Thomas Carey

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Thomas Carey

Thomas Carey was an octochamp in Series 73.

During his octorun, he became only the 7th person in Countdown history to solve all 8 of his conundrums in his heats, with a combined time of 17.75 seconds, breaking Harvey Freeman's record which had stood since 1986. This helped him accrue his total of 923 points in his 8 wins, of which he scored a century in all of them. He has also been an Apterite since 2011 and is known for wearing a tea cosy on his head. Not only is he the first mouse to compete on Countdown, he is also the first to become an Octochamp, and the most racist mouse ever to appear on television.

Carey returned for the finals as #1 seed. In his quarterfinal, he overcame 5-timer winner Matty Artell where Carey impressively spotted TARIQAT. His word knowledge continued to shine in the semifinal, but a blank in the first two numbers and losing 18 points to Matthew Tassier’s play of OUTBRAVES put Carey 10 points behind before the crucial conundrum. Carey answered incorrectly, sealing victory for Tassier.

Carey will return to Countdown in January 2019 for the Championship of Champions XV, where he will face Stephen Read in the first round.

He has taken part in a number of unofficial Countdown tournaments. including CoLei4, CoNot 2011, CoChest, COLIN 2012, CoLei5, COHUD and CoChest2, and finished as runner-up in both COHUD 2015 and CoLeeds 2016.

His grandfather is Wilf Carey.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6210 17/09/2015 P Colin White 47 – 120 Thomas Carey Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 132
6211 18/09/2015 P Thomas Carey 122 – 25 Billy Richardson Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 135
6212 21/09/2015 P Thomas Carey 118 – 52 Alwyn Davies Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 129
6213 22/09/2015 P Thomas Carey 109 – 100 Adam Curran Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 131
6214 23/09/2015 P Thomas Carey 116 – 37 Mary Fox Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 121
6215 24/09/2015 P Thomas Carey 119 – 80 Brendan Duke Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 130
6216 28/09/2015 P Thomas Carey 109 – 41 Chris Selman Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 116
6217 29/09/2015 P Thomas Carey 110 – 62 Lee Nixon Sir Ranulph Fiennes Susie Dent 131
6271 15/12/2015 QF Thomas Carey 124 – 87 Matty Artell David Baddiel Susie Dent 136
6275 21/12/2015 SF Thomas Carey 94 – 104 Matthew Tassier Tim Rice Susie Dent 153
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