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  • #16
    Originally posted by Spike1007 View Post
    Thanks. I did look that one up, which kind of added to the surprise. Words for much weirder things than that seem to stick in my head, but I didn't remember ever having run across that before. Had you heard of it (and, if so, are you a vexillologist)?
    No, the term was just in an episode of The Big Bang Theory

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Razorflame View Post
      Umm...INVENTIONAL??
      I tried that one in the past but it wasn't worth enough points for me to keep it. I needed it to be INTERINVENTIONALISMS or something like that.

      Originally posted by rosedraws View Post
      The most unexpected thing for me is when I go to click on a game and I see that MY name is listed for longest word record. :-D
      I look at a lot of game stats every day and have seen you as the record holder a few times. Congrats!

      Originally posted by DrPlacebo View Post
      I remember finding ZINCIER or something like that.
      I tried ZINCKIEST one time and it worked!

      Spike: Since the server migration, the elves moved to the day shift and they only work every third day or so. They must have signed a lucrative contract with WordTwist to get hours like that.


      Yesterday I found SQUAMOUSNESSES for 30 pts/ 2 records. I played squamous (having scales, scaly) in the past but don't think I found the -nesses version before.
      Last edited by lalatan; 05-02-2019, 04:12 PM.

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      • #18
        lalatan, thanks for the elf update. I haven't kept track in a while, certainly not since the migration. Maybe now that they're working days, we have a chance to catch them in the act.

        By the way, a belated congrats for your (not unexpected) 1st place last month (as thinkbig)!

        For those not familiar with the elf problem, a while back I started keeping track of my current lifetime stats for best & longest words. These should of course go up when you set a record and go down when someone beats your record on that board. I've pretty much confirmed that the counts do go up as I set records. Going down is to be expected, but I realized that the longest words record count would often increase overnight, and then decrease some the next day. I assumed that elves were playing for me.
        Last edited by Spike1007; 05-02-2019, 04:22 PM.

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        • #19
          Spike, I didn't see your edit until today. Thanks for the congrats. Congrats to you on your silver trophy and your ongoing excellence! I saw a really good word you came up with on 1 board but forgot it now. lol, just way too many words swirling around in my head.

          I'm still tracking my daily stats. I quite like it; seems to motivate me when I see the daily totals. At first I hesitated to do it since I thought I could get obsessed with it but that hasn't happened. The elves are pretty crazy with my long word totals since I'm setting up to 30 long word records/day. The most dramatic so far is a loss of 28 for 2 days, a gain of 44 the next day and then a loss of 19 the day after. Strangely it balances out with a few extra credits every month.

          Today I played STIRPICULTURES. I saw the word somewhere and actually remembered to play it!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Spike1007 View Post
            I've found some -ZINC- words before that probably also counts in the Frankenstein category. (I don't remember what they were.) Since then, I've seen -ZINC-, but never managed to do anything good with it. Good job!
            And speaking of -ZINC- words, I just smashed a board record with PHOTOZINCOGRAPH. I saw both PHOTO and GRAPH, and couldn't find anything to connect the two, then remembered the talk about ZINC in the forum.

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            • #21
              That may have been the -ZINC- word I found before (or not). However, I remember doing the same thing you did. I found the ends & had to fill in the middle somehow. Anyway, good job!

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              • #22
                HYPEREXCITED is a word, but HYPEREXCITE is two words, not one.

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                • #23
                  This time, I was ready: Game Results

                  YOUR STATS:
                  Total points: 600 New record!
                  Total words: 92 (41 common,18 wide,9 rare,24 ultra rare) New record!
                  Best word: INCONTROVERTIBLENESSES (42 pts.) New record!
                  Longest word: INCONTROVERTIBLENESSES (22 letters) New record!


                  PUZZLE STATS:

                  Played: 3 times
                  Average Score: 491.3 points
                  Average Words: 80.5 words
                  High Score: 533 points by bwt1213
                  Most Words: 90 words by bwt1213
                  Best Word: CONVERTIBLENESSES (32 pts) by bwt1213
                  Longest Word: CONVERTIBLENESSES (17 letters) by bwt1213

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by bwt1213 View Post
                    This time, I was ready: Game Results

                    YOUR STATS:
                    Total points: 600 New record!
                    Total words: 92 (41 common,18 wide,9 rare,24 ultra rare) New record!
                    Best word: INCONTROVERTIBLENESSES (42 pts.) New record!
                    Longest word: INCONTROVERTIBLENESSES (22 letters) New record!


                    PUZZLE STATS:

                    Played: 3 times
                    Average Score: 491.3 points
                    Average Words: 80.5 words
                    High Score: 533 points by bwt1213
                    Most Words: 90 words by bwt1213
                    Best Word: CONVERTIBLENESSES (32 pts) by bwt1213
                    Longest Word: CONVERTIBLENESSES (17 letters) by bwt1213
                    Nice work!

                    In other news of strange, bizarre and unexpected; it took me one game to go from 920 to 849, and it's taken me 36 games since that fiasco to get to 909...still 11 points below what it was.

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                    • #25
                      I finally found WHATCHAMACALLITS in a 4x4.

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                      • #26
                        I have been playing RussDNails (games on which he has the highest score), hoping to outscore him again. I haven't succeeded, but one recent game struck me as absolutely amazing. He got 850 something, and I got 650 something, so we both did well. He found about 150 words, and I found about 120, which is also usual for that score for each of us. BUT, of all the words we both played, we played only 28 in common. I still can't believe it, and I've been mulling it over for a few days.

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                        • #27
                          That big of a difference is a bit out of the ordinary but my thought is that I don't type very well but I've memorized a lot of oddball words and letter combinations so perhaps that explains the discrepancy.........that's why I can typically maintain a decent average with a lower word count than some of the stronger players..........if you look closely at my numbers my average points/word usually puts me on the top 50 list every month, again because the more unusual words have a higher point value........

                          Best,

                          Russ

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