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Old 07-02-2018, 10:30 AM
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Congratulations right back to you Spike1007! Getting the average points trophy takes a lot of patience and a fair amount of self control passing up new best or longest words cause they're not quite good enough. Something I failed to do about a half dozen times. I did surprise myself with my final average since I hadn't planned on competing. I was going to spend the month just looking for words worth 12pts and up but after the 2nd day with an almost 30pt average decided to keep going.

And congrats to you Lalatan! 15,000 best and/or longest is a massive achievement!!
I've gotten better with the self-control thing. There have been times in the past when I've accepted words when I especially liked them, but I'm more or less over that. My general rules are to play any board with at least 2 9+ ultra-rare words, and take anything new I find over my threshold. (Currently 30 points.) I'll also play any board with an existing word that could raise my average. However, I have to admit to doing some clicking earlier in the month (& usually later in the day while watching TV) when I'd seek out these existing long words to try to raise my average. Without that, my guess is that you'd have beaten me.

Also, lalatan, I add my congratulations to your records (plus or minus a few elf points).
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:03 AM
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lalatan, as far as I know, Windows writes stuff to the hard drive every time it shuts down. My guess is that was where the "bad sector" thing happened, and not during the time it was shut down. (Of course, if I believed the ghost-hunting shows, maybe some otherworld entity roamed around your place during your absence, throwing out a bunch of stray EMF crap that screwed with your drive.) Then again, I'm not sure how stable drives are. You wouldn't think that you'd be able to let one sit for 100 years & still be readable. Some small percentage of the time, some might just go bad within a few days. Maybe you just got "lucky."
You could be right about that happening on shutdown; only explanation for it. My last WDC hdd lasted 6 years. This one only 2 years. As you say, that's the way it goes w electronics.

Spike and pdiddp, thanks for the congrats!
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:16 AM
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I did succumb to the self-control thing today, but redeemed myself somewhat. I saw -MIMETIC & wanted something to go with it. I saw & tried PATHOMIMETIC. No luck. Then I found SYMPATHOMIMETIC, which (to my surprise) worked. Only 28 points, but I liked it, since it seemed unusual & I'd never seen it before. I was debating on whether or not to keep it when I saw & tried PARASYMPATHOMIMETIC. That worked too, for 36 points. I kept the pair.

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Old 07-04-2018, 12:02 PM
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That was some great word crafting, Spike!

Some words I found recently that II don't recall playing before:
COUNTERSUBJECTS
DECASUALIZATIONS
SUBSIDIARINESSES
PALEOMAGNETISMS
HOUSEWIFELINESSES
LONGHEADEDNESSES
NEWFANGLENESS
(The last 3 gave me a laugh after I played them and saw they were valid.)

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Old 07-05-2018, 04:00 AM
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lalatan, thanks! Sometimes (with the help of a little stubbornness) things kind of fall into place. More often, they don't.

I've gotten three of your words (in some form or another) before, and was also surprised that they worked. I don't think I'd have guessed HOUSEWIFELINESSES or the first three on your list. Good going!
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Old 07-25-2018, 11:22 AM
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crazykate: Sorry about that. I completed 51 4x4 games today w/o checking the standings first. So I failed to see until too late that you were going for a trophy there. Oops!
I checked your stats earlier this month and saw you weren't playing much so assumed you were playing the geography game or were on vacation in Paris.
How are you doing? Seems like the ladies have deserted the forum for the last while.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:01 PM
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No problem, lalatan! I was a bit busy earlier this month and didn't even realise I'd all but abandoned the game. When I got back from my holiday in Croatia (not Paris) a few days ago, I figured I might just scrape 51 games together, so I went for the average. I'm out of practice though, it seems a lot harder than before to get good results.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:59 AM
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Silly me, I forgot to congratulate you on your 1st place finish I can't imagine anyone will swoop in and beat your impressive score at this point.
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Old 07-26-2018, 08:58 AM
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Thanks kate! You will probably get the silver trophy so congrats on that! I'm glad you're still playing the game here.

I didn't play 4x4 last month cuz my computer died after my vacation. The gold went for a paltry 10.3 pts/word. Wow.

I have to admit it was fun to play for avg pts/word in 4x4 and see what people are getting there for words. Lots of new ones. Ironically it's easier for me to find 16+ pt best words there.

Enjoy the games!

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Old 07-27-2018, 03:12 PM
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I think your 5x5 average points trophy is safe as well. The top 3 spots seem pretty inaccessible to me at the moment. With only a couple of days to spare, I struggled to better my 33 pt average while finding enough good words to even qualify. I'm just trying to get to 51 games while staying above 30 pts right now.
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