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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Happy birthday Charlie Reams

Announcement by Dylan Taylor. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time of year again, let's all wish our amazing Charlie Reams a very happy birthday once more. Apterous is truly amazing and we never fail to appreciate all of your brilliant work. Also, let's ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea: Street Countdown

Variant idea by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Letters: Players take turns picking letters. After 9 letters are out, either player can choose to stop picking letters at any time, and then the round begins. There is either no upper limit on number of ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Archived Countdown Episodes

Miscellaneous topic by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Feel this is something that may have popped up in C4C one time but I'm not sure how to search for it. Basically, I never recorded my own countdown episode (22nd September 2015 - Episode 57 of Series 73, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Challenge button when using iPad

Brainstorm by Joyce Phillips. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all Sometimes I can’t see the button on the iPad and therefore can’t challenge anyone. It seems to happen at random. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Letters: You can add any letter to the 9-letter selection, making the highest length possible a 10. For example, a max from UNGOERDNI would be REBOUNDING. (Essentially, each round is 9 letters and a wildcard.) ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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New item: Who's Who

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Who's Who would be awarded for declaring a valid word that is also the surname of a Countdown series champion, Countdown Champion of Champions, Apterite finalist or past or current presenter of Countdown, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous Winter Olympics 2018

Announcement by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is the latest incarnation of the Apterous Olympic series, passed between myself and Marcus Hares like the most tepid of hot potatoes. This time around, because the Olympics themselves are relatively ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Omelette/Aegilops/Unlimited Letters Attack Tournaments

Announcement by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

For those who may have missed these in the other place, the following tournaments are all open for sign-ups through February and will commence on 1st March 2018 MES1 - Omelette Letters Attack [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New login mechanism

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

Some fraction of you will be connected to the game in a different way, starting today. You shouldn't (yet) notice any actually difference, but please report any problems logging in here. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, I’ve never expressed any wishes for a variant idea before, so thought I’d share this one during downtime: Name might be a bit vague, but anyway: Numbers: Same as normal, but this time only the ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2017

Announcement by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2017 and will close on Saturday 3 February 2018 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread [C4Countdown link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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COLIN XIV- 27-28 January 2018

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can't believe this is the first ticket I've posted for COLIN this year. :-/ Even though it's the 1st of January. Gah, you know what I mean. COLIN is back! For the fourteenth year in a row, the co-event ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Retain aptomail message in progress when adding recipients

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: If you add a recipient to an aptomail thread before submitting it, you lose the message when the page reloads. Steps to reproduce: Write message. Add recipient before sending. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Ticket Search to display most recent results first

Website feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Web address of affected page: [apterous link] Request description: I was searching around for an answer to Spike's question here [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Ask A Thing

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

Everyone loves Ask Graeme [C4Countdown link] so here is an analogous thing for apterous. This is a good place to ask questions about apterous history that probably aren't ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Maths & Science quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Here is a quiz I composed on Maths & Science. Good luck to all who attempt my quiz. The answers are listed below the quiz. 1) How long does it take for the planet Uranus to orbit the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ticket Search to have filters

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you go to ticket search [apterous link] you just have the option of typing a word or phrase. I think it would be good if you could select various things like ticket type, username ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Ability to adjust time axis of kpi graphs in superstats

Game feature request by Richard Hoddinott. Status: Unconfirmed.

I joined Apterous a couple of years ago, played about two games, then left my account dormant until very recently when I started playing daily. As a result, when I look at, for example, the kpi graph ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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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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Apto/Countdown Goals 2018.

Miscellaneous topic by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all- just putting this out there for anyone to post their general goals on here or on Countdown itself. My goals: Max both a 15 and 9r. Surpass 146 points in a game. To win a tournament. Reach the 1800s ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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  • Improved: For long games, the round summary now scrolls to show the next round rather than the first round. [Discussion]

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