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


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Funeral of Phillip Harcort Collinge

Announcement by S J. Status: Unconfirmed.

To All member, Most of us already knew that Phillip Collinge's passed away. The funeral will take place at Pitsea Crematorium at 3 pm on 27 January 2020. if anyone want to attend please let me know. Supee ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2019

Announcement by Elliott Mellor. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2019 and will close on Saturday 22 February 2020 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread [C4Countdown link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Talking to yourself - aptomail warning if you haven't added a recipient

Website feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Looking down my aptomail, I've found 4 messages that I've successfully managed to only send to myself. I think what I've possibly been doing is typing the intended recipients name in the box and picking ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous ATP Tour 2020

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

The 2020 Apterous ATP Tour is a series of 66 tournaments which will follow the calendar for the real life ATP Tour. The 2020 Apterous ATP Tour will comprise of the ATP Tour Finals, 4 Grand Slam tournaments, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Brexit Tournament - Referendum

Brainstorm by Matthew Tassier. Status: Unconfirmed.

As a nation heroically gets Brexit done*, it's time to celebrate with a tournament. But what sort of a future tournament would you like? Please vote below either ... "Remain" - After 40 successful years ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoon of Awesome nomination for Andy SC

Miscellaneous topic by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

After (very) successfully reviving Marcus's apterous ATP tour for 2019, Andy SC has just announced that he will be making the herculean effort of running the tour yet again in 2020: [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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iPad view

Miscellaneous topic by Mich H. Status: Unconfirmed.

the challenge and chat icons are off the bottom of the screen when playing on iPad, does anyone know how to correct this please? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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December 2019 dictionary update (large)

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From tomorrow, 2532 new words will be added [link] and 107 removed [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Oldest Countdown champion

Miscellaneous topic by Steve H. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does anyone know who is the oldest person to be a Countdown series champion and how old they were? Thanks Steve [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New collectable - Max thief

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Suggestion for new collectable - max thief - when you deny your opponent a max game by stealing the conundrum :) (only if you're not on a max game too (I wish!)) [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous Seniors 2020

Announcement by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

2020 tournament now open for business. Reverting to a straight-knockout format for this year. Sign Ups Close Sunday 12th January [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Focal Talk podcast - Episode 1 out now!

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Introducing: the Focal Talk podcast. Hosted by myself and Paul Anderson, this podcast will be a monthly release discussing all the latest news and events in the Countdown community: online, on TV, and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Website feature request by George Ford. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, in the Lexplorer there is the 'stemmer' function which shows you all of the possible stems for the word searched. I am requesting a reverse of this feature, a tab of the Lexplorer that shows all of ... [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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Two letter word list - aegilops

Miscellaneous topic by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Been playing a bit of aegilops recently, and as a (not very good) scrabbler, it's a gamble on the two letter words as to which are going to be allowed. So I've pulled together a list of the valid 2 letter ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown in Manchester 2020

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Copied from Innis' ticket he made before realising he wasn't subscribed) Manchester (/Salford) has, since 2009, been where brave wordsmiths and arithmeticians have ventured in order to test their mettle ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ability to tag users

Website feature request by Bradley Horrocks. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this would be particularly useful in the comment section of pages such as statistics or tourney page, so the person you're mentioning doesn't have to scroll through the welcome page to find the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New character idea: Graham Taylor

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]

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Chat notifications

Game feature request by Mark D. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

You know how in messenger programs like MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Facebook, etc, there's a notification of some description (a pop sound, a flashing bar, or whatever) that signifies you got a message? One of them ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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