Wordle Postgame Report, December 19


Wordle Postgame Report, December 19
Stereoscope photograph showing children working in the anthracite coal mines, picking SLATE. Photo: Bettmann via Getty Images.

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, not playing Wordle, or of the New York Times.

December 19, SLATE, 3/6

I WAS TRYING to play for a little letter variety with BRUTE, but it was most the common letters that hit, with T and E going green. I blanched a little at the prospect of guessing my way down a three-wide chute, but what was there to do except start the guessing? And PLATE came through with green everywhere but the P. It could only be ELATE or SLATE, and has anyone ever spoken the verb "elate" in its five-letter present-tense form? Better to lose a round than to support it as a possible result. The more reasonable S, nominated instead of the E, turned green, along with the four incumbent letters.

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