Originally Posted by lalatan
Good point Spike. Your find of CYTOGENICITIES inspired me to play CYTOGENETICALLY for new records yesterday.
I wrote what I did in the context of playing for best/longest word records and points.You're right about that. I wouldn't try it either while looking exclusively for big words unless I KNOW the point value. That said, I thought I knew better the other day and played DEPARTMENTALIZATION after playing DEPARTMENTALIZATIONS for 41 pts. It was only worth 26 pts so I had to throw away the game. Haha, I don't listen to my own advice at times either.
Glad I inspired you with CYTOGENICITIES. That was a guess on my part. Sorry about DEPARTMENTALIZATION. I would have tried that too, with a potential 39 points.
As far as concentrating on forms of a particular word goes (at the expense of missing other better words), I'm kind of resigned to that. Some pieces can be red herrings, as others have noted (and claim should be illegal), but some seem less susceptible to that than others. I'll sometimes stick to a TRANS- or a GRAPH- hoping that I'll find something, even when it's clear that I'll end up tossing the board.