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Dick Green

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Dick Green
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionChampion
Points total463
Conundrums solved4
Dick Green

Dick Green was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 15, and a participant in Championship of Champions IV and the Supreme Championship. He was a mature student and former Met Office worker from Bracknell.

He made his debut on Friday 13 May 1988, which was certainly unlucky for his opponent Chris Beith, as Green ran out the 51 – 16 winner. Green won seven more games to return for the finals as No. 2 seed. In the quarter-finals, he beat Frances Rush 75 – 65 in a closely-fought game, and dispatched Gavin Rogers 69 – 51 in the semi-finals. In the Grand Final, he faced boy wonder and hot favourite Allan Saldanha. The game had its fair share of controversy as, in round 11, Saldanha had YOLKED wrongly disallowed. Green eventually won following a crucial conundrum to become the champion of Series 15. Although Green would have won even if YOLKED had been allowed, Saldanha was awarded his own volumes of the Oxford Dictionary of English, identical to those of Green's.

Green was a favourite for Championship of Champions IV, being an undefeated Xicount with 688 points, but in the first round, he was drawn against another series champion, Tony Vick. The lead changed hands several times, with Vick trying the invalid fangle ☓ and Green returning the favour after being disallowed spacers ☓ to Vick's valid SCRAPED. Inevitably, the game went to a crucial conundrum, and Vick spotted that IFSTYMIED unscrambled to MYSTIFIED meaning that the Series 15 winner suffered his first ever defeat.

Green returned to Countdown one last time in 1996 for the Supreme Championship, defeating Fiona Davies in the Group A quarter-finals, with VALUATE and FOGEYS being among his offerings. In the group semi-finals, he faced the unbeaten Don Reid. The game was neck and neck until round 7, when Green beat Reid with DISCOED. However, he wasn't far enough ahead to avoid a crucial conundrum, and Reid knocked Green out of the championship by solving SPRAYHOLE in under two seconds.

Preceded by
Nic Brown
Series winner
Series 15
Followed by
Tony Vick


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
732 13/05/1988 P Dick Green 51 – 16 Chris Beith Derek Nimmo Della Thompson 67
733 16/05/1988 P Dick Green 61 – 33 Neil Carr Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 85
734 17/05/1988 P Dick Green 58 – 37 Dennis Byrne Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
735 18/05/1988 P Dick Green 58 – 44 Norma Cooper Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 74
736 19/05/1988 P Dick Green 50 – 26 Margaret Bright Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
737 20/05/1988 P Dick Green 64 – 16 Alison Abrams Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 72
738 23/05/1988 P Dick Green 53 – 39 Duncan Hale Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 72
739 24/05/1988 P Dick Green 68 – 20 Tony Morgan Gyles Brandreth Freda Thornton 75
752 10/06/1988 QF Frances Rush 65 – 75 Dick Green Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 81
756 16/06/1988 SF Dick Green 69 – 51 Gavin Rogers Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 83
757 17/06/1988 GF Allan Saldanha 70 – 81 Dick Green Richard Stilgoe, Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 115
813 2/01/1989 CQF Dick Green 43 – 51 Tony Vick Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 71
M17 24/07/1989-28/07/1989 M Dick Green 88 – 112 David Trace none Catherine Clarke 138
1856 10/10/1996 aQF Dick Green 56 – 35 Fiona Davies Nigel Rees Susie Dent 69
1859 15/10/1996 aSF Don Reid 59 – 56 Dick Green Philip Franks Susie Dent 73
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