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Countdown genius ‘rarely watched’ the quiz before giving it a go

Octochamp from Kentish Town into the final

31 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Tom Silverlock, third from the right, with the Countdown team

AN engineer has secured a finalist’s place on the popular game show Countdown.

Tom Silverlock, who lives in Kentish Town, said: “I’ve always been quite good with numbers and words but rarely watched Countdown on TV. I thought I’d give it a go but definitely didn’t expect to win any games.”

He added: “One of my work colleagues came to the second recording and he was giving me motivational speeches. It was all a bit of good fun and my progress has been well received in the office with some of my colleagues watching the episodes.”

Filming resumes in September and the final will be screened around Christmas. Tom won eight shows – making him a rare “Octochamp”.

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