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GunnyHighway
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hard board to beat,just have to keep at it.This one you are at the mercy of the gems,best strategy is to restart the board if you don't like the set up of the Jewels you start with in the left or right arms,or both of them.Best thing I can tell you is don't give up,and you will beat it eventually.If you get thru this one you can beat the whole game.  
GunnyHighway
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best thing I can tell you is concentrate on the left and right arms,then finish the board,sorry not much I can tell you on this,it's just hard,I struggle with it too.  
1emma1
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Any more hints on JQIII Nwest? I have played many times and less than three pearls have fallen off board, yet no jewel. Stuck here and in Europe matching moves and of course Hekla! Wud love some ideas  
Bennie1935
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simracer8 wrote:I am at 37 percent complete and there are no more maps to be completed. The only one I haven't done yet is Japan but it is red and won't let me enter. Am I missing something?


Did you ever find out how to get into Japan? I have completed all of the other countries and even went back and completed one over to see if i requires all jewels to be filled in. It doesn't give you another jewel, so that can't be th answer. If you find out please share the secret................Barb  
kapauly
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In jewel quest solitare III---i have made it to the level that I got everything in order and then the safe with the three numbers come up. What am I suppose to do with this to move on??  
momaie
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kapauly wrote:In jewel quest solitare III---i have made it to the level that I got everything in order and then the safe with the three numbers come up. What am I suppose to do with this to move on??

This topic is about the game Jewel Quest III; your question is concerning a different game - Jewel Quest Solitaire III...Here is a link to the Game Chat topic for that game - Jewel Quest Solitaire 3. Please repost your question there. Thank you. Dee, volunteer moderator  
Griddlebone
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I've finished JQ3 249%, by which I mean once completely through and once leaving out one of the Hawaiian boards. The extra 50% is for a third partial time where I completed every silver board but was careful not to complete any hidden quests. So yeah, you could say I am a JQ3 fan. The reason I re-did the gold levels was that the globe locked up after I finished all 20 Hawaiian boards, and I wanted to re-play a bunch of them.

East Asia - Japan and such - is unlocked after you finish most or all of the gold boards. For each gold region, you get a special jewel. For example, in Central America you get a timepiece, if I remember correctly. East Asia has 16 boards, all gold level. There are 8 pairs, each of which use one of the special jewels from the other gold regions. You have to play them in order, too.
 
Griddlebone
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I think I maxed out my message there... so the first two boards in East Asia use the timepiece as a jewel. They have a very aggressive timer, not much time on it and it moves fast. If you match three timepieces you get more time. The next two use a different special jewel and skill, and so forth.

All of this is EXCELLENT training for JQIV (Heritage), which uses some or all of these types of boards. I flew through most the silver levels in Heritage, although it has some new twists and from what I've heard, a devilish gold level set. I'm not quite there yet - five boards to go.

Feel free to PM me if you have questions, or ask here, and I'll try to help. I don't feel up to dealing with white pearls or Hekla at the moment though.  

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1emma1
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i am also stuck on pearls and hekla so have gone back to Heritage expert level. Oh my!! tough. wish i cud make it thru JQIII.will go back to it sometime.certainly getting my $s worth out of these two. best so far. I think tougher than sleepless star, imo.  
Griddlebone
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It's possible to play Hekla gold without restarting it over and over but I've never been able to finish in time without first starting with a "friendly" board - and that can mean hundreds of restarts until you get a board you like.

I'm going to describe the ideal set up for those two 4-square vertical "arms" on the left and right bottom of the Hekla gold board. Initially, these are, reading from the top, iced, iced, not iced, and iced. I'm going to call them A (top), B, C, and D. You want a board in which the bottom two jewels (C and D) are the same jewel. For instance, diamond-diamond on the left, and ruby-ruby on the right. They don't have to be the same on both sides, but C and D on each side should match.

It's important not to match these two jewels before you warm the bottom one (D). So move a warming jewel into the B position, then you can move it down (without a match) to warm the D position block, and the original (matching C) stone will drop back into its original place. Now move a matching jewel into the B position to match those three.

You will need to warm the A ice block in the process bu that's relatively easy.

Be careful that you don't match the C jewel when you move the warming jewel past it. You need it to be the same as the D jewel.

It's possible to work the board without the matching jewels in C and D, but it takes too long (or always has for me) and I run out of time. Still, setting up the board as described above can take dozens or hundreds of restarts. It's excruciatingly boring.

