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John Mayhew

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John Mayhew
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionChampion
Points total811
Conundrums solved7
John Mayhew

John Mayhew was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 53, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions XII.

“The Plymouth Pulverizer”, as he became known as on the show, started his Countdown career by deposing Gary Buxton from the champions chair with a century, following it up with another. He spotted 2 nines in his octochamp run: SUNDERING and INTERVALS, made obvious by sitting back and looking at the clock.

Returning for the finals, he beat Chris Hunt in the quarter-final in a tight game before defeating C4C forumite Jon O'Neill by just 1 point in a needle match. The final, Richard Whiteley’s last ever show due to his sad death, was a nerve-affected affair with neither playing great. The score was dead level going into the conundrum, and neither player managed to spot that ARTGENIUS became SIGNATURE, before Mayhew unscrambled FALSIFIED in 3 seconds to become series champion.

He returned for Championship of Champions XII, but was eliminated in the first round by Paul Howe, who impressively unravelled GEOMATICS to win by 30 points.

His own record of his experience on the show can be read on The Countdown Page here. There, he infamously claims that the Series 53 final had a third conundrum that was recorded but never broadcast, however no-one else who was present in the studio at the time recalls this event.

Preceded by
Mark Tournoff
Series winner
Series 53
Followed by
Conor Travers


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3873 17/02/2005 P Gary Buxton 58 – 106 John Mayhew Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 124
3874 18/02/2005 P John Mayhew 102 – 76 Pete Dance Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 116
3875 21/02/2005 P John Mayhew 91 – 48 Jean MacLachlan Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 135
3876 22/02/2005 P John Mayhew 118 – 42 Cliff Pettifor Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 141
3877 23/02/2005 P John Mayhew 99 – 63 Gus Aaron Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 121
3878 24/02/2005 P John Mayhew 92 – 57 Stuart Wright Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 132
3879 25/02/2005 P John Mayhew 93 – 54 Hedy Beecham Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 130
3880 28/02/2005 P John Mayhew 110 – 59 Joe O'Brien Philip Franks Susie Dent 118
3954 24/06/2005 QF Chris Hunt 73 – 97 John Mayhew Philip Franks Susie Dent 120
3958 30/06/2005 SF John Mayhew 89 – 88 Jon O'Neill Philip Franks Susie Dent 117
3959 1/07/2005 GF John Mayhew 86* – 76 John Brackstone Philip Franks Susie Dent 143
4117 2/06/2006 CP John Mayhew 87 – 117 Paul Howe Ron Atkinson Susie Dent 132
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum
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