Re: Thursday

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Do Wordle words ever have more than one of the same letter? For example, "apple" or "reset"? I've tried the game a few times but haven't solved one yet.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:18 AM
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I assumed not? You're allowed to submit those, though, to establish a location.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:19 AM
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Do I have to figure out what a Wordle is?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:21 AM
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I take back 2. I guess that's a mild spoiler for today.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:22 AM
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3: It's literally just Mastermind with 5 letter words.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:23 AM
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I guess it's not quite Mastermind, IIRC? In mastermind, you're just told that there exists a certain number of pegs that are correct in color, and that are correct in color and position, and you don't know which ones. Here it tells you which letters are correct, and which are in the correct position. But you get fewer tries.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:24 AM
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Heh, just got it before seeing the spoiler, I swear.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:32 AM
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6: You get fewer tries, and you can't guess entirely at random, you have to use real words. Mastermind seems easier than this. Maybe my opinion will changes after I solve more than one, though.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:33 AM
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Jammies was trying out his first game last night, and he was like, "I literally can't think of a five letter word," which was both hilarious and also kind of relatable, although he's worst at it than I am.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:38 AM
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Do I have to figure out what Mastermind is?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:38 AM
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You have to guess what Mastermind is. I'll tell you how many of your words are correct, and how many of them are in the correct order, but you'll have to trial and error your way to a correct explanation.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:40 AM
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If you're frustrated by only getting to play once a day, you can play Absurdle as much as you like. https://qntm.org/files/wordle/index.html


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:48 AM
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That is EXACTLY what I was hoping for!!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:01 AM
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12 is rather interesting - it seems to completely eliminate the possibility of a lucky guess. I normally get Wordle in 4 goes but I've just tried Absurdle a few times and never got it in less than 8.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:03 AM
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Yeah, the More Info page for Absurdle suggests that the optimal solution may be 4 words. But you definitely can't get it in one, as it is much less of a guessing game and more of a narrowing-down strategy game.


Posted by: Osgood Yousbad | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:14 AM
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Interesting. So you want to start off with all your weird letters? Or still start off with something like "Heart"?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:18 AM
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I managed to get 5 in absurdle, but it took some effort (maybe 30 minutes?). I'm not going to try to get 4.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in." (9) | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:19 AM
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And if you play an identical list, it will turn out identically every time.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:19 AM
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Normal wordle with no limit per day:
https://octokatherine.github.io/word-master/

Version where you can choose to play 4 to 11 letter words:
http://foldr.moe/hello-wordl/

Adversarial noted above:
https://qntm.org/files/wordle/index.html

There was one that was just four letter swears but I couldn't find the link again.

Wordle is run entirely on the client side so it sends you the whole 2315 word list and chooses today's word based on a difference since day x algorithm. So you can actually look at the source code and figure out the word for any given date:
https://reichel.dev/blog/reverse-engineering-wordle.html


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:24 AM
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FWIW, Metalachi is not a joke.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:42 AM
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Hey, I won.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 8:44 AM
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You just type "STEAM" and go from there?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:04 AM
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So, the US Supreme Court decided a case today, which is OT because it's Thursday.

Guy worked as a civilian for the Michigan National Guard, and was also a member of the national guard, and when he retired, he got separate pensions for his civilian service and his military service. When he applied for Social Security, they deducted for the civilian service pension but not for the military service pension, because that's what the statute says to do. Deduction was 100/mo. He complained, claiming that his civilian service should have counted as military service, and thus not deducted. Lost before an ALJ, lost on administrative appeal, lost in district court, lost in the 6th Circuit. And now lost in the Supreme Court.

I can't help but be impressed by the guy's persistence. I hope he paid his lawyers.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:08 AM
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23: All for what couldn't be more than $48,000 (40 years of that pension), or with discounting at 2%, $33,000 present value? Yeah, persistent.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:16 AM
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sweardle is the game SP forgot. It's also very American -
took me ages to work out "butt".


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:29 AM
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23: It reminds me of those legal cases in France before the revolution that would be carried over lifetimes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:39 AM
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re: music

I really like both the recent Wet Leg singles, and I also love the videos. The whole Jane Austen / Amish thing and the deadpan humour/lobster hands, etc..

