The weekend has arrived. We’re expecting rather balmy weather in the low-to-mid 40s which, quite frankly, sounds downright summery at this point. If the word ‘melt’ was five letters I’d use it as an opening Wordle guess every day.
Which makes me think, there really should be a 4-letter and a 6-letter Wordle each day. The New York Times could really expand its Wordle offerings 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 up your word puzzling. There’s the always-challenging Quordle, which has you guess one word at a time while solving not one but four different words. It’s no walk in the park.
Blending what may be the most classic of all word games—the crossword puzzle—with Wordle is deftly done via Crosswordle. Here you have to guess two words that ‘cross’ one another. This one is a fun challenge and a little less frustrating than Quordle.
Finally, if you’re feeling both brave and cunning, take Semantle for a spin. It’s by far the most challenging Wordle-like I’ve played. You guess any word and have as many guesses as you like. As 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 might guess ‘basketball’ and get 2,013 and then ‘probability’ and get 550 and so on and so forth. Very, very hard but also kind of addictive.
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In any case, we have a Wordle to solve!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Everybody’s doing it.
The Clue: This word has many more consonants than vowels.
The Answer (Spoilers):
My opening guess, ironically enough, was by far the unluckiest I’ve had in months. I was honestly kind of hoping for that simply so I could talk about how ironic it was for lucky to be this unlucky in this post. 1,084 guesses remained after my opener. And yet Wordle Bot with the magic word slate also took four guesses to solve today’s Wordle. That means I walk away with zero points (for guessing in 4 and tying the Bot) which is better than a negative!
Bairn—which means ‘child’ or ‘babe’ in Scottish, which you’ll know if you ever watched Outlander—definitely helped winnow the field, leaving me with just 20. I reduced that number in short order with wrong, which was—to be sure—wrong, but close enough that I only had one word to pick from after, though it took me a bit to come up with trend for the win.
I asked ChatGPT to elaborate on the etymology of ‘trend’ and this is what he told me:
The word “trend” originated from the Old English word “trendan,” which meant “to turn, revolve.” Over time, the meaning of the word evolved to include the sense of “to incline in a certain direction,” as in a ship’s course or a person’s opinion.
The modern sense of “trend” as a general direction in which something is developing or changing emerged in the 1920s, and is often associated with the rise of fashion and consumer culture. The word is derived from the Old Norse word “trenda,” which means “to turn, roll,” and is related to the Old English word “trendan.”
Today, “trend” is commonly used to describe patterns in popular culture, such as fashion, music, and social media, as well as broader societal and economic shifts.
I did not know any of that . . . . Thanks Chat Bot!
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I’ve been playing a cutthroat game of PvP Wordle against my nemesis Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And your helpful Wordle guide, of course).
Here are the rules:
- 1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points for getting it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating Erik
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points for getting it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for losing.
- -1 point for losing to Erik
Your best game would be a hole in 1 (3 points) and beating me (1 point) for 4 total. Your worst would be failing to guess the correct answer (-3 points) and losing to me (-1) point for a -4 total. These are outlier scores, however. Usually my worst is a -2 and my best a +2.
Have a lovely day, my dearest Wordlers!
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