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Whirly Word and 7 Little Words offer smartphone word-search fun

March 31, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
March 31, 2018

It’s time for another entry in my irregular and infrequent series of app reviews — and this time, it’s a twofer!

I have two word games on my smartphone, neither of which are Scrabble or the popular knockoff Words with Friends.

Some years ago, I downloaded Whirly Word, which challenges the user to make as may words as possible out of the six letters on offer. The letters are arrayed around a sort of dial, the center of which serves as an “enter button” when the player is finished selecting letters. A panel labeled “whirl” moves the letters into a new arrangement, which can be useful when a player feels stuck.

Unlike some word-search apps, Whirly Word lets the user put in every valid word based on the available letters — not just a select few, as is the case with Word Cookies. I’m currently on RABBIT, which makes such rather obscure words as AIT (a small island) and RAI (a type of Algerian music).

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