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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Format: 24 rounds of 15 seconds.
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Which John Carpenter am I?

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Countdown Wiki states that John Carpenter was a contestant in Series 49 on Channel 4. It states in the next sentence. 'He is also an Apterite.'' I will point out that I've never been a contestant ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto-Tude Episode 30

Announcement by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey everybody, sign-ups are open now for the 30th Apto-Tude League cycle. A spot in Division 5 will go to the highest-ranked new applicant, and youse have all got until the 1st of August to sign up (UNLESS ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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An Apterous To Do List

Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: Accepted.

There's already been a big discussion about how to revive Apterous ([apterous link]). Some things, such as coding the site for tablets, aren't feasible at present. Others, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Weakest link tourney

Brainstorm by Oliver C. Status: Unconfirmed.

My next weakest link tourney will be July 24th! Hope to see you all there! [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Final week for Masters sign-ups

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

I never know who actually looks at the tournaments to enter list, so if there's any of you who've missed it, you have one week left to enter the Apterous Masters. Head here - [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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]

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Apto-Champions League?

Brainstorm by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

The real UEFA Champions League starts in a few days (three, or at least the qualifying rounds), and we don't get another Apterous World Cup until, of course, 2022. My question is, should there be an Apterous ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Weakest link tourney

Brainstorm by Oliver C. Status: Unconfirmed.

I will host a weakest link tourney against Prune tomorrow night aganst Prune. sign ups from 7:30-8:00. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Impromptu Pub Quiz

Miscellaneous topic by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello all, as a help for Ronan, i’ll be running an impromptu quiz tonight at 8, with sign-ups starting at 7:30, hope to see you there :) [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Automatic removal of 'seeking' status after inactivity

Game feature request by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

If someone sets their status to 'seeking' then fails to respond to several (3?) challenges (either to reject or accept) after say 2 minutes, it would be useful to automatically remove the seeking status. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous seems a bit dead at the moment. Any ideas on how to revive it?

Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sure, people are still playing games and logging on, but there's very little activity on tickets, in chat or even as far as comments on stuff are concerned, and it feels like there's been something of ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto 15 to 1 - Saturday 20th July - 8PM

Brainstorm by Ronan M . Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello, On Saturday 20th July at 8PM, I will be holding a 15 to 1 quiz which will go on until around 9-9.30PM. This fits in nicely seeing as ATP is on both Friday and Sunday of the same weekend. Sign ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Madagascan Countdown

Variant idea by Tom Rowell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm currently sat watching Madagascar v Burundi in the African Nations, and I've managed to work out that the total number of characters in the surnames of the Madagascan players totals 119, but contains ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Maths & Science Quiz

Brainstorm by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear Members, Here is a Maths and Science Quiz which I composed. Good luck to all who answer it. The answers are listed below it. 1) Enceladus, Dione and Rhea are moons of which planet of the Solar ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Showing shorter possible words after letters rounds

Game feature request by Jonathan Dyke. Status: Unconfirmed.

For beginner players specifically, I think it would be very helpful to show possible solutions shorter than the maximum. Quite often the maximum is an extremely obscure word, and it would be useful to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Opponent's PB (etc.?) info at start of game

Game feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you start a game you get your record against the opponent overall and "in this format". Also shows you your PB in this format. Simple request: also show your opponent's PB in this format. Pretty ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Any ideas, folks? Ways to help those with slight physical or mental impairments enjoy Apterous

Brainstorm by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

I am sure there are lots of us who have slight disabilities or live with others who do who would like to share the wealth of enjoyment within Apterous. My 97 yr old Dad still spots words I don't, does ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Searchable chat logs

Website feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Accepted. Priority: 3.

Request description: I'm trying to find the time when I set the word PHOSGENE as a teaser in chat. I don't want to look through a month or so of chat logs, so I can't be bothered actually searching for ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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A Sincere Apology

Brainstorm by Ronan M . Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, In September 2016, I joined Apterous under the name Ronan Higginson for 3 months until my account was deactivated in December 2016. I am extremely sorry for creating pseudonym accounts and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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