Wordle Postgame Report, August 9


Wordle Postgame Report, August 9
PATTY Hearst with Machine Gun. Photo: Bettmann

August 9, PATTY, 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.

I HAVE NO idea whether the actual words in my history bear it out or not, but it felt to me as if when I sit down to think up a starter word, my eye naturally drifts to the upper right of the letter layout, and I always start by considering what's up there. Lots of words with P in them. So this time I forced my gaze to the left and a little down. How about WAXEN? No, an X would be stupid. WAVER. Nothing but a green A, so back to the upper right again. PAINT: My old friend P turned green alongside the A, and the T came up yellow. So the T would have to move over, and another vowel would have to go on the far side of it. PARTY was a perfect fit: green, green, gray, green, green. Right reasoning, wrong answer. PATTY. An inferior word, a weak double letter, a flattening experience.

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