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jedley
Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 12:15 AM

NONCENTZ'S TECHNIQUES

Tried it on the Mystery Novels word puzzle and had the first two in just 2 moves! Of course it then took me thirty-two moves to get the remaining three, but hey, you don't go from clodpoll to wizard in the snap of a finger.
Anyway, as if this horse weren't already dead enough, HE DOESN'T CHEAT. IT CAN BE DONE!

noncentz
Noncentz  (Level: 135.5 - Posts: 72)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 1:52 AM

Congrats Jedley!

I thought this was a really fun quiz and if you know mystery novels at all, you'll recognize a lot of the titles, I think.

I actually got kind of scared because I guessed a few of them without a letter (if you know my favorite category of trivia, it helps) but then got hung up on one I didn't recognize.

Glad my tips helped Jedley. It's a new month and good luck to us all!

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 6:10 AM

Hear! Hear!
(crowd) Harumph! Harumph! Harumph!
(pointing) Hey! I didn't get a harumph outa that guy!
(guy) HARUMPH! HARUMPH!

geniuswaitress
Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 7:33 AM

Did someone say "clodpoll"?

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Wed, 1st Feb '06 8:29 AM

Hi noncentz. You probably didn't recognize a few because I purposely threw in a couple of lesser- known works to keep fiction fans on their toes. Glad you liked it, though.

flybybethy
Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 8:58 AM

Jedley--
I echo your sentiments exactly.
I tried his method, and did much better--only one wrong guess. If a few words hadn't tripped me up I may have done better. It just takes a little more thought than I'm used to.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 9:09 AM

Any tips on typing in the answers after you know them so I will quite typoing myself out of town???

smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 9:38 AM

I have made the typo mistakes as well. I still make them occasionally but I have learned to cool my clicking finger and look at what I typed in before I click on submit. The few extra seconds it takes to check and make sure my typed in answer matches the solution to the puzzle means very little when compared to loosing anywhere from 3-18 moves because I was in a hurry and kept having typos.

noncentz
Noncentz  (Level: 135.5 - Posts: 72)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 11:40 AM

I had a string of titles that had all been made into films (Murder on the Orient Express, Ten Little Indians, The Maltese Falcon, and The Postman Always Rings Twice). I was able to guess these without a letter just by starng for a while.

Then I got Malice Aforethought and it threw me for a few letters. I ended up with _A_I_E A__RE_______ and after running combos of consonants in my head to fit the space between the letters of the second word, I realized there needed to be another vowel in there. After imagining an O, it finally clicked in my head what the word would be. I did the same for the first word and realized it could only be MALICE.

I love that thrill of realizing what the phrase could be and seeing that all the letter fall into place. Today's 70's song quiz was like that. Nice way to start the day.

i now have to go read Malice Aforethought. excuse me.

phlenin
Phlenin  (Level: 17.8 - Posts: 22)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 12:16 PM

I too am trying to employ the tactics of the Wordpuzzles Guru. I did a little better on this morning's quiz, but still having lots of difficulty. Since I'm only 24, I might have found the 70's puzzle challenging except that I grew up listening to my dad listen to 70's and it's one of my favorite channels on XM now.

Happy Puzzling everyone.

~Phlenin

noncentz
Noncentz  (Level: 135.5 - Posts: 72)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 1:09 PM

Today's helpful tip...

Remember that words and phrases have a pattern, and since these may be musical "questions", that means there's probably patterns or certain letters that's are even more pertinent to today's quiz.

Just don't beat me.

machiabelly
Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Wed, 1st Feb '06 4:16 PM

I have alwayhs used a version of Noncentz's method. I just don't have the patience to do it fully...nor the love of the puzzle type that is needed to commit to it fully.
Or, to be honest, the breadth of knowledge needed for it to work all the time.
I just plop in an E and an O and go from there.


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