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Series 69

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Callum Todd holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy after winning Series 69.

Series 69 ran from 1 July 2013 to 20 December 2013. The fourth of 18 series presented be Nick Hewer. The winner was Callum Todd, who became the first non-octochamp series winner in the 15-round era (excluding viscount Ben Wilson as in Series 46 only six wins were allowed) as well as the first player from the lower half of the seed table to win a 15-round series.

Series 69 is probably the strongest ever series of Countdown, with the top three seeds setting the first (Taylor), third (Steadman) and fifth (Webb) highest octotals in the 15-round era at the time, as well as the only series to date to have three members of the 900 club. All three also broke at least one record during their octochamp runs. Incredibly, Todd beat all three 900-club members in the finals en route to title glory. It also saw five-time winner Zarte Siempre, who later won Series 78, setting the highest score in a heat game (137) and the then-highest average score (109.33) by any other non-octochamp and non-finalist.

Midway through the series, in September 2013, the clock was replaced with a new design due to the previous one's hand resting on the left side of the face and a few of the lights not turning on in some episodes (notably during the 30th Birthday Championship). [1] The modified clock flashed whiter lights, as opposed to yellow, and the tailed hand was also replaced with a tailless one. [2] The previous design can be found in the corner of the ground floor of MediaCityUK.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Dylan Taylor 8 974
2 Jen Steadman 8 952
3 Glen Webb 8 945
4 Bradley Cates 8 862
5 Alex Fish 8 798
6 Jonathan Liew 8 754
7 Callum Todd 7 747
8 Gemma Church 6 602
Since Series 60, players are sorted by number of wins, then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums are not counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by the number of conundrums correctly guessed, then highest single-game score.

