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Word Wipe Strategy

I see every day that the leading scorers are in the 40,000 range.  I am far from illiterate, but I rarely score above 11,000.  Is there a strategy, a technique to get more time or more words?  The enormous but consistent discrepancy is a great curiosity.  Any advice?

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I save up the "h"s to the end of the level by avoiding using them in words and then delete them all in a row when possible. I have been trying to reach the highest level I can, more than looking at my score, but I do manage to clear the boards sometimes.

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Whenever I see a "J" or "Z" or "Q", I focus on that for a few seconds. It's best to get them gone before going for the low-hanging fruit.

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I don't know what I am doing wrong, but I can't get above 4200.  Maybe I am just slow.

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It takes practice.  If you use your bombs to clear a board, your score for that round doubles.  The bombs will clear a 3x3 square and the bomb has to be placed on a letter.  So, if you have a u-shape (with 3 squares on the bottom of the 'U'), you will not be able clear them with one bomb. 

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Same here..  I would also like any strategy tips as I am getting discoouraged with it.

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I'm convinced the key is to consistently clear the board and double your score.   When I fail to do it, it's almost always because I'm stuck with all consonants.  You can usually dispose of vowels at the end with words such as "eau", "tau", "hie", "fie", "roe", "ahi" (don't ask me to define them; i just know they work!)

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"eau", "tau", "hie", "fie", "roe", "ahi" (don't ask me to define them; i just know they work!) -- "eau" is French for water; I have no idea why the puzzle accepts that. "tau" is a Greek letter. "hie" is an obsolete word for "hurry". "fie" is an expression of disgust. "roe" is fish eggs. "ahi" is a kind of tuna. There are some others, like "qat", which are odd but very useful here.
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I know a lot of obscure words from doing crosswords, but sometimes I pause Word Wipe to look up things up, which helps me remember them. Here's a brief list, some with derivations (I expect to keep adding):

fay: fairy; join tightly

foy (Scot.): farewell gift or entertainment

mim: prim, demure

holt (Old Eng.): copse; variant of hold

moa (N.Z.): 9 extinct species of flightless birds

ain (Arabic): precious

sook: female crab; crybaby (NOT past tense of "seek")

lept: fine; slender (NOT past tense of "leap")

ulu: utility knife used by Inuit women (NOT, apparently, men)

ich: fish disease, usually occuring in aquauriums (I thought it was "ick")

khi: variant of chi

fer: opposite of "agin"? (just guessing)

oca: South American wood sorrel (knew from xwords)

mun (Old Eng.): must; man

fey: pretentious (also xword-ese)

oes: ??? I could only find acronyms. My favorite is "Optically Excited Systems"

With all these strange and often foreign words (including "eau"!) why not "oui" or "moi"? I "objet."

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for sharing these words @SusanM351147.  I have found that “moi” works.  I didn’t know 90% of the ones you listed and I most appreciate it.

 

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Before hitting "Begin" on the Level 1 screen, I look for common prefixes (sub, pro, re) and suffixes (tion, ing).  So, instead of the word "start", it may expand to "restarting" (460 points).  My highest single word score is 522 for "submitted".  "Production" was worth 480.  

I could never find these long words if the clock was running.

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If I can't find at least two 7-letter words on the "Level 1 Begin" screen, I don't start the game.  I get a new screen and keep looking.  If I don't score at least 2500 on Level 1, I quit and start over.  After Level 1, you have to keep going.  If I don't have at least 4500 after Level 2, I quit again.

My best score is 32320 but that was three months ago!

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Here's a tip that may help.  I don't start a game until i've studied the screen that says Level 1 but is grayed out, so it's a little hard to read and the Level 1 label covers many of the letters.  I find at least two 7-letter words BEFORE hitting Start.  So, is it cheating?  Maybe.  My high score is 32320.

Give it a try.