I know this is hard to "see" through words, but I don't have pics or a video set up.

Hope that helps!

 

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1emma1
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thanx for the explanation. i've tried many and restarted the board many times and like i said,haven't gone near it in a few weeks. will get on it with your diagram and see if i've tried that one too. it was a great explanation, i appreciate the time you took. i'm bummed as i've done the pearls and let less than three drop and still not received the jewel so been "off" that one too. i'd like to finish it. Heritage expert gets harder and harder :-}  
Griddlebone
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I'm finishing Emperor Moctezuma in silver, so thanks for the warning, LOL!

JQ3 is worth finishing for the fun puzzles you unlock at the end. I often play Hawaii and some of the East Asia games just for fun. You'll get Hekla, don't worry. Have you gotten past Sebastian in South America yet? That's the part I hated. Hated. Absolutely. Hated.  
1emma1
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Griddle, You brought me luck. I went to JQIII for grins this morning convinced I'd have no luck and on first try got Hekla!! woo hoo, but can't find a region that was opened up as a result of that win! So then went to Europe Hidden which has been a pain for me (match first three moves) and got that too!! so got two more jewels!!! Wow. Now Sebastian (Gold Europe) opened up for me. Got three more there to go to complete that one. Still can't get passed pearls in pacific Nwest tho, even if I have only three drop, still can't get a jewel. oh well, got something to do tonight. Only at a whopping 51% - ha ha ha  
Griddlebone
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YAY, Emma! Have you done South America gold yet? I swear I think it was easier if I did it before completing Africa, but it's hard no matter what and it's nice to have something available to go actually win while you're beating on South America, so I would start it as soon as you can. I don't remember which order the continents open up, to be honest.

Pearls... I think there's a confusion about what is required for the jewel. Not your confusion alone, I think I remember that the requirement was ambiguous or something. So you're still stuck on silver in the Pac NW, right? Let me see if I can remember what the hidden quest requires and get back to you.  
Griddlebone
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linda4442 wrote:East asia gold quest...I have cleared the board 3 times on next to last destination...it refuses to let me go to the last destinattion...is there a trick to it I am not seeing in all the stories in the diary


This is from a duplicate JQ3 thread that got locked.

East Asia gold next to last destination is white and black pearls, right? There's a trick to that one. Every time a black pearl removes a non-gold space from the board, you have to make an extra match to make up for the lost space. Or something like that. Anyway, once you get everything turned to gold, if the game isn't completed just keep making random matches high on the board and don't let any more black or white pearls get to the bottom.

Hope that helps!  

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1emma1
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morning Griddle. Sth Amer gold still locked for me. as is China, Australia too. So the only region open to me appears to be that darn NA pearls in silver. trying to get Dawson so at least will have all silver done. got gold done in China, Africa and Cen Amer. oh well plodding along.
 
Griddlebone
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Just don't ask me for help with South American gold. I don't think they allow swearing in the forums. (Not that I have an opinion about that region or anything.)  

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1emma1
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Not sure how it happened but got Dawson yesterday!! So then got SA gold. Yep Sebastian can be sneaky. Lots of ties with one to go. Tuff but beat him. (Storm yesterday what else could I do?) Now on to Australia Gold, only one open to me right now. Glad to see others are finding JQIII again.  
Griddlebone
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Australia gold is a blast. Soon you'll be back in the Pac NW doing white pearls on gold boards, woo-hoo!

One thing about JQ that I mentioned above, I don't know if they've fixed it because I purchased a disk at a games retailer - JQ3 was the first one I ever played. Anyway, when you get to Hawaii, you have 20 boards. They're really fun boards - no specials or pearls and no Sebastian - but crazy layouts. When I finished the 20th board, the globe in the map room locked up and I couldn't re-play the boards. I knew about this bug before I finished the 20th Hawaii board, but took a calculated risk that they'd fixed it before cutting my CD and chanced it. Fail! So I ran up a second character to Hawaii and only did 19 of the 20 boards. It was easier the second time through.  
Griddlebone
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I got a question on my wall about East Asia which I'm going to answer here:

East Asia is locked until the following have all been done:

1) all silver quests

2) all hidden quests

3) all (or almost all) gold quests.

