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Johnbtv  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 200)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 7:15 AM


How do players manage to do WordRounds and WordMatches (each containing 10 items) and average between one and two seconds per item?

Specifically, how do these players (1) have precise mouse control and (2) what speed reading course(s) did they take?

Just looking for a way to improve my dexterity!


Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 7:17 AM

Just one of the many mysteries this place chucks up my friend. Some people must have PC's the size of my kitchen.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 8:16 AM

If I don't do them for awhile, I am in the 20's, after a couple of days of practice I can get teeners. Hang in there!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 8:27 AM

Use Enter instead of mousing to Submit.

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 12:42 PM

You can also use page down instead of trying to scroll.

Asor  (Level: 153.4 - Posts: 589)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 1:20 PM

Wow, that's really helpful. I can't seem to get the hang of "page down," but hitting "enter" rather than undergoing my usual spastic attempts to place the arrow on the submit button cuts off at least a couple of seconds (now if I could just get rid of the other 30 secs...).


Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 1:37 PM

Lots and lots of practice, too.

Oh, and F11 eliminates the top and bottom tool bars making it easier to see the whole page at once.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 1:40 PM

Get a mouse with a wheel - easier to zip down.
Never 'read' the question: zero in on the keyword.(Easier said... )
If you're Platinum, know when to bail out: there's always another couple of hundred to be had in an hour.
Alter your consciousness. Remember; there is no spoon...

I don't play anymore - well, once every six months or so to see if I can still cut it - but my quickest legitimate (non-quake) WR time was around 8.2 sec or so.
I quit because I started dreaming about the damn things!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 2:46 PM

I could never get the hang of paging down either, but I'm told some of the fastest use that method.

When I played I had the font as small as I could easily read it, and my mouse wheel set to one page per click. I could see all 10 (unless some were exceptionally long) with one click, so it was 5 answers, one click, 5 answers - ENTER!

I was never superfast but I could reach mid-teens in 10 tries with regularity. I should also mention, maybe someone already has, that they do repeat over long intervals, and you do learn them and remember them after you've missed them a few times.

I was never as fast at WM, dunno why, too much back-and-forth I s'pose.

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 3:37 PM

Thanks for posting this thread John. The time in which these word games are completed have amazed me for as long as I have been a member of Sploofus....thank you for having the wherewithal to inquire. Many of your fellow Sploofusers no longer participate in the WR and WM for the very same reasons as those you have asked about.
"How do players manage to do WordRounds and WordMatches (each containing 10 items) and average between one and two seconds per item? Specifically, how do these players (1) have precise mouse control and (2) what speed reading course(s) did they take?"
I have since learned that, "Just looking for a way to improve my dexterity!", is never going to make AS BIG A difference in your time. What will though, is called "bandwidth". Here's the link if would like to find out more ~

If you're not able to accomplish "increasing your bandwidth", may I suggest giving WR and WM at go between the hours of 1 am to 5 am CT. Huge difference in who the players are and the times'll find you actually have a chance of being in the top 10. Good luck! Deedee

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 3:47 PM

Play weirdly I suppose.......two handed....left hand on key board with my index finger on the page down and my pinkie on the enter.....and the mouse I click with my right hand. Takes some practice .... I wish I could remember who told me about that. Had to be before I became senile.......bwahahaha

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 4:29 PM

I've never been faster than 38 seconds I think.


My eternal downfall is that I can't hit the hole - it takes me forever to click in the tiny hole. The smaller the page, the worse I do.

I found that using IE instead of Firefox makes clicking in the hole easier and faster.

My fastest time just going down the line without reading, just clicking to see what I could do was 10 point something seconds, so I could never be a contender reading even just a a keyword. Whether it's my brain or browser or both, practice isn't going to help that for me.

I still have a blast just learning from them and competing with myself.

