How to Solve Anagrams

Anagrams, like those found in our app, Anagram Twist, might looks like a whole bunch of jumbled letters, but there’s actually a bit of science that can be applied towards solving and figuring out words. To unscramble anagrams more effectively, try out these helpful tips and strategies:

  1. Search out prefixes and suffixes. If you can get rid of two or more letters (for instance, “UN” or “PRE”), you can more easily handle unscrambling the rest of the letters.
  2. Some letters more naturally go together, like “CS,” “CH,” and “TR.” Use this to your advantage.
  3. If these tricks don’t work, try organizing the letters on paper in a specific shape. You might try isolating vowels and consonants on opposite sides, organizing letters in a circle, or creating a grid with the letters to be used as the X and Y axis.
  4. Sometimes, you may have to systematically go through iterations of a single word. In our app, the “Last Word” button should help you quickly recover where you left off.
  5. If all else fails, you might try an anagram solver. Here’s one of the best we were able to find.

    With these tips and tricks, you’ll be solving anagrams more efficiently in no time. Looking for something new in the way of strategies by the way? Check out the recent article we posted about cryptograms.

How to Solve Cryptograms

Having difficulty solving the cryptograms within Spy Words, or any other similar puzzle for that matter?

Here are some helpful tips and strategies to make decoding phrases easier:

  1. Single letters are most likely and “A” or and “I.” Knock those out first.
  2. There are some letters that probably repeat a lot. There’s a good chance that these letters represent an “E,” “T,” or “A.”
  3. Look for two letter words that also might be easy to get out of the way. According to Jim Loy, “The most common three letter words are THE and AND (followed by FOR, HIS, NOT, BUT, YOU, ARE, HER, HAD).”
  4. Apostrophes tend to be followed by letters like “S.”
  5. Also look out for double letters, which will most likely be “LL;” and repeating letter patterns like “ING.”

Looking for something a little more direct? We’ve found some pretty good solvers out there for you to use too!

Decrypto – Can solve basic substitution ciphers pretty easily. It can also work the opposite way, providing cryptograms for you to use with friends.
Cryptogram Solver – Like Decrypto but with additional language support.

Introducing Master Mind Golf

Say hello to the latest addition to the OmNom Apps family, Master Mind Golf. This game, currently for iOS, is a quirky, golf-themed, code-breaking puzzler that will put your deductive reasoning skills to the test.

Main Screen Game Screen

In this game, you must fill up some nasty divots by correctly guessing the word. Using the available letters, your aim is to patch up the terrain in the smallest number of tries possible with scores being given out based on the number of strokes you take.

Course Screen

There are numerous courses to choose from with many more coming your way.

Puzzle Screen

Each course has a host of new puzzles for you to solve.

Score Sheet

We’ve also included a score sheet for you to see overall how you’re doing.

We hope you enjoy Master Mind Golf. To celebrate the release of our latest game, we’re giving players, who download the application now, the ability to score a free puzzle pack filled with 50 new puzzles. Simply rate Master Mind Golf within the app.

Please help spread the word about Master Mind Golf. It’s support from people like yourself that keep us going and developing. Cheers!

Solutions to our Social Media Crytograms

Facebook:
[Wednesday] “The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball

[Thursday] “Time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin

[Friday] “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

[Saturday] “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

[Sunday] “Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

Twitter:
[Wednesday] “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

[Thursday] “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

[Friday] “Children are our most valuable resource.” – Herbert Hoover

[Saturday] “Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Sunday] “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Google+:
[Wednesday] “Drive your business. Let not your business drive you.” – Benjamin Franklin

[Thursday] “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” – Vince Lombardi

[Friday] “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

[Saturday] “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

[Sunday] “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.” – George Bernard Shaw

Anagram Twist FAQ

We get a few questions now and then from great users. Here are some frequently asked queries!

Is there a way to restore previous in-app purchases?

Simply click any of the locked category buttons again, as if you were re-purchasing the upgrade. Instead of a confirmation to purchase the upgrade, your previous purchase should be restored.

