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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1Gary Francis Campbell93%

These are the finest bones dug up lately,
in Mr Dog's opinion (patent pending).


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New character idea: Wallace

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Game feature request by Gary Francis Campbell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not sure if this has been covered before, but on the find a game screen when you click on an opponent could it show your head to head results ie 6 Wins/5 Defeats. Thanks [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apto Mastermind 2?

Brainstorm by Phyl Styles. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would there be interest in a second Mastermind competition on here? To run between September and December? General knowledge plus specialist subjects, individual knock-out contest [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Buzz Lightyear

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Option to sort by surname in player list

Miscellaneous topic by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

In cases where names are sorted in alphabetical order (e.g. roll call in schools), the alphabetisation has traditionally been done by surname. However, when one chooses the "Sort by > Name" option in the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Regina George

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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'Busy' Amnesty Weekend

Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

On the weekend of 1st/2nd August, I propose a 'busy amnesty' weekend - as suggested by JWynn on this thread [apterous link] - where as many players as possible set themselves ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Solving 3L Numbers Games (by the Standard Method)

Brainstorm by Tony Atkins. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Standard Method I only decided to select "T-For-Tony", i.e. 3L, on the Sunday before recording on the Wednesday. I played through lots of 3L games on crosswordtools.com and discovered I liked it because ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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fantasy.premierleague 2015

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Seeing as someone else said that they presumed we'd stick with the normal site to do the Fantasy Football, I took it on myself to set a couple of leagues up, one normal, one head to head. All welcome. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Manually set conundrums or a minimum difficulty in tournaments

Brainstorm by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've been spectating and following some of the Apterous Masters games which have been played to an incredibly high standard, such that games from the quarter-finals onward have more often that not been ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Bullet attacks (letters, number and conundrum) to be high score formats by default

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I discussed here [apterous link] specifically having bullet goat letters attack as a high score format. Generally speaking with variants we have letters/numbers/conundrum ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Multi Variant Tourney Idea

Brainstorm by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm thinking of running a tournament similar to Adam's successful "Apterous Around The World" tournament last year, but instead of playing in a different language each week, it would be variants. Similar ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Numbers round window is too narrow if there are more than six numbers

Game feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

If I'm playing a variant where you get more than six numbers in the numbers round, such as Hyper, the default width of the window appears to be the same as for any other numbers round. This means the blue ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Quiz fund Raiser

Announcement by Alan Young. Status: Unconfirmed.

Chieftains Fund Raising Quiz! Sorry not really Apterous related, however I know many of you enjoy taking part in quizzes. We're trying to raise funds for our Scottish National squad as we get no funding ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Premier League Superbru 2015/16

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Whilst I'm on a run of setting these things up, I thought I may as well do the Superbru for the upcoming Premier League season too. Jack won it last time, so he's the one we all need to be gunning for ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Java errors in Chrome - Fixed

Announcement by Ru Maxwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

As of Chrome Version 42, an additional configuration step is required to continue using NPAPI plugins. In your URL bar, enter: chrome://flags/#enable-npapi Click the Enable link for the Enable NPAPI ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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.co.mk - Countdown in Milton Keynes

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Well, for those of you who've heard already, I said that more details would follow, but I can now properly announce the first ever Countdown event in Milton Keynes. Or as I'm calling it, .co.mk. I've ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Guest Aptathlon: apply within

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

There will be a three-day Aptathlon [apterous link] over the Bank Holiday weekend (23-25 May), and for a spot of variety I thought I'd let someone else pick the formats. If you'd ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous seems a bit dead at the moment. Any ideas on how to revive it?

Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sure, people are still playing games and logging on, but there's very little activity on tickets, in chat or even as far as comments on stuff are concerned, and it feels like there's been something of ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A variant idea - Currently untitled

Variant idea by Robert Miller. Status: Unconfirmed.

Here's something I've been working on for a while. The letters are hard to explain - you get 2, 3, or 4 letters and have to use them all as many times as possible. So, for example, with the selection ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]


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