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It's the new rage. You are only allowed to play once a day . - no sign up, no email, no ads . Link to free game (thanks markie)

https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/

You have to guess the word of the day within six tries. You start with a wild guess and then deduce each time because correct letters turn yellow and correct letters in the proper position turn green. At first I thought it was easy but it isn't.

More explanation and tips...

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/12/1071840091/wordle-word-game-tips

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#### Demovictory9

(32,662 posts)The once a day thing makes me forget though

#### LakeArenal

(29,049 posts)#### Nittersing

(6,470 posts)Glad it's just once a day.

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#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Can definitely see why that matters huh. Almost like wheel of fortune - picking common lettered words?

#### Nittersing

(6,470 posts)Just that "O". So I moved the O and then picked four more letters that hadn't been used yet. Very lucky.

I *do* try to put three vowels in the first word... I think that helps... we'll see.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Guess they don't care about language like Scrabble. Might be interesting to just try a nonsensical word tomorrow tho. Like aeiou

#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)Would not accept it - it has to be an actual word.

Unfortunately I don't believe there is a word consisting only of the five vowels.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Maybe you spelled wrong? I did first time but took when I corrected

#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)was referring to using aeiou as a word.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### Marthe48

(17,567 posts)I like it. Got the answer in 3 tries, but glad there isn't a timer Glad you nudged me to check it out

I decided to stop playing Words With Friends 2 solo challenges, because the game keeps crashing and wastes time and battery. I was looking for a diversion to have with my coffee!

I just heard of Wordle last night. The New Yorker ran a cartoon I saw on facebook, which I didn't get. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkerCartoons/photos/a.237223479636271/7364559513569263/?__cft__[0]=AZXFDFW5SIm93j_RuyhT8wtSkKn5HG71r3EWFywYn4lv9e_cVsKeUKgYMt-OmOsCW4toZF_xXj_F6nzsq2MZmeNecyrynQO8PtIO__1jwxz7Z-3YCeiDb4_nA-DgE2fWs6ATgVFNdv3OMXGSksc8GdsM&__tn__=EH-R

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)about it yesterday, got it in 4 and thought I was a brainiac. Lol. Today NO. So I decided to make an exception and actually read the rules. DUH. They say some words can have duplicate correct letters. Ahhh.

Love no sign up and no ads. How does the website remember you? When I pulled it up today there was my score from yesterday

I'm with you gave up WWF. Too far away from actual game, too many weird ads you can't x out of. Too many robots

#### Marthe48

(17,567 posts)I love crosswords and other word games. As I said, glad there isn't a timer.

Do we all get the same word? I lucked out getting the 2nd letter 1st try.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)And all 3 million people so far, across the globe, have the same mystery word.

#### Paladin

(28,420 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### Ocelot II

(116,686 posts)This could be addictive.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Heard about this yesterday

#### zuul

(14,636 posts)#### Harker

(14,356 posts)Thanks.

Had 2,4, & 5 in order, then guessed wrong in the clincher.

Oh so fun.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Guess. Duh. Little drama waiting after hitting enter huh

#### Harker

(14,356 posts)Turned out my final guess got one of the two remaining ?s, but in the wrong spot, so one more shot would've done it.

One time I correctly solved a Sunday NYT puzzle though the answer key had two letters different from my solution. That and linking John Wayne to the Zodiac case are my life's big accomplishments.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Or key wrong? My goal is to do it in pen without having to fix anything. Closest I've gotten is 1. Grrr.

Linking John Wayne to Zodiac case? Do tell!!

#### Harker

(14,356 posts)across and down, that shared the initial. The clues were "speedo. reading" and "mil. stat." I reflexively with "KPH" and "KIA." Checking the solution key, I was surprised to see an "M" where I'd put the "K." So I was both "wrong" and "right" to my satisfaction.

Not earth shattering, but fun!

Ink? That's brave. I stuck to my pencil rituals... Ticonderoga #2, freshly sharpened, then dulled a bit so as not to catch newsprint...

For a quick version of the Zodiac/Wayne connection, may I refer you to my DU journal? It's about the fourth item in there, headed "buckle up."

Crazy, crazy stuff.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### Harker

(14,356 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)While where two words fit a clue but never with two matching up like that. I would definitely have written the person who did the puzzle to let them know that!