Finals progress

Dylan Taylor (1) vs Gemma Church (8) Dylan Taylor (1) vs Bradley Cates (4) Dylan Taylor (1)
vs
Callum Todd (7)
Alex Fish (5) vs Bradley Cates (4)
Glen Webb (3) vs Jonathan Liew (6) Glen Webb (3) vs Callum Todd (7)
Callum Todd (7) vs Jen Steadman (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
5722 01/07/2013 P Glen Webb 115 - 73 Kevin Safford Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Penny Smith Susie Dent 126
5723 Unreleased P Steve Grimble ? - ? Mark Harrison Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Penny Smith Susie Dent XXX
5724 03/07/2013 P Steve Grimble 84 - 77 Erin O'Reilly Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Penny Smith Susie Dent 135
5725 04/07/2013 P Steve Grimble 77 - 76 Kaz Ali Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Penny Smith Susie Dent 120
5726 05/07/2013 P Steve Grimble 71 - 81* Dan Skelton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Penny Smith Susie Dent 121
5727 08/07/2013 P Dan Skelton 38 - 84 June Glasspell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Maureen Lipman Susie Dent 121
5728 09/07/2013 P June Glasspell 88 - 57 Tom Stoddart Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Maureen Lipman Susie Dent 124
5729 10/07/2013 P June Glasspell 87 - 81 Jessamine O'Connor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Maureen Lipman Susie Dent 120
5730 11/07/2013 P June Glasspell 77 - 60 Alan Ottowell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Maureen Lipman Susie Dent 133
5731 12/07/2013 P June Glasspell 100 - 53 Mark Gower Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Maureen Lipman Susie Dent 144
5732 15/07/2013 P June Glasspell 55 - 69 Margaret Lawless Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 133
5733 16/07/2013 P Margaret Lawless 77 - 54 Richard Kilworth Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 132
5734 17/07/2013 P Margaret Lawless 67 - 10 Gen Baker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 121
5735 18/07/2013 P Margaret Lawless 84 - 76 Niall Breen Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 133
5736 19/07/2013 P Margaret Lawless 62 - 85 Rory Coleman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 154
5737 22/07/2013 P Rory Coleman 98 - 35 Cherry Ann Grant Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 120
5738 23/07/2013 P Rory Coleman 81 - 79 Graham Harrison Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 134
5739 24/07/2013 P Rory Coleman 76 - 118 Zarte Siempre Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 130
5740 25/07/2013 P Zarte Siempre 114 - 34 Ian Talbot Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 127
5741 26/07/2013 P Zarte Siempre 103 - 49 Brenda Widger Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 123
5742 29/07/2013 P Zarte Siempre 137 - 41 Michelle Furnell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 143
5743 05/08/2013 P Zarte Siempre 103 - 26 Sam Wheeler Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 124
5744 06/08/2013 P Zarte Siempre 81 - 120 Dylan Taylor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 121
5745 07/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 124 - 30 David Howard Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 146
5746 08/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 121 - 67 Tony Izzard Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 132
5747 09/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 113 - 47 Dominic James Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 122
5748 12/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 122 - 55 Mark O'Regan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 135
5749 13/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 129 - 22 Leone Mitchell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 143
5750 14/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 124 - 27 Mike Thompson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 126
5751 15/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 121 - 17 Russ Millhouse Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 125
5752 16/08/2013 P Steve Saunders 76 - 102 Gemma Church Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 125
5753 19/08/2013 P Gemma Church 78 - 55 Jan Woolnough Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 122
5754 20/08/2013 P Gemma Church 78 - 28 Karl Pryor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 124
5755 26/08/2013 P Gemma Church 86 - 70 Jake Mason Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 134
5756 27/08/2013 P Gemma Church 101 - 75 Scott Coyle Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 134
5757 28/08/2013 P Gemma Church 95 - 36 Amar Sangha Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 134
5758 29/08/2013 P Gemma Church 62 - 78 Peter Etherington Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 131
5759 30/08/2013 P Peter Etherington 52 - 104 Jen Steadman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 122
5760 02/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 112 - 19 Derek Knowles Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 120
5761 03/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 118 - 41 David Robinson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 121
5762 04/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 130 - 49 Ian Toulson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 132
5763 05/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 117 - 62 Ray Tate Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 120
5764 06/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 - 36 Helen Betts Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 131
5765 09/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 - 55 Ned French Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 147
5766 10/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 119 - 82 Ross Lander Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 131
5767 11/09/2013 P Natalie Corriette 84 - 49 Sam Felda Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jodie Kidd Susie Dent 120
5768 12/09/2013 P Natalie Corriette 84 - 56 Stephen Hiley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jodie Kidd Susie Dent 118
5769 13/09/2013 P Natalie Corriette 57 - 106 Alex Fish Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jodie Kidd Susie Dent 124
5770 16/09/2013 P Alex Fish 98 - 80 Michael Douglas Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jodie Kidd Susie Dent 131
5771 17/09/2013 P Alex Fish 96 - 77 Rick Palmer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jodie Kidd Susie Dent 135
5772 18/09/2013 P Alex Fish 112 - 59 Uday Patel Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Deborah Meaden Susie Dent 142
5773 19/09/2013 P Alex Fish 96 - 62 Suzannah Hemmings Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Deborah Meaden Susie Dent 130
5774 20/09/2013 P Alex Fish 93 - 56 Mike Fenn Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Deborah Meaden Susie Dent 123
5775 23/09/2013 P Alex Fish 103 - 68 Roy Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Deborah Meaden Susie Dent 124
5776 24/09/2013 P Alex Fish 94 - 65 Michael Richards Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Deborah Meaden Susie Dent 142
5777 25/09/2013 P Taz Bhuta 56 - 70 Ritch Greenwood Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Katherine Grainger Susie Dent 117
