Summit (puzzle)

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Summit is a word puzzle and scoring system developed by Winning Moves UK in 2008, and is published in Take A Break and Puzzler Magazines, and appears every Friday in The Evening Standard,[1] and Monday to Friday in the Daily Mail,[2] in the puzzle pages.

Top Trumps also has a version of Summit on the back (bar code) card of every pack (from late 2008 onwards) that asks questions related to the pack and the cards from it.

Summit scoring system[edit]

The Summit scoring system assigns each letter a score based on its position in the alphabet. For example, the letter A is worth 1 point, B is worth 2, C worth 3, right down to Z which is worth 26. Other characters (such as punctuation and numerals) are ignored. So the band ABBA scores 6 points, whereas the band ZZ Top scores 103.

This scoring system is used in the family game Showdown (game), also developed by Winning Moves UK.

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Summit puzzle[edit]

The puzzle takes a variety of forms and is similar in format and distribution to puzzles such as Sudoku, Crosswords, and Polygon.[3]

High score wins[edit]

This variation of the puzzle requires players to try to get the highest scoring answer possible, within a limited number of letters. The puzzle frequently comes with a "par score" for the topic which indicates the type of score a player should be trying to reach and surpass.

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Lowest score wins[edit]

This variation requires players to try to get the lowest scoring answer possible, within a limited number of letters. The puzzle carries a "par score" for that topic which indicates the type of score a player should be trying to reach and surpass.

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Hit A Score[edit]

This variation requires players to "hit" a given score for the topic, within a limited number of letters. Whilst there are many possible answers to the topic, only one carries the target score and the challenge to players is to find that one answer.

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