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

1Jack Worsley—  

Format: 18 rounds of 20 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Ailsa Watson99%

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


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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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Announcing Aptobash VI: Omeletters Attack!

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apterous's longest-running tournament series, Aptobash returns for its 2016 instalment on 3 October. All are welcome! [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Name and shame who chose that duel

Website feature request by Matthew Tassier. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be kind of fun if we knew who's randomly selected vote was used to choose the duel on a particular day. "Today's duel was selected for you by Charlie Reams" or whoever, somewhere. I think it's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Radio & Co Manchester

Miscellaneous topic by Mark Mills. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi All, Sorry posting on here but tried everything to get my C4 Countdown Forum reset with no success, The Radio show will be back on air end of September more to follow, also what is the update on a Co-Manchester, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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NBY Open 2016

Brainstorm by Stephen Fuller. Status: Unconfirmed.

Entities for the NBY (not born yesterday) Open 2016 are now being taken. As I am not privy to your personal details, and it's rude to ask a woman her age, I'm unable to send out personal invitations. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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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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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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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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IPad mode scrolling

Game feature request by Amie Bateen. Status: Unconfirmed.

In the iPad mode, whilst you can scroll the apterous home page, the only part of play that can be scrolled is the list of players on line in the right hand column. The left hand public chat column can't ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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A new rankings system that might encourage a lot more activity

Brainstorm by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

A while back a ticket was made [apterous link] asking why apterous felt a bit stale recently and I think I've got an idea which does away with the current rolling ratings ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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New item: cubic zirconia necklace

Website feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

The cubic zirconia necklace, named after a popular diamond substitute, would be awarded for playing all BUT ONE of the duels in a given month. This is useful in cases where, for example, a website bug ... [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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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

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