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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Top Dog

1Alex H94%

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]

35Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

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]

17Up votes 1Down votes 10Replies

Christmas Pub Quiz 2020

Announcement by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's been a long year, but it's that time again where i host my annual Christmas quiz. 5 rounds of 12, plus 4 bonus questions making 64 questions total for all who take part. As before this'll be in teams ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up 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]

16Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Press R shortcut for random choice numbers

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

A keyboard shortcut for random choice would be great. R seems like the best option. [Read more] [More feature requests]

1Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

New character idea: Chris Whitty

Game feature request by Rhys Benjamin. 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]

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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]

4Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

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]

2Up votes 4Down votes 0Replies

Head-to-head numbers not adding up

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

https://www.apterous.org/headtohead.php?p1=13181&p2=102&section=summary "Rhys Benjamin and Apterous Rex have played each other in 98 games, with Rhys Benjamin winning 1 game and Apterous Rex 96 games." ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 3Down votes 1Replies

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]

16Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Classic show run simulation

Variant idea by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

Possible other new option under "classic games " - you choose if you want classic 9, old 15 or new 15, and you are then randomly selected to play a classic game in that format against the person in seat ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

13Up votes 5Down votes 13Replies

Amend Dictionary Corner Guest Roster to Make Apterous More Relevant for 2020

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

We’re well into 2020 as you all know. The dialogue between rounds – although irrelevant to outcomes and results of games – add a bit of fun, humour and character to the game and can even be disabled ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 7Down votes 4Replies

Conundrum Attacks by Difficulty

Variant idea by Matt Hall. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not sure if this has been suggested before or if others agree, but I think a welcome addition would be if a user could choose to only face conundrums of difficulty 10, 9,8...etc. Not sure how practicable ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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]

14Up votes 3Down votes 5Replies

Choose difficulty range for conundrums in practice games

Game feature request by Ben Andrews. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I am playing Conundrum Attacks to practise conundrums, I often feel it would be useful to be able to choose the difficulty range of the conundrums. For example, at my level a lot of the conundrums ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

28Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

New item: hammer.

Game feature request by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Max a round in Touchdown without changing a letter. Should be obvious why. [Read more] [More feature requests]

28Up votes 5Down votes 13Replies

Showing shorter possible words after letters rounds

Game feature request by Jonathan Dyke. Status: Unconfirmed.

For beginner players specifically, I think it would be very helpful to show possible solutions shorter than the maximum. Quite often the maximum is an extremely obscure word, and it would be useful to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

30Up votes 1Down votes 6Replies


Variant idea by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

The same as lockdown, but one player picks the first letter and the other player picks the last letter, alternating every round. [Read more] [More variant ideas]

27Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Ten year anniversary item

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, some people have reached/are approaching their ten year anniversary on this wonderful site- would be cool to have some sort of item for this-any chance? Additionally, anyone have suggestions ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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  • New: Players are now logged out after 10 minutes of inactivity, so you can be confident that most players listed as being Online at actually online (even if busy). [Discussion]
  • Improved: Nicer display when logging in or after being logged out.

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