LyndseyBrowning: Wordament’s new speed demon

If you have been watching the leaderboard lately you might recognize the name LyndseyBrowning. Today we are officially announcing her as the NEW Wordament Champion! She has set the new speed record in a single, 2:00 round: 193 words. Here’s a little about her, from Lyndsey herself:

I am a 27 year old Web Developer from the South Wales valleys (UK) who loves word games. I started playing word games around 10-11 years ago, which back then included Scrabble and any Boggle variation that I could get my hands on (or keyboard rather!).

I was drawn to Wordament due to its live multiplayer aspect, and being a competitive person by nature, I found myself right at home! I’m also a fan of the themed boards, which provide a challenge, even for an advanced player like myself. The Either/Or theme for example, doesn’t follow the typical 16×16 style and is therefore a great challenge, testing your focus!

I also particularly like the Long Word theme as longer words are usually my weakness but these boards give me an opportunity to find words I wouldn’t normally dream of finding. On a themed board recently I managed to find CONSTELLATION, which I was very proud of :)

One piece of advice I always give to beginners is to always study the words missed at the end of each round. You will be surprised how much you will take in and remember from that, especially as you start to see the same word patterns being missed. Secondly, don’t focus on the game timer, focus only on finding words. It can be a distraction and once you’re in the flow of the game, you don’t need any distractions.

I also tend to tell people to find an area of the board to begin with and find all words you can in that area before moving on to the next. This allows you to scan other areas of the board whilst you are swiping words in your current area.

Finally, learn some common anagrams, they will help. One of my favourites is RETAINS, which can make:

ANESTRI ANTSIER NASTIER RETINAS RETSINA RETAINS RATINES, STEARIN STAINER

And S is your friend! Most words can be pluralised. Even if you aren’t sure, just try it! Also consider suffixes such as ED, ER, IER, ING, ION, IEST… And prefixes such as RE, PRE, PRO, MIS (which incidentally can sometimes be found on themed boards).

Here’s the breakdown of the game that led her to becoming the new champion

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Lyndsey’s results:

Found common words Found obscure words
gasped +34,  panics +32,  scaped +32,  scapes +32,  spaces +32,  spades +32,  coding +32,  pangs +22,  dangs +21,  gapes +21,  scads +21,  sings +21,  snags +21,  snaps +21,  spans +21,  gaped +21,  capes +19,  gains +19,  paces +19,  scans +19,  scape +19,  sodas +19,  space +19,  spade +19,  caped +19,  panic +19,  cains +18,  codes +18,  dices +18,  napes +18,  panes +18,  sides +18,  aides +16,  canes +16,  deans +16,  dines +16,  sanes +16,  snide +16,  anise +15,  gasp +13,  caps +12,  dags +12,  gads +12,  pang +12,  cads +11,  cods +11,  docs +11,  gins +11,  nags +11,  naps +11,  pans +11,  sang +11,  scad +11,  sics +11,  sign +11,  sing +11,  snag +11,  snap +11,  span +11,  sped +11,  dang +11,  gape +11,  paid +11,  aids +10,  apes +10,  cans +10,  dins +10,  peas +10,  said +10,  scan +10,  secs +10,  soda +10,  aped +10,  cape +10,  gain +10,  gap +10,  pace +10,  aces +9,  asp +9,  dies +9,  gas +9,  ices +9,  ides +9,  odes +9,  seas +9,  side +9,  spa +9,  cain +9,  cap +9,  code +9,  dice +9,  dig +9,  gad +9,  nape +9,  pane +9,  sac +8,  sane +8,  sic +8,  sod +8,  aide +8,  cad +8,  cane +8,  cod +8,  dean +8,  dine +8,  doc +8,  gin +8,  nag +8,  nap +8,  nice +8,  pan +8,  sec +7,  sin +7,  aid +7,  ape +7,  can +7,  din +7,  pea +7,  sea +6,  ace +6,  die +6,  ice +6,  ode +6 canids +30,  speans +30,  scags +22,  gadis +21,  pacas +21,  cadis +19,  codas +19,  sadis +19,  saids +19,  spaes +19,  cades +18,  canid +18,  daces +18,  peans +18,  sades +18,  sains +18,  spean +18,  cines +16,  nides +16,  daps +12,  gids +12,  pacs +12,  scag +12,  gadi +11,  paca +11,  ados +10,  agin +10,  cadi +10,  casa +10,  coda +10,  dans +10,  gaed +10,  gaes +10,  gies +10,  ocas +10,  odas +10,  sadi +10,  spae +10,  ains +9,  anis +9,  cade +9,  cag +9,  dace +9,  dag +9,  dap +9,  gid +9,  gien +9,  pac +9,  pean +9,  sade +9,  sain +9,  sice +9,  sig +9,  anes +8,  cine +8,  odea +8,  sine +8,  ado +7,  dan +7,  gae +7,  gie +7,  oca +7,  oda +7,  san +7,  ade +6,  ain +6,  ani +6,  ens +6,  sei +6,  ane +5

And, for non-believers (people that think she’s cheating) here’s a link to a game she recently posted onto YouTube where she found 165 words in a single round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjC3Vbgva8k&sns=em

Until today, the only person that was hitting the top of the thermometer was DiscoPidgeon. Now, with the influx of new players from Android (that have been training on Wordament-like games for a while), we have a handful of players that are able to consistently break the 170 boundary without cheating. As such, we are taking steps to let legitimate players submit scores above 170 words (the current round cap), while still ensuring that blatant cheaters get the ban-hammer.

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