1. Scan for short letter combinations, primarily suffixes such as: ED, ER, ING, S, TION, etc.
  2. Look for the letters ADJACENT to the first letter of the ending, especially consonants -- these are you "entry letters" to the ending -- any word must pass through the possible entry letters
  3. For each "entry letter" consider what (short) words will end in that letter (possible dropping a final E or making other common changes)
  4. Trace each candiate word to determine if Alphabetty will accept it (lighs up GREEN) and for how many letters or what type of blaster will be scored
  5.  If an S, ED, ES, IES, or similar is adjacant to the end try adding that also

This above outline is a very good strategy, but needs to be developed more fully in my coming edits.

This approach to building longer words is more effective than simply finding words.

Doing it this way is subtly different from "finding a word" then trying to connect the two.  This method allows you to work your way back from the ending, quickly testing ALL possible conbinations -- either visually or by making trial selections of the tiles.

Occasionally, a 'word' will connect to such endings with a vowel but most of these, especially the longer ones will be connected with consonants, e.g.,   ING  -> sitting, laying, faking, blasting, shooting, grooving, droving, ...

[Sure there are few exceptions, usually shorter words so consider the vowels if no suitable consanants can be connected, e.g., doing, going, tieing, skiing...]

Also, by focusing on the ending you get more effectivel control over the DIRECTION of the blaster:  E-D vertically adjacent will usually be a better choice than E-D diagonally (or even horizontally) adjacent, but in any case the direction is frequently much easier to choose if you are working FROM THE ENDING.

With endings like ING especially, you are more likely to be able to play something to CREATE the ending AND JOIN it, when the letters are close but not correctly positioned yet.

Tracing Words -- Try Anything

Test tracin words

  • Be willing to try any reasonable (and many unreasonable) combinations to find out if is a word
  • Trace the word without releasing -- if it turns GREEN the word is acceptable -- you can then back off and look for better words knowing the tested word is a worse case choice
  • When you find a word, try adding the next letter or two, especially if that is a common ending such as ER, ES, IES, etc. -- surprisingly this works far more often that one would guess.

Trace prefixes and root word

  • If you are looking at letters that typically start a word, try tracing it even if you don't easily see how it might be a word
  • This helps you focus on just the letters that count and especially makes it easier when the word is on the board from right to left or in another unusual position or direction.

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