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Series 6

From Countdown

Series 6 ran from January 1985 to March 1985, with most episodes broadcast at 4:30pm. The sixth of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley, it was won by Darryl Francis.

During Series 6, Michael Wylie is believed to have begun the tradition of setting conundrum scrambles manually rather than simply rearranging all the letters at random.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Helen Grayson 7 437
2 Darryl Francis 8 436
3 Laurie Silver 7 362
4 Olivia Lloyd 5 229
5 Robert Healan 3 127
6 Adam Gilinsky 3 112
7 Neil Wilkins 2 104
8 Peter Hillman 2 102
Between Series 3 and Series 20, players were ranked by total number of points, including winning and drawing scores, but not losing ones.

Finals progress

Helen Grayson (1) vs Peter Hillman (8) Helen Grayson (1) vs Olivia Lloyd (4) Olivia Lloyd (4)
vs
Darryl Francis (2)
Robert Healan (5) vs Olivia Lloyd (4)
Laurie Silver (3) vs Adam Gilinsky (6) Adam Gilinsky (6) vs Darryl Francis (2)
Neil Wilkins (7) vs Darryl Francis (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
235 07/01/1985 P Ann Goodsell 30 - 45 Laurie Silver Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 71
236 08/01/1985 P John Anderson 22 - 54 Laurie Silver Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 69
237 09/01/1985 P Laurie Silver 61 - 51 Pauline Clarke Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 69
238 10/01/1985 P Laurie Silver 51 - 35 Colin Davis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 71
239 11/01/1985 P Laurie Silver 38 - 29 Kim Hathaway Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
240 14/01/1985 P Laurie Silver 55 - 46 Alan Vogt Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 83
241 15/01/1985 P Laurie Silver 58 - 29 Susan Hobin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
242 16/01/1985 P Laurie Silver 32 - 38 Ian Lowe Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 72
243 17/01/1985 P Ian Lowe 61 - 18 Mary Spencer Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 73
244 18/01/1985 P Ian Lowe 33 - 38 Steven Tew Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 72
245 21/01/1985 P Darryl Francis 47 - 46 Steven Tew Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 68
246 22/01/1985 P Andrew Mason 26 - 60 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 72
247 24/01/1985 P Diana Mills 18 - 51 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 68
248 25/01/1985 P Darryl Francis 52 - 49 Alan Carvell Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 73
249 27/01/1985 P Irene Pollard 21 - 41 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
250 28/01/1985 P Clive Simkin 16 - 57 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
251 29/01/1985 P Armand Gilinsky 47 - 69 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
252 30/01/1985 P Tom Roberts 5 - 59 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 70
253 31/01/1985 P Ann Francis 40 - 42 Adam Gilinsky Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 82
254 01/02/1985 P David Hudson 24 - 25 Adam Gilinsky Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 69
255 04/02/1985 P Paola Fabrizi 32 - 45 Adam Gilinsky Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 71
256 05/02/1985 P Robert Healan 38 - 30 Adam Gilinsky Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 69
257 06/02/1985 P Robert Healan 42 - 38 Sally Hampson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Liz Fraser Yvonne Warburton 71
258 07/02/1985 P Robert Healan 47 - 43 Malcolm Erridge Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Liz Fraser Yvonne Warburton 70
259 08/02/1985 P David Cornwell 53 - 34 Robert Healan Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Liz Fraser Yvonne Warburton 70
260 11/02/1985 P David Cornwell 39 - 42 Sheila Alder Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Liz Fraser Yvonne Warburton 70
261 12/02/1985 P Richard MacFarlane 27 - 29 Sheila Alder Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Liz Fraser Yvonne Warburton 90
262 13/02/1985 P Olivia Lloyd 52 - 35 Sheila Alder Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Liz Fraser Yvonne Warburton 70
263 14/02/1985 P Olivia Lloyd 36 - 16 Oksana Last Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 69
264 15/02/1985 P Olivia Lloyd 44 - 35 Paul Cook Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 70
265 18/02/1985 P Olivia Lloyd 57 - 42 Philippa Spencer Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 72
266 19/02/1985 P Olivia Lloyd 40 - 37 Rodney Smith Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 74
267 20/02/1985 P Olivia Lloyd 42 - 62 Helen Grayson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 69
268 21/02/1985 P Helen Grayson 69 - 28 John Elliott Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Yvonne Warburton 70
269 22/02/1985 P Helen Grayson 56 - 45 Diana Gritt Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 68
270 25/02/1985 P Helen Grayson 66 - 17 Ian Shepherd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton ??
271 26/02/1985 P Helen Grayson 69 - 39 Malcolm McMaster Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 71
272 27/02/1985 P Helen Grayson 55 - 27 Danis Ullah Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 68
273 28/02/1985 P Helen Grayson 60 - 17 Neil Harris Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin Yvonne Warburton 69
274 01/03/1985 P Linda Maddock 44 - 49 Alan Henrickson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 67
275 04/03/1985 P Stephen Bryant 58 - 31 Alan Henrickson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 73
276 05/03/1985 P Stephen Bryant 39 - 50 Valerie Johnstone Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 71
277 06/03/1985 P Peter Hillman 50 - 48 Valerie Johnstone Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 72
278 07/03/1985 P Peter Hillman 52 - 45 Muriel Ainslie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 71
279 08/03/1985 P Peter Hillman 38 - 54 Neil Wilkins Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 72
280 11/03/1985 P Ruth Whitehouse 46 - 50 Neil Wilkins Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 69
281 12/03/1985 P Clive Freedman 64 - 30 Neil Wilkins Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 72
282 13/03/1985 QF Helen Grayson 54 - 18 Peter Hillman Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Julia Swannell 68
283 14/03/1985 QF Neil Wilkins 35 - 56 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Julia Swannell 68
284 15/03/1985 QF Adam Gilinsky 34 - 30 Laurie Silver Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Julia Swannell 93
285 18/03/1985 QF Olivia Lloyd 57 - 54 Robert Healan Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Julia Swannell 71
286 19/03/1985 SF Olivia Lloyd 59 - 53 Helen Grayson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Julia Swannell 74
287 20/03/1985 SF Adam Gilinsky 34 - 72 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Julia Swannell 74
288 21/03/1985 GF Olivia Lloyd 37 - 69 Darryl Francis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth, Richard Stilgoe Julia Swannell 113

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