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

It would be nice to a) show and b) be able to sort the list by the date of the last comment on a ticket. This would help to find active discussions in the big list. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item: a sheep

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

Awarded when someone declares the same word twice in a row — named for Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned. An example: https://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=2940678&round=45644342#r45644342 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Sir Trevor McDonald to Host Coundown on 10 September

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sir Trevor McDonald will present Countdown for one day only on 10 September. The lexicographer will be Lemn Sissay OBE and the arithmetician will be Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Charity tournament

Brainstorm by Chloe Lavan. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is not fully confirmed but I am looking to raise money for the children’s heart unit in Newcastle, and wanted to run a charity tournament that’s ran like a standard best of 3 tournament. I was ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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If someone "accepts challenge" on a tourney game or other outstanding game, highlight it

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you've got lots of games in your challenges (e.g with tourneys) , and one of your opponents is ready to play , set the background for that game a different colour to grab attention! [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tom O'Connor

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

It is with great sadness to learn that comedian Tom O'Connor sadly passed away in hospital today, aged 81. He made 121 appearances in Dictionary Corner on Countdown from 1996 to 2008 and was a clever, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item: Ze goggles.

Game feature request by Gulshan Ram. Status: Unconfirmed.

Awarded when you score a nine letter word that your opponent missed, yet it doesn't close the point deficit enough for you to have a mathematical chance of winning the game. For instance, if you play a ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Charity tournament (clarifying the finer details)

Brainstorm by Chloe Lavan. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just realised I posted the finer details in the discussion on the previous thread comments where it might have been missed! This tournament starts 22nd July I will release the matches at 8pm. I thought ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Spoon of Awesome voting to be invisible

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I still think it's a problem that Spoon tickets can turn into a negative thing with the downvotes etc. I suggested a possible solution in another ticket but it didn't go down too well. https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5307 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item: a Ford Anglia

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

I noticed in the discussion of this ticket ---> (https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5636) that there is a lack of even one numbers-related item. So I thought I might try and rectify that by ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New character idea: Jos

Game feature request by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! http://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item: bezant

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

The bezant would be awarded for achieving a score of 100 points or more in each individual "game", or leg of 15 rounds, of a Mocktorun or Old Mocktorun, equivalent to completing an all-centuries octorun ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

30Up 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]

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"Dark mode" option: turn the game window black and text white

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

In a multimedia world where people are staring at their screens at midnight with no lamps on, I think it would be a cool idea to have an option to toggle "dark mode" – change the game's background and ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Superbru Olympics Pools

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, I have created some Superbru pools for the Olympics. There are three polls and all the details are below: Tokyo Games 2021 Fantasy Game Start Date: 24th July Link: https://www.superbru.com/tokyo_games/pool.php?p=12367136&tab=leaderboard#tab=leaderboard ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New Classic Games

Game feature request by Carlo Harrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, it would be really great if we could have an update of more Classic games covering the last few years. I'm not sure how much work this is for you to do, but it's been around 2 years since ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Variant Idea: unrestricted CA

Game feature request by Michael Oldham. Status: Unconfirmed.

As a new player I'd love a variant of Conundrum attack but with the entire pool of 9s, this may not be overly useful for the seasoned players but for newer players like me this would be immensely helpful ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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mark when word was pencilled in the list of games it has been declared in

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

e.g. https://www.apterous.org/lexplorer.php?g=1&word=bumholes&dic=0 I know the "pencil work" tab already exists to find out, but it would be nice to correlate that with the actual games. just needs the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Gaelic language option

Variant idea by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just to see what the consensus would be, who would be interested in Gaelic on here? [Read more] [More variant ideas]


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