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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.

Today's Duel Leaders

1Jamie M—  

Format: 8 rounds of 20 seconds.
[Vote for tomorrow's format]

Top Dog

1Heather Styles43%

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


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Aegilops tourney

Announcement by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

As one of my favourite variants and the feel to host something again, I plan to do an Aegilops Tourney early next year. The format of which should hopefully a set number of groups with the top 8 scorers ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The introduction of Co:Glasgow!!!

Announcement by Alan Young. Status: Unconfirmed.

I’ve been talking about trying to arrange this for a while and being at CoEd3 has given me the drive to get off my backside and do it. So I have booked a venue for what I believe is the first Co:Glasgow ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Have a Goatdown best letter to pick section based on all selections

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

As I discussed here [apterous link] and then found out that Paul Howe had discussed years ago here [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Getting a Personal Best in Normal English 15 to be home page newsworthy!

Website feature request by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

Personally, I feel that whenever somebody gets a PB in Normal English 15, there should be a notification about this to come up on the front page. This may have to be adjusted so that new players of say ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Links to the discussion for spoon of awesome winners next to their accolade

Website feature request by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not many spoon of awesomes have been awarded and rather than trawl through the tickets to find the discussion it would be nice if there was a handly link next to it either on the list of recipients or ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Weakest Link tournament

Announcement by Heather Styles. Status: Unconfirmed.

Open to all full members of apterous Sunday 23 November 2014, 8.00 pm GMT (sign up from 7.30 pm, prompt start) All 15 rounds, 30 seconds, Stepdown scoring First round Normal. After the first round, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoon of Awesome for Kirk Bevins

Miscellaneous topic by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

This really should have been done 5 years ago. Trailblazer extraordinaire. Inspired a generation of Apterites. (If you look at the stats, he actually did). Instrumental in the online Co-Apto movement ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The most useful countdown words, in ones opinion!

Miscellaneous topic by Liam Moloney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone and anyone, I'd like to till the fertile soil of the experienced Apterite's and indeed anyone who may wish to take part. In my experience, from time to time it seems that we come across a ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Hyper Winter: big tourney opening 20th December.

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

After what I felt to be the great success of Hypertouch tourney a few months ago, I am now ready to announce my next Hyper variant format. This one is a little more ambitious though; I'm hoping to run ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Version of instant?

Game feature request by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

I quite like the recent addition of instant. I wonder whether at the scoring point for numbers it would be nice if everyone attempted to get to the target but got scored as in the normal game about how ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous university challenge.......

Brainstorm by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Myself and Andy Platt have decided to run a University Challenge style quiz competition. It'll run for 4 weeks with the quizzes being on the same night of the week (either Friday, Saturday or Sunday) ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The Mole 4 - A Process of Elimination

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. Jen. Jane. Chardonnay. The 3 players who so far have warded off ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

On dropdown lists of words on Lexplorer, calculate how many words are being listed

Website feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you're looking at one of the lists generated by Lexplorer - primarily stems, suffixes, prefixes and words using - it would be cool to have a sentence at the beginning saying how many stems/suffixes/prefixes/words ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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End of Apterous Around the World!

Announcement by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in Apterous Around The World, the winner of which will be announced on DECEMBER 1ST! This means, anybody who has uncompleted games MUST have them finished off AT ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Deepdown conundrum suggestion

Variant idea by Richard Freeland. Status: Unconfirmed.

At the moment, the deepdown variant only has letters rounds. Here is a suggestion for conundrums. The scramble will be a valid 8, 9 or 10 letter word. This is not the solution though - you have to look ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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I would like to propose that Jason Larsen be considered for a Spoon of Awesome.

Miscellaneous topic by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Jason Larsen is one of the longest-serving and most memorable members of Apterous. But why is he worthy of a Spoon of Awesome? "The Spoon of Awesome is awarded for services to the advancement of Aptocraft." ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Annual 'pencils'

Game feature request by Anthony Endsor. Status: Unconfirmed.

We all get excited when we win a pencil for being the first person to get a max on a word, but of course as time goes on, the number of words still to be pencilled gets fewer and fewer. Wouldn't it be ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Way to search for a whole series on the Classic Games.I

Game feature request by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it exists and feel this would help a lot when I want to play games, where I've forgotten who the contestants were. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Item for 'first time only' words by contestants

Game feature request by Anthony Endsor. Status: Unconfirmed.

A feature I quite like is the 'items' gained for getting words that certain contestants got whilst on the show. At the moment though, you get the item every time you spot a word and it is the max in the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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1 and 2 second rounds

Variant idea by Transude Transude. Status: Unconfirmed.

For some people instabullet is too easy. I'd love to see a 1 and 2 (and possibly 0.75 and 0.5 second) round option! [Read more] [More variant ideas]


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  • News: Omelette is broken today. Sorry. It will be fixed overnight. [Discussion]

31 October 2014

  • Improved: During the numbers rounds, a line of the Notes box starting with an equals sign will be taken as your method. You can type whatever you want in the rest of the box. Details in the discussion. [Discussion]

30 October 2014

  • Fixed: In Lockdown variants, Stepdown scoring now gives you full points if there are no words available. [Discussion]

29 October 2014

  • Improved: For tourney fixtures, the name of the tourney is now displayed on the challenge. [Discussion]

28 October 2014

27 October 2014

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • Improved: Clicking an aptomail email link now also acknowledges the notification for that aptomail. [Discussion]
  • Improved: Tiebreak and sudden death conundrums in Nice will now respect the Nice difficulty limit. [Discussion]

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