Wordle Postgame Report, July 12


Wordle Postgame Report, July 12
Maharana Jagat Singh dressed as a Bhil, hunting deer at night, c. 1735-40. India, Rajasthan, Mewar school. Color on paper; page: 17.2 x 24.8 cm (6 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.). (Photo by: Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

July 12, NIGHT, 6/6

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.

SAVED BY CHANCE, at the brink of disaster. CLASP was all gray. With a still-blank slate for round two, I typed in the letters of classic Wordle-buster URINE, then deleted that in favor of DOGIE. Bad move. Nearly fatal. Green G, yellow I—so the I likely would go before the G, which would make it...FIGHT? And with that, a steep chute opened: it was -IGHT, but not with an F in front. And there were more than three words left that would fit. WIGHT was out; surely Wordle wouldn't inflict WIGHT on the audience. What about a recycled letter—TIGHT? No. Four guesses spent, two to go. What was the most Wordle-obvious word remaining? RIGHT? No. Five down, one left. It had all fallen apart so fast, I hadn't even paused to think about abandoning self-imposed Hard Mode to hit the brakes. Too late now. NIGHT was there, but so, equally plausibly, was MIGHT. (So, I would see later, was BIGHT, but that one could have been safely filed with WIGHT.) NIGHT or MIGHT? MIGHT or NIGHT? No good reason to choose one over the other. I picked N, and the green square sealed off the chute.

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