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Robin McKay

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Robin McKay
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionSemi-finalist
Points total888
Conundrums solved6
Robin McKay

Robin McKay was an octochamp in Series 74. He is an Apterite and a passionate Wigan Athletic fan (the only one in the world).

McKay's début score of 129 was the joint-highest in the history of the show at the time, along with Giles Hutchings in Series 68 and Jamie Ilett-Jones in Series 71. McKay followed this with seven more victories while never falling below 102. 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 then-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