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Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 7:56 AM


Ok, I'm sure I will get nailed for this but here goes anyway.

I think there should be some sort of time limit on the wordpuzzles and then a time penalty becomes activated. I understand that there are some people that like to put one letter in there and stare at the puzzle forever until they figure it out but these people are, I think, not in the majority. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with that but I am saying that I think to add an additional element of fun to the game, there should be a limit to the amount of time you have to take the puzzle. When I see that there are people who consistently take 30+ minutes to take a puzzle, it makes me scratch my head. I understand that sometimes you might get called away in the middle of a puzzle but that is just a chance you have to take.

Any thoughts?


Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 8:57 AM

I know what you are saying. I sometimes take inordinately long times because I often do them while doing something else. I took a long time on the Sunday morning one because I was cooking breakfast while doing the puzzle. Guess a letter or two, flip a pancake, turn the bacon, guess a letter or puzzle, fry and egg.

Other things that can slow down a time for so people:
Modem connection
AOL!!! I need not elaborate on that to folks who have it.
Time outs. I sometimes get a lengthy time out requiring a new guess.
Telephone & doorbells
people who like to sit back and ponder (me)
and more.

I agree that there are some day in and day out long time takers. But we have to consider all of the legitimate reasons to be slow on occasion, as well.

Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 9:26 AM

Well, that and you have to nibble on some carrots every now and then.

What I meant, Steve, was the puzzle takers that consistenly take 2000+ seconds to take a puzzle. That is over 30 minutes - if that is the case, why even have it timed at all?

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 9:29 AM

I knew that. But I wanted to recognize some of the other things. If I do one at work, it is usually while I am sending things to the printer and I am up and down getting things...our community color is a ways away. But filling printer lag time is a good time to do one.

Mrsgc  (Level: 10.0 - Posts: 231)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 11:10 AM

Well as everything else time matters I think it is nice to have one thing where there is a chance to sit and think.
I am on very slow dial up and also have visual problems - on |Word rounds and quizzes I have to guess the question after a few words and take pot luck .
On QOTD - I often time out before I can read the question - or lose because
I have noticethe tiem getting low and just clicked anything.
I can not take part in showdowns because it is just like giving points away (see QOTD for reasons)
On WR's I am lucky if I get under 120 seconds and rarely ever get under 100 - this means no chance of getting top points etc.
On a quiz I might get 100% but I will be the lowest of those who do.
The only game on this site where I can relax a bit is in WP's.
Yeah I know it is just a game and all that but with little else in life at the moment getting a good result once in a while does help you feel a bit better about things. Pathetic but true!
I think it is unlikely I would upgrade to Platignm (for financial reasons) but if I did one of the only reasons would be for more WP's (current format).
Maybe some other untimed game could be included?

Redbaron  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 297)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 11:44 AM

Tuz, why wouldn't "taking your time, staring at the puzzle, being as accurate as possible" be a "legitimate" reason to take a long time? Also, who's it hurting? The puzzle is up for 12 hours...It's not like folks who take their time with the puzzle are preventing anyone else from doing the puzzle...


Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 2:27 PM

I think it would. I said in the first message:

"people who like to sit back and ponder (me)"

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 3:10 PM

I have certainly taken a long time on certain puzzles (usually when hubby has already taken it and I'm desperately trying to better his attempt). If I have the time and I'm in the right mood, I'm happy to sit and stare and the screen for a while. Other times, I can't be bothered. I have no trouble with someone taking 30 minutes or even two hours. It doesn't affect me at all.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 3:42 PM

I too like to 'sit back and ponder', please don't penalize us for that!
I enjoy doing the Word Puzzles so much that once I start them I don't want it to end so I take my time.
So what if us slow-pokes are not in the majority, like Redbaron said "who is it hurting!"

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 4:47 PM

I'm one of those people who will take forever to do a puzzle. That's because for me, the fun and the goal is to do the puzzle in as few moves as possible. And it has actually penalized me - there have been many times that I've ranked below someone who finished the puzzle in the same# of moves that I did, but did it faster.

Mrsgc  (Level: 10.0 - Posts: 231)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 8:55 PM

I have ben thinking further on this matter...
The ones I take longest over are the ones I enjoy the most.
If I am having trouble understanding a puzzle of feel itis beyond my knowledge in some way I tend just to click letters like mad to get out of it asap!

Playfulpelican  (Level: 20.1 - Posts: 42)
Mon, 27th Feb '06 9:00 PM

I have a slow connection and, partially for that reason, enjoy Word Puzzles more than any other aspect of Sploofus.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Tue, 28th Feb '06 12:23 AM

I like the fact that in Word Puzzles, as opposed to Word Rounds, time is really unimportant.

We already have some games where time is of hte essence - it's nice to have one that doesn't rely ont he quick finger, brain or modem!

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