Wednesday, 20 January 2010

It's Only Words...

When I was small (like errmmm in my early teens), I go crazy over this game: Yes, its the hidden words puzzle.

I still remember the first time I got to know about this game was when I was 12 years old. We had taken our year end exams, and all the students have got nothing to do while waiting for the teachers to mark the exam papers (took about 2-3 weeks for the results to be published), so we were allowed to bring in books and games from home to school - so long as the games and books are educational and does not cause any harm.

One day, a classmate of mine brought this 1-inch thick book of Hidden Words puzzle. In the beginning, being shy as ever, I just hovered at the back peeping at my classmate playing with our English teacher - they were kinda like racing who can find the most hidden words.

As time goes, I slowly speak out, helping either one of them to locate the hidden words and soon, I got closer and sat next to them and before you knew it... my English teacher asked me to take over his position and I was so happy and excited when my classmates told me to go ahead and play the game.

After a while, my classmate got bored of the puzzle book and told me I could go ahead and scribbled all I want to solve those hidden words puzzles. And guess what? I solved the puzzles within that week.

Looking back at the time, I do feel guilty now cos my classmate bought the puzzle book and I solved the puzzles myself :P

And now, they even have this games ONLINE! *Drool * Drool * ... :P

Oh wow...!!! How exciting it is to relive all my childhood memories and interests again!

My strategy in this game is to cover the sides first... normally the longest words hidden are always located at the 4 sides. After covering all the sides, I will look for hidden words with double spellings.. for example "ACCOUNTANT" - in this case, I will scout for double "C" letters. My next strategy was to look for unique letters such as "Q", "X" and so on...

Tried this one and can only solved in 9.5 minutes.

Well, you've gotta forgive me cos its 3am here in Malaysia and it has been a decade plus since I last played this game! ;p


Kimberly said...

I love these too. I just played this with my daughter at California Pizza Kitchen.

♥ Katinka said...

Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a Happy Wendesday!!!! :)

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Kimberly!
Wow! How nice to be able to enjoy this game with your children! I hope my boy loves this game next time! :D

Hello Katinka!
Thanks for dropping by and happy Wednesday to you too! :)

5thsister said...

Always love word search myself! I think I employ a similar strategy: I start with the sides, then I go row by row horizontally, then vertically. I then search by letter to find the diagonal words.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Polly!

Great! You can go try out the online games in the link given in my post! Enjoy!! :D

Mumzzy said...

3am? woa...u better get some rest! not tired ar?

I'm a full-time mummy said...


I go to sleep at 2-3am... can only do my stuff after Ben goes to sleep at 10-11pm. Then wakes up at 8-9am when Ben is up... worse than when working full time ;(

Brook said...

How fun. Sometimes I do these with my school age kids for spelling or science. Thanks for the post.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Brook!

Glad you enjoyed the post! Go try out some puzzles on the link given! :)


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