Word games
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Date: 11 April, 2005



'Never realised it was so hard to think of five letter words under pressure.'



Words. Loads of fun for an easily distracted writer (alleged). Improve your word power and your typing speed whilst avoiding that job you should be working on.

Some games require your browser to have a 'plug in' for Shockwave. You can download this for free here here

If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. (And, don't forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

To play a game, simply click on its name.

Introducing pimpernel.com this month. You need to invent a sign-in name and password but they don’t require your e-mail address, real name or any other info.

Author! Author!
Simple little crossword to identify the author of the book of the day. For those who like their distractions to be brief rather than progressing to level 347 over the next hour and a half.

One of the great word games now available to play on-line against the computer.

The noisy chickens have letters to lay. Click on them in order to make words. Gamble how many words you are going to get each round for a bonus, but fall short and your game ends. Oh and they cluck. Turn the sound off.

Noodle Doodle
A version of dingbats Daily Mail readers, or Catchphrase.

Letters fall from the sky into a grid. Spotting words made by adjacent letters enables you to eliminate them but the letters just keep falling faster and faster. Vocabulary test under pressure.

The Enigma Device
A code machine sets you a problem you solve by swapping letters based on their frequency. Etanorishludvyck might help you.

Two Way Words
Another ‘Level 1’ word game from the people at a game a day. They even give you a calendar so you play a different game every day (get it?). Here you drop a word in the gap between two other words to complete one word and start another.

Wheel of Fortune
The game off the tele. Spin the wheel, buy vowels, guess the word.

Word Painter
This is a nice little game. Employing the old mastermind scoring technique you randomly guess a five letter word having been given the first letter. It then tells you how many letters you’ve got exactly right and how many right but in the wrong position. Never realised it was so hard to think of five letter words under pressure. Fun.

Word Scrambler
An anagram appears and starts to solve itself. Click as soon as you can finish it to score points. The sooner the higher. Was doing OK until the word spumoni came along. It’s a sort of Italian pastry thing. Well I didn’t know.

Other games

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