JetPunk Daily Word Search

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Today, we released a brand new minigame: JetPunk Daily Word Search

Every Day, Something Different

This new minigame brings a unique feature compared to other JetPunk minigames. Looking at Taxman and U.S. State Puzzle, where they are the same every time you play, and where Geography Snap and Even Split generate a random game every time you play. Well, we wanted something a bit different.

Introducing JetPunk Daily Word Search! (Or JPDWS for you acronymers). This brings about a new way to play JetPunk Minigames, no longer do you have a random game, but instead every single day there is a new puzzle, hand-crafted by myself, that is the same for everybody! You can easily use it to compare against others and brag about how good you are at them.

Once Upon a Theme...

However, the fun doesn't stop there. After all, just a word search day-in day-out every day might get tiresome. So, we're already switching it up a gear!

Every day of the week has its own "theme", whether that's Countries Tuesday or Cryptic Sunday, there's plenty to look forward. You can start the week off with an "easy" grid every Easy Monday, and you end the week on Fresh Friday with a unique theme, always something different to look forward to!

At Your Own Pace

We chose not to include any form of timing mechanism in these word searches. Why? Because that would ruin the fun! After all, some people want the challenge of finding all the words, not just however many they can find in 3 minutes.

To help with this, your scores and current words found are saved, even if you leave the tab and come back! Even more, if you're logged in to JetPunk, you can take a break from one device and pick up exactly where you left off on another!

The catch? You have to do it before the word search resets at Midnight EST, same time the Front Page resets.

Once It's Gone, It's Gone

Finally, we get to the sad part. Once a day has passed, the word search for that day is gone. Never to be seen or played again. So don't miss out! If you miss a single day, you may never know what that word search was. Plus, it only takes a few minutes, and it's good brain training!

Overall, we hope you enjoy your new minigame, and don't forget to share your scores each day, especially each Saturday, where there is a secret challenge that awaits everybody. But you'll find out what that is in good time.

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Level 73
Feb 1, 2022
Epic, another daily game

Not to mention that wordsearch's been my all time favorite :D

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Level 65
Feb 1, 2022
JetPunk is too good
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
JetPunk is full of reasons for we use it. It’s completely on the work Stewart and Quizmaster do for trying (and acing) to add new features :)
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
I have only a doubt. Do this mean we won’t be able to play again (on the same day) a certain word search? Like, if I finished it, I cannot play again still in the same day?

I can also see how the design is completely different in comparison to other minigames. Is even like animated when it show the stats! I love this! And on the stats, that’s what I meant by adding a new type of bar chart. You have a single bar for a category, not organized in groups, like (Feb 1 = 7. Feb 2 = 5. Feb 3 = 2), without the dates (e.g.)

And for finish, what about adding the comments to the game? :)

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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Correct, you can only play once a day - then that's it! But fear not, you can come back the next day for another brand new puzzle which is completely different :D
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
Oh! Edited the comment for some other doubts.
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
One more thing I noticed: when I see the stats after finishing, and I set “Share Result”, it says my today’s score was copied to clipboard, but when I paste is for testing, it doesn’t work.
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Not sure what you mean by the bars. It simply shows your results for the last 7 days only.

And no, comments were deliberately not added, because don't want to slow the page down and clutter it.

What did the clipboard paste for you? What device are you on?

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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
If I know what I’m talking about (as it didn’t pass two days and I don’t know how does it work), when the bar chart was added, I asked if something like this would be possible. When I saw the stats of DWS, and saw the bar featuring the day I played, and the number of answers I got from the day. Then, I thought this was the system that I asked if would be applicable to do with the example of the link (I cannot explain stuff well lol)

Understand. This mean DWS was the hardest minigame that was ever worked on?

And I’m on Safari actually. It pasted what I said on the second paragraph of the second comment, because I moved it to a been comment and don’t crowd the first one:

“I can also see how the design is completely different in comparison to other minigames. Is even like animated when it show the stats! I love this!”

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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Oh okay, well the bar chart is actually not a bar chart, it's just made with HTML. It's very basically done and not enough to create a new Charts component for it.

I'll take a look into the copying on Safari.

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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
Understand, and the Google system hasn't done that so far?

Alright. On Chrome (at least desktop), it works perfectly:

"JetPunk Word Search #1 - 15 words found!

🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢🟢

https://www.jetpunk.com/minigames/word-search"

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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
The Google charts system can do it, but it's too slow to display for word search stats, and it doesn't work with the way JetPunk Charts are currently setup.
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
Asking that, as I thought most of the data was used for the chart feature comes from Google parameters. And if I may ask, do you mean by word search stats about the minigame? Because I"m retaking the possibility of creation of charts on this way :)
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Level 63
Feb 1, 2022
How cool! Thanks for this, this will be fun.
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Wonderful addition! I played the game and it was quite easy. The UI is amazing, even on phone! Thanks for yet another masterpiece. :)
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Thanks! Yeah I have some harder grids planned as well, although sometimes it's nice to have something easy :)
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Level 51
Feb 1, 2022
Awesome idea! You are also here to make JetPunk better when we think we can't add anything else. Thank you a lot for all what you did, do and will probablu do for us, JetPunkers, Stewart.
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Level 59
Feb 1, 2022
You and QM are amazing. Thank you so much
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2022
Just an idea for expanding JetPunk, do you think it would be realistic/even possible to host some kinds of "competitions" to see who can complete minigames the fastest, and maybe give the winner(s) a spotlight award or something like that? Anyways, great idea and game, it was fun to play.
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
We've explored this in the past, and doing anything "live" is just too complicated and expensive for us at JetPunk. We're only 2 people, and we don't have the resources to produce something like that (nevermind to upkeep it as well).
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2022
Are there any plans to have a few more Moderators or something like that?
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Nope, because hiring people costs money.
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2022
ah yes how could i forget
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2022
Don't you have relatives that work or know on the subject? Do the people of your company would accept working on JetPunk?
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2022
I didn't exactly mean like an actual "live event" per se, but rather something which people could just do, and one of you could see who completes it the fastest or whatever. But I do understand that is incredibly tough running this website with just two people, so props to you and Quizmaster for making as great as it is.
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Level 75
Feb 1, 2022
Do you have anything to do with "Wordle" ?. The graphics, stats box, and font are remarkable similar. As is the "once a day" concept.
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2022
Wordle is the best!
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2022
If Wordle can be sold for a seven figure sum, I can see where JetPunk is heading...
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2022
SPOILER ALERT...

By the way, I started with TIMES today and it helped.

Wordle 228 3/6

🟨🟨🟨⬛🟨

🟨🟨🟩🟨⬛

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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Level 65
Feb 1, 2022
My Wordle today:

Wordle 227 4/6

⬛⬛⬛⬛🟨

🟨⬛⬛⬛🟩

🟩🟩⬛🟩🟩

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I was so close to 3, but it was one letter off!

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Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
My Wordle today:

4/6

⬛🟨⬛⬛⬛

⬛🟨⬛⬛⬛

🟨🟨🟩⬛🟩

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
Wordle 227

3/6

⬜⬜⬜🟨🟩

🟩🟩⬜⬜🟩

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

im just so good lol

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Level 54
Feb 4, 2022
Wordle 230

4/6

⬜🟨🟨⬜🟨

⬜🟨🟨🟩🟨

🟩🟨🟨🟩🟨

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Nope, we're unaffiliated with Wordle, but I very much enjoy the game and lots of inspiration was borrowed from it :)
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Level 75
Feb 10, 2022
Good answer !
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Level 71
Feb 1, 2022
Yeah, I was picking up heavy Wordle vibes too
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Level 59
Feb 1, 2022
What’s Wordle?
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Level 71
Feb 1, 2022
This. Basically a daily puzzle where you get 6 guesses to figure out a word--one of the most popular (and fun!) internet sensations right now. I was also getting Wordle vibes from this, so I wanted to check this blog to see if it was JetPunk's answer to it.
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
Cool! Looking forward to getting a very long streak (and probably loosing that streak five days in)!
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Level 61
Feb 1, 2022
Great new feature! Can't wait for this to expand.
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
the ONE DAY I don't check the changelog for a new update lol. Great, more competitive games to brag about, but this time with people I've never seen or met, thanks! Good update.
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Level 63
Feb 1, 2022
How about keeping the theme, but removing the list of words to be found? In its current format, I can't see anyone getting less than 100% every day, since there's no time limit, and the list of words to be found is right there in front of you. It's just a matter of time before you find them all. Wordfinds aren't particularly challenging, as they don't involve logic or strategy. But if you remove the list of words, it would get interesting, and you'd have to use your knowledge of the daily category to find every word. Maybe there could even be a countdown of the number of words left to find.
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Problem: the answers are not well defined without a word list, except for very specific categories like Countries. In fact,

Saturday's there will be no word list and you'll have to make a judgement on when you think you found them all.

