 29/11/2001 P Paul Ryan 89 – 68 Jeff Butcher Richard Digance Richard Samson 124
3135 30/11/2001 P Paul Ryan 96* – 86 Andrew Clayton Richard Digance Richard Samson 121
3136 3/12/2001 P Paul Ryan 80 – 73 Turlough McConnell Henry Blofeld Richard Samson 118
3137 4/12/2001 P Paul Ryan 101 – 65 Mandy Buck Henry Blofeld Richard Samson 131
3138 5/12/2001 P Paul Ryan 95 – 57 Eleanor Grafton Henry Blofeld Richard Samson 120
3139 6/12/2001 P Tony Owen 90 – 80 Reg Jewitt Henry Blofeld Richard Samson 132
3140 7/12/2001 P Tony Owen 87 – 49 Colleen Russ Henry Blofeld Richard Samson 131
3141 10/12/2001 P Tony Owen 42 – 87 Nick Billington Sue Perkins Phiona Stanley 120
3142 11/12/2001 P Nick Billington 75 – 99 Jean Goodman Sue Perkins Phiona Stanley 123
3143 12/12/2001 P Jean Goodman 89 – 99 Donald Isles Sue Perkins Phiona Stanley 120
3144 13/12/2001 P Donald Isles 88 – 72 Michael Weekes Sue Perkins Phiona Stanley 119
3145 14/12/2001 P Donald Isles 59 – 83 Terance Carey Sue Perkins Phiona Stanley 119
3146 17/12/2001 QF Ben Wilson 83 – 68 Simon Cartwright Denis Norden Tania Styles 122
3147 18/12/2001 QF Phil Wass 80 – 99 Brian Capper Denis Norden Tania Styles 117
3148 19/12/2001 QF Loz Sands 66 – 82 Steve Sandalls Denis Norden Tania Styles 138
3149 20/12/2001 QF Paul Ryan 90 – 69 Ian McMenzie Denis Norden Tania Styles 123
3150 21/12/2001 SF Paul Ryan 80 – 101 Ben Wilson Denis Norden Tania Styles 131
3151 24/12/2001 SF Brian Capper 84 – 99 Steve Sandalls Geoffrey Durham Clare Pemberton 142
3152 25/12/2001 GF Steve Sandalls 75 – 84 Ben Wilson Geoffrey Durham Clare Pemberton 117
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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