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Friday, January 18, 2008

Serious Time-Waster Alert

posted by on January 18 at 9:55 AM

The pain and heartbreak of potentially losing Scrabulous has lessened, now that I’ve found Word Sandwich.

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Word Sammich needs a better dictionary. It didn't recognize 3 of the 8 five-letter words I guessed, even though they WERE actual words (haint, e.g.).

I like babble (

Posted by Jane | January 18, 2008 10:14 AM

I was personally bored w/ it. Sorry.

Posted by yearning | January 18, 2008 10:18 AM

This is making me feel really stupid. I don't understand it, and there is no help or rules section...

Posted by Callie | January 18, 2008 10:34 AM

Callie--by "high" and "low" they actually just mean "in alphabetic order." It confused me too at first.

Posted by leek | January 18, 2008 10:37 AM

@4 thanks, that helps, but I still don't even know what the objective is. Type a bunch of five letter words until you maybe guess the one the game wants you to type? WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS?

Posted by Callie | January 18, 2008 10:43 AM

agreed. frustrating and dumb.

Posted by lineout fan | January 18, 2008 11:48 AM

Even if you know the rules it's still kind of a dumb game. You just binary search the dictionary. Knowing some obscure 5 letter words is the only real challenge to this game.

Best way to score low is to take the dictionary and pick a word you think represents the "median" alphabetical word. Since you get a high/low answer, you can effectively divide your word list in half with each guess. Once you get the result, take your new word list and repeat picking a median word.

For example, you guess "month" (m is the 13th letter, so its about halfway). If its too low, then your new word list is anything between month and z****. Otherwise, its between a**** and month. Divide that in half and guess the new median. Repeat ad nauseum.

Like I said, the only hard part once you've narrowed it down sufficiently is guessing some obscure word.

Math/CS geeks will note that the average number of guesses this requires is going to be the base 2 logarithm of the dictionary length. Fun!

That means even a score of 10 guesses is quite good, since best case scenario 10 guesses could only crack a dictionary with 1024 words in it.

Posted by w7ngman | January 18, 2008 12:20 PM

Er, that should say worst case scenario. 10 guesses can *always* crack a 1024 word dictionary.

Posted by w7ngman | January 18, 2008 12:29 PM

Why do i keep getting invites to play these games on Facebook? I mean, I'd rather play global thermonuclear Risk ... or ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 18, 2008 1:26 PM

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