Wordle Postgame Report, weekend CATCH up, November 4-6


Wordle Postgame Report, weekend CATCH up, November 4-6
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November 4, PHOTO, 4/6

ONCE MORE THE opener came up all gray, this time with LANKY. TROVE supplied a yellow T and a green O. The center was in place. Swinging the T around to the other side of it, with SHOUT, didn't turn it green, but it brought up a green H. Something-HOT-something. The beginning couldn't be SH- or TH-, so what did that leave? CHOT-? No. It had to be PH-, PHOT—the answer snapped into view.

November 5, DREAM, 2/6

IT TOOK A little while to think of an opener I hadn't used that also felt like I wanted to use it. Finally I settled on PRANK. Green R, yellow A. Most likely a consonant blend with something-R to begin, then, followed by a vowel combination with something-A. What would fit? Nice, common, not-yet-used letters: D with the R, E with the A, and then at the end a D again? No, better yet, an M. Green D...green R...green E...green A...green M. What the perfect game would go like, if you imagined it.

November 6, STALE, 3/6

THE FIRST OPENER that came to mind was TOPAZ, but it would have been ridiculous to play a Z, so I let it mutate into TOPIC, and got a yellow T. Move the T to the end, or just over one space? I tried the latter, with STEAM, and the work got suddenly much more productive: green S and T, yellow E and A. As good as four greens: S T A _ E. Here was an obvious chute in the act of forming: was it STAKE, STALE, STATE, or who knows what else? I could try to methodically plug the chute right away, and settle for trying to win in the fourth round or later. But STALE was such a good and satisfying answer. How many chute-prevention plays had I made lately? They were tiresome and boring. I played the word; it all turned green.

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