This has gone very Corby. Regardless of the rest of it, you definitely don't have to have made your decision at the moment the music stops. You can declare your length based on what length your opponent has declared, for example.Jon O'Neill wrote: ↑Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:28 pmI would say, "I'm sorry - I've cheated" and request to forfeit the round.Noel Mc wrote: ↑Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:10 pmSorry, in this case you only have two options, say MAWSONITE and AWMSONITE. You know your gonna pick one of them, by decide to wing it when asked. They declare first, saying MAWSONITE and getbapproving looks from dictionary corner.
What would you do in that instance? Purposely pick the wrong one or the right one?
You have to have made your decision at the moment the music stops.
Regardless of that, you're saying that for each specific length of word you have to have one "locked in" option at the end of the time? Let's say you're declaring second. At the end of the time, it's fine to be unsure between A, AN, ANT, ANTS, TONES, ATONES, ATONIES, AMNIOTE, AMNIOTES and MAWSONITE. But it's not fine to be unsure between MAWSONITE and AWMSONITE. It seems a bit ad hoc and arbitrary.
I'm surprised this hasn't come up before actually (if it hasn't) because I've thought about it before. You can pick length based on what your opponent picks, but you can't pick a word of a specific length based on what they pick? So to the forum as a whole, is it:
b) Probably against the spirit of the game but not actually cheating
Edit - Another situation where you might want to do this is where both words are dodgy, but you're, say, 11 points behind, so you want to pick the opposite of your opponent. Is this better because you're anti-copying rather than copying? Is it really any different from picking 7 when they pick 8 or vice versa?