Series 63

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Series 63 was the fourth of six series to be presented by Jeff Stelling, and was won by Jack Hurst. Starting 21 June 2010, it took a two-week break and a further one-week break for racing during the summer and ended on 17 December 2010.

Series 63 champion Jack Hurst with his winning dictionaries and trophy.

Series 23, 25, 45, 63 and 68 are the only series in which the finals went completely true to the seedings (i.e., the higher seed always beat the lower seed, with no upsets). Perhaps surprisingly, it was the first 15-round series where this was the case.

Series 63 was a very strong series, featuring six Octochamps, most notably Jack Hurst who achieved the highest total ever, 946 points. Five Octochamps joined the 800 club during Series 63, the most in any series to date. In addition, during the racing breaks in July and August, three special episodes were broadcast, featuring the former contestants Micheal Harris, Lesley Hines, Kai Laddiman, Dinos Sfyris, Charlie Reams and Junaid Mubeen.

The series was the last to broadcast at 3.25pm, at which Countdown had aired since 2007.

Contents

Seeds

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Jack Hurst 8 946
2 Eoin Monaghan 8 898
3 Daniel Pati 8 840
4 Marcus Hares 8 834
5 Scott Gillies 8 810
6 Tom Rowell 8 774
7 Niall Young 7 726
8 Peter Godwin 7 705
Michael Chadwick, with 7 wins and 706 points, could have qualified for the finals as #8 seed, but was unable to play.

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

Jack Hurst (1) vs Peter Godwin (8) Jack Hurst (1) vs Marcus Hares (4) Jack Hurst (1)
vs
Eoin Monaghan (2)
Scott Gillies (5) vs Marcus Hares (4)
Daniel Pati (3) vs Tom Rowell (6) Daniel Pati (3) vs Eoin Monaghan (2)
Niall Young (7) vs Eoin Monaghan (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Series finals

Quarter finals

In the first 2 quarters, the top 2 seeds, Jack Hurst and Eoin Monaghan threw down the gauntlet early, by destroying Peter Godwin and Niall Young respectively, and in the process, dropped just 9 points between them. The third quarter looked like going the same way as Daniel Pati produced a perfect first 10 rounds against Tom Rowell, but despite his late comeback, Daniel held on comfortably. The fourth quarter between the 4th and 5th seeds, Marcus Hares and Scott Gillies, would be an altogether much tighter affair. Despite taking the lead from the first round, Scott was not given the chance by Marcus to get enough daylight between the pair, meaning that a crucial conundrum beckoned, and after 10 seconds, Marcus unscrambled the amusing anagram LARGEBAPS to set up a semi-final with Jack.

Semi-finals

The first semi-final between Jack and Marcus, was again a close affair. After Marcus took the lead with AUBADES, Jack took a slender advantage with NARIYALS, as the gap remained at 1 point with 4 rounds to go. But, after Marcus misdeclared UNTITLED as a 7, Jack finished it off with an amazing 4 large solve of 278, and getting the conundrum, BIATHLETE to win 109 – 80. The second semi-final between Eoin and Daniel was again tight, but after Daniel forgot to write down THEORISE, coupled with Eoin spotting OESTRONE and TOMATINE, the game was beyond Daniel. Eoin would win the match 108 – 77, to set up a #1 vs #2 seed match with Jack.

