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Ryan Carlsen was a contestant in Series 66 and an octochamp in Series 85. As of his second appearance, he was a Banker from Glasgow.
Carlsen's first game was contested in Nick Hewer's first series on 28 February 2012, where he faced Peter Lee. The game was very close throughout, but Carlsen was narrowly beaten after an incorrect crucial conundrum answer by a single letter, while Lee went on to become an octochamp and a semi-finalist. Carlsen's Countdown journey didn't end there however, as he was allowed to return a decade later. He faced another crucial conundrum, but this time made no mistake as he unravelled RETRYTRIO into TERRITORY to claim the teapot. In his third win, his opponent lost with – for the first time ever in the 15 round format – the lowest possible score of zero points. His last victory was claimed in a local derby against fellow Glaswegian William Kennedy, as Carlsen became the seventh octochamp of the series with a tidy octotal of 778 points.
Carlsen qualified for the finals ranked fourth, and played the last quarter-final against Adrian Fletcher, the No. 5 seed. Carlsen once again demonstrated good word knowledge to win once again, and book his semi-final place against No. 1 prospect Dan Byrom where, despite gaining a seven-point lead in the third numbers game, Byrom snatched victory by solving the crucial conundrum in under five seconds. Carlsen obtained an overall total of 964 points in his Series 85 run. With his Series 66 appearance, his overall total is 1,041 points.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5435||28/02/2012||P||Peter Lee||96 – 77||Ryan Carlsen||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||John Parrott||Susie Dent||123|
|7759||11/05/2022||P||Aaron Leigh||68 – 88||Ryan Carlsen||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Michael Crick||Susie Dent||127|
|7760||12/05/2022||P||Ryan Carlsen||100 – 55||Rob Blamires||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Michael Crick||Susie Dent||127|
|7761||13/05/2022||P||Ryan Carlsen||106 – 0||Sarah Herbert||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Michael Crick||Susie Dent||147|
|7762||16/05/2022||P||Ryan Carlsen||93 – 49||Tony Follett||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Nicki Chapman||Susie Dent||154|
|7763||17/05/2022||P||Ryan Carlsen||101 – 58||Alex McKenzie||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Nicki Chapman||Susie Dent||136|
|7764||18/05/2022||P||Ryan Carlsen||99 – 46||Ed Freshwater||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Nicki Chapman||Susie Dent||144|
|7765||19/05/2022||P||Ryan Carlsen||101 – 50||Paul Thomson||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Nicki Chapman||Susie Dent||136|
|7766||20/05/2022||P||Ryan Carlsen||90 – 45||William Kennedy||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Nicki Chapman||Susie Dent||124|
|7783||14/06/2022||QF||Ryan Carlsen||92 – 63||Adrian Fletcher||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Jay Rayner||123|
|7784||15/06/2022||SF||Dan Byrom||97 – 94||Ryan Carlsen||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Jay Rayner||120|