Wordle Postgame Report, July 31


Wordle Postgame Report, July 31
Raja Torpedo, The CRAMP-Fish, still image, Prints, 1785-1797, Bloch, Marcus Elieser, 1723-1799. (Photo: Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

July 31, CRAMP, 2/6

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IT FELT LIKE PURGE would be a good starter word—a gamble on differentiation, by playing a U so early. On those terms, it didn't really work: the U came up gray. But the P and the R came up yellow. Where did they want to be? Not together at the beginning; the target couldn't start with PR-. I slid them around mentally. They felt little magnets, with matching poles, pushing apart if I tried to mash them too close to each other. The magnets flipped places. CREPE—no, while testing the rare-ish U, I'd eliminated the E. CRAMP? Green, green, green, green, green. Other players were hitting a long, wide chute trying to solve for CRA-, but with the P in hand, it was quick and painless. Not even a twinge of trouble.

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