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


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CoNuT live stream

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

If the technology gods allow it, this link should stream the video display for CoNuT for you all to follow at home today. Please make your sacrifical offerings diligently. [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Hyper-based Weakest Link tourney tonight (Sat 16th March 2019) at 8pm!

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, Tonight I will be hosting a live Weakest Link tourney at 8pm. This will be the Opening Ceremony of The Great Apterous Hyper Off (see [apterous link] for more ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant request: Decampment

Variant idea by Ben Wilson. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

Request description: Ten letters in the letters and conundrum selections, basically. I suppose for numbers you could do regular numbers but with hyper targets, like octorock has junior numbers with regular ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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COREA - Reading Saturday 20th April 2019

Announcement by Tony Atkins. Status: Unconfirmed.

We are back for another day of raising money for charity (this time a local hospice) at Reading Countdown on the Saturday of Easter Weekend. Details at [link] or sign up via the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The Great Apterous Hyper Off - tournament series beginning 16th March 2019

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all. I will be running a massive series of Hyper-based tournaments, starting on 16th March. For more information please see [apterous link] There will be a live ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown in York (CO:YORK) 2019: 13th April 2019

Announcement by George Armstrong.. Status: Unconfirmed.

We're only 6 weeks away now from our inaugural Co:York, which will be held on Saturday 13th April 2019. Whether you're a CO:Event veteran or a complete newbie to the scene, we'd love to see all of you ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown Resources

Announcement by Transude Transude. Status: Unconfirmed.

Countdown Resources is a website created in the aftermath of the Champion of Champions series. I wanted to leave something to the Countdown Community given that I'll be on much less now. I realised that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Profile picture

Miscellaneous topic by Michael Daysley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello I uploaded a photo a few weeks ago but it still hasn't been added to my profile, is this usual? Kind regards Mike Daysley [Read more] [More miscellany]

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FAO London(ish) Based Apterites

Announcement by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

Slightly cryptic this, but if you are London(ish) based and have previously met myself or my wife (SJ) in person, please could you drop me an Aptomail. Many thanks. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May

Announcement by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Love a cheeky bit of Countdown? Live in/near London, or somewhere with transport links to it? Want to avoid London tourists and hang out with nerdy legends instead? You should come to COUNTDOWN IN LONDON ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Weird valid/invalid words

Brainstorm by Thomas Cappleman. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm doing a short talk at a conference at work next week on how to become a Countdown champion (for which Paul and friends' new guide is proving very useful: [link]) ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Profile picture

Miscellaneous topic by Michael Daysley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello I uploaded a photo a few weeks ago but it still hasn't been added to my profile, is this usual? Kind regards Mike Daysley [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Option to close tickets

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be a good idea if users had the option to close their own tickets or other tickets when they are no longer of any use. What does everyone think about this? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Word training 'conundrums'

Variant idea by Edward Ffitch. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be nice if there was a variant (or a custom setting) that presented a selection of letters of arbitrary length for which there is at least one valid word as a solution. This would be invaluable ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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New snooker-related variant idea (Breakdown)

Variant idea by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Inspired by the current Apto World Snooker Championship [apterous link] (shameless promotion of my arse getting swiftly kicked) and keeping track of the Welsh Open ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2018

Announcement by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2018 and will close on Saturday 16 February 2018 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread [C4Countdown 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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The Multiverse 4- Final Results

Announcement by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Finally getting round to this. Thank you to everyone who competed in the Multiverse this time round. Sorry I was a little lax updating, but life was a bit busy towards the end of last year. When Multiverse ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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'Cannot Challenge' - Entire Room Disabled

Brainstorm by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

Today I was greeted by the following message in the main room - 'Cannot Challenge - You cannot have more than 3 outstanding games with bots. Please finish some of these games first'. The message sits ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Goatdown event 2020 - SECOND SURVE. Y.

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

A short follow-up survey to catch any potential data missed from the first one, and to iron out some of the finer details. All feedback greatly appreciated. [link] If ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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