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Daren Barnes

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Daren Barnes
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionQuarter-finalist
Points total719
Conundrums solved6
Daren Barnes in Series 86.

Daren Barnes was an octochamp and quarter-finalist in Series 86. At the time of the recording of his shows, he was a supermarket duty manager from East Wittering, West Sussex.

Debuting in the second show of the series, Barnes edged Steven Etherington to end Etherington's run in his eighth game. After surviving a very good comeback by June Knott and close competition set by Apterite Graham Harrison, Barnes achieved a personal best of 103 in his sixth game, before seeing off his eighth opponent to become the first octochamp of the series. He averaged just under 90 points per game and correctly solved six conundrums, all between one and five seconds, three of which were crucial.

Barnes returned for the finals as the sixth seed, where he faced off against Quinn Bartlett in the third quarter-final. Despite taking an 11-point lead early on, with Bartlett having dilutor ☓ disallowed and a spot of BESTOW in Round 5 coming from Barnes, he was eventually overpowered by Bartlett's particularly impressive numbers performance, with Bartlett also spotting words like RURALITE in Round 10. This meant Barnes suffered his only defeat, finishing with a final total of 792 points and an average of 88 points a game across his run.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
7788 21/06/2022 P Steven Etherington 78 – 84 Daren Barnes Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Rinder 125
7789 22/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 85 – 50 Laurence Freeman Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Rinder 135
7790 23/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 94 – 68 Paul Moore Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 125
7791 24/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 85 – 77 June Knott Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 134
7792 27/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 99 – 94 Graham Harrison Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 132
7793 28/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 103 – 57 Martin Colbert Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 121
7794 29/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 82 – 67 Richard Wagler Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 121
7795 30/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 87 – 64 Chris Canham Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 137
7917 19/12/2022 QF Quinn Bartlett 108 – 73 Daren Barnes Colin Murray Rachel Riley Neil Delamere Susie Dent 134