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John Cowen

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John Cowen
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionSemi-finalist
Points total799
Conundrums solved6
John Cowen in Series 77.

John Cowen was an octochamp in Series 77 and a participant in Championship of Champions XV. He is a maths graduate from Morecambe. He joined Apterous after recording his finals appearances. He also knows some Russian.


Appearances on the programme

Heat games

Cowen debuted on 19 July 2017 in impressive fashion, scoring the third highest total of the whole series on his debut as well as spotting the 9-letter word SPREADING. He missed out on joining the 800 club by 1 point, but nonetheless achieved four centuries and performed well in the numbers rounds in which he chose 6 small in every pick.


As a result of his preliminary success, Cowen returned for the Series 77 finals in December as #3 seed. In his quarter-final match, he thrashed fellow unbeaten player Michael Pfeffer, picking out the nine ANTINODES to prevail 105 – 49. In the semi-finals, he faced Bradley Horrocks, another player who picked 6 small most of the time (although he instead opted for 3 large there). However, his run came to an end after he had an incorrect solution to his final 6 small selection, meaning a crucial conundrum was avoided and gave the former the win by then.

Championship of Champions XV

Cowen returned to Countdown in January 2019 for the Championship of Champions XV where he played against Series 74 runner-up Ann Dibben in the second preliminary round of the tournament. He broke away and took the lead after perfectly solving his first 6 small selection. However, Dibben fought back to the point it was enough to force a crucial conundrum. Ultimately, he prevailed by unscrambling SHYBIRDIE in a second. He took on Bradley Horrocks in the Quarter-finals. The pair played a close run game and eventually Horrocks secured a second victory over Cowen with 99 points to Cowen's 96 points after both players gave incorrect answers to the crucial conundrum.


Cowen made his Co-event debut in Leeds in 2018 where he reunited with Horrocks.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6626 19/07/2017 P Shabir Alidina 53 – 128 John Cowen Chris Packham Susie Dent 136
6627 20/07/2017 P John Cowen 106 – 24 Tom Blessington Chris Packham Susie Dent 129
6628 21/07/2017 P John Cowen 79 – 38 Raf Seneviratne Chris Packham Susie Dent 136
6629 24/07/2017 P John Cowen 97 – 74 Andrew Alden Chris Packham Susie Dent 125
6630 25/07/2017 P John Cowen 103 – 77 David Marsh Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 141
6631 26/07/2017 P John Cowen 104 – 35 Pete Hall Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 121
6632 27/07/2017 P John Cowen 88 – 64 Sue Wishart Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 133
6633 28/07/2017 P John Cowen 94 – 46 Vivek Mathews Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 121
6732 18/12/2017 QF John Cowen 105 – 49 Michael Pfeffer Rufus Hound Susie Dent 123
6735 21/12/2017 SF Bradley Horrocks 95 – 83 John Cowen Rufus Hound Susie Dent 134
6981 3/01/2019 CP Ann Dibben 94 – 97 John Cowen Kate Humble Susie Dent 129
6989 15/01/2019 CQF John Cowen 96 – 99 Bradley Horrocks Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 136
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