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Jack Waley-Cohen

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Jack Waley-Cohen (born 1979) is a British quizzer and company director. He was a co-host on the UK Game Show Totally Top Trumps, which was hosted by Sky Sports presenter Andy Goldstein, alongside regular panellists Rob Deering and Dan Clark.[1]


Waley-Cohen went to Eton College, and was on the school chess team alongside fellow what3words co-founder Chris Sheldrick.[2] He read Experimental Psychology at St John's College, Oxford, and was president of the Oxford University Quiz Society in 2000–2001.[3]

Quiz career[edit]

Waley-Cohen was a frequent contestant on game shows, winning episodes of Countdown, Weakest Link. Win Beadle's Money and Defectors [4]

In 2017, after a stint as a senior question writer, he took over from Alan Connor as the Question Editor (alongside David McGaughey) of the BBC Two lateral thinking quiz Only Connect,[5] a show which he had appeared on in 2007 with his team – 'the Lapsed Psychologists' – reaching the final[6] of the first series, where they lost to the 'Crossworders'.

In January 2017 Waley-Cohen appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity; his hypothetical donation to this imaginary museum was "A Book of Tom Swifties".[7]


  1. UK Game Shows, Totally Top Trumps
  2. Davidson, Lauren (22 February 2016). "Three words that say 'I know just where you are'". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. "Committee". Oxford University Quiz Society. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
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  6. "Low, Somehow a Vital Connection is Made (December 22, 2008)". Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "The Museum of Curiosity: Series 10: Episode 3". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 25 January 2017.


External links[edit]

Official website

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