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Janet McRae

From Countdown

Janet McRae was the runner-up of Series 12 and a participant in the Supreme Championship.

She was a housewife from Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire. After winning 2 heats, she returned for the final rounds as #7 seed, beating Cathy Morgan via a very easy sudden death conundrum (RMADILLOA) in the quarter-final which gave her an opportunity for revenge against Matthew Francis in the semi-final. Francis had ended her run in the heats by pipping her on the conundrum, and history looked to be repeating itself in the semi-final when, with McRae again leading, he buzzed in after 1 second on the conundrum LEGALTIES. However, to McRae's relief, he offered LEGALITIES which was wrong, and she ran out the winner. In the final against Stephen Balment, a mistake in the final numbers game cost her a chance at a crucial conundrum, and she lost 81 – 66.

McRae did not play in Championship of Champions III, but did play in the Supreme Championship, losing in the first round to Damian Eadie.

Preceded by
David Reid
Series runner-up
Series 12
Followed by
Kevin Nelson

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
571 19/05/1987 P Janet McRae 64 - 39 Geoffrey Reynolds Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Lance Percival Freda Thornton 83
572 20/05/1987 P Janet McRae 34 - 25 Tony Donovan Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Lance Percival Freda Thornton 78
573 21/05/1987 P Janet McRae 51 - 57 Matthew Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Humphrey Lyttelton Freda Thornton 74
589 12/06/1987 QF Cathy Morgan 57 - 67* Janet McRae Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Steve Jones Julia Swannell ??
593 18/06/1987 SF Matthew Francis 47 - 55 Janet McRae Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Patrick Mower Julia Swannell 85
594 19/06/1987 GF Stephen Balment 81 - 66 Janet McRae Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Diane Solomon,
Patrick Mower
Julia Swannell 128
M38 18/12/1989–22/12/1989 M Janet McRae 84 – 61 Robert Violett Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman none Freda Thornton ???
1889 26/11/1996 fQF Janet McRae 38 - 62 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Catherine Stokes 72
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum