Series 61

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Series 61 champion Chris Davies (centre) with his winning dictionaries and trophy.

Series 61 was the first full series of Countdown to be recorded in Manchester, and the second of six to be presented by Jeff Stelling. Starting on 22 June 2009, it took a four-week break in the summer, starting 27 July; the programme returned on 24 August. The series finished on 18 December. The series winner was Chris Davies.

Contents

Seed table


Rank Name Wins Score
1 Andrew Hulme 8 930
2 Chris Davies 8 892
3 Innis Carson 8 861
4 Ryan Taylor 8 792
5 Brian Selway 8 746
6 Jeffrey Burgin 8 695
7 Steve Wood 8 675
8 Jacqueline Baker 5 510

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.


Series finals

Quarter-finals

The first quarter-final saw Andrew Hulme, with a record 930 point total, beat Jacqueline Baker, the only player in the finals who was not an octochamp. Hulme beat Baker with words including AMOUNTED and DISASTER as well as on the last two numbers games, although neither player could turn the conundrum MILKGRAIN into GRIMALKIN.

In the second quarter-final, Chris Davies prevailed over Steve Wood by a score of 108 points to 61, declaring two nine letter words, RANDOMISE and POLARISED, along the way. Again, neither player got the conundrum, with it being solved by Kirk Bevins in the audience.

Innis Carson beat Jeffrey Burgin 111 – 70 in the third quarter when Burgin had three words disallowed and Carson solved the conundrum TOOTHPAST. Completing the winners was Ryan Taylor, who defeated Brian Selway although Selway did come up with the correct answer to DUOASHORE. All of the top four seeds had now qualified for the semis.

Semi-finals

In the first semi-final, both Ryan Taylor and Andrew Hulme started strong with PUDENDA and UPENDED. However, Hulme took the lead after Taylor had umbone ☓ called off. Taylor was able to match but never beat his opponent on the letters, and Hulme scored in every letters game apart from the last one, when both players offered the invalid gloops ☓. In the final numbers game, Hulme offered an impressive 7-point solution to a very difficult numbers game that featured six small numbers with a target of 942. However, the conundrum SEMIHUNTT had to go to Dinos Sfyris in the audience.

The second semi featured a closer matchup between Chris Davies and Innis Carson. Carson first took the lead in round 3 with INTENSE. After this point, the players tied each other on every letters and numbers game right up to the final letters. Carson declared SOLENOID, while Davies only managed a 7. He was leading 97 – 82 at this point, but went on to choose two large numbers in a round that only Davies was able to get on the nose. This set up a crucial conundrum EPITUSSLE. Davies guessed SLEEPSUIT with less than 5 seconds to go, and was found to be correct, meaning that he had turned around a deficit of 15 points and just scraped into the grand final.

Grand final

The top two seeds, Andrew Hulme and Chris Davies, qualified for the final. Both players made a strong start with the word WOOMERA. Davies first took the lead three rounds later with TETRODE. He extended this lead after spotting DIARISES, and when Hulme had his attempted niner houseload ☓ disallowed, the game was effectively over. It was a high-scoring finish, with both Davies and Hulme solving all three numbers games on the nose, and Davies unscrambling the tricky conundrum ARTLEPOOL and earning the title of series champion. Jeff Stelling quipped 'First time Hartlepool have got to a final for a long time!'.

