Wordle Postgame Report, February 13, 2023


Wordle Postgame Report, February 13, 2023
San Diego Citizens Being Trained on Gas Mask USAGE: This is a gas mask drill, which is serious business. A chemical warfare officer, (at left), instructs civilians of San Diego how to guard against surprise enemy gas barrages. Photo: Bettmann via Getty Images.

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February 13, USAGE, 4/6

NOW THAT I knew the corny presence of the Wordle editor was lurking behind the empty grid, I refused to open the morning after the Super Bowl with CHAMP. The next word to mind, CHOMP, came up all gray. READY got a green A, where CHAMP's A would have been, and a yellow E. I thought about where to put the E—front? End? Both? Blended in an AE combination? Three rounds in, it was time for a standard-issue starter word, with SLATE. The E was right, and the S was yellow. There didn't seem to be enough consonant combinations left unused to fill the first two slots if I moved the S out of there. A vowel? USAGE was the right word in the right place.

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