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Katw127  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 13)
Wed, 20th May '09 7:25 PM


I've just recently started playing WR/WM's & although my accuracy is pretty good, I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for increasing speed. My fastest time is still only in the 30's - today I swear I saw a WM winner with a time of 4.6 secs - how that is possible I have no idea. But I'd love to get in the 15 - 20 second range. Any tips?


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 20th May '09 10:53 PM

4.6 is probably a computer glitch.

To get faster - practice! Also, use a mouse with a scrolling wheel and learn to SKIM and SCAN rather than read the whole statement.

I'm not the fastest around, but I know that's pretty much the way to do it!

Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 339)
Mon, 24th Aug '09 8:56 PM

I don't know how its possible to do the wordmatch etc in that speed,they must have been blindfolded and didn't read the questions and just got lucky.buchanan

Mitchy  (Level: 135.6 - Posts: 964)
Mon, 24th Aug '09 9:46 PM

Hit Enter on your key-board instead of clicking Submit answers!

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Sun, 30th Aug '09 9:55 AM

Those mega-speed scores are called "flukes" here.
I'm not jealous that some players seem to get the most of them.
Okay- yes I am.

Firefox browser seems to work better by the way.

playing word matches- I sometimes start near the center of the list to seek my first answer- and branch out accordingly.
If you're a gold or platinum member- you can "ditch" more rounds if you're not going well- sometimes a new set of words will be an easier list.


Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Mon, 31st Aug '09 10:35 PM

I understand that "ditching" a WR or WM will make you less eligible for getting a chance at a Gold Nugget or a Diamond Round. I remember when the Nugget/Diamond rounds were first initiated and I know that that idea was bandied about, but I don't know for sure that it is actually the case. I try not to bail on a round just in case.

Background info ... a Nugget Round is a WordRound in which you can earn 100,000 points if you can get all 10 defintions correct in 2 minutes. The Diamond Round is the same for WordMatches. Try not to freak out when you get that colored background. Keep your cool and play your best.

The sub-10 second rounds are almost certainly Flukes. I've personally gotten a 15-second round perfectly legitimately, and I'm still proud of it.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Thu, 3rd Sep '09 10:46 PM

I think a 20 second round legitimately is great too!
But I wouldn't mind a fluke [or two]

[or three...........]

Amyt  (Level: 141.7 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 8:44 PM

Yes, the flukes are definitely back. It seems that the people who need them the least usually get them. I saw one -50s today. My best time was around 17--very rare for me. I'm not sure how people can complete this under a second for each item.

Vocaltaffy  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 106)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:12 AM

I've got one or two more tips for you:
Whenever you score less than 100%, go back to the previous screen to look at each statement and answer for a few seconds. I don't know how the top 3 speedsters do it, but this helps me breeze by. Though I've had an occasional fluke (something like 1 per 40 WR/WM), I've notched some top legitimate times, too: WR;10.1s; WM 15.4.
Occasionally, you'll get a WM where 90% of the statements match the answers (that was how I notched a 13.4 WM)

The biggest factor for my success? Taking the extra second or two to commit each correction to memory.

Try to scan those you miss to memory (about 1 second or whatever amount of time you need). You'll see them again, sometimes even in the next WR/WM. You'll see that most often with the Word Matches.

The rote memorization ought to shave a few seconds off of your time. However, a firm grasp of knowing homonyms of the words that the statements imply helps a lot as well. If you want a faster time, you'll need them; they help 'unstump' you when working on that one tricky one.

I hope this helps you move onward and upward.


Vocaltaffy  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 106)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:23 AM

Here is a clarification:

In my previous post, I'd written:

'Occasionally, you'll get a WM where 90% of the statements match the answers (that was how I notched a 13.4 WM)'

That 90% would actually be 80%. That means the statements' order, from top to bottom, matches the answer sequence 'line for line', save for two, in which the order is switched.

I asked Garrybl and he gave a simple answer. Since then, I've been getting consistently faster.
Now I'm an 'upstart' speedster, probably the 14th fastest active player (over last 3 months) on average. Ask the faster ones, like Garrybl, Slicko and Davidf, Woohoo, Gingerybush, Lowiq and Rta91boy, for starters.

That's it for now.


Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6770)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 9:42 AM

I think all the fast players do some or all of the following:

Speedreading; plus you do not read the clue and answers you focus on word endings to allow you to pick the right one.
You have a quick way to 'page down' or 'enter'
You learn the words from past failures

Everyone who is any good started out thinking 20 seconds was impossible; wining times on WR used to be 20 seconds.....

Get a decent computer.

Buy flukes from Justin when you become platinum -- he wont tell you about this option till you are actually platinum; one a day for a dollar.

(All but one of the above pieces of advice is sensible)


Didb72  (Level: 220.9 - Posts: 243)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 4:07 PM

Practice, practice, practice.
Everything says above is correct.

Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 339)
Sat, 2nd Jan '10 11:46 PM

4.6 seconds,noooooooooooo way.this has to be a glitch.what I do is do the ones I know are right first then do the rest. buchanan

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