Wet Dream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjpgJjdk52c

Chaise Longue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd9jeJk2UHQ



Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:47 AM
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Agree with the OP on the the trumpet.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:49 AM
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Wordle is great. We have a daily Wordle Slack thread at work and it's fun because
1) one per day means no demands on your willpower
2) your results are easily and cleverly shareable
3) the shared results tell a story for each person
4) each round is juuust hard enough


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:55 AM
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I tried Slack but failed to figure it out and now I make people text me.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 9:58 AM
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If they complain, I point out that it doesn't cost ten cents anymore.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 10:04 AM
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I agree with 29.1. Knowing there is only one a day let's me know it can't turn into a total time suck.


Posted by: Blank Stare | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 10:18 AM
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It's important to leave time for PokΓ©mon Go.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 10:24 AM
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25- Disagree. Fucking piece of shit gave me "shag". I of course guessed fuck then shit and was thinking what other goddamn swear word starts with sh? First time I played it gave me "damn".


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 10:28 AM
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Also agree with 29.1. It's a small good thing.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:00 AM
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Had a hard time with today's.

Wordle 208 5/6

⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜
⬜🟨⬜🟩⬜
🟩⬜⬜🟩⬜
🟩⬜🟩🟩⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:02 AM
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Today's was the first I got a 3/6 (out of 13 plays so far)


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:05 AM
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Trying wordle (for the second time) I had a tough time with today's word.

⬜🟨🟨⬜⬜
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜
⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜
⬜🟨⬜🟩⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:36 AM
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Wordle 208 6/6

⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜
🟨⬜🟨⬜⬜
⬜🟨⬜🟩⬜
⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜
⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I suspect I'll rarely have much to brag about, but regardless, cool feature.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:49 AM
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In my head I can only pronounce the name Metalachi as though he's one of the minor prophets.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:51 AM
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Is the quiet thing about Wordle that results can be disseminated via emoji?


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:56 AM
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A prophet is a prophet. You can get snooty when you have a chapter in the Bible.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 11:57 AM
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Huh. Metalachi will be playing a few blocks from my house on Saturday.

It is past my bedtime though.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 1:24 PM
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It was exciting to contemplate going out for a few minutes.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 1:25 PM
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I bet if you asked nicely, your parents would allow it. Not a school night.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 1:34 PM
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Maybe just open your windows? Maybe the trumpet will carry.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 2:12 PM
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Maybe the trumpet will carry you home.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 2:55 PM
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Trying to think of words that fit a _ _ e _ n (no b or c ) or whatever is like trying to walk on a slackline for me, requires weird concentration and memory muscles that I don't normally use and have a hard time with. Weird to enter into an imposed mind state that way.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 2:59 PM
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And now the Supreme Court has decided a couple of pending motions -- granting (5-4) the government's motion to stay the order preventing the vax mandate for people in facilities funded by Medicare and Medicaid, and granting (6-3) the motions to stay the OSHA vax mandate. Roberts and Kav were in both majorities.

It's about whether Congress gave the agencies the power to do this, and those two saw it in the one case and not in the other.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 5:14 PM
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Oops, already in the other thread.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 5:32 PM
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49: When are they just going to find a way to completely dismantle the entire regulatory state, including OSHA?


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:27 PM
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When Trump, in his second administration, replaces Roberts.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 01-13-22 7:46 PM
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Wordle 209 6/6

⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜
🟩🟩⬜⬜🟩
🟩🟩⬜⬜🟩
🟩🟩⬜⬜🟩
⬜⬜⬜🟨🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

That was frustrating.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 3:59 AM
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I was proud of this one. Used LOGIC and REASON.

Wordle 209 4/6

πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›
β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨
β¬›πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 4:52 AM
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Someone I follow says you should treat it like a par 4 in golf.
2- rare but possible
3- luck and skill
4- solid effort
5- disappointing but reasonable
6- made it but feels bad
7+- give up


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 5:01 AM
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I retract 35. I hate it now.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 5:27 AM
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It's a small thing that's easy to ruin for others.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 6:32 AM
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My problem is that I started with something like 3,4,4,3 and assumed it would always be that way. Not so much it turns out.

