In a message I posted earlier today (copied here below) I show what I deduced about how points are awarded, which is very similar to what Maradnu said is his posts.
I see that several messages about this question mention that each puzzle is marked as "Difficult", "Average" or "Easy". I have not been able to find this difficulty level indication when I play. Where is it? I also have seen five dificulty levels on my chart, although I only have single examples for two of them. Perhaps these two are just anomalies.
Lurker's message suggests that the level might be based on number of letters. I will accumulate this letter count with the other data I have been collecting, and I will post what I learn from that.
FROM MY OTHER MESSAGE
I have been trying to figure out how points are awarded for solving cryptograms. So far I have solved 44 puzzles, and I have plotted a graph of the points awarded vs. seconds to solve. My main conclusion from examining this graph is that there are several categories for difficulty. I am not quite sure how many, but I think there are at least five. For each category, the points awarded is based on the following formula:
points awarded = A – S * B,
A is a point value constant that depends on the difficulty category,
B is a points per point constant (which is about 1/6), and which may or may not depend on the category,
and S is the number of seconds taken to solve.
What remains a complete mystery to me is how a category is assigned to an individual puzzle. Can anyone please help me figure this out?
Last edited by BuzzBuzz : 02-14-2013 at 12:11 AM.