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

1Innis Carson—  

Format: 6 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Jack Slane100%

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


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"Application blocked by deployment rule set"

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you're seeing this error, you need to remove apterous.org from the "exception sites list". Please follow the instructions to "remove a URL" here: [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game start revamp

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

You may have noticed the separate links for small mode and Chrome have now disappeared. There's now a single Play link that should work for everyone, including sizing the window appropriately for your ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Letters round revamp

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Thanks for your patience with the letters round over the last few days. I'm in the middle of major revamps which should improve the usability of apterous substantially in the near future, but it's a very ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Set new member rating to "provisional unrated" rather than 1433

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Noticed a few discussions recently and general consensus seems to be that new members could be demoralized by starting at 1433 and instantly dropping down - easy solution to this would simply to display ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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non-CSW ODO words

Miscellaneous topic by Frank Jones. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does anyone have a list of them? More for curiosity than anything. I can't imagine there's very many. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Stop the letters window from stealing focus from other windows

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not sure if this is happening for everyone else but the letters window is currently stealing focus from other windows, which can be annoying as it always seems to happen when I'm in the middle of typing ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Pressing tab in the numbers notes box to change cursor focus to the declaration box

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, pressing tab in the numbers notes window functions like it would in a word processing application, by inserting a bunch of spaces - personally I don't think this has any uses in the notes tab, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New Variant idea - Hold 'em down.

Variant idea by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not quite too sure how exactly this would work, it needs some input but here's the general idea. It's a combination of poker and texas hold'em so obviously a ton of programming needs to be done. Players ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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12 Days Of Apterous - Tournament Series (Dates Annoucement)

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Here it is the announcement of dates for the 12 days of Apterous series, with a description of each tournament. Day 1: A Conundrum In Countdown Land (12th December - 8pm) Everybody will play everybody ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Vox Ludio

Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: On-going.

Exposition for newbies: Vox Ludio was a series of interviews with notable Apterous players here [link]:&max-results=20&by-date=true . Those notable players were Innis, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Gaelic language option

Variant idea by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just to see what the consensus would be, who would be interested in Gaelic on here? [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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9-Rounder Mocktorun

Game feature request by Robert Miller. Status: Unconfirmed.

It has caused me some confusion as to whether the Old Mocktorun is made up of 8 9-Rounders or 8 Old 15-Rounders. After searching around for a little while, I found that there was no 9-Rounder Mocktorun ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Click here for CoC

Announcement by Amie Bateen. Status: Unconfirmed.

So the next Champion of Champions (Coc) is filming from 23-25 November. A few Apterites have some spare audience tickets available, so if you're looking for CoC you might just find it here. Guys, if ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tournament idea- The Crystal Apterous Maze

Brainstorm by Ben Wilson. Status: On-going.

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]

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Harry Potter dictionary

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Everyone loves JK Rowling's lovable corpus of tales about a ragtag group of child wizards who take on and (SPOILER ALERT) defeat the forces of evil using brainpower, bravery and magical forces. The series ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Option in 'Custom' to upload a txt file to be used as the game's dictionary

Brainstorm by George Ford. Status: Unconfirmed.

yeah ? YEAH ? Inspired by jen's thread, so many potential niche dictionaries to play...So maybe let people just make their own for one off games or tourneys? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Timmy Burch

Game feature request by Simpatico Jones. 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]

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New members; what is the drop out rate, would mentoring help

Brainstorm by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

There have been a few discussions - eg the To Do list from Jen - and I've sometimes had comments from a new member that they still haven't got the hang of one or other aspect. I don't know how many members ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Word history

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Could it be possible to understand a word's history? What I mean exactly is the following: - A date from when the word was allowed in the language of choice - Any other dates when it was possibly omitted ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Tyrion Lannister

Game feature request by Dave Mattingly. 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]


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18 November 2015

  • Fixed: Provisional Duel rankings (as announced in chat) now factor in the 3-point max game bonus. [Discussion]

16 November 2015

11 November 2015

  • News: Minimum version of Java is now 1.7 - - if you're having any trouble logging in, please make sure you've updated Java.

10 November 2015

  • Improved: Lexplorer searches link to the relevant Oxford Online page (as they have for a while, but we forgot to announce it). [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Nice Duels now have Nice conundrums. [Discussion]
  • Fixed: The game now remains snappy for other players if someone starts a game in an unusual dictionary. [Discussion]

9 November 2015

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • News: Gold Pencils are now available! These are available in Nice, Normal, and all equivalent variants (e.g. Instant). Several other variants have also been promoted to Silver or Bronze. [Discussion]
  • Improved: You can now use "p" in place of "+" in the Notes box, for some reason. [Discussion]

8 November 2015

7 November 2015

  • News: A slightly belated congratulations to Antoinette Ryan and Heather Styles, Game of the Week winners for w/c 28 September. [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Spectators can no longer see the conundrum before the players do. [Discussion]

6 November 2015

  • Fixed: The Landmark for first century now works correctly. (NB This page is quite slow to load.) [Discussion]
  • Fixed: The custom rounds interface no longer creates invisible rounds. [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Richard Whiteley dialogue no longer gets contestant names wrong (except intentionally). [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Host no longer says "Do you have a 8?". [Discussion]
  • Fixed: When Stephen Hawking is the arithmetic he now always shows the method. [Discussion]

5 November 2015

  • Fixed: A rather sneaky bug that allowed false solutions to Omelette numbers has been fixed. [Discussion]

4 November 2015

  • Improved: Lexplorer: Conundrum Search is now in the same order as Word Search (newest first). [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Prevented rare but amusing incidents of two games sharing the same private chatroom. [Discussion]

3 November 2015

  • Improved: CSW has been updated to the current word list. [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Resolved a very old bug with max counts for some words. [Discussion]

2 November 2015

1 November 2015

  • New: Chrome game window now resizable [Discussion]

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