He began his run in the last heat of Series 73, beating four-time winner Jamie Collyer on the crucial conundrum SLIMENEMY to beat Collyer 85 – 68. He returned after stepping aside for the series finals and Championship of Champions XIV. Despite declaring numerous words that were not listed in the selection, he breezed through the heats and finished with a points tally of 717. He returned in June 2016 as No. 6 seed for the quarter-finals. Here, he was dramatically defeated by Ann Dibben, who solved the crucial conundrum MAGICPORT after 28.75 seconds to win by just one point. Ironically, his quarter-final defeat saw him achieve his highest score on the show.
Down competed in the 2018 FOCAL finals as the No. 7 seed, and finished in fourth place, winning four out of seven games.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|6270||14/12/2015||P||Jamie Collyer||69 - 85||Tim Down||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||David Baddiel||Susie Dent||132|
|6293||25/01/2016||P||Tim Down||78 - 68||Nicholas Birks||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Nicholas Owen||Susie Dent||126|
|6294||26/01/2016||P||Tim Down||84 - 52||Margaret Riches||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Nicholas Owen||Susie Dent||126|
|6295||27/01/2016||P||Tim Down||104 - 37||Paul Turgoose||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Nicholas Owen||Susie Dent||134|
|6296||28/01/2016||P||Tim Down||91 - 41||Veronica Daniel||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Nicholas Owen||Susie Dent||134|
|6297||29/01/2016||P||Tim Down||92 - 34||Benjamin Owen||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Nicholas Owen||Susie Dent||124|
|6298||1/02/2016||P||Tim Down||78 - 62||David E Coote||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Helen Fospero||Susie Dent||137|
|6299||2/02/2016||P||Tim Down||105 - 61||Colin Tuite||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Helen Fospero||Susie Dent||134|
|6380||20/06/2016||QF||Ann Dibben||107 - 106||Tim Down||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||127|