All of the boards in East Asia are gold-level boards. There are 20 of them and you have to go through them in a certain sequence. When you previously moved through the various regions on gold quests, you received a special gem for each region. For instance in Central America you get a timepiece (watch). There are 10 regions. The boards in East Asia are paired and each pair uses one of the special gems. The first two boards use the timepiece gem. On those boards, the timer is insanely short, but every time you match three timepieces, you get a little extra time. It's a challenge to keep matching timepieces to get more time. The other 18 boards are similar. Each pair of two has a new twist.  
1emma1
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well, made it thru the monkeys and "won" Pacific Nwest in Hidden Quest. Pearls, ugh!! so I think JQIII has beaten me. I have played Atlin three times with three or less pearls dropping and have yet to have that turn to Gold. In other sections, when you "win" the city turns to gold and you go to the other cities. Confused and frustrated so no more JQIII for awhile. Hope you're doing well Grid. ;-O  
GunnyHighway
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pacific nw is not about the pearls dropping off,its about opening the new squares.to beat this one pick the board that will be compleated with out creating as little new squares as possible.The pearls falling off have nothing to do with it.The lower right hand boards on map are the best to try this.You can drop as many pearls off the board as you like.  
1emma1
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thankx gunny, that's how I got thru the Silver, but don't I have to do all the locations to get the Hidden Quest and open up another area?  
Griddlebone
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Thanks Gunny. I was misinformed and didn't remember how I completed that challenge. I'll make a note - it's tough to remember some of the Hidden Quests because you can't really do them over without redoing the whole game.

Emma, the Hidden Quest is one thing and has to be done on one board. Finishing all of the Silver quests is another thing. It's a little bit odd what you need to do to open up a new area; sometimes two open up and I managed to get East Asia to open before I had finished all the Gold regions. However (and this may be confusing since you haven't seen East Asia yet) in order to unlock each pair of boards in East Asia, you need to finish the Silver-Hidden-Gold quests in the region that corresponds to those two East Asian boards. So when I opened up East Asia "early" I could only work the boards that correspond with the other regions I'd finished. In East Asia you have to work the boards in a certain order so that stalled me until I finished my gold regions.

Sorry for misleading you on the pearls Hidden Quest.  
1emma1
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well, ladies I'll admit I'm thoroughly confused about Pacific Nwest strategy for Hidden Quest. It's me I'm sure, not your explanations. I'll try it again. I just seem to have terrible luck with pearl boards anywhere.  
Griddlebone
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Just limit the number of times you let a pearl open up a space to 3.

I'm sorry if my earlier advice confused the matter.  
1emma1
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no no grid, it's not you. i've been playing Atlin and less than three pearls fall off board and still no jewel. I'm actually back to playing Bonus boards in JQII. Never finished those. Now talk about hard. . .  
etxnana
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I finally got all silver quests to turn "blue"...still have "red quests" which are locked. I've played tournament and won three trophies...How do I get to the hidden quests? Can't find any rules....very frustrated.  
Griddlebone
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Etxnana, welcome to the Forum.

Are you talking about JQ 3, with the world map? I own but have not played JQ2, but since you mention tournaments I wonder if you're talking about JQ2. Emma has played both, maybe she can clarify. Or maybe you're playing the newer game? The blue and red quests don't sound like JQ 3.

Each game has its own thread, and if you can clarify which game you're playing, we can help direct you to the correct thread.  
Griddlebone
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Emma, it's not how many pearls fall off the board. It's how many pearls you use to complete the puzzle. Atlin should be a good board to do that on. Open up one or two or three passages to that lower line but NOT four, five or six. Finish the board without opening any of the other squares. Does that make sense?

Up to here you're okay. Three pearls have been used. Those new spaces are now filled with a diamond (gold square), a ruby, and an amber (gold square).



Oops! Blew it! I allowed a fourth pearl to open up a space, 2nd from left on the next to bottom row.



I completed this board without ANY pearls falling off, and didn't get the Hidden Quest, because I opened up 4 spaces. That's why I apologized... I gave you incorrect advice before!  

