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

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Format: 19 rounds of 15 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Keith C Williams73%

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


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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]

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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]

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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! [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

43Up 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 2Down votes 2Replies

Expired tournament games to disappear when you mute someone

Game feature request by Steven Oldham. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not sure how feasible this is, but if you mute someone you can't see their chat messages. Can it be also be extended to the challenge window to avoid the notifications every time they enter the room? ... [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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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 [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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]

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! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- 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]

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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]

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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]

4Up votes 3Down votes 9Replies


Miscellaneous topic by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Tis an odd thing that a lot of people who nominate games for GOTW don't then go on to vote. Looking at recent weeks, the number of noms on the highest nommed game is much higher than the number of people ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

37Up 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]

20Up votes 8Down votes 11Replies

Explain things properly ffs!

Game feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Doing the duel today (aka technically yesterday, but meh) reminded me of how annoying it is when the duel takes the form of a hybrid variant, and the "Help" section assumes you already know how one part ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

34Up votes 2Down votes 24Replies

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]

17Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies

New character idea: Brian Clough

Game feature request by Anthony Endsor. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

ZoomDown Twitter Page.

Announcement by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello all! This is an announcement to inform you all that ZoomDown now has its own Twitter account run by Paul and myself. Give the page a follow for all news ZoomDown-related, and on top of that, we'd ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Xmas Specials

Miscellaneous topic by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

The series final for 2020 airs on Fri Dec 18. C4 have asked for 3 shows for Mon Dec 21 to Wed Dec 23.... so how about some one-off stand alone specials? Interested ? Then leave word here. Filming on ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 3Down votes 2Replies

New numbers variant loosely based on Aegilops

Variant idea by Martin Long. Status: Unconfirmed.

Large numbers are between 101 and 200. Players can chose between 1 and 4 large like normal Aegilops. Small numbers remain the same but 25 can be a small. Targets will be between 201 and 2000. I haven't ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]


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