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

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Reliability improvements

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Thanks for your patience with last night's maintenance. The following improvements should now be in place: * Unfinished games should now stick around pretty much forever. No logging in to discover that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoon of Awesome for Matt Morrison

Brainstorm by Heather Styles. Status: Unconfirmed.

The reasons for awarding a Spoon of Awesome to Matt Morrison are outlined in this ticket: [apterous link] It didn't quite make it over the line last time. I ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Truncated Lexplorer results

Website feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you search for something (e.g. a prefix of SUPER) within Lexplorer that has over 100 results, it truncates the list to seemingly the first 100 alphabetically - could there be an option (or make it ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Fewer conundrums on conundrum search on lexplorer

Website feature request by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I'm researching conundrums for co-events (or just in general), it helps on lexplorer to be able to see the difficulty of the conundrum, unfortunately, to do this, it loads up every time the word was ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous/c4c Fantasy Football 2016

Brainstorm by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Most of you will know the drill, if you don't, feel free to ask questions. We use [link] Classic code = 7029-2981 Head to head Code = 7029-3097 [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ways to encourage trial members to sign up

Brainstorm by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

More of an expansion from this ticket [apterous link], but I felt it was going off topic. That being said I am going to copy and paste comments from it. Zarte Siempre- ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Allow trial members to do the Duel on weekdays

Brainstorm by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've always been a bit confused as to the purpose of only allowing non-subscribing members to do Duels at weekends, and the main reason for this is that, at the average rate at which people initiate games ... [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]

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Monthly subscriptions

Website feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

For a new player, buying a year's subscription may seem daunting. They may be put off the idea of paying for a full year before they've had a chance to enjoy the full subscriber experience. Would it not ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New users-Some things that you need to know

Miscellaneous topic by Jamie NM Rawson. Status: Unconfirmed.

With all the talk of various things which include etiquette and what to add to tutorial recently, I think it is necessary that the new users learn a bit more about Apterous. First up, the colours. In ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Implement the Lexplorer hyperlink for words that come up when spectating a game

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I'm speccing a tournament game and a word I'm unfamiliar with comes up, I'll want to check it out on Lexplorer. Would be pretty cool to save a few clicks/seconds by having this made consistent with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Next Radio Show with Zarte Siempre and Michelle Nevitt

Announcement by Mark Mills. Status: Unconfirmed.

Last Saturday of July sees guest Zarte and Michelle as the latest guest on the new Countdown show, this show follows last months show that featured Jen Steadman and James Robinson, see you there on 30th ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The Multiverse 2- First Details

Announcement by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Last year I ran The Multiverse, and I am pleased to announce I will be running it again this year with a start date pencilled in for mid-September. The rules will be similar to last year. Each week a ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Another side-event tournament?

Brainstorm by Andrew Feist. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd be more than happy to run a second side-event to go along with this year's Apterous Summer Open, so if you have a variant you want to play a tournament in, and can come up with a food-related pun for, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ensure missed or alternative maxes always take priority over DC character dialogue

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Some of the more verbose DC characters currently waffle so hard you can't see as many maxes as possible, to (I believe) the annoyance of many. Could it please be tweaked somehow so that maxes take precedence ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Hard-to-find words

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

There's now a (very brief) wiki article listing words that are valid but are hard to check in the ODO for one reason or another: [apterous wiki link] . Please add the many that I've ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Linking to a lockdown round makes all of the letters red

Website feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Web address of affected page: Any lockdown round, for example [apterous link] Bug description: Normally lockdown rounds are displayed with the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Commonly tied records

Website feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

Could these be grouped together on the news feed? I’m not belittling these achievements, and I’m not suggesting removing them completely, but I’m sure there is a better way of presenting 20+ identical ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Brainstorm by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was looking up words and found that words like PISSEDER and PISSEDEST are no longer in, so I did a ticket search. I found a few tickets - [apterous link] [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Who would like Maths & Science quizzes by aptomail?

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

I expect players are beginning to get to know me a bit by now. I have been playing on apterous on a regular basis since last October. As you probably know, I am 49 years old and I have a disability, autism. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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