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

1Sarah Johnson—  

Format: 5 rounds of 35 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Gerry Sullivan76%

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


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April 2019 dictionary update (large!)

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From tomorrow, 2532 new words will be added [link] and 107 removed [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Rating points

Brainstorm by Jason Larsen. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sometimes, when I play against people with less rating points than myself, I gain a lot of rating points if I win. Likewise, and conversely, I lose rating points. Other times, I am playing against perfectly ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A Sincere Apology

Brainstorm by Ronan M Higginson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, In September 2016, I joined Apterous under the name Ronan Higginson for 3 months until my account was deactivated in December 2016. I am extremely sorry for creating pseudonym accounts and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A Sincere Apology

Announcement by Ronan M Higginson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, In late 2016, I signed up to apterous.org aged just 10. I had a terrible habit of cheating and annoying others. My account (Ronan Higginson) was eventually deactivated at the end of 2016. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spruce's Apto Pub Quiz V

Miscellaneous topic by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time again. I'll be hosting a Pub Quiz here on Apterous on Sunday the 14th of April with Sign-Ups starting at 19:30, see you then! [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tributes to Pete Cashmore

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Some very sad news to bring: Series 35 Champion and Championship of Champions IX Runner-up Pete Cashmore has sadly passed away. A great champion, a great writer and a truly great guy. Heart-felt condolences ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: John Bercow

Game feature request by Graeme Cole. 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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An Ideal Solution to a Chicken & Egg situation

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's obvious to me that the standard on Apterous is very high. I've seen scores obtained by contestants on Channel 4 over the years and I come to the conclusion that the average score on Apterous is higher ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Spruce's Apto Pub Quiz V

Miscellaneous topic by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time again. I'll be hosting a Pub Quiz here on Apterous on Sunday the 14th of April with Sign-Ups starting at 19:30, see you then! [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown in Dartford - 31st September 2019

Announcement by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

If there’s one thing that Countdowners love (apart from Countdown, snooker and excessive amounts of self-love), it’s darts! So I’ve come up with a novel format for a brand new Co-event that I hope ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto-Tude restructuring

Brainstorm by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

'S happenin' everybody, I've been thinking of expanding the top two divisions of the Apto-Tude League to include 8 players, much like the rest of the divisions. It would work like this: - There would ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Classic Mocktorun

Game feature request by Nick Deller. Status: Accepted.

Now we've got Mocktorun bedded in as a format, might it be a good idea to sellotape 8 assorted classic opponents together into a single game, starting with one against a reigning champion? It would keep ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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