And worse my wife and kids now doing it and more generally more careful. Now a "feature" of our group text thread.

I have determined that a bi t of alertness helps. Last two nights I have awoken with insomnia and thought "I'll do the Wordle!" In both cases did a guess using a letter in ta place that had been ruled out.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 7:04 AM
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Absurdle lends itself to all sorts of invented variations. Like "Disparition Absurdle" in which you are only allowed to use the letter E once, when you guess the correct answer. (If you use E in a guess and don't get five greens, you lose.)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 7:19 AM
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Absurdle lends itself to all sorts of invented variations. Like "Disparition Absurdle" in which you are only allowed to use the letter E once, when you guess the correct answer. (If you use E in a guess and don't get five greens, you lose.)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 7:19 AM
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That's Wordwang!


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 9:29 AM
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Dunno if someone covered it earlier, but you can get a target word with repeated letters. You also don't have to reuse letters you've figured out, unless (I think) you are in "hard" mode.


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 9:29 AM
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I'm disappointed how easy it is to cheat, at least at the https://octokatherine.github.io/word-master/ version. You can just close and reopen or refresh the window to get a fresh puzzle without hurting your streak.

I'm putting so much time into this partly because I stopped playing World of Warcraft. AIMB, I played the game a lot. I stopped this week. Partly due to running out of interesting things to do in the game, partly due to ethical concerns about this. (That seems like an adequate reason by itself for a principled person to stop supporting the company but I had to admit I had to have less fun first as well.) I've put a little more time into writing, a little more time into reading, a little more time into real life, and a lot more time into this and 2048. It remains to be seen what my routine will look like in a month or two.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 12:28 PM
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Halford shamed me into getting better at 2048.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 12:47 PM
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She thinks it's a glitch in the game but my wife got a word in 1. I suppose with hundreds of millions of people playing someone has to guess the word on the first try. Might have been her first game over all, I'm not clear on that.


Posted by: chill | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 1:15 PM
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65:. I don't want to say anything about your wife, but if that was my wife, I would suspect she was cheating


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 3:50 PM
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Wordle 209 3/6

⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜
🟨⬜⬜🟨🟨
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I couldn't figure it out this morning, but it came to me now.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 9:05 PM
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I didn't cheat and start over. I was just trying different things for line 3 because I was unable to find any word that fit the above.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-14-22 9:18 PM
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Wordle 210 2/6

🟨⬜⬜🟩⬜
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The word of the day is one always close to the front of my mind.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 6:30 AM
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Wordle 210 4/6

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⬜⬜⬜🟩🟩
⬜⬜🟩🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Took me longer.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 7:09 AM
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Can't post the results now but I got it in 5 tries. I'm tempted to feel bad about not getting it in four, but still, progress.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 8:16 AM
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69:. Your hint helped me get it in three.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 8:33 AM
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Chill's wife gave me the idea that I could cheat, and post on Twitter day after day my results showing that I got it one try, and then I could become a world famous psychic, but then it occurred to me that this was very stupid.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 8:38 AM
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1. Solve it on your phone in the usual 5 or 6 tries.

2. Go to your computer and solve it in one try.

3. ???

4. Profit!


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 8:43 AM
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In a bit, it will occur to you that something being stupid isn't a sufficient reason not to do it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 8:44 AM
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74: That was my plan, except in reverse. Solve it in normal way on computer, solve it one try on phone, and then post results on Twitter. Gradually more and more people would notice that I was getting it in one try every time. Then they would pay me lots of money to tell them where they would meet their spouse or whether they should take a job.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 9:12 AM
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I have no interest in Wordle (no hate for it, just not my bag) but I have discovered sokoban puzzles and am obsessed with them.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:03 AM
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I note that Wordle is six letters long.

