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: 8 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Sean D68%

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


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Un-truncating Results

Website feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

When results on Lexplorer are truncated, is there any way of seeing all of them? For example, if I want to see all 8 letter words ending in ISE, at the minute I just get the first 100 alphabetically. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Reliability Issues

Brainstorm by Bojack Horseman. Status: Unconfirmed.

I understand if people downvote this and of course I appreciate the service Apterous provides and the hard work that gone into it, but the reliability of the website has become a little ridiculous recently. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Deleting unwanted games

Game feature request by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think there should be an option to delete games that you simply don't want to carry on anymore. For example: unfinished games and unplayed tourney games against another user (if both players taking part ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Non-apterous achievements

Miscellaneous topic by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

Finally learnt to juggle? Been promoted to Vice Deputy Underassistant? Released from prison for a third time? Post about it here so we can share in your joy! [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown In Huddersfield 2017 - Saturday 7th October 2017

Announcement by James Robinson. Status: Unconfirmed.

YEAH, WE'RE BACK BABY!!! I'm back with yet another edition of Countdown In Huddersfield (COHUD), and back by popular demand, Callum Todd is on hand to co-host with me for the second year in a row, plus ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Everything Counts IV

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

You may have seen or not have seen the tournament page for Everything Counts IV, well for those that have perhaps not seen it here is a link to the tournament page where you can sign up: [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Fifteen To One (September 1st)

Announcement by Aidan L. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apterous 15-1 returns this Friday and this time will be hosted by Sam Prouse, while I shall be assisting. Entry will open at 7:30 in Aptochat it will be first come first served, the quiz will start at ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Gary Lineker

Game feature request by Bradley Holland. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New Item: A Golden Cock

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

This one is one you wouldn't want in your Apterous. item collection The Golden Cock is awarded for ending round early when you could've got a better word. Why stop there? There could be a Platinum Cock ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Maths & Science quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Here is a Maths & Science quiz which I composed. Good luck to all who answer it. The answers are given below it. 1) In computing, what do the initials C.P.U. stand for? 2) What word ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Group Letter games

Brainstorm by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

In chat earlier a few of use played a game for fun of hyper (first to 250) and we all gave suggestions of words, so i thought this could be a format. Have letters games that any amount of people can play ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A "buzz-in" numbers game.

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not much explanation needed here. Number puzzles come up like conundrums and the first to buzz in with the solution gets the points. Available in all numbers formats. Suggest that if you aren't correct ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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World Scrabble Championship Coverage

Miscellaneous topic by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

If anyone is interested: live coverage of the 2017 World Scrabble Championships in Nottingham, which features a handful of past Countdown contestants, can be found here: [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Andydown (Numbers format)

Variant idea by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Tonight on Apterous i was setting some rather challenging numbers games like - 660, 650, 350, 203, 55, 46 @ 999 and it gave me an idea for a new numbers variant. Principles: - You would be able to select ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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More star path related features

Website feature request by Dave Smith. Status: Unconfirmed.

Firstly can I just say I love the star paths - a great feature of the site and useful way of getting introduced to some of the fruitier formats. So thank you! However, as I gradually exhaust my potential ... [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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Head-to-head button should default to "against you"

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Simple one. When I click the Head-to-Head button on someone's profile, it should default to their head-to-head against me. This must be 97.5% of use cases for H2H so seems intuitive? If my guess is right, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tennis US Open Prediction Game

Announcement by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's nearly the last grand slam of the year, so that means SuperBru prediction is back! Pick your top 8 and top 16 players for the following rounds: Round 1 & 2 Round 3 & 4 Quarterfinals (pick out of top ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Add threaded replies to tickets

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I had a read of this today: [apterous link] It's pretty hard to get through at the moment. Ignoring potential actual design improvements, one thing that would help ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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