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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Top Dog

1Fiona T100%

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


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Spoon of Awesome for Matthew Tassier

Brainstorm by Martin Long. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was looking through the people with a Spoon of Awesome and was very surprised to see that Matthew Tassier hasn't got one! Matthew has been a pioneer in every Numbers Attack variant for a number of years ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

November 2021 dictionary update (small)

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Pretty minor changes this time, although some difficult calls on particular words. Overall 27 additions and 102 deletions (mostly 10+ letters). Added: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XG4VcwZuZzmsKby-6nnsRx88i0GIgRfs2XtG2HctYqQ/edit#gid=23874157 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Calling all parkrunners!

Announcement by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've created a Countdowner parkrunners group on Strava - if you're an apto parkrunner, and on Strava, please join up! https://www.strava.com/clubs/c4cparkrunners You might also be interested in the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

23Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

A "Remove all unplayed tournament games" button

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

As somebody that hosts tournaments, often with large amounts of fixtures, I think it would be quite useful if there was a button added to the tournament page that says "Remove all unplayed tournament games." ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Jeopardy on Sunday the 28th!

Announcement by Andres S.. Status: Unconfirmed.

So I think I'll experiment with doing other things on here besides Countdown, and maybe bring some of my trivia culture here with some Jeopardy! I'll have a board patched up that will replace any U.S.-centric ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

17Up votes 1Down votes 8Replies

Obvious Indication at Language (especially for duel)

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello, I'm sure plenty of us yesterday when playing the French duel (20/11/21) didn't realise it was French until after one round (or maybe even further). Could we please have a better indication at what ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Tourney System: "Play X Times" rather than "Best of X"

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Useful for aptolympics and so on, if you want x attempts or to double/triple/etc a round-robin, can we have an option for "play 5 times" rather than putting in the same fixture 5 times? [Read more] [More feature requests]

29Up votes 11Down votes 3Replies

Activity Status to Be Retained After Logout or Disconnect

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

At present, the user's default status is "Available" when logging in 100% of the time – so if you want to be on "Busy" by default, say, then you have to remember to change it before one challenges you ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

23Up votes 1Down votes 20Replies

Bot Lexicons - Notably Nude, Plum and Waldorf

Game feature request by James Rowan. Status: Unconfirmed.

Overall, the standard of play on average exhibited by bots matches their ratings, however it's usually the letters that make the bulk of the scoreline. Their lexicons however still seem a little bit unrealistic ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

24Up votes 3Down votes 5Replies


Variant idea by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

Might be a bugger to code, but could be fun. LETTERS-In each round, both players alternate picking a letter. This carries until one player buzzes in. A player buzzes in upon seeing a nine and wins ten ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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On-screen indication that an upcoming conundrum is crucial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

When the last round of a game is a conundrum and the difference between the players' scores is 10 points or fewer, might it be possible to introduce some kind of indication, on the game screen, that the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

20Up votes 0Down votes 9Replies

Mr Dog to warn you if you are not eligible

Brainstorm by Paul W. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've recently started playing the daily Mr Dog challenges, which involve a series of LNC rounds, and is handicapped. However, Mr Dog cannot give you a target unless you have played 55 rounds of LN or C ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Earlier warning when you are at your maximum bot games

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi. As someone who plays bots fairly infrequently, I often have a backlog of unfinished games with bots. I often find myself starting a game with a bot just until I get a challenge and then the games ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

4Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Spoiler alert - MODIST

Brainstorm by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Language: English (ODO) I am not sure whether Apterous should allow this - it was allowed on Countdown today, Lexico is not very helpful, but has been rejected on CD twice before. [Read more] [More miscellany]

75Up votes 2Down votes 28Replies


Brainstorm by Stu Harkness. Status: Unconfirmed.

So I've never proposed this on the website before, but that Aptolympics was class. Dave's attention to detail paid throughout was incredible, and keeping all the spreadsheets up to date, and 40+ competitors ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 0Down votes 48Replies

Repeat selection. Just a freak coincidence or bug?

Brainstorm by Tal Lessner. Status: Unconfirmed.

I played 3 hyper number attacks with 6 large selections within an hour. There are 494,945 possible such games (55 different numbers selections times 8999 possible targets) So the chances of having 2 identical ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 7Down votes 7Replies

Any ideas for new words on Apterous?

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, I realise that Charlie does regular updates regarding the inclusion of new words on Appterous and I realise that Charlie's update also makes omissions of several words as well. If anyone ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

31Up votes 1Down votes 16Replies

If Apterous had bots styled after Apterites

Brainstorm by Simpatico Jones. Status: Unconfirmed.

(All meant with respect, you understand. Join in!) Apterous Platt - Gives you a reason every time it misses a nine. EVERY time. Apterous Foster - Basically just rename Sponge. Apterous Dylan - Pretty ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

32Up 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]

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Can't log bug ticket - get connection reset

Brainstorm by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can't log bug ticket - test to see if I can log other ticket types. [Read more] [More miscellany]


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