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: 9 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Ailsa Watson88%

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


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Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds - Saturday 21st April, 2018

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

^ That. Full deets on the forum here: [C4Countdown link] Get on it. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Instant number to tell you the selection type

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

In instant numbers, everything comes up straight away, and you don't even know in advance if it's going to be one large, two large etc. I think it would be better if it did tell you. Sometimes instant ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Conundrum Attacks by Difficulty

Variant idea by Matt Hall. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not sure if this has been suggested before or if others agree, but I think a welcome addition would be if a user could choose to only face conundrums of difficulty 10, 9,8...etc. Not sure how practicable ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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A potential idea for the site.

Website feature request by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, was just thinking of a potential adjustment to game play. Often people have a variety of words for 1 selection e.g. they have a variety of 7s . Say the player picks an incorrect 7, but has a couple ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tweak display of impossible rounds to make them a bit clearer in duel results

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

As discussed here: [apterous link] As exampled in R8 here: [apterous link] At the moment there is nothing to show you that a particular ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apto Pub Quiz (Sun 15th October)

Announcement by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

This Sunday i will be hosting a Pub Quiz for anyone who wishes to play along, sign-ups start at 7:30, will be played in teams which i will let you choose unless people are happy with a random draw. See ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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"Was right behind you"

Game feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

On a conundrum, when both people "buzz" - is it possible to display the time of the person who buzzed second? Would be very interesting on occasions to see how genuinely close you were on the buzzer in ... [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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Calling all Irish Apterites! Countdown in Dublin 2017. 21st October 2017.

Announcement by Eddy Byrne. Status: Unconfirmed.

Ireland's first in person Countdown event will take place on October 21st 2017 in the upstairs of The Old Punchbowl pub in Booterstown. The cost is €15 and this will guarantee you 8 games of Countdown ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Aptobridge tournament on Friday 14th July

Announcement by Ben Andrews. Status: Unconfirmed.

After my last attempt was foiled by a co-event, let's try again! I'm going to be hosting an Aptobridge tournament next Friday evening. Check-in will be from 7:30pm and the tournament will start at 8, probably ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Apto House of Games

Announcement by Christy Cooper. Status: Unconfirmed.

Saturday: 8pm I will be playing Richard Osman's house of games. I need 4 contestants to participate and represent the celebrities. We will be playing 5 games (the first 4 will be decided using random.org, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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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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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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