I already paid for this app. Do I have to pay again to download it?

As long as you’re using the same iTunes account, you shouldn’t have to pay again. In-app purchases for this app are non-consumable, meaning they should not go away. To restore previous in-app purchases, please see the question above.

I’ve completed all of the puzzles. I want to play them again. Is there a way to erase the puzzles?

We never created an in-app way of doing this. We’ve learned though. Our latest title, Spy Words, has a button that you can press within the game screen.

For this app, please delete the app as you normally would then reinstall it. If you sync the deletion with your iTunes account, you may have to re-download the application again. The puzzles should now be deleted from the application.

The first two categories were unlocked. How do I gain access to the next few categories?

The first category is available right off the bat. The second category can be accessed by reviewing the app. The following categories are accessed through an in-app purchase. This allows us to monetize the app and keep on building even better applications!

Why does this game not accept actual words?

In order to make this game fun for casual gamers, we specifically filtered out words that might have been found as offensive. This was largely subjective on our part. In some cases too, some words were taken off of lists for some puzzles and not others.

For players like yourself, with an extensive knowledge of vocabulary and words, we totally understand that this can be frustrating. In order to get at something a little bit more hardcore, we created Anagram Academy. Anagram Academy features a “Master” mode which contains all of the words listed in the TWL. It’s intense and will really get you thinking if that’s something that you’re looking for.

How do I play Anagram Twist?

Good question. Simply move the tiles around in the lighter colored bar to create words with the letters. Press the guess button to confirm your word. Correct words will show up in the white spaces above, while wrong or misspelled words will make the tiles shake back and forth.

A more detailed explanation of the game interface can be found on the main screen, or when starting the application for the first time. On the main screen, simply click the question mark button. Click the tutorial image to return to the main screen after you’re finished.

How do I uninstall this app?

Was going to type something up here, but the fellows over at Simple Help do a great job. Learn how to uninstall iOS applications here.

Introducing Spy Words

It’s with great excitement that we introduce our latest app, Spy Words. Spy Words is our take on classic cryptogram puzzles. These are puzzles where you are presented with a code, say the following:

BJP WJ OJT WJ?

By using direct substitution, you might be able to decipher that this phrase says:

How do you do?

Featuring numerous categories

Spy Words features numerous categories and hundreds of puzzles to satisfy all kinds of users. For those who might want a little hint, or two, or three; there is a hint button. Pressing this hint button will allow players, possibly like yourself, to reveal a set of vowels within in the puzzle.

In the above cryptogram, for instance, you might get all of the “o’s” or the single “u” by clicking the button. The fewer hints you use, the more you get as a bonus for solving the puzzle.

It's a challenge! A tutorial is providing in case you need extra help

We hope you enjoy Spy Words. To celebrate the release of our latest game, we’re giving players, who download the application now, the ability to score a free puzzle pack filled with 25 new puzzles. We will be adding more puzzles in the following weeks too. Please help spread the word about Spy Words and feel free to drop us a line through the application!

Introducing Anagram Academy

So many people enjoyed Anagram Twist that we decided to create an even more awesome word game. We call this mobile game Anagram Academy. The game play is pretty similar to Anagram Twist with players having to create words ith a set of six letters. In Anagram Academy though, scholars, as we like to call them, race against the clock to score as many points as possible.

Players get two minutes and a puzzle. After figuring out the six letter word, they can move onto a new puzzle. Do the scholars stay on the current puzzle because they can create a lot of words, or do they move onto the next puzzle? After two minutes, players can view solutions, share their score on Facebook, and compete against friends in Game Center.

There are four levels–elementary, high school, college, and master. Each level gets progressively harder but is worth more points. These levels also correspond nicely to words that are required for related education levels (ex. elementary contains six letter words that the average elementary school student should know).

Can’t figure out all of the elementary words? It’s okay, we won’t judge (our word bank utilizes the official SOWPODS list… which has a lot of words). We will say, though, that Master is indeed pretty difficult.

Do you have what it takes to become an unscramble master?

Step up to the chalkboard and game on!

[Download it now for iOS]