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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.

Current Duel Leaders

1Callum Todd—  

Format: 11 rounds of 35 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Alan Young82%

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


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New Personal Bests Table

Brainstorm by Adam Zygophyllaceous. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello, me again! My new idea regarding personal bests is a table in which displays your personal best records but in an order from highest ranking to lowest ranking. Say, for example, a person X has the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up votes 2Down votes 24Replies

Duel Endurance Weekend

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

[apterous link] Discuss. [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 4Down votes 5Replies

Time for another Aegilops star path?

Variant idea by Sean D. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does exactly what it says on the tin. I’d like to suggest the introduction of a second Aegilops star chart. (We already have more than one for Goatdown.) It seems to be a pretty popular variant, and ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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"Like comment" or "Nice" button on game comments

Game feature request by Bojack Horseman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just a minor feature request I would like to see, and not a necessity or a priority... but it would be good if you could like or find comments nice that are on games, i.e Jen's comment on this game: [apterous link], ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

29Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Daily Duel Percentages

Brainstorm by Adam Zygophyllaceous. Status: Unconfirmed.

On the results page for duels, I constantly look for the rounds I got a max in that nobody else around me did to make myself feel proud. It would be super duper if, next to the Round Number at the top ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

19Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

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]

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New item idea: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

We already have the Fruit Machine item for 777, the Subtitle for 888, the Flake and Ambulance for 99 and 999 respectively, and most recently the microphone and megaphone for 1212 and 121212. I think that ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 0Down votes 43Replies

Only Connecters wanted!

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Good news: there will be a new series of Only Connect! Better news: the OC team heard about Apterous and asked me to ask you to ask each other if you might like to put together a team (or several). There ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 0Down votes 11Replies

The Great ODO Scrape: Looking for Volunteers

Miscellaneous topic by Dave Mattingly. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm happy to say that I figured out a way to generate a complete list of words from the ODO. Comparing that against the current aptodictionary, I've generated a list of words that are potentially missing, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

11Up votes 2Down votes 14Replies

Top Dog games carrying over to another day

Game feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: Yesterday's Top Dog was won by an 'L'-format game, where the format for the day was 'NC': [apterous link] I'm assuming that it was an incomplete game ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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End of Apterous Around the World!

Announcement by Adam Zygophyllaceous. Status: Unconfirmed.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in Apterous Around The World, the winner of which will be announced on DECEMBER 1ST! This means, anybody who has uncompleted games MUST have them finished off AT ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 4Down votes 5Replies

Option to retract a "nice"

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Title says it all really. You might change your mind about something. You can retract a thumbs up in a ticket, but sometimes someone makes a specific clarification of the idea which people then "nice" ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

29Up votes 0Down votes 14Replies

New character idea: Chris Kamara

Game feature request by James Laverty. 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]

20Up votes 5Down votes 22Replies

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]

20Up votes 0Down votes 12Replies

COLIN XI- 24-25th January 2015

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: On-going.

Good evening apterites Following on from the success of the last decade of Countdowning in Lincoln it is with a good heaping chunk of delight that I announce the launch of the eleventh Countdown in Lincoln ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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"X needs y points from the last round for a new high score" prompt doesn't consider raw score

Brainstorm by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

The above-style chat notification uses the old high score scoring (i.e. just the points you have) rather than raw score. It just lead to a situation where we were told someone needs 13 points from the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

20Up votes 7Down votes 15Replies

Only One News Announcement When Conor Travers Ties The Record Blitz Maxes 9 Times

Website feature request by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

I feel that the News feed on the main page has been unduly cluttered by this. I feel that one line could suffice, rather than nine. In addition, Jono's 3 comments on them could, debatably, be compressed ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 4Down votes 15Replies


Brainstorm by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Matt Morrison (legend) said I should put this in a ticket, so here goes: _______ Should we have an Apterous Simulation of a Series Championship of Champions I (apto.SOS.COC1) after this series, which ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Rex to pick 6 large in Hyper numbers

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Title says it all really. 6 large is surely the more logical pick for Rexy. [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 2Down votes 93Replies

Non-apterous achievements

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

Finally learnt to juggle? Been promoted to Vice Deputy Underassistant? Released from prison for a third time? Post about it here so we can share in your joy! [Read more] [More miscellany]


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  • New: The Haul of Legends has been updated with the results of our first ever Endurance Weekend. Congratulations to our winner Matt Hamer who completed all 48 Duels, one every hour for two full days! [Discussion]

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