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Postby Montyphy » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:50 am

KingAl wrote:I generally waver between 41 and 45, though 42 is my most common 'home' level. I got up to 50 once, but that was a never-to-be-repeated fluke; most of the words there have no obvious roots to go on - you know it or you don't. Am I the only person who often goes on the 'feel' of the word, rather than necessarily knowledge?


I derive the meaning most often from the sound of the word and any similarities I find in the other words. For example, "reniform" made me think of 'renal artery' and 'shape' which lead me to pick the correct word; 'kidney shaped'.
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Postby KingAl » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:58 am

As do I (cursory Greek and Latin is useful), along with automatically eliminating words of the wrong type. But there are words that just sound like their meanings, despite my lack of (conscious) knowledge of them - for example, poteen as bootleg whiskey. I'm puzzled by the ranking of some of the words though - are they ranked by the success of players at solving them? I mean, confiture at level 45?
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Postby Montyphy » Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:58 pm

Yeah, I was curious how the did the ranking. According to the FAQ:

How is the difficulty level for each word determined?

The program keeps track of how many people get each word right or wrong, and then adjusts each word’s difficulty level accordingly. So the words at the easiest levels are the ones that people most often get right. The words at the hardest levels are the ones that people most often get wrong. As more and more people have played the game, these levels have become increasingly more accurate.


Some words really do seem out of place though. I blame microchip08, he's screwing it all up with his random clicks just to get more grains. :P
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Postby Grandstone » Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:31 am

KingAl wrote:As do I (cursory Greek and Latin is useful), along with automatically eliminating words of the wrong type. But there are words that just sound like their meanings, despite my lack of (conscious) knowledge of them - for example, poteen as bootleg whiskey. I'm puzzled by the ranking of some of the words though - are they ranked by the success of players at solving them? I mean, confiture at level 45?


With a little Spanish and French, it's not so bad. I'm also usually guessing based on what the word looks like and which words the game gives me.

I capped out at 43, but that was fairly early. It went downhill to 38-39 from there. I can usually stay close to 40 or 41.
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Postby microchip08 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:23 pm

Montyphy wrote:Yeah, I was curious how the did the ranking. According to the FAQ:

How is the difficulty level for each word determined?

The program keeps track of how many people get each word right or wrong, and then adjusts each word’s difficulty level accordingly. So the words at the easiest levels are the ones that people most often get right. The words at the hardest levels are the ones that people most often get wrong. As more and more people have played the game, these levels have become increasingly more accurate.


Some words really do seem out of place though. I blame microchip08, he's screwing it all up with his random clicks just to get more grains. :P


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I still managed to get to 38... is that a fluke?
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Postby Mas Tnega » Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:23 pm

Knowing you? Yes.
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Postby microchip08 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:28 pm

Mas Tnega wrote:Knowing you? Yes.


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Postby Mas Tnega » Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:14 pm

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Postby microchip08 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:24 pm

*wonders about a good comeback in keeping with this extended metaphor*
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Postby Mas Tnega » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:27 pm

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Postby jelco » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:34 pm

* calls mental care to help out both of you *

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