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Lawrence Pearse

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Lawrence Pearse
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionChampion
Seeding2
Points total438
Conundrums solved4
Lawrence Pearse

Lawrence Pearse was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 17, a semi-finalist in Championship of Champions V and a participant in the Supreme Championship.

A civil servant from Cheltenham, he made his debut on 22 February 1989, near the end of the series, where he beat Jim Saywell 53 – 34. Pearse won a further seven games to become an octochamp and #2 seed for the series behind the hotly-favoured Tim Morrissey. In the final rounds, Pearse beat Jean Tweddell and Vicki McCarthy on the way to the final against Evan Simpson. The final was a back-and-forth affair, with Simpson leading by 19 points after the first conundrum, but Pearse managed to stage a comeback, and with Simpson not scoring due to a series of messed-up numbers games and disallowed words, it was done and dusted by the conundrum — Pearse ran out the 80 – 64 winner and champion of series 17. His son Alex had also appeared in the same series, and they went on to play a Masters game against each other.

Pearse returned for Championship of Champions V, beating Michael Wareham in the first round before losing to Gino Corr in the semi-final, a game that is most remembered for the oft-repeated out-take where both contestants declared the word WANKERS [1].

Pearse returned one final time for the Supreme Championship in 1996, but was beaten by Jackie McLeod 47 – 45 in his first game.

Preceded by
Tony Vick
Series winner
Series 17
Followed by
Rajaretnam Yogasagarar

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
850 22/02/1989 P Jim Saywell 34 – 53 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 94
851 23/02/1989 P Anne Ives 40 – 51 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 84
852 24/02/1989 P Cathy Frank 49 – 57 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 94
853 27/02/1989 P Fuad Shammas 48 – 49 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 72
854 28/02/1989 P Nadine Roebuck 36 – 48 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 73
855 1/03/1989 P David Thompson 40 – 70 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 73
856 2/03/1989 P Karen Hoggarth 23 – 58 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 71
857 3/03/1989 P David Gledhill 12 – 52 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 72
862 10/03/1989 QF Lawrence Pearse 52 – 29 Jean Tweddell Simon Williams Georgia Hole 73
866 16/03/1989 SF Vicki McCarthy 24 – 49 Lawrence Pearse Simon Williams Georgia Hole 71
867 17/03/1989 GF Evan Simpson 64 – 80 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin, Frazer Hines Freda Thornton 140
M35 27/11/1989-1/12/1989 M Lawrence Pearse 75 – 77 John Clarke none Freda Thornton 138
1070 2/01/1991 CQF Michael Wareham 38 – 54 Lawrence Pearse Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 71
1073 7/01/1991 CSF Gino Corr 61 – 34 Lawrence Pearse Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 72
M96 Unreleased M Alex Pearse 80 – 77 Lawrence Pearse none ??
1876 7/11/1996 dQF Lawrence Pearse 45 – 47 Jackie McLeod Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 81
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