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.

Current Duel Leaders

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Top Dog

1Jon Elmer86%

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


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Conundrum Stock list

Announcement by Sean Fletcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bit of a long shot but I'm compiling a stock list of conundrums for future use, but may have some on there that have recently been used at other events. So, if any organisers have records or can remember ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Two week free bonanza!

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

To celebrate ten years of apterous, *everyone who has ever subscribed* has a free subscription from today until two weeks from now. If you're still in touch with members of yesteryear, please invite them ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Make auto-aptomail organisation threads the default for all tournaments

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you've played in any of the last few aptoSOS tournaments, or the last AWC you'll have seen one of these emails. You add a fixture, and apterous automatically sets up a new aptomail thread between the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

COLIN's back for a fifteenth consecutive year! And has barely changed in all that time. Here's the c4c page- [C4Countdown link] And here are the Facebook event ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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How is it decided whether a word is valid?

Brainstorm by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Obviously the basic rules about how to determine what the valid inflections are, but looking at this ticket [apterous link] it seems that SWOONIER and SWOONIEST have ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item idea: Echo

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

An item for declaring the same word twice in a row. Example: [apterous link] If this sounds like it would be too commonplace in some variants, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Suggest A Duel

Game feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Rather than have the semi-random duels, people should be able to suggest duels for the vote. This would, in theory, stop ridiculous votes where people have to choose between being punched in the face (Welsh ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Quick tourney convo area

Brainstorm by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Presently struggling to get onto play area, but seem to be onto here. Just say if this also you and this can be used as an area for dialogue. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Possible Apterous ATP Tour Revival

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

After the revival of several things over the last few years such as Crystal Maze, Generation Game, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, etc, I feel it might be time to revive something to proved to be ever ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ten years of apterous...

Announcement by Matt Hamer. Status: Unconfirmed.

It seems to have slipped past largely unnoticed... but apterous has turned 10 years old! (Not sure if there's an official birthday, but Charlie became the site's first registered user on 29 June 2008. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto football score predictor

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have had an idea for an Apto Football results predictor. It will entail me picking 20 football matches for you to predict the score of each Saturday and for other days when there is special fixtures ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Allow tournament fixture notes on completed fixtures

Website feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, Please can you extend the tournament fixture notes functionality to allow notes to be added to completed games? I can enable the Notes column by clicking the button but I can't type anything in there; ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Looking to sell my laptop prize

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, sorry to post this here, but after recalling Martin doing the same for his dictionaries, I thought I'd give it a go for catching people outside my Facebook list. Part of my prize for winning the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown C of C Details....

Announcement by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

The C of C is set to be filmed from Mon Oct 1st through to Wed Oct 3rd. The draw has been made and below are the fixtures. Please note, a couple of people are yet to confirm 100% that they can take part. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Monthly duel winner announcement links to page that hasn't been updated

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

At the end of the month, the monthly duel winner is announced and there is always a link here [apterous link] But this page is never updated in time so the relevant month's duel information ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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Apterous 10th Birthday Championship

Announcement by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Apterous 10th Birthday Championship will take place as a live event over two consecutive evenings, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th August 2018. Finals night will coincide with the 10th Anniversary of ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous World Cup: an apology

Announcement by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sorry guys. It literally didn't even click until half way through the final on Sunday that I'd forgotten to run a World Cup tournament. I'm genuinely really sad about it. The last one was absolutely epic, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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July 2018 dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From tomorrow, 37 new words will be permitted [link] and 2 removed [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Premier League Fantasy Football 18/19 + Superbru 18/19

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

2018/19 season is go. [link] 550603-118093 - Classic 550603-118118 - H2H League name - Down for the Count ____________________________________ [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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