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Andy Platt was an octochamp in and the runner-up of Series 68, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions XIV. He is also an Apterite and member of c4countdown.
Appearances on the programme
Platt's octochamp run came when Countdown altered the 15 round format, so his first 4 shows were in the "original" 15 round format, while his second 4 shows were in the "new" 15 round format. In the final game to be played in the former format, he reduced Carl Anderson to the then joint lowest-ever score in a 15-round game with just 7 points.
Platt is the seventh person to have scored a century or more in all of his eight heat games. At the time, he also set a record for aggregate winning margin in preliminary games with 565, which has since been eclipsed by Dylan Taylor's 628.
Platt returned for the finals of Series 68, which was a shorter series than normal due to the 30th Birthday Championship running from January to March 2013. In his quarter-final, he trounced three-time winner Chris Ball by scoring in every round but one. Platt's victory in his semi-final against Eileen Taylor was also impressive in that he scored in every round, including ten points for a clever solution to a 4-large numbers game in which he multiplied 100 by 75 before cancelling down. His Grand Final battle against the top-seeded wunderkind Giles Hutchings proved to be much more difficult though, as Platt trailled 14 – 0 to Hutchings after the first two rounds. Although Platt managed to win Round 4, he then lost two more letters rounds and was beaten 95 – 86, but he did solve the conundrum to deny Hutchings a century.
Championship of Champions XIV
Platt returned in 2016 for Championship of Champions XIV, facing off against David Barnard in the first round. In a tight game, Platt prevailed 98 – 90 thanks to the crucial conundrum RITEWRONG. He then played Dylan Taylor in the quarter-finals, losing by 127 – 125, despite leading thanks to spotting URNFIELDS, meaning he has the highest losing score in the show's history.
Platt made his Co-event debut at CoChest finishing in 3rd place, which he then followed up with another 3rd place at COLIN 2012, then he won Group B at CoLei5. He subsequently attended COHUD, winning Group C, CobliviLon, COEDI and COLIN 2013, the latter of which resulting in a tie for 4th place with Matt Bayfield. He came 5th at COHUD2.
Appearances on Only Connect
Along with Apterites Stephen Read and Sam Prouse, he appeared in the 2019/20 series of Only Connect as part of the "Lexplorers" team. On their first appearance on 9 September 2019, they ended up winning their game comfortably by a scoreline of 10 – 34 against the Gladiators. They appeared in the second round on the 2 December 2019, and after a tough game, won 13 – 9 against the Suits. They appeared in the quarter-finals on 10 February 2020, and their run came to an end after losing 16 – 21 in a rematch to the Suits.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5662||19/03/2013||P||Sam McElhinney||67 – 114||Andy Platt||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||127|
|5663||20/03/2013||P||Andy Platt||112 – 25||John Wiseman||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||149|
|5664||21/03/2013||P||Andy Platt||108 – 32||Jacqui Kemp||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||133|
|5665||22/03/2013||P||Andy Platt||109 – 7||Carl Anderson||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||115|
|5666||25/03/2013||P||Andy Platt||100 – 33||Daniel Davies||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Richard Arnold||Susie Dent||120|
|5667||26/03/2013||P||Andy Platt||116 – 80||Alex Newton||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Richard Arnold||Susie Dent||127|
|5668||27/03/2013||P||Andy Platt||120 – 29||Josh Young||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Richard Arnold||Susie Dent||131|
|5669||28/03/2013||P||Andy Platt||110 – 51||Bob Windsor||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Richard Arnold||Susie Dent||134|
|5716||17/06/2013||QF||Andy Platt||115 – 29||Chris Ball||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Myleene Klass||Susie Dent||123|
|5720||27/06/2013||SF||Andy Platt||120 – 65||Eileen Taylor||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Myleene Klass||Susie Dent||126|
|5721||28/06/2013||GF||Giles Hutchings||95 – 86||Andy Platt||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Myleene Klass||Susie Dent||115|
|6280||6/01/2016||CP||Andy Platt||98 – 90||David Barnard||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gloria Hunniford||Susie Dent||129|
|6287||15/01/2016||CQF||Andy Platt||125 – 127||Dylan Taylor||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||145|