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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 11:19 AM


The last couple of word puzzles have received a lot of thumbs down, not because they were difficult, but because they were uninteresting, unamusing, as well as difficult. When making a word puzzle, why not try to apply the same criteria you use to decide which quiz should receive the Editors Award?

A list of 60 castles, which did absolutely nothing for me, could have still been as difficult, but more interesting had there been one castle per word puzzle and a bit of information about that castle. At least I would have learned something. Same with the ology word puzzle. Give the ology word and then a description of what it means.

Some of these word puzzles, at least for me, have been nothing more than "guess the randomly organized letters."

So Editors, I ask of you, please go ahead and make it difficult, but go a step further and make it informative, interesting, and amusing.

Or else let us rate the WP's like we get to rate quizzes.


Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 11:36 AM

Well said Lodi, don't think I can add anything to that.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 11:44 AM

Just did the "Water" WP. It was wonderful. Thank you to the Editor for making the WP fun.


Sploofus Editor
Sat, 17th Jun '06 1:27 PM

Lodi - Point very well taken. I just edited one of my WordPuzzles to make it more meaningful.


Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 1:32 PM

I agree, well said!

I learned nothing about Wales, and Ologies was like a homework assignment to "go look these words up in the dictionary". Although neither was interesting to me, I appreciate the WPs and would still try to solve them.

Nonetheless, I really love the ones that make me smile and wish there was just one more phrase to decipher!

Mindmonkey  (Level: 268.2 - Posts: 295)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 2:33 PM

Actually, I found the Wales puzzle quite interesting, especially when I looked at the many similar spellings of the castles.

Sherryb646  (Level: 73.0 - Posts: 30)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 3:06 PM

After the fact, does it help to know that the Welsh "Caer" means, I believe "fort"? Helps explain the similarity of prefixes.

Eesusbejesus said it all for many of us. The interest is what it's all about...not a litany on nonsense letter combinations. I'd rather have learned something about 6 castles than absolutely nothing that will be retained about 60.

So far all I've learned is to avoid Welsh WPs in future...

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 5:36 PM

Word to the editors. You are only as good as your last Word Puzzle. No props for the past 750. It's thrill city or chill city.

Larrybus  (Level: 304.1 - Posts: 383)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 5:41 PM

Extremely well said, Lodi. Those recent WPs were not only very time-consuming, but I've had more fun at the dentist.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 6:12 PM

I disagree Tuzilla. I think every time there's a particularly interesting or fun word puzzle, many of us take the time to mention it here in the chats. The chats are littered with Word Puzzle kudos for editors. Personally, I don't retain which editor writes which word puzzle, good or bad, but I know that a lot of people write in and sound off about the good ones, as well as the bad ones.

I see there's another Wales puzzle coming up. I hope it includes the translation of the phrases. Otherwise its just a bunch of letters and I have learned nothing. On the castles puzzle, if it had said "Castle _____, located in ______ is _____ years old and purported to be haunted by Queen _____ who was beheaded there," I may have been interested enough to actually search out that castle and find out more about it.

Maybe something like "Llrfhnffff chrrlfff blddrrdd which means people who complain about word puzzles should get a life."

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 8:35 PM

Now there's a topic for you - Welsh curses. I feel one coming on....llywyenllclyychen. But don't tell anyone I said that.

Linda  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 95)
Sat, 17th Jun '06 9:13 PM

I loved the water WP. Some of the puzzles that are lengthy with foreign names, I quit in the middle. I suppose that is the same type of criticism that folks have for many of my lengthy question quizzes. Know Justin is dedicated to his creation, but would not want to be him in trying to satisfy all of us "opinionated" folk. Linda

Mrsgc  (Level: 10.0 - Posts: 231)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 3:41 AM

I totally agree with both of your posts Eesus.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 9:21 AM

Eesus wrote: "The chats are littered with Word Puzzle kudos for editors."

Lodi, you aren't trying to say that the kudos for editors is "garbage", are you?

I missed the "-ology" puzzle but have no complaints about the Welsh stuff. I do have favorite puzzle authors, though. Maybe it would help if you did take note of the authors of those puzzles you like and dislike.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 10:53 AM


Are you saying that if a person finds a puzzle uninteresting that that person dislikes it or the author? That's quite a leap!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 12:09 PM

Huh? I wasn't saying that at all.

I mentioned that I have certain favorite puzzles authors. EesusB. had said that she didn't take note of who wrote which puzzles, whether she liked them or not. I always notice who has written a puzzle, especially when I really liked it. That way, I will make sure to take the next one. Just like subscribing to a quiz authors after I take an awesome quiz by that author.

I don't take all word puzzles so that plan works for me. If you are someone who takes every WP then I guess it doesn't matter who writes it.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 12:14 PM

I take 'em all - and never notice who writes them. Since I went gold, I have missed four, I think. Three were computer glitches, and one I just couldn't get to a computer. Nearly broke out in hives.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 18th Jun '06 12:29 PM

Haha BigBird. You're a diehard WP player! Oh, and please excuse my previous use of the word "littered." haha. Not referring to garbage at all. But I think as sploofus players, we do take the time to give credit when and where credit is due. I think we are a pretty fair community of folks.

My name is Earl and I'm just trying to be a better person.

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