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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Calling all parkrunners!

Announcement by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've created a Countdowner parkrunners group on Strava - if you're an apto parkrunner, and on Strava, please join up! https://www.strava.com/clubs/c4cparkrunners You might also be interested in the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Sort tickets by date of last comment

Website feature request by Jon O'Neill. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be nice to a) show and b) be able to sort the list by the date of the last comment on a ticket. This would help to find active discussions in the big list. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Automatic Exit of Tutorial

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be a good idea if Newbies are automatically directed to the home screen of Apterous once they complete the tutorial because to my knowledge a few people took a while to figure out how ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item: a sheep

Game feature request by Piaras Last-Name. Status: Unconfirmed.

Awarded when someone declares the same word twice in a row — named for Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned. An example: https://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=2940678&round=45644342#r45644342 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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How long's that word been in?

Website feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

We frequently hear/read the question "is that a new word?" We can usually get a vague idea by using the "word search" dropdown in Lexplorer and looking for the earliest game it was offered by a bot or ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Disallowed words and valid anagrams

Game feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

In Superstats, you can access a list of your most disallowed words. It has columns for "hits" (i.e. the number of times you have submitted it), and "words" (which shows the invalid word) Could a 3rd ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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If someone "accepts challenge" on a tourney game or other outstanding game, highlight it

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you've got lots of games in your challenges (e.g with tourneys) , and one of your opponents is ready to play , set the background for that game a different colour to grab attention! [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Sir Trevor McDonald to Host Coundown on 10 September

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sir Trevor McDonald will present Countdown for one day only on 10 September. The lexicographer will be Lemn Sissay OBE and the arithmetician will be Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item: hammer.

Game feature request by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Max a round in Touchdown without changing a letter. Should be obvious why. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New Classic Games

Game feature request by Carlo Harrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, it would be really great if we could have an update of more Classic games covering the last few years. I'm not sure how much work this is for you to do, but it's been around 2 years since ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Charity tournament

Brainstorm by Chloe Lavan. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is not fully confirmed but I am looking to raise money for the children’s heart unit in Newcastle, and wanted to run a charity tournament that’s ran like a standard best of 3 tournament. I was ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tom O'Connor

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

It is with great sadness to learn that comedian Tom O'Connor sadly passed away in hospital today, aged 81. He made 121 appearances in Dictionary Corner on Countdown from 1996 to 2008 and was a clever, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item: Ze goggles.

Game feature request by Gulshan Ram. Status: Unconfirmed.

Awarded when you score a nine letter word that your opponent missed, yet it doesn't close the point deficit enough for you to have a mathematical chance of winning the game. For instance, if you play a ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Charity tournament (clarifying the finer details)

Brainstorm by Chloe Lavan. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just realised I posted the finer details in the discussion on the previous thread comments where it might have been missed! This tournament starts 22nd July I will release the matches at 8pm. I thought ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item: Concorde

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Concorde would be an item awarded for "breaking the sound barrier" in a numbers game. In other words, it is awarded for using an intermediate total above 1000 at some point in a numbers solution. In ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item idea: Echo

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

An item for declaring the same word twice in a row. Example: https://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=2161102&round=34065597#r34065597 If this sounds like it would be too commonplace in some variants, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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A statement on cheating

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

We've had several high-profile cases of cheating lately and I understand my handling of them might've left some people dissatisfied. I want to share some information about how I deal with cheating and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoon of Awesome voting to be invisible

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I still think it's a problem that Spoon tickets can turn into a negative thing with the downvotes etc. I suggested a possible solution in another ticket but it didn't go down too well. https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5307 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item: a Ford Anglia

Game feature request by Piaras Last-Name. Status: Unconfirmed.

I noticed in the discussion of this ticket ---> (https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5636) that there is a lack of even one numbers-related item. So I thought I might try and rectify that by ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New character idea: Jos

Game feature request by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! http://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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