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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1Elliott Mellor99%

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


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"typing..." indication

Game feature request by Pini Stimler. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was wondering whether it would be possible to add a 'WhatsApp-style' "typing..." indication when someone is typing between rounds. Often wonder if a delay in starting next round is a network delay or ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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COLIN- your stories

Miscellaneous topic by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi folks I realise it’s a long way off, but believe it or not, plans are already underway for next year’s COLIN event. I’ve commissioned a crossword from Lee Fisher (sorry about that), I’ve already ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Words without usages

Brainstorm by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

How can a word be valid on Apterous and yet have no Googleable definition? One such word is skinged. Valid Unpencilled (incidentally)((yet )) And not defined online. How can that occur? [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 0Down votes 9Replies

Apterous Team World Cup

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

To be played over the Summer. 5 teams of 6 people. 30 accepted entrants to be split into 6 pots of 5 based on ratings/pro-ranks Those in the first pot (highest ratings) to be the captains, who will ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Game in progress feature for tourney games

Website feature request by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Pretty straight to the point, would it be possible for tourney games to show up on the page as "in progress", instead of saying they are unplayed? [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Add score details to tournament "Game played" emails

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Simple one - add some brief result details to the tournament game played emails notifications. In all cases the score, and where appropriate, summary of the winner's progress thus far (this second bit's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 6Down votes 31Replies

Daily duel reminder message

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

I seem to keep forgetting to do the duel these days - it would be nice to be able to set an automated reminder for myself if I've not done it by a certain time in the evening, possibly most usefully by ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 10Down votes 16Replies

Conundrums in duels are too hard

Brainstorm by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm not sure how these are done, but there seems to be a disproportionately number of hard conundrums in duels. Yesterday's game [apterous link] had six conundrums with ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

Three Player Games

Game feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

No explanation required. Any appetite? [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 1Down votes 10Replies

The Sock Fetishist

Brainstorm by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'll get my disclaimer in first. I am well aware that I'm not immune to causing offence if taking offence is your thing. I have no desire to be a hypocrite. However, the main thrust of this ticket is ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Monthly subscriptions

Website feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

For a new player, buying a year's subscription may seem daunting. They may be put off the idea of paying for a full year before they've had a chance to enjoy the full subscriber experience. Would it not ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 0Down votes 32Replies

May dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

5058 words will be added and 321 removed from today (Monday). Full change list: [link] . [Read more] [More miscellany]

39Up votes 2Down votes 27Replies

Variant idea: Hydradown

Variant idea by Ben Wilson. Status: Accepted. Priority: 4.

Request description: The 11 letters selections in a 15-rounder are one letter longer than the last round, so you start with a 5 letter selection in R1 and finish with 15 letters in R13. [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Variant idea by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this might have been suggested before. In fact I'm almost sure of it. Please tell me off and link me up should that be the case. IDEA Throw a ton of shit at a problem and hope something sticks. ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

6Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Co:Leeds 2... This Time It's Psoralen (Saturday 1st April 2017)

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

co:event in Leeds, Saturday 1st April 2017. Full details over on c4c here: [C4Countdown link] would be great to see y'all there. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

22Up votes 3Down votes 2Replies

On-screen indication that an upcoming conundrum is crucial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

When the last round of a game is a conundrum and the difference between the players' scores is 10 points or fewer, might it be possible to introduce some kind of indication, on the game screen, that the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 3Down votes 4Replies

Extended Goatdown

Game feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

Again, a caveat that this may already be possible... Is there any way that letter games could be customisable so that you can specify some of the letters that come up? I would like to be able to play ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 2Down votes 5Replies

Reverse Stemming

Website feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

This may already be possible, and I haven't figured out how to do it... I would find it useful to be able to see what words stem to another word Example CATS Stems from: - CAT, ACT - SAT, ATS - SAC ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

Perfect Number Selection

Announcement by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

A question I have been pondering: (As a relative newbie, this may have already been answered at some point) Is there any number selection which yields a solution of every number from 101 to 999? I would ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Manually set conundrums or a minimum difficulty in tournaments

Brainstorm by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've been spectating and following some of the Apterous Masters games which have been played to an incredibly high standard, such that games from the quarter-finals onward have more often that not been ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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