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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1Fiona T51%

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


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New character idea: Craig Revel Horwood

Game feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New character idea: Gary Lineker

Game feature request by Bradley Holland. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Tourney search

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Trying to search for tourneys you didn't play in is excruciatingly difficult if you didn't play in them and they're not series-linked or have an accompanying ticket. Could it please be possible to search ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New item: charlotte

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Inspired by Giles and Dylan's battle royale in the CoC XIV semi-finals (featuring the conundrum solution CHARLOTTE), the charlotte would be awarded at the end of a 15 Rounder or 15 Rounder +TB, always ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

20Up votes 5Down votes 1Replies

Incorrect conundrum guesses to be searchable

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Following this ticket, which wasn't described correctly [apterous link] this is now the replacement ticket. When someone incorrectly guesses a conundrum, you cannot ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 0Down votes 75Replies

Xmas Specials

Miscellaneous topic by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

The series final for 2020 airs on Fri Dec 18. C4 have asked for 3 shows for Mon Dec 21 to Wed Dec 23.... so how about some one-off stand alone specials? Interested ? Then leave word here. Filming on ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea: Firstdown

Variant idea by Kirk Bevins. Status: Accepted. Priority: 1.

Request description: If both players declare a word of the same length, only the player who locked theirs in first (by pressing end round early) would get the points. Alternately, the faster player ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

22Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Time axis on superstats graphs to report actual dates, not "days ago"

Website feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

I read Jack Hurst's C4C post about Letters Max Progression [C4Countdown link] with interest, but the choice of labelling on the X-axis of the graphs makes interpreting ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Chat teasers to be highlighted if they are unpencilled

Game feature request by Simpatico Jones. Status: Unconfirmed.

Like this, basically. "2020-10-19 14:49:13 Your new teaser is NIGHEST+E. You have 60 seconds to answer! 2020-10-19 14:49:21 George Armstrong got it first. You have 51.8 seconds left. 2020-10-19 14:50:13 Time's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Variant idea: Pardown

Variant idea by Ian Volante. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

Request description: A range of points are scored depending on how far above/below the 'par' declaration a player is, like the Stableford per-hole golf scoring system. [link] ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

5Up votes 3Down votes 2Replies

A Temporary "Delete" Button for Tickets and Replies?

Website feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you post a comment on a game or statistics page, you have a 15-minute time frame to delete it by clicking on the "Delete" button – useful as it saves you from re-commenting to amend a typo or if ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

More landmark requests

Website feature request by Ben Wilson. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

Request description: Other stuff that could be added to landmarks: -100th/1000th/10 000th conundrum solved -100th/1000th/10 000th maxed letters round -100th/1000th/10 000th numbers game solved -1st ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Comment notification option

Website feature request by Julie McCarthy. Status: Unconfirmed.

Maybe, when a user comments on something on apterous (be it a tourney page or stat page or whatever), how about a box to tick (and fill in with relevant username) to send a notification to a particular ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 6Down votes 3Replies

Variant idea: Scrabbledown

Variant idea by Matt Morrison. Status: Accepted. Priority: 1.

Request description: Scrabble-inspired letters values, so you score many more points for tougher letters. Would be badly weighted if exact Scrabble scoring was used, but there could be a set of letters ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

18Up votes 4Down votes 6Replies

New character idea: Lord Alan Sugar

Game feature request by Anthony Endsor. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

Apterous Masters 2020 - sign ups open!

Announcement by Thomas Carey. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign ups are now open for this year's Apterous Masters tournament! Anyone can enter - sign up here [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 6Down votes 3Replies

Announcement of new tournaments

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When there is a new tournament that might interest me, it sometimes passes me by because there isn't always anything obvious to draw my attention to it. Some people make tickets, but that's often to discuss ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Prune to pick Nicely

Game feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Pending.

Could you make it so that Prune picks for a chance at the highest possible max in Nice, like he does in other variants? This would have to take into account letters that have come out twice already, e.g. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 7Down votes 20Replies

Player-contributed conundrum scrambles

Game feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

Inspired by this forum post: [C4Countdown link] I've nothing against the automatic conundrum-shuffler algorithm apterous uses, especially when it comes up with stuff ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 1Down votes 44Replies

Classic Games: new Editor's Picks wanted

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

We're getting pretty close to the long-awaited Classic Games update, which should see over 3500 new classic games available to play. So I call on you, dear friends, to help me select which of the ~5400 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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