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How To Crush Your Competition When Playing Words With Friends.

Updated on January 6, 2012

I recently started playing the extremely addictive online game Words With Friends. The wife and I play each other just about every night. There's just one problem.

I'm a sore loser. The wife is a school teacher. College educated and smart as hell. My problem? I'm not. Because of this disparity, I get my but kicked well over half the time. Not good for my rather fragile ego.

My solution? Well, I play my game in one of two ways. Ethically or not.

What I mean to say is I will sometimes play using my own wits which almost always ends in abject failure. The other way, well, I cheat. Yes, cheat.

What I've started doing is referring to a dictionary and thesaurus to help my brain come up with obscure words that'll fit into what I'm playing on the board at the time. When that doesn't work, I'll use an iPhone app called EZ Word Cheats. They have a both a paid and free version. With this app, you can screen capture your current game and then open up the app and import the captured screen shot. It'll do it's magic and offer you different word combinations and from there it's possible to use their help to blow your opponent out of the water.

But what fun is that? Keep doing that and you'll soon have no one who will want to play with you. Good for the ego, not so good for the friendship or in my case the marriage.

So here's how to overcome that. Don't use the app on every move. What? Yeah. Use it sparingly and keep the games close. Heck, let them win every once in a while. Shoot, dare I say play a whole game without the cheat app.

Here's the irony, my game play has actually become better as a result of using the dictionary and app in combination. I get to see the weird and oft used words that Words With Friends thinks are acceptable and many times I'll see a word and score combination that'll kill without ever using any help. How neat is that. In this rare case, cheating makes me better.

Oh, and one more thing, if your playing the game on your smartphone, for crying out loud, turn the volume down if your opponent is in the same room. They will hear when you take your screen shots because the phone makes that camera shutter sound. They will know somethings up when every time your turn comes up your taking a picture.

Enjoy this game and remember, at the end of the day if you crush them on every time you may become forever alone.


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    • John J Gulley profile image

      John J Gulley 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      @flashmakeit. It's easy to find. If your a Facebook user look it up in the search block.

    • flashmakeit profile image

      flashmakeit 6 years ago from usa

      I like to play scrabble and I believe I would love to play the game words. Thanks for the tips I am going to look that game up.

    • John J Gulley profile image

      John J Gulley 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks guys for the comments. For the wife and I it is a nice way to wind down from a busy day.

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      Field-Of-Flowers 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I love playing word games. Words With Friends, Scrabble...and the list goes on and on... I have to admit I'm pretty good at them. I just love words! Just talking about's time to go play a word game!

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      britishTV 6 years ago

      When my sister and I play we know that if we get stumped we'll consult a scrabble dictionary to find a word. But we're quite open about it and laugh when an obvious dictionary word is played. However, with other people I don't use it, since it has never been brought up as allowable.