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Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 1:02 AM


This WordPuzzle now has taken top billing in my list of most hated WordPuzzles ever. It wasn't fun--it was just maddening. PLEASE stop creating puzzles like this one--I have despised every one I've taken, and the next time I see one like it I will be sorely tempted to just skip it. Root canals have been more fun than this puzzle was.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 2:04 AM


Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 4:15 AM

I didn't do particularly well, but I quite like these double puzzles where you must find the individual commonality, and I like the ones with concrete objects better than the synonym/antonym ones. That's not to say I didn't have one hard one and one absolute stumper. It just shows that what one player will abhor, another will enjoy.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 4:51 AM

I'll ask about one when puzzle is over. Still trying to figure it out

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 8:21 AM

It took me 69 moves, but I finally finished--at 8:16. DRAT! Wasn't watching the clock.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 8:49 AM

I agree with Tallactor. I quit after the first senseless puzzle. I am now at the point where I do about 20% of the WP's because of the frustration factor, the rest I bail out on after a puzzle or two. I think the editors are trying to be too cute with the word selection. The upside is that I get a little more POGO time.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6806)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 9:28 AM

i certainly did not hate it as muchas tallactor -- and if i beat his score I'm happy to have more like it!
But I agree that it is not as focused a puzzle as some; there again this type of puzzle does not come up that often.
Its rare I'm the voice of reason but honestly I dont think it was that bad!

Kimoira  (Level: 215.2 - Posts: 1201)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 9:48 AM

I too have been sitting out alot of the WPs, especially since getting off to such a bad start at the beginning of the month with the HP puzzles! And I heavily relied on Google for this morning's 8/28 puzzle which I don't normally do

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 10:22 AM

I never skip doing a puzzle on purpose. I miss a lot of them because I simply am not online at the right time. What is the reason people "sitout" a puzzle? Is it just the frustration of not immediately getting something right? I don't understand. It's not like we can lose any points by doing a puzzle and getting a lower score than some other people. If so, I could never play--because there are always lots of people with higher scores than mine. I really enjoy the word puzzles even though I never "win." Yes, some are more challenging than others, but I figure that all I have to lose is a few minutes out of my day--and I might get 5,000 points (or sometimes several hundred less than that-but any points I do get are in the plus column, right?).

I joined Sploofus primarily for the opportunity to do more than one word puzzle a week. I say, "Keep 'em coming".

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 10:24 AM

That was supposed to be two words: "sit out." I hate when I type faster than I read.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 12:53 PM

I agree with Diane. My goal with every puzzle is to do it 50 moves or less. Sometimes I can do one in the low twenties, and sometimes I break 50. I think the people who sit out are the ones who are accustomed to doing well. If it is a topic I don't know well, I don't agonize over it. I hit a lot of letters and take my 4,000+ points and move on.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 1:27 PM

Well, I liked that puzzle! Probably cos I have time to sit and ponder. If I had to do it quickly I don't think I could get any enjoyment out of it.

Give me an hour, a cup of tea and a puzzle like that and I'm happy!!

Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 5:04 PM

I'm with Zeedee & Co - if I don't like a puzzle I just keep going until I finish it and the next one will probably be one I like better - but I can't see the logic behind bailing on a WP at all.

After all, what's the worst you can do? Use all your letters and not get any points? You're not losing anything, it probably won't get that bad anyway and you'll get a couple of thousand at least, plus the brain exercise that I thought most people came here for in the first place!

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 6:55 PM

I bail sometimes on really long ones, but only because I do them from work on five-minute breaks. Sometimes I just run out of time. I wish that I had time to do all of them.

Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 10:58 PM

I agee wirh Berylm 100%!

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 11:49 PM

if i just did it for the fast time i would really be in trouble. i just do it for fun and something to keep this old brain working. i got 600 on one the other day and then got 5000 on both today so it all comes out in the long run. i have had to learn the hard way to chill a little in this life. and it makes the going easier. now i will get off of my soapbox and wish you all happy word puzzling.

Parsman  (Level: 237.7 - Posts: 18)
Wed, 29th Aug '07 8:33 AM

I didn't mind that puzzle: but what I like about WPs is the variety - subject matter, different types of puzzle, some that can be done in very few moves and others that take many.

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