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

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Format: 10 rounds of 25 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Jack Slane90%

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


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Reliability update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm sure you've all noticed the intermittent outages lately from a few seconds to 30 minutes. These were (as usual) caused by BT dropping our connection. An engineer finally came today and claims to have ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Beanstalk Numbers

Variant idea by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Earlier today I had an idea for Beanstalk numbers and thanks to Bradley Horrocks, we have managed to devise a possible structure for Beanstalk numbers. The following is a brief overview of the round ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Duel Disconnections - A Fairer Solution?

Brainstorm by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

At present, if the site drops mid Duel the round is lost and scored as zero. The player has no influence over this. It would appear that no less than 6 players suffered disconnections in the Duel of 1st ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Superbru - World Cup

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Well it is that time again that happens every 4 years - WORLD CUP, where 32 countries compete for footballs top prize and England think they will do well to only then go and do the usual. So since it ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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French Open Predictor

Announcement by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Do you like tennis? If the answer either yes or no, join the wonderful prediction game we do every Grand Slam! Pick 2 men and 2 women after Round 1 + 2, Round 3 + 4, the Quarter finals, Semi finals who ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Separate Game requests from tourneys and direct peeps

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

As current, all game requests fall under one long list. However, when you have a ridic amount of tourney games (as is the case with Andy SC's current tourney), it's ruddy hard to find the one where someone ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New numbers tourney - vote for the variant here

Brainstorm by Bradley Horrocks. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello, I intend to kick off my tournament hosting debut with a double elimination numbers-based tournament, with a variant yet TBC (see later!). This will give everyone the chance to play at least two ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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I can't believe it's a word!

Miscellaneous topic by Bradley Holland. Status: Unconfirmed.

Your new teaser is RRNIPSRG. You have 60 seconds to answer! Time's up and no one got it! The answer to RRNIPSRG was PRRRINGS. So, PRRRINGS is a word, apparently. What are some of the weirdest words ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Removal of tournament games

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I am aware that a ticket on this issue has been raised previously, i think earlier this year, not entirely sure though but i feel the issue should be raised again. I recently conducted a tournament test ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Beanstalk+ (this needs a name)

Variant idea by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

Beanstalk is great, but as someone tried a while ago, the variation of only being able to start declarations with a particular letter of the alphabet once adds a most excellent tactical element to things, ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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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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Announcement by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Gevin said I had to do an announcement. I feel horribly dirty doing so. [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Customisable Chat Text

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

After a round has ended, the contestants usually have a bit of a conversation with the characters. It would be pretty cool if a conversation went like this: Arithmetician: Adam? 274? Adam: Nah, completely ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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* * * * * * A Poem About Infinity * * * * * *

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Here is a little poem about infinity. It describes the nature of infinity and items relating to it including trying to say what nought to the power of nought is equal to. * * * * * * * ... [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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Great to see the site going well again.

Miscellaneous topic by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Great work sorting out the problems over the last little while. Really enjoying apterous again, Gratitude as always for the excellent resource. Seamless service resumes, cheers. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Co:Leeds videprinter Livestream

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

The results from Co:Leeds are being streamed live on Facebook live here: [link] Watch along for all those who can't make it. Jeff ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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(not sure whether this is the place to ask) Question about profile pictures.

Miscellaneous topic by Oliver Bowden. Status: Unconfirmed.

How long does it typically take for a submitted profile picture to be reviewed? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Display hooks for words in Lexplorer

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be nice to see all the front and back hooks of words generated in Lexplorer, just like Scrabble software does. By hooks I mean a letter that can be placed at the front or back of a word to make ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Words using" issue

Website feature request by Dylan Taylor. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have found that whenever I click on a word which I have found under the "Words using..." list, it will then open the "Words using..." list immediately once the new page loads, even without clicking it. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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