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Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3847)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 1:30 PM


We have had easy ones like "NFL Teams" and "Famous Westerns"

We have had tough ones like today's one on Moths

"Gifted" People who get every one in 11 or 12 moves aside, what do you prefer...Easy or Hard.

What categories are the most fun. Maybe we can steer the ship and get sploofus to focus in on areas of interest.

Personally, I like the hard ones. I enjoy nature orient and food ones.

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 1:37 PM

I dont take many, cause if the topic doesnt just jump out on me, I dont bother for the points. I like ones on animals, nature, science and technology....*sings* "these are a few of my favorite things"

Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 1:47 PM

It doesn't much matter to me. Even if it's a topic I'm familiar with, I know I'll never get it in the few moves you need for a high score; if it's tough, I guess all the letters and try to maximize my points that way. WordPuzzles are not my strong suit; it's a lot of guessing. Unless you're a genius, I guess.

Gropa  (Level: 95.1 - Posts: 42)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 3:00 PM

I would personally pick Moths over NFL teams any day )

That being said, I have given up on making the top ten for the World Puzzles, even if I in the end do recognize the answer, I have a hard time "seeing it" before I have picked too many letters to compete in the top ten.

I have realized that I earn more points by filling in all the letters, than trying to guess before that.

Maybe Sploofus could change the point system so that it's worth trying to solve the word puzzle? The best way to accomplish this would probably be to reduce the number of points you get for picking the right letters.

Gro (in PA)

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 5:18 PM

I like all of them but my least favorite are the "common expression" types because there are often regional variations in that type of thing.

I was not a fan of "Best English Tunnels"! Sorry, Sploofus. :D

I have been pleased to see that lots of puzzles lately seem to be inclusive of worldwide puzzle takers, btw!

Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 926)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 5:49 PM

Very good question Steve but I'm not sure that any puzzle will stump the super smart people we have here. I like geography, animals, science, music and people but whatever the puzzle, I have no hope of making the top ten. I have to guess too many letters before I can see the word.


Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 387)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 6:25 PM

I prefer the easy puzzles--the hard ones make my brain hurt. I wish we would have more quizzes on animals or food.

Tnlefty  (Level: 73.7 - Posts: 12)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 7:09 PM

Actually I don't care if it is easy or if it is hard. I don't care if it is a topic I am familiar with or not ... because I won't ever get it in few enough moves to be better off trying to get a lot of points by the number of turns ... so, I always go for the 10 points for each letter.

The one time I tried for the points for less tries, I was about 20th and still would have been much better off if I had gone for the 10 points per letter!

Mamacurlyhead  (Level: 77.9 - Posts: 66)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 7:18 PM

i like all the puzzles but I go for the points now instead of actually trying to be in the top 10 - it just doesn't happen for me - I got in the top 15 the other day but i would have been better off point wise to fill in all the letters

Tazmaniac72  (Level: 196.2 - Posts: 213)
Mon, 7th Nov '05 11:03 PM

hmmmmm.....'gifted'.......uh huh.....

With most of the puzzles, I go for points. Now, with the Winter Games puzzle, I actually got them in 10 moves. Since I'm not usually at the top enough to know that anything under 11 automatically knocks you to 99 moves, I lost all my points. My request to give me my points was answered with an apology, but no points. It's all good to me, since I know I REALLY got it in 10 moves....

Give me more lengthy puzzles...More points for guessing the letters!!

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Tue, 8th Nov '05 1:53 AM

I like them to be challenging, but I don't want them so obscure that I'm just randomly picking letters hoping to get lucky. (I actually guessed every letter but one on one of the soup puzzles before I got it./=)

I would like the point system to be able to reward getting the puzzles quickly rather than encouraging people to keep picking letters for points after they know what the words are.
But maybe that's not possible while mere mortals have little chance at the top 10...

Action23  (Level: 113.9 - Posts: 180)
Tue, 8th Nov '05 9:14 AM

The hard ones seem to be more fun and usually pack some learning with easy one is nice every now and then, to at least feel like there is as occasional thing or two that I may be a bit familiar with (hee hee


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