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#11
12-11-2008, 07:01 AM
 Fhae Junior Member Join Date: Dec 2008 Posts: 1

What does the 5 people mean?
#12
12-11-2008, 01:15 PM
 brandx Junior Member Join Date: Nov 2008 Location: mumbai Posts: 6
5 people

they are all the people in the puzzle. identified by one of the categories. the most important clue possibly.
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#13
01-07-2009, 04:20 PM
 herbalista Junior Member Join Date: Nov 2008 Location: So Calif high desert Posts: 1
How to Get Faster

I can solve, but I can't seem to really improve my time. I seem to spend all my time putting Xs into boxes, but I can't visualize the results without doing that.

There have to be other ways to get faster. Can any of the really fast people offer some tips?

Patty/herbalista
#14
04-09-2009, 06:08 PM
 leolemon Junior Member Join Date: Apr 2009 Location: Killeen, TX Posts: 2
speed

the real question is, how LONG have you guys been doing these types of logic puzzles?
#15
05-24-2009, 04:14 PM
 moodymom Junior Member Join Date: Apr 2009 Location: A mountain valley in the middle of nowhere, Utah. Posts: 8

Learn to take shortcuts. This might take a little practice, but it's worth it. For instance, in puzzles that talk about butterflies, they have some pretty long and obnoxious words. These can slow you down. A lot of the time, the four or five long words in one category will each start with a different letter or syllable.

When you read a clue that says - The Lepidopterous who collects Hesperidae doesn't like chocolate - let your brain take a shortcut. If you have to read the whole thing, read it as - The Lep who collects Hesp doesn't like choc -. You can make this even shorter. The word Lepidopterous doesn't help us to solve any clues. You can skip the word, and learn to spot only the ones that really matter. So the clue becomes - Hesp...doesn't...choc.

The same thing works for phone numbers and license plates. Don't read the whole thing, only enough to identify the clue. UAJ-461 might be the only plate that starts with U. If there's more than one that begins that way, take it only as far as you need to. UAJ-461 and UHU-893 can be separated by the first 2 letters. Skip the rest, it'll only bog you down in unnecessary details.

Finally, if you find yourself getting confused, say it out loud. It solidifies the clue in your mind. I mutter to myself a lot when I'm solving, and it helps. I say things like "Hesp is chocolate" and "You-who (UHU pronounced) isn't first". These things have greatly reduced my solving time, and I make a lot less mistakes now.
#16
06-05-2009, 07:19 PM
 Laura Member Join Date: Aug 2008 Location: Connecticut Posts: 79
Thanks

Moodymom, I love your shortcuts. I've done something similar with those longer names and number clues and it has helped me also.
#17
12-08-2009, 09:45 PM
 pcuser Senior Member Join Date: Nov 2009 Posts: 162

When you use a spreadsheet, do you program it to generate logical conclusions from the input X's & O's to generate all possible data as you fill in the clues? Or, do you just use the format for better understanding?
Thanks
#18
01-24-2010, 03:20 PM
 urielzet Junior Member Join Date: Feb 2009 Posts: 3

I think the shortcut that helped me the most in being able to break records is breaking the habit of marking all the Xs associated with an O. It takes a long while to get used to doing it, but I think once you can do that easily, you can get a shot at breaking records as well.

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