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Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Mon, 13th Nov '06 6:25 PM


Hi all,
I have a question for those of you that play word rounds and word matches. Do any of you all that do fairly well play on dial-up, if you do play on dial-up what is the best time you have done? what service? kind of computer-speed? What is your connection speed?

I ask because the best I have been able to do is about 42 seconds 100% correct. Granted I use a touch pad as well.. so tht may slow it down some.. then i use a keyboard to hit enter at the end.

i am not concerned about winning, as I do not think that i will ever be as fast as the top players but it would be nice to get into the top 10 or 15 occassionally. I have gotten into the top 20 during the wee hours when not as many people are playing and I can regularly hit the top 35.. but beyond that i seem to be stumped and i think part of it is due to dialup


Kaufman  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 13th Nov '06 8:42 PM

I play on dial-up, and have had quite a few WMs in the 20-25 second range, and a number of WRs under 20 seconds. My connection speed is 28.8 at best.

I think more important than the connection speed are the quality of your mouse, your reflex speed, and the practice that allows you to detect patterns close to instantly, and respond accordingly.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 14th Nov '06 2:05 AM

I have the deadly dial-up/touchpad combo and also usually have a 40something best score. I can usually get a 36 or so on a particularly speedy Word Round, but I don't think I've ever done that well on a Word Match -- which I play more often because the *^$@ thing won't give me a diamond. You might try hooking up a mouse to your laptop; I've not tried it here, but in other games on a previous laptop, that improved my speed.

Quinn5311  (Level: 80.6 - Posts: 34)
Tue, 14th Nov '06 9:51 AM

I have dial-up and my best WR is 23s. One thing I can say is that I use a mouse with a scrolling wheel and that has improved my scores. Good Luck!!!

Jerryew  (Level: 153.8 - Posts: 55)
Tue, 14th Nov '06 11:52 AM

Kaufman, it is interesting that you mentioned patterns in your comment. Are you suggesting there are patterns that exist where you really dont need to know the correct answer?
What a learning process this is!!!!!

Kaufman  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 14th Nov '06 3:17 PM

I meant patterns in the clues. Like when you see "wrong" or "wrongful", don't bother finishing reading the clue; just grab the word that begins with "Mis". When you see "mineral", get whatever ends in "ite". Whenever you see "sulphurous", if there's a word with "thio" in it, that's your baby.

Jerryew  (Level: 153.8 - Posts: 55)
Tue, 14th Nov '06 10:41 PM

Thanks much for your comments Mr Kaufman (did I spell that right)? I wondered what you meant initially. Others have mentioned to me that you cannot develop much speed reading the entire question/clue, so it certainly makes sense.

Thanks again!

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