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1emma1
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Grid: OH!!! light bulbs just went off i think. turn the spaces to gold but not necessarily open up more than three?! hmm i think i got it, we'll see.  
1emma1
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hi extnana: yes, I've played JQII and JQIII tournament mode and got all the trophies. For those two I think that's all there is besides the original games. I continue to play tournaments to sharpen time skills and when I'm frustrated trying to finish JQIII or Heritage. At least in tournament mode there are NO pearls  
1emma1
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Nana: In JQIII - while not an expert by any means I have learned while playing and you gotta get thru Hidden Quests as well to get red locations to open up. Different Hidden Open different reds, at least that's what I think . . . there is a strategy guide which helped me quite a bit. if you read past posts here you can find link. since I saved it iin PDF don't have www link anymore.  
Griddlebone
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Oh... the "silver turned to blue" confused me.

Nana, confirm that you're talking about JQ3. Areas (regions or locations within a region) are marked with dots.

Green - playable
Silver - silver quest completed
Gold - silver and gold quests completed (you will have to complete the Hidden Quests to unlock the Gold quests)
Red - locked

East Asia will be locked until near the end of the game; just ignore it. If you've completed all other regions as silver and can't go on, you need to do the Hidden Quests. There are clues in the text you see. I'll give an example below but it's a spoiler, so I'm going to "hide" the text. You will have to mouse-select this note to see it. (Just select all the type in the note with your mouse - point and drag.) You can also just type CTRL-A on a Windows computer.

For South America, the Hidden Quest is to match four gold coins at one time, not just three. The clue is "if three are good, four are better." (El Chicon Silver text.)

If you complete ALL Silver Quests without finishing the Hidden Quests, the game will walk you to them and tell you exactly what you need to do. As seen in the discussion of Pacific NW, it can be difficult to understand sometimes. The trick is, you need to read all the text keeping in mind that it has clues. The text changes after Silver - i.e. the Gold level text continues the story.  
Griddlebone
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bedahd wrote:how do you make the coins drop faster in central america


I just work all at the top of the board, making coin matches my only priority until all the blocked squares are unblocked. When I divided my attention between coin matches and clearing the board, I always lost.  
1emma1
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I don't hate Pearls anymore. Amazing how well it goes when I understand how I'm supposed to be playing them. I was going about it so wrong. thought you HAD to open board as much as possible. Now I know better. Got 8 locations done in an hour yesterday in Pacific Nwest. thank you thank you grid. (and thanx for not laughing at me either)  
bigmat53
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I have a quick question about JQ3. I have completed the silver phase and hidden quest of Europe and Africa but I cannot get them to change their dots to Gold. Am I missing something. I am new in this chat / help room so any type of assistance is helpful.  

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1emma1
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hi big mat and welcome. i have learned JQIII thru trial and error so not an expert. To get the areas to turn to gold, you need to finish the gold quest too. Note, it seemed to me that the Golds opened in one area by finishing the Hiddens in other areas. Weird I know and I cud be wrong. There is a stragety guide. Read past posts here and you will see the link. Good luck. I'm at 73%. I'm still in Gold in PNwest. haven't got to Japan and Hawaii yet. Hear they are a blast.  
bigmat53
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thanks femma1

i thought that once you have the hidden quest, that you can turn the other areas to gold, but maybe i am wrong. I have tried this a couple of times but once i completed the task, the dot does not show the turn from silver to gold. Maybe I am not that smart for this portion of the game.  
Griddlebone
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Hi bigmat. You're plenty smart, you got the Hidden Quests. Each area (other than East Asia) has three types of quests. The globe will usually spin you to a place you have something to do. Have you finished ALL the Silver quests? If not, work on the ones remaining. If you have finished all the Silver, have you finished all the Hidden Quests? We can give you some guidance if you're stuck there. Once all of them are done, you can move on to the Gold quests.

In what region does the globe stop (first stop) when you first enter the game? And at that location, have you finished all the Silver quests (all locations in the region show a silver dot rather than a green dot) as well as the Hidden Quest? Answer those questions and we'll try to advise you on what to do in that region.  
bigmat53
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Thanks Griddle The only quest that I have left is the iceland with the Hedka left. I am still working on that and have been for the last couple of days that I can stand it. I have been down to the last spot but get jammed out by the time. I am still working at it and am determined to complete it. Maybe I cannot go to the other two countries until I completed Iceland. Does that make any sense.  

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Griddlebone
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Sure does. We ALL love Hekla.

There are some hints for it in the responses above. Restart the board until you get one that works easily. Good luck, you'll get it!  
1emma1
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well, I finished JQIII last night. Not sure what to do with myself now. We've been together for months! Oh well guess it's back to Heritage, tho JQIII was such a "friend" I may change my name and start all over again. Thanks for helping to make it happen, Grid!  
Griddlebone
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Emma, congratulations! But I have a question. When you finished - assuming you finished all the locations in Hawaii? - did the globe lock up on you?

