What is apterous?

apterous is a UK-based puzzle game where players compete to solve word and number puzzles. You can play in British English, French, German, Welsh, global English and a variety of other languages.

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Current Duel Leaders

1Matt Hamer—  

Format: 15 rounds of 10 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Adam Latchford95%

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


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Apterous Masters 2024 - sign ups open!

Announcement by Thomas Carey. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign ups are now open for 2024's Apterous Masters tournament, the longest-running tournament on apterous! :) Anyone can enter - everyone welcome! Details and sign ups here https://www.apterous.org/to_tourney.php?tourney=5552 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Cancel other challenges when game is started

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be useful if, when a game is accepted, other challenges are cancelled. Some players (often newer ones) send multiple challenges. The suggestion is that once a challenge is accepted, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Glitchy Numbers

Miscellaneous topic by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Has anyone reported this as a bug by any chance? Long delays between selecting the numbers and the appearance of the round/clock/target. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Brainstorm by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

An interesting posed by Elwin Carlos on the following tournament: https://www.apterous.org/to_tourney.php?tourney=5513 ***Does it count as cheating to have that (MH: the Pneumo word) copied to your device's ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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CO:Sheffield - Saturday 18th May 2024

Announcement by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

Countdown has found itself a new Yorkshire home in the beating industrial heart of Sheffield! We will be at St Bartholomews, Primrose Hill, Langsett, Sheffield, S6 2UW. Just a 15 minute drive or 20 minute ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous still thinks there's GOTW voting when there's no nominations, and where's my ostracon?

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

This week there appear to be no games to vote on in Game Of The Week. But it still has the thing at the top of the page asking if you want to vote. This doesn't go away after you click "Take me there". ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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c4countdown.co.uk should work over HTTPS

Website feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

Following from here: http://c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=16379 c4countdown.co.uk still uses HTTP rather than HTTPS, which means all our activity, including login details, are sent unencrypted. If ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Words by Usefulness - January 2024

Announcement by Rob Foster. Status: Unconfirmed.

The latest version of the Words by Usefulness Doc is out. Special mentions go to ANTIPOSE and ANTIPOLE for being among the most useful additions. As for UNDERBOOB - must try harder. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DAcyuWyoLBx6T32mlw0eYWPmvl3PoNWL/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=102346750340488444279&rtpof=true&sd=true ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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previous games

Miscellaneous topic by Anan Nathan. Status: Unconfirmed.

is there a way of retrieving previous games or is that not possible [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Co:Ox - Saturday 15 June 2024

Announcement by Darren Godfrey. Status: Unconfirmed.

Oxford. Countdown. Euro 2024 opening weekend. Me. What more do you need? C4C: http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=16167&sid=e2dad96b40d5e268afcf628bf3cf1566 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/v9jXu57UCxjwMQaB/ ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Dictionary update?

Website feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Whilst not directly related to apterous, the 2024 FOCAL (countdown events) season kicks off next week with Lincoln. FOCAL events traditionally use apterous for dictionary adjudication, but the word list ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Custom challenge buttons on profile pages

Game feature request by Marty P. Status: Unconfirmed.

I thought it would be handy if you let users pre-configure custom challenges for their preferred game formats and include links to these on their profile pages so other users could straightforwardly send ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Football-style scoring for Champions League format

Website feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Borrowing from George Armstrong’s ongoing and successful Premier League/EFL Championship tournaments (with his permission ;) At present, Champions League format uses Winners only scoring. The aforementioned ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Light border around timer bar in dark mode

Game feature request by Jon O'Neill. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, it would be nice if there was a little bit more contrast on the timer bar vs. the background as it's hard to see how much time is left from the corner of the eye. Here is my proposed CSS for this: ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Conundrums when playing via mobile

Game feature request by Mike Lee. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can the keyboard for solving a conundrum appear automatically at the beginning of the conundrum round when playing by mobile? I find my first focus in this round is pressing the box to bring the keyboard ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Conundrum difficulty selector

Game feature request by Etho Burrow. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've been practicing conundrums a lot lately, and one thing I find myself wishing for is some way to select the difficulty range of the conundrums I face in a particular game. I think the current system ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New character idea: Michael Owen

Game feature request by Dave Robjohns. 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]

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Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Help me understand!

Miscellaneous topic by Maurice Conway. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey, I can't make sense of the rating system and how points are allocated at the end of a game. Could you help me understand please? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Bot Tourney

Brainstorm by Sarah Matthews. Status: Unconfirmed.

I would love to see a Bot Tourney that is a little bit easier than the current ones. Maybe a mix of games against various Bots and and various formats that are little bit easier for us more average players. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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