Wordle Postgame Report, January 17, 2023


Wordle Postgame Report, January 17, 2023
Washington family coat of arms with symbols later ADOPTed in the American flag, at Sulgrave Manor, England, ancestral home of George Washington. 2015. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group 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, of not playing Wordle, or of the New York Times.

January 17, 2023, ADOPT, 5/6

YESTERDAY'S SENSE OF mis-engagement and futility still hung over the grid, and I played the terrible word CALVE, thinking of icebergs breaking off a doomed glacier. The A was yellow and I decided to move it to the front of the row, with AGONY, which was my first correct decision in eight rows' worth of Wordle. The A was green and so was the O. I celebrated by immediately losing focus, unable to think systematically about what might fill the spaces, and I played AROMA, just like I did in yesterday's cascade of doom. The gray columns stayed gray. ABOUT? A green T showed up at the end. I wasn't solving it so much as I was running out of ways not to solve it. What could fill in the A-blank-O? ADOPT. I could claim the victory as my own.

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