Now who's the genius?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:03 AM
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Oh my god. 77 is amazing. Thanks a lot for monopolizing my MLK weekend.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:20 AM
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Admittedly, level 3 had a bit of tediousness once I saw what to do.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:25 AM
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There are a zillion variations, some just skins and some with added complications.

https://pixel-bubble.itch.io/scatterhoard

https://sites.math.washington.edu/~ostroff/puzzles/Heroes_of_Sokoban.html


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:33 AM
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I cant get past Level 1, perhaps not the game for me. I don't like to be reminded that I am not as clever as I think I am.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:34 AM
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Your theory can explain that.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:40 AM
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That's very clever.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:51 AM
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Wordle 210 3/6*

⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨
🟩⬜⬜🟨⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:51 AM
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82: That's actually a relatively hard level 1. The 1st link in 81 is probably a better one to start with.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:53 AM
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There's an ios app called Unblock Me that's a good free tile-moving puzzle game.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 10:58 AM
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I usually get it on the fifth word. I have only one fourth word win. On the other hand I've gotten 5/6: missed one not knowing you can get two of a letter in the target.

Wordle 210 5/6

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🟨⬜⬜🟩⬜
⬜🟨🟨🟩⬜
⬜🟩🟩🟩⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 2:13 PM
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80. I saw what to do in 3 and tediously did it until I pushed a block one move too far on the 2nd to last box. It needs an undo-last-move key.


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 2:54 PM
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63: Wordle of Warcraft, obvsly. I found 2048 meditative for a while. Eventually I got to 16384 and then essentially retired from the game. Now I use those idle brain cycles to play a java instantiation of a ridiculously old fantasy boardgame designed in part by Dave Trampier.


Posted by: Doug | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 3:18 PM
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89: Yeah, frustrating. I should have posted a better example -- I wasn't really thinking about other people playing them, just showing what I was talking about. There are tons of variations written in puzzlescript that have undo buttons.

If anyone can figure out level 10 on this one, I would goggle in wonder (has undo button, lets you skip levels): https://game-game.com/177051

Another good one (no undo button): https://adgard.itch.io/slimoban


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 4:24 PM
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Wordle 210 4/6

⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜
⬜🟩🟨⬜⬜
🟨🟩⬜🟩🟨
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: Kenneth Westerman | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 4:33 PM
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I finally got past level one of the crates pushing thing. I'm feeling better about myself.

The squirrel and acorns game was cool but I got sick of waiting around for the owl to fall asleep.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 5:50 PM
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Did any of you see the Sokoban: The Movie? There is a very intense seen at the climax where the hero is stuck in a warehouse with a bunch of crates that have to be moved to very specific places in order for him to save his family.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 6:05 PM
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I'm not even going to look up if that's a joke or real.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 6:06 PM
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Wordle 210 4/6

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⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜
⬜⬜🟩⬜⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: heebie | Link to this comment | 01-15-22 7:30 PM
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That sucked. I've found the closer I am with the first guess the worse I do because I get greedy and try to win in three instead of eliminating more letters.

Wordle 211 5/6

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β¬›πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›
β¬›πŸŸ©πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©πŸŸ¨
β¬›πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ©
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 1:08 AM
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Wordle 211 5/6

🟩⬜⬜🟩⬜
⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜
🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I had two yellows and a green, maybe I should have tried harder to guess something using those letters instead of random guessing to eliminate more. Still, can't complain.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 4:56 AM
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Wordle 211 4/6

⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜
🟨🟨⬜⬜⬜
🟨⬜⬜🟨⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I'm also through level 7 of Sokoban.

This may have something to do with the outside temp being 3 degrees F.


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 5:38 AM
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Wordle 211 3/6

🟩⬜⬜🟩⬜
🟩⬜🟩🟩⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 6:06 AM
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Wordle 211 3/6*

🟩⬜🟨⬜⬜
🟩🟨⬜🟨🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Been starting with "strep".


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 7:57 AM
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A little amoxicillin will take care of that.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 8:39 AM
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Look at you, fancy word speller.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 8:44 AM
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Browser knows all.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 8:53 AM
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Another game could be reversle - knowing the answer try to figure out a person's guesses. For example, in 101, was your second guess "savor"?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:01 AM
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105: Sorry! Maybe delete this?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:15 AM
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We need to be careful not to "spoil" wordle. 101 already has a spoiler and 105 is worse.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:23 AM
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Good thing no one reads Unfogged on Sunday!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:24 AM
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Spoiler Alert:


Spiderman had all the old spidermans in it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:28 AM
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105: yes


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:44 AM
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Wordle 211 3/6

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Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 10:26 AM
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We need to be careful not to "spoil" wordle. 101 already has a spoiler and 105 is worse.

