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Uturntama  (Level: 51.0 - Posts: 179)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 11:37 PM


About half the time I understand the name and clues to the WP's. Alot of times I'm in the dark. Anyone have advice as to these to understand the names given to them and the clues. Thanks in advance.....Tama

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 11:43 PM

As goes for almost anything on this site the absolute key is practice practice practice. But as to your specific questions I'll PM you my thoughts. By the way, love the Pug!

Uturntama  (Level: 51.0 - Posts: 179)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 11:54 PM

Thanks.......Pugs Rule...........have a 12 year old named Beau....he's the best!

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 2:58 AM

If you have any problems with my next one today, drop me a line and I'll comment.

But bear in mind that the title is often 'cryptic' --sunken islands had specific islands concealed in the phrases. The clues should always be definition not cryptic.


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 4:31 PM

Slicko is right - practice, practice. In time you'll find out which authors give their puzzles straight-forward names, while others are clever and cryptic. In time you will come to have a general idea of what the theme is from its title. I have to tell you, though, that sunken islands one really beat me over the head. I was totally clueless.

Daveguth  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 6:08 PM

Wait a minute. Slicko is sending WP advice via PM? I wonder if it's the dirty details on how he solves WPs with "outside help." We'll expect some 5-move scores in the very near future, Uturntama!

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.0 - Posts: 4447)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 6:38 PM

I've found that it does take practice, patience, time and being able to visualize what's missing. I've often found that I'm making the phrases harder than they are. Most of the time, they're very logical. I might not understand how the phrase fits with the clue at first, but that's all part of the fun.

In May 2008, I made it my Sploofus goal to finish in the top 10 of WP solving, and I was able to do that. After that, I've been content to just solve the puzzles without worrying about where I finish, and I find I have more fun. But that's just me. I applaud all of you who are consistently in the top 10-25 -- great job!

-- Geri

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 6:40 PM

Pat - I'm still waiting for the benefits from that practice to kick in! ha

Uturntama  (Level: 51.0 - Posts: 179)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 7:29 PM

Add a zero on to that Dave.....don't ever think I'll be that swift........but thanks for the encouragement!

Bigbird  (Level: 250.2 - Posts: 3345)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 7:38 PM

There'll also be some topics that you just know nothing about - don't sweat it, cause the next puzzle you may know everything about. I just shrug off the ones about music - and don't care if I do badly. But give me something where I don't have to know the name of a musical group or a sports team, and I'm willing to sit there and try all sorts of letter combinations.

I also find that it is the little connecting words that trip me up. I'm trying to fit in something on the topic, and it turns out to be "famous" or "both" or "can't" or something like that. Grrrrr. So be careful with those.

And be ultra careful when you type out the answer. It is easy to forget a letter, or even a whole word. Remember to leave out punctuation as you type. And check your answer letter by letter before you hit the Enter button.

Good luck!

Daveguth  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 9:13 PM

Tama, that 5-move comment was mainly directly at those that have given Slicko a bad time for being so good. You're right--there a whole bunch of very nice scores that are quite a bit higher than 5 moves.

Like everyone else, I can only echo the value of keep playing the game. Each month, I've gotten a little bit better, and that largely comes from avoiding the mistakes I made it the past.

I also decided to take more time solving the puzzles. Probably to the disgust of the speed demons on the site who solve the puzzle in 500 seconds or less, I decided the only way I could really reduce my number of moves was to go SLOWER. I was just making too many spelling mistakes, spacing errors (the deadly double space used to get me once a week), assorted typos, and bad guesses on the joining words. In particular, I've always had problems with the two-letter words like "of," "on," "at," and "in." Go slower, and those words tend to make more sense.

And nobody likes to mention this topic, but I'll say the awful "Google" word. Though some folks apparently consider it cheating, anyone who wants to reduce their score will need to occasionally use the resources on the web (or your dictionary or whatever). It's often vital if you're not sure of something, like a place's correct spelling.

Uturntama  (Level: 51.0 - Posts: 179)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 9:40 PM

Thanks all for your tips from the experts. Many that commented are usually always in the top 10 so thanks.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 9:42 PM

Sometimes if you just can't figure out why you got a pink screen, doublecheck if you might have an extra space between words or at the end of the phrase - that one has cost me more than any mistake.

I've also found that if there's a word I almost can get but not quite, it helps to get away from the screen for a few minutes. Sometimes when I do that and come back, the word suddenly becomes obvious to me.

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