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05-02-2012, 09:31 PM
When I registered at this site, one of the advantages of playing competitively was that you would never get the same puzzle twice. Now I see that they can give you a repeat puzzle in a different code. But, it's not like I remember what the "e" was in a puzzle I have seen before, but I DO remember the quote/saying. Guess there's nothing to do about it except taking some freebies to solve quickly and get more points.
05-03-2012, 05:00 AM
There are tens of thousands of quotes here, so it is unlikely you will get the same one twice in a week. However, since the draw is randomized, you can get the same one twice in a row. There are still some that players have discussed that I've never gotten, and one I'm waiting to get again because I KNOW I can beat Bansai's time if I recognize it.
05-03-2012, 05:32 AM
I started solving puzzles here again the last 10 days of March. I have had 2 or 3 repeats. Oh, well--just hope I can get great solving times (since that is not my strong suit).
05-03-2012, 06:02 AM
Someone suggested that they are on a greater rotation. Like chunks of 8,000 quotes circulate at a time, then move on after a few months. There are some I used to get frequently that I haven't seen in a long time, so the theory may have legs.
05-03-2012, 01:14 PM
Getting the same quote may be helpful to some, but I usually don't even notice until I see some lame comment by fredsevent. I'm also reminded of the time I got a fairly easy one repeated with just one puzzle in between. The first time I solved it in ~40 seconds, two minutes later it took me nearly 100 seconds to solve the exact same quote!
05-03-2012, 03:53 PM
Also, some quotations occur in the database more than once. An example, I believe, is the Lincoln quotation about sending whiskey to his generals. Two of those popped up back-to-back a while ago, with two different sets of comments attached. (Took a disappointing 35 seconds to fill in the second puzzle, despite having recognized the quote immediately.)
05-07-2012, 08:44 PM
Back when I used to be on this site for hours a day I ran into repeated quotes quite often. Only once did it occur back to back (and that was a pleasant surprise!), but there were several times when I would get the same quote within an hour or two of solving it. Meanwhile, I still haven't gotten the Spanish quote (at least not that I'm aware of...I guess I could have skipped it).
ETA: And just after I posted this I got another quote which I distinctly remember solving the last time I played, which was about a week ago. It happens.
05-17-2012, 01:34 AM
Like Fred, I also get repeat quotes that I don't remember till I see a comment by myself that I also don't remember. Sometimes, I get quotes back to back that have words in common. That seems to happen consistently for a little bit and then it goes back to random quotes. That definitely helps my solving time. For example, I'll get a quote about families and the next quote will also be about families.
I get the quotes with a common word pretty often. I get fairly frequent repeats, I'm usually half way through them, before I recognize them. Sometimes I don't recognize them.
I don't think I could type fast enough to beat Bansai, even if I did recognize it. - Gail
05-21-2012, 06:22 PM
I agree, Abra. Even if I knew what the quote was before I clicked play, I still don't think I could beat Bansai's times. I'd need 3 hands - 2 for typing and another for the mouse.
05-22-2012, 04:38 AM
If you know the first letter, you don't need the mouse. Tab to the first square, finish puzzle, enter instead of "check it". If you have to skip around or fix a letter, that is what uses up precious seconds.
05-22-2012, 08:50 PM
Um, from the right hand on mouse left hand on keyboard contingent...
The tab to first letter is fine but if you dont know the quote you re still going
to be tabbing all over to insert a letter where you think it goes?
Or am I missing something?!
Whatever method you are most comfortable with...and defo use enter
instead of check it. That does save time.
And no one is going to beat Bansai...yet. But we all have beaten a fair
amount of his records no matter if we tab or mouse like a maniac.
Ok he takes them right back but we did beat them.:cool:
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