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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Top Dog

1Dave Noble74%

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


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Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's a bit late but there's still over 3 hours left of Apterous God CHARLIE REAMS'S birthday!!! Shower him in well wishes, praise and fond Apterous memories, or something. HB CHARLIE and thank you for ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was thinking of a variant idea and thought of something that will perhaps get our creative minds in action, BULLDOWN!!! Letters Rounds You will still receive 9 letters for each round but instead of ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Multiverse 2 Final Results

Announcement by James L. Status: Unconfirmed.

*Sorry Charlie for accidentally sending this as a tourney round. So finally, we are done. Here is the list of individual round winners summary of the last few months. Omelette: Matthew Brockwell Octolock: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Clickable declaration of off-target numbers

Game feature request by John Slater. Status: Unconfirmed.

As an alternative to Gevin's suggestion in ticket #4049, I propose a modification to the numbers game GUI that allows for direct clicking of any off-target declaration up to 10 away. For an example, see ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Countdown dictionaries prize

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

Due to the fact I have very limited space in my two-bedroom terraced house, and the outlook on finances are not exactly amazing with a second child on its way in July, I have taken the difficult decision ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous goes secure!

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you look at the address bar in your browser, you should now see some indication that your connection to apterous is secure: either a padlock, or the address starts with https://, or something like that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2016

Announcement by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello all, I'm running the Game of the Year poll for the seventh time! It consists of a one-month period for nominations and another month for voting. Nominations for GotY 2016 are now open and will ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A separate Glory Roll section for untied firsts

Website feature request by Quinn James. Status: Unconfirmed.

A lot of veteran players' Glory Rolls are cluttered by silly "records" tied with 400 people, such as having a high score/max game in Conundrum Attack. These can take up many lines, and are mixed up haphazardly ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous on BBC Radio Surrey

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

I was a guest on the BBC Radio Surrey breakfast show this morning [link] (from 1:24:55 to 1:32:00) and I managed to get a sneaky plug for Apterous on there. I'm sure ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto Fifteen To One

Announcement by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

Aidan Linge and I will be hosting a Fifteen To One type quiz on apterous this Friday night at 8pm. We'll be taking entries in the room from 7.30pm and as this may be oversubscribed players will only be ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Abraham Lincoln

Game feature request by Mike Springett. 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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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 character idea: President Trump

Game feature request by Conrad Teixeira. 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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Allow numbers declaration after time has run out

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think it would be a good idea if at the end of the 30 seconds (or whatever the round length is), the selection numbers are all blanked out, and you get a small period of time (say 2 or 3 seconds) to ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Swedish language

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would the option of playing Swedish be something that people would be interested in? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apto 15 to 1 Quiz

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

It is that time again, time for another 15 to quiz. I will be hosting a 15 to quiz on apterous this sunday. Sign ups will start from 7:30pm and will end at 8pm and it will start shortly after sign ups ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Mis clicking a sign in the numbers when you don't want to

Game feature request by Peter J Clarke. Status: Unconfirmed.

Is there anyway you could possibly cancel a sign being put in when writing out a numbers method when solving it. For example, I type 82*3+ ... when I didn't want to put the plus in, I pressed that button ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Six Nations Predictor

Announcement by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Do you like or have a fancy of the game of rugby? Well, good news! I have created a predictor league for the six nations which you can join free of charge for all of us here at Apterous. Hope to see you ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea: Seekdown

Variant idea by Mike Springett. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey everyone, I thought of a feature where you get given a selection of letters, but what happens is that it's like a normal letters round, however you'll be told the amount of letters the maximum word(s) ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Thread for new users to introduce themselves!

Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello new users of Apterous, and welcome to the site! It would be great if you could introduce yourselves here, just so we can get to know you a bit. Who you are, what you do, what you like, how long ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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