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.

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Discussions

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Official Facebook page!

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

We now have an official Facebook page: [link] . Please Like or follow or whatever it is you do! [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Change new players' ratings from 1433 to just 'New' until a full rating has been established

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

This was the case for a while, but seems to have been lost in the move to web play. Could it be reinstated? Or, if it's been a conscious decision, would you be able to say why it's been dropped? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Pro Ranks - time for an overhaul?

Brainstorm by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

With seemingly fewer human vs human games, particularly among the upper echelons, is it time to give Pro Ranks a makeover? We have a situation where the #1 ranked player hasn't played a human in a 15 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Letters rounds: Using star/delete buttons removes focus from word entry box

Game feature request by Jon Wilford. Status: Unconfirmed.

During a letters round, if you use either the star or delete button against a word you've entered this takes the focus away from the word entry box (meaning that you have to click inside it again in order ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Daily duel voting to come at top of home page same as game of the week voting

Website feature request by Jason Turner. Status: Unconfirmed.

I generally vote in game of the week because it appears once a week at the top of the home page. After more and more thinking who the chuff votes for theses duel's I was thinking of a way to prompt myself ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Need to know how to put tourneys on hold

Game feature request by Jason Larsen. Status: Unconfirmed.

In my current tourney, I meant to make the games junior games instead of regular games. Please allow us to put tourneys on hold so that Charlie can change the variant of the games in them when he has ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Old Duels Still Show

Game feature request by Euan Slatter. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was wondering if there was a way to make it so the previous day's duel just disappears at midnight, whether you've started it or not. I know i find it clogs up my Challenges section, don't know about ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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A level results 2016

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

I am very fascinated with any correlation between academic achievement and prorank position on apterous. Also whether a player feels thrilled, surprised, delighted or disappointed with their Countdown ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Country flag background for non-English variants

Game feature request by John Slater. Status: Unconfirmed.

The old app used to have a country flag background to indicate games that were not in English. It would be nice to have that back. Or at least some indication of the current language - there doesn't seem ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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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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Lexplorer conundrum search to accept scrambles of valid conundrums

Website feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

It'd be cool if the conundrum search in lexplorer returned results when the search is a valid conundrum scramble - for example, UNREGARDD would return the same results in the conundrum section as if you ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Pointless Quiz!

Announcement by Euan Slatter. Status: Unconfirmed.

On Friday, 2nd September, 2016, at 19:00 I will be holding a Pointless Quiz! At 18:40 I will ask for sign ups. When I get 8, I will close them. I will then put you into 4 teams (#1 with #8, 2 with 7 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Is there an item for winning a tournament?

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

If not, why not? I suggest a crown/cup of some sort that can be displayed to show how many tourneys a person has won! [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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Players 'online'

Game feature request by Dominic McMulkin. Status: Accepted. Priority: 3.

Hi Charlie, I wonder if you'd be interested in 'booting' players from the site say after 15 minutes of inactivity? For example, you have players who are apparently in the room just sitting there, doing ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Ask A Thing

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

Everyone loves Ask Graeme [C4Countdown link] so here is an analogous thing for apterous. This is a good place to ask questions about apterous history that probably aren't ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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2016-17 Premier League Superbru

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Move quickly, as there's just 48 hours left to join the Superbru for this year's English Premier League Season. Plenty of space, so anyone who wants to join in can - [link] ... [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]

News

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14 August 2016

  • Fixed: Partially-completed Ascension games no longer occasionally repeat the same conundrum if you start them the following day. This was apterous's oldest open bug! [Discussion]

12 August 2016

  • Fixed: Autoscroll in chat now works even if you resize the window. [Discussion]

11 August 2016

  • Fixed: Prevented issue where bots occasionally got pencils, and removed all the historical ones. [Discussion]

10 August 2016

  • Fixed: Classic Game search is now case-insensitive. [Discussion]

9 August 2016

8 August 2016

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • Fixed: The link to enter the Bash Room when another player enters now works again. [Discussion]

7 August 2016

  • Fixed: The missing scale on several charts has now been restored. [Discussion]

6 August 2016

  • Fixed: The long-standing bug where Duel Jewels were occasionally lost has now been fixed, and all missing Jewels have been awarded retrospectively. [Discussion]

2 August 2016

1 August 2016

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