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Computer word games - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Computer word games
Round two of my computer word games thing...

I've been playing IQ over at mousebreaker.com, and it has three different sorts of games. The first is kind of like Boggle, where you mix the letters to make as many words as you can in 40 seconds, the second is a numbers game, where you use various functions to try to hit a target number, and the third is an anagram.

The middle one is fine; I just need practice. The first and third confuse me, because, well...

In the word round, I spelled out things like "vote," "vein," and "vine," and was told those weren't words.

In the anagram round, they used words like "febrific" and "ormuz." Real enough words, of course... but those are in their database and vote isn't?

:headscratch:
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modestyrabnott From: modestyrabnott Date: May 19th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL. We live in America. "Vote" isn't exactly a commonly used term. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 19th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a UK site, so I guess they don't use it much, either!
modestyrabnott From: modestyrabnott Date: May 19th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's comforting. Eesh.
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: May 19th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen weird things like that with word games, too. And sometimes variations of a word are accepted but not the actual word (ie. "vote" isn't a word, but "voting" or "votes"). Strange.

But it's really odd that such obscure words are in their database and regular ones aren't.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: May 19th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does it have a "number of letters" limit of five, perhaps?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 19th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, it's four, and the message is different if you hit "submit" after three letters. It just says, "I do not know that word."

:weird:
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: May 19th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Very silly, then.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 19th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I figured it out. I tried "vile" in another round, and that didn't work, either--I think their database must have alphabetical subdivisions, and someone accidentally erased the words that begin with "v."

Yeah.

Must be it.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: May 19th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds good. *offers halo polish*
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