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The Neopian Times Week 128 > Articles > Guide to Eliv Thade

Guide to Eliv Thade

by trailblazer20

GAMES ROOM - Wyh ntc'a I veer mese ot od dogo ni ttah mgae?

If you're asking yourself that question, or if you can't make out what this question is, I suggest you keep reading. No matter who you are, you can become good at this game as long as you put your head to it.

General Tips

1. Play on hard (super brave) mode! 2. Always walk 3 steps unless you are going to step on a crack 3. Complete all the rooms first, then walk back and forth until a satisfactory score. 4. Try not to use more than 1 letter hint per word. 5. If a word you come up with doesn't "sound" or "look" right, then it is probably wrong. 6. Take your time!! You don't have a time limit, use that to your advantage.

Anagram Tips

Anagram: Series of letters that spell out specific word/s in the case of this game

The key to this game is to learn common prefixes and suffixes; a prefix being a series of letters at the beginning of a word, a suffix being the same thing but at the end. In the majority of cases (I would hazard a guess of around 80%), seven letter anagrams contain a common suffix or prefix. I will therefore list those prefixes and suffixes in alphabetical order, and give appropriate example.

Prefixes

Anti, Be, Con, Dis, Ex, In, Mis, Out, Over, Pre, Pro, Re, Un

Antiwar, Besmoke, Conceal, Disowns, Excrete, Instead, Misread, Outrace, Overrun, Prepare, Profile, Replace, Unrated…

Suffixes

able, age, ed, er, est, head, ing, ily, ish, ity, ive, ize, man, ness, way

tamable, vintage, cracked, flatter, evilest, bighead, praying, soapily, evasive, realize, fireman, lowness, fairway

I will now give you examples, keep those prefixes and suffixes in mind. I suggest you try these on your own and see how you far. Explanations and solutions is given further down.

1. floaed 2. ylpneig 3. woodoye 4. adedmr 5. anstlce 6. remimad 7. irwrte 8. sbretay 9. apvms 10. aphohde 11. econvi 12. kbpeeso 13. iellsrt 14. dargnoy 15. pnuikgc 16. peaingg 17. rqusuom 18. blokncu 19. rhtuigp 20. phissen 21. oekreesn (final room)

End result: You win the game with 730 points and you get 1000 neopoints!! Now here are the solutions with explanations.

Solutions

1. Here, the "Ed" suffix immediately jumps out, leaving "floa". After rearranging, loafed is the obvious answer, others might see foaled, which also works.

2. As soon as you see "ing" then try to forget about everything else. In 99% of the case, the word will end in "ing". Here only yelping makes sense.

3. This is a tough compound word, which will be covered later in this article, the answer is dyewood.

4. A common ending to many words is "er", madder is the obvious choice for the word here.

5. Here, using the suffix "est" gets you nowhere. Using a hint on this one is a good idea, it reveals "L". After a bit of playing around, you should arrive to lancets.

6. Trying dammier is tempting but did you ever see or hear that word? Probably not… Using a hint makes it much easier to guess the correct word, mermaid.

7. Using "er" leaves "irwt", hence writer.

8. The "y" prevents a good "er" suffix, instead using the prefix "be" leads to betrays.

9. The only combination that sound or looks remotely English is vamps.

10. This looks tough, but such a weird combination of letters means that there are fewer possibilities. If you saw the "head" suffix in it. Then you can perhaps guess hophead.

11. Neither "conive" nor "nocive" looks right. After rearrangement, you can find the word: novice.

12. Bespoke is the correct answer here. Although, you might not know this word, seeing the "be" prefix can be a great help to find it.

13. "er", stiller is one of the many possible answer.

14. This one is a toughie: organdy. More on this later.

15. "ing", only possible answer is pucking.

16. This is one of the hardest ones I have ever seen. If you know the word, then you might find it, otherwise you lose one life here (unless you use 4 hints, which is not recommended). The answer is genipap. Notice here that isolating "ing" gets you nowhere; a rare gem indeed.

17. The word is quorums. Strategies regarding "Q" will be discussed further in the article.

18. Seeing the "UN" prefix yields unblock.

19. Upright, part of a class of words known as compound word.

20. After trying many suffixes, "Ness" gives the better result and the correct answer: hipness.

21. If you're like me and prefer to save hints, then this is a joke (I had seven left). Kerosene is the answer.

This is the end of the basic guide, however if you still want to improve though, I've add a few more advanced tips.

Letters Strategy

Here I will include strategies I use when I see certain less common letters. I actually enjoy seeing those as there are so few possibilities of words.

J: This will usually be the first letter of your word. Unless it's followed by a prefix. Examples include journey, adjourn, etc.

Q: Always followed by a "u" with very few exceptions (qintars, faqir and qaids being a few of them). It follows the same rule as J, usually being at the beginning of the word or immediately after a prefix. Also, quite a few words can end with "que". Some examples are quieten, require, relique…

X: You will usually see an "e" when you get an anagram with the letter "x". The majority of words will begin by "Ex". Counter examples include words such as convex and maximum.

Y: Look for this to be your last letter in your word in some suffix form most of the time.

Z: If "ize" is not there, then simply try compound words with "zoo" discussed right after this.

Compound Words

These are words formed by two smaller words. Note + book = notebook, an example seen above is Dye + wood = dyewood. If you see a word right away in the anagram, then try to find a second one and see if the word makes sense.

Final Thoughts

If you follow these general rules and play a lot, there is no reason why you can't get 1000 neopoints every time you play "The castle of Eliv Thade". Other ways to practice include playing "Word Poker" or "Spell or Starve". Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines and there are many exceptions to every rule. Good luck!!


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