Wordle Postgame Report, August 1


Wordle Postgame Report, August 1
Revolutionary Milk Transport - A new Borden's Milk truck with the latest in milk transport, New York, New York, circa 1928. The truck is equipped with a seamless glass container covered with cork that keeps the milk at 37 degrees for16 hours with no ice. It takes one man only ten minutes to load the 8000 quart truck tank from the train tank, as opposed to the old method with three men taking 45 minutes to load 200 cans of milk. Here the 'vacuum bottle' milk truck is unloading the milk at the pasteurizing plant. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

August 1, QUART, 4/6

The Wordle Postgame Report is a brief analysis of a game of Wordle, the five-letter-word guessing game now owned by the New York Times. If you do not play Wordle, Indignity encourages you to please skip this item. The existence of the Wordle Postgame Report does not constitute an endorsement of playing Wordle, of not playing Wordle, or of the New York Times.

PERVERSE YET STRAIGHTFORWARD. "This was a horrible experience," one member of the group chat reported, after escaping from a double chute in the fifth round. I stumbled over the mouths of that same chute without quite falling in. GRAIN got me a green A and yellow R to start. Move the R, find a consonant combination to open with: FLARE. The R was right, the other three were wrong. Feeling confident and systematic, I went with SCARY. Surely at least the S or the Y would be there. Both came up gray, as did the C. Nothing gained, just the blank holes on both sides of the AR. But the spacing was weird—still two letters missing before the A. There couldn't be an EA now, and a lot of leading consonant combinations were gone. Maybe weird spacing called for something weird to fill it. I usually tune out the existence of rare letters until an endgame gets really tight, ignoring the Z, X, and Q as I scan the options. What if it was time to drop the blinders? I still had U, which meant I could have Q, which meant QUART. After three rounds kept coming up dry, the fourth filled it the row.

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