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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Mark and Zarte's 26.2 Hour Game Of Countdown

Announcement by Mark D. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello! Nearly six years ago, myself, Innis and Zarte (host) played a 25 hour game of Countdown. It went extremely well. Zarte accidentally spelled out the word "arse" on Radio 4, I lost on a tie breaker ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Weird valid/invalid words

Brainstorm by Thomas Cappleman. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm doing a short talk at a conference at work next week on how to become a Countdown champion (for which Paul and friends' new guide is proving very useful: [link]) ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Countdown Resources

Announcement by Transude Transude. Status: Unconfirmed.

Countdown Resources is a website created in the aftermath of the Champion of Champions series. I wanted to leave something to the Countdown Community given that I'll be on much less now. I realised that ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The Multiverse 4- Final Results

Announcement by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Finally getting round to this. Thank you to everyone who competed in the Multiverse this time round. Sorry I was a little lax updating, but life was a bit busy towards the end of last year. When Multiverse ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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iPad view

Miscellaneous topic by Mich H. Status: Unconfirmed.

the challenge and chat icons are off the bottom of the screen when playing on iPad, does anyone know how to correct this please? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Goatdown event 2020 - SECOND SURVE. Y.

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

A short follow-up survey to catch any potential data missed from the first one, and to iron out some of the finer details. All feedback greatly appreciated. [link] If ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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"You cannot have more than 3 outstanding games with bots. Please finish some of these games first."

Announcement by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, Have had this come up at times before and know that the issue stays the same until the next day, but on this occasion, it has come up and blocked me from doing anything on the game page, and will ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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An apology.

Announcement by Joseph Harrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear all Apterites, Six years ago I joined this site when I was 15, having been inspired to join by the 30th Birthday Championship. I found it great to be playing matches with people who I had seen on ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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'Cannot Challenge' - Entire Room Disabled

Brainstorm by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

Today I was greeted by the following message in the main room - 'Cannot Challenge - You cannot have more than 3 outstanding games with bots. Please finish some of these games first'. The message sits ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2018

Announcement by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2018 and will close on Saturday 16 February 2018 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread [C4Countdown link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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January 2019 dictionary update

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From tomorrow, 76 words will be added [link] and 57 removed [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto Misconceptions

Miscellaneous topic by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, A bit of light humour in this thread as I was enquiring as to whether any one may have any amusing anecdotes about the misconceptions about apto terminology or the way things worked. This thread ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Goatdown event 2020 - a survey

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello all. I have decided to hold a Goatdown co:event in 2020. The exact date and location are yet to be determined, as are the mechanics of how the game will be best played. This is where you come in. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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An apology.

Brainstorm by Joseph Harrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Joseph Harrison at 2019-01-24 17:02:05 wrote Dear all Apterites, Six years ago I joined this site when I was 15, having been inspired to join by the 30th Birthday Championship. I found it great to be ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto-Tude Sign-Ups

Announcement by Piaras M Carney. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey ladles and jellyspoons, there are 2 weeks left to sign up to the new Apto-Tude League. We had a surprisingly good turnout in the last cycle, so I'm hoping for a pretty good turnout for this one, (although ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apto 2019 Goals

Brainstorm by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey all, Enjoyed reading the responses to last year's post, and nice to see that some folks have achieved a good chunk of what they wanted, so would be nice to see what those who were here this time last ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Seniors 2019

Announcement by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

2019 tournament now open for business. [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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A Champion of Champions XV Sweepstake

Announcement by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time again - CoC time! A time filled with innuendos, plans for karaoke nights out in Manchester, and contestants bragging about their obscure 8s knowledge in chat. That means it's also time ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Thoughts on the Public Chat displaying a PB Max-wise.

Brainstorm by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, The title does sound a bit wordy, so I shall try and explain things a bit more clearly. For example, when someone has got a new PB score, it will notify it, and I think it would be a good thing ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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PB maxes in a format to be stated in game window

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you start a game, the first thing that automatically pops up in the chat box of the game window shows your record against your opponent, followed by this: "Your PB in this format is [PB score]. The ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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