# Wordshake

How many points can you get in three minutes? Longer words score more points!

## Playing Rules

You are given a random assortment of 16 letters in a 4x4 grid and are set a time limit of 3 minutes. In that time you must spell as many words as possible. The words, of course must be real words, spelt correctly as checked against the word list of 52,000 words and must contain between 3 and 7 letters. A letter cannot be used twice in the same word.

When forming your word, you can select letters from any position as long as you follow the spelling order.

## Scoring

Points are awarded depending on the number of letters in the word (the "Qu" cube counts as two letters).

 3 letters = 1 point 4 letters = 2 points 5 letters = 3 points 6 letters = 4 points 7 letters = 7 points

Submitted by thatnic on Fri, 16/02/2018 - 11:44

Dear Peter, Thanks for your reply. I hope you do redesign it in order not to have a limit of words, because when you do manage to make a longer word and feel very pleased about it, only then to have it rejected, it is very frustrating. Yesterday I got a score of 205 and I think my highest score has been 235, but it could be even higher if longer words which should obtain higher scores are not rejected. Best regards, Nicola

Submitted by thatnic on Thu, 15/02/2018 - 22:43

I'm addicted to this game, but frustrated that words with 8 letters or more are not accepted, eg soldiers amongst many others. Why?

Hello thatnic,

I'm afraid that's just how the game was designed. It's really a question of how many words to include in the database and a cut off had to be made somewhere. The decision was at 7 letters. Perhaps if we redesign the game at some point in the future we will increase this.

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Dark_diplomat on Wed, 10/01/2018 - 18:09

Thanks for this game! I am really interesting in it)

Submitted by with jesus name on Tue, 09/01/2018 - 03:39

game is not available in my pc ...why?

Hello with jesus name,

I'm afraid I can't say why this is. The game is working correctly on our page so the problem must be a local one. This could be related to the hardware you have (the device). For example, some mobile devices cannot play certain media, including flash. Try using a different device (a laptop or desktop computer) to access the page to see if this solves the problem.

A second possible cause of the problem is software. It may be that your operating system or the browser you are using has settings which block certain content. You will need to check this on your computer.

Thirdly, you might check your security settings. It may be that these are blocking certain content.

If none of these work then the problem may be related to the country in which you live. Different countries regulate internet access in different ways and certain sites or certain content may not be accessible. Obviously, this is not something we have any influence over.

Best wishes and good luck,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team