find-the-letters ... blank gold tiles are broken

Vincent observed and evaluated the behavior

       

  • CIRRUS ... typical word
  • C*IRRUS ... insert a blank gold tile
  • C*IRRUS* ... insert a blank gold tile ... and append a blank gold tile
  • place a blank gold tile anywhere in a valid word ... the word does not change
  • notice that the score more than doubles for each gold blank tile that becomes part of a word accepted by betty
  • most blank gold tiles are broken ... however ... some act as expected