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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1Anan Nathan89%

These are the finest bones dug up lately,
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Team Countdown Series 2 Signups OPEN!!

Announcement by Andres S.. Status: Unconfirmed.

So it's been a bit long, don't you think? Think it's time to bring this back. Series 2 for Team Countdown is gonna be underway!!! The first series was so much fun that I thought we should give it another ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Identifying stems

Variant idea by Sam Manojlovic. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would it be possible to create a new game which would allow you to identify potential stems from a set of letters, in order to get new players into the habit of thinking of potential word stems and helping ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Apterous Christmas Quiz Championship 2022

Brainstorm by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

IT'S CHRISTMAAAAAAS! So in between running around at church, plotting how to avoid my family, and giving you an Apto endurance, I thought I'd inflict some intellectual battle royales on you all. APTEROUS ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Send a challenge to somebody not on the site

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

There's a really cool feature on chess.com, where you can get a link that you can text from your phone or email to anybody. When they click on the link, the site facilitates them as a guest player and ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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In Memoriam section

Brainstorm by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm not sure if this has been raised before-forgive me if it has, but recent events have had me thinking In Stewart Wintle and David Barnard, we have lost two-much loved members of the community this ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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External dictionary links on Lexplorer word page should include Oxford Dictionaries Premium

Website feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

Example page: https://www.apterous.org/lexplorer.php?word=feature&dic=0 I believe Countdown now uses Oxford Dictionaries Premium for adjudication, and I assume that's also what apterous now uses to decide ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Ways to encourage trial members to sign up

Brainstorm by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

More of an expansion from this ticket http://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=3682, but I felt it was going off topic. That being said I am going to copy and paste comments from it. Zarte Siempre- ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Display "words using" as stems in Lexplorer

Website feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

By which I mean; when using the "words using" feature (which is INCREDIBLY useful when setting conundrums with certain themes, and for other purposes), each word could appear as a stem; for example, if ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Potential AptoSOS Series 8

Announcement by Bailey Cowell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, how would you feel about an eighth series of AptoSOS being hosted sometime next year? It would work similar to previous series with players playing each other in standard 15-Rounders, aiming to ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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David Barnard

Announcement by Robin M. Status: Unconfirmed.

Good Evening, I wanted to say that the news about David Barnard is just awful and that I for one hope that his next moments are as comfortable for him as possible and that he has all the support of his ... [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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Number distribution for different formats

Website feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, I think it would be nice to see the number distribution for different variants. I am aware that normal is 4l plus 1-10 twice. I noticed when playing Hyper that the same small came out 3 times. I ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Fastest Conundrum" in Superstats to include more than one per variant

Game feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just looking at that section on Superstats. It shows your fastest conundrum time per variant. For someone who is mostly interested in standard 15R games, I would be keen to see a top 5 or top 10 fastest ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Goat:Leeds - Saturday 15th April 2023

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Do you like playing Goatdown on apterous? Do you have a corporeal form that exists in the real world, even when you're not signed in to apterous? If you answered 'yes' to both of the above questions, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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CoRugby 2023

Announcement by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

FOCAL’s jovialities comes to back to the Midlands as we take a jaunt to Rugby. Hosted by Adam Latchford (S83 victor) and MSR (the one with the shit beard). DATE-Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:30 am start ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Archive of past tournaments

Website feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

I wonder could a new "Tournaments" sub-section be filed under the ARCHIVES section of the sidebar? In case someone wanted to view old tournaments that they didn't take part in (The ones you DID take part ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Option to practise 5,6,10,11,& 13 letter rounds.

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Now that we have Beanstalk to enjoy and the challenges that such a format presents, it would be awesomely nice to be able to practise the different round lengths without committing to a marathon 26 rounder. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Load more" option on all-time head-to-heads

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

As discussed here - http://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=2251&vc=0#p48950 - once it loads the most recent 100 results, it would be good to be able to load another 100 and so on. It will only ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Un-truncating Results

Website feature request by Noel Mc. Status: Unconfirmed.

When results on Lexplorer are truncated, is there any way of seeing all of them? For example, if I want to see all 8 letter words ending in ISE, at the minute I just get the first 100 alphabetically. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Find Games" should show the player, when searching by score

Website feature request by Sam Cappleman-Lynes. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you play a game in a particular format, the game window tells you the high score in that format, and provides a link to the game(s) where the high score was achieved. Currently, the 15 Rounder high ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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