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

1Elwin Carlos—  

Format: 8 rounds of 20 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Sarah L99%

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


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Web site should not override conventional Ctrl + LEFT/RIGHT behaviour

Game feature request by Marty P. Status: Unconfirmed.

Conventional behaviour for Ctrl + LEFT/RIGHT is to make the cursor/caret jump to the beginning/end of the current/previous/next word. It is therefore quite unexpected and IMO unwelcome that using this ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

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]

15Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

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]

42Up votes 0Down votes 26Replies

Conundrum buzzing revamp

Game feature request by Innis Carson. Status: Unconfirmed.

My understanding of the current conundrum set-up is that both players are shown the scramble at (as close as possible to) the same time, with independent timers starting on each end when the scramble appears. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

38Up 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]

43Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

New Item - An Adder

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Feel free to come up with a better item for this, but thought it was worth implementing the following: An item for when the answer to the numbers game is solved by adding up all the numbers. Exhibit ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 5Down votes 0Replies

Apterous Last Man Standing Quiz- Boxing Day 2023

Announcement by Christy Cooper. Status: Unconfirmed.

I haven't done one of these for a while. I will need 8 or more players - each player will be separated into their own individual chatrooms to give their answers privately, with the main chatroom being ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

40Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

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]

17Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

New item: explorer's hat

Game feature request by Piaras Last-Name. Status: Unconfirmed.

This item goes to the last person to declare a word that is later taken out of the dictionary. For example, as the last person to declare WHOONGAS while it was still a valid word(1), Chris Hare would be ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

40Up votes 5Down votes 4Replies

Berserk/Bullet/Lightning should have their own ratings

Brainstorm by Ahmed M. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think we can borrow from Chess here; they have Rapid and Blitz modes with their own separate ratings. Modes like berserk/bullet would become more popular(in my opinion) and in turn promote more competition ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

48Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

"Adjust declaration" field in numbers should default to the target, not to 0

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you click the up and down arrows to adjust your declaration in the numbers interface without typing a number in and pressing Enter first, the up arrow will change the value to 1 and the down arrow to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

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]

12Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Goat/Co:Brum 2023

Brainstorm by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

Brum is back, baby! Bigger than before. Some slightly miffed train drivers may have dented the numbers for Birmingham’s 2022 return to the FOCAL calendar, but it didn’t stop us having a rather spiffing ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

28Up votes 0Down votes 11Replies

Words by Usefulness - December 2022

Announcement by Rob Foster. Status: Unconfirmed.

Here's the latest version of the usefulness document following the dictionary update: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QA7zt6lAC-8-AO5Dy5mMDuQ1fjwu4g6a/edit?usp=share_link&ouid=102346750340488444279&rtpof=true&sd=true ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

12Up votes 3Down votes 5Replies

CoEvent bot training

Brainstorm by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

Trying something new to help in my slightly cock-eyed attempt to get better at this. Putting it out here so A-You can try it should you wish and B-I'm wanting to finesse things, and feedback is welcome ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

16Up votes 0Down votes 10Replies

Hyper Instant

Variant idea by Tal Lessner. Status: Unconfirmed.

I don't think any explanationis is required. Instant rules, with hyper selections. Because Instant is fun, Hyper is fun, so Hyper Instant sounds hyper fun. [Read more] [More variant ideas]

32Up votes 1Down votes 12Replies

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]

26Up votes 2Down votes 4Replies

Tourneys you've played in - ordered by latest to oldest

Game feature request by Dave Kempshall. Status: Unconfirmed.

As someone who loves playing a tournament, but often gets knocked out in the earlier rounds, I'm interested in following the tournament progress, but find it hard to keep track of how that tournament is ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 2Down votes 0Replies

COEDI - Saturday 7th October 2023

Announcement by James Robinson. Status: Unconfirmed.

OCK AYE!!! BACK NORTH OF THE BORDER WE GO!!! Time once again to bring Countdown back to the Scottish capital once again!!😄😎👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 7Down votes 5Replies

Tourney game notifications

Game feature request by Louise O'Brien. Status: Unconfirmed.

Is there any way to stop the play tab flashing red every time somebody logs in that you have an unplayed tourney game with? Its very distracting whilst you are mid game with somebody else and totally ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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