FAQ

What is the goal of the single-player game?

To complete all the Travel Goals by solving word puzzles which help you travel across the counry (virtually).

What is a "word puzzle"?

A three letter clue that shows up on a license plate., e.g., the "PRY" in the license plate "PRY 153".

How do I solve a word puzzle?

By finding a word that contains all the puzzle's letters. They must appear in the exact same order, but they do not have to occur next to each other. e.g., "party" is a valid answer to the puzzle "PRY".

What words are considered valid puzzle answers?

Most dictionary words with 4 or more characters (excluding proper nouns and hyphenated words). If the puzzle is already a word, you must add at least one letter to form a valid answer.

What is a "travel goal"?

A travel goal is collecting certain types of interesting locations as you travel across the country. e.g., Visiting 10 ghost towns.

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How is the "Race" game different from the "Travel" game?

The Travel game is for a single player and does not impose any time limits. The Race game is a two-player game and you only have a fixed amount of time to find an answer to each puzzle. The goal of the Race game is to travel further than your opponent by having better puzzle answers.

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What determines how many miles an answer is worth?

Each puzzle has many possible answers and each is assigned a "strength". The higher the strength of your answer, the more miles you earn. The minimum is 1 mile and the maximum is 6 miles.

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How are the answer miles determined?

Longer words are preferred over shorter words. Root words are preferred over inflected word forms such as plurals, past tenses, etc. For example, the word "root" is preferred over the words "roots", "rooted" or "rooting". Finally, if all else is equal, less frequently occurring words are preferred over more commonly occurring words. The answer strength is calculated by ranking all possible answers for the puzzle and ordering them. The best one is assigned a strength of 1.0, the least one is assigned 0.0 and with the others spread in between those values.

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Some puzzles are harder than others. What determines which puzzles show?

Each puzzle is ranked by its difficulty and we show a mix of easier and harder puzzles. Usuually, the easier puzzles are selected, but occasionally you will see the harder ones.

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What if I disagree with a answer that was marked as incorrect?

Use the "report" link next to the text of the response to provide us feedback. We will consider adding the word to our dictionary in the next release. You will get special recognition if your suggestions are accepted

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What determines which license plates show up?

Your current (game) location. The state you are (virtually) in is the most likely to appear, though as you get nearer to other states, you will begin to see plates from those states more frequently too. Every once in a while, you may see a random plate from other states, roughly in proportion to that state's population.

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How can I see more information about other players?

You can click on the user's image in the leader-boards to see more details for that user.

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Also, see the Plates Across America® Blog for more in-depth articles about the game.