Final

As to be expected between the top 2 seeds of the series, the final lived upto expectations. Even though Jack grabbed an early advantage with ORGASMED, Eoin kept up the pace up until his first numbers game, which Jack solved. The 2 prodigies kept matching each other, and despite Eoin hoping for a tricky 6 small numbers at the end, it didn't materialise, leaving Jack to solve SMARTIACE, to win the final 113 – 85, dropping just 1 point in the final.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5064 21/06/2010 P Scott Gillies 87 – 67 Kevin Quinn Aled Jones Susie Dent 130
5065 22/06/2010 P Scott Gillies 122 – 26 Judith Hunt Aled Jones Susie Dent 133
5066 23/06/2010 P Scott Gillies 102 – 50 Helen Ingelbrecht Aled Jones Susie Dent 131
5067 24/06/2010 P Chris Longden 78 – 68 Jean Tierney Aled Jones Susie Dent 122
5068 25/06/2010 P Chris Longden 80 – 82 Annie Hawes Aled Jones Susie Dent 120
5069 28/06/2010 P Annie Hawes 75 – 77 Olive Collis Tim Vine Susie Dent 129
5070 29/06/2010 P Olive Collis 75 – 90 Ben Cooke Tim Vine Susie Dent 130
5071 30/06/2010 P Ben Cooke 63 – 84 Ryan Loughborough Tim Vine Susie Dent 126
5072 1/07/2010 P Ryan Loughborough 77 – 74 Jonathan Wynn Tim Vine Susie Dent 132
5073 2/07/2010 P Ryan Loughborough 97 – 75 Ali Kelly Tim Vine Susie Dent 117
5074 5/07/2010 P Ryan Loughborough 90 – 52 Samantha Rhodes Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 130
5075 6/07/2010 P Ryan Loughborough 81 – 63 Lee Prince Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 117
5076 7/07/2010 P Ryan Loughborough 75 – 51 Jill Cartwright Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 115
5077 8/07/2010 P Ryan Loughborough 50 – 64 Doug Elkins Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 116
5078 9/07/2010 P Doug Elkins 69 – 83 Chris Barrow Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 117
5079 12/07/2010 P Chris Barrow 103 – 61 Mark Oliver Shobna Gulati Susie Dent 128
5080 13/07/2010 P Chris Barrow 72 – 92 Richard Harris Shobna Gulati Susie Dent 130
5081 14/07/2010 P Richard Harris 95 – 49 Chloe Stone Andrew Castle Susie Dent 114
5082 15/07/2010 P Richard Harris 75 – 44 Ian Murphy Andrew Castle Susie Dent 121
5083 16/07/2010 P Richard Harris 91 – 65 Pete Burrows Andrew Castle Susie Dent 114
5084 19/07/2010 P Richard Harris 96 – 57 Sarah Ludgate Sharron Davies Susie Dent 121
5085 20/07/2010 P Richard Harris 86 – 87 David O'Flanagan Sharron Davies Susie Dent 129
5086 21/07/2010 P David O'Flanagan 101 – 86 Denise Hitchcock Sharron Davies Susie Dent 127
5087 22/07/2010 P David O'Flanagan 65 – 90 Tom Rowell Sharron Davies Susie Dent 116
5088 23/07/2010 P Tom Rowell 97 – 63 Dave Gawthrope Sharron Davies Susie Dent 120
5089 9/08/2010 P Tom Rowell 91 – 64 Paddy O'Connor William Roache Susie Dent 119
5090 10/08/2010 P Tom Rowell 104 – 58 Margaret Alldritt William Roache Susie Dent 119
5091 11/08/2010 P Tom Rowell 92 – 88 Andrew Mossford William Roache Susie Dent 128
5092 12/08/2010 P Tom Rowell 104 – 52 Matt Thorpe William Roache Susie Dent 115
5093 13/08/2010 P Tom Rowell 109 – 57 Joan Wright William Roache Susie Dent 120
5094 23/08/2010 P Tom Rowell 87 – 74 Jean Miles Gary Wilmot Susie Dent 128
5095 24/08/2010 P Matt Cecil 65 – 86 Peter Godwin Gary Wilmot Susie Dent 129
5096 25/08/2010 P Peter Godwin 78 – 73 Bruce Lambert Gary Wilmot Susie Dent 123
5097 26/08/2010 P Peter Godwin 94 – 67 Tom Newman Gary Wilmot Susie Dent 118
5098 27/08/2010 P Peter Godwin 90 – 54 David Lewis Gary Wilmot Susie Dent 120
5099 30/08/2010 P Peter Godwin 98 – 75 Jen Kain Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 119
5100 31/08/2010 P Peter Godwin 110 – 43 David King Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 123
5101 1/09/2010 P Peter Godwin 102 – 38 Mick Egan Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 154
