Wordle Postgame Report, August 10


Wordle Postgame Report, August 10
Magdeburg sinks in Thames - A single-decker bus, one of 23 destined for Cuba appears to CLING by its tyres to the now upright deck of the East German vessel Magdeburg, when it sank on its side after a collision in thick fog near Northfleet of the Thames. The ship was outward bound from Dagenham for Cuba. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

August 10, CLING, 5/6

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THE OPENING WORD, and also a portent, was CRUEL. Green C, yellow L. Calmly, systematically move the L and get more vowels in there: CLOAK. Now the CL was correct, and the O and A were eliminated, making it obvious that the answer had to start with CLI-. CLIFF? Or would it be CLIMB? No sense avoiding the double letter now—it was time for solving the puzzle, not for winnowing possibilities. I'd thought of CLIFF first, so I took the leap. And the F's came up gray. Oh, well, it was CLIMB, then: a slower, methodical approach to the answer. It was not CLIMB, either. The game was heading into an uncontrolled descent. I clutched at the remaining letters: CLING? It turned green; I held on.

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