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

1Elliott Mellor—  

Format: 11 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Fiona T100%

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


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Players 'online'

Game feature request by Dominic McMulkin. Status: Accepted. Priority: 3.

Hi Charlie, I wonder if you'd be interested in 'booting' players from the site say after 15 minutes of inactivity? For example, you have players who are apparently in the room just sitting there, doing ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Lingering tournament games: fixed

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

I *think* the lingering issue with lingering tournament games is now fully fixed. The expected behaviour is: * If a tournament game is not played, it may still continue to show up for around 2 weeks after ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 1Down votes 6Replies

Weekend Cryptic Crossword

Miscellaneous topic by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Those that do cryptic crosswords are probably sorted for this weekend. However I had a go at creating one myself. Feel free to have a go and also to let me know your thoughts, this is my first one! PDF: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

Crtl+E forces bot to solve

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

It would be good if this shortcut could be used in games against bots. It's already the shortcut for ending round early anyway, which is effectively the same thing in a Conundrum. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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In-game variant instructions to be more self-contained

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I do the Daily Duel, I sometimes go to the rules section after I've accepted the game just to remind me what I'm supposed to do. But with some of them it doesn't actually tell you. For example, with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 2Down votes 9Replies

"Unofficial" focal finals for 2020?

Brainstorm by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Having spent a lot of Lockdown 1 making the FOCAL pages in the wiki less shit http://wiki.apterous.org/2020_FOCAL_season I wondered if it was worth having a mini-tournament of the current top 8 (or however ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoilers 2020 now open!

Announcement by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

I believe these days you do a ticket as well to announce your tournament - Spoilers 2020, Apterous's one and only Spoilage tournament (there's a reason for that) is now open! https://www.apterous.org/to_tourney.php?tourney=3151 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Unplayed tournament games to be removed when the tournament ends

Game feature request by Alex H. Status: Unconfirmed.

I still get a number of tournament games which were unplayed showing up in my 'current games' even though the tournament has ended so it's pretty pointless having them. Currently getting some from the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Goatdown picking stats broken down by number of vowels already picked

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

The goatdown stats on this page (https://www.apterous.org/statland.php?section=best_pick_goatdown) are interesting, but I from a conversation that I'm having at the moment, I've realised that also breaking ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Des O’Connor (1932-2020)

Game feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

According to Sky News, Des O’Connor has passed away. I propose his role as a host on here be reinstated, even if it’s just the default dialogue. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Maximums for different variants on Lexplorer

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

On Lexplorer, you can find the maximums from a selection, but only in the normal variant. I think it would be good to be able to do this for other variants, such as Aegilops, Omelette etc. [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 6Down votes 6Replies

New item idea: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

We already have the Fruit Machine item for 777, the Subtitle for 888, the Flake and Ambulance for 99 and 999 respectively, and most recently the microphone and megaphone for 1212 and 121212. I think that ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 3Down votes 0Replies

"Words using" issue

Website feature request by Dylan Taylor. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have found that whenever I click on a word which I have found under the "Words using..." list, it will then open the "Words using..." list immediately once the new page loads, even without clicking it. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 3Down votes 4Replies

Integrate Countdown’s dictionary rules on Apterous to help jugde dictionary errors better

Website feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

I never dream of getting overly hung up on dictionary errors because it's time wasting to obsess, but having had recent experience of contributing to these, I thought I’d suggest something which I hope ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Truncated Lexplorer results

Website feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you search for something (e.g. a prefix of SUPER) within Lexplorer that has over 100 results, it truncates the list to seemingly the first 100 alphabetically - could there be an option (or make it ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Un-truncating Results

Website feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. 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]

12Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

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]

11Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies

Option to close tickets

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be a good idea if users had the option to close their own tickets or other tickets when they are no longer of any use. What does everyone think about this? [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Ability to find my best score in a game (not raw)

Game feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi. I am trying to find my highest score achieved in a game but when I click the link it goes to the highest raw score. Whilst I understand the point of seeing this, I think it would be nice to see how ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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