Clive Freedman (Series 6)
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|Clive Freedman (Series 6)|
From Newcastle, he first appeared in the final heat of Series 6, defeating Neil Wilkins before making way for the finals of that series. He returned at the start of Series 7, and due to an odd rule at the time, played and won a further eight games, becoming an octochamp and the only one to have won nine heats. He returned for the finals as clear No. 1 seed, beating Gary Franks 63 – 19 in the quarter-finals, but was stopped by eventual series winner Ian Bebbington in the semi-finals, losing 49 – 46.
His performances, however, were enough to earn him an invitation to Championship of Champions II, where he defeated Olivia Lloyd and Laurie Silver on the way to a final showdown against Peter Evans. Freedman was ten points behind going into the crucial conundrum, but after unscrambling APEXJOUST in 5 seconds and ANGLEHOAX in 3 seconds, he ran out the 91 – 81 winner, and only the second ever Champion of Champions.
Freedman also played a special 14 round game against Mark Nyman before the start of Series 10, which was billed as a "champion of champion of champions" game. Nyman won that game 76 – 67. He also appeared on the special episode to celebrate Countdown's 500th show on 2 February 1987, and competed in the Countdown Masters in 1989 and 1990.
Freedman returned in 1996 for the Supreme Championship, defeating Mick Keeble in the first round and Evan Simpson, by way of a sudden-death conundrum, in the second round, before losing to young Andrew Perry in the group final stage.
|Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions II
|Championship of Champions Winners|
I : Mark Nyman | II : Clive Freedman | III : Harvey Freeman | IV : Nic Brown | V : Tim Morrissey | VI : Wayne Summers | VII : Don Reid | VIII : Chris Rogers | IX : Natascha Kearsey | X : Scott Mearns | XI : Graham Nash | XII : Paul Gallen | XIII : Steve Briers | XIV : Dylan Taylor | XV : Zarte Siempre | XVI : Ahmed Mohamed