Wordle Postgame Report, January 25, 2023


Wordle Postgame Report, January 25, 2023
Aztec volcanic rock statue of Chicomecoatl the Goddess of MAIZE and groundwater. Dated 14th Century. (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 25, 2023, MAIZE, 3/6

WITH A SORT of protective jinx in mind, or just the inability to think of anything else, I opened with STUMP, and got a yellow M. To compensate for playing the U so early, I tried a batch of more common vowels with MAYBE. The M, A, and E were all green—the two gray spaces looked like a chute, but there didn't seem to be that many letter combinations to shovel into it. MAIZE would work if the answer took another vowel, or otherwise what? MACHE would be an awful answer. MANGE would fit. Did I want to think about MANGE this early in the game, this early in the morning? The game was in good shape; I could risk a Z this early. I played MAIZE, and it sprouted up all green. Sort of an embarrassing puzzle-word, but it was right.

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