Elliott Mellor

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Elliott Mellor in Series 80.
Elliott Mellor solving the conundrum in Episode 6949.

Elliott Mellor was an octochamp in and the runner-up of Series 80. He is a Maths Student at Manchester Metropolitan University from Oldham. He is also an Apterite who peaked at No.1 in the Pro Ranks on Apterous, less than 12 months after joining the site.

Arguably one of the most talented and dominant Apterites ever, he made his TV debut on 9 November 2018 as the audience member who solved the conundrum after a failed attempt from both contestants.

Mellor first appeared as a contestant in Series 80 on Thursday 16 May 2019 against 2 game winner Arran Cleminson, maxing 13 rounds and setting the highest-ever debut score in the new 15-round format: 131. He spotted impressive word findings such as TAIAPURE and NEOTERISM, while Cleminson scored only in the four numbers rounds. The following day, three 9-letter words helped him card the highest-ever score of 152, toppling Zarte Siempre's four-month old record of 150. A third consecutive 13-max performance followed, which also marked the first ever consecutive hat trick of scores over 130. During his fifth match, Mellor shattered yet another record by defeating his challenger Kieran Matley by 133 points, overcoming the previous record winning margin by 21. Mellor wrapped up his octochamp run with a record cumulative score of 1,061 – the first ever over 1,000 – overhauling Dylan Taylor’s record by 87 points. His average heat score is also the first ever over 125 (132.625).

Qualifying as the #1 seed, Mellor faced the #8 seed and 6-time winner Mark Decouto. Although Mellor never went behind in the game, he undoubtedly faced his toughest opposition to date. Decouto reduced Elliott to his lowest score to date of 109 to 73, having beaten Mellor with the 8-letter word PROCLAIM. Nevertheless, Mellor beat Decouto comfortably, although Decouto was only 13 points behind by Round 12. Mellor next defeated #4-seeded Maggie Barlow with a commanding performance featuring 13 maxed rounds, including the darrenic CAJEPUT and MELODION and a sub-second solution on the tricky conundrum IBURPTOOL.

In the final against number 2 seed Dinos Sfyris, Mellor lost out on a potential 18 points in the first round after deciding not to risk the nine letter word FILATURES. However, Sfyris defeated Mellor in the first numbers game to take the lead. Throughout the game, Mellor clawed his way back to near distance of Sfyris with his plays of COALISED and DEFROST. However, eventually Sfyris solved a very difficult crucial conundrum – ending Mellor’s run of 10 solved conundrums in a row – and won the series by 20 points as Mellor took his first defeat. Nonetheless, Mellor broke yet another record set by Siempre two series ago; highest cumulative score, 1,373 points, over a single series. Clips of the Grand Final match were shown on Celebrity Gogglebox on 5 July 2019.

Away from Countdown, Mellor enjoys tennis.

Preceded by
Martin May
Series runner-up
Series 80


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
7076 16/05/2019 P Arran Cleminson 40 – 131 Elliott Mellor Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
7077 17/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 152 – 40 John Hadfield Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 154
7078 20/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 133 – 38 Dave Trotter Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 136
7079 21/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 118 – 16 Sam Ashworth Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 125
7080 22/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 143 – 10 Kieran Matley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 145
7081 23/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 126 – 10 Monica Quadri Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 127
7082 24/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 125 – 11 Saul Rothwell Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 134
7083 27/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 133 – 42 Sam Hendry Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 134
7101 20/06/2019 QF Elliott Mellor 109 – 73 Mark Decouto Rufus Hound Susie Dent 119
7105 26/06/2019 SF Elliott Mellor 120 – 80 Maggie Barlow Richard Arnold Susie Dent 124
7107 28/06/2019 GF Elliott Mellor 83 – 103 Dinos Sfyris Richard Arnold Susie Dent 131
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