Jimmy Gough was the runner-up of Series 60.
In Gough's debut episode, transmitted on 11 May 2009, he defeated Paul Casimir 115 – 84, scoring in every round. Throughout his run, which would prove to be that of an octochamp, he got numerous nine letter words such as LIONHEART. On one occasion, he spotted two niners and achieved his highest score of 116, despite having offered baulkline ☓ as the solution to the conundrum scramble BAULKLINE.
Gough's final octochamp total of 782 points was exactly the same as Cate Henderson's. However, Henderson was declared the #2 seed over Gough because she answered more conundrums correctly in the heats. As the #3 seed for the quarter-finals, Gough thus took on James Doohan. In a closely-fought encounter, he led going into the conundrum by just 9 points. NINECARAT was revealed; neither player could spot INCARNATE (though Gough did make a good guess, centarian ☓), so Gough advanced to the semi-final. Therein, he beat Hamish Williamson by 30 points, largely thanks to the nine-letter word REEDLINGS. All that now remained was the grand final against The Kirkulator. Though Gough made a good showing, he was beaten a few times by Bevins, who maxed the first 13 rounds, and a very hard conundrum, ROVINGERA, defeated both grand finalists to relegate Gough to runner-up position.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4814||11/05/2009||P||Paul Casimir||84 – 115||Jimmy Gough||Steve Davis||Susie Dent||118|
|4815||12/05/2009||P||Jimmy Gough||106 – 78||Dave Sorensen||Steve Davis||Susie Dent||138|
|4816||13/05/2009||P||Jimmy Gough||96 – 84||Tony Hurst||Steve Davis||Susie Dent||121|
|4817||14/05/2009||P||Jimmy Gough||113 – 46||Sue Morgan||Steve Davis||Susie Dent||120|
|4818||15/05/2009||P||Jimmy Gough||116 – 53||Peter Tarrant||Steve Davis||Susie Dent||130|
|4819||18/05/2009||P||Jimmy Gough||86 – 58||Gerry Buckley||Rory McGrath||Susie Dent||143|
|4820||19/05/2009||P||Jimmy Gough||72 – 62||Kerr Nairn||Rory McGrath||Susie Dent||120|
|4821||20/05/2009||P||Jimmy Gough||78 – 38||Tony Larlham||Rory McGrath||Susie Dent||117|
|4839||15/06/2009||QF||James Doohan||74 – 83||Jimmy Gough||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||127|
|4842||18/06/2009||SF||Hamish Williamson||58 – 88||Jimmy Gough||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||164|
|4843||19/06/2009||GF||Jimmy Gough||59 – 102||Kirk Bevins||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||115|