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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Top Dog


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


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Weekend Cryptic Crossword

Miscellaneous topic by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Those that do cryptic crosswords are probably sorted for this weekend. However I had a go at creating one myself. Feel free to have a go and also to let me know your thoughts, this is my first one! PDF: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto 15 to 1 – Opens 11th of August at 7:30 pm!

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

I know this one, it’s on the tip of my tongue... Ah! It’s Fifteen to One. Yes, after a successful trial run back in the Spring, IT’S BACK, and this time it’s faster, more furious and more tactical, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ditloids Quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear Apto Members, Here is a Ditloids Quiz which I composed. Good luck to all who attempt it. Eg, 7 D of the W = 7 days of the week. (The answers are given underneath). 1) 18 H on a G C 2) 366 D ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Miscellaneous Knowledge Apto Quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear Apto Members, here is a quiz which I composed. Good luck to any members who attempt it. The answers are given below it. 1) In which British town and seaside resort is there a pub called: Hector's ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

Announcement by Tony Atkins. Status: Unconfirmed.

The annual game-playing festival, the Mind Sports Olympiad, is being held online on various platforms during the month of August 2020 instead of being played face-to-face in London. I am hosting the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Last Man Standing on the 13th August.

Announcement by Christy Cooper. Status: Unconfirmed.

Yes, I'm proud to announce that I'll be running another one of these next Thursday. Same rules as usual- you'll answer a series of questions, one wrong answer gets you eliminated, the last person standing ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Record beaten numbers solutions for raw scores to be calculated more accurately

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Accepted. Priority: 4.

Now that high scores are done on raw scores, I think it makes sense to include numbers as well as letters. So even if you declare further away than your opponent, then it would let you enter your solution ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Activity Status to Be Retained After Logout or Disconnect

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

At present, the user's default status is "Available" when logging in 100% of the time – so if you want to be on "Busy" by default, say, then you have to remember to change it before one challenges you ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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Swedish language

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would the option of playing Swedish be something that people would be interested in? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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User disconnects - opponent should be awarded the round points

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Suggestion - would be good to hear some discussion - accept not everyone will think this is a good idea... In the event that a user disconnects during a round, apto should behave as if he or she has ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Use Raw Score for In-Game Personal Best Notifications

Game feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

When a player finishes a game in which he or she has achieved a new Personal Best score, the chat notification in game uses the actual score to report the Personal Best. This is confusing, because the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Eddington Scores to have "reached" date

Website feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, I would like to see another column on Eddington scores to show the date said score was reached. It would give a good indication of improvement if, for example, you can track that you have surpassed ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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How many numbers methods are there in Normal?

Miscellaneous topic by James Rowan. Status: Unconfirmed.

Well, you didn't ask, but anyways. Following on from the now fulfilled quest of pencilling A in normal, I thought there needed to be something more. After all, there's only so much stemming you needed ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Pictures above/next to names in Game Logs

Website feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think the following would be neat: Profiles pics of people above their names in the game logs (yes, self explanatory ticket, I know) What sayest thou? We see the lexicographer, the host etc etc, but ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Spoon of Awesome Nomination for Dave Robjohns 🥄

Brainstorm by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dave's Aptolympics event filling the void for the postpotned real Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic has proven a treat. It's a mammoth event to organise, and includes dozens and dozens or wildly ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Warning that that you haven't declared a target yet in the numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it can be easy to accidentally forget to make a declaration in a numbers round. Unlike on the show, you have to make your declaration within the 30 seconds. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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When will the New 15 high score pass the Old 15 one?

Miscellaneous topic by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

The Old 15 high score has been 170 for well over three years now [apterous link] and will probably never be beaten. On the other hand, there have been two games ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Last Man Standing quiz Thursday at 7pm

Announcement by Christy Cooper. Status: Unconfirmed.

Yep, this Thursday there'll be another one of these. The usual rules, a wrong answer gets the player eliminated- the last person standing at the end wins. If there's no last person standing then the virtual ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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