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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Subject line for Aptomails

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be good to be able to add a subject line for Aptomails. I was having a look for an Aptomail thread the other day, and the search took longer than it should have because I didn't know which ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Ability to still read old messages if you leave an Aptomail thread.

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think that if you leave an Aptomail thread, you should still be able to read the messages up to the point where you left. People might leave a thread because there are a lot of new messages that they ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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The problem with the recent ODO update

Miscellaneous topic by Ray Wilding. Status: Unconfirmed.

There are a number of issues with this update, that are going to make it difficult for Susie to adjudicate words. Any word that was given inside an entry that was in bold text has gone. This results in: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Notification for missed challenges

Game feature request by Jon Wilford. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be nice if there was some in-game notification to show me about challenges I might have missed recently. By this I mean that I might leave myself logged in but be using another application, hear ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Mis clicking a sign in the numbers when you don't want to

Game feature request by Peter J Clarke. Status: Unconfirmed.

Is there anyway you could possibly cancel a sign being put in when writing out a numbers method when solving it. For example, I type 82*3+ ... when I didn't want to put the plus in, I pressed that button ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New Vox Ludio with Matt Hamer!

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Read about Matt Hamer's love of Dutch esoterica, live music, and Vienetta -- and see if you can spot his easter egg too. [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Add different time period options to Word Stats

Website feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Word Stats ([apterous link]) is a useful corner of Apto which shows the most common maxes in whatever format, language, length etc you could want. But you can currently ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Sortable tournament table listings (including game played date)

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

The impetus for requesting sortable tournament table listings was based around knowing which games were played most recently, hence lumping "add a column for game played date" into one ticket, hope that ... [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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New dictionary additions

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

1000 words added to the OOD [link] Anyone manage to find a complete list yet? Does anyone know also if any words have been removed? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

So, you have a dot. You can put this dot into your words, and it works like this: Suppose I enter 'for.get' I would score for the word 'forget' plus 'for' and 'get', scoring 12 points in total. So, ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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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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Apterous Sponge On Holiday?

Miscellaneous topic by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Today i've made a realisation that Sponge is no longer with us. Am I to expect the worst? :( [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]

9Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

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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"Previous results" link on Search Tickets

Website feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Web address of affected page: [apterous link] Bug description: No back button or "previous..." on search of tickets. Might be just a small thing, but would find ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Bash Room to Play Nicely with Public Chat / Everything Else

Game feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

In the dim and distant past, the Java version of the Bash Room popped out as its own separate window. This was useful, because it could be resized if desired, Public Chat could be simultaneously viewed ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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List all game types under Harder Variants on main window

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you click challenge, the game types are sorted to how they were before with the dropdown menu. However, there is a lot of space on the window and would be better in terms of clicking and finding a ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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"Load more" option on all-time head-to-heads

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

As discussed here - [apterous link] - once it loads the most recent 100 results, it would be good to be able to load another 100 and so on. It will only ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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28 August 2016

  • Improved: The beloved length-of-word hint has been restored. [Discussion]
  • Improved: You can now see what you declared in the numbers round while waiting for your opponent's declaration. [Discussion]

27 August 2016

  • Fixed: Hebrew letters rounds now work again. [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Gym games no longer generate incorrect pencil announcements in chat. [Discussion]

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