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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Announcement by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello Aptoverse! Just wanted to introduce a new thing that I've had in the works: the ten-lettered, uniquely-numbered Mastergram challenge. No guarantee that it won't fizzle out after a few days, but thought ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Last few entries!

Brainstorm by Chloe Green. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey all, last couple of days left to enter the charity tournament! Will leave details below 🥰 thank you in advance!! If you want to enter it is £3 entry. Standard best of 3 tournament! You can DM ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ascension for 7 letter words

Game feature request by Roger Peak. Status: Unconfirmed.

What do you think about having an 'Ascension' for 7 letter words - either just the ones used in Junior or all valid 7 letter words ? I think it would be a good challenge as well as a learning aid. Initial ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Charity tournament

Brainstorm by Chloe Green. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, So last year I ran a tournament going to the charity CHUF which was amazing and we raised a great amount of money ❤️ I would like to do it again. For those unaware the charity CHUF (Childrens ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Downloadable Pro Ranks

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would anyone be interested in having the whole history of Pro Ranks available as a downloadable CSV file (suitable for opening in e.g. Excel)? It's all available through the website anyway, but having ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Daily Trivia

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

Let's give this a go....... https://www.funtrivia.com/private/main.cfm?tid=105780 Click above to access Apterous Daily Trivia. Every day you can take part in a short timed quiz and compete to top the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Superstats KPIs : Numbers success by pick

Brainstorm by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Anyone know - what is "number success" - is it rounds you've won/scored points/maxed? https://www.apterous.org/superstats_user.php?section=18 [Read more] [More miscellany]

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In-game variant instructions to be more self-contained

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I do the Daily Duel, I sometimes go to the rules section after I've accepted the game just to remind me what I'm supposed to do. But with some of them it doesn't actually tell you. For example, with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Enable 'retract challenge' for games in progress

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you have a game in progress (i.e. at least one round has been played) against another player, and you click 'accept challenge', there is no way to 'retract challenge' without leaving/re-entering the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New bot: Apterous Mercurial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, when you play a match against a bot, you always know the bot's difficulty level (as well as numbers preferences and other characteristics) ahead of time. Obviously, when you begin a match on ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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If someone "accepts challenge" on a tourney game or other outstanding game, highlight it

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you've got lots of games in your challenges (e.g with tourneys) , and one of your opponents is ready to play , set the background for that game a different colour to grab attention! [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Game feature request by Innis Carson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Recently I came across a website which is basically the French equivalent to apterous, and while it doesn't have nearly as many features as apterous, one really cool one it does have is the ability to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New Item - An Adder

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Feel free to come up with a better item for this, but thought it was worth implementing the following: An item for when the answer to the numbers game is solved by adding up all the numbers. Exhibit ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Seven-Letter Base Words Submission Form For Stem Table

Announcement by Andres S.. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you haven't heard already, I've been making a stem chart for common seven-letter words, which then branch off into eights and then into nines. I've already gathered a list from people before, but that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Conundrums when playing via mobile

Game feature request by Mike Lee. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can the keyboard for solving a conundrum appear automatically at the beginning of the conundrum round when playing by mobile? I find my first focus in this round is pressing the box to bring the keyboard ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Co:Wat?! 2022: The AFTERWORD

Announcement by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

It does kind of feel like karma in a way. Co:Wat 2020 went ahead in the thick of the pandemic. The next co-event after that was Co:Wat 2021… still in pandemic country. We had been so lucky to have been ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Dictionary update June 2022 (tiny)

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.


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Letter Tycoon / Hardback, June 25th @ 9pm GMT

Announcement by Andres S.. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey guys, thought I'd bring this about again since it was so good the last time! I'm doing another Letter Tycoon event! - What the hell is Letter Tycoon? - Letter Tycoon is a board game involving making ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Consonant or Vowel or Random

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would it be possible (or desirable) to have the option to choose a letter selection with 1 click? As in a random, computer chosen selection of letters, as there is for the numbers. Please and thank you ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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