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#1
03-19-2014, 11:53 PM
 AveryShade Junior Member Join Date: Nov 2010 Posts: 5
Commenting on a puzzle

I notice some ppl use the comment section after a puzzle.

I'm wondering what they mean since they don't sound coherent
such as,

!guess or guess!

1wrong/1correct

What do these comments mean?
Why are they always the same comments?
I never see ppl post the times they scored in or
other puzzle stats, just these strange ones.
#2
03-20-2014, 06:28 PM
 Papallion Junior Member Join Date: Dec 2013 Posts: 3

Be grateful they're posting how many tey got wrong or if they guessed rather then "First!"
#3
04-01-2014, 09:35 PM
 AveryShade Junior Member Join Date: Nov 2010 Posts: 5

Thanks.

What do you mean by - they guessed rather then "First!"?

What does !guess mean? They guessed their way through
the whole puzzle? Why is there usually an exclamation mark
before the word guess? (I notice this a lot)

First! means what? They solved without error on the first try?

I appreciate comments, I'd thought about leaving some, it's
just the lingo I don't understand.

Thanks again, what you said about how many they got
wrong or right makes sense.
#4
04-02-2014, 07:37 AM
 Alethea Member Join Date: Sep 2013 Posts: 43

One comment I've left a couple of times is in reference to grammar mistakes. There are a few puzzles where the clues ought to say "3 months", for example, but instead say "3 month". Also, at times the gender of the person in the clues is obvious, but the clue will say "Nora had chocolate for their third scoop", e.g. It's not a big deal, but it often grates when I hear it in my head
#5
04-02-2014, 10:07 AM
 MicahFFX Junior Member Join Date: Jun 2013 Posts: 14
Using "their" as a genderless pronoun

Just a comment on their. It's actually not uncommon to see "their" used in logic problems as a singular non-gender pronoun. It is equivalent to saying "his or her" when the gender is unknown (and that is listed in some dictionary definitions). Putting a gendered pronoun (her or his) could lead to clues that let us eliminate all the male or female sounding names because "The 3rd person had peppermint for her first scoop."
#6
04-02-2014, 10:47 AM
 yvmaxwell Junior Member Join Date: Jan 2014 Posts: 8

i've wondered same thing but rarely do I even see a comment. i've played many puzzles so I wonder if comments are mostly in certain categories. I play mostly 4x6 and 4x7.
#7
04-02-2014, 11:23 AM
 Alethea Member Join Date: Sep 2013 Posts: 43

Quote:
 Originally Posted by MicahFFX Just a comment on their. It's actually not uncommon to see "their" used in logic problems as a singular non-gender pronoun. It is equivalent to saying "his or her" when the gender is unknown (and that is listed in some dictionary definitions). Putting a gendered pronoun (her or his) could lead to clues that let us eliminate all the male or female sounding names because "The 3rd person had peppermint for her first scoop."
Yes, and I have no problem with "their" in those cases. It's just when the gender is already specified (like in the example I gave above) that it sounds bad.
#8
04-02-2014, 04:56 PM
 AveryShade Junior Member Join Date: Nov 2010 Posts: 5

Thanks for the replies everyone.

yv - I like the 4x5's, I find a lot of comments on them which are
easy to miss since they're usually one word comments.
#9
04-02-2014, 07:20 PM
 doomy304 Junior Member Join Date: Jul 2009 Posts: 4

I'm 99% sure that "!guess" is shorthand for "didn't guess". In C++ and probably other programming languages the exclamation point is the same as "does not equal"
#10
04-02-2014, 07:48 PM
 AveryShade Junior Member Join Date: Nov 2010 Posts: 5

Thank you so much, that clears up A LOT.

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