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Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 10:38 AM


In an attempt to create a viable contributing thread about word puzzles and what people would like to see, I'm starting this thread.

Please use it to say something like:
I would like to see word puzzles about "subject here"
I enjoy "subject here" types of word puzzles.
It would be fun to have a word puzzle on "subject here".

Let's not have things like
I don't want to see another puzzle like "editor/plat's name" word puzzle here.
"editor/plat's name" puzzles are horrible

This is an attempt to create a positive thread with useful information that both editors and plat's can possibly refer to in the creation of future puzzles by taking requests from the "community" as my personal interpretation of the point that Donna (Smoke) was trying to make about having a constructive dialogue and maybe an opportunity for Golds's & non-payings to contribute ideas to expand the topic base for new ideas

Is it possible?

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 10:41 AM

I forgot to add can we please leave "googleability" out of it - That specific topic has enough clarification on other threads.

Bbear  (Level: 164.4 - Posts: 2296)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 11:48 AM

I really enjoy puzzles that have word play. I also like ones with clever clues. I like ones that are funny and have a "gotcha". Also, my personal preference is for longer ones so I can stare at them a while for a chance to "get it" before putting up too many letters. But that's just me.

Garrybl  (Level: 286.2 - Posts: 6704)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 11:59 AM

Word puzzles.

I like clever puzzles.
I like 'twists' missing words, inflated numbers, no vowels, jokes riddles wordplay puns.
Hidden themes are the best; the linked names and places were excellent.
Anything that makes me smille is a plus.
Shorter is better (I lose points but so does everyone else).
Having said that unusual information about eg rock stars, Easter Island, are all fine -- so long as we have to work out who/what is the subject; Bbear's quote puzzle was a superb example of that --well done BB.

I loved the set of five where one was an exception; less keen on the simple list...


Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 12:57 PM

I'm a big fan of "fun" puzzles, moreso than educational ones.

I appreciate clues that tease, ones that you smack yourself on the forehead after you finally solve the puzzle.

I enjoy puzzles that have a touch of brain teaser, without being a mind melter.

But, truth be told, I've rarely met a WP I didn't like....we just need more NASCAR puzzles.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 12:59 PM

Comin' right up.

Tuzilla  (Level: 139.3 - Posts: 3818)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 1:03 PM

REV, you are such a suck you knew that wasn't going to twist smoke's tach up into the red.

I like shorter puzzles over type-a-thons, but that is just my preference.

Donleigh  (Level: 151.7 - Posts: 5255)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 3:26 PM

Since I suck at them all, I like longer ones on any subject so I have a better chance at guessing wrong more often.
Any subject is good, but I like info ones - places, people, events - the best.

Oldcougar  (Level: 224.0 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 5:02 PM

I like a variety, though the 2 word ones can be a killer when you don't get the clues (which is not always the author's fault). Good clues make a puzzle for me. I enjoy the ones that aren't or you're only barely able to google best but those aren't so easy to write. A big up to those who do. I'm now going to submit a series of puzzles that are relatively short & some may not get my clues. Please, no swearing in the hate mail, just mumble to yourself or curse the computer, like I do Just have to check my spelling for the umpteenth time, but I'm not making any guarantees

Bigbird  (Level: 244.9 - Posts: 3324)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 5:15 PM

Hard to say, if I cannot use the G-word. If they are going to be tricky, I like puzzles where I have heard of the basis of the puzzle - but since I am culturally out-of-it, that probably isn't going to happen.

Rhyming ones are fun. I really do not care for short puzzles as a rule (except the rhyming ones) cause I usually blow a dozen letters before getting started.

I like clues that make a lot of sense after the fact. Where you look at the puzzle and realize how clever the clue was, and hit yourself upside your head for not getting it sooner.

I do like the longer clues that are all about the same thing (like the Easter Island puzzle). I knew nothing about the topic before hand; now I know more. And it prompted me to go and read even more.

And no Welsh, and no NASCAR.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 5:16 PM

I've had four puzzles approved already, with a fifth coming on the 23rd. Except for the flying fish and squirrels, everybody seems to like my Groups of "Four". They are fun to make clues for and they are Google-friendly. If anyone has ideas for new groups, send me a PM and I'll do my best, but no special hints or clues. lol

Ladyvol  (Level: 209.3 - Posts: 5575)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 7:51 PM

I pretty much like them all but I'm partial to the musical ones. (I wonder why!...LOL)...I would love to see some puzzles done about country music or some on Elvis...maybe on the soaps too? I like the longer puzzles myself but that's just me...Movie puzzles? I'm easy to please...

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 8:19 PM

Tell y'all what....I'll make my next one "Fantastic Fours" ... each puzzle will include a movie star, a music star, a politico and a NASCAR legend, all connected somehow.

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