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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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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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Weakest Link Tournament for Saturday, April the 4th

Announcement by Michael Cullen. Status: Unconfirmed.

Who would be up for this? Would be the same format as normal, everyone against Prune, some eliminated from each round and the lowest scorer that progresses picks the next format. With the final in a standard ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Option to hide bots in the 'Online Players' pane

Game feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Logging in as a trial member, the 'Online Players' pane is beautifully uncluttered:[link] I think an option to hide / unhide bots would be useful for those wanting to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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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]

15Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies - 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, I've ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Correcting typos on Ascension

Brainstorm by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I remember someone asked for the ability to correct buzzer typos on conundrums, which understandably proved very unpopular - but what about the ability correct typos within a certain timeframe (say 1.5 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [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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Co:Apterous 2 - Live Co:Event to be played on apterous Sat 28th March!

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

After a small amount of discussion on this ticket, [apterous link], I am ready to announce a co:event to take place in 6 weeks' time on Saturday 28th March. The itinerary ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Contest of the Week

Website feature request by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Game of the week is a great thing on this site but often it goes to a superb individual performance. There are some fantastic matches each week but they don't get nominated because they aren't max games ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Mole 4 - Official Recap

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

A couple of days have passed, and I've got my breath back, so I think it's time to give you the official recap of the results of Mole 4. As usual there were lucky escapes aplenty. For each quiz I'll give ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A way to solve conundrum typos

Game feature request by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Occasionally you buzz knowing the conundrum but typo, or don't notice you've missed a letter out and so it's declared incorrect when you obviously knew the answer. How about if a player is 1 letter out ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

The 2nd Apto-tude Cup

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's back :) Hopefully you all remember the drill, but for those who don't, full details are on the tourney page - [apterous link] However 2 quick points: 1) This ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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]

12Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

GOTW archive needs a bit of cleaning up....

Brainstorm by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not too sure what we should do with this but there are many games on the GOTW archive where one of the players has had the game discounted for various reasons. This leaves the strange situation where ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

Tourney idea- Sudden Death Conundrums

Brainstorm by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Some of you may remember Andy's Sudden Death Letters tourney last year, with what happened in the tourney being pretty self explanatory. Just as a brainstorm, would anyone be interested in a similar tourney ... [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]

8Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Countdown in Nottingham IV- Saturday 25th July 2015

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: On-going.

2015 is the year of the long-awaited return of the co-event- first Bristol and now Nottingham come back for fourth installments! The summer event of 2008, 2009 and 2011 is back after a long absence, and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Turn off default highlighting of first word on letters declaration screen

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

On the declaration screen that appears at the end of a letters round, assuming you noted at least two words, there is a list of clickable buttons, each of which allows you to declare one of your noted ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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