Wordle Postgame Report, February 8, 2023


Wordle Postgame Report, February 8, 2023
The young Khrishna strikes the cow with his cowherd's FLAIL. The cow, with calf, stands beneath the Bo-tree, with Khrisna's half-brother Bala Rama standing behind. from the V&A's collection, 10th century. (Photo by CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images)

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February 8, 2023, FLAIL, 4/6

AN OPENING PLAY of TONIC brought only one positive result, and it was a mildly confounding one: a green I in the fourth spot. Was it the second independent vowel in a two-syllable word? Part of a vowel combination following a consonant combination? I guessed the former, with SERIF, and got a yellow F. That seemed like it had to go to the front of the word, probably paired with something else. FLUID felt like it had the structure of a winner. It came up correct on the F and L, but the U and D were wrong. The only workable vowel left was A, and the R for FLAIR was gone, so: FLAIL. All green. Just took one extra round of swinging to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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