Wordle Postgame Report, January 31, 2023


Wordle Postgame Report, January 31, 2023
Citroën 2CVs at an auto-CROSS. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

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January 31, 2023, CROSS, 5/6

I REASSURED MYSELF I was playing a higher-variance strategy but really FILMY was the only word I could come up with as a starter. The sight of it turning up all gray made me come up with PASTE, which I'd somehow also never played, but which only came up with a yellow S. It was going to be this kind of a game, fumbling around in the dark. I used up the rest of the vowels with SOUND, but only added a yellow O to the yellow S. By now, though, the eliminated letters were telling me something. The O had to hold the whole word together, so it would go in the middle spot, after a consonant combination, and then—well, the letter supply was so depleted, it seemed safe to double up the S. If I was going completely wrong, I still had a spare turn to try something else. I played GROSS. Gray followed by four greens. Right concept, wrong consonant combination. The only alternative was the C. The sort of game that leaves one irritated.

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