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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Dictionary and contestant guidelines and apto word list

Brainstorm by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

The clovers debate had me looking at contestant guidelines again... (disclaimer - my copy 18 months old so they may have been updated - can a recent contestant confirm?) Categories of mass nouns that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Future of Apterous Football

Brainstorm by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

NEWS! (For the 43 others who take part-it was easier than Aptomailing. If you want to join in from next year, there'll be a chance to!) George Armstrong will be stepping down from arranging the Premier ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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People wanted for tourney

Announcement by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

Why hello. I'm looking for some people to leap in mid-season in my F1 tournament. Doesn't matter if you like fast-vehicles or not, it works on Apterous as follows.... QUALIFYING-Play a fast variant, try ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New watchwords!

Game feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

I added a bunch of new collectables from today, celebrating some of the top players from the recent series and a few overlooked legends of the past. Enjoy! https://www.apterous.org/item.php?item=295 [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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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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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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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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People's Choice Weakest Link

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was thinking of ways that I could make the People's Choice Weakest Link different for when I next half it, whenever that might be. I've detailed various options I've come up with below. Open to other ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Co:Durham 2024 - Saturday, 6th July

Announcement by Adam Beach. Status: Unconfirmed.

Another new city, another new host, and another exciting co-event to add to the mix. For the first time, letters, numbers and conundurhams are coming to the historic cathedral city of Durham. This will ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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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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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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