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Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Tue, 6th Jun '06 7:13 PM


Okay, I haven't been a member very long, but this really irks me. On today's word puzzle, which was of medium difficulty, four people solved it in 5 moves, which means they did nothing but look at the blanks and type in the correct answer. When I looked at the names of these trivia whizzes, only one had a public profile, and it was just created today! Now I know there is no money involved, but it still ticks me off! I like to measure my performance against the authentic performance of others, not someone's ability to recall the answers after having worked it already or having seen it worked by someone else. I suppose that as long as a person has multiple e-mail accounts (and who doesn't?) that there is no way to stop this, but I just wanted to vent. Does this bother anyone else?

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Tue, 6th Jun '06 7:44 PM

This issue is being addressed in a couple of other forums. The Salty Dog forum has some other reactions plus a reply from an editor.

Beckyjs  (Level: 84.8 - Posts: 36)
Thu, 8th Jun '06 11:13 AM

I noticed the same thing and it irked me, too. It wasn't a puzzle in which skill or expertise in the area would help. Are they getting inside info or is it multiple accounts again? I try to tell myself it's just a game, but my competitive spirit comes into play. Let's have level playing field!

Sherryb646  (Level: 73.0 - Posts: 30)
Fri, 9th Jun '06 6:45 PM

Haven't posted before, so hope I'm not breaking any rules. Re the WP chat...Surely others than myself have noted the correlation between the very lengthy amount of time to take the puzzle, and the very high placement and low score numbers of many of those with said times? I envision frantic Googling to attain that mix of time elapsed and high position. But then I've a suspicious mind.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 9th Jun '06 8:38 PM

Sherryb, welcome are doing fine! You are as entitled to your opinion as the next person, please feel free to express it!

You are quite correct in your observations about cheaters, if you read thru the back-posts, you will find many references to this unsavory practice. You would think these folks were winning a squillion dollars, not just points......!


Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sat, 10th Jun '06 1:58 AM

That's why I like puzzles involving puns or other type of word play rather than ones that are based on facts that can be looked up. The tongue twister was a good one because it avoided the most commonly known ones. Kudos! (Although I didn't do well!)

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Sat, 10th Jun '06 8:21 AM

Just be careful about thinking that ALL lengthy times = looking up answers. Some sploofusers like to take a long time and try different letter combos in their head until they get it (which can take quite a while). I don't do the word puzzles often anymore, but I'm one of those that likes to take a long time even though I don't google for help.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.8 - Posts: 3839)
Sat, 10th Jun '06 9:07 AM

I sometimes try to slide in the WP at work, which can be suddenly interrupted. It is nothing for me to have to get up and hunt up some info or take a phone call middle puzze. I can add 1000 seconds plus onto the actual working time without trying.

Linda  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 95)
Sat, 10th Jun '06 11:47 AM

My amount of time has nothing to do with looking up answers. Believe in the saying, "First the body-then the mind goes." lol I am just not a quick thinker any more and NERVER have been a quick nor accurate typist. Linda

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Sat, 10th Jun '06 12:35 PM

Thanks Kravfighter for saying it for me this time!!

I guess us slow-pokes are always going to be under suspicion for cheating......SAD.

Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Sat, 10th Jun '06 2:40 PM

I've also had long times when i am doing my puzzle at work and people don't have the courtesy to let me continue goofing off

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 11th Jun '06 1:15 PM

If you get a phone call, someone interrupts you, your kid can't find one of their shoes....anything can cause a slow time on a word puzzle. We have actually had this discussion a few times before and one of the people previously accusing those with slow times of cheating had a puzzle not too long after that which took like 1100 seconds or more. I was very tempted to send them a note and ask if they were cheating or if life got in the way. But I assumed they figured it out on their own. Either way, doesn't matter. Does it?

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 11th Jun '06 4:43 PM

......Or if you have a Chat system like Yahoo Messenger running, and someone buzzes you for a few words whilst you are pondering the W/P?


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 11th Jun '06 11:20 PM

....or you are absent minded and wander off doing something, get back to the computer and go "oh yeah, I was in the middle of a word puzzle!"

Pretty easy to do on one of the ones that are very difficult and uninteresting.

Missestexas  (Level: 11.4 - Posts: 15)
Mon, 12th Jun '06 4:03 PM

I have to ring in because I was asked about this the other day... I have a 4 year old and a 15 month old... and the baby doesn't understand that Mommy is being timed. I have actually had to change diapers, make sandwiches, put jammies on them during WPs I try to time it, but any mom's out there know that you can never really escape kids for 5 minutes... PLUS, I am slow by nature... just look at my word rounds!

Woohoo51  (Level: 11.9 - Posts: 4)
Fri, 16th Jun '06 7:12 PM

What's that old saying about the tortoise and the hare - slow and steady wins the race? I thought the point of Word Puzzles was to answer in as less MOVES as possible. What's the point of doing it in 300 seconds if it takes you 70+ moves? The thing that I've noticed is that there are some that come in at the last minute, and usually are able to beat the best scores. It's like they know the number needed to win. Oh well, it is just a game.

Valedc4  (Level: 62.0 - Posts: 171)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 2:53 AM

I agree with Dori (Missestexas) my rude children sometimes have the gall to interrupt me during a WP, how dare they! That's usually why I'm sometimes slow, but I'm rarely in the top 10 so it doesn't even matter

Sherryb646  (Level: 73.0 - Posts: 30)
Mon, 19th Jun '06 9:15 AM

Just got back to this forum and read my post and the responses. (I thought I had lost the post...shows how new I am at it!)

Anyway...I am glad people factored in "life" when talking about the lengthy times; that made me rethink my cynicism, and you all are perfectly correct. I don't have kids at home, nor do I Sploofus at work, ergo...few distractions.

I hadn't thought to qualify my suspicions.

I will now; I'm still suspicious of the time/low score mix, but will note whether it is consistent with the same names steadily.

Thank you for all the "life" lesson...smiles...

Linda  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 95)
Mon, 19th Jun '06 4:39 PM

This most likely has not one thing to do with the original post. As I read the chat posts, realize we are truly a group of diverse people. (notice I did not say perverse). I complain about top 25 (been there) and 30 most recent as being too arbitrary. Others have doubts about slowness, scores, etc. Just know that I am thankful that I am not Justin-Linda

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