Beat the Word Nerd, Redux

Via the folks at Quite Interesting (specifically their Twitter, @qikipedia), a word game, and a revival of Beat the Word Nerd:

Word Bubbles gives you three letters, and you have to come up with as many words that start with those letters as you can in one minute. You go three rounds to get a final score. There’s a bit more to it, but it’s easy to pick up.

I went seven rounds, all in the name of research, of course. Also, addiction.

The game is under the site’s “flexibility” category, and it’s a good description. Once you get locked into a certain root, it is hard to get your mind to chase other words. For instance, I got sac- as a starter, and flamed out after running down all the sacr- words like scared and sacrifice.

Here are my scores in the order I got them, and here is the link to the game. Post your scores in the comments. If my Monday Quiz Challenges were any indicator, I am soon to be put to shame. Sweet!

  • 930
  • 1350
  • 1260
  • 1560
  • 1680
  • 1890 (High score!)
  • 1860

Monday Quiz Challenge | End of the month edition

Each week, Talk Wordy to Me challenges readers to beat the word nerd in a quiz challenge and post their scores in the comments.

Because I’m having trouble finding good quizzes every week, I am using the Etymologic quiz on the last Monday of each month. It offers different questions each time you try it.

Here’s the quiz. I got a 9 out of 10, which is probably my best showing ever on one of these quizzes. I did have a rare repeated question from a previous month, but only one.

Monday Quiz Challenge | Bookworm Edition

Each week, Talk Wordy to Me challenges readers to beat the word nerd in a quiz challenge and post their scores in the comments below.

This week isn’t quite a quiz, it’s the classic PopCap game Bookworm. It’s a word search and a race against burning letters. Be sure to note your score before your final word; it doesn’t tell you what it was after you lose (you lose when a burning tile reaches the bottom and isn’t used).

I scored a 69,630. Here’s the game.

Monday Quiz Challenge | 10-minute edition

Each week, Talk Wordy to Me challenges readers to beat the word nerd in a quiz challenge and post their scores in the comments below.

This week, a very tough, longish quiz that asks you to look at 200 word pairs and pick if their meanings are the same or opposite. It took me about 10 minutes to get through it.

Here’s the quiz. I got a 156 out of 200, and feel very good about that. A bunch of the words were brand-new to me.

Monday Quiz Challenge | Spelling Edition

Each week, Talk Wordy to Me challenges readers to beat the word nerd in a quiz challenge and post their scores in the comments.

This week, a from businesswriting.com:

The 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words is a list that has circulated among American businesses for decades. Two words have variant spellings for companies using British English spelling. Those two words are repeated at the end of the list of 25 words asking for the British spellings.

Here’s the quiz. I got 20 out of 27.

Monday Quiz Challenge | Actual end of the month edition

Each week, Talk Wordy to Me challenges readers to beat the word nerd in a quiz challenge and post their scores in the comments.

OK, so I just realized that June does not in fact end until tomorrow. Like I said last week, we had a guest, so I was rushing out that post. Who needs a month with five Mondays, anyway?

So this week I’ve got a new etymology quiz. I got a 5 out of 10, including one that was the subject of a blog post in the past year.