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wkaywil
Wkaywil  (Level: 91.0 - Posts: 3)
Wed, 7th May '08 11:40 PM

BLUE DIAMONDS

HOW DO YOU EARN THOSE BLUE DIAMONDS IN THE WORD ROUNDS?

bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Thu, 8th May '08 12:20 AM

You can get a blue diamond by playing Word Matches. You can get a gold nugget by playing Word Rounds. They show up randomly. Some BBS postings have said they are supposed to show up every 1,000 games played, but this may be purely legend. If true, it's probably 1,000 games by all players combined, rather than each player's individual games. Personally I've played way more than 1,000 games, and seen just one blue diamond WM and no gold nugget WR yet. I've known people who have played far less than 1,000 WM and WR, and yet had several opportunities at gold and blue.

When you get a chance at blue or gold, it notifies you with a blue or gold screen, so you will know before you fill in your answers. If you pick all the correct answers within 2 minutes, you get the nugget or diamond, and you also win 100,000 bonus points. So, if you ever get this screen, take your time (but not too much time)!

Good luck! I was playing more or less constantly for 3 months before I saw my first blue diamond last week. Still waiting on gold....

Dave

bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Thu, 8th May '08 12:22 AM

Actually I was playing WR/WM for about 2 months before I saw the blue diamond screen. It just seems like I've been playing longer than that!

bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Thu, 8th May '08 12:25 AM

Also, when you get the blue or gold screen, it does tell you that you'll get the nugget or diamond if you answer correctly within 2 minutes -- but there is no countdown clock on the screen. So it's easy to lose track of time if you spend too much time checking your answers.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4196)
Thu, 8th May '08 1:02 AM

Dave is right about strategy for earning a blue diamond or a gold nugget -- OTOH, take your time, but not too much time! I've lost two nuggets because I ran out of time, even though I got 100%. I hadn't been here long when I got my first blue diamond screen, and I wasn't even sure what it was! So far, I find it much easier to earn blue diamonds than gold nuggets. One time when I got a gold nugget screen, I just didn't know a word or two and had to guess -- and I guessed wrong. But hang in there and keep playing the WRs and WMs, and one of these days a gold or blue screen will pop up.

-- Geri



kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 8th May '08 8:22 AM

The basics of it is that when you see a colored screen, slow your heartrate down, and do it at a deliberate pace, but not too slow. The speedsters among us hardly read WR clues and answers; if we see the word "fish" in the clue, we punch the answer ending in "fish" and move on, not looking at anthing else. But I got burned last night when one of these had TWO "-fish" answers. This might not happen on a bling screen. I'll take the time to read the whole question and all five answers before making my selection. And doing so, I should still have a minute to spare.

Similarly on WMs, we will be a bit slower, but still well within the 2-minute standard.

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 158.7 - Posts: 667)
Sat, 10th May '08 1:11 AM

One year and thousand of word rounds played and not one shot at a blue diamond. I purchased a new computer in January.Before that I had a chance at a nugget and got 90%. Since January not one try at gold either. Do cookies have any part in this?

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Sat, 10th May '08 9:02 AM

You might look at WHEN you play, Spacecat. Just based on
my own experience, most of my chances for bling have
come when there are only a few people on line. (Note that
I said "most.") I don't know how the system works, but
isn't it possible that the chances improve as the numbers
competing go down?




achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Sat, 10th May '08 9:16 AM

Hey Foogs,
You may have something with the time of day as MOST of my chances at bling have come around 8-9am GMT which is pretty much night-time for most of the US. Andy

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 13th May '08 5:31 PM

I thought you could get a Gold Nugget OR a Blue Diamond for either W/Ms or W/Rs???

Mind you..I have not got either!!.....*Sigh!* I am still El Supremo Presidente of the Sploofus Gemless Club. (See Profile)

I have seen a Gold screen only once...and stuffed up an answer.

~Bev




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