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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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12Up votes 3Down votes 9Replies

New stat for Statland: Most attempts at a Star in Star Chart

Website feature request by Matt Bayfield. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd be interested to see which apterites are the most persistent in their quests to gain Star Chart stars. This could be reflected in two new Statland pages: "Most attempts on a single Star before success", ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Volume control.

Game feature request by Mark James. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can we have adjustable volume for the in-game music. I like to listen to other stuff on the internet while playing but would still like to have the game music in the background as I find it's a useful ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

26Up votes 0Down votes 16Replies

Tournament idea- The Crystal Apterous Maze

Brainstorm by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Inspired by the recent trend of applying concepts from game shows to apterous- Marcus's Weakest Link tourneys, James's WWTBAM tourneys and of course Zarte's excellent mole series, I've come up with an ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

17Up votes 4Down votes 17Replies

On Being a Countdown Champion

Announcement by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd like to share with you a quick video that I made about my Countdown experiences: [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 3Down votes 3Replies


Brainstorm by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

Someone's probably gonna poopoo this idea like every idea I ever have, but oh well. Just wondered if tagging people was ever discussed? Think it'd be quite useful if there was something you saw that you ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

11Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Ability to set round speed on tournament setup

Website feature request by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've had an idea for a future tournament, but it would rely on the ability to be able to alter the speed the format would be played in from round to round. Would this be possible? [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 4Down votes 3Replies

Should Sponge forget removed words?

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

The word MENACER seemingly disappeared from the dictionary in October 2012 [apterous link] [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

24Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

PB maxes in a format to be stated in game window

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you start a game, the first thing that automatically pops up in the chat box of the game window shows your record against your opponent, followed by this: "Your PB in this format is [PB score]. The ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

41Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Spoon of Awesome for Ben Wilson

Brainstorm by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm amazed he hasn't got one already and as far as I can tell by searching tickets, he hasn't even been nominated for one. I think it's long overdue. For ten years running, Ben has organised Countdown ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 1Down votes 23Replies

Aptotude is nearly 2 years old... what next?

Brainstorm by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Well hello there, how time flies when you're having fun (and shouting at people who don't play their games). As the title suggests, before the end of the next cycle, Aptotude will be 2 years old, and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

37Up votes 0Down votes 20Replies

Leader Boards to feature bona fide players only

Website feature request by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

Whether it's Pro-ranks or Fewest Disallowed etc I don't see how it benefits anybody to have Molers and duplicate accounts occupying these boards. When you have three Molers topping the fewest disallowed ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

50Up votes 6Down votes 10Replies

Spoon of awesome for Matt Morrison

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Think the reasons are fairly obvious here-from what I gather (don't know for sure) quite a lot of input into early apto work, loads of successful tourneys, lots of effort (and patience) put into the site ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Comment notification option

Website feature request by Julie McCarthy. Status: Unconfirmed.

Maybe, when a user comments on something on apterous (be it a tourney page or stat page or whatever), how about a box to tick (and fill in with relevant username) to send a notification to a particular ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 1Down votes 25Replies

Mole 3 results breakdown

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all - Saturday's Mole 3 final was won by Chardonnay Dawson aka Jen Steadman. For those of you who've been following the series, or indeed were in it - here's the now customary performance breakdown. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies


Announcement by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

As soon as you sign up this week, you will be given a fixture to play Apterous Prune in an English Junior 15! Sign up here! [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

23Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Accept numbers solutions from last line of text in Notes box.

Game feature request by Matthew Tassier. Status: Unconfirmed.

When playing hypernasty numbers I use the notes box a lot to keep track of what I am trying. This often means that by the time I have spotted a solution I am on the 7th or 8th line of the notes box and ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 2Down votes 4Replies

Option to (temporarily) pass on a vote cruise

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you're on a vote cruise, you have to select up, down or neutral to get to the next ticket along. But sometimes I'm unsure and want to delay my decision. Obviously I can select neutral and come back ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

19Up 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]

4Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Newcomers' Knockout Tournament

Announcement by Heather Styles. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, I would like the Newcomers' Knockout Tournament to start tomorrow with 16 players. I have now decided to accept sign-ups from full members who have been using the site for TWO YEARS OR LESS who ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 2Down votes 6Replies

Ticket Search to have filters

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you go to ticket search [apterous link] you just have the option of typing a word or phrase. I think it would be good if you could select various things like ticket type, username ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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