Wordle Postgame Report, Weekend CATCH up: July 7-9
GAMES OF SKILL AND CHANCE DEP'T.
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July 7, AGAPE, 4/6
LIVE BY HIGHER variance, die by higher variance. CLOUT as an opener got nothing. PRIME got a yellow P and a green E, maybe the most unhelpful of all letter placements. Move the P, keep using common letters: SPADE. Both vowels were green, but the P was still yellow—the ending had to be -APE. But what could the first two letters be? S, C, R, T, and L were all gone, which took away most consonant combinations. No GRAPE, no DRAPE, no SHAPE. H was still unused, but there was nothing to put it with: BHAPE? No, one of the letters had to be a vowel, recycled from the -APE. EWAPE...AGAPE. The answer had opened up.
July 8, VOICE, 3/6
CLEAN AND DIRECT. SLAKE was an unproductive-looking starter, yielding only the green E at the end, but then DRIVE added a green I and a yellow V. The latter effectively wrapped things up. Was Wordle going to use OVINE as an answer? Clearly not. V _ I _ E was the way to go, and that was VOICE. Mainstream, correct, over.
July 9, STEAD 4/6
A LOUSY WORD, built for joyless and uninteresting play. MOIST got a yellow S and T; STARE turned the S and T green and added a yellow A and E. So it would be STEA-something. STEAL? No. It couldn't be STEAM, because M was already gone. What was left? STEAD, barely a word—a wordlike vestigial object that can only survive in the controlled habitat of stock phrases. And that was the official answer, in four. Only after I saw other people had built longer chutes did I realize STEAK had still been there, and had been an unquestionably superior choice. If I'd played better, I would have needed five rounds.
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The haircut on Plummer. Whew.
MY guess is "In it's/his/her/their stead" has been shortened to "instead", and instead is much more versatile and compact. You can say "I'll have turkey instead of ham", not "I will have turkey in ham's stead". I'm struggling to think of a use for "stead" that's not an old-timey affectation.