Playing Word Games

Guest Post by Joan Whetzel

One of the pleasures of being a writer is that I get to play with words for a living. I love words, and that love of words extends to word games of all kinds. Anyplace I can find a word game, I'm going to play it. Some of my favorite games I can find on my computer, in the newspaper and in game-books.


My favorite word games on the computer right now are under the Yahoo games tab.

•    Bookworm is a game with a bunch of jumbled up letters, where the object of the game is to string as many of the connecting letters (vertically, horizontally, at an angle) to create words. You get points for any word 3 or more letters long. The game throws in a few twists like red squares that burn up the letter tiles under it, green and yellow tiles that up the point value for your words, and bonus words that gain you even more points if you can get the letters together to create that word.

•    Text Twist gives the player 7 letter tiles to create as many words as possible from 3 to 7 letters long. The only way to win each round is to create at least one 7 letter word from the letters given. The more words you create, the more points you get.

•    World Mojo Gold is kind of like a Scrabble game, only the player is given 6 tiles instead of seven. The idea is to create words that cross other words. When a letter tile lands on a colored spot on the board, that letter is added to a list to be used in the bonus round at the end of each round. The bonus round earns extra points based on point value of each letter used. The idea is to have a minimum number of point to pass the round and move on - after the bonus round.


•    Crossword Puzzles. Everybody knows what they are. I love them, even when I can't figure out all the answers.

•    Word Jumble puzzles give the player several words to figure out from a set of jumbled letters. The words, if spelled out correctly, will land some of the letters inside circled spots on the playing board, Those letter then need to be un-scrambled to find the answer to a comic like picture puzzle.
Puzzle Books

•    Cryptograms are substitution ciphers. If you can figure out one of the smaller words (I'm, I've, and, the, or, of, it, is, in), that's generally enough to get you started. It's a matter of pattern recognition after that in order to figure out the sentence or paragraph.

•    Logic Puzzles give the player a table to fill out and a list of clues to check off on the table. From the clues you can figure out who did what, with whom, when, how much it cost, etc.
Sometimes these word games give me new words that I have to look up. But I love that too. I'm always learning something new from these games.

By Joan Whetzel

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