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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1Julie McCarthy100%

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


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new CSW words

Miscellaneous topic by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

So I've heard that approximately 6500 words were added to the official CSW list today, apparently the first update in about 3 and a half years. I know that dictionary updates/fixes to non-English lexicons ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The Mole 5 - The Grey Area

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE DOING ANYTHING - FAILURE TO DO THIS WILL LIKELY RESULT IN YOU DOING SOMETHING STUPID Jen. Jane. Chardonnay. Kate - The 4 female (sort of)* winners of The Mole ... [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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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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When will the New 15 high score pass the Old 15 one?

Miscellaneous topic by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

The Old 15 high score has been 170 for well over three years now [apterous link] and will probably never be beaten. On the other hand, there have been two games ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Backwards ticket

Miscellaneous topic by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

I updated this ticket. Status: On-going → Closed. [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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Classic Mocktorun

Game feature request by Nick Deller. Status: Accepted.

Now we've got Mocktorun bedded in as a format, might it be a good idea to sellotape 8 assorted classic opponents together into a single game, starting with one against a reigning champion? It would keep ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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A possible second Champions League tournament

Brainstorm by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Running the first CL tourney [apterous link] last year was a fun experience and I would love to organise another one. However, I would like to hear some feedback from those ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Miscellaneous 6 small/numbers tips, techniques etc.

Brainstorm by Jamie M. Status: Unconfirmed.

So this is a work in progress, but since 6 small is arguably the hardest numbers pick to consistently do well on, I thought it might be good to pool some resources and see how much there is to know/learn ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Potential tournament series

Brainstorm by Bojack Horseman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Having discussed it briefly with one or two people on aptochat tonight, I would very much be interested in running a series of speed tournaments. I propose it goes in cycles, starting with the tournaments ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Co:Apterous 2

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Last year I ran a tourney on apterous called Co:Apterous that was meant to simulate a co:event. I think it worked quite well, but the major problem with it is that it was a simulation of a one-day event, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Multi player matches

Game feature request by Bradley Holland. Status: Unconfirmed.

Simple idea: the ability for three or more players to compete against each other in the same match. Scoring would be as normal, i.e winners only score (if using normal scoring). Conundrums would be multiway ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"The Chase" tourney - sign-ups now open

Announcement by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

The title speaks for itself. You have until a week on Sunday to register if you're interested. Hope to see many of you there! [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Achievement unlocked!

Game feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

As feature requests go, this is quite a big one... Apterous currently has two different ways of marking achievements: Items and Landmarks. The "Items" system seems to commemorate a hodge-podge of things ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Collapsible tournament notifications on the main page

Brainstorm by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm delighted to see all the great tourneys on apterous - the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned! But would it be possible to collapse/hide all the tournament notifications from the main page please? ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Blitz of Blitzes - tournament starting late March

Announcement by Jamie M. Status: Unconfirmed.

So I thought I'd have another go at running a tournament. I've called it Blitz of Blitzes, and it'll go through all the different high score formats that are 10-second rounds with format LLLLC LLLLC LLLLC. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Miscellaneous topic by David Pooley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Possibly completely off-topic so apologies if I'm barking up the wrong tree. I've tried to register for C4Countdown.co.uk forums but neither of my accounts have been approved. Is there someone on apterous ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game feature request by Innis Carson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Recently I came across a website which is basically the French equivalent to apterous, and while it doesn't have nearly as many features as apterous, one really cool one it does have is the ability to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Game reports to state any significance

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would help understand games a bit better if there was a not on significant games saying why they are significant to anybody reading them. Every so often somebody gets nominated for game of the week, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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16 May 2015

  • News: The server will be down for brief maintenance from 23:59 today. Should be back within 30 minutes.
  • Fixed: Skill summary pages no longer include some bots, and are generally formatted a bit better. [Discussion]
  • Fixed: It's no longer possible to create tournaments which end before they start, or use invalid dates (e.g. 31 February). [Discussion]

15 May 2015

  • News: Congratulations to our newest Holder of the Spoon, Mr Jim Bentley! [Discussion]

11 May 2015

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • Improved: Recaps with goatundrums now show the last letter hidden (mouse over the … to see it). [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Today's missing Duel is now available. [Discussion]

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