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

1Callum Todd—  

Format: 9 rounds of 30 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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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]

16Up votes 0Down votes 9Replies

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 0Down 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]

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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]

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 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 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]

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]

13Up votes 4Down votes 1Replies

Daily duel voting to come at top of home page same as game of the week voting

Website feature request by Jason Turner. Status: Unconfirmed.

I generally vote in game of the week because it appears once a week at the top of the home page. After more and more thinking who the chuff votes for theses duel's I was thinking of a way to prompt myself ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

25Up 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]

4Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

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]

14Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Burning number consistency in Lockdown numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

In Lockdown, the compulsory number doesn't have to be a proper part of your solution - you can "burn" it instead. E.g. 100, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 Target - 900 If 5 is the compulsory number, you can just do 6+5 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 3Down votes 1Replies

Aegilops/Omelette/Spoilage to be clearer about how many letters to expect in a selection

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you read the instructions for these variants, Omelette http://www.apterous.org/variant.php?variant=64 says "In letters rounds, 3, 4, or 5 letters will be shown", Spoilage http://www.apterous.org/variant.php?variant=1024 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Request for the Top Dog to specify which format it is before playing it

Brainstorm by Chris Butler. Status: Unconfirmed.

I only play top dog when it is N or sometimes NC. The trouble is there is no way of knowing what format it is going to be without embarking on the 1st top dog of the day. The majority of time it doesn't ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 2Down votes 18Replies

Character update - James Robinson

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

James Robinson says: We had ACUPOINTS for 9! Still, in the semi-finals of series 48, Julian Fell got FOUR nine-letter words and 146 points, a record which still stands today!!! :-O :-D That record's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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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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