Wordle Postgame Report, February 16, 2023


Wordle Postgame Report, February 16, 2023
Camera obscura, 1646. A double camera obscura, rather out of scale, showing an image of a man burning in Hell. The image was produced by light from a lamp which travelled down the lens and through one of the movable slides to project the image onto the wall. These demonstrations eventually resulted in the birth of the MAGIC lantern. Plate from Ars Magna Lucis Et Umbrae by Athanasius Kircher, (1646). (Photo by Oxford Science Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images)

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February 16, 2023, MAGIC, 4/6

PEOPLE WOULDN'T STOP talking about the new AI chat engine in Microsoft Bing, so I played BINGE for a yellow I and a yellow G. Having a G and an I without an N made things tricky already. I moved them around to make GRIST, to get more material for solving the puzzle. They stayed yellow. What positions would work? I got a pencil and started putting down the permutations: I-G-blank-blank-blank, I-blank-G-blank-blank... INGOT was out, thanks to the N and the T. I kept going. IGLOO would work, but would Wordle use IGLOO? Blank-blank-G-I-blank could be—LOGIC. A solution that made sense. I tried it. Gray on the L and O, green the rest of the way. Not my carefully worked-out LOGIC but something else. MAGIC.

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