Okay so i read your journal on John Wayne and zodiac. Also very interesting. But I did wonder, how do we know John Wayne didn't ad lib the titwillow?

#### Harker

(14,356 posts)When he said "that was all Don Siegel", I take that as reliable, especially as the song, which describes a bird's intentional plunge from its branch into the river below, foreshadows J.B. Books's decision to go out shooting rather than dying in bed from cancer.

Lauren Bacall's character was playing that piece on the piano when Wayne chimed in, so there was evident preplanning and direction.

I don't know much of anything about John Wayne as a person, though I'd be surprised if I were to find him to have been an operetta afficionado.

#### Shrike47

(6,913 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

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#### herding cats

(19,576 posts)I found it via a friend about a week ago and have played it every day I can since.

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#### mainer

(12,050 posts)I waste too much time on it every day.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)My sister got me hooked!

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### markie

(22,761 posts)would have helped if I read the instructions first

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### markie

(22,761 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### demmiblue

(37,086 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)****spoiler**

Ok read that an excellent word to start with is adieu

No wait that wouldn't be it for him based on the last green.

Forgot to check to see if it takes five letters that aren't a word.

#### demmiblue

(37,086 posts)Believe me, I tried random letters!

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Jeez, using scrabble cheat, there are lots of words Swallwell could have started with.

Maybe he's in an angry, antsy mood with an acidy stomach that puts him in agony

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Now if you guess it in 2 with only two letters correct when there are many possibilities. At that point you have very few clues to deduce anything. As you move forward you have to use powers of deduction.

That's my excuse for getting lousy scores I'm sticking with it LOL

#### AngryOldDem

(14,065 posts)Got it in six tries on my first time. Rather proud of myself.

This reminds me a little of the NYT Spelling Bee puzzle.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Of the show I watch with my mom - wheel of fortune

#### Harker

(14,356 posts)I try to throw the vowels and most common consonants up early to see what sticks.

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#### Solly Mack

(90,921 posts)Wordle 208 3/6

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#### NightWatcher

(39,343 posts)Wordle 208 5/6

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#### Solly Mack

(90,921 posts)I lucked out. Going to keep playing because I am a glutton for punishment.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### rurallib

(62,596 posts)5 attempts and I got it

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### Not Heidi

(1,387 posts)Another thought game to baffle my addled brain. 😜

#### Donkees

(31,689 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Of those snapshots of grid without letters

#### Donkees

(31,689 posts)Link to tweet

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### AngryOldDem

(14,065 posts)I bombed out.

#### Donkees

(31,689 posts)#### AngryOldDem

(14,065 posts)I don’t know why, but I feel like I’m playing against the clock. But I’m finding that if I jot down and play with the letters I get correct in the first and second attempts, I eventually figure it out. Like with other word games, putting it aside and coming back to it helps.

#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)Wordle 209 4/6

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#### Marthe48

(17,567 posts)I've gotten each word, only the first in 3 tries, the other 2 in 5. I like to start with a word that has most-used letters, such as EARTH, or BLADE. I've been lucky that A was in all 3 games I played.

Lots of fun. Los of strategy!

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### Ocelot II

(116,686 posts)Dumb luck, I think; but it helps to pick a starting word that has letters most commonly used in English, like a, e, i and t.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Possible level of deductive reasoning with a degree of chance factored in depending on the secret word. In two is absolutely pure chance. Chance diminishes with the more tries you attempt.

Here's an example. Swallwell knew the 5 letter word began with a and ended in y. I looked it up. There were maybe a dozen possible words it could have been and he picked the right one.

So for you to get it in 3 each day is truly remarkable! Bravo! Everyone needs to start listening to you a whole lot more LOL

#### IzzaNuDay

(380 posts)Got it in 3 tries my first time! This should be fun!

#### birdographer

(1,490 posts)Failed miserably the first time, but got it in 4 and 5 the second and third. I'll get better!

#### Donkees

(31,689 posts)2 yellows in first guess

2 yellows plus 1 green in second guess

5 green in third

1 yellow in first;

3 yellows in second;

5 green in third.

Fun game!

#### Donkees

(31,689 posts)#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)Wordle 210 3/6

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#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)What were the yellow letters?

#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)ASTER, then CAROM, then ...

