Wordle Postgame Report, September 12


Wordle Postgame Report, September 12
Prohibition incident: Federal agents emptying liquor bottles. Bystander tries to collect the valuable BOOZE in his straw hat. Ca. 1933. Photo: Bettman via Getty Images.

September 12, BOOZE, 2/6

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THE JOURNEY BEGAN with BARGE and immediately went through the rapids and into clear water: green B, green E. There weren't that many ways to connect the two endpoints, especially with a BR- opening already out of play. I considered BLOKE. It would test out the BL- combination and the very important-seeming O, but it was such a corny word. I didn't want to be the person who put BLOKE forward as a Wordle answer, as if I thought it were a good one, when the game seemed so winnable. What less embarrassing word could fit? BIOME would overshoot the mark in the other direction, unsatisfyingly fancy. There had to be something else. What about doubling the O, for...BOOZE. BOOZE! Glug, glug, glug, glug, glug: green all the way to the finish. Intoxicating success.

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