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smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 8th Sep '07 8:09 PM

WORD PUZZLE NEWBIE

Okay, how can someone get a set of word puzzles with 6 moves, 5,000 points (and not that it matters, but in a mere 252 seconds.)

I mean, I'm not being laudatory, I'm saying "no way". am I wrong?



tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Sat, 8th Sep '07 8:22 PM

With certain puzzles, it is possible to score as low as five. Some puzzles are very google friendly. Some, like the rhyme ones a short time ago were pretty easy for folks like myself who write poetry and are given the hints that were provided.

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sat, 8th Sep '07 11:18 PM

I have been able to guess a few puzzles with no letters, but have never been able to complete an entire WP in 5 moves. I questioned this myself, but was assured it is very possible, so I don't make a fuss about it.



lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 9th Sep '07 12:47 AM

Well, since I'm the one you're talking about, I'll answer: I used to do a column that included an interview with area chefs, and one question I always asked was "what's your favorite comfort food?" The same answers would pop up fairly frequently.

Sooo, first puzzle I guessed an E and got "-ee- ---- ----e --e." The last word was obviously going to be "pie," so working backwards, that's "deep-dish apple pie." The remaining four puzzles were all very typical comfort foods, although I kept waiting for "macaroni and cheese" to come up (I'm sure it was among the other five along with, say, lasagna and chocolate pudding -- something chocolate, anyway). Comfort foods are also usually leftover (no pun intended) from childhood so they're invariably going to be staples of a five-year-old's diet.

I had "meatloaf and mashed potatoes" (the three-letter word that was probably going to be "and" there gave it away), "chicken noodle soup" (I figured the four-letter ending word was "soup" or "cake" and worked backwards), "tuna casserole" (four letters at the *beginning* here gave it away), and "grilled-cheese sandwich," which was the hardest one. But once I decided on sandwich, again, grilled cheese is something most kids have in common.

Interestingly (or not), my personal comfort foods weren't on there: baked potato and egg custard (not served together).

Hope that explains it for you, and hope you find a five-point category of your own soon.

LAMizell (Leslie)

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 9th Sep '07 12:53 AM


Well, sorry to cry BS on you, that is a convincing answer.

Heck, I can never get below 29 seconds on the wordrounds, so who am I to judge...

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 9th Sep '07 1:02 AM

No harm, no foul.

I can't get low times on WRs either, and that WP time is pretty much a fluke for me, too.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 9th Sep '07 1:14 AM

I just googled my butt off on the moon one and it took me 41 moves

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 9th Sep '07 8:53 AM

FWIW, Macaroni and Cheese and Banana Pudding were also present.

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Sun, 9th Sep '07 8:57 AM

I expected this one to be easy; in fact, I expected some flack for it being TOO easy. I try to throw some simpler ones in now and then for balance.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 9th Sep '07 10:14 AM

Re solving in five.
Thats always going to be tough. But the lunatic puzzle should have been soluble in that number.
First of all classicists would know it was about the moon; each of my five puzzles had moon in and a clue that WAS helful.
once in a blue moon
fly me to the moon

were gimmes
'walking on the moon was ????????? by the police' SHOULD have been a gimme! I wasted two/three guesses to get 'performed'

I did not know buzz aldrin's first name and had to guess an 'e', which gave me 'second' (man on the moon) and e for Edwin.

One more wasted letter gave me that the moon was the 'fifth' largest in the solar system.

if I'd known those three things I would have scored five; but I do think i had easy clues.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 9th Sep '07 7:06 PM

Yeah, you didn't need to know the *songwriter* of "Fly Me to the Moon". That ate up half my moves.

pocahontas1951
Pocahontas1951  (Level: 55.4 - Posts: 172)
Mon, 10th Sep '07 10:07 AM

I had a 10 once lol


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