5102 2/09/2010 P Peter Godwin 47 – 63 Lee Palmer Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 120
5103 3/09/2010 P Lee Palmer 52 – 112 Daniel Pati Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 132
5104 6/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 127 – 59 Barry Hughes Penny Smith Susie Dent 129
5105 7/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 95 – 50 Fran Clark Penny Smith Susie Dent 121
5106 8/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 98 – 73 Ben Ponniah Penny Smith Susie Dent 132
5107 9/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 105 – 42 Alan Egan Penny Smith Susie Dent 128
5108 10/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 97 – 60 Stephen Crawford Penny Smith Susie Dent 124
5109 13/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 113 – 20 Brenda Bagust Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 121
5110 14/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 93 – 62 George Meixner Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 121
5111 15/09/2010 P David Rayner 40 – 108 Eoin Monaghan Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 119
5112 16/09/2010 P Eoin Monaghan 105 – 66 John Shaw Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 128
5113 17/09/2010 P Eoin Monaghan 115 – 44 Pauline Wedell Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 131
5114 20/09/2010 P Eoin Monaghan 121 – 35 Dave Rudd Dave Spikey Susie Dent 130
5115 21/09/2010 P Eoin Monaghan 100 – 16 Clive Myers Dave Spikey Susie Dent 125
5116 22/09/2010 P Eoin Monaghan 120 – 60 Les Morrell Dave Spikey Susie Dent 129
5117 23/09/2010 P Eoin Monaghan 116 – 61 Angela Monk Dave Spikey Susie Dent 133
5118 24/09/2010 P Eoin Monaghan 113 – 32 Pete Hawksworth Dave Spikey Susie Dent 136
5119 27/09/2010 P Conor McCaughey 45 – 61 Heather Driver Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 118
5120 28/09/2010 P Heather Driver 93 – 80 Emma Looney Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 131
5121 29/09/2010 P Heather Driver 70 – 64 Nik Mackintosh Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 121
5122 30/09/2010 P Heather Driver 77 – 49 Martha Stevenson Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
5123 1/10/2010 P Heather Driver 60 – 89 Michael Chadwick Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
5124 4/10/2010 P Michael Chadwick 93 – 74 Phill Thorne Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 129
5125 5/10/2010 P Michael Chadwick 87 – 68 Ben Warth Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 140
5126 6/10/2010 P Michael Chadwick 111 – 75 Jude Bell Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 132
5127 7/10/2010 P Michael Chadwick 78 – 59 Elle Chilton-Knight Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 143
5128 8/10/2010 P Michael Chadwick 116 – 59 Sandra Lehane Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 143
5129 11/10/2010 P Michael Chadwick 88 – 49 Alan Byers David Lloyd Susie Dent 115
5130 12/10/2010 P Michael Chadwick 44 – 47 Andrew Greenway David Lloyd Susie Dent 131
5131 13/10/2010 P Andrew Greenway 66 – 114 Jack Hurst David Lloyd Susie Dent 124
5132 14/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 120 – 57 Ailsa Jensen David Lloyd Susie Dent 136
5133 15/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 112 – 46 David Smith David Lloyd Susie Dent 115
5134 18/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 122 – 44 Charlie Clarke Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 141
5135 19/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 120 – 56 Phil Bishop Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 131
5136 20/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 115 – 29 Joseph Bartram Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 119