Finals progress

Andrew Hulme (1) vs Jacqueline Baker (8) Andrew Hulme (1) vs Ryan Taylor (4) Andrew Hulme (1)
vs
Chris Davies (2)
Brian Selway (5) vs Ryan Taylor (4)
Innis Carson (3) vs Jeffrey Burgin (6) Innis Carson (3) vs Chris Davies (2)
Steve Wood (7) vs Chris Davies (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4844 22/06/2009 P Jacqueline Baker 112 – 50 Kate Black Tim Vine Susie Dent 152
4845 23/06/2009 P Jacqueline Baker 67 – 87 Nilesh Patel Tim Vine Susie Dent 118
4846 24/06/2009 P Nilesh Patel 61 – 66 Clive Brooker Tim Vine Susie Dent 117
4847 25/06/2009 P Clive Brooker 68 – 106 Innis Carson Tim Vine Susie Dent 132
4848 26/06/2009 P Innis Carson 115 – 57 Martyn Brewer Tim Vine Susie Dent 121
4849 29/06/2009 P Innis Carson 111 – 61 Duncan MacPhail Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 119
4850 30/06/2009 P Innis Carson 108 – 43 Trudi Harding Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 121
4851 1/07/2009 P Innis Carson 102 – 43 Allan Barnes Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 139
4852 2/07/2009 P Innis Carson 94 – 47 Mike Moran Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 127
4853 3/07/2009 P Innis Carson 115 – 70 Danny Marsh Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 129
4854 6/07/2009 P Innis Carson 110 – 67 Chris Bergman Donal MacIntyre Susie Dent 123
4855 7/07/2009 P Anne Hughes 87 – 49 Joe Banin Donal MacIntyre Susie Dent 117
4856 8/07/2009 P Anne Hughes 56 – 89 Micheal Harris Donal MacIntyre Susie Dent 120
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
4865 21/07/2009 P Paul Varlaam 72 – 71 Yvonne Battelle Anton du Beke Susie Dent 133
4866 22/07/2009 P Paul Varlaam 87 – 82 Carol Warren Anton du Beke Susie Dent 128
4867 23/07/2009 P Paul Varlaam 89 – 70 Vic Aboudara Anton du Beke Susie Dent 131
4868 24/07/2009 P Paul Varlaam 74 – 58 Beryl Johnston Anton du Beke Susie Dent 133
4869 24/08/2009 P Paul Varlaam 94 – 34 Richard Savaker Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 117
4870 25/08/2009 P Paul Varlaam 67 – 105 Ed Rossiter Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 117
4871 26/08/2009 P Ed Rossiter 93 – 77 Adam Haward Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 130
4872 27/08/2009 P Ed Rossiter 96 – 84 Yvette Reeves Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 122
4873 28/08/2009 P Ed Rossiter 79 – 106 Chris Davies Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 133
4874 31/08/2009 P Chris Davies 95 – 46 Matt Shepherd Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
4875 1/09/2009 P Chris Davies 110 – 35 Julie Lane Paul Zenon Susie Dent 114
4876 2/09/2009 P Chris Davies 113 – 37 Michael Jocelyn Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
4877 3/09/2009 P Chris Davies 139 – 89 Ross Mackenzie Paul Zenon Susie Dent 143
4878 4/09/2009 P Chris Davies 121 – 57 Jonathan Seal Paul Zenon Susie Dent 131
4879 7/09/2009 P Chris Davies 103 – 42 Marcus Bearpark Kate Humble Susie Dent 129
4880 8/09/2009 P Chris Davies 105 – 53 John Smoker Kate Humble Susie Dent 121
4881 9/09/2009 P Ken MacKenzie 77 – 86 Bob De Caux Kate Humble Susie Dent 119
4882 10/09/2009 P Bob De Caux 84 – 61 Christopher Harris Kate Humble Susie Dent 128
4883 11/09/2009 P Bob De Caux 88 – 60 Alex Richards Kate Humble Susie Dent 151
4884 14/09/2009 P Bob De Caux 85 – 66 Lorraine Brookfield Jo Brand Susie Dent 143
4885 15/09/2009 P Bob De Caux 83 – 41 Simon Porter Jo Brand Susie Dent 115
4886 16/09/2009 P Bob De Caux 79 – 91 Jeffrey Burgin Jo Brand Susie Dent 133
4887 17/09/2009 P Jeffrey Burgin 80 – 63 Phil Reed Jo Brand Susie Dent 125
4888 18/09/2009 P Jeffrey Burgin 93 – 86 Darren Carter Jo Brand Susie Dent 137
4889 21/09/2009 P Jeffrey Burgin 91 – 75 Russell Langdown Colin Murray Susie Dent 130
4890 22/09/2009 P Jeffrey Burgin 75 – 74 Mhairi Cameron Colin Murray Susie Dent 120
4891 23/09/2009 P Jeffrey Burgin 95 – 47 Martin Edwards Colin Murray Susie Dent 140
4892 24/09/2009 P Jeffrey Burgin 87 – 44 Laura Leach Colin Murray Susie Dent 141
4893 25/09/2009 P Jeffrey Burgin 73 – 55 Richard Moody Colin Murray Susie Dent 122
4894 28/09/2009 P Tricia Finn 83 – 39 Jackie Dowdy John Inverdale Susie Dent 123
4895 29/09/2009 P Tricia Finn 57 – 81 George Raison John Inverdale Susie Dent 129
4896 30/09/2009 P George Raison 88 – 73 Beverley Jones John Inverdale Susie Dent 118
4897 1/10/2009 P George Raison 68 – 92 Anthony Pinnell John Inverdale Susie Dent 138
4898 2/10/2009 P Anthony Pinnell 59 – 66 David Kurdynowski John Inverdale Susie Dent 130
4899 5/10/2009 P David Kurdynowski 53 – 77 Tony Leverton Martin Lewis Susie Dent 116
4900 6/10/2009 P Tony Leverton 76 – 81 Steve Wood Martin Lewis Susie Dent 131
4901 7/10/2009 P Steve Wood 92 – 66 Dave Meddings Martin Lewis Susie Dent 135
4902 8/10/2009 P Steve Wood 90 – 70 Joanne Finnerty Martin Lewis Susie Dent 115
4903 9/10/2009 P Steve Wood 89 – 67 Paul Broadhead Martin Lewis Susie Dent 119