Sunday's are cryptic, so you'll be give clues to words instead of the words themselves.

The puzzles are not meant to be extremely difficult, because the more difficult you make it the smaller your audience will be. I tested today's grid with non-JetPunkers (and somewhat intelligent people) and they struggled to find all the words.

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Level 78
Feb 1, 2022
Would you consider putting in a timer that counts up from 0? It would allow users to track their progress and compare results over time (even if it's hard to make a direct comparison with different grid sizes and numbers of words), but without the pressure of possibly not finishing.

This is definitely a great idea, and I'm excited to check back here every day!

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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
It's hard to do this because you can leave and come back to it. So then the only timer would be when you first visit the page that day, but if you happen to visit just after it resets but don't play it immediately, the timer ends up being pointless.
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Level 78
Feb 1, 2022
That makes sense. Thank you.
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Level 64
Feb 1, 2022
This is an amazing addition to the minigames! I'll make sure to play the JPDWS every day I can. Props to you, Stewart, for dedicating yourself to creating another great feature on JetPunk.
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2022
Thanks Pixel! :)
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
Nice minigame. I like it.
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Level 67
Feb 1, 2022
Great addition! While the other minigames were good too, this one seems like something I will be interested in taking every day when checking out JetPunk's homepage
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Level 71
Feb 1, 2022
^Agreed. Minigames always pull me in for a day or two after they are made, but then I just kinda forget about them. With this at the top of the home screen every day now with different answers, I'll better be able to: 1. remember it and 2. be willing to play it without getting bored. If this draws more attention to JetPunk and brings us more users (especially those who are less into quizzes but still like puzzles), that'd be awesome! And so, I must say, thank you Stewart (and Quizmaster) for the new feature!
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Level 79
Feb 1, 2022
Thank you for the new feature! I really appreciate all the hard work y'all do to keep us entertained.
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Level 61
Feb 1, 2022
Great!!
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Level 73
Feb 2, 2022
Ummm there seems to be a bug, there are a bunch of random green lines when starting out on the day 2 word search.
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Level 73
Feb 2, 2022
Then after I got two words, it auto-completed and said I got them all right even though I had only found 2. Only the two words that I actually found turned green at the bottom or have the green line through them, but it won't let me do any more. I believe the correct answers from yesterday were saved, and since I got two more today I reached the total of 17 causing it to think that it was complete. Clearly, the day-to-day reset does not work like it should. Bugs with a new feature like this are to be expected, and it doesn't seem like it should be too hard to fix :)
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Level 55
Feb 2, 2022
Yeah report that to the change log, I got it too.i found out it was the same exact lines as the countries crossword, but the lines didn't reset after midnight. Based on what you said, I think I won't do the crossword until it gets fixed lol
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Level 55
Feb 2, 2022
Also btw rn it is 4 am in the UK rn so it will be a bit until Stewart fixes this
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Level 73
Feb 2, 2022
I'm sure he will check the comments on here to see the feedback on it, no need to add them on the changelog.
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Level 65
Feb 2, 2022
Yeah, it's super weird, not sure how to describe it lol
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
Yep Froststar was exactly right, the day-to-day reset wasn't working as expected if you completed the previous puzzle. Should all be fixed now!
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
I am still not able to play. I played the game before I could read this and the score is stuck on 17 for today. Can it be corrected?
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
So it thinks you completed it (based on the score of 17 and the stats), but there are no lines showing up? Are you able to select words or anything?
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
I tried from another device and got all 17 for today's game but in the top it says played - 3 and words found - 49.
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
Yes so this issue happened to all those who played today's puzzle before the fix (i.e. playing after yesterday's 15 lines showed). This means your user file currently has 1 extra score, I'll fix this later (I'm at my full time job at the moment).

It just means your stats are slightly inaccurate for now, but they will be cleaned later :)

Sorry for the problems

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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
I cannot thank you enough. Much appreciated that you do all these work together with a full-time job.

