What is apterous?

The first thing to say is that apterous is definitely not Countdown. It is not endorsed by Countdown, Channel 4 or anyone important at all. However, it is a game with rounds including numbers, letters and conundrums. This may sound familiar. You can play against your friends over the Internet, or other people's friends if you don't have any of your own. To play, just register and then log in. If you're having problems, head over to our FAQ and, if that doesn't work, please do email me and I'll do my best to help.

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Format: 18 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Enable Facility To Delete Dormant Games

Game feature request by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

Since the move away from Java one slight negative is that dormant games never die. And occasionally they should be allowed to. In my case I started one game around two months ago against a human who, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies

A request for extra tabs in the Daily Duel window

Game feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

The duel yesterday was 'flat scoring'. I wasn't sure what it meant exactly. At the moment there are are three tabs in the duel window. (Chat, Items, Rules) I would suggest an extra tab called "scoring" ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 3Down votes 5Replies

Choose difficulty range for conundrums in practice games

Game feature request by Ben Andrews. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I am playing Conundrum Attacks to practise conundrums, I often feel it would be useful to be able to choose the difficulty range of the conundrums. For example, at my level a lot of the conundrums ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 11Down votes 5Replies

Undo button on the numbers that can only be pressed once

Game feature request by Daniel Pati. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think there should be an Undo button on the numbers with a 2 second time limit after each sum, that can only be pressed once. As apterous isn't quite Countdown, it'd be good to finally put an end to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 9Replies

15 to 1 Quiz

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Another 15 to 1 Quiz on Apterous is long overdue, so me and Robin have devised a 15 to 1 quiz. The quiz will be held tomorrow night, 26th November starting at 8pm or when 15 players sign up, what ever ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

20Up votes 0Down votes 17Replies

Simple solo game.

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

A very simple game: A word flashes on screen and you've 3 seconds to decide whether it's valid or not. That's it. Fully customisable for number of rounds, degree of obscurity and word lengths and languages. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 2Down votes 9Replies

Extra music for post-reveal goatnundrums

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

WHen the final letter is revealed in a goatnundrum, the rest of the round is played out in silence. However, since the music is a useful tool for keeping track of the time, I think it would be good to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 2Down votes 0Replies

Items to link to games

Website feature request by Daniel Pati. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be handy if the number in the Items section linked to the games themselves. For example here: [apterous link] Clicking the number next to Simpatico Jones ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 0Down votes 10Replies

Weakest Link conundrums tournament?

Brainstorm by Ben Andrews. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm aware that there's going to be a Weakest Link numbers tournament in the new year organised by Matthew Tassier, looking forward to it. I was considering running a similar tournament sometime soon for ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Most metamaxes

Website feature request by Daniel Pati. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just to echo Chris Butler's point in the comments here [apterous link], it would be great if we had "Most metamaxes" in the Goatdown stats. [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 1Down votes 58Replies

Future Tournament Discussion

Brainstorm by Andy Platt. Status: On-going.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a communal ticket to discuss ideas and suggestions for future tournaments? Perhaps something that sounds like it could be awesome, but maybe not everyone's cup of tea. Or ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 1Down votes 11Replies

Where have all the words gone?

Announcement by Rob Foster. Status: Unconfirmed.

Lots of words have disappeared overnight from the ODO 'British and Word English' section. This isn't part of the earlier goof where derivatives/irregular inflections weren't showing underneath the headwords ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 1Down votes 8Replies

Simple solo game II

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

A selection of letters appears as per Instant. You've 5 seconds to examine them and guess how long the Max is. There's only one right answer, and it's a number. The solution is given with the Max(es) listed. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 1Down votes 19Replies

The Mole - Lucky Number Seven

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

(DO NOT REPLY IN A COMMENT TO THIS MESSAGE - READ CAREFULLY) Roll up, roll up, and take your chances... The Mole is back, and it’s lucky number seven... First of all, those who know the normal cycle ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

52Up votes 0Down votes 11Replies

Thank you so much!

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

I came home on Monday night to discover the ridiculously generous gift from (presumably) many of you! For those who don't know, I recently moved into an unfurnished house and have been sitting on the floor ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up votes 3Down votes 3Replies

Simple Solo Game III

Brainstorm by Ru Maxwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Everyone invites Zarte into a private chat, no one says anything to him when he joins, winner is the person he hangs about for longest. [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Countdown in Manchester 2017 - A Shameless Plug

Announcement by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi guys, just wanted to open another avenue of advertising for our upcoming Manchester co-event - will keep it brief here but for details please see the Facebook event - [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

22Up votes 5Down votes 25Replies

Record beaten numbers solutions for raw scores to be calculated more accurately

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Accepted. Priority: 4.

Now that high scores are done on raw scores, I think it makes sense to include numbers as well as letters. So even if you declare further away than your opponent, then it would let you enter your solution ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 3Down votes 28Replies

Pro Ranks - time for an overhaul?

Brainstorm by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

With seemingly fewer human vs human games, particularly among the upper echelons, is it time to give Pro Ranks a makeover? We have a situation where the #1 ranked player hasn't played a human in a 15 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 5Down votes 3Replies

1 vowel selections

Game feature request by Frank Jones. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would it be possible to add a variant with selections of only 1 vowel? I think it would help to spot less common maxes from 3 vowel picks in normal The opposite could also be useful with selections of ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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