4904 12/10/2009 P Steve Wood 84 – 73 Peter Brière-Edney Penny Smith Susie Dent 123
4905 13/10/2009 P Steve Wood 64 – 58 Colin Wilson Penny Smith Susie Dent 129
4906 14/10/2009 P Steve Wood 87 – 64 Toby Chenery Penny Smith Susie Dent 119
4907 15/10/2009 P Steve Wood 88 – 51 Robert Barnard Penny Smith Susie Dent 127
4908 16/10/2009 P Mark Greenhalgh 74 – 108 John Drinkwater Penny Smith Susie Dent 129
4909 19/10/2009 P John Drinkwater 30 – 109 Brian Selway Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 133
4910 20/10/2009 P Brian Selway 102 – 33 Jack Knowles Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 117
4911 21/10/2009 P Brian Selway 63 – 58 Cherry Barnett Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 131
4912 22/10/2009 P Brian Selway 94 – 45 Nicola Houston Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 123
4913 23/10/2009 P Brian Selway 96 – 68 Ray Pearson Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 117
4914 26/10/2009 P Brian Selway 95 – 54 Krishan Neelendra Jane Moore Susie Dent 117
4915 27/10/2009 P Brian Selway 81 – 59 Len Parker Jane Moore Susie Dent 124
4916 28/10/2009 P Brian Selway 106 – 41 Nick Jones Jane Moore Susie Dent 121
4917 29/10/2009 P John Dyer 60 – 45 Tim Curtis Jane Moore Susie Dent 132
4918 30/10/2009 P John Dyer 80 – 97 Gordon Vaughan Jane Moore Susie Dent 119
4919 2/11/2009 P Gordon Vaughan 76 – 91 Robert Brownlie Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 132
4920 3/11/2009 P Robert Brownlie 119 – 50 Ramesh Patel Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 129
4921 4/11/2009 P Robert Brownlie 75 – 85 Jeremy Baker Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 120
4922 5/11/2009 P Jeremy Baker 76 – 97 Ryan Taylor Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 128
4923 6/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 76 – 54 Chris Civil Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 119
4924 9/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 93 – 50 Geoff Morris Tim Vine Susie Dent 116
4925 10/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 106 – 104 Lesley Hines Tim Vine Susie Dent 148
4926 11/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 105 – 36 David Woodward Tim Vine Susie Dent 129
4927 12/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 123 – 68 Martyn Simpson Tim Vine Susie Dent 137
4928 13/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 89 – 76 Lucy Bolton Tim Vine Susie Dent 137
4929 16/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 103 – 51 Ryan Vickers Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 122
4930 17/11/2009 P Charlie Khoo 98 – 57 Andrew Herbertson Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 127
4931 18/11/2009 P Charlie Khoo 81 – 77 Joanne Britton Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 119
4932 19/11/2009 P Charlie Khoo 75 – 37 Anne Durham Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 119
4933 20/11/2009 P Charlie Khoo 97 – 83 Elliott Mack Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 120
4934 23/11/2009 P Charlie Khoo 79 – 97 Jennifer Bett David Lloyd Susie Dent 121
4935 24/11/2009 P Jennifer Bett 102 – 74 Paul Parkin David Lloyd Susie Dent 150
4936 25/11/2009 P Jennifer Bett 81 – 76 Sunil Parmar David Lloyd Susie Dent 128
4937 26/11/2009 P Jennifer Bett 52 – 89 Graham Jones David Lloyd Susie Dent 119
4938 27/11/2009 P Graham Jones 86 – 58 Tom Curran David Lloyd Susie Dent 121
4939 30/11/2009 P Graham Jones 66 – 84 Tom Allerton Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 129
4940 1/12/2009 P Tom Allerton 78 – 62 Adrian Coote Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 120
4941 2/12/2009 P Tom Allerton 95 – 65 Ritchie Hoyle Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 140
4942 3/12/2009 P Tom Allerton 80 – 50 Evan Gill Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 120
4943 4/12/2009 P Tom Allerton 88 – 94 Jan Parker Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 119
4944 7/12/2009 P Jan Parker 86 – 79 Adrian Lumb Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
4945 8/12/2009 P Jan Parker 91 – 67 Andrew Pollock Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 117
4946 9/12/2009 P Jan Parker 74 – 63 Gayle Knight Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 125
4947 10/12/2009 QF Andrew Hulme 86 – 42 Jacqueline Baker Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 118
4948 11/12/2009 QF Steve Wood 61 – 108 Chris Davies Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 138
4949 14/12/2009 QF Innis Carson 111 – 70 Jeffrey Burgin Rory McGrath Susie Dent 131
4950 15/12/2009 QF Brian Selway 71 – 91 Ryan Taylor Rory McGrath Susie Dent 116
4951 16/12/2009 SF Ryan Taylor 48 – 95 Andrew Hulme Rory McGrath Susie Dent 116
4952 17/12/2009 SF Chris Davies 102 – 97 Innis Carson Rory McGrath Susie Dent 118
4953 18/12/2009 GF Andrew Hulme 86 – 117 Chris Davies Rory McGrath Susie Dent 120

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