It's a known problem, and happened to me. I wanted to replay some boards so I went through the whole game again (ugh, well, most of it was fun the second time!). I'm curious to know if it happens to everyone. I purchased my copy of the game from a retail store. If you downloaded it here and didn't have the problem, that would be interesting to me!

Oh, and see you over in the Heritage thread. I'm plugging away at the Expert levels. Some are quite... annoying.  

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1emma1
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well East Asia was the last location I played (20 sites) and then it said thanks for playing. I honestly don't remember Hawaii, have I missed something? I better go back and look And yes Heritage is VERY annoying. See ya there  
1emma1
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well goofy me! after I saw the thanks for playing and the newspaper thing, I closed out. Now I just opened it back up and the globe goes right to Hawaii!! I was only at 88% - missed the bonus completely. wonder how many others have thought they were through before getting to the bonus? I'm gonna go play - will let you know how i do.  
Griddlebone
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Just be warned. If you complete all 20 of the Hawaii boards, the game may lock up and you won't be able to replay boards again. I've heard it happens to some people and not to others, so my best guess is that it was patched at some point but that patch wasn't on my copy purchased at retail. My advice, if you can stand it, is to skip one of the boards on Hawaii.

Poipu, on Kauai - I call this the Tetris board because of the shape of the empty spaces on the board. It's a fun board.

Wailua, also on Kauai - I call this the wedding board because of the story attached to it, but it's also probably the easiest Hawaii board once you figure out a method of doing it. I play this one for relaxation, and if I don't beat it every time I'm disappointed. That said, it took me several tries to beat it the first time!

Hanalei, on Kauai - I think this is the hardest board to beat, but it's very fun nonetheless. When I redid the game, I finished this board even though I think it is the hardest, and left a lesser challenge unfinished so the game didn't lock up. Keep an eye on the lower left - if you put it off, you'll never finish the board.

Molokini, on Maui - no nickname, but it's a fun board. There are three little areas on each side that require some concentration, and once (if) you get them the rest of the board is usually already done for you.

Waialua, on Oahu - insanely fun, but easy to run out of moves. And even if you don't, I'll bet you run out of time more than once. At least, I did... people play differently and I know you didn't mind South America Gold nearly as much as I did!  
1emma1
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morning grid. I don't think we need to worry bout me finishing Hawaii soon. tuff boards, have done Hana, Paia, and Halaeakala. I just luuuuv it when you open a board and it says Super Hard. (not) I play in the morning to wake up and say i'm only gonna play a little while and then a few hours later, well you know. . .

and hi cristal tell us where u r in JQIII  
Griddlebone
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Paia is one of my least favorite boards. It's tough, but not as tough as the boards in Heritage expert. I just found it was difficult to get through all the challenges of Paia in the time allowed.

Hana is fun enough to re-do at times. Haleakala is a favorite, and I learned all about Silversword by reading the text. The Jewel Quest stories are a mix of fact and fiction, but the stuff about the Silversword plant is correct.

Right after I bragged about almost never losing to Wailua, I lost three in a row. I'll never learn...  
Griddlebone
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Griddlebone wrote:Emma, which two are left in Hawaii? If you do all 20, let me know if your globe freezes afterwards. I hope it doesn't. I really enjoy Hawaii too and go back to play those boards for relaxation.

1emma1 wrote:Kanehoe and Kailu (sp). and I remember your warning which is one of the reasons I'm not in such a big hurry to finish. also I think this has been the most fun of all JQIII.


Kailu-Kona is the one I left unfinished the second time around in JQIII. It was fun - once. Getting the short upright of the J-hook really depends (only) on a good jewel drop, and while figuring out how to finish the board was interesting, I don't need to do it twice. Besides, I can play it almost to completion, leaving easy squares on the main board, and keep it unfinished.

Kaneohe can be a big bite but you'll get it. I still play it for fun. It's good practice for some of the boards in Heritage, too. Imagine it with a slightly different layout and a zillion crows and you've got Hernan Cortes #5.

I'm impressed that you cleared Hanalei before the very last. I play it a lot because I find it challenging and fun. I do win occasionally!  
 
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