In the meantime, I can brag about my higher score despite playing only two games. :)

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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
Thanks, I created the script that will clean the scores (during my lunch break :P), but unfortunately I cannot run this myself so will have to wait for QM to wake up.
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
Your issue should now be fixed Aficionado
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
It really is. Thanks a lot! :)
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Level 73
Feb 2, 2022
I did the puzzle again and I have the score of 49 now. My mistake if I wasn't supposed to do it again. (3 played, 49 words found, current streak 0, best streak 2).
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
Should be fixed now. While the bugged users can play again properly this time, if they do it'll mess up there user scores temporarily. (And then I'll have to run the script again).

Not a big issue for me :)

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Level 65
Feb 2, 2022
It's still happening to me. The green lines are still there, and I thought if it's fixed maybe I can try 2 words but it still auto-completed, and at least one word isn't working.
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
Okay, I think I finally got there! Hopefully that's the last of the major issues. Please let me know tomorrow if anything goes wrong!
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Level 55
Feb 3, 2022
No problems for me :)
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2022
Glad to hear it! :D
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Level 59
Feb 2, 2022
You know, I’m surprised nobody’s made an acronym out of JPDWS yet!
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Level 65
Feb 2, 2022
Jam Producers Dodging Wading Seagulls
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2022
Jolly Panda Doing Wonderful Stretches
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Level 72
Feb 3, 2022
Nicely "banwaggony" with the wordle-style results & one-per-day thing, but even so couldn't there be something a bit more fulfilling than a small wordsearch with the answers given below? A nice wee game for the younguns perhaps... But without a chat for each day are we really expecting the young jetpunkers to share their results on twitter/facebook/Truth Social??

How about a wordle-style game where the answer is either a country or a capital, and you get the usual hints about letters being incuded or not after each guess, and also a hint telling you if it's too long or too short. I'm sure that couldn't take more than 1,000 hours to put together!

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Level 68
Feb 3, 2022
This is already done by one of the wordle variants. We don't want to copy wordle entirely, because that could produce copyright issues later down the line (now Wordle is bought by NYT too).

Today happens to be a small 7x7 word search, but the list won't always be provided, topics are switched up (including non-geography) and size varies. So I don't think it's necessary unfulfilling.

Also, I think you vastly overestimate people's ability to do word searches. JetPunk hardcores? Sure, they'll find it "easy", but I have tested many of these with a lot of general public who aren't nerds or those who would frequent JetPunk, and they've enjoyed these word searches as a challenge. Some of us just find it easier to analyse a grid of words and find the words, but for many people (most, in fact) it is a difficult thing to visualise.

The main choice of word search was because we don't have the manpower to upkeep other puzzles, whereas word searches are easier to create and less maintenance.

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Level 68
Feb 3, 2022
Also on the chat... I don't want the game to become infested with comments like the other minigames, it slows the page down and generally makes it look tacky and bad to the general public.
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Level 72
Feb 3, 2022
Not a lawyer, but I would assume that the NYT will have to make money from the trademark of the brand 'wordle' rather than trying to claim ownership of the gameplay, which is a pretty old concept (I loved Mastermind as a kid!). I'll check back in on the puzzles though, and sorry I should've saved my criticism until I'd done a few more.

(And I'm off to find that countries/capitals wordle variant now!)

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Level 68
Feb 3, 2022
They don't have to make money off it to trademark it, they own the rights to wordle so they can trademark should they choose. Can they trademark the concept of Mastermind? Nope, but anything which is thematical similar to Wordle (let alone uses their source code, as many variants do), could potentially be in trouble.

And yeah I can see how if today was your first puzzle you'd be disappointed :)

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Level 74
Feb 3, 2022
I did both today's word search and yesterday's, but for some reason I didn't get a streak, it just 2 days played but only a streak of 1. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2022
Ah! Nope you did nothing wrong, I spotted a mistake I made. If you didn't play the #1 puzzle then your streak was always 1 less than it should be.

Thanks for spotting it, should be fixed now!

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Level 74
Feb 3, 2022
thanks for fixing it! excited for my streak to keep going up
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2022
No worries! I'm sure others were affected, so I'm glad you pointed it out so I could fix it :)
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Level 73
Feb 3, 2022
Is there going to be a leaderboard or some kind of stats page? I'm thinking something that says, like, 10,000 people have a streak of 3, 20,000 people have a streak of 2, etc. And 100 days from now it would say "80 users have an active streak of 100. The record streak is 100."
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Level 68
Feb 4, 2022
The data is not stored in a way where this can be done for everybody on page loading. However, I do plan to have a blog after 1 month evaluating what happened
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Level 92
Feb 4, 2022
Awesome addition to your minigame list! Great work!

