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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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University Challenge match - 7pm, 13/10/2018

Announcement by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just a quick announcement of a University Challenge-like quiz I am holding at 7 o'clock on Saturday 13th October. If you're interested, just leave a comment below and the first 8 people will be selected ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Ey up. I did a quiz after Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds this year and am thinking of rerunning it on here one evening. Could anybody who would be interested please let me know what nights in the near future would ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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]

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Calling All Irish Apterites, Co:Dublin 2018 Saturday 29th September

Brainstorm by Eddy Byrne. Status: Unconfirmed.

I will be hosting Dublin's annual in person Countdown tournament on Saturday 29th September. It will take place in JW Sweetmans on Burgh Quay beside the Heineken Building. It starts at 11am and finishes ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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University Challenge match - 7pm, 06/10/2018

Announcement by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just a quick announcement of a University Challenge-like quiz I am holding at 7 o'clock tonight. If you're interested, just leave a comment below and the first 8 people will be selected to play. There ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Battle of the Regions Tourney - 8pm Sunday 23rd September

Announcement by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi guys, I will continue to assess interest for a wider event - see this ticket: [apterous link] - but in the meantime I'll be running a Battle of the Regions tourney ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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WhatsApp for coc socials

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've made a WhatsApp group for those attending Coc to communicate and arrange social things such as drinks and meals. Please join at [link] if you're coming. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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My Quizzes are on Sporcle

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear Members, Just to let you know that I have composed quite a lot of quizzes and they are on the web site Sporcle. On Sporcle my name is: algebra 8. To see my quizzes and to answer them you need to ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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More tournaments for the non-elite players?

Brainstorm by Mark D. Status: On-going.

There are soooooooo many tournaments going these days, which is great, and a hats off to everyone who organises them. It's fun. It's the funnest part of the site, even. However, in the predominant Normal ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Mis clicking a sign in the numbers when you don't want to

Game feature request by Peter J Clarke. Status: Unconfirmed.

Is there anyway you could possibly cancel a sign being put in when writing out a numbers method when solving it. For example, I type 82*3+ ... when I didn't want to put the plus in, I pressed that button ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Battle of the Regions Event

Brainstorm by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey all, Based on a debate that cropped up recently I'm thinking of holding an apto-tourney/event based on a battle of the regions (as the title suggests). Details will be worked on once I have a rough ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A Champion of Champions XV Sweepstake

Announcement by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time again - CoC time! A time filled with innuendos, plans for karaoke nights out in Manchester, and contestants bragging about their obscure 8s knowledge in chat. That means it's also time ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown Pointless Quiz Sat 22/9 9pm

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Oliver Cooper intends to run a Countdown Pointless quiz at 9pm tonight. He needs at least 8 people to do it. If you're interested please turn up and play. He's been trying to make this happen for a while ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Option to Disable Spectation Notification

Brainstorm by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Elliott Mellor and I have recently agreed that there should be a settings option to disable the notification that reads “(Whoever) is watching you” during a game. Understandably, some people find ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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