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Edward Byrne

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Edward Byrne
Octochamp Statistics
Final position -
Seeding-
Points total969
Conundrums solved7
Edward Byrne in Series 71...
...and eight years later in Series 86!

Edward "Ed" Byrne was a contestant in Series 71 and an octochamp in Series 86. He is also an Apterite. In his 1st appearance, he was studying history, politics and Irish language in University College Dublin. As of his 2nd appearance, he was a Civil Servant from Dublin. In addition, although his nameplate read Edward, he was referred to as Ed. Notably, Byrne's appearances in his second run span Anne Robinson's final eight shows as presenter. Byrne will almost certainly return for the finals in December 2022.

Byrne made his debut as a contestant in the near-end of Series 71 in 2014, winning his first game on a crucial conundrum and losing his second game to another crucial. However, he was allowed to return more than 7 and a half years later, in 2022, to compete in Series 86. After years of practising on Apterous and participating in Co-events, Byrne resumed his winning streak with a century over Paul Harcourt. His octochamp pursuit was not halted this time, after winning 8 games without falling below 104. As well as becoming an octochamp on Anne Robinson's final episode against fellow Civil Servant Matt Greer (in which Byrne found back-to-back nine-letter words), he also joined the 900 club, with 969 points to his tally (the 5th highest of all time). He also became the second octochamp in the first 18 episodes of the series, and recorded the then-highest score of 2022, having racked up 143 points in Robinson's last show. Clips of the 7th game of his second run were shown on Celebrity Gogglebox on 15 July.

In 2015, he organised and co-hosted the first Countdown in Dublin. In 2017, Byrne won his first Co-event, defeating James Robinson in the COLIN XIII: The Hangover final.

In 2016, he participated in the Irish Open Scrabble tournament.

In 2020, he appeared on First Dates Ireland on RTÉ 2, and also participated on ZoomDown.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
6036 20/11/2014 P Malcolm Fletcher 74 - 93 Edward Byrne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 135
6037 21/11/2014 P Edward Byrne 73 - 88 Andrew Avery Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 120
7797 04/07/2022 P Paul Harcourt 50 - 112 Edward Byrne Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 131
7798 05/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 140 - 40 Sarah Booth Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 142
7799 06/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 117 - 42 Daniel Gittins Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 125
7800 07/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 115 - 33 Mark Redmond Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 124
7801 08/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 115 - 51 Lucy Gross Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 131
7802 11/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 104 - 56 Anthony Wilson Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 122
7803 12/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 123 - 14 James Wright Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 132
7804 13/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 143 - 58 Matt Greer Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 145