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I've never scored that high. I do look for Q's and X's sometimes, before starting. Of course they may be hiding! I try to line up a few quick words before diving in, in higher rounds. Anyhow I'm going to try your suggestion - but those leaderboard scores are ridiculous. I occasionally get as far as Round 17, maybe hit 18 a couple times, but I'm out of bombs by then. Which reminds me, there's a "try this" button now, supposed to get you 2 additional bonus bombs if you watch a video? I've clicked on a that a couple times but it just leaves the page and I get nothing. And have to start the game over. 

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I figured out the letter values and scoring.  The values of the letters are different.   (See pic)   A word is scored by the value of each letter in the word multiplied by the number of letters in the word.

 

As far as the bonus bombs, I've never been able to get them on this site (AARP), but on another site (I think-- USA Today.) I was able to.  However, it makes the game super long.  A game on AARP, takes me about 30 minutes to play (I average 16 rounds per game).  So, the game on the other site, can take hours since you can get up to 3 bombs per round (one awarded bomb and 2 bonus bombs).  I actually prefer the AARP site when I play.

 

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Understanding how it's scores will help.  The letter 'B' is worth 7 points.  G = 5 points.   'CMPTU' are each worth 4 points, and 'DRSHI' are each worth 2 points.  All other letters are worth 1 point.  Add up the letters in the word, times 2 times the number of letters in the word (unless all letters in the 'word' are the same, in which case just add up the letters times 2).

 

As you can see, the  rarely used letters are only worth 1 point (contrary to Scrabble), but it's still good to try to use them if you have a chance, so you don't end up with letters that don't go together.   I usually try to get any 'B' and 'G' words first.  Then, I try to use the bombs early on - if I can use just one bomb to clear the board.   I don't think it's worth it to use several bombs just to clear the board.

 

Knowing the value of the letters will help you decide whether you should choose 'BAG' or 'BUG', for instance.

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How in the world did you find what the letter values were?

 

Did you know that if you have 3 or more same letters connected you can wipe them out?  (Say you have 5 "H"s, you can wipe out 3, 4 or all five if you like as long as they are connected like a word.)

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how would i have known the value of the letters.  I never actually saw any instructions!!

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I don't know the value of each letter, but my highest word score was for "submitted": 522. "Barracuda", with the same number of letters was only worth 432. BTW, I could never find these longer words with the clock running. I never start a game till I've studied the board at Level 1. If I can't find two or three 7-8 letter words, I clear the screen and start over. After Level 1, I use the pause button regularly to stop the clock and find four and five-letter words. My high score is 36,798 but I've never gotten past Round 14.
I'm far from a genius, but I seriously question those who claim scores of 50K and above.
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You mention using the pause button to stop the clock and find words with more letters. When I pause the clock at any level, a large summary board appears in the middle of the game board. How do you see around or get rid of that summary board so you can find letters?

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The lack of information on how to play the game (other than the obvious basics) is what brought me to this forum. I read about the value of some of the letters in a post here, which was a big help. My strategy is just to start on the left and try to knock out 3-4 of those columns before tacking the right side from the middle and up. I grab longer words if I see them, but can move quickly though the three and four letter ones. I try to clear the board, but won't use more than one bomb to do it until I get up into the higher levels (8 and above, usually.) I'd assume longer words are worth more points, but have not read that as fact anywhere. Anyone have info on that? Thanks!

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I've played Word Wipe on several different websites for about two years now.  I've settled in on one board the last year where my scores were often the highest.  But another player passed me by many months ago.  And then another, and another but that's been a couple months now, too.  More oddly, some of the players that had similar scores to mine have all of a sudden doubled, and just a few days later quadrupled their regular scores.  I've looked up all the tips I can find... no new strategies to find unless I start pausing which I'd rather not.  

 

I just don't understand how several players who I've been playing against for two years can all of a sudden... and at the same time... increase their scores.  

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They discovered the 2 additional bonus bombs that is an option for each round. I've accumulated up to 22 bombs. However, the AARP Wordwipe game doesn't seem to provide the option to watch ads every single cycle in order to gain 2 additional bombs.  But, it isn't you or them. It may be the game as some offer these extra bombs and some don't. I hope that was clear. (?)

