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flybybethy
Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Thu, 29th Sep '05 8:53 AM

WORD PUZZLES (THIS IS NOT ABOUT "CHEATERS")

Quick question: How come when I answer the puzzle (like I usually do) in a million moves I get 800 points, but when there's a puzzle I do well at (like today's) and place high, I get MUCH fewer points? Am I missing something?
Thanks,
Bethany

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Thu, 29th Sep '05 9:12 AM

That is just one of the weirdnesses of doing Word Puzzles. If you don't get into the Top Ten, you get just barely over "squat" for points. My husband isn't very good as the puzzles so he always tries to fill in all the letters. Usually, he gets many more points than I do... but sometimes, I'll sneak into the Top Ten and get a few thousand points! It's a challenge.

If you look at some of the early threads on this forum, you will see some discussion on this topic with some really good suggestions on changing the scoring process.

joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Thu, 29th Sep '05 11:27 AM

You get 10 points for each letter you guessed that appears in the puzzle - for example - if the answer was Baseball and you guessed an "A" - you would receive 20 points for that "A". When you are through with all 5 of your puzzles the number of letters you guessed times the number of times they appeared in your puzzle. FOr example for baseball if you guessed the "B" and "A" and "L" - you would have received 60 points if they were the only letters you guessed before answering the puzzle. I hope I haven't confused you more.

Donna

flybybethy
Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Thu, 29th Sep '05 11:39 AM

Thanks for the info!!
It almost makes me glad I am not good at word puzzles because I seem to get more points that way.

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 179.0 - Posts: 909)
Thu, 29th Sep '05 7:49 PM

For me WordPuzzles are for fun not points because I'm not very good at it.

uncleresa
Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 29th Sep '05 8:35 PM

Figure THIS one out-I've been filling in every letter this month just to test this out, and I'm in 18th place. I get all the points for my guesses, and then at least 202 points at the end. What's up with that?

flybybethy
Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Fri, 30th Sep '05 8:40 AM

I'll come in like #115 or something and get 800 points and then an extra 200 later; I finished #13 yesterday and I got about 400 points total.
That makes no sense to me but whatever--you seem to make out if you're very very good or very very bad at word puzzles.

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 179.0 - Posts: 909)
Sat, 1st Oct '05 2:40 AM

If that is the case fly then I should be in #1 place very soon. I am very very bad at Wordpuzzles.

joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Fri, 7th Oct '05 8:04 AM

I think you are totally right - why not take all the guesses you can - especially if they are long puzzles like yesterdays. You could get a lot of points since there probably was well over 100 letters in the 5 puzzles. Something needs to be done about the point system - that is for sure.


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