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The 2016 Times Crossword Championship Final

Here are the results of the final of the 2016 Times Crossword Championship. The figures in parentheses are competitors' scores out of 90, where 1 point was awarded for each of the 90 clues solved correctly.

1 Mark Goodliffe (90)
2 Simon Chillingworth (90)
3 Roger Crabtree (90)
4 Neil Robinson (90)
5 Alan Dorn (90)
6 Peter Steggle (90)
7 Michael Wareham (90)
8 David Howell (89)
9 Helen Ougham (89)
10 John McCabe (89)
11 Toby Brereton (89)
12 Guy Haslam (89)
13 Chris Price (89)
14 Peter King (88)
15 Nick Petty (88)
16 Matthew Marcus (87)
17 Richard Jacks (87)
18 Tom Stubbs (86)
19= Phil Jordan (79)
19= Mike Davis (79)
21 Marcos Fernandes (77)
22 Jonathan Carter (75)
23 Angus Walker (67)
24 Sue Prout (65)

Congratulations once again to Mark Goodliffe, who claimed his 10th championship win, equalling John Sykes's record. Congratulations also: to Simon Chillingsworth, Roger Crabtree and Neil Robinson for their highest finishing places to date; and to Peter Steggle, Chris Price, Angus Walker and Sue Prout who all reached the final for the first time.

The generally low scores support the claim that these were probably the hardest set of final puzzles since the Championship reappeared in its new form in 2006. It's very likely that there would have been more all-correct solutions had not Neil Talbott and Simon Hanson, who have both twice finished second to Mark Goodliffe, not made mistakes in the preliminary rounds. (I don't know about Simon's, but Neil's was a slip of the pen which he didn't spot when checking.) David Howell and Helen Ougham slipped up similarly in the final, but they had both chosen to forgo checking in favour of speed.

For the second year running I failed to achieve my target of reaching the final and solving all the puzzles correctly. This time I got badly stuck in one corner of the third puzzle in my preliminary and finishing 16th. I did, however, solve all three final puzzles correctly in the allotted hour as a member of the audience, but with just 12 seconds to spare!
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