Some people have complained that I was a little too quick to use hints, in my first playthrough of the latest Nancy Drew game.
In general, if I haven't solved a puzzle within five minutes, I think it's perfectly legitimate to hint-spam for the solution. I don't think anyone wants to see a video that's over five minutes of just one puzzle. YouTube's audience retention feature shows that, yeah, viewers skip over the long puzzles.
I kind of felt like the puzzles in this game were not well-explained. For example, the crystal puzzle, which didn't specify that white crystals are NOT part of the solution. Or that word search puzzle, which didn't specify that all the letters in a word are NOT adjacent. You know, like the word search puzzle in Nancy Drew 30, and all the word search puzzles I've ever seen in my entire life. Or the knot puzzle, which didn't specify if you're working left to right or right to left. It looks like you're working right to left, because the final knot pictures are left of the board.
With those puzzles, I had to look at the solution in order to understand how the puzzle works. I don't feel bad for hint-spamming the solution to those puzzles, because I can blame the poorly-done instructions. Although I admit that it's possible the instructions are good, and I'm just bad at understanding them.
There are also puzzles like the ship's steering wheel puzzle or the bilge puzzle, where I knew how to solve the puzzle, and I wanted to give it an honest try. But I also wanted to have the hint button loading, just in case I screwed up and needed a solution. If I do end up getting stuck and needing the solution, I feel disappointed in myself for not being able to do it on my own. If I was playing the game by myself, I would probably take the extra ten minutes and figure out the solution. But I was recording, I didn't want to stop and have the game come to a screeching halt.
And then there are puzzles which I skip because I'm super lazy, and they look super long and complicated. Like the triangle math puzzle, oh man, that puzzle. I don't feel bad about skipping those puzzles, because I can admit I'm lazy.