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Kinzville Academy Intelligence Class (Language)

I really enjoy the Kinzville Academy Language Class. Perhaps it is because I got an undergraduate degree in English, or perhaps because I like games like Boggle, Scrabble and Word Jumble.   This game is much simpler than those because the word is going to be in order and you can look at the patterns to help figure out the word.

The way the game works, is that you have a series of letters. Inside that series, there are words that have extra letters in them. You have to figure out which letters to remove to make the words.

This is a timed game, but time shouldn't be much of a factor (as long as you don't waste the time and you use a good strategy - which is what this guide will show you).

On Level 1, you have 45 seconds to match up 4 words. Each word on the left hand side has 1 extra letter in it. The right hand side has 5 blocks, with 4 of them open (to fill in the word).

On the first 2 levels, you can probably just look at the words on the left hand side and pick out the distracter letter. But, it is a good idea to start employing the strategy that you will use later. That strategy is to identify consecutive letters that appear in the answer, and then examining the words for words that make sense with the consecutive letters.

For instance, here are some pictures from level 1:

You might be able to look at the words on the left and make out the words HUSH, TOTE, ITEM and SELL. There are not any other combinations that make real words. To fill in the words, you click on the word on the left, and drag it to the answer (sort of like drawing a line from the word to the answer, like kids do in early school work). Release the mouse and if you are correct, the word fills in. If you are incorrect, you get a strike and have to try again.

But, the strategy you will need later on starts on the right and then moves left. I look on the right for the open patterns. First, I look for the any groups that have 4 consecutive letters. If that is the case, that means the word is present it its entire form on the left. Then, I scan the words on the left to see which ones have the 4 letters in a row in the places that are provided on the right.

After finding the blocks on the right that have the consecutive letters, I can look to the left. The first word HUPSH obviously doesn't have a complete 4 letter word in it. Neither does the third word ITEHM. So, once you see TOTE and SELL, you know where those belong.

Then, I look for additional groupings. In this case, there is a grouping of 3 consecutive letters and one with 2 groups of 2 consecutive letters. A quick scan shows that HUPH is not a word, so it has to be ITEM.

This just leaves the one remaining choice.

You can see that it took just 6 seconds to complete this game (another reason I like it).
Now, if time does become a factor, if you only have 2 left and still have around 10 seconds (and at least 2 strikes left), you can quickly move one of them over one of the remaining answers. If it is incorrect, it costs you some time and a strike, but you can very quickly drag it over the other one, and then just fill in the remaining answer.

Level 3

In level 3, you have 5 groups of 6 letters to choose from and are asked to make 5 4 letter words. Now, it is much harder to examine the words on the left and pick out 4 letter words (although obviously not impossible. In the example below, (with the clock not ticking, I can clearly pick out URGE, BALD, LIVE, SUMS and GROW, but you will see in other examples where that is not always easy to do, and the clock will run down on you while you are doing this brute force way of thinking).
So, let's use a strategy. This picture is a good example - although it is not common that you will have this many groups of 4 and 3 letters consecutive.

The first thing I see is that 3 of the 5 words have 4 consecutive letters (with the yellow highlighting), and 2 of the 5 words have 3 consecutive (which are very conveniently at the beginning and end of the words).

In my mind, I can then look at the bottom right example (4 consecutive letters to start the word), and then quickly scan down the list. URGL, HBAL, KLBI are not words, but SUMS is).

After that, I looked at the next 4 letter word - the middle one with the 4 letter word in the 4 center blocks. I can discard the first word right away (because no word in the English language starts with RG. Then I find BALD, which is obviously a word.

After that, you go to the top word (on the right). Again, no word starts with JG. BIVE is not a word, so that leaves GROW.

For the final two, I looked at the 4th answer box (on the right), and at the remaining 2 words (with the pink highlighting on the left). No word ends in JEG - but LIVE ends in IVE, so that was correct. Process of elimination then leaves URGE.

Another Level 3 Example

As you can see, it is harder to make out words in the 5 examples. ZOOM is pretty easy to find, but, it looks like there is a HOPS (but there is no answer where you have the first 4 blocks open).

So, this one is a more representative example, because you can see that only 2 of the groups have 3 or 4 consecutive letters. If you spent the time trying to find the hidden words (ANEW, HOST and DOTS and BAND), you might run out of time. So, you start with the 4 consecutive letter block to start eliminating the answers.
Of the words on the left, only zoom makes a word with the last 4 letters, and only AND forms characters that you will find ending an English 4 letter word (LEW, SNT, QTS don't -- well, ISNT could be, but I haven't seen a contraction, yet).

So, you eliminate ZOOM and BAND.

At this point, I probably should have started to look for any smaller patterns. The bottom right word had 2 at the start and 2 at the end. AEEW and HONT are not words. That leaves DOTS.

But, I first cued in on the 3rd word on the right with its two letters to start a word. I could tell that the first word on the left was probably not right (there are only a few words in English that start with AE - and I don't think any of them would be in Webkinz). So, I saw the HO in the 3rd word. A quick glance confirmed that HOST is a word, so I did that.

Then, I examined the two that were left, and could see that ANEW was a word, and dragged that to the 2nd spot on the right.

This just left the last word, which I could see was DOTS.

One More Example

Here is one more way to look at it:

You can see how I isolated the one with the 4 consecutive letters, and then just examine those letters on the choices on the left.

Use the same process for the 3 letters in a row. In this one, the one that starts with THE could be correct (in fact, it is correct for the last one on the right as THEY), but with the I at the end, THEI is not a word. QEX, KMT and XGU are clearly not the starts of words, so they are easily discarded, leaving GOWN.

Hope that helps. Please check back here in a while so I can give more tips when I get to level 5.



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