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Hoops  (Level: 181.6 - Posts: 8)
Wed, 17th May '06 5:27 PM


Can anyone explain to me how someone can correctly answer 10 questions in under 20 seconds --sometimes people do it in 13 - 15 seconds? Even if I didn't read the questions and just filled in anything I think it would take longer.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 17th May '06 5:48 PM

It takes a fast computer connection, a quick recognition of the question/answer, a wheelie-mouse helps somewhat, plus a LOT of practice!!

You will start to see a pattern in the questions after a while, and instantly know what to look for in the answers.

Despite all of this, I have never got faster'n 20 seconds!! I tend to average mid-20s at my best.


Bigbird  (Level: 239.8 - Posts: 3302)
Wed, 17th May '06 7:50 PM

Hoops - I tried once clicking as fast as I could, without even pretending to read the questions, just to see how long it would take me. With my set-up, NOT reading the questions, it still took me 30 seconds. So when I get a time around 47 seconds with reading the questions, I am thrilled.

I just try to aim for what is a good score for me. Can't worry about those 20 second folks!!


Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 18th May '06 11:29 AM

You've got to start drinking "go-juice" AKA diet Dr Pepper with berries and creme.

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Tue, 8th Aug '06 1:40 PM

i can get less than 20 seconds a lot, but only when i miss half the questions .lol

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 8th Aug '06 7:50 PM

I got about 13 secs when I didn't read any questions, just clicked (I think I got 20% correct!).

My usual time on a 90 or 100% is low 30's. If I can get in the high 20's I am ecstatic. If I play late at night (west coast time) I can sometimes get in the Top 10

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Tue, 8th Aug '06 8:05 PM

So that's your trick twoxfourman - ha! I'm gonna have to try that - LOL!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 9th Aug '06 5:22 AM

I managed to get a round in at 18 seconds t'other night.....AND a 100% correct at that! I am still with amazement.
Keep practising, you will get there, or even better!

Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 5:17 PM

WTG, Bushyfox! Congrats on your Teener! I've gotten below 20 seconds about 5 times. It's always an event worth posting on the refrigerator door! Ha Ha!

Geophile  (Level: 159.5 - Posts: 1521)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 5:25 PM

No takes me 10 seconds just to focus my old eyes. The other day I whipped through all 10 at mach speed and wondered why nothing happened....I forgot to push "submit" button.. Arrrgh!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 6:23 PM

I have found you will be a second or so faster if you keep a finger of the opposite hand on the "Enter" key whilst doing Word Rounds. Give that'un a quick click when you have done the ten, instead of moving your mouse-arrow to "Submit"


Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sun, 13th Aug '06 11:28 AM

Like Bev said,...the non-mouse hand poised over the 'Enter' key will drop an easy second off your time. But, make sure that last click actually clicked,...dunno how many times I had, well for me, a great round shattered because I hit the Enter button too soon.

Practice it and it becomes second nature. You'll find yourself moving your hand to atop the Enter key as soon as you hit the Word Rounds link.

Oh, and if you have a small monitor,...(19inch LCD here, so I don't apply to this), try hitting the F11 key to full-screen your page. It's what I do when at work on my mini-monitor. You get to see more at once, hence less 'scrolling down' while the clock is running. And shut off ALL toolbars!

Hope some of those tid-bits help,

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 13th Aug '06 12:38 PM

I'm certainly no speed demon here, but I enlarge the text before I play WR's - I can skim the question much faster when the text is in a larger font.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Sun, 13th Aug '06 12:39 PM

On the otherhand Suzer, if you make the size of your letters on the screen as small as you possibly can and still be able to read them, you get more questions on the screen at once and less scrolling needs to be done.


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 14th Jan '07 11:01 PM

The F 11 doesn't seem to work for me--wonder why?

Now how about some WordMatch hints?

