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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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]

71Up votes 2Down votes 26Replies


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]

16Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies

The Countdown Podcast Episode 7

Announcement by Paul Anderson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Callum, Thomas and myself are back with a brand new episode of The Countdown podcast on Sun 17th October at 2pm As well as catching up with all the news, we are joined by not one but two current champs, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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]

7Up votes 1Down votes 11Replies

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]

7Up 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]

19Up votes 1Down votes 13Replies

"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]

28Up votes 1Down votes 6Replies

"Unplayed tourney games" notification area to be less intrusive

Website feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

(This might only be of interest to people who partake in the behemoth of a tourney that is "Everything Counts", but anyway.) If you have pending tourney games, they show up in the purple box at the top ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Apto Pub Quiz

Announcement by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've lost count of how many i've done now, but it's time for another one. 5 rounds, 50 questions total this time round. As before teams will be decided on the night, as for what night i'll see what the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

46Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

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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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]

13Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

COLIN XVII- 29-30 January 2022

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello apterous! For the seventeenth time, this coming January will see Countdowning in Lincoln (well, North Hykeham but same thing)! All are welcome as always, please see the c4c thread- http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=14849 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Lexplorer's "Stems to..." and "Stems from..." labels to say "Add a letter" and "Remove a letter"

Website feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I look up a word in Lexplorer, and I want to see what letters I can add to it to make another word, I always have to stop and think whether "Stems to..." or "Stems from..." is the one I want. And ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 5Down votes 1Replies

New character idea: Sir Trevor McDonald

Game feature request by Philip Aston. 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]

9Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

September 2021 dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

The following updates will come in shortly, probably from Wednesday. There has been quite a bit of disruption in the dictionary and its interpretation lately so there are a number of other changes that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 0Down votes 18Replies

Numbers Guide.... Trying to give some players an insight into numbers techniques I use.

Brainstorm by Graham Harrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, So as you all know... I'm a numbers guy. I wouldn't say i'm a genius with numbers AT ALL.....I'm just REALLY fast with times tables...... and please make no mistake... NO intention to patronise ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 3Down votes 8Replies

Buttons next to notes in numbers rounds

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

A few days ago I played a user that had a lot of difficulty typing in the notes during numbers rounds, who told me that they had to spot the solution almost immediately in order to have enough time to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

CO:LON is back! - 9 April 2022

Announcement by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign up: https://www.paypal.me/FionaTitcombe/10GBP After a frustrating two year absence, CO:LON is back in the FOCAL Calendar for 9 April 2022, hosted by George Armstrong and Fiona Titcombe. With a new ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

45Up votes 1Down votes 43Replies

Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

2Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Everything Counts IX

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign-ups for the latest Everything Counts are open - https://www.apterous.org/to_tourney.php?tourney=3750 If you have any questions please do ask. All details are in the link. [Read more] [More miscellany]


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