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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Everything Counts Changes Vote 2

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have made more ideas with regards to possible changes that could be made so I have decided to create another vote to see what the general consensus will be with regards to this idea or what is already ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Apto pub quiz #2 - Thursday 20th December, 7.30pm

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

As per [apterous link], I will be hosting a team pub quiz live on apterous at 7.30pm on Thursday 20th December. Please do come along. [Read more] [More miscellany]

4Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Everything Counts Changes vote.

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was thinking of hosting another Everything Counts tournament in the not to distant future and was thinking that change might be needed. I am unsure what changes make which is why I have decided to have ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

2Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

Apto-Tude potential new divisions issue

Miscellaneous topic by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, I was in the business of creating the Apto-Tude page for the playoffs, and planning the basic layouts for Cycle 28 (which is now de facto confirmed, and will hopefully start around the end of ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Spruce's Christmas Pub Quiz 2018

Brainstorm by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello, it's that time of the year again when i host my annual Christmas Pub Quiz. Will take place Saturday 8th December with sign-ups starting at 19:30, see you there :D. [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

Apto pub quiz #2 - date to be scheduled according to popular demand

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

As previously ([apterous link]), I am writing a pub quiz to host on apto. It will be a team quiz with 5 rounds (General Knowledge, Music, FIlm & TV, Sport , GK again). ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Duel voting - occasional random vote presented to logged in user

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

I note that only a handful of people are voting for the next day's duel format. I wonder, if users were occasionaly presented with a single-click, binary choice selected out of the current five choices(either ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

14Up votes 9Down votes 21Replies

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]

13Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

Beanstalk Conundrums

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not sure if this idea has been suggested or thought of before but anyway here it goes. Beanstalk Conundrums would work like Beanstalk Letters - 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (x2) letter ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

16Up votes 1Down votes 217Replies

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]

14Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

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]

15Up 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]

8Up votes 1Down votes 11Replies

'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]

32Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

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]

5Up votes 0Down votes 8Replies

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]

13Up votes 1Down votes 17Replies

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]

8Up votes 10Down votes 16Replies

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]

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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