Yes, 105 helped me.

Been starting with "strep".

What's the best theory for starting words? I've been trying to pick a set of two starting words that cover most of the vowels (and haven't decided if I prefer leaving out u or y from the first two), and that inclines me towards two vowels in the first word.*

stair?
stare?
laity?

*based on very little experience; I've now done 5 wordles.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:34 AM
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Adieu.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:39 AM
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I've been starting with heart or world.


Posted by: heebie | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:49 AM
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Wordle 211 4/6

🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜
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Posted by: heebie | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:51 AM
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Not claiming that I started with those in 115 though. Heavens no.


Posted by: heebie | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:52 AM
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I always start with "STEAM" because schools say they focus on STEAM and that it is vital.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:58 AM
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I was using "outer". On this one I used "piano". Is adieu the only 5-letter word with 4 vowels?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 12:02 PM
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Audio.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 12:05 PM
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Aiery, apparently. Alternative spelling of eyrie.


Posted by: Ajay | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 12:17 PM
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"'Aiery Potter, did you put your name in the goblet of fire?"


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 12:59 PM
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Audio.

I can't quite bring myself to start with adieu, but I like Audio better (even though the e is more common). Aiery also feels a little cheap, but seems very handy.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 2:04 PM
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"Aaaaa" is the worst word to start with.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 2:40 PM
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I've been starting with AERIE, thinking that a double E is a solid possibility.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 3:35 PM
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I haven't figured out how double letters work yet.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 3:43 PM
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Behind the green glass door there are bookcases but there are no libraries.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 4:05 PM
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It's an Ikea?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 4:17 PM
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Behind the green glass door you'll find Billy and Agunnaryd but not PoΓ€ng or Ingvar.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 4:27 PM
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What's the best theory for starting words?

There was a long Hackernews thread about this a few days ago. Mostly aiming for common letters in common positions, but I would have liked to see someone look into whether some combinations more helpfully narrow subsequent guesses, but that's more complex. And I don't think people were dealing with "hard mode," which I think is more fun.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 4:39 PM
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Behind the green glass door are rabbits but no hares.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 6:31 PM
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They're nibbling, rather than eating, lettuce and carrots but no hay.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 6:43 PM
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O.K. I figured it out. 128 is clever.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 6:55 PM
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I think when we did that riddle in middle school it was called "Goonies like" but now that sounds vaguely racist so I had to look up what other people call it.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 7:21 PM
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So, 91.3 is giving me trouble. I can't get past the bouncing blue jello.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 8:40 PM
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Wordle 212 2/6*

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After 11 games my mean , median, and modal score are precisely 4. All in hard mode.



Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:47 PM
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Wordle 212 2/6*

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After 11 games my mean , median, and modal score are precisely 4. All in hard mode.



Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:47 PM
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Wordle 212 2/6*

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After 11 games my mean , median, and modal score are precisely 4. All in hard mode.



Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:47 PM
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Wordle 212 4/6

🟩⬜🟨⬜⬜
🟩⬜🟨⬜🟩
🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:49 PM
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I thought I'd be first.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:49 PM
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Also, you're either really lucky or a huge nerd.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 9:51 PM
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Wordle 212 4/6*

🟩⬜🟨🟨⬜
🟩⬜⬜🟩🟩
🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

So much for my theory of the answer typically being the more obvious word.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 10:37 PM
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Aaaaa is the worst word to start with.

I disagree, "Holding Out For A Hero" is s cracking song.


Posted by: Ajay | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:35 PM
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Also, I got today's one in 2.


Posted by: Ajay | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:37 PM
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Would have been 3 but I made a typo.


Posted by: Ajay | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:38 PM
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141- indeed.

Wordle 212 4/6

β¬›β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬›
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πŸŸ©β¬›πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ©
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Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-16-22 11:45 PM
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Wordle 212 3/6

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Booyah.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 4:38 AM
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Wordle 212 3/6

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My first 3 guess!


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 5:12 AM
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147: Same here. Not sure if it was luck or practice is helping. Or opening strategies. Upthread someone said "strep". I figure that followed by "chain" would give you three vowels, something like eight of the top 10 letters in English, some common combinations...

