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Jomama  (Level: 41.8 - Posts: 2)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 11:09 PM


Hi All-

My Sploofus Name is Jomama- I am relatively new and love this website! However, it seems like the "times" that some are completing the quizzes (especially Word Rounds) are getting somewhat ridiculously fast. I mean, I play the word rounds quite often; I used to be in the top twenty or so, with times in the 40-60 seconds range. I just played tonight and the #20 rank had completed in 34 seconds for the Word Match. I have no concept of how someone could possibly "cheat" on this site (and wouldn't want to know), but does anyone else feel that some of the scores and times seem impossible? Thanks for responding!


Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 3:09 AM

Hi Jo, welcome to the site! Many, many players have felt that way about those times. Many threads have been started on the topic over time, no it's not possible to cheat, but the times do seem impossible when you first see them. The first thing I thought when I saw those times was that people were cheating....but after practicing I was able to achieve them as well. The times do seem to have sped up with the advent of 2.0, not sure why.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 5:58 PM

Hi! Cute name
When I first started, I asked a couple random members how these seemingly impossible times could be achieved. They were both so sweet, and sent me some hints. These hints had, in fact, been given to them from yet another player. I don't play the WRs much, anymore, but I got down to the 20-25 second range, and even a couple "teeners" (which, like Kaelin, I have on film). I'll never be as fast as Stout, or the players that gave me these hints, but these tricks helped out quite a bit.

Go full screen buy pressing F11, more of the definitions on the screen at a time

Some people only use the mouse to click the first circle. Then they use the tab key and the down arrow key to move through the WR's and then hit enter. This has not worked for me.

Be a "gold" member so you get 10 attempts. I usually only get one or two "good" times out of ten tries, but it only takes one.

Be ready when you start a round... No distractions... Place one finger on the keyboard's "enter" key while the other hand is poised ready on the optical wheel-mouse

Scan the question quickly to look for key words, clues as to whether you're looking for a verb, noun, adjective, synonym/antonym, whatever... I rarely actually "read" the entire question.

Scan the answers to find the correct word based on the clues in the question - sometimes it's another form of a keyword in the clue, but sometimes it's completely different

Click as quickly as possible on the correct answer while immediately scrolling down just a touch (using the mouse wheel, of course). The quick scrolling brings the next question just up to eye level.

Perform the same scan/click/scroll process for the next question, all the way down to the final question

As soon as the final answer is chosen, use your non-mouse hand to press the enter key on the keyboard

Repeat this process many, many times and the mechanics become almost automatic
(special thank you to Eesus and Chick, who have been nothing but nice to me since I've joined)

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 7:27 PM

Oops. I should mention that the originator nearly all these hints is Linenlady, who also birthed one of my most favorite people. you Robin.

Lbh58  (Level: 40.0 - Posts: 161)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 12:29 AM

Hi Erin,
Thanks for posting these hints to speed up WR's and WM's,
will give them a try.

Jomama  (Level: 41.8 - Posts: 2)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 2:52 AM

To Erin0620:

Thank you so much for your helpful response with hints!


Lbh58  (Level: 40.0 - Posts: 161)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 1:33 PM

that's what I meant to say

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