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

1Elliott Mellor—  

Format: 11 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Sean D98%

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


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Apterous is weird

Brainstorm by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

It is though. It is also deep and layered and full of mysteries. Case in point: https://www.apterous.org/viewuser.php?user=20 da fuq? Has anyone else unearthed any oddities or Easter eggs they'd like ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Miscellaneous Knowledge Quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Here is a quiz which I composed. Good luck to all who attempt it. The answers are given below it. 1) In which year did Neil Armstrong land on the moon? 2) Which Cosmologist wrote: A ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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COLIN XVII- 29-30 January 2022

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello apterous! For the seventeenth time, this coming January will see Countdowning in Lincoln (well, North Hykeham but same thing)! All are welcome as always, please see the c4c thread- http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=14849 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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September 2021 dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

The following updates will come in shortly, probably from Wednesday. There has been quite a bit of disruption in the dictionary and its interpretation lately so there are a number of other changes that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Dark mode" option: turn the game window black and text white

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

In a multimedia world where people are staring at their screens at midnight with no lamps on, I think it would be a cool idea to have an option to toggle "dark mode" – change the game's background and ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Showing shorter possible words after letters rounds

Game feature request by Jonathan Dyke. Status: Unconfirmed.

For beginner players specifically, I think it would be very helpful to show possible solutions shorter than the maximum. Quite often the maximum is an extremely obscure word, and it would be useful to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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ZoomDown Series 4 - Now seeking applicants

Announcement by Paul Anderson. Status: Unconfirmed.

We're back this coming Tuesday 7th September with a brand new series of highly social Countdown over Zoom. We welcome Stephen Read as our new lexicographer, and also Graeme Cole who'll be aiming to fill ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Numbers Guide.... Trying to give some players an insight into numbers techniques I use.

Brainstorm by Graham Harrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, So as you all know... I'm a numbers guy. I wouldn't say i'm a genius with numbers AT ALL.....I'm just REALLY fast with times tables...... and please make no mistake... NO intention to patronise ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Buttons next to notes in numbers rounds

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

A few days ago I played a user that had a lot of difficulty typing in the notes during numbers rounds, who told me that they had to spot the solution almost immediately in order to have enough time to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New character idea: Sir Trevor McDonald

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! https://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Everything Counts IX

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign-ups for the latest Everything Counts are open - https://www.apterous.org/to_tourney.php?tourney=3750 If you have any questions please do ask. All details are in the link. [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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Lexplorer's "Stems to..." and "Stems from..." labels to say "Add a letter" and "Remove a letter"

Website feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I look up a word in Lexplorer, and I want to see what letters I can add to it to make another word, I always have to stop and think whether "Stems to..." or "Stems from..." is the one I want. And ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Brainstorm by Chloe Lavan. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello, I wanted to post a message of thanks for those that have participated in the CHUF tourney. The final is between Thomas Carey and Hazel Drury so will announce the winner in due course! Thanks to ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Derek Trotter

Game feature request by Martyn Simpson. Status: Unconfirmed.

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

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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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New Item - An Adder

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Feel free to come up with a better item for this, but thought it was worth implementing the following: An item for when the answer to the numbers game is solved by adding up all the numbers. Exhibit ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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CO:LON is back! - 9 April 2022

Announcement by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign up: https://www.paypal.me/FionaTitcombe/10GBP After a frustrating two year absence, CO:LON is back in the FOCAL Calendar for 9 April 2022, hosted by George Armstrong and Fiona Titcombe. With a new ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Sean Lock (1963 - 2021)

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown player, comedian and panellist Sean Lock has very sadly passed away today. He appeared on the Countdown spin-off series right from the very beginning in 2012 and his deadpan ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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