The weekend has come. We expect fairly mild weather in the low to mid 40’s which to be honest sounds downright summery at this point. If the word “Melt” was made up of five letters, I would use it as the first wordle guess every day.
Which makes me think there really should be a 4 letter wordle and a 6 letter wordle every day. The New York Times could really expand its Wordle offering with one or the other (or both). It’s a simple idea, but why not?
Of course there Are other Wordle-likes out there that you can play to vary your word puzzle. There is the always challenging one Quordleswhere you guess one word at a time while solving not one, but solving four different words. It’s not a walk in the park.
Mixing up perhaps the most classic of all word games – the crossword – with Wordle is cleverly over crossword. Here you need to guess two words that “intersect”. This is a fun challenge and a little less frustrating than Quordle.
Finally, if you’re feeling both brave and cunning, take it semantle for a spin. It’s by far the most challenging Wordle-like I’ve ever played. You guess every word and have as many guesses as you want. When you guess, you’re effectively playing “hotter/colder,” with the score for each guess going down as you get warmer and up as you get colder, until you get down to 1, which is the answer. So you could guess “basketball” and get 2,013 and then get “probability” and get 550 and so on and so on. Very, very hard, but also kind of addicting.
In any case, we have a Wordle to solve!
How to solve today’s Wordle
The hint: Everyone does it.
The hint: This word has many more consonants than vowels.
The answer (spoilers):
Ironically, my opening pick was by far the most unlucky one I’ve had in months. I was honestly hoping for that just so I could talk about how ironic it was happy to be this unhappy in this post. 1,084 guesses remained after my opener. And yet Wordle Bot with the magic word slate also needed four guesses to solve today’s Wordle. That is, I walk away with zero points (because I guess 4 and tie the bot), which is better than a minus!
Child-which means “child” or “baby” in Scots, which you’ll know if you’ve ever watched stranger—definitely helped filter the field so I’m down to 20. I reduced that number in a short amount of time incorrect, which was – certainly – wrong, but close enough that I only had one word to choose from after that, although it took me a bit to figure it out trend for the win.
I asked ChatGPT to elaborate on the etymology of “trend” and this is what he told me:
The word “trend” comes from the Old English word “trendan” which means “twist, turn”. Over time, the meaning of the word evolved to include the sense of “leaning in a certain direction” such as a ship’s course or a person’s opinion.
The modern understanding of “trend” as the general direction in which something is evolving or changing originated in the 1920s and is often associated with the rise of fashion and consumer culture. The word derives from the Old Norse word “trenda” which means “twist, roll” and is related to the Old English word “trendan”.
Today, “trend” is often used to describe patterns in popular culture, such as fashion, music, and social media, as well as broader societal and economic changes.
I knew nothing about it. . . . Thanks chatbot!
Play world against me!
I was playing a cutthroat PvP Wordle game against my nemesis, Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And of course your helpful Wordle guide).
Here are the rules:
- 1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points to get it in 1 installment.
- 1 point for hitting Erik
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 installments.
- -2 points for making it in 6 attempts.
- -3 points to lose.
- -1 point for losing to Erik
Your best play would be a hole-in-1 (3 points) and beating me (1 point) for a total of 4. Worst of all would be not guessing the correct answer (-3 points) and losing to me (- 1) point for a total of -4. However, these are outlier values. Usually my worst score is -2 and my best score is +2.
Have a nice day, my dear wordlers!
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