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Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:02 AM


What it the attitude on googling answers? a few quizzes I've taken recently, I scored say, 70 percent in 90 seconds, and two people scored 80 percent in 450 seconds.

Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:06 AM

How do you know they are googling for answers?

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:08 AM

Well, technically, I didn't say they were

Sblv  (Level: 186.6 - Posts: 336)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:11 AM

Maybe they just very slow readers. Sometimes I like to read the whole description in the question (if there is a description). This way you learn more. But anyway, if it is true that they google, they learn this way. To me it is all about learning new stuff. Do you really care about ranking and your place in the first 10 or 30 players?
Have fun. Simon.

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6611)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:18 AM

Personally I think its fine though I would never do it myself. Not worth the effort.
As to WP; the issue is more complex.
I got stuck in the scottish puzzle yesterday and (having already worked my way through the alphabet once in search of 'yummy') was not prepared to do it again.
But plenty of people won't use Google for even that.
I remember a cat quote competition where the top ?20? people including me all scored 5 guesses -- the temptation to check out an appropriate web site proved too much.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:26 AM

This has been intensely debated on more the one occasion. The results have always been the same...some strongly favor it, some strongly oppose it, most don't care, no one changes their mind or gives in, and since it is not controllable, it is not worth worrying about it.

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:40 AM

Just curious.

It seems strange that someone who looks up all the answers (allegedly) might rank ahead of someone who played it straight up. I assume time is only a factor in "ties" on percentage of answers right.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:42 AM

Time is also a factor on your personal Sploofactor - but I don't think there is that much competition to see who has the best Sploofactor!

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6611)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 12:33 PM

Talking of sploofactors; is a sploofus rep reading this?
I had a computer defect for 3-6 months which meant that the occasional game clocked in at 9999999 seconds. (give or take a 9!)
Just one of thse would be enough to ruin a sploofactor for life.
Other people occasionally get them too.
How about adjusting the 'stats' so that all games of more than 1000 secs are eliminated from the sploofactor calculation?
other than on Kaufman's sudoquiz I've never seen anyone take 1000 seconds.... legitimately.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2098)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 3:48 PM

Barry ... I think Kaufman's "Sudokwiz" was the longest quiz I've ever taken on Sploofus. LOL!

Kaufman  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 4:16 PM

Some of us also (horrors!) multitask irrelevant things when taking a quiz. IMing friends, checking other websites, getting a phone call, domestic or work issues, whatever. A slower time doesn't necessarily mean one is consulting resources.

Kimoira  (Level: 198.5 - Posts: 1189)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 4:33 PM

When I take a quiz it is on a topic I have interest in and therefore I am usually somewhat familiar with. Googling is something I reserve for WPs, for spelling issues mostly. If someone has googled answers for a quiz well... you just might learn something if you're not careful!!

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 6:02 PM

I will Google a puzzle if it's a topic I know nothing about ... And along the way I do learn something. As Kaufman pointed out, sometimes other things enter into the equation. I might receive a phone call or need to let my dogs in or out, put clothes in the washing machine, etc., so I may show a time of more than 2,000 and never have Googled once in that time. I just play to have fun and learn so I don't pay a lot of attention to the time.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 9:46 PM

Yes - I was just going to say, anyone who never uses more
than 1000 seconds has no kids, pets, spouses, to worry about.
Or they are very FOCUSED and single-minded.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:22 PM

I just checked on the current WP - and 19 of the top 40 listed
took more than 1000 seconds.
Think I've actually been known to take up to 5000 seconds,
a couple of times I forgot I had been doing WPs!!!!

QUESTION: Why don't women over 40 have babies????

ANSWER: Because they forget where they put them....

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sun, 19th Aug '07 11:25 PM

I have a knack for getting telephone calls and people at the door during word puzzles. I have even been known to do them while cooking. I am not competing against anyone except myself, so I never worry about the time.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 20th Aug '07 9:20 AM

I have had phone calls, people at the door, dog issues, and trips to the potty among other things while doing WP's. The few that I still do I try for the 5000 points and fewest moves, totally disregard the times. And yes, I Google, with no shame or apologies.

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Mon, 20th Aug '07 9:31 AM

I have enough trouble doing the quizzes/puzzles,no time for googling,lol.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Mon, 20th Aug '07 12:35 PM

After polling the board a while back, I joined the googlers for spelling (or if it's a topic I have no idea about!)

It sure didn't help with sea shells today, though!

And since I aim for 5,000, I tend to study those things...which takes time. It's also the same time I'm sitting at home, which often has its own interruptions.

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 20th Aug '07 2:24 PM

Actually, my comments were just related to quizzes.

Altho, I don't know about you guys, but I just had a quiz hang...I'll probably be in for 1000 seconds.

Rael61  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 68)
Mon, 20th Aug '07 2:41 PM

Time away for phone calls, door bells, cooking, potty breaks... no one else takes a break for refilling the cocktail glass? And I will say that I do Google in WPs when I mostly know the answer but not quite. Not that any of my scores are astronomical, of course.

Allena  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 1388)
Mon, 20th Aug '07 9:40 PM

It is logical to cherish a quiz ... most people think my wrong answers are worth checking ... AND THEY ARE. Kaufman has many misleading answers worth reading as he so advertises. Check out the humor with Maurlin or Swiper. If you take a quiz for a sploofactor, take the kids quizzes. But, if you really like the sploofus liturature, you will find the worthwhile quizzes, internalize the moments, skip the soaps and have wonderful Sploofus Esland xperience (I know, I boggled the E ... call an editor!).

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