Becoming an octochamp. My 8th game wasn’t my best, but was against my best opponent up to that point (by FAR) and needed to solve the conundrum to become the 3rd highest scoring octochamp ever. Rachel read out loads of my achievements/records, which they never do, not even for the 2 players who scored higher than me. On camera I looked really uncomfortable but it’s just because I wanted to cry because I was so, so happy - as soon as the cameras stopped rolling, I had a massive weepfest and got loads of hugs from friends and family and my mentor told me he was really proud of me.
Then some people in the audience were coming up to me and telling me how brilliant I was (ok so most casual viewers don’t have a clue what the difference between a 750 octochamp and a 950 octochamp is, but it’s still nice). Rachel came backstage and gave me a hug (also NEVER HAPPENS) and my Dictionary Corner guest gave me her business card because she was looking to do a documentary on Britpop (never got back to me after my 2nd email :’( ). Then went to the pub surrounded by my favourite people, who were all analysing all the best bits of my games and delighted for me :'D Just felt like I was floating on air. Really magical.