Innis Carson

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Innis Carson

Innis Carson was an octochamp and semi-finalist in Series 61 and a participant in the 30th Birthday Championship. He was a Scottish chemistry student at Edinburgh University.

He made his debut in June 2009, and impressed with his high scores and rapid conundrum solves, his first 6 each being solved in under a second. His score of 861, made him the No.3 seed of Series 61, and after dispatching Jeffrey Burgin in the quarters, he came up against the No.2 seed, Chris Davies, and after beating him with INTENSE and SOLENOID, he had a 15 point lead with 2 rounds left, but he only got 1 away in the last numbers game, leaving it all hinging on the crucial conundrum EPITUSSLE, and with less than 5 seconds left, Davies unscrambled it to SLEEPSUIT, giving him the win by 102 – 97.

He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. He received a bye to the first round, and won his first game against Series 64 runner-up Adam Gillard by a score of 116 – 91. He then played Series 60 champion Kirk Bevins in a phenomenal match, decided on a second conundrum, after both Carson and Bevins incorrectly guessed the first one.

After filming the Countdown finals, he won the online Apterous Winter Closed 2009 Speed Demon tournament.

In May 2010, he attended and won his first unofficial Countdown tournament, Co:Lon 2010, and he returned to defend his title at Co:Lon 2011, but fared less well second time around. He then won the CobliviLon tournament in 2012, followed by winning COEDI on home turf in November 2012, where he set a new record for the highest score in a "live" (as opposed to online play) 9 round format game with a score of 99 in a preliminary game against Paul James. Carson has continued an impressive streak in Countdown tournaments, winning COLIN XI and Co:Glasgow in 2015, and the inaugural Countdown in Leeds in 2016.

In 2015, he appeared on Only Connect as part of the Scientists, with fellow apterite Ian Volante.


Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4847 25/06/2009 P Clive Brooker 68 – 106 Innis Carson Tim Vine Susie Dent 132
4848 26/06/2009 P Innis Carson 115 – 57 Martyn Brewer Tim Vine Susie Dent 121
4849 29/06/2009 P Innis Carson 111 – 61 Duncan MacPhail Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 119
4850 30/06/2009 P Innis Carson 108 – 43 Trudi Harding Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 121
4851 1/07/2009 P Innis Carson 102 – 43 Allan Barnes Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 139
4852 2/07/2009 P Innis Carson 94 – 47 Mike Moran Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 127
4853 3/07/2009 P Innis Carson 115 – 70 Danny Marsh Matt Le Tissier Susie Dent 129
4854 6/07/2009 P Innis Carson 110 – 67 Chris Bergman Donal MacIntyre Susie Dent 123
4949 14/12/2009 QF Innis Carson 111 – 70 Jeffrey Burgin Rory McGrath Susie Dent 131
4952 17/12/2009 SF Chris Davies 102 – 97 Innis Carson Rory McGrath Susie Dent 118
5629 25/01/2013 30B1 Innis Carson 116 – 91 Adam Gillard Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 137
5645 18/02/2013 30B2 Innis Carson 102 – 112* Kirk Bevins Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 120
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum
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