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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: 8 rounds of 20 seconds.
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Top Dog


15Up votes 2Down votes 9Replies

Ability to specify local time zone?

Website feature request by Jonas Bush. Status: Unconfirmed.

Unless I'm missing it somewhere, there seems to be no way to specify my local time zone, so any times on the game/website can be converted. [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

New item idea: Microphone & Megaphone

Game feature request by George Pryn. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is an item for getting two twelves in a row, if there's already an item for this feel free to close, I did have a little look and couldn't find anything The microphone follows the same design as ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 1Down votes 6Replies


Variant idea by George Pryn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Octoplussy is a variant that allows you to fixate purely on 8/9 letter words, as well as difficult numbers targets and with challenging conundrums. --- Scoring: Either Gevin scoring or perhaps 16 for ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

3Up votes 0Down votes 9Replies

C4C/ Apto Fantasy Football

Miscellaneous topic by Eoin Monaghan. Status: On-going.

We're back up... I've renewed last season's league for the Classic League, which means anyone who was in it last season doesn't have to enter the code, but the Head-to-Head one doesn't seem to allow me ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

27Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Superstats - Hour of the day/week

Website feature request by Jon O'Neill. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd be interested to see people's % of maxes at different hours of the day, and on different days of the week. A Superstats graph of this would interest me greatly. [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Apterous/C4C Superbru for the Premiership 2014/15

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: On-going.

Well after the success of the World Cup Superbru, where all but 4 of the original 21 players kept picking right til the end, I reckoned it was only right that we had a crack at the Premiership season. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 7Down votes 7Replies

Bayfield's Delight

Variant idea by Andy Platt. Status: Unconfirmed.

We have a Gevin's Delight, so it's not unreasonable to suggest a similar game of Lx14 Cx1 - as seen here: [apterous link] I know it's a bit of a white elephant but I think ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

17Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Hit 6 to pick 6 vowels in Hyper/Hypertouch

Game feature request by Quinn James. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, you can hit 3, 4 or 5 to automatically pick that number of vowels in letters rounds. I like to pick 6 vowel selections in Hyper and Hypertouch, and it would be lovely to be able to do it with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

19Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

PBs etc announced in chat

Game feature request by Anglo Italian. Status: Accepted. Priority: 1.

Request description: In the record of the game where we can comment and consider for GOTW, it would be useful if a symbol or phrase came up automatically to signify: THIS WAS FRED'S PERSONAL BEST PRISCILLA ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

35Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Typing... notification

Game feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Many times I am left hanging at the end of a game, not sure if my opponent is typing something long to me, so waiting for a while. If there was a "typing" notification in In-game chat, then it would alleviate ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

31Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Variant idea: Tickdown

Variant idea by Jon O'Neill. Status: Accepted. Priority: 1.

Request description: You have a limited amount of total time for all rounds. Default could be 4 minutes perhaps (for a 20 round LA that's 12 seconds average per round), with any length settable. You ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

13Up votes 5Down votes 3Replies

Maximums for different variants on Lexplorer

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

On Lexplorer, you can find the maximums from a selection, but only in the normal variant. I think it would be good to be able to do this for other variants, such as Aegilops, Omelette etc. [Read more] [More feature requests]

26Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Tourney names to be displayed on individual challenges

Game feature request by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

This would be useful for when you have multiple tourneys to play against the same player and you want to play a particular one first. For example, I've just played James Roper in Marcus's tourney but we ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 3Down votes 3Replies

Average Scores for Game of the Week to be Published

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

We only get to see the final result of GOTW, not how close it was and what the scores were. I think it would be interesting to know what the average scores were. It would also be interesting to compare ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Summary game notes on tournament listing pages should be editable

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Extension of [apterous link] which is marked as resolved so starting extender request. ---------- Notes are awesome. Good idea only turning on column when required too. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 6Down votes 2Replies

Bot-bashing records to begin from when Apterous Rex became decent

Website feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

The bot-bashing records against Apterous Rex, such as [apterous link] - [apterous link], aren't really representative if they ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

2Up votes 0Down votes 38Replies

How do you decide your votes for Game of the Week?

Miscellaneous topic by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

We've always encouraged people to vote according to their own criteria, but out of interest, what criteria do you actually use in practice? (I'm thinking of both nominations and final voting.) [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Statland "on holiday" pages to be updated (infrequently)

Website feature request by Matt Bayfield. Status: Unconfirmed.

There are a number of pages within Statland, e.g. [apterous link] , or most of the "Bot bashing" pages for high score formats. I have always imagined ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

1Up votes 7Down votes 4Replies

Item idea: Cruise-master

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

This should be awarded to everyone who has voted on all open tickets - which should encourage voting in tickets and reward those who do so. [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 4Down votes 12Replies

Some consistancy needed with numbers maxes.

Brainstorm by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've always thought the general rule with numbers maxes was if you scored the highest amount possible in a round it was classed as a max. This is fine by me, however, I was playing top dog earlier as ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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  • News: Please do not install the latest Java update just yet -- it seems to have broken the game. We're investigating ASAP. [Discussion]
  • News: Peter Lee receives the Spoon of Awesome, the first person to receive the award posthumously and the first person to receive it with a perfect +50 vote. RIP Peter, you're still missed. [Discussion]

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1 July 2014

  • Improved: The front page Top Dog standings now only show games from today. [Discussion]

30 June 2014

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • New: Tournament organizers can now easily aptomail their organizees. [Discussion]

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  • News: Some or all images are broken. We're working on it. [Discussion]

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