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Ned Pendleton

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Ned Pendleton
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionQuarter-finalist
Points total664
Conundrums solved1
Ned Pendleton

Ned Pendleton was an octochamp and finalist in Series 64. He is a travel enthusiast from London. He is also an Apterite and a member of c4Countdown.

Pendleton debuted on 17 February 2011 in a game against Mark Jones. Despite having offered invalid words in the first two rounds, a good performance on the numbers (his preferred selection was 4 large) helped him to a 69 – 62 victory. His next two games were fairly close, but his scores improved and he completed an octochamp run on 28 February, notably also beating Dan McColm, who would become a series champion and CoC runner-up on his return.

Pendleton returned as number 5 seed for the quarter-finals, meaning that he drew fellow octochamp Andy McGurn. The game was extremely close and the scoreline was dead level going into a crucial conundrum which neither got right. It was ultimately decided on the sudden death conundrum ONIONPIGS, to which Pendleton buzzed in first, but under pressure offered an eight-letter answer. McGurn correctly found POISONING immediately after Pendleton's blunder, meaning that Pendleton suffered his only ever defeat. He also holds the dubious honour of being the first player to ever guess multiple conundrums incorrectly during the same game (outside of the Countdown Masters).

After appearing on the show, he made his CO-event debut at Co:Lon 2011, followed up by an appearance at CobliviLon. In 2015 he appeared on Two Tribes, Hive Minds and Only Connect, and in 2019 he appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? but failed to win a Faster Finger First question.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5207 17/02/2011 P Mark Jones 62 - 69 Ned Pendleton Debra Stephenson Susie Dent 141
5208 18/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 70 - 48 Colin Cox Debra Stephenson Susie Dent 116
5209 21/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 70 - 63 Andy Johnson Mark Foster Susie Dent 119
5210 22/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 92 - 59 Greg Bowler Mark Foster Susie Dent 127
5211 23/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 91 - 83 John Cornforth Mark Foster Susie Dent 122
5212 24/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 89 - 66 Dan McColm Mark Foster Susie Dent 118
5213 25/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 91 - 57 Jon Edmondson Mark Foster Susie Dent 120
5214 28/02/2011 P Ned Pendleton 92 - 54 Emmet Masterson Mark Durden-Smith Susie Dent 131
5275 31/05/2011 QF Ned Pendleton 89 - 99* Andy McGurn Gregg Wallace Susie Dent 118
*includes 10 points from tie-break conundrum