As a small improvement, I was just wondering, why don't you use the letters remaining after all the words are found to create some sort of "solution" or "final word"? this would give a hint as if the scheme was correctly completed even when no word list is provided. You could then even add a yellow box to put the solution into to get 100% completion.

Don't know if it's feasible. Anyway the game is really enjoyable as it is. Kudos!

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Level 68
Feb 4, 2022
Thanks!

And actually it's because it is not always possible. For example today, there are 13 remaining squares (which I tried to minimize as much as possible). #2 and #3 both had words made from the remaining letters, but it wasn't officially part of the puzzle.

The other issue? The lines are currently transparent enough to allow several to overlap without blocking the view of the letters, but this means it is not immediately clear which letters are leftover at the end.

It's an idea for the future, and maybe a few specials or something, but I don't think it works as a general case. Thanks though!

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Level 63
Feb 5, 2022
Nice 'hidden clue' puzzle today! Would "Nepal" mean anything, by any chance? :)
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Level 68
Feb 5, 2022
Thanks! I have no idea what you mean by Nepal, never heard of it before ;)
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Level 61
Feb 8, 2022
I hope whoever made today's crossword has to find Iran in it

because this thing is basically trolling me now I can't find it...

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Level 68
Feb 8, 2022
I made the Word Search, and yes it took me a long time to find it even though I made it! Was the last word I found
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Level 61
Feb 8, 2022
Thank god I finally found it.
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Level 63
Feb 11, 2022
great idea

I really wish that the previous puzzle wouldn't go away though.

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Level 65
Feb 12, 2022
Found 19 for #12 and it still says I missed 1 or more. Idk which and it's eating me up. 😭
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Level 72
Mar 5, 2022
Been doing these every few days, and it's really growing on me! I actually really like turning off the wordlist and just searching for words in the grid :)
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Level 68
Mar 5, 2022
I'm glad! I think the option has proven very useful to provide a layer of difficulty, but only for those that want it!

How did you find the letters list for today?

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Level 72
Mar 5, 2022
The letters list is good, I don't think it's too much of a giveaway. Perhaps it should be disabled by default? I didn't notice it for a while, but I admit I used it to make sure there weren't any missing. Of course it doesn't say how many of each letter there are, so it's only a first line of defence. I still spent maybe 15 minutes staring at the grid before I pressed the finish button!
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Level 68
Mar 5, 2022
Glad to hear it's useful!
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Level 63
Apr 5, 2022
Brilliant, an alternative to Wordle, in some sense!
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Level 52
May 26, 2022
The word "silver" is hidden in today's accidentally!
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Level 75
Jun 3, 2022
Today's (June 3rd '22) about Queen Elizabeth is the first one to have a spelling mistake. You spelt "Windsor" wrong, (D and S the wrong way round) in both the grid and the list.
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2022
Yep, I was made aware this morning. However, by then over 700 people had already completed the grid and fixing the spelling error would have caused an error in all of their scores. I decided this was too risky and so kept the spelling mistake in there.
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Level 63
Jun 3, 2022
Just saw this after commenting on the latest blog thread. Not just Windsor, but Philip, and Catherine are also misspelt. Just as well the Royals are likely not playing the puzzle!
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2022
I feel so embarrassed...

"Katherine" was because she's always known as "Kate" here and I assumed the long form Catherine would be K.

"Phillip" is normally two Ls but apparently this one is just the one L!

I can't believe how badly today's puzzle was created... I suppose everybody's got to have a bad day at some point (and this at least proves to people that they're not automatically generated...)

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Level 63
Jun 3, 2022
Without checking, they're very easy mistakes to make. You're forgiven! It's another day tomorrow :-)
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2022
Thanks kiwi! :)

I must say, I am surprised it took 4 months to make a mistake

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Level 75
Jun 4, 2022
We all have off days. As you say, it proves the grids aren't automated. Nevertheless, Iv'e had a quiet word with Her Majesty and she understands. But however I'm afraid it is "Orf to the tower" for you ! :)
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2022
I'll take it! If Henry was around it'd be off with my head!
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Level 56
Feb 1, 2023
After 365 years, the word search has been stopped😭😭
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Level 20
Feb 2, 2023
Why is the wordsearch not there anymore?
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2023
JetPunk Word Search was discontinued after one year due to too much time taken in upkeep. See This Blog for more information.