M48ortal  (Level: 248.0 - Posts: 3733)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 5:15 PM

I think I made the top five a couple of times, both at around 3:30 AM. My fastest legitimate time was around 12 seconds, although I had a 3-second round when the timer glitched. I'm sure I was not that fast. My ISP is not at the fastest speed, since my provider wanted a lot more for blazing speed. All of these hints are great. One more question: what is the best brand and model of mouse?

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 5:17 PM

Disney and Mickey are highly recommended.

Ravensclaw  (Level: 43.0 - Posts: 158)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 6:36 PM

Since the above is such a "harsh read"

The simplicity of the quiz is a major factor, there are many very easy quizzes in WR and
WMs... problem is, finding them. They are inter-mingled amongst many that are "not so easy".

This is where being a Platinum or Gold member comes into play. We as (Gold and Platinum
members) can take more quizzes, meaning... we get more chances to seek out and find the
easier quizzes.

All the aforementioned suggestions posted by others will assist in you getting better times.
Patience and practice being major factors.

Now, I would like to address those that may be "fishing" for a more ignoble explanation to these
seemingly 'too fast' time results in WR and WMs.

Is it possible for Sploofus to get a "false read" on response times on WRs and WMs? ...Yes!

Various (I'll call them) 'methods' can be employed that will certainly give Sploofus false time results.
I will not detail these 'methods' for the obvious reasons. Suffice to say, it can be done. Are these
'methods' being utilized by some members of Sploofus? Maybe.

But, here's the catch... SOME of these 'methods' may come into play through no direct attempt to
deceive or cheat.

I would like to believe that no one "cheats" and thats how I approach it, BUT... when you look at profile
pages and see where it takes some 7-10 seconds to answer 1 QOTD... then go to WR and WMs and
then see them answer 10 questions in 12-13 seconds... I have to scratch my head.

Asor  (Level: 153.4 - Posts: 589)
Tue, 13th Oct '09 8:39 PM

There are also occasional glitches. I was actually #1 in a WR once. Would have been hard not to be, given that my time was -26.19 (yes, that's a negative sign). Man, was I blazing that night. Must have somehow reversed time.

Didb72  (Level: 206.0 - Posts: 243)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 5:57 AM

It is totally possible to achieve a WR in 11 and 12 sec when they are extremely easy, no cheating here whatsoever.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 6:04 AM

I know this has been said over and over again but it is absolutely impossible to "cheat" in WRs and WMs.
I tend to take my time on the TQOD, especially on wagers - you have one shot and that's it. With WRs you have multiple shots so I go like a bat outta you know where sometimes 20 times in an hour on each side trying to get my fastest time. My goal is always to beat my average time on WRs. The WM tallier has been broken since 2.0 started so that one doesn't help at all.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 8:24 AM

I've pretty much stopped doing them - sour grapes. Whatever the reason - mouse, senility, who knows what - I was never able to get lower than the high 20s. And what annoyed me even more is that I never even saw a golden nugget or blue diamond round. I feel completely naked without the bling, so after many trips to the store, I've taken to staying home.

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 9:08 AM

I've always loved Word Rounds. They're a fast, interesting challenge and you learn so much from them. Many centuries ago, I was first for the month a number of times. One of the quirks that used to happen in 1.0 was that the page would occasionally load slowly , and the timer wouldn't start until the page loaded. In the meantime, it was possible to start making the answer choices; so by the time the page had loaded, you could be half way through the questions. Finish up the questions, hit enter and your total time could be as little as 4-6 seconds. It was very random and you never knew it was happening till the round was over and it was certainly not something you could cause to happen. I don't think anyone saw it as "cheating"; more like the luck of the draw, like the bling, which I've never even seen.
It is simply not possible to cheat in Word Rounds; even Justin one time in a discussion said that he was unable to find a way to "exploit the program". I think our speed demons are just that, with really quick agile movements, a good size screen and good playing techniques. More power to them

Bigdavy  (Level: 128.3 - Posts: 525)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 9:17 AM

I like to Google the WordRounds and WordMatches; unfortunately some people consider this to be cheating....

- bigdavy

(I'm kidding!)

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