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Old 07-11-2012, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by bansaisequoia View Post
Why would you want your time to increase???
I don't care so much one way or the other, but the ladies seem to approve.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:53 AM
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Default Too funny!

Fred, that was hilarious! So true, but still funny.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:15 AM
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L M A O ...wtg fred
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:43 PM
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When I first came here, I thought there HAD to be a trick, something, someway that people could be that fast. After a week or so, it dawns on you that there is no trick (except for that one unfortunate incident ) . These people are REALLY just that fast. That's the whole reason I posted this topic way back when.

If I remember correctly, even in that one case, the person wasn't as fast as the top scorers.

Beth, I don't think that there's a way to cheat, how could there be? Why would anyone want to? We're just surrounded by very clever and gifted people. I sit at their feet in awe.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:57 AM
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Smile I keep wondering ....

Pootie: Why are you called "Chief Complainer"?

Originally Posted by pootie49 View Post
or you can just type the text and enter it into an online program that will flip the text backwards and even upside down, moving on....
Abra, I dont consider myself amongst the elite, those six or seven that consistently perform under thirty seconds.
I type one handed, with my non-dominant hand, my left hand with right hand on mouse.
My left hand hovers above the keyboard as I hit play I dont usually even set it on the 'home keys" and I just look, and find words I recognize instantly, usually the, or and, or but...from there its just a matter of typing the additional twenty odd letters ..remember we only have to type them once, and not all puzzles use all the letters of the alphabet.
Gryhnd is right some have been playing for years and years, Im approaching three years.
I was slow forever, until one day it just all made sense. I just recognized letter patterns I remembered the authors and I recalled some of the quotes themselves.
If there were a way to cheat believe me as I have stated before I would have found it.
And there is just no fun in cheating. Wheres the challenge.
So if you want a logical answer, those that use the tab/shift tab method and use two hands on the keyboard will solve faster, in my opinion, than those of us one-handing and mousing.
How do they/we do it? Practice, these quotes do appear often in rotation, they become known, recognizable. We have 26 letters max to enter and rarely do we use all of them.
I dont think that the really fast solvers are smarter per se, I think they have visual acuity and excellent eye hand coordination. Add to that as Lurker stated some use Mac's with much better browsers and for sure that will take a couple of seconds off.
Anyway thats sort of my practical theory on how the fasties do it.
And we all started slowly and our rate of progession is determinate on the amount we can play and our ability to process and retain information.
um what were we talking about? LOL

to BETHWHITE...Yes its discouraging to struggle along and get thru a quote and see the same batch
of names or name appear as the record holder.
I understand that. I still grr from time to time when I think hey I just solved it really fast, hit enter hoping to see
the infamous plane only to find out my 8 or 7 seconds was eclipsed by someone else.
However when you play more and more, and suddenly you hit enter (again its faster than hitting check it) and congratulations you have set a new record and the plane shows up...thats a great feeling!!!!
Our records are displayed now, but before the site change it was a more private celebration,
or we would enter into the chatbox Hey I just got a record, yayyy.
I still feel that way each and every time that plane shows up. Im more chuffed however that my solve rate remains at a hundred percent.
But thats just me.
Instant gratification is the bane of the new world order. Anything worth having is worth working for.
Just keep playing and learning and reading and asking valid questions and you will get faster.
Please don't make accusations unless you have empirical data to support them... that just makes some of us oldies a bit miffed.
And you did post in the forum as opposed to some who just leave snarky little Bansai cheats comments in the comment section so I have to give you kudos for that.

I was a bit harsh I admit it in my response, but as you can see we are a close bunch, and yep I consider him my little annoying brick taking brother, but I would stand up just as loud for any of the players here if they were accused or besmirched.
That again is just me. I love this game.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:21 PM
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Senior Complainer

When you have premium membership you have the option of
changing your title from Member to anything you want.

I felt Senior Complainer to be most fitting.
And its just stuck.

Ps empirical evidence is provided in the quote you copied.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:32 PM
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I am wondering howw awards are arrived at. For solve rate, is there a minimum number of success' required? I assume there must be or one could solve 10 'grams and then quit for the rest of the month. I made top 20 once with less than 100%. What is there that I don't understand?
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:18 AM
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It actually does say the requirements on the top of each competition page, but here goes.

The top 100 point-getters for each month are on the "monthly competitions" page for high-scoring. (Number of puzzles started or completed is irrelevant.)

For percentage, the top 50 of that get rearranged by best percentage solved, and ties are broken by higher number of points. Generally, the top 16 to 18 are 100% people, followed by a couple who are only missing a game or two.

For speed, that top 50 gets rearranged by average speed, minus anyone who has solved less than 75% of the puzzles they have started. There are usually about 45 people on that list by the end of the month.

Does that answer your question, fishbum?
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:23 PM
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I came to the forum, with a question about the Success Rate. This thread came up, in the search. It didn't have the answer to my question, but I enjoyed reading it again.

The last post by Lurker was interesting information, and new to me. Thanks, Lurker.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:50 PM
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Default Success Times

The fastest success times are total frauds. The players that post them are idiots and ruining it for legitimate players.Don't ever bother playing in the competitive mode.
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