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Staying sharp as I age, that’s my goal!

I find that playing a few AARP games each day helps me toward that goal.

My favorite is Scramble Words. It brings me lots of benefits: quick thinking, vocabulary recall, increased vocabulary, and I will not forget that it helps me with typing and muscle memory.

Here are a few tips that have helped me improve my game.

  • Maximize the bonus words; they are the ones that make the difference between a low and a high score.
  • Think grammar: plural, past tense, conjunctions, gender, numbers…
  • Learn words that have only a few letters but might not be used often in everyday conversations; for example ken and kent.
  • Don’t forget that the game does not allow anything remotely inappropriate (“gay” comes to mind as the game has never learned the traditional meaning of “merry”).
  • And that it accepts some proper nouns (“Genoa” trips me all the time!)

My last tip is the most important one: all the sets are not equal in difficulties and a difficult one makes me learn so much more! Poor score but a more nimble mind. Soldier on!

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I like to play the word games and especially like Outspell, Word Wipe & Scramble Words.  I don't worry about others' high scores, I just try to beat my best score.  I've always been a poor speller & find that crossword puzzles and word games really help.  Kids (and grandchildren!) would enjoy many of these games - and not realize how educational they are. The mini-crossword puzzle often has some clever clues - and you get reward points for completing it.  

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OUTSPELL TIPS

 

First Tip: Long Words

I try to use all 6 of my tiles on each round, especially early in the game. There are a total of 100 tiles for the game. Both sides start with 6 tiles each, with new tiles added after each turn to replace the ones used. I figure if I use more tiles than my opponent (the computer), it increases my odds of getting more high value tiles and getting them faster.

 

Also, forming longer words early in the game creates more options for word-building on each subsequent turn. It also helps you reach the edges of the board faster where there are lots of high value squares. And a really long word can cover two triple word squares!

 

Of course, I use short words if they’re high-value and I can place them on high-value squares! Such as QI or XI for a double-word score. Or if that’s all I’ve got. Such as on the first turn where my rack is all consonants and I can only use HM or MM.

 

Second Tip: Roots, Prefixes, Suffixes

I try to use words that are good roots for building on later. So, if I can play either FROM or FORM, I use FORM because it is a good root. You can build on it over multiple turns:

 

IN+FORM+ATION

DE+FORM+ED

PER+FORM+ANCE+S

RE+FORM+ER+S

 

If your opponent builds on your word, try to leverage that and build an even longer word.

 

Third Tip: Keep on Learning

Pay attention and keep learning, everywhere, not just in the game. For example, I noticed an old-fashioned verb tense while reading and realized that I could add T to lots of verbs. So now I use FIXT, MIXT, VEXT, LEARNT, BURNT.

 

I’m working on solving my biggest challenge of trying to use up the letter C at the very end of the game. Any hints?

 

Happy spelling!

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I enjoy doing the crossword puzzles. My tip for maximizing your score on the crossword puzzles is to fill in the answers for the clues that you are pretty sure are right before you make a guess on the ones that you are not sure of. You lose points for guessing the wrong answer and many times the correct answer is easier to figure out when some of the letters are already filled in from the clues for the words that intersect with the answers that you are not sure of. I will never get the highest score but I enjoy trying to increase my own score.

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Great post! btw, if you turn off "Show errors" or "Highlight errors", in most of the crossword puzzles, wrong answers don't lose points. That's under the menu (top left on most crosswords), usually the top or second option.

 

Some crosswords (usually the cumulative) have that option under "Check" (third from right); "Autocheck" should show Off.

 

Thanks for the post!

 

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Playing games daily increases your speed and accuracy.  On days that notice I respond slower, I recognize that I'm tired or frazzled and I give myself some extra kindness.  Having a daily indicator that makes you think about yourself is helpful, and doing the puzzles daily has so many other benefits, including having fun.  

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Type with two hands when doing the crossword puzzles. I wish that I had taken typing class in school 40 years ago lol. 

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lol, I'm so glad I did 60 years ago 😉 that does help me now especially since back then only manual typewriters so we had to slam the carriage back every sentence/paragraph 😉

 

While I think most kiddos now learning "keyboarding" earlier now, this is yet another reason that should be encouraged, don't you think? While touch input is pretty prevalent now, that doesn't work so well with crosswords, so I always use keyboard for those.

 

Thanks for pointing out a great fact!

 

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Phil Harris, actor and showman, to John Fogerty of CCR: “If I’d known I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
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Games keeps your mind sharp! Have fun and play!

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Have a good time with it 

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Try to enjoy yourself when your electronic partner with six HCP  bids a three card suit twice.

 

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Use all the strategies you have to win, but know that even when you lose, you're still winning. Think of all the cognitive benefits you get from playing games:

1) Lumeno and Snake improves hand-to-eye coordination.

2) You're not only using problem solving skills when you play Right Again,Trivia or Crossword,   you're also drawing on your short- and long-term memory skills. (You're also learning a lot that you didn't know before!)

3)  Games where you compete with others improves social skills and teamwork.

4)  Mahjongg teaches you how to multi-task and forces you to pay attention to multiple things at once and react to them, all while keeping track of a certain time window.

5)  Arcade games makes you adapt to changing rules, and forces you to move out of your  comfort zone. (Adaptation is something many folks have a hard time accepting.)

6)  Gaming helps you to set goals, and once met, create new ones.

 

So, have fun, be entertained - all while keeping those self-improvement skills sharp! The smarter you get, the higher your games scores will go!

 

 

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I like mahjong and the peaceful music.

 

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Remember it is a game. Mahjong is a great game with peaceful music.

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Totally agree

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I use Wikipedia to look up answers for the crossword puzzles.

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Just Play. It's fun.

 

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Just Play, It's fun.

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In the OUTSPELL game, I give my wife this joking way to win, spell KITTYCAT and you'll win every time!   Merry Christmas everyone!  

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Just have fun with the games and compete with myself.

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BeCool. Whatever You do, Be Cool. Please do not get frustrated because frustration affect your focus level. Do not get angry on the outcome, again angriness distracts you, further. In difficulty, think of beatiful things such as flowers , gentle waves of the sea, baby's face( baby's bottom too will relax you). Ok, move on whatever awaits you. Have confidence in YOU because it is YOU who are the most important for YOU. All The Best.

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Try your best to limit distractions, play when/where you can reduce background noise to help concentration.
Find out what type of games you are good at by playing a variety which gear towards different skills, once you determine the type you are getting the highest scores on pick a couple you enjoy the most and stick to those.  The more you play the same game, the more you learn the idiosyncrasies of each.  
I enjoy games such as Path Finder, not only are you playing against your best score, but you can see how you are playing against other members. It is fun to see your name in the top 5 and they show you where you stand if not on the board for the top 5.  Also, you get to see who is consistently scoring in the top 5.  Keeps your brain sharp while having fun.  Best advice is to enjoy yourself whatever games you choose!
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great topics. should have more health related quiz. love playing it. 

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Really enjoy challenging myself on various games. I read it’s mentally healthy to work puzzles and games daily. We need to keep giving the brain things to do to so it makes our mental health stronger. 

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I think the comment "relax & enjoy yourself & don't get frustrated" is the best one...

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We, my husband and me love Jewel Shuffle. I think the secret is the competitive nature to beat each other, cause you aren’t going to beat the game, lol. We love it and I find that if you try and get 4 or 5 in a row is the best way to get more points, by  matching the lit ones with two others! Love the diamond!

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A take pride in learning more about my body and earn points at the same time.

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The best tip I have heard lately

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Relax & enjoy yourself & don't get frustrated.

 

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