Eh, luck. That opening strategy wouldn't have gotten me to the past three or four words nearly so quickly.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 6:09 AM
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Wordle 212 4/6

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Posted by: heebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 6:20 AM
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"There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the reading of the blog. All competing topic will be destroyed. But always-- do not forget this-- always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a Wordle guess grid stamping on a blog comment section-- forever. "


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 6:29 AM
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141: So much for my theory of the answer typically being the more obvious word.

My wife sort of used that principle today to help get it in 2. Wrongly it appears according to Google n-gram. But there was logic to it that I now realize could be a spoiler so not going to note it (but I guess even this could be a "third-level remove" spoiler).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 6:46 AM
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150: I mean, if you'd rather discuss World of Warcraft, we can do it. If you want, I can link to the WoW subreddit or other major fan sites and you can see if they're having any more fun.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 7:19 AM
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We're gonna need a smaller universe of discourse.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 7:31 AM
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150: It's funny, 92 actually made me feel hostile for a bit. Over the years, back when this place was more active than it is, I felt strongly about keeping it open and welcoming to new people, understanding that it took a certain amount of courage to break into the conversation. And now some clown we don't know spams us with his Wordle score, without the courtesy of a single word to explain why we should care?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 8:20 AM
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Everyone knows Ken.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 8:55 AM
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155: Barbie's ex? Good to see that he has found a distraction from his heartbreak. 154 is just cruel.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 9:04 AM
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It takes two to make a relationship that pathological.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 9:16 AM
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Ken does Wordle like this; Barbie does Wordle like that.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 9:36 AM
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134: I can't get past the bouncing blue jello.

Pick up the fireball, then throw it at the slime by clicking on the slime.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 9:42 AM
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Thanks.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 9:50 AM
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We could always change the named of the site to "unfoggled." Think of the extra page views!


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 11:04 AM
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The grocery store yesterday was out of many things that I usually get, incoming snow storm on top of covid-related strains. I had to buy chicken that was labeled "Spatchcocked". But I suppose you never really know about the chicken's history even if it is not labeled.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 11:52 AM
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140: Both.

My "strategy" is based on ETAOIN SHRDLU, allegedly the most frequent letters in written English in order.*

Opening word: ATONE, containing letters with frequencies 1, 2, 3, 4, 6. So every game begins with an act of atonement.

Second word: Add to the match letters, from ISHRDLU in order, skipping around as needed to make actual common words. If the first five are all duds, next word could be SHIRK (frequencies 5,7, 8, 9), or LURID (frequencies 5, 9,10, 11, 12).

Spoiler alert for today: Thus solving today's in 2.

*Although apparently this ordering is based on frequency in some sample of written English, not frequency in 5 letter words, so it's probably not optimal. E.g. H comes up in text frequently in THE, probably not as much in 5 letter words.


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 2:27 PM
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I also added "or both".


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 2:40 PM
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I forgot that I already played it this morning, and went to play it again, and I did really well. #humblebrag


Posted by: heebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 2:43 PM
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The problem with word-in-one is that no one will believe you. The last small impetus for people to submit completely to the surveillance state will be the desire to have their wordle scores believed.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 3:03 PM
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I ragequit Wordle when it wouldn't let me guess ERATO.


Posted by: Opinionated Will Shortz | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 3:15 PM
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166: Oh, I could believe it. Someone said upthread that the words come from a pool of 10,000 or so, right? So the odds are something like 10,000 to one. Higher than the odds of winning something good in the lottery, and someone manages to do that most days. I just wouldn't care because it's purely a matter of luck.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 3:17 PM
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166:. When Bill McKibben got "solar" on his first guess (as seen on Twitter) it was totally believable.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 3:31 PM
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2315 words, and based on the date difference algorithm it seems likely it rotates through them all, so if you consistently play ATONE for the next 6 years there will be a magical day when you get it on the first try.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 3:34 PM
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You'll feel so bad afterwards for wrecking the spirit of the game that you'll have to figure out some repetitive daily ritual to make up for it.