#### lastlib

(23,671 posts)E T A O N R I S H D L F C M U G Y P W B V K X J Q Z

This might be helpful to other players.

#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)gotta start with something, right?

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)I imagine the correct daily answer will be a real word, but can you work up to it with meaningless sets of letters?

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)So if those are the five most-used letters, ...

Well, that's what I'm starting with tomorrow!

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### lastlib

(23,671 posts)or just the first five letters, any order.

There's a reason final Wheel of Fortune contestants get the same first five letters every show.

#### mia

(8,370 posts)We also share jokes and amusing little videos.

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#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)Six tries first time and four today!

But, is it cheating to use Google or word search apps??

BTW, it looks like there has already been quite a bit of Google searching judging from the suggestions it comes up with.

Also BTW, why doesn't Wordle come up on Playstore in the version discussed here?

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)(found that out a while ago).

#### Ocelot II

(116,686 posts)Today I dropped down to four tries but I am determined to do better. I await tomorrow's puzzle with bated breath.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

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#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)For me to get it in three and I picked the wrong one . Wonder if there is anything in their program that selects the more common word? So far haven't seen any oddball 5 letter words.

#### 58Sunliner

(4,526 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)For some unknown reason it let me place twice

#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)Wordle 211 4/6

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And that was started with my new, statistically proven first word ATONE.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)My system clock was off. When I fixed let me play again.

#### Paladin

(28,420 posts)#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)try this:

https://word.tips/five-letter-words/

#### Marcus Pullarius

(32 posts)Wordle 211 2/6

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Just tried it and I like it.

#### hay rick

(7,809 posts)Good game. Thanks.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Wordle 212 3/6

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#### Pinback

(12,219 posts)Four for me -- only my second time playing, though, so I don't feel too bad.

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#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Me guess... Your last grey on third row was a p ?

Good job!!! I didn't even get any word my first time

#### Pinback

(12,219 posts)It’s a challenging little pastime. Cool idea.

#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)if you get it in one try, it says your answer is "genius".

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)I cheated a bit. My objective was, out of curiosity, to find out what description the program would present for a first try correct answer i.e. it said "genius".

I simply worked out the correct answer on my PC and entered that answer on my tablet.

I guess my point in posting was that a correct answer on the first try would in no way be an act of genius, as described, but simple one of cheating since there are approximately 150,000 five letter words in the English language and the chances of any correct first try simply by guessing would be near zero (1 in 150,000 or, maybe somewhat less unlikely if it is assumed that particularly obscure words would not be included).

I know, I have too much time on my hands....

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Luck. Actually almost pure luck getting it In two. Then you have to use your brain.

I got it in one... But only because my system clock was wrong and when I corrected had puzzle again knowing the word.

No, absolutely don't think you have too much time. You're obviously a thinker - which I admire tremendously in a person !!!

#### Disaffected

(4,664 posts)Last edited Tue Jan 18, 2022, 03:54 PM - Edit history (2)

IMO part of the fun in puzzle solving such as this is testing the limits and looking for innovative solutions.

As well, coming up with interesting variations such as varying the number of letters, and maximum tries eg. four letters and four tries or, six letters and six or maybe seven tries.

#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)Time goes by. Think the success now is the pure simplicity of it. No ads, no sign up, no complex instructions. That you can easily share results is genius. That it remembers you. That you have all day if you want to go back to it. No clock! No app. No cost. Fits almost everyone. Except people like my husband who doesn't automatically see possible words in his head. But he's still trying and sure that builds his brain's missing piece

How would you solve the problem or effect of randomness and luck? Sometimes certain letters can result in many many possible secret words. (Example the other day for me - picked polar then sonar then finally solar Where other letters or combinations of letters have very few possibilities.

#### JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,483 posts)I think I'm grateful it's limited to one word a day. This could be a massive time-waster otherwise.

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#### AngryOldDem

(14,065 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

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(14,065 posts)#### nolabear

(42,074 posts)Today’s was a bear though. Bless Wheel of Fortune’s heart for their most often used letters.

Nice to have a non-conflictual, very simple obsession.

#### Roland99

(53,342 posts)#### TexasBushwhacker

(20,379 posts)#### Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)had four of the five letters on first guess. I would have been so mad at myself if I hadn't gotten it.

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