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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.

Today's Duel Leaders

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Format: 8 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Phil Collinge81%

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


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Newcomers' Knockout 2013-2014 Grand Final

Announcement by Heather Styles. Status: Unconfirmed.

[apterous link] I am pleased to announce the Grand Final of the Newcomers' Knockout 2013-2014 tournament. We started with 16 players and are now down to the final ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Lexplorer to link to Oxford Dictionaries Online

Website feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Lexplorer currently has a set of hyperlinks including [Wiktionary] and []. Unless there are any legal issues, please could we also have a link to Oxford Dictionaries Online? This is the dictionary ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous aplet to play a celebratory song whenever anyone gets a max game

Game feature request by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

If a player scores a max game, or beats a high score Apterous should play a song so everyone knows. Celebration by Kool and the Gang would be my suggestion. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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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]

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Variant idea by Callum Pickering. Status: Unconfirmed.

Everyone on here loves an obscure word, so if possible I quite like the idea of a variant called "flairdown" where words with less than 30% obscurity (percentage could be higher/lower depending on what ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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COLIN XI- 24-25th January 2015

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

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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Cancelling tournament participators as a useful progress indicator

Brainstorm by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Is it acceptable to "cancel ticked acceptances" on players who are no longer in a series-format competition, e.g. aptoSOS? I was thinking it may be useful for players to quickly gauge how many people ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ascension Leaderboard should display cumulative height

Game feature request by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

After the first cycle is complete, player height is presently listed based on their current cycle only. For example, Jim Bentley has already completed his first cycle yet current height is listed as 1760m ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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A Countdown Pilgrimage

Announcement by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

A blog post about my journey to Jerusalem with Mikey Lear, which started on apterous: [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Oxford Dictionaries link on the lexplorer

Website feature request by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm confused as to why this isn't the case, but on any word on lexplorer it comes up with links to online dictionaries for that word, but usually the definition isn't on these sites. Oxford Dictionaries ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Future Tournament Discussion

Brainstorm by Andy Platt. Status: On-going.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a communal ticket to discuss ideas and suggestions for future tournaments? Perhaps something that sounds like it could be awesome, but maybe not everyone's cup of tea. Or ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Word Search on Lexplorer sometimes takes several minutes

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you type a word into Lexplorer, and do a word search (where it finds all the occasions where it's been offered), it sometimes takes minutes. As with head to heads it could just be limited to the last ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Clicking details on a star path shouldn't close the star chart window

Game feature request by Matthew Brockwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Pretty simply, when you click details on a star path, the star chart window closes, so if you want to play the path or look at others you have to reopen the window. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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]

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Multiple top scoring words

Game feature request by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

I wondered whether it might be possible to have a version where if more than one of the words a player has entered were winning words, each would attract a score in its own right. The chosen word would ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Easier navigation within a given week's Pro Ranks

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

At the moment, you can click on "next 25" or "previous 25", but I think it would be good of there was a link to take you straight back to the top 25. You might have clicked on "next 25" several times, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

19Up votes 4Down votes 13Replies

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]

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Return of all-time Head to Heads

Website feature request by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Head to Head pages now only compare stats for the last 90 days. Whilst it's good to be able to isolate more recent games it was still a pretty cool feature to be able to view an all-time record. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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]


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