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

1Thomas Cappleman—  

Format: 6 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Bradley Holland100%

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


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Countdown In Huddersfield 2017 - Saturday 7th October 2017

Announcement by James Robinson. Status: Unconfirmed.

YEAH, WE'RE BACK BABY!!! I'm back with yet another edition of Countdown In Huddersfield (COHUD), and back by popular demand, Callum Todd is on hand to co-host with me for the second year in a row, plus ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Anyone else suddenly having problems loading the game in Firefox?

Brainstorm by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Anyone? The other day this happened for the first time - clicking play opens new tab as usual and I just get a white screen. On that occasion I was able to open a new private browsing tab, log in, and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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More star path related features

Website feature request by Dave Smith. Status: Unconfirmed.

Firstly can I just say I love the star paths - a great feature of the site and useful way of getting introduced to some of the fruitier formats. So thank you! However, as I gradually exhaust my potential ... [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]

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Opponent's PB (etc.?) info at start of game

Game feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you start a game you get your record against the opponent overall and "in this format". Also shows you your PB in this format. Simple request: also show your opponent's PB in this format. Pretty ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Head-to-head button should default to "against you"

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Simple one. When I click the Head-to-Head button on someone's profile, it should default to their head-to-head against me. This must be 97.5% of use cases for H2H so seems intuitive? If my guess is right, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Reinstate spacebar to cancel conundrum guesses

Game feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I say "reinstate" as I chose feature request, but I'm hoping this is just actually a discussion where someone can give me an answer. We used to be able to press space to cancel a conundrum guess. This ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Add threaded replies to tickets

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I had a read of this today: [apterous link] It's pretty hard to get through at the moment. Ignoring potential actual design improvements, one thing that would help ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Variant Idea: The Sock Fetishist

Variant idea by Simpatico Jones. Status: Unconfirmed.

The core aim of this variant idea, and the foundation for it, came from an idea that it might be kind of fun to play a version in which all words had to start with the same letter. A bit like that time ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Apto 15-1 (Rearranged)

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Well the original scheduled date did not go ahead as planned so the new date for this will be this coming Sunday 13th August with a start time of 8pm as usual, sign ups will at 7:30pm, hope to see you ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

English is boring, let's mix it up with some emojis! Make Apterous great again by adding colour to Aptochat. Only implement it in chat, bios and tickets though; not in games, because that would be silly... ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous/C4C Premier League Superbru 17/18

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

OK, it's back, and you have 5 days to sign up (well, I mean you can join late, but matches start Friday) For those of you unaware, Superbru is a results prediction game, where you get points for accurately ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Next format to be Eddington Scored

Website feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

As suggested by Charlie, someone (me, it seems) could set up a topic to vote for the next format to have the Eddington score calculated for it. Suggest your formats below and most likes wins I suppose. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Option to practise 5,6,10,11,& 13 letter rounds.

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Now that we have Beanstalk to enjoy and the challenges that such a format presents, it would be awesomely nice to be able to practise the different round lengths without committing to a marathon 26 rounder. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apto 15-1

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I feel it is time again for myself to host another 15-1 Quiz on Apterous. So i will be hosting a 15-1 quiz on Apterous on Friday 4th of August starting at 8pm with sign-ups being taken for 7:30pm. Hope ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Ask A Thing

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

Everyone loves Ask Graeme [C4Countdown link] so here is an analogous thing for apterous. This is a good place to ask questions about apterous history that probably aren't ... [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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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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