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Antoinette Ryan

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Antoinette Ryan
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionRunner-up
Points total859
Conundrums solved3
Antoinette Ryan in her debut game...
...and again in the Championship of Champions XIV!

Antoinette Ryan was an octochamp in and the runner-up in Series 71, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions XIV.

Appearances on the programme

Heat games

Ryan began her run by impressively dispatching of two-time winner Rachel Evans. This game was notable for having a potential ambulance available – three back-to-back nines. Ryan managed one of the three, MISPLACED, and ended up with a very impressive debut score of 107. Ryan went on to achieve six more centuries, being helped along by brilliant spots such as PRIMROSE, PANTIHOSE, PERIANTH and VIRGATES. Ryan also performed impeccably in the numbers rounds, managing to score in every single one of the 32. Ryan dropped below 100 only once, in her seventh game. In the game, against Peter Douet, Ryan was held back by Douet's offering of GERBILS and by Douet unscrambling the conundrum STAGNATED in just nine seconds. Ryan finished with a comfortable 58-point win against Matt Willock, landing her as the #2 seed with 859 points – just two above the now #3 seed Tricia Pay.

Ryan's time on the show was particularly memorable due to there being ten nines available in her octochamp run – one of the highest numbers of nines available to any player in the history of the show. Because of this, the total number of points available to Ryan in her octochamp run was 1,093, matching the record held by Glen Webb's run in Series 69. Ryan is also considered to be one of the greatest female players in the 15-round era, up there with the likes of Jen Steadman, Tricia Pay and Ann Dibben.


Ryan returned just six days later to defend her unbeaten crown in the Series quarter-finals, against No. 7 seed David Stanford. The game was surprisingly close throughout, however Ryan managed to break away on the final numbers round, giving her the win. Her semi-final was also a close contest against No. 6 seed Laurence Killen, notable for Ryan and Killen being equidistant in opposite directions from the target in three of the game's four numbers rounds. However it was Ryan that took the game, outshining Killen in the letters rounds with AILERON and SOAKAGE. The excitement didn't end there, as Ryan's next game would be the series final, against the seemingly invincible Dan McColm. McColm took an early lead with the word SOLATIUM, however Ryan fought back by solving a numbers round that McColm didn't, landing her a 2-point lead after six rounds. Her advantage, however, didn't last long, as Ryan made a couple of risks that didn't pay off, giving McColm a 20-point lead before the final numbers round. Ryan's favourite numbers selection of six small didn't prove to help her, and with McColm also solving the conundrum LETHALITY in just four seconds, Ryan was declared the series runner-up.

Catsdown and Championship of Champions XIV

In 2015, Ryan reappeared in the studio, this time appearing as a contestant on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 7, Episode 9, assisting Sean Lock and Seann Walsh. She scored all the points available in the three rounds she participated in. Ryan made a second return in 2016 for the Championship of Champions XIV, losing to Mark Murray in the "Battle of the Leprechauns".

Preceded by
Andy Naylor
Series runner-up
Series 71
Followed by
Tracey Mills


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
6040 26/11/2014 P Rachel Evans 65 – 107 Antoinette Ryan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 157
6041 27/11/2014 P Antoinette Ryan 120 – 33 Tom Jordan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 134
6042 28/11/2014 P Antoinette Ryan 103 – 28 Kevin Duckworth Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 123
6043 1/12/2014 P Antoinette Ryan 104 – 79 Emma Brown Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 145
6044 2/12/2014 P Antoinette Ryan 118 – 51 Bob Currie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 157
6045 3/12/2014 P Antoinette Ryan 104 – 68 Justin Ray Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 120
6046 4/12/2014 P Antoinette Ryan 91 – 48 Peter Douet Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 124
6047 5/12/2014 P Antoinette Ryan 112 – 54 Matt Willock Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 133
6051 11/12/2014 QF Antoinette Ryan 82 – 65 David Stanford Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Arlene Phillips Susie Dent 121
6055 18/12/2014 SF Antoinette Ryan 102 – 88 Laurence Killen Nick Hewer Rachel Riley David Baddiel Susie Dent 132
6056 19/12/2014 GF Dan McColm 117 – 87 Antoinette Ryan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley David Baddiel Susie Dent 129
Cats42 10/07/2015 S Antoinette Ryan,
Seann Walsh
& Sean Lock
47 – 29 Joe Wilkinson
& Danny Dyer
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Bill Bailey Susie Dent 58
6285 13/01/2016 CP Antoinette Ryan 88 – 125 Mark Murray Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 140