Wordle Postgame Report, July 6


Wordle Postgame Report, July 6
Four pastel coloured FLUFFy slippers. (Photo by Found Image Holdings/Getty Images)

July 6, FLUFF, 5/6

The Wordle Postgame Report is a brief analysis of at 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.

A BASIC PRINCIPLE of Wordle: more green = less fun. If you're accumulating yellow letters, it means you're moving puzzle pieces around, looking for the shape to emerge. Accumulating gray ones means you're eliminating whole swaths of possibilities, finding the word in the negative space. But if you accumulate green ones, it usually means you're stuck working through the stack of unused letters by trial and error. CLONE gave me a green L. FLAME gave me a green FL. FLUID gave me a green FLU. FLUSH this game down the toilet—nope, just the same green FLU. Nine cumulative correct guesses, and so what? FLUNG wouldn't work; the N was gone in the first round. Fluck you, Wordle. Oh, right: FLUFF. A triple letter, hiding at the end of the tedious letter-hunt. Clever little puzzle-word. Lousy time.

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