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

1Joseph H—  

Format: 6 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Toby McDonald100%

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


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New conundrums!

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's been a few years since the last big batch of new conundrums, but with all the dictionary changes there's a lot of new or newly-valid conundrums. I did a full manual review of all 10,322 valid candidates ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Announcement by James Robinson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Come on everyone, it’s time to vote for Countdown to be the best UK game show EVER!!! Last year, Ben Justice, a question setter and game show creator compiled a list of his top 100 UK TV game shows ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

12Up votes 1Down votes 12Replies

Removing the flashing red 'Find an opponent' light whilst in game

Game feature request by Amar Chotai. Status: Unconfirmed.

I don't know about you, but this seems to be a recurring problem for me which occurs when the 'Find an opponent' tab flashes bright red right in the middle of games (to signify unplayed tournament games ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 0Down votes 8Replies

Speed of round on Dogfight Report cards

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be interesting to have a column next to the rounds of a Dogfight stating how long each round was. Would be great to know how fast I solved the numbers in the 23rd round, say! (Although that would ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

20Up votes 7Down votes 4Replies

New character idea: Jimmy Carr

Game feature request by Rhys Benjamin. 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]

7Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

"Badminton"-Style "Format"

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was wondering about a sort of format that reflects the way points are played in Badminton. In short, the person who wins the round gets to pick next numbers/letters. Akin to the person who wins the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 0Down votes 33Replies

Weird valid/invalid words

Brainstorm by Thomas Cappleman. Status: On-going.

I'm doing a short talk at a conference at work next week on how to become a Countdown champion (for which Paul and friends' new guide is proving very useful: [link]) ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tourney schedule

Brainstorm by Jason Larsen. Status: Unconfirmed.

Will someone please post the tourney schedule? It would be very helpful. Thank you [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Conundrum dilemma

Miscellaneous topic by Joseph H. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, I was just writing this to get people's opinion on what a player should do in a certain conundrum scenario. This scenario would be more applicable if the conundrum was a crucial one. If ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Last Man Standing quiz tonight at 7pm!!

Announcement by Christy Cooper. Status: Unconfirmed.

Anyone interested? Have the questions typed up in advance this time so that it doesn't take too long. The usual rules, a wrong answer gets the player eliminated- the last person standing at the end wins. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Murray Walker

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! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Spoon Of Awesome For Johnny Canuck!!!

Brainstorm by Ronan M H. Status: Unconfirmed.

Johnny, it's coming up to your 10th aptoversary, and as a gift, I'd like to nominate you for a Spoon Of Awesome! You are a fantastic member of this website, you have ran some very successful tournaments, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Sweary Bots

Miscellaneous topic by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've had several Goatdown (Jnr) games recently whereupon the bot has picked a letter for the last word for the rude word, when other picks were available. In this example, Soap has gone for the S when ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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I can't believe it's a word!

Miscellaneous topic by Bradley Holland. Status: Unconfirmed.

Your new teaser is RRNIPSRG. You have 60 seconds to answer! Time's up and no one got it! The answer to RRNIPSRG was PRRRINGS. So, PRRRINGS is a word, apparently. What are some of the weirdest words ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

21Up votes 1Down votes 9Replies

Eddington score pages to show top 5 players regardless of absolute Eddington scores

Website feature request by Matt Hamer. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, Eddington score tables show "all players with at least a hundred centuries, who therefore have an Eddington score of at least 100, plus you and your rivals". In some relatively popular formats, ... [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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Let players list their 'preferred formats'

Game feature request by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi. I think there was a discussion recently about many people leaving themselves greyed out on busy whilst some people were unable to find a game. I do this a lot, but mainly because I don't want to play ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

"Top letters players (all languages)" Statland page

Website feature request by Quinn James. Status: Unconfirmed.

So, this is kind of my fault. Seven years ago, I left a comment that led Charlie to fix a bug where the "Top letters players" page wasn't being filtered by lexicon. I was okay with that, though I continued ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Challenge button when using iPad

Brainstorm by Joyce Phillips. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all Sometimes I can’t see the button on the iPad and therefore can’t challenge anyone. It seems to happen at random. [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 1Down votes 13Replies

New numbers tourney - vote for the variant here

Brainstorm by Bradley Horrocks. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello, I intend to kick off my tournament hosting debut with a double elimination numbers-based tournament, with a variant yet TBC (see later!). This will give everyone the chance to play at least two ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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25 May 2020

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • Improved: Your opponent's personal best is shown at the start of each game, as well as your own. [Discussion]

24 May 2020

  • Improved: The conundrum is now more visually distinct from the letters round (particularly useful for Instant). [Discussion]

23 May 2020

  • Improved: When declaring numbers methods, you can now complete the line even if you misclick an operation at the end of the line. [Discussion]

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