Becoming a member

Welcome to Jumbalaya! Please send mail if you have suggestions, questions, or bug reports. There is a Jumbalaya Yahoo group that serves as a discussion area. Anyone is welcome to join.

23:48:05 Play | Games | FAQ | Help | Contact

Playing Tips

Listed below are some general techniques for finding words in a grid. The first three are what I usually do each game, the last ones apply more to playing in general.


Finding good combinations of letters - especially prefixes and suffixes - will help a lot. It's good to do that as soon as you see a grid, so you're aware of them while you're searching. For example, look immediately for prefixes such as "re" and "de", and for suffixes such as "ing", "s", "ed", and "er". That way if you find the word "test", you'll know immediately to look for "tested", "detest", etc. Other good combinations to find that aren't prefixes or suffixes are things like "str" and "tch". You'll also become familiar with letter combos that tend to be fertile, such as "ate" as a verb ending, or "tion".


Did you ever lose your keys on a dark field? The most effective way to find them is to march back and forth across the field, covering successive rows of ground. That can work in Jumbalaya too. If you get stuck and have some time left, try reading each row, column, and diagonal backwards and forwards. Often you'll see combinations that previously eluded you.


Many words form a word when read backwards, such as "timer", "ogre", "desserts", and "kayak". (Okay, that last one's not so helpful.)

Alternate Spellings

It's kind of cheesy, but you do get equal credit for "litre" and "liter". The most useful of these are ones that swap "re" and "er", for example "titer", "miter", "center", and "theater". There are also British spellings such as "colour" and "labour".

Just See It

Okay, this one isn't particularly methodical, but it's responsible for a lot of good finds. Just look at the grid as a whole and wait for words to jump out at you. It's a good way to find unusual words that don't tend to turn up via a methodical search. This can be a good thing to try as soon as you see the grid, before your mind has broken it down into parts and combos.


Playing a lot helps. Try to remember those obscure words that show up all the time, such as "titer", "oast", and "persnickety".


Being a wordmonger in general is useful here. Words are fun, and they're your friends. Do crossword puzzles and the daily jumble, play Scrabble with your friends.

23:48:05 Play | Games | FAQ | Help | Contact