Posted by: heebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 3:54 PM
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Wordle 213 6/6

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🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜
🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Worst ever for me so far.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-22 9:43 PM
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Wordle 213 3/6

β¬›β¬›πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›
β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Followed the recommended strategy but then got lucky on the third guess I suppose.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 12:07 AM
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https://swag.github.io/evil-wordle/


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 2:04 AM
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Wordle 213 6/6

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⬜⬜🟩🟨⬜
⬜⬜🟩⬜⬜
⬜🟨🟩⬜⬜
🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I could have been a bit smarter about it, but still, that was a tough one.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 3:58 AM
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174- that's the same as Absurdle.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 4:11 AM
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So much for following a method
Wordle 213 6/6*

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⬜🟩🟩⬜🟨
🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜
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🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 4:47 AM
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Had to chase this one down.

Wordle 213 5/6*

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🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜
🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜
🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜
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Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 4:58 AM
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I like that it says "Phew" when you get it on 6/6.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 5:05 AM
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Genius
Magnificent
Impressive
Splendid
Great
Phew

It should say "cheater" for 1


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 5:16 AM
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Much like someone tried to sell an app by ripping it off, someone made wordlegame.org which is the top result on some search engines but isn't the shared experience of people doing the same word once a day. We can't have nice things.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 5:22 AM
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180: It's all empty praise except the last.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 5:30 AM
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I got it in 4 today. It feels like cheating that it doesn't count all the times that I guessed something not on the word list


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 6:40 AM
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My fifth guess was hitting submit to see if something I didn't think was a word was really a word.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 6:42 AM
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Wordle 213 3/6

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Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 7:20 AM
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The pause between two and three, while I hunted for possible words to fill the slots, was very long indeed because I had eliminated all the letters that came to mind.


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 7:21 AM
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151: 141: So much for my theory of the answer typically being the more obvious word.

My wife sort of used that principle today to help get it in 2. Wrongly it appears according to Google n-gram.

Revisiting this now that it is not a spoiler. My wife chose "shire" over "spire" taking into account British English vs. American English. But in n-grams "spire" still more frequent even in British English.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 8:17 AM
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Wordle 213 5/6

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⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨
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Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 10:38 AM
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Wordle 214 3/6

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Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-22 9:24 PM
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Wordle 214 3/6

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Similar but not matching.


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 5:29 AM
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Wordle 214 3/6*

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Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 5:51 AM
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I think my strategy was different. My second row was completely different letters than my first. I was just looking to eliminate more letters.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 5:54 AM
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Everyone I've seen today got it in three, even my 12 year old.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 6:05 AM
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My second row was completely different letters than my first

This is not allowed in hard mode (denoted by asterisk on the score).


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 6:26 AM
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Oh. I didn't know there was a fancy mode.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 6:32 AM
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195: I didn't realize that either. I had already decided, that it was probably statistically best to always make a guess that could be the right answer. But sometimes you can save time, not guesses, by just choosing a word to eliminate letters.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 7:28 AM
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System worked today.

Wordle 214 2/6*

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Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 01-19-22 9:44 AM
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196: Got in in three via the "eliminate letters" method. Lazy.

Wordle 215 3/6

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Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-20-22 5:45 AM
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Wordle 215 3/6

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I got it in three also.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-20-22 5:47 AM
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Wordle 215 3/6*

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Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-20-22 5:53 AM
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Wordle 216 4/6*

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Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 7:16 AM
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Wordle 216 3/6

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I feel smart. But in fairness, the strategy in 163 seems well suited to today's word.

I had stopped commenting here when it dropped off the front page but I see others continued. I saved my scores for the intervening days on my own blog and I could post them now if people are really curious. Should there be recurring threads for this while it's a fad? Should they go in the Check Ins thread?


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 7:28 AM
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Anything can go in the check-ins thread, but I am not excited by the idea of threads devoted entirely to green/yellow grids.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 7:46 AM
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202: I was going to say, "What's the point?"

But then I thought, "Why be such a prick?""


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 7:47 AM
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203: Yes, if you must post your green/yellow grids, at least keep them segregated.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 7:48 AM
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I didn't post mine even though I only needed three tries.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 8:00 AM
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I went Pious Prick.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 8:08 AM
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Just like The Thornbirds.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-21-22 8:10 AM
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It was only a matter of time before there was a math version


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