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Interesting article about the social side of word puzzles
« on: May 23, 2022, 03:22:03 PM »
A recently published article, How Wordle brought us back together talks about the way online word puzzles can be a stimulant to social interaction. The article refers mainly to Wordle and the Spelling Bee puzzle in the New York Times. Spelling Bee is the inspiration for our 7-by-many puzzle.

There's also some discussion relevant to our ongoing debates about "common" words:

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Much of the Spelling Bee chatter centers on what words the game will accept or not. Rather than use a set dictionary as the standard, Ezersky tries to limit the daily list to “everyday” words that most of the public would recognize. It makes for a better game — if the entire English language were in play, he argues, the game would be all but impossible to beat.

But that creates a lot of gray area, because everyone’s personal lexicon is different. A niche medical device might be an everyday word for a surgery technician, but unheard of for most players; elote, grilled Mexican corn, might rise to the level of a common word in San Antonio, but not in Minneapolis. “I had no idea starting out that this was going to be such a point of contention,” Ezersky says. “Everybody has their own bugaboos with the word list.” His own father texts him his personal complaints about the word list almost daily.
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Re: Interesting article about the social side of word puzzles
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2022, 05:19:04 PM »
I wonder if Chi is unique in that it has two word lists. It makes it possible to 'beat' the game, i.e. get a trophy,  but also removes the frustration of seeing words that are perfectly well known to you rejected. Mostly, anyway!  >:D

On the topic of Wordle, I don't know about you but I don't find it anywhere near as much fun as Quordle.

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Re: Interesting article about the social side of word puzzles
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2022, 06:29:43 PM »
Seems you’re not alone Alan!
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Re: Interesting article about the social side of word puzzles
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2022, 08:24:58 PM »
Yes, Pat, I agree that Quordle is much more satisfying.

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Re: Interesting article about the social side of word puzzles
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2022, 08:34:41 PM »
Yes, Pat, I agree that Quordle is much more satisfying.

Especially when you get all four words in fewer than the nine goes permitted!

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Re: Interesting article about the social side of word puzzles
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2022, 09:30:03 PM »
I'm not into Wordle or Quordle but do play Heardle, not usually very successfully unless the songs are from the 60s to the 80s!!  It is strange that I love words and obviously love Chi but can't stand Scrabble or games like Wordle.  Also strange that I don't care for numbers yet am surprisingly good at the hardest Sudoku puzzles.   May be something to do with logical thinking rather than 'guessing'.  Who knows?   >:D

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Re: Interesting article about the social side of word puzzles
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2022, 01:27:47 AM »
Have you tried Killer Su Doku, Linda?