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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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Format: 9 rounds of 30 seconds.
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24Up votes 1Down votes 36Replies

Apterite anagrams

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Tracey Mills + James Roper + Nathan Stone + Ian Linton + Paul Erdunast = Apterous Prune + Innis Carson + Jen Steadman + Matt Hall + Neil Taylor so that's fun. [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

[name] got a pencil for something...

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Quite often Apterous tells me that someone got a pencil for "something". And that's it. I think it's just when someone is playing in a foreign language (that I haven't selected somewhere) and they get ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Prune should copy "random choice" in numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Prune always picks the same selection as your last pick in the numbers, but if you pick random choice then (it seems) he copies the result of the random choice rather than picking random choice himself. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 0Down votes 21Replies

Ask A Thing

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

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]

2Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Final of COREA to be broadcast in chat

Announcement by Tony Atkins. Status: Unconfirmed.

From about 17:00 BST on Saturday (19th April) the final of COREA (Countdown in Reading) will be broadcast in the chat here on apterous for those who cannot be there. Details of who has entered (entries ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

35Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Retracting Tourney game challenges

Brainstorm by Scott Gillies. Status: Unconfirmed.

With all the tourney games on the go nowadays I find it quite annoying that if you challenge someone that is in the room and they don't respond to it, you then need logout the room to ensure it doesn't ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Directly compare KPIs in Superstats

Brainstorm by Paul Erdunast. Status: Unconfirmed.

If it's easy to set up, it'd be great to be able to compare KPIs by time in Superstats (i.e. these graphs [apterous link]). What it would look like is: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

11Up votes 1Down votes 12Replies

Numbers "forgetting to declare" redux

Game feature request by Miriam Nussbaum. Status: Accepted. Priority: 3.

So, I remember reading this thread ([link] ), and I found it particularly relevant when something similar happened to me in today's Duel: I typed a solution in the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

46Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies


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]

14Up votes 1Down votes 16Replies

Sudden death format to become a "thing"

Game feature request by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've played quite a few of these, and seen them become more popular lately: simply a 1 round game between two players. They are often played against Rex. It could be chosen under the "Miscellany" section ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 7Down votes 9Replies

Variant idea: Fusiondown

Variant idea by Ben Wilson. Status: Pending.

Request description: Of an 11 letter selection, two pairs of letters are fused together and must be used in that order (see Joindown above). So you still have 9 tiles, 7 singles and 2 doubles. In numbers ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

15Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Hit 6 to pick 6 vowels in Hyper/Hypertouch

Game feature request by Quinn James. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, you can hit 3, 4 or 5 to automatically pick that number of vowels in letters rounds. I like to pick 6 vowel selections in Hyper and Hypertouch, and it would be lovely to be able to do it with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

23Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

Numbers rounds pop up to front

Game feature request by Chris Marshall. Status: Unconfirmed.

When in a game, letters rounds pop up to the first page on screen above chat for example to ensure that the round is not missed by concentrating on something else. This is not the case with numbers which ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 24Down votes 25Replies

The Bellodown Duel - Exclude from monthly standings?

Miscellaneous topic by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

It has been suggested elsewhere that the April 1st Bellodown duel should be excluded from the monthly duel standings. This is largely due to the fact that the format was incorrectly described. Whilst ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

12Up votes 2Down votes 22Replies

The Mole 3 - The Mole's Revenge

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Please be sure to read all of this before doing anything – Failure to do so is likely to result in people doing something very stupid. In August 2013, Jen Steadman successfully named Dan McColm as The ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up votes 0Down votes 54Replies

Next format to be Eddington Scored

Website feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

As suggested by Charlie, someone (me, it seems) could set up a topic to vote for the next format to have the Eddington score calculated for it. Suggest your formats below and most likes wins I suppose. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

22Up votes 7Down votes 22Replies


Variant idea by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

So, you have a dot. You can put this dot into your words, and it works like this: Suppose I enter 'for.get' I would score for the word 'forget' plus 'for' and 'get', scoring 12 points in total. So, ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

8Up votes 4Down votes 11Replies

Some consistancy needed with numbers maxes.

Brainstorm by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've always thought the general rule with numbers maxes was if you scored the highest amount possible in a round it was classed as a max. This is fine by me, however, I was playing top dog earlier as ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Tournament editing

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

**Adding the ability to edit a tournament that is already in the system.** Description - presumably would be ok to edit at any time. Although if you think people would abuse the system or change rules ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

19Up votes 2Down votes 14Replies

Definitions to be included in Round Summary (somehow)

Game feature request by Jon O'Neill. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just been reading [C4Countdown link] and it seems (small sample size) like there's an appetite for some knowledge around what these crazy words that we're offering actually ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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