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  • #16

    Sorry, no offense intended. Just a reference to that AC/DC song, you know, "Dirty Deeds and the Dunderchief". I just assumed that is where you got your handle.
    Well ain't I the oversensitive prick!!! Of course that is where I got Dunderchief from, " Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". Just a "senior moment", don't mind me!!!!

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    • #17
      Man, all this time I thought it was a reference to “The Office!”
      I have never heard the “Dirty Deeds” lyric misinterpreted quite so creatively.

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      • #18
        Interesting comments and thoughts. I think the most pertinent nd telling point is that no one can solve every puzzle (no matter it's length or if you've seen it before) and average 790 points + And similarly, no one can solve a puzzle in 30 seconds without cheating.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by compuspud View Post
          Interesting comments and thoughts. I think the most pertinent nd telling point is that no one can solve every puzzle (no matter it's length or if you've seen it before) and average 790 points + And similarly, no one can solve a puzzle in 30 seconds without cheating.
          Several users (the only one I can think of is Svenska) are listed as having so many speed records, and they're so fast, that I assumed long ago that there's cheating going on. I'm no speed champion but I'm not that slow. That, with the astronomical monthly points that some people supposedly get -- ONE THOUSAND TIMES more than I do -- made me also long ago give up on trying for any site records. The only thing I "compete" for now is with myself, to get my success rate as close to 100% as possible.

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          • #20
            I compete against myself, not against the other players... which leads me to not care whether others cheat... that's the easiest answer, I think... and my personal experience is that it IS possible to get 800 points for a puzzle

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            • #21
              Yes, I often get 800. But not every time. And I haven't solved one more puzzle than I attempted, as one player has. No one can be that fast and that perfect every time

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              • #22
                I've been a member for a long while but only recently began logging in every time I visit. I quit when I discovered there was no way that the competitive score thing was winnable. Back then, people were just re-taking puzzles by re-entering the code for that item. (That's more difficult now, but I think still doable.) You can always keep a separate registration for your hi-score games. Anyway, now I just play the games. If there were a real competition, I might visit more often.

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                • #23
                  Just to add my two cents about not being able to equal the average time or get higher scores:

                  When I first found this site, I liked doing Lasergrids a lot. I wanted a high score trophy, so I chose to do the largest and most difficult puzzles because it was the fastest way to accumulate points toward a monthly trophy. I got the highest score or the second (or so) score for most of the puzzles I played. However, if I play this game now, I am nowhere near the top scorer. I'm not sure what happened. Did I slow down, or do we have faster solvers, or maybe both?

                  There is a big difference in my rankings, to be honest, but I don't remember my scores so can't compare them. My cognitive abilities are not what they were, but I don't think that I've slowed down so much to make such a big difference.

                  The point is that perhaps there simply are people who are on this site who are just that much better than I am. I actually used to score higher than the original poster did on standardized tests. I also have a much higher IQ than the majority of people, or I did. Like I said, cognitive abilities and other stuff is decreasing, but I really don't think it's enough to account for the disparity I see between my older and newer rankings. I'm sure that, although I hate to admit it, there is someone (or some people) on here who is just simply faster.

                  Well, I say that, but that is in regards to number, sequence, logic type puzzles. My language ability has suffered greatly. I can hardly finish a Patchwords puzzle now, so
                  ADMIN,
                  if you are listening, please go read my question that I posted in the Patchwords forum. Please?

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                  • #24
                    Your experience is similar to mine, except that my times are somewhat better than when I used to routinely have the best times and success rates, if not the most "points." In those days, it was "Aunt Marie" whose absurd times in some cases still have not been beaten. Now every so often we have a new player who breaks the records of previous "phenoms." Faster typists? Who knows? Who cares? I play it straight and have no desire use improper methods to achieve unrealistic times.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Andrew John View Post
                      Curious to see my scores now that I'm playing as a "member" after playing as a non-member for a year. I've beaten the posted high score once, but wasn't a member and couldn't log it. I don't know about how one might mechanically cheat, but some low scores have seemed humanly impossible. Once, I knew the quote from the first word that I put together (I knew the author) and typed the whole thing in as fast as I could and was still 30 seconds behind the lowest time. I've encountered quotes twice, recognized and remember them and typed them in, and still not got close to high score...

                      I'm usually at about one half to one quarter of the average time, and often within 30 to 60 seconds of the best time. No college degrees, just widely-read, a bit manic, and a writer myself. (I've encountered 5 quotes from the books of friends in the last year, and sent 3 of them screenshots; all were quite chuffed)
                      Now this is the comment I would like Admin to answer.

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