The Telegraph PlusWord: The fantastic new puzzle for Word-game and Crossword fans alike!

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The Telegraph PlusWord: The fantastic new puzzle for Word-game and Crossword fans alike!

The Telegraph PlusWord: The fantastic new puzzle for Word-game and Crossword fans alike!

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Everybody approaches their PlusWord slightly differently, you see. Some race, some dawdle. Some compete, others co-operate. Some go down, others go across. Some take wild guesses, others wouldn’t dream of it. Humans contain multitudes, and so do puzzles.

Myself and my friend in Malaysia play every day and compare times. Can anything be done to decrease the lag time when using mobile? Also, what's the deal with two word answers like yesterday's LETUP? We always find them a little jarring. Historical performance stats would be nice to have.It may be that you have an established daily competition with a partner, relative or friend, and the slate with your PlusWord Pal is wiped clean at the upload of each new puzzle. Or it may be simply a personal best you attempt to beat, rather than each other. Or, if you’re a particular kind of competitive weirdo, it may be that the average time is the key metric. These are all subsets of the One-up Wandas. As an American I often find hogwash appropriate,” said Richard Heagy, “though I occasionally borrow the British term codswallop for variety.” My own PB – so glad you asked, thank you – is a thoroughly respectable 41 seconds. And you would not believe how difficult it was to get this far into the article before mentioning it. Half-job Henriettas Exactly one year ago, Chris Lancaster unleashed a new set of partitions on this already deeply divided nation, and it persists to this day. Lancaster, the Telegraph’s long standing puzzles and crosswords editor, meant well: he is the inventor of PlusWord, the simple yet ferociously addictive word game that has had millions of us in its grip for the last 12 months.

Having been dragged away from my desk by my wife for an hour or two recently, we went for lunch at a café we visit occasionally. The owner knows that I’m the Telegraph’s Puzzles Editor, and it wasn’t long before I was approached by a member of staff, who took me to task over her husband’s solving habits. She wasn’t happy. Of course, it’s not midnight everywhere in the world when PlusWord is published. not-an-isomorphism is still fresh as a daisy when a new puzzle appears: “My wife and I play it every night when it comes out EST. Have hit sub one minute once on mobile and felt like a huge accomplishment. Love the game and what you all do.” Ahh, thanks!A rare, rare breed. As somebody who only ever completes PlusWord on their phone, a format to which it is perfectly tailored, if I ever see it on a full-size computer monitor it reminds me of the giant floor piano in the Tom Hanks film Big: fun to look at, but also strangely grotesque, and surely a total nightmare to play? But they’re out there, the analytics insists, living among us, and seeing all the clues at once. Cheating Petes For many of you, PlusWord is something that sets you up for the day ahead. FormulaDriven says, “I start my day with PW, having done Wordle as a warm-up, sitting with a cup of tea at the laptop.” It's not a precise science, but the general aim is that, in common with other Telegraph puzzles such as our Cryptic Crossword, PlusWord generally gets more difficult throughout the working week, and slightly easier again on Saturday and Sunday.

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