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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: 5 rounds of 35 seconds.
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Top Dog


15Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Selection of Random Choice on a numbers round to be default option next time you choose it

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you play 6S/1L/2L/3L/4L, Apterous recognises you may want to play this next time, and automatically has it selected for convenience next time you choose so you can just press Enter and save fiddling ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

Tourney organisers to be able to set conundrum difficulty range for each tourney round

Website feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Okay so I've just thought of this idea off the top of my head and come straight here without really thinking about it too much, so it may well be completely full of holes and in for a quick trick to the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 3Down votes 0Replies

Bullet attacks (letters, number and conundrum) to be high score formats by default

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I discussed here [apterous link] specifically having bullet goat letters attack as a high score format. Generally speaking with variants we have letters/numbers/conundrum ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 5Down votes 7Replies

Parenthesis buttons in numbers game window

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you enter a numbers game solution in the Notes box, you are allowed to include parentheses in it. Thus, why shouldn't there be an option to use parentheses to achieve intermediate or final totals in ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 4Down votes 14Replies


Brainstorm by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Matt Morrison (legend) said I should put this in a ticket, so here goes: _______ Should we have an Apterous Simulation of a Series Championship of Champions I (apto.SOS.COC1) after this series, which ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

42Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies

New bot: Apterous Mercurial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, when you play a match against a bot, you always know the bot's difficulty level (as well as numbers preferences and other characteristics) ahead of time. Obviously, when you begin a match on ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

29Up votes 4Down votes 13Replies

New character idea: Freddie Mercury (v2.0)

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. 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]

30Up votes 2Down votes 20Replies

New character idea: Richard Osman

Game feature request by James Laverty. 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]

8Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

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]

10Up votes 3Down votes 5Replies

Bullet Goat Letters Attack

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think we need this format. People tend to play lightning goatblitz, but I think that's largely because it already exists as a format. Generally speaking I think lightning was superseded by bullet years ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

27Up votes 2Down votes 5Replies

Top Dog to state what variant(s) is offered before entering

Game feature request by Matt Croy. Status: Unconfirmed.

I often do the Top Dog challenges and I've worked out thus far that certain variants fall on certain days of the week. However, I would like it if it told me what variant(s) it is going to be before I ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies

Multi-variant 'Swiss pairs' tourney tonight

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'll be running an impromptu swiss pairs tourney tonight (sunday 30/11) starting at 8pm. Sign-ups open in chat at 7.30. The lowest seed at the end of each round gets to pick the variant/format for the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

16Up votes 0Down votes 12Replies

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]

15Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

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]

7Up votes 8Down votes 11Replies

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]

18Up votes 0Down votes 33Replies

Glory Roll too big

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: Accepted. Priority: 3.

Request description: The Glory Roll for some players is so huge as to be useless. It needs to be reorganised to make sense for a wider range of skill levels, and for the fact that a lot more leader boards ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 0Down votes 20Replies

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]

14Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

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]

16Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

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]

22Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

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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