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

1George Armstrong—  

Format: 8 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Paul W92%

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


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At least one bot to pick 5/6 large numbers in Spoilage numbers rounds.

Game feature request by Matthew Tassier. Status: Unconfirmed.

In Spoilage you have to pick 4, 5 or 6 large numbers. Currently all the bots pick the least challenging 4 Large selection in all circumstances in Spoilage. In every other variant different bots choose ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies


Brainstorm by Alex Diaz. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does anyone know which series and episode saw the word LEOTARDS made from the letters S Y T R A E O D L ? It's featured in a brief montage from 'Mr. Countdown: A Tribute to Richard Whitely Part 2' on ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

26Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Tournament editing

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

**Adding the ability to edit a tournament that is already in the system.** Description - presumably would be ok to edit at any time. Although if you think people would abuse the system or change rules ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

33Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Player 1 should be on the left column in tourney fixture lists

Website feature request by Bradley Horrocks. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not much to add here, apart from mention at the moment it seems to be arranged by the system to put the oldest user in the left-hand column. [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Game of the Year (GotY) 2021

Announcement by Elliott Mellor. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2020 and will close on Saturday 20 February 2021 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=15043 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

35Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

New character idea: Derek Trotter

Game feature request by Martyn Simpson. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! https://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 2Down votes 6Replies

Seeking participants in a linguistics experiment

Miscellaneous topic by Dan McColm. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello! A friend of mine is looking for participants in a linguistics experiment. They are looking for people who are: - Aged 30 or over - From the south of England or the Midlands - Have ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies

Notifications for people being added and leaving aptomails to not exist

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

It has come to my attention that people have received notifications for the following messages in an aptomail: 1. [Player X] left the thread. 2. I added [Player Y] [URL] as a participant in this thread. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

42Up votes 4Down votes 17Replies

Two possible new bots

Brainstorm by Jim Bentley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apologies if this has been suggested before, but Apterous Odd and Apterous Even could both be hypothetically quite strong bots even though they would follow very strict rules. Basically, on letters games, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

23Up votes 4Down votes 1Replies

Can we please have tournament placings put on our glory roll?

Website feature request by Mark D. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can we please have tournament placings put on our glory roll? [Read more] [More feature requests]

48Up votes 0Down votes 15Replies

Play on phone and tablet! Now officially supported

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From today you should find the game *much* more playable on mobile devices like phones, iPads, tablets etc. (Fridges and toasters not officially supported, but feel free to try.) You may also notice minor ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

26Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Speed 15

Game feature request by Noel Mc. Status: Unconfirmed.

Speed 15 is currently Old 15 format. Any chance of a new 15 format? [Read more] [More feature requests]

36Up votes 2Down votes 4Replies

Hyper Ascension

Game feature request by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

Why not? Some of us love the 12-letter challenge. Hyper Ascension would be awesome. Please !!! [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Top Dog personal (& overall) bests

Website feature request by Dave Robjohns. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be great to have a top dog personal bests section within superstats (and potentially overall records) separated by each day/format. While the daily targets are personalised and change ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Dark mode numbers screen

Game feature request by Steven Oldham. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: Not a bug as such, but on the numbers screen I've noticed the numbers you've clicked on in your solve don't 'grey out' as obviously as in the normal screen. Not sure if it's my eyes ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

37Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Disallowed words and valid anagrams

Game feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

In Superstats, you can access a list of your most disallowed words. It has columns for "hits" (i.e. the number of times you have submitted it), and "words" (which shows the invalid word) Could a 3rd ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

23Up votes 0Down votes 8Replies

Variant Idea: unrestricted CA

Game feature request by Michael Oldham. Status: Unconfirmed.

As a new player I'd love a variant of Conundrum attack but with the entire pool of 9s, this may not be overly useful for the seasoned players but for newer players like me this would be immensely helpful ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

26Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Time axis on superstats graphs to report actual dates, not "days ago"

Website feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

I read Jack Hurst's C4C post about Letters Max Progression http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14268 with interest, but the choice of labelling on the X-axis of the graphs makes interpreting ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

43Up votes 2Down votes 5Replies

In-game variant instructions to be more self-contained

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I do the Daily Duel, I sometimes go to the rules section after I've accepted the game just to remind me what I'm supposed to do. But with some of them it doesn't actually tell you. For example, with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

30Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

If someone "accepts challenge" on a tourney game or other outstanding game, highlight it

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you've got lots of games in your challenges (e.g with tourneys) , and one of your opponents is ready to play , set the background for that game a different colour to grab attention! [Read more] [More feature requests]


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