Word Jumble - Useful Tips
There are a few useful tips you should keep in mind while playing Jumble:
- A useful strategy is to look for letters that go together, such as "cr," "sh," "ph," and so on, or to identify common prefixes or suffixes.
- While unscrambling a word, the first thing you can do is to write down the vowels in one group, and the consonants in another. Seeing the letters in this way can help you to see new possible arrangements. If you own a set of scrabble, or word finder or something similar, using the letter tiles and mixing them around is a good way to solve anagrams.
- Another very helpful trick is to write the letters down in a roughly circular pattern, as in 10:30, 1:30, 9:00, 3:00, 7:30 and 4:30 clock positions for a six letter jumbled word. Somehow, associations among the different letters can become clear. Sometimes a word you’ve been struggling with just jumps out at you using this method.
- If the word has 3 consonants and you’re really stumped, you can take the consonants and quickly jot them down in all possible sequences. There are only 6. Then you can study the sequences with the vowels in mind. For example, take the word ampere. The consonants have to be in one of these orders: mpr prm rmp, mrp, rpm, pmr. It works best with consonants, but you can try it with vowels as well.
- Because unscrambling can require extensive English proficiency, reading often will help improve your vocabulary.