Tips For Improving Your Anagram Solving Skills

Tips For Improving Your Anagram Solving Skills

Many people enjoy indoor games, whether it’s children playing amongst themselves or adults entertaining their guests. Folk could be playing anything from Monopoly to games involving packs of cards. There are role-playing games and ones that test our memories. 

Lovers of numbers may choose to do puzzles like Sudoku. People who enjoy word games may opt for such things as Cryptic Crosswords or Text Twist. Anagrams are massively popular these days too: they tax our brains and enhance our cognitive capabilities. Some people find them easier than others, however. This article has been written for anyone who wishes to improve their skills with Anagrams. 

Understand The Game

The word ‘anagram’ comes from ‘ana’ (meaning ‘backwards’) and ‘gram’ (meaning ‘letter’). 

There may be a set of random letters from which you need to find words. They may also be arranged as a word or phrase. You then have to find different words or phrases that match these letters. 

Use Unscramblers

These tools are also known as word finders, and free versions can be found online. It’s possible to use an unscrambler in order to improve your vocabulary or to help you win at such games as Words with Friends or Scrabble. People simply have to enter a random collection of letters into the special search engine. The algorithm will then access a database of dictionary words (and possibly some slang) to find new words from these random letters. 

Unscramblers are viewed as a cheat by some people. Having said that, it doesn’t have to be a secret weapon. A person can admit that they are using it during a game, in order to help level the playing field. 

Practice Regularly 

The more anagrams you attempt, the more proficient you will become. Over time you will discover letter patterns and associations that help identify certain words. This doesn’t need to be an expensive pastime because many linguistic websites provide free anagrams for you to attempt. 

There’s nothing to stop you from creating your own puzzles too. Why not write down a jumbled assortment of letters to work from, or choose an existing word or phrase and discover what you can find from there. 

Use Picture-Based Memory Strategies

Some folk is brilliant at remembering dates or peoples’ names. Don’t despair if this is not you! There are fortunately ways we can help our brains to remember things. Ask any taxi driver, and they will explain how they have memorised so many routes and road names. 

If you meet a man called Bob Waters, imagine this person’s face floating on the sea. Whilst this sounds ridiculous, you won’t struggle to remember his name next time! When we store things in our brains this way, it’s a little like creating an icon that has a computer program connected to it. 

The words ‘kiss’ and ‘skis’ use the same letters. If you combine both mental images in your mind, you will be quicker at recalling them in the future. Similarly, ‘God’ and ‘dog’ use the same letters. This simple strategy can help you find words quicker and may help you win a game at your local pub

Mix Up The Letters

When people look at a painting they have just created, it can be hard to see what needs improving. They won’t be able to see the wood for the trees,’ so they’ll need to get a second opinion or look at it later. The same thing applies to solving anagrams. Don’t just look at the letters and rack your brains – change the order and see if anything new comes to mind. 

It can be beneficial to marry up the vowels and consonants separately. Some popular consonant combinations include ‘ph,’ ‘qu,’ ‘sh,’ ‘th,’ and ‘wh.’ Think of ‘physics,’ ‘question,’ ‘shoes,’ ‘thanks’ and ‘what.’

Another method is to rearrange the letters into alphabetical order. You may alternatively wish to write them in a circle on a piece of paper. They can be great ways to find new inspiration and to get the edge over the other players. 

Identify Prefixes And Suffixes

A prefix comes at the beginning of a word, while a suffix comes at the end. Many words use the same ones. Think of the prefix, ‘sub.’ There are words like ‘subquality,’ ‘substandard,’ ‘subliminal’ or ‘subterranean.’ Other examples of prefixes are ‘un,’ ‘sk,’ ‘ex,’ ‘dis,’ ‘de,’ ‘re,’ ‘in,’ ‘ad’ and ‘ab.’

A classic suffix would be ‘ing.’ Using this you may identify words such as ‘thinking,’ ‘running,’ ‘sing,’ singing,’ and so on. Other examples to become familiar with are ‘ry,’ ‘tion,’ ‘ons,’ ‘ment,’ ‘ness,’ ‘ly,’ ‘er’ and ‘ed.’ Why not also turn these suffixes into prefixes? You may discover such words as, ‘onslaught,’ ‘mental,’ ‘lying,’ ‘eradicate,’ or ‘educate.’

Play Scrabble

This game can be great practice and it will soon have your mind buzzing with lots of words. Interestingly, the better at anagrams you become, the more proficient you will be at Scrabble. 

Each player is given seven letters, and they all take turns. The players need to put words on to a special board, but they must all connect as they would with a crossword puzzle. Each letter (and some of the squares) will help you gain points. There could be double word scores or even triple word scores. 

Check Out Boggle

This game is fun because it’s a race against time. It provides great training for you to come up with words at a rapid rate. 

There is basically a grid made of plastic, and dice with letters on it. Once you receive your letters you only have sixty seconds to find as many words as you can. 

As we have seen, this is a highly inexpensive pastime. The better we get, the more fun it can become. We can enjoy our newly developed skills when we play other board games too. The pandemic doesn’t have to stop us either: we can text word combinations to our friends and have hours of fun unscrambling them. Anagrams have been popular for a very long time and they will understandably continue to do so.