Eugene Corr, known on Countdown as Gino Corr, was the runner-up of Series 19 and Championship of Champions V, as well as a participant in the Supreme Championship. He was a mature student from Aberdeen in Scotland who had previously worked in the oil industry but then worked in management.
He won four games towards the very end of the series, but lost the final heat game of the series to Duncan Dale-Emberton. Nonetheless, he returned for the final rounds as #5 seed, beating Maureen Harmer and Lindsay Denyer on his way to the final. He lost the final, however, to Michael Wareham.
Corr's performances, not to mention his near-legendary wit and personality, saw him return for Championship of Champions V. There, he beat Jonathan Anstey in the first round and went on to beat Lawrence Pearse in the semi-final, in the process making the most famous letters declaration never to be shown on Countdown, as can be seen here. In the final, Corr lost a close match to Irish wunderkind Tim Morrissey.
On 9 March 1995, the conundrum was GINOCORRD in reference to him.
Corr returned for the Supreme Championship in 1996. He was assigned to Group D and faced Steve Balment in the first round. Corr took a 15 – 0 lead after two rounds with the words CANAPES and DILUTION. However, he went on to choose an unusual selection of 3 large numbers and it backfired on him as Balment got closer to the target than he did. A crucial conundrum was necessary, but Corr could still win unless his opponent solved it. MENTALDIP was turned over and Corr buzzed after only one second, but got the answer wrong. Balment went on to correctly guess IMPLANTED, ending Corr's Countdown career.
Corr sadly passed away in 2014.
|Champion of Champions runner-up
Championship of Champions V
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|991||15/03/1990||P||Gino Corr||54 – 42||Iqbal Hussein||Sylvia Syms||Freda Thornton||73|
|992||16/03/1990||P||Gino Corr||54 – 14||Jean Read||Sylvia Syms||Freda Thornton||70|
|993||19/03/1990||P||Gino Corr||48 – 28||Michael Wilson||Sylvia Syms||Freda Thornton||75|
|994||20/03/1990||P||Gino Corr||43 – 37||Peter Morris||Sylvia Syms||Freda Thornton||70|
|995||21/03/1990||P||Duncan Dale-Emberton||48 – 33||Gino Corr||Nigel Rees||Simon Mason||66|
|999||27/03/1990||QF||Maureen Harmer||22 – 55||Gino Corr||Nigel Rees||Simon Mason||82|
|1000||28/03/1990||SF||Lindsay Denyer||20 – 56||Gino Corr||Bill Tidy||Simon Mason||68|
|1002||30/03/1990||GF||Michael Wareham||92 – 68||Gino Corr||Nigel Rees, Bill Tidy||Simon Mason||116|
|1069||1/01/1991||CQF||Gino Corr||57 – 47||Jonathan Anstey||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||69|
|1073||7/01/1991||CSF||Gino Corr||61 – 34||Lawrence Pearse||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||72|
|1074||8/01/1991||CGF||Gino Corr||62 – 78||Tim Morrissey||Dinah Sheridan||Catherine Clarke||119|
|M94||14/01/1991-16/01/1991||M||Gino Corr||56 – 55||Billy Ward||none||Freda Thornton||???|
|1875||6/11/1996||dQF||Stephen Balment||52 – 44||Gino Corr||Geoffrey Durham||Susie Dent||72|
|Championship of Champions Runners-Up|
I : Joyce Cansfield | II : Peter Evans | III : David Trace | IV : Tony Vick | V : Gino Corr | VI : Chris Waddington | VII : Damian Eadie | VIII : Kenneth Michie | IX : Pete Cashmore | X : Kate Ogilvie | XI : Chris Wills | XII : Mark Tournoff | XIII : Charlie Reams | XIV : Dan McColm | XV : Bradley Horrocks