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Andy Platt

From Countdown
Andy Platt
octochamp statistics
Final position Runner-up
Seeding 2
Points total 889
Conundrums solved 3
Andy Platt in Series 68...
...and again in the Championship of Champions XIV.

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. In December 2023, he became a moderator and official numbers games poster on the Facebook group Countdowners, replacing George Armstrong in the role. His first 'official' numbers games were posted from 1 January 2024.

Appearances on the programme

Heat games

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.

Preceded by
Jack Hurst
Series runner-up
Series 68
Followed by
Dylan Taylor


# 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