A FORMER pupil at Yale College in Wrexham has smashed records on teatime TV favourite Countdown.
Teenager Dylan Taylor is the player with the highest cumulative score over a series of the long-running Channel 4 brainbox show.
Dylan, 17, who has high functioning autism, achieved his feat by piecing together anagrams and completing complicated sums.
After progressing to the final, which aired last month, he scored a whopping series total of 974 – toppling the previous record of 965.
Dylan, who is currently unemployed, now lives near Malpas with his dad Simon Taylor.
Mr Taylor, 47, said: “He got locked in to Countdown and really enjoys it. He applied to go on the show and got accepted.
“The final was one of the most exciting ever as each competitor matched the other until the final conundrum.
“Unfortunately for Dylan he was pipped to the post on the conundrum but was immensely proud of his achievement and gracious in defeat.”
During the final, presenter and maths boffin Rachel Riley showed she was partial to Dylan’s boyband looks, calling him “Countdown’s answer to One Direction”.
Dylan said it was the best experience of his life.
“I really, really enjoyed it,” he said.
“I have been playing along with the show at home and people have been saying I really need to go on, so I did.
“It was fantastic to get the record, it really has been a dream come true.
“There may also have been a little flirting with Rachel Riley.”
Dylan moved to the UK with his family from his native county of Honduras where they were forced out after Hurricane Mitch, the hurricane in 1998 which killed thousands in the country.
Dylan went on to study Leisure and Tourism at Yale College but has since found himself unable to find work despite his talent with words and numbers.