 

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I would definitely like to know the same thing. How do these people manage to get these scores approaching 400,000. I wish there was a place to read tips. I know if you highlight 3 of the same letter that are next to each other that they will be erased. I've also learned to save my bombs for the later levels. But I just don't see how some people are obtaining those scores. I sometimes make words that are 6 or 7 letters, but I still can't get past 26,000. Oh, and a couple of good Q words are qua and cinq.

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As I mentioned above, Wordwipe varies at different sites. Some, like the AARP game are straightforward and it is tough to break 30,000 or 40,000.   However, some other Wordwipe sites provide the option after every screen clearing to add 2 ADDITIONAL bombs if you are willing to watch a short ad every time. This allows inflated scores. I usually can get into the 30,000's on the straight AARP wordwipe game with no additional bomb options. With the additional 2 additional bombs/round options on other sites, I have reached 180,000.  That is likely the difference you are seeing. 

 

One thing I don't understand is how/why the AARP Wordwipe game posts many high scores of 300,000 when they don't offer the additional bomb option?  I'm guessing that scores from other sites get included in this "parent" site. I could get 500,000 points if I wanted to, but as someone pointed out elsewhere, it requires an investment of hours of time to do it. And life is too short for that!!! 🙂  Hope this helps.  

 

Try other sites with Wordwipe if you want the "many bomb" option. 

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If you figure it out will you come back and tell us??

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I get in trouble when there's a Q  - I become preoccupied with trying to line it up with a U, and then hopefully an A or IT. The letter X also gets me trouble at times... I've despaired of ever making the leaderboard and just try to play as long as I can. 

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You don't always need a "U" to use the 'Q."  QIN, QIS, QAT are some "Q" words that require no "U."

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Something else I just noticed - there's an exit game button.  Click this and you get an Exit screen asking if you are sure you want to exit, and this screen is even smaller than the Pause screen.  So hit the exit button and you pause the game with most of the board revealed, then just refuse the exit to resume play.

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A number of folks seem to think the game has been hacked, but I think the explanation for the seemingly impossible scores is much simpler:  there's a pause button to the lower left.  When you pause the game a Pause screen covers perhaps a third of the board - just like when the Start screen comes up - but this still leaves a large area of the board visible.  This is a great advantage in a number of ways, if you want to cheat, since it takes away the time pressure and allows you to explore the visible board at your leisure.  Yes, only part of the board is visible but it is still a huge advantage.  You have all the time in the world to find the longest words, or find ways to use the really tough letters, map strategies about how you want letters  to fall, etc. And this advantage, at least to some degree, makes irrelevant the decreasing game times at higher levels.

 

I think a pause button is essential, but the Pause screen really needs to cover the entire board to disable the cheaters.

 

 

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It's just my opinion, but I don't think the pause button and screen tinkering can help that much when it comes to mega scores. I can clear the fast clock board (starts at 16 level) every time. But the odds are that the word board is eventually present a case where there are not enough vowels to clear the board - sometimes stranding about 10 rows of the board which would require 3? 4? bombs to clear.   

I explained elsewhere about the 2 additional bombs after every cleared board if you are willing to watch an additional short add. This allows accumulation of MANY bombs to carry along into many additional rounds. I've mentioned that on a straightforward game, it is tough to get to 40,000 - 50,000.  On a board with the additional bomb option, it becomes much easier.  That's not to say that clearing the levels above 16 are ever easy. One must be able to find a work about every second to clear the levels about 16. But having a stash of 15 or 20 bombs is a big help when a tough board leaves you no option but to use them to clear enough levels to continue play. 

 

If you want to see this, try Wordwipe on other internet sites because most of them have this option. The AARP game does not and after having played the games with tons of bombs, it is often fun and challenging to just play the game straight up with this option. It also improves ones skill in clearing the board without the bandaid of spare bombs and is more difficult. And games are shorter as those 300,000 point games can take hours - I know because I've done it. I hope that helps!

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