5137 21/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 133 – 65 Alex Curran Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 134
5138 22/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 110 – 49 Jonathan Welti Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 131
5139 25/10/2010 P Jane Bates 80 – 84 Claire Casey Rory McGrath Susie Dent 131
5140 26/10/2010 P Claire Casey 73 – 82 Stevie Field Rory McGrath Susie Dent 141
5141 27/10/2010 P Stevie Field 91 – 80 Julian Joss Rory McGrath Susie Dent 130
5142 28/10/2010 P Stevie Field 75 – 96 Steve Turvey Rory McGrath Susie Dent 123
5143 29/10/2010 P Steve Turvey 100 – 58 Stephen Troop Rory McGrath Susie Dent 134
5144 1/11/2010 P Steve Turvey 62 – 87 Marcus Hares John Parrott Susie Dent 128
5145 2/11/2010 P Marcus Hares 116 – 40 James Bradley John Parrott Susie Dent 131
5146 3/11/2010 P Marcus Hares 97 – 45 Aron Brown John Parrott Susie Dent 120
5147 4/11/2010 P Marcus Hares 103 – 60 David Hilton John Parrott Susie Dent 117
5148 5/11/2010 P Marcus Hares 113 – 80 Oliver Moore John Parrott Susie Dent 131
5149 8/11/2010 P Marcus Hares 103 – 16 Ryan Curtis Colin Jackson Susie Dent 120
5150 9/11/2010 P Marcus Hares 111 – 62 Graeme Manning Colin Jackson Susie Dent 139
5151 10/11/2010 P Marcus Hares 104 – 48 Jamie Ashington Colin Jackson Susie Dent 131
5152 11/11/2010 P Nicky Miller 89 – 43 Bernice Mitchell Colin Jackson Susie Dent 142
5153 12/11/2010 P Nicky Miller 95 – 38 Margaret Regan Colin Jackson Susie Dent 130
5154 15/11/2010 P Nicky Miller 74 – 67 Rebekah Larner Dave Spikey Susie Dent 142
5155 16/11/2010 P Nicky Miller 65 – 98 Niall Young Dave Spikey Susie Dent 130
5156 17/11/2010 P Niall Young 79 – 47 Mary Green Dave Spikey Susie Dent 119
5157 18/11/2010 P Niall Young 90 – 60 Katy Fairlamb Dave Spikey Susie Dent 141
5158 19/11/2010 P Niall Young 89 – 49 Janet Dodsworth Dave Spikey Susie Dent 116
5159 22/11/2010 P Niall Young 87 – 73 Stuart Smith Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 121
5160 23/11/2010 P Niall Young 98 – 71 Rochelle Watkins Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 128
5161 24/11/2010 P Niall Young 97 – 83 Mark Bannister Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 128
5162 25/11/2010 P Niall Young 88 – 92 Greg Hayhurst Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 120
5163 26/11/2010 P Greg Hayhurst 85 – 77 Kate Spencer Gino D'Acampo Susie Dent 140
5164 29/11/2010 P Greg Hayhurst 96 – 44 Damian Colton John Suchet Susie Dent 118
5165 30/11/2010 P Greg Hayhurst 88 – 64 Alasdair Redmond John Suchet Susie Dent 114
5166 1/12/2010 P Greg Hayhurst 108 – 32 Pam Garrod John Suchet Susie Dent 119
5167 2/12/2010 P Greg Hayhurst 71 – 87 Denise Smith John Suchet Susie Dent 120
5168 3/12/2010 P Denise Smith 54 – 46 Adam Bevan John Suchet Susie Dent 111
5169 6/12/2010 P Denise Smith 89* – 79 Stephen Parnell Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 114
5170 7/12/2010 P Denise Smith 76 – 86* Mike Pickering Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 128
5171 8/12/2010 P Mike Pickering 95 – 87 Katy Hadfield Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 132
5172 9/12/2010 QF Jack Hurst 108 – 40 Peter Godwin Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 114
5173 10/12/2010 QF Eoin Monaghan 127 – 45 Niall Young Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 130
5174 13/12/2010 QF Daniel Pati 92 – 67 Tom Rowell Paul Zenon Susie Dent 123
5175 14/12/2010 QF Scott Gillies 90 – 92 Marcus Hares Paul Zenon Susie Dent 114
5176 15/12/2010 SF Marcus Hares 80 – 109 Jack Hurst Paul Zenon Susie Dent 118
5177 16/12/2010 SF Eoin Monaghan 108 – 77 Daniel Pati Paul Zenon Susie Dent 122
5178 17/12/2010 GF Jack Hurst 113 – 85 Eoin Monaghan Paul Zenon Susie Dent 114
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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