Wordle Postgame Report, October 26


Wordle Postgame Report, October 26
Bordeaux, FRANCE: Municipal employees carry away ducks from an open air basin following a municipal ban on birds in the city, 27 October 2005 in Bordeaux. The UN food agency today strongly criticised pre-emptive bans on poultry imports to prevent the spread of bird flu, saying they FLOUT established rules and do not distinguish between infected and non-infected countries. AFP PHOTO.PHOTO PATRICK BERNARD (Photo credit should read PATRICK BERNARD/AFP via Getty Images)

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October 26, FLOUT, 5/6

THERE WAS A moment, as the opening play of TOUCH turned up yellow in the first three squares, that it looked like the game would go easily. Obviously the yellow TOU- would be an -OUT ending. The H for SHOUT was already gone. So: SPOUT. No, it wasn't SP-. What other two-letter openers were left? Aha, it had jumped to the endgame so fast, I hadn't even run through the vowels: ABOUT? Nope. It didn't seem worth it to try to be systematic; again, how many answers could be left? GROUT. Not GROUT, and now the double-wide gray was looking more and more like a chute. TOUCH had ruled out CLOUT. The appealing answers were all off the board, as far as I could see. It was FLOUT, or—they woudn't dare—KNOUT, the thing people get whipped with in czarist-era Russian fiction. Or something else. Prudence, long-neglected prudence, said I should abandon the chute and test as many letters as possible, in case I was missing some other option. I didn't feel like following the rules of safe play. FLOUT.

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