My newest cruel addiction… or to put it more precisely… uel est add new ion cr my ict.

When you finally reach retirement age, when it comes to the mind, it’s a matter of “use it or lose it.” That’s why experts suggest doing puzzles and brainteasers to keep the mind sharp. What they don’t tell you is how addicting they can become.

Almost two years ago to the day, I confessed an addiction to a game called Jumble. I’m sorry to report that not only am I still addicted, but there is now another game that takes up the other 50% of my every waking moment. It’s called 7 Little Words.

7 words

It’s like a combination of a ssw zle cro ord puz and rd rch sea wo. The ea id is to nd fi and put get to her the rts pa of a word that fits the ion de nit fi of the clues.

Just like my other addiction, it is ting me fri cos ends and I am in eat ed gr ne of a st pi ra the. Again, I beg of you, does ne an yo know of a up po sup rt gro?

P.S. I ink th so is al th broke the ess rd pr ck wo che sp er ell.

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29 Responses to My newest cruel addiction… or to put it more precisely… uel est add new ion cr my ict.

  1. Pingback: Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach him to play the piano. | The Cvillean

  2. Claire D says:

    OK I had to read those last lines twice so probably not at your level. But I do enjoy the app Words with Friends – keeps my mind active and in touch with long-distance friends at same time!

  3. Coming East says:

    I will not download 7 Little Words, I will not download 7 Little Words, I will not download 7 Little Words, I will not download 7 Little Words, …

  4. pattisj says:

    That looks like fun! Maybe I can use that to wean myself off Spider Solitaire.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    I’m not a numbers guy either but ken ken is the ultimate for me! K ow exactly what you mean about addiction! Our devices are killing us!!!

  6. I have that game or something like it on my Kindle and I also have carpel tunnel in my thumb from playing it. Dianne

  7. winsomebella says:

    I better have another cup of coffee and walk away before I get hooked Al.

  8. pegoleg says:

    This is like deliberately getting your friends hooked on crack so you don’t feel so much like a junky loner. Damn you.

  9. Barbara says:

    Hi I’m Barbara and I get addicted to anything…. (Except cooking)

    I have found the only way to stop playing games (all of them are addictive…. They are designed to be!) is to delete them from my device…

    So far I have deleted:

    Pick me up puzzles
    Logos
    Word to word
    Words+
    Spider solitaire
    Checkers
    Bubble explode (theses ones are as bad as virtual bubble wrap!)
    Gravity maze
    Hidden objects
    Puzzler crossword
    Swiped
    Hexbee
    Gem spinner 2
    Solitaire
    Wordfeud
    Stupid zombies
    Rat on a snowboard
    Hangman
    Word warp extreme
    Brain mania
    Gomoku
    Hot gems
    IJewels
    Memory block
    Simon says
    Four in a row
    Quell
    Puzzle grid
    Hidden objects garden of time
    Bejewelled (DO NOT go there!!)
    Blockwick
    Diamond dash
    Smurfs village (?)
    Bejewelled blitz
    Angry gran
    Racing penguin
    Where’s my water
    Pool
    Finger Olympic
    Stick man cliff diving
    PAC-MAN lite
    Angry birds
    Mouse maze
    Temple run
    Flick home run
    Gravity guy
    Addicting games
    Glass pong
    Doodle jump
    Extreme road trip
    Cube maze
    Cat physics
    Parachute ninja
    Fling!
    Bouncedown
    Unblock me
    Guess the code
    Dots free
    Sheep launcher
    Four in a row free
    Bubble free

    And I am currently on level 734 of ‘4 pics 1 word’ soon to be deleted…..

    And that is just my iPhone…. I haven’t checked the deleted apps on my iPad!

    • Al says:

      Hi Barbara and welcome to GA (Gamers Anonymous). I was wondering if you’d consider being a guest speaker at our next meeting. The topic will be “Hangman – Game of Therapy?”

  10. 123456789 is my addiction. Or, in Al speak, do ku su

  11. Margie says:

    I wonder if you will eventually think, speak and write in a language that us non-players don’t understand…

  12. Jeri Moore says:

    Oh Dear….I thought 7 Little Words my my secret! I wish the PING would go away, every morning I hear Jack say….So, you’re at it again??

  13. The Cutter says:

    Man, why you making my brain do work like that?

  14. RaRee says:

    Hello, My name is Robyn and I am a game addict. Al, that makes you like the pusher man of games, since you got me hooked on 7 little words. I am off to do today’s daily puzzle. I love the sound when you get the word right. It gets my endorphins going, and I don’t even have to get off the couch.

    • Al says:

      Hi Robyn. I vaguely recall mentioning this game in passing conversation, but “pusher”? That’s a little strong isn’t it?

      Having said that, yes, that little “ping” sound as the smiley face appears is rather intoxicating.

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