We find that statistical guessing works well for the first
couple of guesses to narrow down the possible words; once you get down below 30 - 40
words, hit "generate wordlist" to use your knowledge of your opponent's preferences
to pick the most likely candidates! For guessing longer words, try our
Wheel of Fortune Solver.
Important: Solver assumes that if a letter occurs multiple times in a word, you see all of the occurances when you correctly guess the letter.
We rebuilt our hangman solver into a finely-tuned hanging with friends cheat program. Due to the special rules for
hanging with friends, cheat programs designed for this game can eliminate certain words and word patterns that are
not allowed in Zynga's version of the game. This program uses statistics to find the most likely letters in the word.
Note: This solver expects the game to give you the last vowel of the word (this is a key difference between a hanging
with friends cheat and regular hangman solver). To use this solver. enter the letters you know (or know
aren't in a word). It will give you a list of possible words and identify the most likely letters.
This solver is basically a word generator - once you give it part of the word, it uses pattern matching to find relevant possibilities. The suggest letters feature looks at the set of possible words and uses statistical analysis to recommends letters that are highly likely to be in the word. The word generator provides a list of words for you to review which the word generator will update with ever new letter you type. The
underlying process is based on conditional probability - eg. if I know 2 letters in a five letter word and 3 wrong guesses, what is the distribution of words containing each of the remaining letters in the alphabet. This lets us calculate the probability of a right/wrong answer.
The analytics behind developing a cheat for hanging with friends are fairly complicated - we've got a computer model we use to test strategies and guessing patterns across the dictionary the game was based on; The most significant thing to keep in mind as a user is that a good cheat program for Hanging with Friends should be aware that the game will give you the last vowel in a word. This fact can significantly reduce the number of possible words and should influence your guessing strategy (the suggest letters feature really does help - we tested it).
This program uses the Enable dictionary, which matches the one used by Zygna.
Always remember you are playing against a person, not a computer. This is where a good hangman cheat can pick up points.
In the real word, people have biases. They tend to pick words they think are hard or funny. They will often ignore words
they think are "too obvious". The goal of a good hangman cheat is to be slightly smarter than usual. Try to shave a point
or two off your score but not enough to be get caught. Remember to play the person and not the hand - if you see a word
which fits their personality or speach patterns, then go ahead and focus your guessing around that word. The best strategy
for a hangman cheat is to pursue small advantages. If you are 5% smarter most of the time, you will get away with it. If
you seek moments of blazing brillance, your days as a hangman cheat will quickly come to and end and
you'll have some 'splaining to do, Lucy.
You should also check out our blog - there are a number
of posts on the blog about strategy & some of the analytics we've done around this - particularly for picking the best
words (most difficult to guess).
More From Hanging Hyena:
Looking for new puzzles and word games? We're regularly expanding our collection of puzzles
and word games. Check out our Free Cryptogram puzzles if you are
good at recognizing patterns. These are famous (or funny) quotes encryped with a scrambled
alphabet code - if you can guess the code, you can decipher the message. Or check out our
new word swapz game if you like unscrambling words. Flip letters back and forth until you
manage to figure out all the words in the puzzle.
Stuck solving a puzzle? No worries, we can help with that too! We offer a wide variety of
word games solvers and tools to help crack pen and paper ciphers! We have solvers for
boggle, scrabble, and tools to help unscramble words. You can even use them to solve
words with friends and the specialized versions of boggle (Scramble with Friends and
large matrixes - 5 x 5 boggle and 6 x 6 boggle).
Finally, if you need to make a word scramble or crossword puzzle - for a class exercise,
business icebreaker, party favor, or other special occaision - we've got tools for that too.
You can even save you work for future events and classes. These are perfect for teachers,
students, homeschoolers, coaches, sunday school teachers, and team mom / dads.