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Sun, 14th Jan '07 11:04 PM

Wanted to bump this up for Mataya2005. If there are any other tips for word round speed that haven't been mentioned yet, please add them here. Some very minor things not mentioned here yet are:
1. Try to learn on your computer screen where the first question comes up (actually where the answer choices come up) and have your cursor in the general area while the word round is loading.
2. Try to read ahead while you are clicking on the answer for the previous question. Only read part of the question when it's a really long one. This is not always possible, but if it's a really long one that you have to read thoroughly, your chances at a fast round are shot anyway.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Sun, 14th Jan '07 11:05 PM

You beat me to the bump Smoke!

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Sun, 14th Jan '07 11:13 PM

Personally I think there is a lot more luck involved in the Word Matches. By that I mean as to what the length of the definitions are and the layout of the answers and the order they are in. You have to do a lot more cursor movement in the word matches so it is vital that you have a decent layout (meaning less cursor movements) to get a top score. If you get a word match with lots of short definitions and the first couple of definitions are in the first 3 or 4 answer choices (that also means less reading from the start), you will do much better and have a faster time. The further apart you have to move the cursor between numbers from question to question the slower you will be.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 12:04 AM

I saw the posts in Salty Dog re: Mataya's wanting help on WRs/WMs. I remembered a while back that an Editor started a thread for this kind of thing.

I found it in "Ask the Audience". Sploofizz started a thread "PLAYER TIPS AND HINTS" in October ( but it only has 7 posts. It is only 'buried' on the second page of Ask the Audience.

If this thread said "Tips for Word Rounds" instead of just "Word Rounds" then there is hope of finding it, if you are looking for tips.

Neither approach seems to work well. It would be nice to have an easily accessible place to find "Tips and Hints" by category of game.

Anyway it is possible?

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 11:20 AM

Adjusting your mouse speed may help improve times also. If you have to pick up your mouse or even move it more than a couple of inches to go from '0' to '9' on the Word Matches, your mouse is too slow. I only have to move mine about 1.5 inches to go from one edge of the screen to the other. That includes the gray shaded areas on the sides. Maybe a little too fast, because it does make me overshoot dots when I'm going pretty quick,...or had a few, or a few too many.

And you can, or at least I can, adjust the mouse wheel button also. Factory setting was 1 line per click, which made me have to flick it 3 or 4 times to go down one page length. I notched it up to 5 and it's pretty good there. One quick flick of the wheel will drop down a full page. Again, if I'm in a hurry, I'll overdo it and have to go back up a notch. Play around with it until you find what works best for you.

May help, may not,...cant hurt to play around with it.

Have a good one,

Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 12:44 PM


I have a Logitech brand mouse with a wheel. Had no idea they could be adjusted or changed. Could you please explain a little more about how you can actually adjust it?


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 12:56 PM

Also the scroll wheel can be set to go 3 lines in one click or a whole page. Mine goes a whole page. Took some getting used to for other applications but great for WR.

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 12:59 PM


Well, all 'puters are different, but on my HP I click from the desktop; 'My Computer/Control Panel/Mouse. A small window opens with various options for your mouse controls. If there are tabs titled 'Pointer Options' and 'Wheel', those are the ones you want to try to tweak to your liking.

Of course, that's with Windows XP, which I assume most people are running.

Hope that works for ya,

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 1:01 PM

And my #1 hint to those who want to go fast in WR is...MOUSE PAD! Mine is a hard metal pad made by Allsop. About $15 dollars at Kmart and available slightly higher at most places that carry computer equipment. I bought it for photo retouching work and was amazed at the difference in speed, and it pretty much eliminated misclicks.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 1:04 PM

The other really helpful thing for word rounds and word matches is to go Platinum! Unlimited rounds makes a big difference if you are out for top speed. You can bypass the rounds that just look awful from the start.

Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 1:30 PM

Thanks, Tim!

You have taught me something today. I went into the control panel and changed some things. Will see how they work. Thanks again, for letting me know there were options!


Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Mon, 15th Jan '07 2:52 PM

That's a good point with the Platinum, Beth. The fact is, few rounds for most people are at warp speed. having Platinum gives you the opportunity to practice, practice, practice and try out all the little maneuvers that can make a difference and get comfortable with them. Otherwise, you get 10 tries an hour. Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to just practice without gaining points or placement in the standings?

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