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#1
11-07-2014, 01:55 PM
 obsessedreader8 Junior Member Join Date: May 2014 Posts: 3
How are points calculated?

What are the factors in points being awarded for a correct answer? I imagine one of them is time, and another is accuracy.

But sometimes I do very well and get an average number of points; other times, I don't do that impressive a job, but the points are way more than I expected.

Can someone clarify this for me?

#2
11-07-2014, 08:11 PM
 Quizzical Junior Member Join Date: May 2013 Posts: 9

Somewhere in the forum is the formula that a number of participants have concluded. I claim no original thought in this, but here is roughly how it works:

Point values are based only on the length of the puzzle. Difficult (short) quotes start out being worth 450 points, Average 300 points and Easy (long) quotes 150 points. The logic appears to be that the fewer letters you have to work with, the more difficult it is to solve. There has been much discussion about this not making much sense, but we don't make the rules.

For each 6 seconds that is required to solve, the score is reduced by one point.

If I did not render this accurately, someone can chime in and correct it.

Best wishes. Stick with it and you will get faster.

Last edited by Quizzical : 11-07-2014 at 08:16 PM.
#3
11-08-2014, 11:14 AM
 obsessedreader8 Junior Member Join Date: May 2014 Posts: 3

Thank you! That makes sense to me.

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