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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Extended Goatdown

Game feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

Again, a caveat that this may already be possible... Is there any way that letter games could be customisable so that you can specify some of the letters that come up? I would like to be able to play ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 2Down votes 5Replies

Reverse Stemming

Website feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

This may already be possible, and I haven't figured out how to do it... I would find it useful to be able to see what words stem to another word Example CATS Stems from: - CAT, ACT - SAT, ATS - SAC ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 0Down votes 31Replies

May dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

5058 words will be added and 321 removed from today (Monday). Full change list: [link] . [Read more] [More miscellany]

26Up votes 1Down votes 6Replies

"typing..." indication

Game feature request by Pini Stimler. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was wondering whether it would be possible to add a 'WhatsApp-style' "typing..." indication when someone is typing between rounds. Often wonder if a delay in starting next round is a network delay or ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

38Up votes 6Down votes 8Replies

Monthly subscriptions

Website feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

For a new player, buying a year's subscription may seem daunting. They may be put off the idea of paying for a full year before they've had a chance to enjoy the full subscriber experience. Would it not ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 10Replies

Perfect Number Selection

Announcement by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

A question I have been pondering: (As a relative newbie, this may have already been answered at some point) Is there any number selection which yields a solution of every number from 101 to 999? I would ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

4Up votes 1Down votes 11Replies

I think the "unsaved data" (Firefox) exit warning is a bit aggressive.

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

A feature request-cum-discussion regarding closing the "play" tab/window. I think the "are you sure you want to leave the site? you may have unsaved data" exit warning is a bit aggressive. <-- that's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 3Down votes 2Replies

On-screen indication that an upcoming conundrum is crucial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

When the last round of a game is a conundrum and the difference between the players' scores is 10 points or fewer, might it be possible to introduce some kind of indication, on the game screen, that the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Add statistics about crucial conundrums to Superstats

Game feature request by Tim Down. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd quite like to know how many games I and others have won and lost on crucial conundrums. Even better would be to have the option to see this broken down by opponent. [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 2Down votes 8Replies


Variant idea by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this might have been suggested before. In fact I'm almost sure of it. Please tell me off and link me up should that be the case. IDEA Throw a ton of shit at a problem and hope something sticks. ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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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]

5Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Add score details to tournament "Game played" emails

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Simple one - add some brief result details to the tournament game played emails notifications. In all cases the score, and where appropriate, summary of the winner's progress thus far (this second bit's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Co:Leeds 2... This Time It's Psoralen (Saturday 1st April 2017)

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

co:event in Leeds, Saturday 1st April 2017. Full details over on c4c here: [C4Countdown link] would be great to see y'all there. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Star Loads

Miscellaneous topic by Darran Prior. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, I completed the The Anaesthetist's Avenue path but so far the little trinket hasn't appeared in display case, Has the trinkets for star completion ended now? Darran [Read more] [More miscellany]

18Up votes 2Down votes 11Replies

Unplayed tournament games to be removed when the tournament ends

Game feature request by Alex H. Status: Unconfirmed.

I still get a number of tournament games which were unplayed showing up in my 'current games' even though the tournament has ended so it's pretty pointless having them. Currently getting some from the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Chat notifications

Game feature request by Mark D. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

You know how in messenger programs like MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Facebook, etc, there's a notification of some description (a pop sound, a flashing bar, or whatever) that signifies you got a message? One of them ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

36Up votes 0Down votes 27Replies

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]

3Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

French Open 2017 Predictor game

Announcement by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, that time of year is coming up soon! See below for deets in taking part in the superbru prediction game. Rules are simple - pick 4 players (top 8 and top 16 men and women) who you think will score ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 2Down votes 4Replies

Customise conundrum difficulty probability distribution when setting up tourney round

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Wow, five words in a row that are at least 9 letters long. Hope you haven't already lost me.) The option to set a lower limit to the difficulty of conundrums, including in tourney games, has been brought ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

2Up votes 0Down votes 14Replies

Watching games you are not playing

Miscellaneous topic by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

After a conversation within Chat the other day around spectating other people‚Äôs games, I was wondering what the wider consensus was on the etiquette around this? Is it fine to just go in and spectate ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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