Wordle Postgame Report, December 21


Wordle Postgame Report, December 21
Lunar-shaped Ring Bezel and Grotesque Figures, circa 1620-30. Artist Noel Rouillard. (Photo by Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images)

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December 21, LUNAR, 3/6

Playing high-frequency consonants with a lower-frequency vowel feels like a good strategy, whether it really is or not. TRUNK gratifyingly came through in both categories, with a yellow R, U, and N. How to rearrange them? I immediately saw URBAN, with a flash of certainty, then had to put some effort into making myself unsee it, because the R was in the wrong place. There really were a lot of possibilities excluded: no -URN endings; no two-consonant combinations with either the N or the R, fore or aft, because the U couldn't go in the middle. I abandoned all interest and guessing new letters, and focused entirely on positioning, with RUNNY. Yellow R, green U and N. Nothing with a -UNR- came to mind, leaving it at  _ U N _ R. TRUNK had ruled out TUNER, so...LUNAR? The full right answer was shining there.

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