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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Reverse Stemming

Website feature request by Noel Mcilvenny. Status: Unconfirmed.

This may already be possible, and I haven't figured out how to do it... I would find it useful to be able to see what words stem to another word Example CATS Stems from: - CAT, ACT - SAT, ATS - SAC ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"typing..." indication

Game feature request by Pini Stimler. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was wondering whether it would be possible to add a 'WhatsApp-style' "typing..." indication when someone is typing between rounds. Often wonder if a delay in starting next round is a network delay or ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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I think the "unsaved data" (Firefox) exit warning is a bit aggressive.

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

A feature request-cum-discussion regarding closing the "play" tab/window. I think the "are you sure you want to leave the site? you may have unsaved data" exit warning is a bit aggressive. <-- that's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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On-screen indication that an upcoming conundrum is crucial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

When the last round of a game is a conundrum and the difference between the players' scores is 10 points or fewer, might it be possible to introduce some kind of indication, on the game screen, that the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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May dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

5058 words will be added and 321 removed from today (Monday). Full change list: [link] . [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Star Loads

Miscellaneous topic by Darran Prior. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, I completed the The Anaesthetist's Avenue path but so far the little trinket hasn't appeared in display case, Has the trinkets for star completion ended now? Darran [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Monthly subscriptions

Website feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

For a new player, buying a year's subscription may seem daunting. They may be put off the idea of paying for a full year before they've had a chance to enjoy the full subscriber experience. Would it not ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Add score details to tournament "Game played" emails

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Simple one - add some brief result details to the tournament game played emails notifications. In all cases the score, and where appropriate, summary of the winner's progress thus far (this second bit's ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Chat notifications

Game feature request by Mark D. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

You know how in messenger programs like MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Facebook, etc, there's a notification of some description (a pop sound, a flashing bar, or whatever) that signifies you got a message? One of them ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Add statistics about crucial conundrums to Superstats

Game feature request by Tim Down. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd quite like to know how many games I and others have won and lost on crucial conundrums. Even better would be to have the option to see this broken down by opponent. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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French Open 2017 Predictor game

Announcement by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, that time of year is coming up soon! See below for deets in taking part in the superbru prediction game. Rules are simple - pick 4 players (top 8 and top 16 men and women) who you think will score ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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]

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Customise conundrum difficulty probability distribution when setting up tourney round

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Wow, five words in a row that are at least 9 letters long. Hope you haven't already lost me.) The option to set a lower limit to the difficulty of conundrums, including in tourney games, has been brought ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Watching games you are not playing

Miscellaneous topic by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

After a conversation within Chat the other day around spectating other people‚Äôs games, I was wondering what the wider consensus was on the etiquette around this? Is it fine to just go in and spectate ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Potential additions to words list (under Facts & Figures)

Brainstorm by Dan Byrom. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi, I'm relatively new here, so I'm not sure my if idea already exists and I'm unaware of it, or if it's been tried before, but I thought it may be worth making a ticket anyway regardless, in case it turns ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Announcement of new tournaments

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When there is a new tournament that might interest me, it sometimes passes me by because there isn't always anything obvious to draw my attention to it. Some people make tickets, but that's often to discuss ... [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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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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Unplayed tournament games to be removed when the tournament ends

Game feature request by Alex H. Status: Unconfirmed.

I still get a number of tournament games which were unplayed showing up in my 'current games' even though the tournament has ended so it's pretty pointless having them. Currently getting some from the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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