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

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Format: 15 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Stephen Holford49%

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


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Variant idea by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this might have been suggested before. In fact I'm almost sure of it. Please tell me off and link me up should that be the case. IDEA Throw a ton of shit at a problem and hope something sticks. ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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delete my account!

Brainstorm by Mike C Daysley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Surely to Christ you have a duty of care to people who have paid you money, delete my account for fucks sake i am sick of asking [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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]

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Countdown in Liverpool - 21 September 2019

Announcement by Andy Platt. Status: Unconfirmed.

Facebook event: [link] Forum post: [C4Countdown link] Where: Cross Keys, L3 9NS, near Moorfields train station. When: Doors ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Flying without wings

Brainstorm by Linda McGrory. Status: Unconfirmed.

Flying without wings There's an online community called Apterous. I met them in June and they're rapturous. Words are their friends, numbers their frenemies. And Conundrums, well, that's for another day. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Fifteen To One

Announcement by Aidan L. Status: Unconfirmed.

I shall be hosting an Apterous 15 to 1 in Aptochat this Friday (6th). I will start taking entrants from 7:30 and aim to start roughly 8:00 maybe a bit later and places will go on a first come first served ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto Misconceptions

Miscellaneous topic by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, A bit of light humour in this thread as I was enquiring as to whether any one may have any amusing anecdotes about the misconceptions about apto terminology or the way things worked. This thread ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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My Mum has died age 91

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

I am very sorry to announce that my Mum, Daphne Carpenter sadly passed away at a nursing home on 7th August 2019 aged 91. During the last few years of her life she was really fascinated and intrigued ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto-Tude leadership resignation

Announcement by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, As I said in [apterous link], the Apto-Tude organiser's position will be vacant when Cycle 30 ends, which I should expect is in mid-to-late October (giving ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Temporary exit

Announcement by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

OK, lads. I'll keep this short. Exams can feck off, so I'm going to be doing a lot of work over the next few months. This also explains why I haven't been able to get on the site nearly as much recently. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Apterous Football League Cup 2019

Announcement by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Yep, Apterous's least-inspiring football-related tournament is back. You can send out your kids if you so wish to play on your behalf, but it's not recommended. Sign-ups will close on 1 Sep: [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Fix top row of Duel results table

Game feature request by James Hall. Status: Unconfirmed.

I had to scroll basically down to the bottom of yesterday's duel results to see my scores, but at that point the top rows weren't visible any more. Could you fix the top rows in place so the people at ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Automatic removal of 'seeking' status after inactivity

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

If someone sets their status to 'seeking' then fails to respond to several (3?) challenges (either to reject or accept) after say 2 minutes, it would be useful to automatically remove the seeking status. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Distinction between Letters and Conundrum rounds on Instant

Game feature request by Anthony Endsor. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have noticed on Instant games, and in particular Instant Duels, it can be very difficult sometimes when the round starts to distinguish a letters round from a Conundrum, as they both start in the same ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New character idea: The Doctor

Game feature request by Piaras M Carney. 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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Indicate new high scores on their recaps

Website feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

The chat already marks games that have broken high-score format records as such, but it would be nice to have some kind of emblem or additional line of text on the recap for a game that has set a new high ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Spindlomatic Dialogue No Longer Needed

Miscellaneous topic by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Whenever you create a new character on the Spindlo, a lot of the dialogue options have now become obsolete since the game layout was changed. All the following host dialogue is now unneeded, so should ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New bot: Apterous Mercurial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, when you play a match against a bot, you always know the bot's difficulty level (as well as numbers preferences and other characteristics) ahead of time. Obviously, when you begin a match on ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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A visibility switch for ratings points?

Brainstorm by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've been talking to a few people recently and a lot of people have thought the same thing as me. As the standard of play rises, there seems to be more and more focus on the rolling rating system in-game. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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