It’s been about a year since I started writing this column/guide and doing my daily Wordle. I was a little late compared to some, but got in just as the puzzle game’s popularity sky-rocketed. I thought it was a sign of hope in dark times that so many people would busy themselves with a game about words.
Better still, I loved that Wordle only gave players one word a day and that it was the same for everyone. There’s universality in that. Common cause. A sense that we’re all in it together. I think we lack that as a society, and while I know there are reasons—understandable rifts and divergent values and notions of what constitutes the good life—I still find comfort in the few things that unite us. Like pizza.
And here we are a year later, our numbers diminished but still going strong, solving the Wordle and talking about the meaning of life, the universe and everything. Let’s do today’s! It’s a fun one . . . .
The Hint: Where is my mind?
The Clue: There’s a double vowel in this word.
I feel stupid. When I got to my third guess I started coming up with words that had both and ‘E’ and an ‘I’ in them. I came up with a bunch: gripe, prime, bilge, verve . . . and yes, I thought of pixie, too. I even thought to myself, Wouldn’t that be a fun Wordle? But another voice in my head said, No, you should go with something that eliminates more letters. You’d be crazy to guess a word with two I’s and an X.
So I guessed bilge and that left only the word I initially wanted to guess. Pixie. Damn it.
Dance wasn’t as good an opening word today as I’d hoped, leaving me with 164 remaining possibilities. Indeed, compared to my opening guess yesterday it was pretty terrible. I figured a word with two more vowels would help, but shout added neither green nor yellow to my board. Oh well.
Wordle Bot beat me today, nabbing pixie in three by way of slate / groin / pixie. That’s a loss for me in more ways than one. Scoring today’s Wordle:
Bummer. But not as bad as it could be! Have a great Monday, dearest Wordlers!