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Angie
12-07-2009, 08:34 PM
This question is to you guys who go for 100% solving percentage...

Can you pinpoint that "pivital moment" when you decide that it's best to refresh the page and skip the 100% ? is there a point when you just say..maybe it's not worth screwing up my time, it's taking too long, etc. what is the thought process there?

Lurker
12-09-2009, 09:46 PM
I'm new at the 100% business, but it quickly becomes a habit. Especially when you have off-site tools at your disposal.

I've come close to giving up, but whenever I do, I magically see the answer (or find it somewhere). My longest solve is 11 minutes.

Abandoning the 100% for the month must be a personal choice.

Always remember: It's a game. The only person you're really trying to beat is yourself.

AmberRose
12-09-2009, 09:49 PM
Although this is my first month at 100 percent, I do not think that there would be anything that would prevent me from solving all the puzzles, except of course, a problem with the program, or not being able to solve it in the time alotted (I actually am not sure if there is a set time allotted to solve a puzzle?)

I just stick at it until its solved, no matter how badly my time may be raised.

That is my thought process.

mark
12-09-2009, 11:07 PM
Yeh, I'm with Angie. Hang the time! I just don't need the stress of trying to be fast. I never want to have a problem with ignoring my kids, the dogs, the door, the phone, a good TV show (sometimes I solve on commercials, or try to), or a myriad other distractions. Why bother sapping the fun out of it all with that kind of pressure? I'll leave the speed to the speedy and maintain my dogmatic pursuit of 100%.

LiveLoveLaugh
12-10-2009, 03:37 AM
2 hours. Read the stuff about recent games. In the forum, there is a report of a 75 minute solve time.

bansaisequoia
12-10-2009, 04:48 AM
Actually, LLL, I hold the record for longest solve time that no one has ever been able to smash. My record was 5 hours, 58 minutes, 31 seconds. Don't believe me? I have proof positive right here:

http://www.cryptograms.org/forum/showthread.php?t=125&highlight=record+time

Until someone can furnish .jpegraphic evidence that they have an even longer solution time, I still claim the record.




(Authentic .jpegraphic evidence)

AmberRose
12-10-2009, 05:33 AM
:eek:...Now I do not feel so inept.

Angie
12-11-2009, 05:33 AM
thanks for all the responses, everything was very helpful. i think my problme is i give up too easily. i get stressed about how long it's taking so i just refresh the page. maybe i just have to decide and choose between time or success rate.

i used to ride, and i think one of my instructors said it best (she was talking about riding, handling and dealing with horses at the time, and she was from texas so you have to imagine this with a disctinct southern drawl)....

"Pick a program and stick with it!"

AmberRose
12-11-2009, 05:38 AM
I sometimes shout that out of my car window, but a little differently...

Pick a lane and stick with it.;)
(usually its accompanied by an inappropriate hand gesture):o

Lurker
12-11-2009, 05:45 AM
I say the same thing! However, driving Southern California freeways, I generally omit the hand gesture as a survival tactic. :)

And it really does save your sanity to pick speed or 100%. Not all of us can be Angie or Kat. Just remember to keep above 75%, or it drops you from the speed contest.

ferrym85
12-11-2009, 06:24 PM
Definitely go for whatever gives you the most satisfaction and pleasure because they're just word puzzles! No need to stress yourself out about any aspect of playing... just have fun! :)

momof6
12-14-2009, 04:11 AM
For two months I tried to stick with 100% and to heck with my time. Both months, a puzzle downloaded without my realizing it and messed me up - once it was on the last day of the month. Pootie had already congratulated me. I told her it's not over till it's over. She noticed a little later that my percentage had slipped under 100% and tried to let me know, but I did not come back on line till too late. So now, I just play for fun and I'm nowhere near 100% and I'm not even as fast as I used to be, but I still love it.

mark
12-14-2009, 10:22 AM
Hmmm...I too have multiple loading issues. Tonight, 5 puzzles loaded without my notice but I did manage to notice that my solve rate went down and that I'd solved 4 less puzzles than what were loaded. I quickly hit "recent puzzles" and solved not four, but five that were left unsolved there. Now it seems I've glitched my blundering way to the top of the success rate standings with 100.05% solved. My apologies to those of you who have worked hard and deserve to be ahead of me. Perhaps this aberration will work itself out. If it does not, I will not intentionally leave a puzzle unsolved in order to rectify the situation...I'm just too stubbornly anal for that sort of nonsense.