What is apterous?

apterous is a UK-based puzzle game where players compete to solve word and number puzzles. You can play in British English, French, German, Welsh, global English and a variety of other languages.

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Format: 8 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Ian Wray29%

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


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Tourneys you've played in - ordered by latest to oldest

Game feature request by Dave Kempshall. Status: Unconfirmed.

As someone who loves playing a tournament, but often gets knocked out in the earlier rounds, I'm interested in following the tournament progress, but find it hard to keep track of how that tournament is ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 3Down votes 3Replies

Countdown in Dublin Saturday June 10th 2023 Calling Irish Apterites

Miscellaneous topic by Ed Byrne. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, we are having the 6th ever Co:Dublin in Urban Junction, Main St. Blackrock on Saturday June 10th. It is on from 11am until 5pm. It costs €15 to take part, payable via paypal at edburn07@gmail.com ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 4Down votes 7Replies

GOTW noms

Website feature request by Stu Harkness. Status: Unconfirmed.

Probably hundreds of these tickets, over many years, but I'm still newish, and it's late so I'm not bothered. Just voted in GOTW - 1 game to choose from. I know for a fact I got two noms last week for ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Option to practise 5,6,10,11,& 13 letter rounds.

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Now that we have Beanstalk to enjoy and the challenges that such a format presents, it would be awesomely nice to be able to practise the different round lengths without committing to a marathon 26 rounder. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 9Down votes 1Replies


Brainstorm by Frank Flemming. Status: Unconfirmed.

This word is currently disallowed despite it having a page on Wiktionary and Urban Dctionary as well as showing Google results. This should be added to the dictionary. [Read more] [More miscellany]

21Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

Drastically reduce top dog game requirements

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Further to https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=1348 The requirement currently is now 55 conundrum rounds played in the past 7 days, which seems very high especially considering there were ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 9Down votes 3Replies

Ability to still read old messages if you leave an Aptomail thread.

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think that if you leave an Aptomail thread, you should still be able to read the messages up to the point where you left. People might leave a thread because there are a lot of new messages that they ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

42Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

"Adjust declaration" field in numbers should default to the target, not to 0

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you click the up and down arrows to adjust your declaration in the numbers interface without typing a number in and pressing Enter first, the up arrow will change the value to 1 and the down arrow to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 0Down votes 8Replies

Assistive touch tools

Brainstorm by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

do any of you use assistive touch tools with apterous? I now have a tremor which makes using it somewhat hit and miss. lots of misstyping. so i wonder there may be somone who'd be happy to play a longer ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

20Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

Letters distributions

Website feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi. I think it would be useful to have the letters distributions listed for each of the variants (e.g., A x 1, B x 1, C x 1 [...], total = 26). This could be accompanied by some explanation that once ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 5Down votes 5Replies

Tourney game notifications

Game feature request by Louise O'Brien. Status: Unconfirmed.

Is there any way to stop the play tab flashing red every time somebody logs in that you have an unplayed tourney game with? Its very distracting whilst you are mid game with somebody else and totally ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Co:Brighton - 13 May 2023

Announcement by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you'd like to come and play Countdown in a fun, informal environment, you'd probably enjoy a co:event! Lesley and I are pleased to announce the return of co:Brighton on 13 May 2023. Newcomers of all ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 17Down votes 16Replies

Master Titles

Game feature request by M S R. Status: Unconfirmed.

Nothing to do with Maus' excellent tourney, but something else. I’ve been playing chess a lot recently, which got my head thinking as to what we could do for our own humble game here in terms of the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 2Down votes 9Replies

Allow 6 vowel + 3 consonant selections in French

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Palaiseau, Ragueneau, Louisiane - in French, words and names with six vowels and three consonants abound. Could 6 vowel + 3 consonant selections be enabled for the French language on here? I doubt this ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Couple of tourney ideas

Brainstorm by Piaras Last-Name. Status: Unconfirmed.

Been thinking recently. Results below. Please voice your (dis)approval, or indifference, and if so, comment on what YOU [points] think would make them better. GRAMMIES This one would probably be played ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Apterous Masters 2023 - sign ups open!

Announcement by Thomas Carey. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign ups are now open for 2023's Apterous Masters tournament, the longest running tournament on apterous! :) Anyone can enter - everyone welcome! Details and sign ups here https://www.apterous.org/to_tourney.php?tourney=4700 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

3Up votes 2Down votes 11Replies

Nice conundrums query

Miscellaneous topic by Roger Peak. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does anyone know why Nice Conundrum Attacks don't contribute to Top Dog Conundrum requirements? Thanks ! [Read more] [More miscellany]

12Up votes 4Down votes 4Replies

RIP Len Goodman

Announcement by Christy Cooper. Status: Unconfirmed.

Very sad news- Dictionary Corner guest Len Goodman has passed away. I always enjoyed his anecdotes every time he’d come on the show- one of my favourite guests. [Read more] [More miscellany]

26Up votes 3Down votes 19Replies

Ability to mute "Opponent enters/leaves room"

Game feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

Tourneys are fun. What isn't fun is trying to play tourney (or any other) games whilst other opponents are popping in and out of the room like demented ferrets, constantly setting off the "opponent enters/exits ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 8Down votes 5Replies

Variant idea: Cleardown

Variant idea by Bradley Holland. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

Request description: Like many sports and games, you have to be clear of your opponent to win. In this case, you have to be at least 10/11 points ahead. So if P1 is on 79 and P2 on 83, and P1 gets the ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]


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