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


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Give P's a chance this Christmas

Game feature request by Linda McGrory. Status: Unconfirmed.

Give P's a chance this Christmas... I would like to suggest a Christmas Armistice 2019. I propose that for one day only over the festive period (for example, Boxing Day) people could play each other ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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How the Hell did you find Apterous?

Brainstorm by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's well documented that this site doesn't advertise or self-promote, is virtually anonymous on Google and appears to be unmentionable on the show. Which begs the question, how the hell are we all here? ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 1Down votes 23Replies

Live Apterous Co:Event - which date is preferable? December 14th 2019, or January 4th 2020?

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello all, I plan on running a live co:event on apterous around Christmas time. This will be a tournament that will require players to be available for around 4 hours from 12 noon to 4pm on a certain ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

16Up votes 2Down votes 28Replies

Default status set to 'busy' when logging in

Website feature request by Jim M. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi - apologies if this has been suggested before. I searched existing tickets and didn't find it after a first pass. I'm not sure what others' views are, but given the propensity of the site to crash ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies

Extend Tournament Deadlines

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Title pretty much summarises this - in the case of downtime, or a game not being played, it should be possible for the tournament creator to change the deadline of a tournament, particularly Owl Licensees. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies


Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello. I had planned to trial this at Co:Apterous, with a view to a full launch thereafter, but given the current server downtime of the apto chat and game room, now seems a good time to put it out there. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Hyper Nice

Game feature request by Ronan M Higginson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Same as Hyper but with letters used in Nice. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello. I had planned to trial this at Co:Apterous, with a view to a full launch thereafter, but given the current server downtime of the apto chat and game room, now seems a good time to put it out there. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

33Up votes 2Down votes 13Replies


Variant idea by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this might have been suggested before. In fact I'm almost sure of it. Please tell me off and link me up should that be the case. IDEA Throw a ton of shit at a problem and hope something sticks. ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

3Up votes 18Down votes 14Replies

Who are they to leave?

Brainstorm by Jason Larsen. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was informed that one user had decided to leave here after my racist tirade in May. When I came back here in July, I had not done anything like that. I am going to be 33 years old in a matter of 8 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Flying without wings

Brainstorm by Linda McGrory. Status: Unconfirmed.

Flying without wings There's an online community called Apterous. I met them in June and they're rapturous. Words are their friends, numbers their frenemies. And Conundrums, well, that's for another day. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 13Down votes 43Replies

Peoples Choice Chart

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Good afternoon everyone, from the 11th June to the 18th September on Facebook I shared my Top 100 songs which some of you might have followed. The day after I completed the revealing I decided to do a ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Add an "out of" figure to ratings table

Website feature request by James Hall. Status: Unconfirmed.

It would be nice if there could be an "out of" number shown in the user ratings table page (e.g. [apterous link]). I can see I'm ranked 629th in the Normal variant, but ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

31Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

Let players list their 'preferred formats'

Game feature request by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi. I think there was a discussion recently about many people leaving themselves greyed out on busy whilst some people were unable to find a game. I do this a lot, but mainly because I don't want to play ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 1Down votes 8Replies

Fifteen To One

Announcement by Aidan L. Status: Unconfirmed.

I shall be hosting an Apterous 15 to 1 in Aptochat this Friday (6th). I will start taking entrants from 7:30 and aim to start roughly 8:00 maybe a bit later and places will go on a first come first served ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown in Liverpool - 21 September 2019

Announcement by Andy Platt. Status: Unconfirmed.

Facebook event: [link] Forum post: [C4Countdown link] Where: Cross Keys, L3 9NS, near Moorfields train station. When: Doors ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

26Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Ten year anniversary item

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, some people have reached/are approaching their ten year anniversary on this wonderful site- would be cool to have some sort of item for this-any chance? Additionally, anyone have suggestions ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

4Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

Apterous Football League Cup 2019

Announcement by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Yep, Apterous's least-inspiring football-related tournament is back. You can send out your kids if you so wish to play on your behalf, but it's not recommended. Sign-ups will close on 1 Sep: [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

13Up votes 3Down votes 5Replies

Bullet Goat Letters Attack

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think we need this format. People tend to play lightning goatblitz, but I think that's largely because it already exists as a format. Generally speaking I think lightning was superseded by bullet years ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New bot: Apterous Mercurial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, when you play a match against a bot, you always know the bot's difficulty level (as well as numbers preferences and other characteristics) ahead of time. Obviously, when you begin a match on ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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