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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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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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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Calling all Irish apterites, Countdown in Dublin Saturday September 7th 2019

Announcement by Eddy Byrne. Status: Unconfirmed.

For the 5th year running, I will be hosting an in-person Countdown tournament in Dublin on Saturday September 7th. It takes place in Farmer Brown's Traditional Pub and Kitchen in Clonskeagh Dublin 4. A ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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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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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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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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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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Fantasy Premier League

Announcement by Robin M. Status: Unconfirmed.

If anyone is interested in doing Fantasy Premier League on the official site, i have set up a classic league (pin : iuz167). Good luck to anyone who joins! [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Word training 'conundrums'

Variant idea by Edward Ffitch. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be nice if there was a variant (or a custom setting) that presented a selection of letters of arbitrary length for which there is at least one valid word as a solution. This would be invaluable ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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July 2019 dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

As of today, 4801 new words will be added [link] and 208 removed: [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tourneys: continue receiving 'news' about those you have been in after you have exited

Website feature request by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

I assume that it is a default that if you are in a tourney but get knocked out, you no longer are subscribed to the news about it. However, following those who remain is not only interesting - it helps ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Show the max available when reporting game scores

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apologies if this has been suggested before - had a quick scan and couldn't see it. When a game result is reported in the chat window (or anywhere) it would be good if the message could also show the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

42Up votes 0Down votes 15Replies

Searchable chat logs

Website feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Accepted. Priority: 3.

Request description: I'm trying to find the time when I set the word PHOSGENE as a teaser in chat. I don't want to look through a month or so of chat logs, so I can't be bothered actually searching for ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Clock music not working for games with faster round times.

Game feature request by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: Not much more to be said, except that 8 seconds was the fastest time that produced clock music for me from the tests I did. 7 seconds did not, as presumably all shorter times would fail ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Classic Mocktorun

Game feature request by Nick Deller. Status: Accepted.

Now we've got Mocktorun bedded in as a format, might it be a good idea to sellotape 8 assorted classic opponents together into a single game, starting with one against a reigning champion? It would keep ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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