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

1Johnny Canuck—  

Format: 11 rounds of 35 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Bradley Horrocks84%

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


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Multiverse 3- Starting September

Announcement by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Good news! After two succesful runs, I can announce (having been randomly asked twice in the last week), that I will be doing a third edition of The Multiverse later this year, with a projected start date ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A "buzz-in" numbers game.

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not much explanation needed here. Number puzzles come up like conundrums and the first to buzz in with the solution gets the points. Available in all numbers formats. Suggest that if you aren't correct ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Calling all Irish Apterites! Countdown in Dublin 2017. 21st October 2017.

Announcement by Eddy Byrne. Status: Unconfirmed.

Ireland's first in person Countdown event will take place on October 21st 2017 in the upstairs of The Old Punchbowl pub in Booterstown. The cost is €15 and this will guarantee you 8 games of Countdown ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Pro Ranks

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was browsing the pro ranks this morning and it then got me thinking, that the pro ranks could perhaps display the player that has gained the most places in the pro ranks and the player that has dropped ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Beanstalk (formerly 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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Potential Apterous Quiz league

Brainstorm by Aidan L. Status: Unconfirmed.

What would the interest be for an Apterous quiz league, would probably consist of a few quizzes a month on pre-scheduled nights, with different formats used. As with the ATP a running table would be kept ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Reliability Issues

Brainstorm by Bojack Horseman. Status: Unconfirmed.

I understand if people downvote this and of course I appreciate the service Apterous provides and the hard work that gone into it, but the reliability of the website has become a little ridiculous recently. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Addition of a "time" filter to word stats

Website feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just perusing the many intricacies of Apterous when I came across this handy page once more [[apterous link]]. A wonderful resource for anyone trying to improve their ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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Apterous/C4C Fantasy Football 2017/18

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Old and new alike are very welcome to join us for this year's installment - whether you're an obsessive stats-led tinkerer or a "This will do" and leave for 9 months-er, all are welcome to compete. For ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Dismiss all option for tournament series

Game feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

The 'Current events' section at the top of the apterous homepage [apterous link] includes a list of 'Tournaments you can enter'. Any tournament listed there can be dismissed by right-clicking ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Disallowed words and valid anagrams

Game feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

In Superstats, you can access a list of your most disallowed words. It has columns for "hits" (i.e. the number of times you have submitted it), and "words" (which shows the invalid word) Could a 3rd ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Speed 15

Game feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

Speed 15 is currently Old 15 format. Any chance of a new 15 format? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Daily Duel protocols

Brainstorm by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

The duel for July 7 wasn't working for most of the day - and it's noticeable that only 37 people entered out of the usual 80+, this being down to the fact that it didn't become playable until around 10.30pm ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Aptobridge tournament on Friday 14th July

Announcement by Ben Andrews. Status: Unconfirmed.

After my last attempt was foiled by a co-event, let's try again! I'm going to be hosting an Aptobridge tournament next Friday evening. Check-in will be from 7:30pm and the tournament will start at 8, probably ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Fifteen To One (July 7th)

Brainstorm by Aidan L. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apterous 15-1 is back this upcoming Friday. After the success of duel hosting last time with Marcus, I'll be going it alone as host this time. Registration will open in apto chat at 7:30 and will begin ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Miscellaneous Knowledge Quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Listed below is a quiz which I composed. It covers a variety of topics. I have tried to make my questions as original as possible. Good luck to any members who answer my quiz. The answers ... [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]

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Apterous ATP Tour 2017 (Pre-Wimbledon One-Off Tourney)

Announcement by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello! The Apterous ATP Tour comes out of retirement this evening for one night only with the return of the Wimbledon event. It'll be a best of 3 Standard 15 (best of 5 in the final) and seeded based ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Announcement that a game is a tournament game to be at both beginning and end of game

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When someone starts playing a tournament games on Apterous, it makes an announcement that it is a tournament game. But when it ends, it does so in the normal way, just announcing the score like a normal ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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