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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Top Dog


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


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Apterous has been playing up!!!

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

As I expect members have found out, you can get access to this main title page but at the time of writing that is far as it goes! When clicking on the 'play' icon the message: 'disconnected' is displayed. ... [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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Amend ascension to make it more relevant for actual Countdown

Brainstorm by Transude Transude. Status: Unconfirmed.

Everyone loves a 0.7 second WAKIZASHI solve: [C4Countdown link] But more seriously, these sorts of words, although appearing ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Remove Watchwords or radically overhaul them

Brainstorm by Transude Transude. Status: Unconfirmed.

Watchwords are items that you receive for getting the same word as one of the people whose names are on the watchwords got on the show: [apterous link] Typically you receive ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous ATP Tour 2019 - THE RETURN!!!

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I thought with Two months to go it would now be a good time to announce this. The return of the Apterous ATP Tour. The 2019 Apterous ATP Tour is a series of 66 tournaments which will follow the calendar ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 1Down votes 13Replies

The Mole - Altern8 Reality - £ Prize

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

DO NOT ENTER ON THIS TICKET The Mole is coming back. Do you like something a little bit different? Do you like a game on Apterous that ANYONE can win, irrespective of ability? Do you like to think ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Leader boards to show more than just top 25

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Other than Pro Ranks, I think all leaderboards have just one page of the top 25. But positions are calculated for other players, and you can find them out by being them, having them as your rival, or going ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

"Top letters players (all languages)" Statland page

Website feature request by Quinn James. Status: Unconfirmed.

So, this is kind of my fault. Seven years ago, I left a comment that led Charlie to fix a bug where the "Top letters players" page wasn't being filtered by lexicon. I was okay with that, though I continued ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Apto-Tude League XXVII

Announcement by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Nice to see you, to see you nice, There are still 6 days left to sign up for this [apterous link] the Apto-Tude League Cycle 27! Some of you may or may not have heard ... [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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Duel entries

Website feature request by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

On the homepage where it gives the details of the current daily duel, it says 'ENTRIES SO FAR'. I think it would be nice to able to click this and get a list of all the entrants, along with their scores, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Mole 2019?

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is not, NOT, *not* an announcement. As it stands, there is no Mole in 2019. However I had a handful of people nudge me and try to get me to reset it up. I was content with letting it die a death ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Apto pub quiz - Monday 22nd October 2018 7.30pm

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

As per [apterous link], I have decided to schedule the quiz for the night of Monday 22nd October 2018. Will aim to start at 7.30pm. This will be the same quiz that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Is the Aptotude League still a thing?

Brainstorm by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've been looking through some older tourneys lately (i.e. in the past few hours) and I was wondering, is the Aptotude League still being run? And if it's not, is there any possibility of its revival? ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A Tampermonkey script to remove conundrum attack max spam from the front page

Announcement by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Disclaimer: I'm not a programmer, I have no idea what I'm doing, this is probably a really shitty method but it seems to work without drastically breaking anything, so fuck it) I got tired of the daily ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 1Down votes 16Replies

Apto Misconceptions

Miscellaneous topic by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, A bit of light humour in this thread as I was enquiring as to whether any one may have any amusing anecdotes about the misconceptions about apto terminology or the way things worked. This thread ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

Hawaiian language

Game feature request by Stephen R. Status: Unconfirmed.

Do you like languages that aren't Indo-European? Do you like vowels? Think there are too many letters in existing languages? Then the Hawaiian language is for you! Hawaiian represents a completely new ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 2Down votes 0Replies

Searchable Pro Ranks

Website feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

On a regular basis I look over old pro ranks in order to find various bits of information and that from the pro ranks. At the moment there is current the previous week, next week and current week buttons ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Linking to a lockdown round makes all of the letters red

Website feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Web address of affected page: Any lockdown round, for example [apterous link] Bug description: Normally lockdown rounds are displayed with the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

October 2018 dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From tomorrow, 111 words will be added [link] and 18 removed [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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