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    I know that if i haven't slept well or if I'm distracted, I don't play as well. But there seem to be some other variables I haven't figured out. Some days I can sit down, play 10 or so puzzles in a brief time and get relatively no errors. Other days I can't get through a puzzle without a misclick or just really slow times (for me - I only compare myself to myself.) Does anyone else see a similar pattern or have any clues about why some days are so much different (better or worse) than others? I am not consistent, and rather than it being about the puzzle or the logic involved, it seems to be completely dependent on just me and my inconsistent ability to do puzzles in a reasonably quick time.

    Thoughts? I'll take any idea you may have.

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    I can only say this anecdotally, but how recently I've eaten (and possibly what) seems to influence my times. I don't do as well if I'm hungry, nor just after I've eaten usually. Sometimes I snack while playing, and ironically those can be some of my best times, despite the slight distraction of munching on something. Caffeine seems to be a factor as well, which I guess isn't surprising, although the benefit seems to be delayed a good half-hour or more from ingestion (I guess it takes that long to circulate and get uptaken and whatever). Aside from simply being tired, certain times of day or night seem to be better for me in general, perhaps something to do with my circadian rhythms (which are not well correlated to a 24-hour day unfortunately).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fromalabama View Post
      Aside from simply being tired, certain times of day or night seem to be better for me in general, perhaps something to do with my circadian rhythms (which are not well correlated to a 24-hour day unfortunately).
      I can relate to everything you said there, but interestingly, I am also not well-suited to a 24-hour day. (Years of "research" have taught me I work on about a 35-hour rhythm, which works with almost nothing in life - especially working!) I just find it so odd that some days I sit down and have a super easy time playing fairly quickly (for me) and doing a bunch of puzzles without trouble, then other days it's like I can't play if my life depended on it, and beyond sleep I haven't been able to figure it out. I will try keeping track of eating. As for caffeine, yeah - I can relate to that too. If I sit down and haven't started my coffee yet, I just don't play well at all.

      Thanks, Alabama!

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      • #4
        I also play on different games on another site. Since cash is involved there I have paid attention over the past few years. For me... I play better just minutes after eating a cookie, candy bar or other high sugar treat. The moon phase also effects my gaming. The week prior to a full moon I am fast, accurate, and very seldom lose. Immediately after the full moon, I save my money and play free games because I am sluggish and making errors. The other 2 weeks in the month are somewhat unremarkable. Nothing great, nothing horrible.

        Take note of the moon phases. You may see an affect on your abilities also.

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        • #5
          Autism here. I have times when these puzzles seem impossible. I can correlate most of them with my symptoms such as lack of quality sleep and other more subtle issues. I just stop playing or struggle through.

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          • #6
            Some of these puzzles are unreal - but that makes them interesting. Jump in there and you'll solve it. There is a person who has glossed over 216 puzzles this time - heavens!! -- there aren't that many that are that difficult. Its pretty much the same for that person each time.

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            • #7
              Bio-rhythms may have something to do with it. Go to a bio-rhythm site, and compare your good solving days with your not-so-good days while determining when your different bio patterns are at their high points, and low points. I really don't know if that has anything to do with it, however. I also have good days and bad days at solving.

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