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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1Alex H99%

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


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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]

27Up votes 1Down votes 9Replies

Warning that that you haven't declared a target yet in the numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it can be easy to accidentally forget to make a declaration in a numbers round. Unlike on the show, you have to make your declaration within the 30 seconds. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

Most head to head matches

Website feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

How about a page the lists the most common head-to-head matches overall? Possibly with some related stats such as mean scores between those players, different formats etc [Read more] [More feature requests]

33Up votes 2Down votes 4Replies

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]

2Up 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]

2Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

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]

24Up votes 2Down votes 11Replies

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]

44Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

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]

16Up votes 5Down votes 4Replies

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]

88Up votes 5Down votes 30Replies

New bot: Apterous Mercurial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, when you play a match against a bot, you always know the bot's difficulty level (as well as numbers preferences and other characteristics) ahead of time. Obviously, when you begin a match on ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 4Down votes 8Replies

Variant idea: Touchgoat

Variant idea by Jamie M. Status: Unconfirmed.

A combination of Touchdown and Goatdown with a twist. LETTERS ROUNDS Nine letters in total. The first seven are chosen as normal (consonants and vowels) by one player, then they are given a short amount ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

4Up votes 8Down votes 4Replies

Apterous Dictionary Behind Schedule

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Countdown's dictionary used for adjudication, Oxford Dictionaries Online, was updated in August 2020 with credit from Ray Wilding and Jon O’Neill to find new words and removals https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5699#p72074 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 3Down votes 0Replies

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]

21Up votes 4Down votes 4Replies

Item idea: first person to have disallowed a word that has been removed from the dictionary

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

Can't think of what the item would be. Any ideas anyone? [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies

New character idea: Roy Keane

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]

15Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Have you been on Countdown before 2008?

Miscellaneous topic by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Since no one reads the forum any more...) Having been sent Andy Bruno’s Series 1 episodes, recapped them, and put them in the wiki, I suppose that’s the best way we have to go and fill in the missing ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 2Down votes 30Replies


Variant idea by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Letters: Like Normal rules but your word is only valid if you can identify and point to a physical manifestation of your word when offering it. It's sort of like Countdown meets I Spy. So, for example, ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

10Up votes 4Down votes 36Replies


Miscellaneous topic by Stu Harkness. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm gonna come across as a right grouchy sod here - it might be because I've seen Wigan get beat by Chorley FM today in the Cup - but I promise I don't mean anything bad by this and it's not aimed at anyone ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

23Up votes 3Down votes 43Replies

Pro Ranks - time for an overhaul?

Brainstorm by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

With seemingly fewer human vs human games, particularly among the upper echelons, is it time to give Pro Ranks a makeover? We have a situation where the #1 ranked player hasn't played a human in a 15 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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