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.

Current Duel Leaders

1Martin Hurst—  

Format: 19 rounds of 15 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Chas Maxwell93%

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


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Option to resign from a Mocktorun after losing an individual "game" therein

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Contestants on Countdown who are defeated within their first seven preliminary matches are required to end their runs without completing octoruns, but on Apterous, any Mocktorun in which all 120 rounds ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

Aegilops/Omelette/Spoilage to be clearer about how many letters to expect in a selection

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you read the instructions for these variants, Omelette [apterous link] says "In letters rounds, 3, 4, or 5 letters will be shown", Spoilage [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 3Down votes 1Replies

Idle time showing?

Brainstorm by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

I know I am a culprit; I close the play window and think I have pressed confirm when the 'are you sure' message comes up, but then realise the window is open when someone has challenged but I am about ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

19Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

In-game variant instructions to be more self-contained

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I do the Daily Duel, I sometimes go to the rules section after I've accepted the game just to remind me what I'm supposed to do. But with some of them it doesn't actually tell you. For example, with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Burning number consistency in Lockdown numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

In Lockdown, the compulsory number doesn't have to be a proper part of your solution - you can "burn" it instead. E.g. 100, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 Target - 900 If 5 is the compulsory number, you can just do 6+5 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

"Tournaments you can enter" shows tournaments I can't enter

Website feature request by Jon Wilford. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bit of a minor grumble, but list of "Tournaments you can enter" shown on the home page can contain tournaments that I can't actually enter right now. Specifically I'm aware of the following two circumstances ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 10Down votes 8Replies

Ability to scrap games against Prune partway through

Game feature request by Ben Andrews. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sometimes I like to play Numbers Attack in many different formats to try and climb up the list of multitalented numberists, but this is really annoying because you have to finish all your games against ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 4Down votes 0Replies

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]

16Up votes 0Down votes 11Replies

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]

8Up votes 2Down 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]

13Up 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]

9Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

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]

50Up votes 1Down 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]

19Up votes 4Down votes 6Replies

Around Christmas time, if your word uses an L which isn't in the selection...

Game feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

... the game should sing "no L, no L". I'm surprised apterous has existed for eight Christmases without this feature. [link] [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

Modern Pentathlon Tournament

Announcement by Stephen R. Status: Unconfirmed.

Do you like tournaments? Do you like getting an entire tournament done in one evening? Enjoy the thrill and suspense of cumulative scoring over a series of rounds? Fan of obscure Olympic events? Then ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

23Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Custom formats in tourneys

Brainstorm by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

As it is, when choosing the L/N/C format for a tourney (or round thereof), one must choose from a list of preselected formats. For my ongoing Great Pyramid tourney, I had hoped to use formats like LC, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 0Down votes 92Replies

Ask A Thing

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

Everyone loves Ask Graeme [C4Countdown link] so here is an analogous thing for apterous. This is a good place to ask questions about apterous history that probably aren't ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 3Down votes 1Replies

Notification for missed challenges

Game feature request by Jon Wilford. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be nice if there was some in-game notification to show me about challenges I might have missed recently. By this I mean that I might leave myself logged in but be using another application, hear ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 0Down votes 14Replies

The problem with the recent ODO update

Miscellaneous topic by Ray Wilding. Status: Unconfirmed.

There are a number of issues with this update, that are going to make it difficult for Susie to adjudicate words. Any word that was given inside an entry that was in bold text has gone. This results in: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

12Up votes 2Down votes 11Replies

Gevin 9?

Game feature request by Euan Slatter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Has anyone thought of a 9-rounder version of a Gevin's Delight? I do like them, but sometimes get bored of that many numbers. And, as here are 9s of almost all other variants, why not a Gevin 9er?!! [Read more] [More feature requests]


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