Robin McKay

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Robin McKay

Robin McKay was an octochamp in Series 74, and one of a very few contestants to have made eight century scores in their heat games. He is an Apterite and a passionate Wigan Athletic fan (the only one in the world).

His début score of 129 is the joint-highest by any contestant in the history of the show (along with Giles Hutchings in Series 68 and Jamie Ilett-Jones in Series 71). He is known for his catchphrase "What you do is..." at the start of any numbers solution.

A total of 1119 points were available to McKay during his octochamp run, the highest total ever available to a player who did in fact go on to become an octochamp.

McKay returned for the finals as number 2 seed, and defeated Sean Cooke in the quarter-final to set up a semi-final with number 3 seed Ann Dibben. With only four points separating them in their octoruns, this was always going to be a tight game, and viewers were not disappointed as McKay and Dibben equalled each other in 12 of the first 14 rounds, with Dibben going into the crucial conundrum with a 1 point advantage. Neither player solved MEMYSHAPE, and so McKay was defeated, but finished with an impressive record of 10 centuries in 10 games.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6362 18/05/2016 P Tony Lock 42 – 129 Robin McKay Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 143
6363 19/05/2016 P Robin McKay 102 – 54 Kevin Dixon Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 140
6364 20/05/2016 P Robin McKay 107 – 52 Mel Mills Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 123
6365 23/05/2016 P Robin McKay 111 – 40 Si Prendergast Michael Buerk Susie Dent 146
6366 24/05/2016 P Robin McKay 112 – 8 Struan Charters Michael Buerk Susie Dent 166
6367 25/05/2016 P Robin McKay 109 – 49 John Goodall Michael Buerk Susie Dent 134
6368 26/05/2016 P Robin McKay 107 – 23 Jason Vincent Michael Buerk Susie Dent 145
6369 27/05/2016 P Robin McKay 111 – 44 Aden Brooks Michael Buerk Susie Dent 122
6379 13/06/2016 QF Robin McKay 107 – 72 Sean Cooke Richard Madeley Susie Dent 132
6383 23/06/2016 SF Robin McKay 112 – 113 Ann Dibben Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 144
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