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7 Little Words

May 29, 2013 | | Add a Comment

7 Little WordsA lot of word puzzles and free crosswords are played by many people on a daily basis. They can be played online or downloaded and be played on a mobile device, making them appeal to even more people. One of the most played word puzzles is 7 Little Words, which does not involve any points – just the fulfillment of solving 7 mystery words. Guessing them can sometimes be easy, but it can also be difficult and frustrating. To win in this game, there are some tips you need to know.

 

7 Little Words Tips:

Limited options

Do not be daunted by the groups of letters you see. Remember that there are only 20 groups of letters to create seven words from, so you have to keep in mind that the choices are not infinite. With a finite number of options, it becomes easier to guess the mystery words. You can mix and match the different letter groups without worrying about a time limit as there is none.

Think of synonyms

You are given 7 short clues to guess the mystery words. If you are having trouble getting the right letter group combinations, think of synonyms or words that have a similar meaning with the word or words given in each clue. For example, the clue is “risky.” Think of other words that have more or less the same meaning as the clue: “grave,” “dangerous,” “unsafe,” “hazardous,” “threatening,” and a few more other related words. After determining these words, check the letter groups and see if any of them can be combined to form one of them.  Using your mental thesaurus can definitely help you guess the 7 mystery words.

Explore your stock knowledge

In 7 Little Words, there are some clues that are more than one word long and sometimes, using synonyms is not enough. Clues like “a color in a rainbow” or “a quiet place” require you to explore your mental encyclopedia. The first example is quite easy as you have only 7 colors to choose from, so you can easily start looking for the letter combinations that can form red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. The second example requires a little more digging of your stock knowledge or even memories and experience. Where do you usually go when you need some peace and quiet? Even if people have various answers to this question, the choices are still finite: the library, a church, a room, or a cemetery. Determine these words and find the letter combinations that correspond to one of them.

Ask help from others

As mentioned earlier, there are many people who play 7 Little Words, so there is a huge chance that you have family members and friends who also play the game. Cliché as is sounds, but two heads are better than one, so how much better would you be at this game if you have more than two heads working together? You can ask help from your family, relatives, friends, acquaintances, or colleagues in a variety of ways. First, you can directly ask them what the answer is if they have already encountered some of the clues. Second, if you do not want to easily know what the answer is, you can ask them to give you more clues instead. Lastly, playing 7 Little Words together can be a great way for you to bond with them and at the same time, guess the words correctly! It’s a fun way to connect with them as well as to learn more words together. You can do this during your free time or you can set a date and time for you to meet up to play the game. Or, you can play the game during reunions and use it as an ice breaker.

 

7 Little Words Cheats

Like many other games including free crosswords, answers to 7 Little Words are available online.  If you want to find the answers to the seven clues quickly, search for them on the Internet. A lot of sites have all the answers to the clues. Of course doing this defeats the purpose of playing the game, but if you want to move on to the next puzzle, then go ahead. However, make sure that you have exhausted all means of guessing the answers before resorting to this move.

Word Squares

May 18, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Word SquaresIf you love playing Sudoku and are also addicted to word puzzles, you’ll definitely love playing this new game called Word Squares! While most word puzzles tend to present the same challenges like Scrabble and Words with Friends as well as Boggle and Ruzzle, this game offers something quite definitely unique. And it’s not just your word-building skills that will be put to the test. You’ll undoubtedly be racking your brain more than usual when faced with this game.

 

What is Word Squares?

As mentioned earlier, the game Word Squares is quite similar to Sudoku. However, instead of a number grid, you have a grid that’s filled with letters. The goal of Sudoku is to fill every row, column, and sub-grids (the smaller grids within the main grid) with the numbers 1-9. The same goal applies to Word Squares, but it involves words. The letters need to be rearranged so that each column and row should contain valid words, meaning you’ll be forming something like acrostic words. Seems easy enough? Not quite as much because there is a catch: there are certain letters on the grid that have a fixed position – they cannot be moved. These stationary letters are distinguished by their bigger and white font. Movable letters, on the other hand, are in black.

Levels

There are four levels in Word Squares: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. Every level has a different grid in terms of size. The more difficult a level, the bigger the grid is. The smallest grid is 3×3 in size, while the biggest one is at 6×6. With these available levels, you can easily find one that suits your purpose from practicing the basics of the game to challenging yourself more.

If you are a beginner, it is better to start with the easy level. Once you get the hang of it, you can move on to the medium level. Keep challenging yourself by solving the puzzles in the difficult level, then test your skills even more by doing the puzzles in the expert level. There are over a thousand levels in this game, so you’ll be able to play it for quite a long time.

How to play

Forming words is easy because you simply need to touch and drag the letters. When you make a valid move, it is often signalled by the outlining of the word in yellow. All words should be valid horizontally and vertically. It can take as short as a few minutes or as long as a few hours for you to complete a puzzle in Word Squares. You just have to keep swiping and trying. Playing this game can be challenging, but fulfilling at the same time. Therefore, aside from building your vocabulary skills, the game will also sharpen your puzzle-solving skills.

When you find yourself stuck, tap the hint button found on the lower portion of the screen. Doing so will make the board play a valid move on your behalf. You may find yourself quite frustrated at many times, but don’t fuss; no matter how difficult a puzzle may be, you will eventually learn a variety of strategies to solve them. In the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to use the hint button once in a while. After all, you have the option to customize the hints you have in the game.

Game options

In the lower part of the navigation panel, you will find the options button. Since this game is simple, it is no surprise that its options and features are also simple, making it even more appealing to play. There are just two options available: you can turn on or turn off the sound and options for the hint feature.

You can hear certain sounds on two instances: every time you make a successful letter to letter move and when you are able to complete a puzzle.

For the hint options, there are four choices. You can play the game with no hints, start with some hints, begin with more hints, and play with a lot of hints. With these options, you can easily customize each puzzle you play as well as keep challenging yourself.

Word Squares may not involve numbers, but this game can surely give your brain a much needed exercise!  You can download it on your Apple device so it will be more convenient for you to play the game. You can ask the help of your friends or family members when solving the game’s puzzles, so it can also be a great way to bond with them.