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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Apterous Football League Cup 2020

Announcement by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign-ups open now for the Apto Carabao Cup 2020. Other energy drinks are available. [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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"Surprise me" button

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was thinking it would be nice to have a "surprise me" challenge button which would throw up random standard format for you to play. I found this ticket which appears to be similar, but is resolved, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Funniest game on Apterous

Miscellaneous topic by Joseph H. Status: Unconfirmed.

A more light-hearted ticket here, I'm experiencing some family troubles at present and so play on this site as a way to get away from this. To lift my mood, I was finding some funny declarations in certain ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tournament editing

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

**Adding the ability to edit a tournament that is already in the system.** Description - presumably would be ok to edit at any time. Although if you think people would abuse the system or change rules ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

Odd Man Out Quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear Apto members: Here is an Odd Man Out Quiz which I composed. Identify the word, phrase, name, number or component that is the odd man out in each case. The answers are given underneath. 1) September, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Flagging unpencilled words...

Brainstorm by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

I wonder would it feasible and desirable to have unpencilled maxes appear in a red or blue font in the first position on the scoreboards while the game is in progress? I think it would be a good idea....or ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Player 1 should be on the left column in tourney fixture lists

Website feature request by Bradley Horrocks. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not much to add here, apart from mention at the moment it seems to be arranged by the system to put the oldest user in the left-hand column. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Ability to find my best score in a game (not raw)

Game feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi. I am trying to find my highest score achieved in a game but when I click the link it goes to the highest raw score. Whilst I understand the point of seeing this, I think it would be nice to see how ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Bash Room to Play Nicely with Public Chat / Everything Else

Game feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

In the dim and distant past, the Java version of the Bash Room popped out as its own separate window. This was useful, because it could be resized if desired, Public Chat could be simultaneously viewed ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apto 2020 Goals

Brainstorm by Neil Collins. Status: Unconfirmed.

I remember a similar thread from last year [apterous link], which I didn't contribute to, but always had a couple in the back of my mind (max 9r + max 15r were the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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non-CSW ODO words

Miscellaneous topic by Frank Jones. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does anyone have a list of them? More for curiosity than anything. I can't imagine there's very many. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Recent formats shortcut.

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Whether they are full-custom formats, or, our most commonly played variants, it might be nice to able to access our most recently played formats at a glance or in two-clicks. Find an opponent, select an ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Seeking while playing ascension?

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Title says it all really-would this be possible? Also, any chance of a 'force bot to solve' option (I'm sure there are valid reasons as to why there isn't already, perhaps to do with fastest ascension ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Sortable tournament table listings (including game played date)

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

The impetus for requesting sortable tournament table listings was based around knowing which games were played most recently, hence lumping "add a column for game played date" into one ticket, hope that ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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ZoomDown - looking for applicants!

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

In case you missed the pilot episode ([link]), ZoomDown is now a thing. Hosted by Paul Anderson, we're doing live broadcasts of 15 rounder games using the Zoom video chat software. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Who won the duel necklaces?

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

"News: A total of 21 Duel Necklaces were awarded for July 2014." And it links to this [apterous link] which just tells you the total number of necklaces won by people. Maybe ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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'Game played in your tournament' notification to link to game recap rather than tourney page

Website feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

When a fixture is played in a tourney you're running, and you have in-apterous notifications set, clicking that notification links to the main tourney page rather than the game itself. I use these notifications ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

Previous duel votes to be more easily accessible

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you vote for tomorrow's duel format, you can click on the link for the previous day, but there are no links to any days before that. You can find them by manually changing the URL but I think it would ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 3Down votes 1Replies

Radio & Co Manchester

Miscellaneous topic by Mark Mills. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi All, Sorry posting on here but tried everything to get my C4 Countdown Forum reset with no success, The Radio show will be back on air end of September more to follow, also what is the update on a Co-Manchester, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Regarding the Submit button

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

I believe in the applet, when you've entered in your solution completely, you get the points as it stops the patience and everything once you've reached the target. This new broswer version requires the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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