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Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 27th May '08 12:26 PM


Revised 2013

Note: The Hotwire thread called "Word Puzzle Authoring Questions and Answers" may be of interest and can be found here:

Some of the information in that thread is now outdated, however.


All present and future Platinum members will be able to submit word puzzles.

1) Platipuzzle authors may now have more than one word puzzle pending at a time. This means that there are no longer any spacing restrictions.

2) Platipuzzle authors may submit as many WPs as they want whenever they want, AS LONG AS THIS IS OK with their editor. Please talk with your editor to see what will work out best.


Since there are no longer any spacing restrictions, two or more puzzles by the same Platipuzzle author may appear in the queue in a row. For example, a Platipuzzle author might request that two similarly themed word puzzles run back-to-back in the queue. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, but we will do our best.

Similarly, if an author would like a WP to run on a specific date, we will do our best to accommodate the request, but we cannot guarantee time slots.

Editing takes time, so it may sometimes take 30 days or more to process and publish a word puzzle.

Word puzzle content must comply with our family-friendly guidelines. Since word puzzles have a very wide audience, we reserve the right to exercise greater content control than we do with quizzes and other player-authored games.

An editor will send a private message to each Platinum Member which will serve as a link for submitting word puzzles as well as a way of communicating to the editor any issues related to word puzzle authoring.

Please do not delete that private message. It can be used indefinitely.

In general, once a player is linked to an editor, the player will stay with that editor for all word puzzle submissions. However, if your editor is not able to be available for an extended period of time, another editor may fill in temporarily. Also, if things aren't working out between you and your editor, you may request a new word puzzle editor; we can't guarantee that we'll be able to accommodate the request, but we'll do our best since we want editors and authors to work well together.

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Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 27th May '08 12:26 PM

Titles cannot exceed 30 characters.

Titles should be properly capitalized the same as quiz titles (for questions, consult the SQAG).

Because the word puzzle will say it is “by” the editor handling your word puzzle (for technical reasons) titles must include your user name.

If you have a long user name, you can use an abbreviated version since the title length is very limited.

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Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 24th Jun '08 4:02 PM


Phrases can not exceed 75 characters.

No words within the phrase can exceed 13 characters.

Only alpha characters and spaces are allowed in the phrase (i.e. no numbers, no apostrophes, no quotes, no commas, etc.).

No capitalization on any words or names is required.

Style guidelines for Phrases

Place abbreviations should appear as a single word:

A person's initials are to be separated:
e e cummings
j k rowling

Hyphenated words should become two separate words:
seventy five
big boned

Apostrophes are deleted, not replaced with a space:

Use Standard English, and avoid using text-message spellings.

Abbreviations in phrases: Many are acceptable in phrases, especially if they are standard or commonly used.

meet me in st louis
the st louis cardinals
st francis of assisi
sherman and mr peabody
mr magoo

Please do a web search on all names and titles that appear in the phrases. From experience, we find relying on memory alone is not the best way to prevent mistakes.

If you discover that a spelling variation exists in a word or name, players appreciate a notice in the clue - something like (alt sp warn).
An example of a name with legitimate spelling variations is -
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakoff

Keep verb tenses consistent in all phrases in the puzzle. For example, if you are dealing with past events, keep all verbs in the past tense.

If you have specific questions over any of your material, you can send a private message to your editor via the private message link.

For questions, further clarification and discussion on these issues, please read the Hotwire thread “Platinum Members Guide to Word Puzzle Authoring”

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Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 24th Jun '08 4:03 PM


Clues can not exceed 32 characters.

Clues may contain numbers and punctuation.

In general, please use standard capitalization of proper nouns and composition titles (titles of books, poems, movies, songs, albums, etc.) in the clues.

Sometimes in wordplay-based puzzles, an author may choose to NOT capitalize the title or part of a title of a book, song, etc., in order to not reveal "too much" about a puzzle.

(The clues in Sploofus 2.0 appear as written, while in 1.0 they appeared all in capital letters.)

Abbreviations of words are permitted.

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Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 24th Jun '08 4:03 PM


When you are ready, you may submit your word puzzle by entering the information in the “Enter Your Reply” window below.

Please help us transfer your word puzzle correctly by marking and numbering each part.


Title: USERNAME’s Guide to Famous Fish

1 bloat gurgle and peach
Three in the tank w/Nemo

2 the incredible mr limpet
Don Knotts role

Mainly we need to be able to easily see which is the clue and which is the phrase. It's VERY helpful for the clue to be underneath the phrase in your submission since that's also how the word puzzle software is designed.

Just a reminder, you need to have 10 phrases and 10 clues.

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Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 24th Jun '08 4:04 PM


If you have questions about authoring word puzzles, please ask your word puzzle editor or submit a support ticket by clicking the orange HELP link at the top of your screen and following the prompts.

You can also refer to the Hotwire thread called "Word Puzzle Authoring Questions and Answers," which contains discussion, mainly from 2008. Please note that some of the information in that thread is outdated.

[ This post was modified by sploofunky on 6/29/13 ]

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 30th May '10 2:56 AM



In contrast to other player-written material, we editors do our best to check facts in word puzzles, and we discuss any potential factual problems with authors. (This has been our policy since the relaunch of Sploofus in 2011.)

Nevertheless, authors are ultimately responsible for the facts in their word puzzles. Please take time to research carefully and verify your facts with reliable sources. If you have any questions, please contact your word puzzle editor, and they will be happy to help.

Thank you!


Please see this thread in Hotwire:

All Platipuzzle authors receive 1,000 points for each word puzzle they write that airs on Sploofus.


You may take your own word puzzle. Just be sure to fill in ALL the letters in each phrase so that you finish well out of the top 10.


After your puzzle has ended, it's fine and encouraged to post the puzzle in Salty Dog so players can see the entire puzzle. Our only requirement is that you post the *edited* version of your puzzle. If you don't have a copy of the edited version, please contact your editor, and they'll send you one. Or, you can submit a support ticket by clicking on the orange HELP link at the top of your screen beside your avatar.


In general, we do not permit introductory or explanatory threads about puzzles before they air. This is for various reasons, including:

1. Our view is that if a puzzle needs an explanation in order to be played, then it should be reworked as a quiz or Trivia Square

2. Many players don't read Salty Dog, and so they'd be at a disadvantage.


As with quizzes and other material, word puzzles may not reference other Sploofus players by name or user ID.

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