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Smoky  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 7)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 10:57 AM


I would say I'm one of many who are not American, and don't know of many of those questions put to us each day on WordPuzzles and sometimes WordRounds. Would it be possible to put more questions from around the world on so those of us who aren't familiar with your products, etc.?

I hope I'm not being to much of a spoil sport for asking this, but I try to put general knowledge in most of my Trivia Quizes, not all, but most.

Joelwdonnal  (Level: 121.8 - Posts: 268)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 11:01 AM

The last couple of word puzzles have been "not American" - the football rugby one and the University one - but I do believe that if you looked at the Sploofus directory you would find that the percentage of American GOLD members is quite high compared to the percentage of other nationalities; therefore catering to the Americans would seem logical - you think?

Smoky  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 7)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 11:06 AM

Maybe that there are more Gold members in America, but if they want more from around the world to become Gold, then makes sense to even up the playing field. Could mean that it is a bit fairer for those of us who are acustom to your countries habits and brands etc.

Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 11:21 AM

I think coming up with a Word Puzzle has to be very difficult. You have to find a subject that isn't too easy and will appeal to everyone. I think Mr. Sploofus is doing an excellent job of making them more "wordly". Regardless of where more of the Gold Members are from, this site is for everyone, so I don't think it should be catered to just one group. Just my honest opinion.
Keep up the great work Sploofus!

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 11:22 AM

I think it's fair to say that the words on Word Rounds are incomprehensible to 98% of the world's population. Where do they find them? As for the Word Puzzles, I'm not good at them and struggle through the American ones as painfully as I did through the English Tunnels puzzle. I think it would be interesting and challenging though to have other cultures' sayings and proverbs or everyday slang as a puzzle for the day. What might move an idea like that forward though, would be that suggestions would have to be made or a non-American puzzle writer would have to be in the mix.

Smoky  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 7)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 11:25 AM

I think you mis-read my meaning, for I said it should be for all, not for a select few. I agree with you that Mr Sploofus is doing a great job, no question there, but I am just giving an opinion and after some of the questions I've come up against, hmm, I am only reflecting what some from my region are saying!

Imatfaal  (Level: 96.4 - Posts: 58)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 1:00 PM

As someone born,raised and living in UK but who who works for a US company and has lived and worked in NYC; I feel I can pretty well judge the bias in wordrounds (note; just the rounds not the wordpuzzles). I am also in the deeper stages of wordround addiction (60+ rounds per week).

I think wordrounds are more right-pondian than left - but that the bias is very slight. Many of the legal terms are old English, often the scientific terms are right-pondian spelling and there is a fair smattering of Middle English and Old English (yclept etc - although to be honest not sure who that favours).

The wordpuzzles are a different matter - and frankly the points scoring system and the TOU abuse render them not much of a competition anyway.

Maybe I am just to much of a Yankophile -


Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 2:03 PM

I think linenlady has a great idea! More input from across the pond!

Action23  (Level: 113.6 - Posts: 180)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 3:22 AM

Nice post smoky.......although I could be classified as a yank; I like Matt's (imatfaal) reply above .

On the wordrounds, English or not, probably wouldn't be the real issue for me. A lot of the words are being seen for the first time in my book; let alone whether or not my pronunciation would be correct. But it's cool, because the wordrounds are fun, hopefully they're an opportunity to not only display (more like, EXPOSE) the small expanse of my vocabulary, which leaves room for additional growth and learning. Oh yeh, and wordrounds are fun. (stil trying to break the 25 second barrier!) LOL

Word Puzzles........English - east or west, they're fun; keep it coming SPLOOFUS!


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