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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ability to 'nice' comments on games and stuff around the site

Website feature request by Thomas Carey. Status: Unconfirmed.

basically I just want to nice Graeme's five month old comment on here [apterous link] [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Hyper Ascension

Game feature request by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

Why not? Some of us love the 12-letter challenge. Hyper Ascension would be awesome. Please !!! [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Apto Christmas Pub Quiz (Sun 16th December)

Announcement by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time again for me to host another Pub Quiz, be here at 07:30 for sign-ups for the quiz starting at 8. See you there! Will be in teams, which will be decided by me unless you want to pick them ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

17Up votes 1Down votes 11Replies

Installation of a Numbers tutorial on here.

Website feature request by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, During my time on here, I have played against many newbies/trial members who don't know how to operate the numbers on their first few games. I personally don't think it's fair on them to lose games ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 3Down votes 0Replies

Fantasy Countdown (will contain series 77 spoilers)

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

Play Fantasy Countdown [C4Countdown link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Factor rules

Brainstorm by Jason Larsen. Status: Unconfirmed.

Will someone please post a list of the factor rules so I can get better at numbers? Thank you! [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies

Weakest Link Conundrums Tournament

Brainstorm by Jason Larsen. Status: Unconfirmed.

Could someone please organize another Weakest Link conundrums tournament? I missed the last one due to my depression. Thank you! Jason [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 5Down votes 12Replies

Instant number to tell you the selection type

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

In instant numbers, everything comes up straight away, and you don't even know in advance if it's going to be one large, two large etc. I think it would be better if it did tell you. Sometimes instant ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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]

11Up votes 5Down votes 13Replies

Deleting unwanted games

Game feature request by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think there should be an option to delete games that you simply don't want to carry on anymore. For example: unfinished games and unplayed tourney games against another user (if both players taking part ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New tournament - pick your format

Brainstorm by Matthew Tassier. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm going to run another tournament similar in style to my Aegilops Numbers tournament ( [apterous link] ). Large groups with 6 weeks to play followed by a small knockout ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

Gym Room Update

Brainstorm by Ru Maxwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Wondering if it's worthwhile updating the gym room so it's not just random words you had a shot at two years ago, but perhaps directly relevant to your weaker areas. Specifically, would it be possible/desired ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

3Up votes 3Down votes 5Replies

Conundrum buzzer

Game feature request by Richard Hoddinott. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there - apologies if this has been asked before. Is there a way to buzz in on the conundrums other than by typing the first letter of the solution? If there isn't, would it not be a reasonable idea ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

41Up votes 2Down votes 43Replies

Beanstalk (formerly Hydradown)

Variant idea by Ben Wilson. Status: Accepted. Priority: 4.

Request description: The 11 letters selections in a 15-rounder are one letter longer than the last round, so you start with a 5 letter selection in R1 and finish with 15 letters in R13. [Read more] [More variant ideas]

4Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Miscellaneous Knowledge Quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Here is a quiz which I composed. Good luck to all who answer it. The answers are listed below it. 1) Which pianist was famous for playing the tunes: 'Side Saddle' and 'Pixilated Penguin'? ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Swedish language

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would the option of playing Swedish be something that people would be interested in? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New variant - difficult

Variant idea by Bradley Holland. Status: Unconfirmed.

Problem: A really simple numbers come up when playing v. a human/bot. I play to i) have fun, ii) challenge myself and iii) improve and e.g 100 1 3 7 8 9 --> 927 does none of the above. So, I want a ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

7Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds - Saturday 21st April, 2018

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

^ That. Full deets on the forum here: [C4Countdown link] Get on it. [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Countdown In Dublin This Saturday 21s October. Inviting any last minute sign ups.

Brainstorm by Eddy Byrne. Status: Unconfirmed.

The third annual Countdown in Dublin tournament will take place on Saturday October 21st 2017 in the Old Punchbowl Pub in Booterstown. Entry is lower than last year at the bargain price of €15, this ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

28Up votes 5Down votes 28Replies

Record beaten numbers solutions for raw scores to be calculated more accurately

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Accepted. Priority: 4.

Now that high scores are done on raw scores, I think it makes sense to include numbers as well as letters. So even if you declare further away than your opponent, then it would let you enter your solution ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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