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rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 11:46 AM

TRIVIA SQUARES

My favorite - apart from the Word Puzzles - is the
new Trivia Squares. Sometimes though, it takes
me longer than I can spare to answer all of the
questions, so I "Save" them for later....
Does anyone else do this???? If so, do you also
think it would be nice if the original "answered"
and filled squares were left intact, when saved????

Sometimes there is only one clue left to solve....
I have to leave it for a while....and when I come back
to it, the whole crossword is wiped. Then I have to
start again....maybe with the same time crunch.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 5079)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 3:15 PM

Row, all the ones I've saved have all the answers I put in still there when I get back to it. Maybe you should put in a support ticket on that.
Donna

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 3:30 PM

Definitely put in a support ticket. I've had one waiting for a month and all the answers I entered so far are still there. I just have to do some intense studying I'm not in the mood for yet to finish it up.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 3:30 PM

Being able to save the puzzles is one of the things I like best about Trivia Sqaures - sometimes there's just one word that won't hit me - then driving home from work I smack myself in the forehead for being such a dunce. I've never had to start all over so I agree that I would check with support if there is some problem there.
Gary

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 3:56 PM

I love the squares. Yes, I do save them and get the whole thing back when I go back in, including what I have already entered.

I never do ones that don't have the pictures. I think if someone just wants to put on in without pictures is being very lazy and just out for points (and believe there aren't too many involved). Searching for the pictures is great fun and my favorite part of creating them.


nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 4:29 PM

I had that happen to me a few times Rowlanda when we first got Beta! Seems to have been ok though for a while.
Karen

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 11:49 PM

Hmmmmmm....
Food for thought, thanks guys....
Now I don't know if it is disappearing
or if senility has set in and I just
thought I did them!!!!

illiniamy
Illiniamy  (Level: 105.4 - Posts: 67)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 10:06 AM

Yeah, when I save them, the answers are there.

If I might be so bold...until there's a way to "give up" and have unfinished answers filled in for less points or something, could the authors please make sure to include:

* if there are multiple words, a breakdown of letters in each (i.e. 4, 5 or 2, 3, 6).
* clues where are either very specific (avoid vagueness) and/or Googleable. I like to take every trivia square, regardless of subject matter. Sometimes the words only intersect with one other word (whereas in a traditional crossword, there would be several), and that one letter does nothing to help me narrow it down. I've had a couple of trivia squares saved for awhile, in hopes that the missing answers would "come to me". I'd like to be able to finish them.

Please don't take my critique/request personally or as a slam. I *love* the trivia squares and won't stop taking them. I'm simply making a suggestion for how the experience could be more enticing for everyone.

Thanks,
Amy

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 3:28 PM

I really like these - and find the ability to get the
"scrambled answers" a big help, that adds to my
satisfaction. The clue photos are a BIG BONUS.

illiniamy
Illiniamy  (Level: 105.4 - Posts: 67)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 4:02 PM

That's the other thing, if the clue is "a type of apple" and the picture is just a picture of an apple, it's not as helpful as a picture of a woman in a rocking chair if the answer is "Granny Smith".

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 5:06 AM

Guess if the pictured apple is Red
you know it's not a Granny Smith

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 6:17 AM

Do you guys worry about whether the pictures you find/use are copyrighted? They pound that in so strongly at school about not getting the district sued! ha

Are there certain websites you use and can trust as being legally public domain? Or do you get them from clip art sites?

I haven't even tried creating a TS yet. So I'll use your answers for future reference.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4191)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 6:38 AM

Jank,
Yes, I'm working on my first Trivia Square right now and am trying to be very careful about using public domain images. There's a vast array of sites that offer these, including Wikimedia Commons. And you're right, there's also a lot of free clipart around that could be useful. And you can also try to get permission to use photos from various sites or individual photographers.

-- Geri

illiniamy
Illiniamy  (Level: 105.4 - Posts: 67)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 12:24 PM

The scrambles are incredibly helpful.

However, they don't help solve every clue.

For example, I know *nothing* about Comic Book characters....NOTHING. Yet, I like to take every trivia square offered. On the topics that are not that familiar to me, I scramble almost immediately.

However, on a clue that actually involves a 2-word answer, the scramble is not always as helpful. I've saved a Comic Book Villains trivia square for several days now and keep returning to the one on which I'm stuck. I'm not sure if it's a two-word name, a one-word name, etc. Only 1 letter is filled in from cross answers and the clue itself isn't specific enough to be Googleable:

"Is about 700 years old. His daughter's the true love of his sworn enemy, though she a daddy's girl."

It's an extremely well-written Trivia Square and other than this last answer, I enjoyed it; I enjoyed learning about characters with which I was unfamiliar.

I've currently got a PM into the author, requesting help.

It just seems that instead of pestering the author, there ought to be a way to forgo points and give up on that response. After all, if we come to a quiz question of which we don't know the answer, we can just throw out a random guess. Heck, we can take an entire quiz and give a blank answer for every question (and get a 0%).

This request is by far not a criticism of any of the authors. If I was going to get into criticism, I'd start a thread on trivia square misspellings. It's mildly frustrating to lose 1/2 your points because you had to scramble to figure out how the word was misspelled.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 12:53 PM

I think both Google Images and Yahoo Images are public domain. Just make sure you only pick "large" and "extra large" images; otherwise you can't see them.


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