Two Part Search

One of the unique features of WordVolcano™ is “Two Part Search™”. It is a sizzling power play!

“Two Part Search™” is the amazing feature of the Letters on Board field to take two word fragments separated by question marks “?”‘s. These “?”‘s act as “wild cards” or “don’t cares” during the search. Any letters will work in place of the “?”‘s. For example we could enter “C?T”. That would match with words that contain “CAT”.

As a game progresses the board gets more crowded. It is common for vertical words or horizontal words to be separated by 1 blank vertical column or horizontal row. See the example below.

WordVolcano Two Part Search Example 1“FIG” and “VERITY” are vertical columns. They are connected by the word “GURGE”. Likewise “GURGE” and “TWEET” are horizontal rows connected by “VERITY”. The space between “FIG” and “VERITY” is open for play. So is the space between “GURGE” and “TWEET”.

It is not easy to play those spaces but WordVolcano™ can make it easy!

A letter tray might contain “IIIMELR”. Enter those letters into the Letter Tray field.

One possibility would be to find words that fit in the space “F”, open tile, “V”. Let’s enter this into the Letters on Board field as “F?V”. Make sure “Any” is selected. Tap Search.

WordVolcano Two Part Search Example 1

We see there are two words that fit: “FIVE” and “FIVER”! You might have thought of that but WordVolcano™ does it so fast and easy.






Another possibility would be to find words that fit in the space “E”,open tile,”E” (vertically).

WordVolcano Two Part Search Example 2

Enter this into the Letters on Board field as “E?E”. Tap Search. There are three words that fit: “MELEE”, “EMEER”, and “ELEMI”. Those are power words!





A bit more difficult is the horizontal space “I”, open tile, “E” (horizontally). It’s more challenging because any words would have to work with the “U” in “GURGE”. That is, a valid two letter word would need to be found ending with “U”. Do you see that on the board?

WordVolcano Two Part Search Example 3

Enter “I?E” in the Letters on Board field. Tap Search. Only 1 word fits: “MILER”. So the question is whether the “L” between the “I” and the “E” forms a valid word, “LU”. Also the “R” would have to form a valid word with the “G”, “RG”. YOU may know the answer but let’s check it out.




Tap the “Tap to Exclude” button to temporarily remove the Letter Tray field from our Search. Put “LU” in the “Letters on Board” field, move the Thumb Wheel to limit the word length to 2 letters, and tap Search. Nope, there are no valid words.

For practice do the same thing with “RG”. Nope, there are no valid words. We have eliminated the possibility of a “I?E” play.

One more to try. “G”, open tile, “W” (vertical). Again the open tile would need to form a valid word with “I” (a two letter word starting with “I”).

Tap “Tap to Include” to put the Letter Tray back into our search. Move the Thumb Wheel back to “No”.

Enter “G?W” in the Letters on Board field. Tap Search. Sorry, no words would fit.

So we just rapidly checked though four pretty challenging plays. The first combination, “F?V” seems to have the most points but that is without multipliers. Wow that was fun!

As always you pick the strategies and WordVolcano™ helps you to rapidly sort through the possibilities. Have Fun!


Catching a Bingo!

Let’s talk about some of the power moves using WordVolcano™.

If all seven tiles in the letter tray can be used in a single play a big time bonus is awarded. With Scrabble™ the bonus is 50 points. With Words with Friends® the bonus is 35 points.

On the first play all that is necessary is to load the WordVolcano™ LetterTray. Then look for a word in the results that uses all seven letters. The longest words are presented first so check the top lines to see if they contain 7 letters.

WordVolcano Bingo Example 1


Assume the letter tray contains “DHUTERA”.

Tap Search. Looking at the results we see the top word “THREAD” has only 6 letters. No Bingo possible right now. OK not a great demo but it shows that the possibility of a Bingo can be quickly checked out. Sometimes eliminating the possibility.

Let’s enter “THREAD” on the game board.


Assume our next letter tray containes “UTIESAS”. For a Bingo we need to use all 7 of these letters plus tie with one of the letters in “THREAD”.

One trick is to add a “Blank Tile” to the Letter Tray field. Normally the letter tray only holds 7 letters. For this scenario WordVolano™ allows an 8th letter to use as a “wildcard”. Sounds exotic!! Tap Search.

WordVolcano Bingo Example 3Notice the new field in the results between the words and the points. It starts with “?:”. The character which follows is the “wildcard” letter.

“SUITCASE” needed a “C”.

“SITUATES” needed a “T”.

“SINUATES” needed an “”N”.

The existing word “THREAD” contains no “C” or “N” but it does contain a “T”. We can make a Bingo with “SITUATES”! A nice bonus of 35 or 50 points is yours!

WordVolcano Bingo Example 4

The choice of moves is yours! WordVolcano™ helps you evaluate the possibilities quickly and efficiently! Have Fun!

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