Wordle Postgame Report, weekend CATCH up, November 11-13
GAMES OF SKILL AND CHANCE DEP'T.
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November 11, MEDAL, 4/6
LATELY, MORE AND more of the satisfaction of Wordle comes from picking a new opener from the fog of unused words out there—even when, as with WRIST today, that pick comes up blank. So many five-letter words to choose from in this English language, and poor Wordle is stuck with only one of them. I tried PEACH and got green E and yellow A. Plant the A in the fourth spot instead of the third, then: DELAY. The answer might have to wait another round, but the D and the L were both yellow. PEDAL was out; MEDAL took the prize.
November 12, VALET, 4/6
OSTENSIBLY, THE OPENING was better than yesterday's, since RETCH coughed up two yellow letters right away, the E and the T. But chasing two common letters around the board didn't feel much more productive than blind guessing. SWEAT turned the T green and added a yellow A, but the E was still not where it belonged. So the E and the A would have to part company. I found the scratch pad and tried to map out where they'd go. It looked like one of two ways: E_ A_T or _A_ET. EXACT was out, but EXALT could fit—could, but didn't. The E and A were still yellow, and the L went yellow to join them. With the help of the pencil, the answer took shape, _ALET. VALET. An unheroic performance.
November 13, INANE, 3/6
A SAFE-FEELING opener yielded a boring return, as SHORE brought up a green E. What next, something with an A in it? No, TWINE. Yellow I, green N, and the green E again. Couldn't see what would possibly bridge the gap if the I moved to the second position, so it moved one position more, to the beginning. And what else could it be but INANE? No mental effort required.
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