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

1Johnny Canuck—  

Format: 8 rounds of 30 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Sean D96%

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


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Co:Leeds videprinter Livestream

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

The results from Co:Leeds are being streamed live on Facebook live here: [link] Watch along for all those who can't make it. Jeff ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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(not sure whether this is the place to ask) Question about profile pictures.

Miscellaneous topic by Oliver Bowden. Status: Unconfirmed.

How long does it typically take for a submitted profile picture to be reviewed? [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Announcement by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Gevin said I had to do an announcement. I feel horribly dirty doing so. [apterous link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Incorrect conundrum guesses to be searchable

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Following this ticket, which wasn't described correctly [apterous link] this is now the replacement ticket. When someone incorrectly guesses a conundrum, you cannot ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Words using" issue

Website feature request by Dylan Taylor. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have found that whenever I click on a word which I have found under the "Words using..." list, it will then open the "Words using..." list immediately once the new page loads, even without clicking it. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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1 second Round time

Game feature request by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

As it is currently, the minimal time per round than can be set is 3s. It would be nice if it was possible to go lower, perhaps to 1 second. There doesn't need to be an introduction of new high score formats ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Variant idea: Tickdown

Variant idea by Jon O'Neill. Status: Accepted. Priority: 1.

Request description: You have a limited amount of total time for all rounds. Default could be 4 minutes perhaps (for a 20 round LA that's 12 seconds average per round), with any length settable. You ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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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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* * * * * * A Poem About Infinity * * * * * *

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Here is a little poem about infinity. It describes the nature of infinity and items relating to it including trying to say what nought to the power of nought is equal to. * * * * * * * ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Great to see the site going well again.

Miscellaneous topic by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

Great work sorting out the problems over the last little while. Really enjoying apterous again, Gratitude as always for the excellent resource. Seamless service resumes, cheers. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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 Weakest Linke - 8pm

Announcement by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

A bit late to announce this but i will be hosting an Apto Weakest Link starting at 8pm with sign ups from 7:30pm. See you all there. [Read more] [More miscellany]

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I can't believe it's a word!

Miscellaneous topic by Bradley Holland. Status: Unconfirmed.

Your new teaser is RRNIPSRG. You have 60 seconds to answer! Time's up and no one got it! The answer to RRNIPSRG was PRRRINGS. So, PRRRINGS is a word, apparently. What are some of the weirdest words ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Customisable Chat Text

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

After a round has ended, the contestants usually have a bit of a conversation with the characters. It would be pretty cool if a conversation went like this: Arithmetician: Adam? 274? Adam: Nah, completely ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Include conundrums in Word Search

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you search for a word in Lexplorer, and you go to the "Word Search" section, it will show you games where that word came up. But for some reason conundrums seem not to be included in this. So this ticket ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Maths & Science quiz

Announcement by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear members, Here is a Maths & Science quiz which I composed. Good luck to all who attempt it. The answers are listed below it. 1) What is the name of Neptune's largest moon? 2) What is the geometric ... [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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Happy birthday Charlie Reams

Announcement by Dylan Taylor. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time of year again, let's all wish our amazing Charlie Reams a very happy birthday once more. Apterous is truly amazing and we never fail to appreciate all of your brilliant work. Also, let's ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spruce's Apto Pub Quiz III

Announcement by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

The time has come again people, my 3rd Pub Quiz is going to be held on Sunday the 18th March with sign-ups starting at 19:30, see you then! [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Winter Olympics 2018

Announcement by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is the latest incarnation of the Apterous Olympic series, passed between myself and Marcus Hares like the most tepid of hot potatoes. This time around, because the Olympics themselves are relatively ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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  • New: Go Berserk! One-second rounds are now an option, for the player in a hurry. [Discussion]

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1 April 2018

  • News: We're back! Pretty much all database damaged has been repaired, you may notice some odd behaviour with Dictionary Corner guests but nothing major. I know how disappointing it's been to have no Apterous over Easter Weekend so all subscriptions have been extended by a week.

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