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AARP Games Online Community Tips Contest 2021

Have a tip on how to maximize scores on AARP Games?  Share your strategies or tricks others might not be aware of for a chance to win one of five (5) $50 VISA gift cards along with 50 AARP Rewards points! 

 

Post your message by clicking reply at the bottom of this message! Contest ends 12/31/21.  Click here to see Contest Rules.

 

 

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Cool!  I feel very special... 💖

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Teri, I don't think very many folks who entered this contest got an email with a promo code for the points. I get emails with codes from a couple of my weekly newsletters, but I don't recall getting one for this contest.

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I just addd them to your account.

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@AARPTerirequest reply to my question below. Thank you 

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I added to both your account and your husband's.

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Sorry for the delay in responding.  Yes, I will add them to your account if you did not receive the promo code via email.

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@AARPTeri @tinasinge @JeffreyH26257 

 

Hi Teri, 

 

I also entered but did not receive a promo code. I don’t care about the points, but am curious to see the winning submissions. (I assumed I wasn’t among them.) Would it be possible to post the winning tips? Thank you!

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@JeffreyH26257 , The winners were:

@naxos  with Outspell Tip; @nonnie9999 onnie9999 with Word Search tip; @lb66998143 with Mahjongg tip; @JudeStrebla with Scrabble tip; @Vexed with Outspell tip!  There were some great tips shared here!

 

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@AARPTeri 


Thank you so much! Wow, I’m honored.

 

I never got notification. How do I claim the award?

 

Thanks again!

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An email is being sent to your registered email address to confirm mailing address!  You should receive it today.

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Thank you so much!

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@AARPTeri Hi Teri, thank you! Do I need to do anything to get the reward?

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Thank you so much @AARPTeri . What a surprise! Never got an email. Congratulations to the winners. And thanks to everyone that submitted a tip.

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AARPTeri Hi, my husband entered the contest and did not receive either notification that he won or points for entering.  Hoping maybe he had possibly won, he sent you the email below on Jan 27th asking if you could publish the winners.  Since he received no reply I was hoping I would be more successful.  Could you clarify if for future contests you could publish the winners so that we who have not won could know and request the points if we have not received them.

He has not gotten any email related to this contest.  He has no problem getting redemptions and bulletins.

Thank you in advance for a prompt response.

 

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@AARPTeri Have rewards points been given for this contest?

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@AARPTeri hi, can you share winners with the rest of us?

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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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