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Mandi Hale

Mandi Hale was the runner-up of Series 18.

She first appeared toward the end of the series, winning 5 heats before losing to Mark Cooper. She returned for the finals as #5 seed, and beat Derek Stuart-Clark in the quarter-final and octochamp Jonathan Anstey in the semi-final. The final against Rajaretnam Yogasagarar went to a crucial conundrum, but Hale was pipped at the post and ultimately had to settle for series runner-up.

Hale returned for Championship of Champions V, but was knocked out in the first round by Lindsay Denyer.

In 1996, Hale played in the Supreme Championship, where she was pitted against Brian Hudson in the first round. The game was very close, with Hudson pulling ahead at first but Hale evening up the score with BUSIEST. She then correctly reached the 381 target in the final numbers game to gain a ten-point lead. However, Hudson correctly solved the conundrum to set up a tie-break. LUNACYINN was revealed and it was Hudson who buzzed in with the correct answer to defeat Hale 58 – 48.

Hale's brother, Guy Phethean, also appeared on Countdown.

Hale appeared in an episode of The Crystal Maze, where her team lost heavily after only having 10 seconds on the clock for the Crystal Dome round (Details). She also appeared on the now-defunct Turnabout where she was a losing finalist. She also appeared on The Chase in 2012, along with Series 62 contestant Heather Badcock.

Preceded by
Evan Simpson
Series runner-up
Series 18
Followed by
Gino Corr


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
924 26/09/1989 P Mandi Hale 51 – 27 Rosemary Tame Dinah Sheridan Freda Thornton 73
925 27/09/1989 P Mandi Hale 41 – 30 Brian Burrows Dinah Sheridan Freda Thornton 72
926 28/09/1989 P Mandi Hale 46 – 27 Julian Bloom Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 83
927 29/09/1989 P Mandi Hale 54 – 36 Doris Beckerlegge Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 70
928 2/10/1989 P Mandi Hale 65 – 29 David Dillner Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 71
929 3/10/1989 P Mandi Hale 32 – 48 Mark Cooper Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 70
934 10/10/1989 QF Mandi Hale 53 – 47 Derek Stuart-Clark Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 70
935 11/10/1989 SF Mandi Hale 48 – 36 Jonathan Anstey Eve Pollard Catherine Clarke 73
937 13/10/1989 GF Mandi Hale 73 – 92 Rajaretnam Yogasagarar Frazer Hines,
Eve Pollard
Catherine Clarke 128
M63 11/06/1990–15/06/1990 M Jonathan Anstey 95 – 75 Mandi Hale none Della Thompson 137
1071 3/01/1991 CQF Lindsay Denyer 53 – 47 Mandi Hale Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 67
1871 31/10/1996 cQF Brian Hudson 58* – 48 Mandi Hale June Whitfield Susie Dent 83
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum
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