Countdown viewers are left ‘in awe’ as contestant Elliott solves conundrums in seconds4 min read

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A baby faced contestant on Channel 4’s Countdown has left viewers in awe as he solves conundrums in seconds and beats other contestants easily.  

Elliott Mellor, from Oldham, believed to be his early 20s, is a maths student at Manchester Met university, and has beat the top score of 150 – set in January this year by getting a score of 152 last Friday. 

Countdown has been running for nearly 37 years and sees two contestants compete against each other on word and number tasks.

Elliott has been on the show as a contestant since last Thursday where he won 13 rounds and set the highest-ever debut score in history of 131. He spelt out difficult words such as taiapure and neoterism.

In today’s show, he solved the final conundrum almost instantly, spotting the word computing in ‘GIMPCOUNT’.

Host Nick Hewer couldn’t hide how impressed he was, saying: ‘Oh Elliot, the clock barely moved. It was in a second.’

Twitter users have been in awe all week and are amazed at just how quickly he solved the conundrums, with one even saying: ‘Elliot is a robot.’ 

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Twitter users have been in awe all week and are amazed at just how quickly he solved the conundrums, with one even said 'Elliot is a robot.'

Twitter users have been in awe all week and are amazed at just how quickly he solved the conundrums, with one even said ‘Elliot is a robot.’

The maths student easily spelt out 7 and 8 letter words including 'dreaming' and mutator on today's show. Rachel Riley was left in awe at his spelling and maths skills

The maths student easily spelt out 7 and 8 letter words including ‘dreaming’ and mutator on today’s show. Rachel Riley was left in awe at his spelling and maths skills

Fans of the show took to social media praising the young student, with one saying: ‘Yet another consummate performance – another 2 second conundrum…all aboard the Elliott Wagon.’

While another one joked: ‘Just watched #countdown which I haven’t seen in ages, very lucky to have seen young Elliott in his prime.’

Some even questioned where he was from, joking: ‘Is this Elliott even human? He’s on a different planet to anyone I’ve ever seen on the program. His opponent is looking crushed! 143-10! Unreal!’ 

During his debut on the show on Thursday 16 May, he got the highest ever debut score in the show with 131, with words such as Taiapure and Neoterism, wiping the floor with his opponent who only picked up scores in the four numbers rounds.

Jon Culshaw confirmed that Elliot was 'splendid for seven' after he spelled out mutator

Jon Culshaw confirmed that Elliot was ‘splendid for seven’ after he spelled out mutator 

Fans of the show took to social media praising the young student, with one saying: 'All aboard the Elliott Wagon.'

Fans of the show took to social media praising the young student, with one saying: ‘All aboard the Elliott Wagon.’

Last Friday he got the highest ever score on the show in its current format – 152, topping a score which had been set just four months ago, with three nine-letter words securing his win. 

Today’s show wasn’t any different, when he looked relaxed as he beat the other contestant Kieran Matley in a 143 – 10 defeat. 

It was another record, as the previous record for points difference between winner and loser was 21, compared with his massive 133-point margin. 

Can you solve some of Elliot’s Countdown questions? 

Spell a word from: IAERGNDML

Elliot’s answer: Dreaming

Spell a word from: ZRUTRATOM

Elliot’s answer: Mutator

How do you get 693 from 75, 8, 4, 6, 7 and 2?

Elliot’s answer: 6 x 4 = 24 75 = 99 x 7 = 693

Spell a word from KPETPAGWO

Elliot’s answer: Potage

Spell a word from UEINMSHOE

Elliot’s answer: Inhumes

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How do you get 666 from 100, 3, 3, 9, 8 and 10?

Elliot’s answer: 10 x 8 = 80 – 3 – 3 = 74 x 9 = 666

He easily spelt out 7 and 8 letter words including ‘dreaming’ and mutator. 

Even host Nick Hewer seemed impressed after he spelt out one word effortlessly saying: ‘Wow, strong.’

Elliott now also holds the record for the first consecutive hat trick of scores over 130.

Elliott impressed everyone by picking out the word mutator, meaning that which causes mutation or change, and scoring eight points

Elliott impressed everyone by picking out the word mutator, meaning that which causes mutation or change, and scoring eight points

While his opponent was unable to find a word, Elliott had no trouble in picking out seven letters to spell mutator

While his opponent was unable to find a word, Elliott had no trouble in picking out seven letters to spell mutator

Other fans of the show simply said: ‘It’s Elliott time’ and ‘This lad Elliott on countdown is seriously clever’.

Countdown was initially presented by Richard Whiteley, until his sudden death in 2005. he was replaced by various presenter until Nick Hewer, former Apprentice star took over in 2012.

Rachel Riley also replaced mathematician Carol Voderman when she left the Channel 4 show in 2008.  

Today's show wasn't any different, when he looked relaxed as he beat the other contestant Kieran (pictured) in a 143 - 10 defeat

Today’s show wasn’t any different, when he looked relaxed as he beat the other contestant Kieran (pictured) in a 143 – 10 defeat