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

1Hazel Drury—  

Format: 8 rounds of 20 seconds.
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Tipping the balance

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From today, you'll have the option to leave an additional "thank you" on any ticket post from apterous's extensive staff (me) in the form of cold, hard, digitally-mediated cash. I don't expect to get loads ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Touchdown conundrum reboot

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Following a recent major improvement to conundrum generation for Touchdown variants, the conundrums now have a much wider variety of possible solutions and are therefore much more difficult. So I have ... [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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A statement on cheating

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

We've had several high-profile cases of cheating lately and I understand my handling of them might've left some people dissatisfied. I want to share some information about how I deal with cheating and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Warning before Top Dog games if you've not played enough conundrums

Game feature request by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

In the Top Dog games that involve conundrums, you have to have recently played at least 55 conundrums to get a Top Dog % rating at the end. It would be nice to get a warning before you start the game if ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Variant idea by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Letters rounds: You can write all words you can make as notes. Apterous will then declare the longest valid word from your choices. Not sure whether its re- or -er? Just write both. Numbers Rounds: You ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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ZoomDown S3 - Looking For Applicants

Announcement by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm sure most of you by now know what ZoomDown is, but for any new members, it's our fan-run series of Countdown matches played over Zoom and streamed live on Youtube. Whether you've been on ZD before ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2020

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://c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=12&p=191691&sid=c49e703d313893b13c62e0c7221e8316#p191691 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Scoring format format for duel to be listed on Current Duel Leaders section

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be handy if the the current duel leaders section listed what time of scoring is being used for the duel as it seems to stat everything else relating to the duel. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Private Messages For Declining Games

Game feature request by Matt OC. Status: Unconfirmed.

When someone requests a game and you don't want to play it for whatever reason, most people are polite to decline by writing a small message in the chat window. However, I feel it would be more appropriate ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Variant idea by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this might have been suggested before. In fact I'm almost sure of it. Please tell me off and link me up should that be the case. IDEA Throw a ton of shit at a problem and hope something sticks. ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Most multitalented pages - would be nice to show more users

Website feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Looking at the 'most multitalented' pages (e.g. https://www.apterous.org/statland.php?section=most_multitalented) you see the top 30 players and your rivals. It would be really nice to be able to see ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Extra status for "Seeking Tournament"

Game feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently we have three statuses - Available, Seeking or Busy. What I would like is another status which is "Seeking Tournament" - this would then indicate you are there to play but only tourney games. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Hyper Nice

Game feature request by Ronan M Higginson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Same as Hyper but with letters used in Nice. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Full Letter Deck Reshuffle after each Mocktorun Leg of 15 Rounds

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

It appears there is a prospect of being drawn duplicate Js, Ks, Q, Xs or Zs, or 3 Vs, in a Mocktorun at some point after the first 15 rounds – something that would never happen on TV Countdown. This ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Allow other formats when setting up tourneys

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

At present, only high-scoring formats are allowed in tourneys. Whilst this may seem quite a niche ticket at first, it means things such as Flat-scoring Goatdown is not "allowed", nor is a custom format, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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More sensible Eddington scoreboards

Website feature request by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

https://www.apterous.org/viewformat.php?format=2&section=15 Setting the 9 round Eddington limit to 100 is optimistic to say the least- maybe a lower score of 60-75 would be more appropriate? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Spoilage LA's to be included on "Most multitalented letterists"

Website feature request by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

This was just something I'd stumbled across whilst looking through stuff, and wondered why it wasn't featured in there. Admittedly, given how high spoilage scores can be, it could see some players rise ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Receive Notifications for Played Tourney Games in Tourneys You're Not Running

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Self-explanatory title, really. If I want to follow, say, the Apterous Masters Quarter Finals, I have to manually check it every so often to see if a game has been played. Can't we have the "game-played ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Three Player Games

Game feature request by Noel Mc. Status: Unconfirmed.

No explanation required. Any appetite? [Read more] [More feature requests]


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