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

1Matt Hamer—  

Format: 12 rounds of 35 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Keith C Williams1%

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


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Numbers Ascension.

Game feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Was discussing the idea of possibly having a Numbers Ascension in the main chat with Johnny Canuck and we came up with a few ideas. Idea 1 - Players start of by facing numbers rounds based on difficulty, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tourney setting added to avaliable, busy, seeking?

Brainstorm by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone. In the recent round robin stage of a tourney, I ended up with 10 games still to play - usually I am down to 2 or 3. I noticed people often set themselves to busy when I think they were concentrating ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Funniest game on Apterous

Miscellaneous topic by Joseph H. Status: Unconfirmed.

A more light-hearted ticket here, I'm experiencing some family troubles at present and so play on this site as a way to get away from this. To lift my mood, I was finding some funny declarations in certain ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

Countdown China Online Tour 2020 - Finals week & "Win It for Wuhan" Special

Announcement by Richard Huang. Status: Unconfirmed.

After five weeks of the first edition of Countdown China Online Tour, we are finally into the home straight - the final three games. One week from now, our first winner will be crowned. There are only ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Extra accolade in Top Dog if target reached without losing any lives?

Brainstorm by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

It doesn't happen very often to me, but on the daily duel, if someone gets to the target without losing any lives, it would be nice to recognise the fact either by a verbal pat on the back or a little ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Amend Dictionary Corner Guest Roster to Make Apterous More Relevant for 2020

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

We’re well into 2020 as you all know. The dialogue between rounds – although irrelevant to outcomes and results of games – add a bit of fun, humour and character to the game and can even be disabled ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Focal Talk podcast - Episode 2 out now!

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Following the inaugural episode last week, the Focal Talk podcast (presented by Paul Anderson and myself) is back with a second episode. Episode 2 features guest spots with Ben Wilson and Conor Travers. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ridiculous "busy etiquette" is... Ridiculous

Miscellaneous topic by George Ford. Status: Unconfirmed.

"Busy" does not mean people shouldn't challenge you, and it really stresses me out that its become this thing where if someones set to busy, you shouldn't challenge them... Absolute SLOBLOCK This is a ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Website feature request by George Ford. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, in the Lexplorer there is the 'stemmer' function which shows you all of the possible stems for the word searched. I am requesting a reverse of this feature, a tab of the Lexplorer that shows all of ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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CO:York - Countdown In York 2020

Announcement by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

We're back for 2020 - bigger and better than before. But what can you expect from CO:York 2020: Our Venue: Our new venue is Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BW. The venue is just a 10 minute ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Funeral of Phillip Harcort Collinge

Announcement by S J. Status: Unconfirmed.

To All member, Most of us already knew that Phillip Collinge's passed away. The funeral will take place at Pitsea Crematorium at 3 pm on 27 January 2020. if anyone want to attend please let me know. Supee ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2019

Announcement by Elliott Mellor. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2019 and will close on Saturday 22 February 2020 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread [C4Countdown link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Talking to yourself - aptomail warning if you haven't added a recipient

Website feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Looking down my aptomail, I've found 4 messages that I've successfully managed to only send to myself. I think what I've possibly been doing is typing the intended recipients name in the box and picking ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Oldest Countdown champion

Miscellaneous topic by Steve H. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does anyone know who is the oldest person to be a Countdown series champion and how old they were? Thanks Steve [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Focal Talk podcast - Episode 1 out now!

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Introducing: the Focal Talk podcast. Hosted by myself and Paul Anderson, this podcast will be a monthly release discussing all the latest news and events in the Countdown community: online, on TV, and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous ATP Tour 2020

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

The 2020 Apterous ATP Tour is a series of 66 tournaments which will follow the calendar for the real life ATP Tour. The 2020 Apterous ATP Tour will comprise of the ATP Tour Finals, 4 Grand Slam tournaments, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Brexit Tournament - Referendum

Brainstorm by Matthew Tassier. Status: Unconfirmed.

As a nation heroically gets Brexit done*, it's time to celebrate with a tournament. But what sort of a future tournament would you like? Please vote below either ... "Remain" - After 40 successful years ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoon of Awesome nomination for Andy SC

Miscellaneous topic by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

After (very) successfully reviving Marcus's apterous ATP tour for 2019, Andy SC has just announced that he will be making the herculean effort of running the tour yet again in 2020: [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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iPad view

Miscellaneous topic by Mich H. Status: Unconfirmed.

the challenge and chat icons are off the bottom of the screen when playing on iPad, does anyone know how to correct this please? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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December 2019 dictionary update (large)

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From tomorrow, 2532 new words will be added [link] and 107 removed [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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