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Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 12:18 PM


Is it my imagination or am I getting dumber (probably both), but are the hourly word rounds and word matches getting harder ??? For about the last four or five weeks, I have been dumping a lot of these quizzes because I never heard of these words. I don't know who writes these things but it seems like there is a cycle of difficulty that goes from difficult to WOW.
I am speaking for myself and don't want to upset any of the Sploofus Royalty, I was just wondering if it is just me or
maybe (when Justin is back) I can ask for remedial quizzes.

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 12:48 PM

OMG! and I thought it was just me......
They seem to be to me 2.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7740)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 1:21 PM

I think they've added a new list of words into the mix., and they are more obscure. However, I'm still seeing those mega-scores still hog up the leader boards, so the effect hasn't really been too dramatic. My scores haven't really suffered, it ,just takes more rounds to be competitive. The advantage of being gold or platinum.

On Word Rounds- I dump a list quickly too, if the first word is "grecianesque" to me.
I seem to score higher on the leaders list in the Word Matches, so I concentrate more on that game.

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 2:21 PM

I agree! And not only more difficult (and stupid) but too many spelling errors and duplicated answers (which do you check?)

I am finally losing my sploofus addiction. Currently I have just the free membership with only two trials on each Round and Match. It's surprising how much better you do if you only have two chances. This helps me get more time on my ukulele and other things!

And when the folks who always make good time play at the beginning of the hour all the time it is discouraging not to never see your name in the lights!

Oh well... a hundred years from now who will care?


Kimoira  (Level: 215.5 - Posts: 1203)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 2:46 PM

I notice that with 10 tries an hour I don't "dump" as much and I pay more attention to the ones I got wrong. I think I learn more that way and I do better without the temptation to bail-out all of the time.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 3:28 PM

I just did the WR and WM to test out your theory.
Got my best scores EVER....10 and 11....
so it must be you!!!!
Or I got lucky!!!!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 4:23 PM

Hey again Bill....
I ended up #25 and #30
so didn't do as well as
I thought....

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 4:28 PM

I don't care where I wind up, sometimes I'm just out of it before I start.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sat, 6th Sep '08 5:02 PM

Nothing has changed - it's the same database with the same list of words randomly compiled by the computer in the same way for each round.

So it's all in your perception!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 7:32 PM

Sploofizz lies. And he/she is really mean.

Just my opinion.


Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sat, 6th Sep '08 7:38 PM

FINE, I'll just take my editing pencil and going home!

(editors have feelings too, ya know)

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 7:46 PM

Want some cheese to go with that?

Bwahahhaha...I crack myself up.


Flcyclist  (Level: 132.6 - Posts: 691)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 8:02 PM

Well, they may be the same as before, but they seem harder to me, too. I don't even do them too much anymore.

Donleigh  (Level: 156.8 - Posts: 5491)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 8:17 PM

Sploofizz, could you finish editing quizzes before you leave?

I think someone has got hold of a really weird dictionary. Some of those words have GOT to be made up.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.4 - Posts: 3942)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 8:22 PM

Uh, I have it on pretty good authority that every single word in the language was made up.

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2125)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 8:45 PM

I've checked out some of the more obscure words in the online dictionary. Incredibly, they are always there.

Donleigh  (Level: 156.8 - Posts: 5491)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 9:11 PM

I must disagree, Mr.Ken. Adam and Eve arrived with a complete vocabulary, if not any clothing.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.4 - Posts: 3942)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 9:26 PM

English too?

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 6:22 AM

Sploofizz always has the answer.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 7th Sep '08 11:40 AM

Sploofizz is just the one who is always willing to share the answer! Like it or not, nothing has been done to the WR/WM database, so maybe the computer that generates them just has it out for you

Maurlin  (Level: 221.7 - Posts: 2720)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 11:47 AM

I must have gotten on its bad side too. I'm finding it more and more difficult to get 100% on the WRs.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 4:41 AM

Yes it's a classic case of mass hysteria. We all image that it is happening, but Big Brother says 'NO' thus it cannot be.

Occam's Razor

Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 5:11 AM

I too have found the wms and wrs much harder of late, I haven't a clue what most of the words mean and find it hard to get even 90% most of the time, when I do get 100% it is so slow as I have to read the whole sentance to try and get a clue. Quite embarrasing as not that long ago I was coming first with 14 and 15 second rounds. I also thought it was me becoming very 'thick' in my old age! It does put me off from playing as much as I used to, used to be in the top 40 for the month, as of today I am 100. I read what the editors have responded with, but......................

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 5:57 AM

An editor fielded the question to start this thread. I think it would be enlightening to know how many of the regular sub-20-sec players in WR & WM are editors. Let the denials begin!!!!!!!!!!

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 6:03 AM

I regularly write the questions to wr and wm's, and also am an editor, but since I'm not paid Justin said it would be a perk for me to cheat and get regularly fast times....

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 6:10 AM


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 6:21 AM

I'm not an editor. I, too, think they've seemed harder. But the switch to 2.0 also made the game faster. On 1.0 I rarely got a teener. Now I'm unhappy with any round over 17.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 10:53 AM

Sandra--- speed speed speed !!! I'm happy with 100% and 40 seconds. I hope Fizzy can put a spell on the master computer and get me a Snooker question. I'm overdosing with Books & Authors and all that other Luck of the Draw stuff.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:06 AM

I, too, am an editor for wr/wms. It was so difficult and time consuming to find enough unique words and definitions so I just started making them up. I always worry that a marine biologist will play and blow my cover.

4getful1  (Level: 185.3 - Posts: 3084)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 2:41 PM

I join with Papermanbill, Mitchy, Alvandy, Seniorrita, Maurlin, and Ficyclist. Over the last month or so, WR/WM words have seem much harder.


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 8:42 PM

I am an editor.

In fact, I'm the PRESIDENT of the editors.

Yep, that's the ticket.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 9:21 PM

Brenda, I'll go to Borders and see if they have a Word rounds and word matches for Dummies. Maybe it'll straighten me out.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Tue, 9th Sep '08 10:31 PM

I went to the WR page a little while ago.

I didn't see a single editor's name on either leaderboard.

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2125)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:26 PM

That's cuz I wasn't playing at the time.


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 12:13 AM

Which Borders you going to Liam,
Canadian or Mexican????

Maybe you should write your own
"Dummies" book, and sell it to all $1 a book for each
of 42,818 players....not

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 3:39 AM

Rowlanda, I am not picking up any Mexican or Canadian borders. Dooh !!

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