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

1Miriam Nussbaum94%

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


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Undeclared 9s

Game feature request by Cyril Topher. Status: Unconfirmed.

If possible, valid 9 letter words that were noted but undeclared; similar to the BIG WORDS, and DISALLOWED feature on a users profile page. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Notification in unplayed tourney game section when opponent is online

Brainstorm by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

It could help frequent tourney players if the word "online" or some other marker were listed in a person's front-page unplayed tourney game list when their opponent is online. Hope this wouldn't feel like ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Clickable targets other than spot on

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

I imagine I'm not the only one who finds themselves in this scenario on multiple occasions... Difficult numbers game but you back yourself so keep trying to work out the solution (say 979)... Suddenly ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Raw Score Personal Bests Not Announced in Chat

Miscellaneous topic by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: Since personal bests are now given for raw scores, if the game is a new (raw) personal best but the actual score doesn't beat your raw PB, it's not announced in chat. An example would ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New Variant Idea- Blissdown

Variant idea by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

As in "Ignorance is Bliss". Not expecting this to be overly popular, but why not. Basically, same rules as normal, but you do not know what your opponent has scored throughout the game. Essentially you ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Show all unfinished games

Game feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, It might be nice to have somewhere on the site to show all unfinished games (rather than, as I understand it, them only appearing once both people are in the main room at the same time). You could ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Option to reverse pickers in custom games

Game feature request by Dave Robjohns. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm a lazy bugger, so quite like to set up custom games where the bot always picks. This is particularly useful in say goatdown to ensure the picks are optimal, or against e.g. Plum or Rex if you wish ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Make Game of the Year (GOTY) more automated

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I know it's a fun tradition to have this manual system of nominating and voting on games - and Adam and Elliott have run it very well - but it's actually a lot of hassle and takes a lot of time to find ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Game of the Year (GotY) 2020

Announcement by Elliott Mellor. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2020 and will close on Saturday 20 February 2021 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread http://c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=12&p=191691&sid=c49e703d313893b13c62e0c7221e8316#p191691 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New high score format - Rex Attack

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

A lot of the top tier players (read: Rob Foster) like to play this funtastic format - https://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=2812926 - seeing how many maxes in a row they can score against Rex. I think ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Fastest Conundrum" in Superstats to include more than one per variant

Game feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just looking at that section on Superstats. It shows your fastest conundrum time per variant. For someone who is mostly interested in standard 15R games, I would be keen to see a top 5 or top 10 fastest ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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]

7Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Disable zooming when input boxes are selected on mobile

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Not sure if this is even possible to implement, but I can't find a way to disable it through chrome for IOS) When playing on mobile, everything essential seems to work pretty well now - the most annoying ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies

Improvements to profile image management functionality

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey Charlie Just some ideas for quick wins. Well, wins of varying quickness I guess, but I mean not listing stuff like "super sexy online image editing tool". Apologies for listing all on one ticket, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Add score details to tournament "Game played" emails

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Simple one - add some brief result details to the tournament game played emails notifications. In all cases the score, and where appropriate, summary of the winner's progress thus far (this second bit's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Wording improvements to a non-My tournament page

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

When viewing someone else's tournaments page (is this even a thing anybody does?) e.g. https://www.apterous.org/to_view.php?user=1 * "Tourneys you've applied for" => "Tourneys Jon has applied for" * "Apply ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 5Down votes 16Replies

Thoughts on Anne Robinson's appointment as new Countdown host.

Brainstorm by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi folks- thought I'd set up a discussion page on here to see what the good people of Apterous have to say about Anne being appointed. Spike [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Colin Murray

Game feature request by Philip Aston. 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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Miscellaneous topic by Stu Harkness. Status: Unconfirmed.

How do folk go about getting pencils? I mean, I obviously know how to earn a pencil, I've got a few, but some folk get 4 or 5 in one sitting. Is it just a case of pin-pointing some words beforehand ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Major improvements to bot letter picking

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm very pleased to announce some major improvements to bot letter picking. As many of you will know, bots decide whether to ask for a vowel or consonant based on the average max score that will result ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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