5778 26/09/2013 P Ritch Greenwood 80 - 66 Andy Sheppard Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Katherine Grainger Susie Dent 129
5779 27/09/2013 P Ritch Greenwood 58 - 70 Callum Todd Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Katherine Grainger Susie Dent 125
5780 30/09/2013 P Callum Todd 83 - 66 Adam Dexter Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Katherine Grainger Susie Dent 120
5781 01/10/2013 P Callum Todd 79 - 55 John Blaker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Katherine Grainger Susie Dent 121
5782 02/10/2013 P Callum Todd 101 - 40 Breda Sexton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 133
5783 03/10/2013 P Callum Todd 103 - 74 Ben Hendry Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 122
5784 04/10/2013 P Callum Todd 108 - 61 Lucy Bryden Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 133
5785 07/10/2013 P Callum Todd 114 - 77 Chris Allum Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 123
5786 08/10/2013 P Callum Todd 89 - 99* Abdirizak Hirsi Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 135
5787 09/10/2013 P Abdirizak Hirsi 113 - 40 Eric Emslie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Adie Susie Dent 125
5788 10/10/2013 P Abdirizak Hirsi 116 - 71 Fiona Hanrahan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Adie Susie Dent 133
5789 11/10/2013 P Abdirizak Hirsi 99 - 40 Michael Lillie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Adie Susie Dent 120
5790 14/10/2013 P Abdirizak Hirsi 86 - 62 Brenda Ware Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Adie Susie Dent 126
5791 15/10/2013 P Abdirizak Hirsi 107 - 119 Mark Hartnett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Adie Susie Dent 143
5792 16/10/2013 P Mark Hartnett 93 - 52 Edel Creely Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Arlene Phillips Susie Dent 133
5793 17/10/2013 P Mark Hartnett 92 - 55 Dan McDonnell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Arlene Phillips Susie Dent 122
5794 18/10/2013 P Mark Hartnett 101 - 111 Bradley Cates Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Arlene Phillips Susie Dent 131
5795 21/10/2013 P Bradley Cates 100 - 74 Sean Deloughry Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Arlene Phillips Susie Dent 142
5796 22/10/2013 P Bradley Cates 123 - 24 Andrew Bryce Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Arlene Phillips Susie Dent 125
5797 23/10/2013 P Bradley Cates 109 - 61 Kevin Bromboszcz Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 121
5798 24/10/2013 P Bradley Cates 118 - 64 James Clarke Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 146
5799 25/10/2013 P Bradley Cates 99 - 59 Margaret Thompson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
5800 28/10/2013 P Bradley Cates 107 - 44 Pat Burke Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 123
5801 29/10/2013 P Bradley Cates 95 - 64 Tom Conlon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 123
5802 30/10/2013 P Anne James 65 - 66 Joe Branker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 133
5803 31/10/2013 P Joe Branker 56 - 83 Alan Young Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 121
5804 01/11/2013 P Alan Young 78 - 42 Michael Dunne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 132
5805 04/11/2013 P Alan Young 106 - 63 Ian Kenny Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 132
5806 05/11/2013 P Alan Young 78 - 80 Michael McLaughlin Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 123
5807 06/11/2013 P Michael McLaughlin 85 - 65 Lee Ludlow Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 117
5808 07/11/2013 P Michael McLaughlin 34 - 84 Sarah Taylor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 127
5809 08/11/2013 P Sarah Taylor 104 - 77 Anne Lambert Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 146
5810 11/11/2013 P Sarah Taylor 114 - 40 Mandy Middleton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 131
5811 12/11/2013 P Sarah Taylor 82 - 94 Russell Secker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 133
5812 13/11/2013 P Russell Secker 39 - 90 Simon Whiteley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 122
5813 14/11/2013 P Simon Whiteley 90 - 63 Harveen Chugh Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 130
5814 15/11/2013 P Simon Whiteley 83 - 54 Mike Botto Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 119
5815 18/11/2013 P Simon Whiteley 102 - 37 Nick Moore Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 120
5816 19/11/2013 P Simon Whiteley 81 - 87 Philip Creed Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 130
5817 20/11/2013 P Philip Creed 51 - 63 June Madell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Selina Scott Susie Dent 134
5818 21/11/2013 P June Madell 53 - 84 Jonathan Liew Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Selina Scott Susie Dent 131
5819 22/11/2013 P Jonathan Liew 105 - 29 Pam Skingle Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Selina Scott Susie Dent 140
5820 25/11/2013 P Jonathan Liew 96 - 54 Sally Castle Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Selina Scott Susie Dent 127
5821 26/11/2013 P Jonathan Liew 100 - 69 Alistair Clayton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Selina Scott Susie Dent 123
5822 27/11/2013 P Jonathan Liew 68 - 66 Robin Gray Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 133
5823 28/11/2013 P Jonathan Liew 120 - 68 Richard Allan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 135
5824 29/11/2013 P Jonathan Liew 90 - 49 Tom Genge Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 120
5825 02/12/2013 P Jonathan Liew 91 - 71 Tricia Lockhart Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 125
5826 03/12/2013 P Tim Bluck 37 - 79 George Skinner Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 122
5827 04/12/2013 P George Skinner 49 - 68 Bea Hill Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 122
5828 05/12/2013 P Bea Hill 80 - 90* Rod Chatfield Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 120
5829 06/12/2013 P Rod Chatfield 95 - 29 Jamie Marriott Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 125
5830 09/12/2013 P Rod Chatfield 82 - 72 Rowena Martin Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 122
5831 10/12/2013 P Rod Chatfield 70 - 52 Joe Miall Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 123
5832 11/12/2013 P Rod Chatfield 97 - 65 Kevin Westlake Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 131
5833 12/12/2013 QF Dylan Taylor 108 - 76 Gemma Church Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 118
5834 13/12/2013 QF Jen Steadman 105 - 108 Callum Todd Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 133
5835 16/12/2013 QF Glen Webb 107 - 45 Jonathan Liew Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 128
5836 17/12/2013 QF Bradley Cates 116 - 85 Alex Fish Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 126
5837 18/12/2013 SF Dylan Taylor 121 - 103 Bradley Cates Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 133
5838 19/12/2013 SF Callum Todd 107 - 82 Glen Webb Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 138
5839 20/12/2013 GF Dylan Taylor 116 - 126 Callum Todd Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 134
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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