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

1Amie Bateen—  

Format: 26 rounds of 15 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Judith Young100%

These are the finest bones dug up lately,
in Mr Dog's opinion (patent pending).


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Tournament Ideas

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have been pondering as to what my next tournament should be and I have came up with a few ideas below. Please feel free to vote for whichever one you prefer. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Superbru: 2020 Euros

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have created two pools for this summers Euros. One for predicting scores and the other is an odds based fantasy game. Come and test your skill or flukiness in these games. Euros Odds--based Fantasy: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Descriptions for Tourney Formats

Website feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

When setting up a tourney, it asks what format to use. Obviously, we all know what some of the more common formats are (15 rounder, conundrum attack, sudden death numbers etc) However (and it's a big ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Most salient stats to be more prominent on Glory Roll

Game feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

I propose that the most salient / meaningful / popular stats be more visible on people's Glory Rolls than other less interesting stats. How to do this, might take discussion and compromise, but I am pretty ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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May 2021 dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Pretty small update: 86 new words and 187 deletions (mostly 10+ letters so not affecting the standard game much). Should be active from tomorrow. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XG4VcwZuZzmsKby-6nnsRx88i0GIgRfs2XtG2HctYqQ/edit#gid=395525367 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Benjo's 2021 Tourney Ideas - your thoughts please!

Brainstorm by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have some ideas for tourneys in 2021 that I thought I might put to the "public" as ideas, and would appreciate feedback and improvements. FORMULA ONE - each of the 22 race weekends is a different format ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea: Jaildown

Variant idea by Charlie Reams. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

Request description: Time-based Prisoner's Dilemma scoring. If both players declare the same word, only the fastest one gets the points. This would involve either ending round early when you're happy ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Co:Wat?! 2021 - Countdown in Waterford (24/07/2021)

Announcement by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

TL;DR summary: ~It will probably be a socially distanced event with hand sanitiser and facemasks. ~We worked within these parameters last year, and it worked well. ~The numbers are provisionally capped ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Improvement to Omelette Rules

Website feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Inspired by questions from a confused user playing Omelette for the first time) The current rules for Omelette are not very clear. They state: "The object of the game is to find the shortest-possible ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Let players know if a draw is possible

Game feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just a little message in game chat to let players know if the tourney creator has turned draws on would be helpful, I would think. I got caught out by being overcautious on a conundrum, thinking I'd get ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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More Intuitive Links from User Pages

Website feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

The 'Format' tab on a User Page (example: https://www.apterous.org/viewuser.php?user=12588&section=3 ) shows games from the last 30 days. However, when one uses the links in the 'Top Score' or 'Top Maxes' ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Two possible new bots

Brainstorm by Jim Bentley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apologies if this has been suggested before, but Apterous Odd and Apterous Even could both be hypothetically quite strong bots even though they would follow very strict rules. Basically, on letters games, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Speed of round on Dogfight Report cards

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be interesting to have a column next to the rounds of a Dogfight stating how long each round was. Would be great to know how fast I solved the numbers in the 23rd round, say! (Although that would ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item idea: number-one single

Game feature request by Dave Robjohns. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think solo duel wins are one of the most impressive achievements on the site, with it often requiring outperforming upwards of 100 people facing the same selections. For example, yesterday Matthew won ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Indication of random number pick on game recap

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Assuming the database knows if the number selection was 'random', it would be nice if the game recap could indicate this - perhaps with an (r) next to the selection? e.g. https://i.ibb.co/gF3CZ7L/random.jpg ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item idea: Echo

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

An item for declaring the same word twice in a row. Example: https://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=2161102&round=34065597#r34065597 If this sounds like it would be too commonplace in some variants, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Marcel Stellman

Announcement by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sad to report that Marcel passed away this evening. He brought Countdown to the UK from France many moons ago and was a great man. 96 yrs old and fit as a flea. Great shame. RIP Marcel. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Item for solo duel win

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I imagine it must be pretty satisfying to achieve a solo daily duel win (i.e. not a tie) - I wouldn't know as it's never happened to me - so far! And I think it would be good to have an item to mark this ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Swedish language

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would the option of playing Swedish be something that people would be interested in? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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How is it decided whether a word is valid?

Brainstorm by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Obviously the basic rules about how to determine what the valid inflections are, but looking at this ticket https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=4173 it seems that SWOONIER and SWOONIEST have ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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