Friday Evening Open Thread by WaterGirl| September 16, 20226:29 pm| 114 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailMy 130 day Wordle winning streak is over. Today’s word was stupid. Bastards!
ETA: Probably tomorrow’s word.
Queen of Lurkers
In my circle of a dozen or so regular Wordlers, two got it. Agreed — totally stupid word.
Paring down our egos
I thought they were 5 letters long. Stupid is six.
I just can’t get into Wordle. I need meanings.
Oh, I googled it. That is really stupid.
ETA: I do a lot of Penny Dell puzzle books, and they have a lot of puzzles that involve 5-letter words, so I have seen this one, BUT ONLY IN PENNY DELL PUZZLES
It even took the bot 6 attempts. I was stuck at ?x?xx forever. Didn’t help that afterwards the bot told me there were “20 possible words, you’ll need some luck.”
4 tries is better than I usually do, but part of that was just luck. You do need to be pretty old to remember the usage as a noun. It makes up for some of the newer usages they throw in to befuddle us seniors.
Got it in 4 this time, though I can’t boast a streak so long. Most of my recent fails have been figuring out four of the letters quickly, then missing the 5th for 3-4 swings at bat.
Wordle 454 X/6
@Shantanu Saha: What I do in that case is write down all the letters that might work and then use a word that uses 4 of those letters (and a vowel) if possible. That helps narrow it down.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Jertian: Oh ow
I got the outer four letters within 3 lines, then had 4 different possible central letters. The correct answer was on my list as the 4th least likely option, i.e. I would have gotten to it on line #7, if there were a line #7.
I don’t feel too bad about these cases, where it’s just a matter of randomness. No better strategy on my part would have produced a better result, so it doesn’t feel like I failed to do something that I could have done better.
Any of you play Quordle? You have nine lines in which to guess 4 words. I like that more than the original World.
@oldster: I like Quordle a lot. I am also a big Waffle fan.
Yes, I use that strategy when I can. But I could not think of any words containing C,G,R, and V.
@WaterGirl: Talk about crosswordese!
hells littlest angel
@Jertian: Yeah. Pager, paver, paper, pacer, paler, payer. It was a crapshoot.
Waffle looks good! I’ll have to try it. Thanks!
So many of y’all don’t play Boggle: Today’s Wordle regularly appears as a 2-point word.
I thought WG was saying stupid was the word too. It seems that was her description of the word.
I don’t wordle.
I screwed it up. I had four out of five letters, in the correct positions (++_++), with my fourth guess. There were four possible answers, and I should have eliminated as many as possible with my fifth guess. Instead I chose one of the possible answers.
I’ve actually thought of this problem for a similar situation (bound/found/hound/mound/round/sound/wound), and had devised the correct approach (pick one word that eliminates as many as possible), but I didn’t think of it here.
First Wordle I’ve missed.
@Czar Chasm: That word is so stupid it should be a zero point word. :-)
I had 3 shots. So many possibilities from that combination. I got Waffle today, 1⭐️. I seldom do better than 1 or 2 ⭐️ at Waffle.
@WaterGirl: Sounds as if they’re scraping the bottom of the 5-letter word barrel.
Have they done “ratel” yet?
Honey badger don’t give a shit
I had my streak broken on this one too. Stuck on the third letter, same as everyone else. I almost always get it in four, but this one broke my system.
Oh well. No one ever died from failing to get a Wordle.
@p.a.: You’ll get better at Waffle. At first I was just happy to get the word before the turns ran out. Now I’m bummed if I get less than 3 stars. It’s really fun when you get 5 stars, they give you a light show with the letter board.
@oldster: you don’t need all the letters, just enough to narrow down the choices.
I guess spending time in my kitchen worked for me today. Because I got Wordle in 4 – my usual is 3 or 4.
There have been harder words for me – I can’t remember what it was, but earlier this week I was grumpy because I was never going to figure it out, and the first one I whiffed on.
@WaterGirl: To be fair, most Boggle words are pretty stupid, but making five other words just through conjugation is just poetry in motion, and Peggy Hill would concur!
Just got to Queen Bee in Spelling Bee. I give myself hints when it’s down to the last few words, but it’s a win in my book.
@oldster: this is exactly what happened to me. Sigh. Long winning streak set back to 0.
My first miss as well. According to Wordlebot only 41% got it. Usually it is 98 or 99%.
@oldster: I’m with you. Quordle is my bedtime ritual.
ha So number two son asked if I wanted to see his system and I sent him a picture of my 100, 100, 100. He called me a showoff. I’m at 192 now and about ready to change tactics since I’m mostly fours. I’d like to be threes and twos, but I don’t want to miss
today was five
@WaterGirl @11: Unfortunately, if you play the game in ‘hard mode’ you can’t do that. You have to follow all the existing clues you already have, which means you only can play with the one unknown letter.
I do hope one day Wordle decides to burn it all down and go with “Æther”
I got it on the fifth turn…so yay?
Also first comment on my new laptop. The laptop I got 2 years ago is plenty powerful for virtually everything I need, but I have realized that remote work seems to fry the computer. My hunch is that not having enough RAM and having integrated graphics (instead of a dedicated graphics card) must be what is causing it trouble. Given that I plan on working remotely at least once a week (as long as the company allows for it), I need something that doesn’t require me to randomly log off of work for 10-15 minutes in the middle of the day.
I did manage to get it, but it took me five tries.
Wordle 454 5/6
For a long time, I was getting mostly twos and threes, with just enough fours and fives to keep me from becoming too smug. But lately — as others have noted — Wordle is getting a lot harder, and/or I’m getting a lot duller.
I do the practice Quordle and always have to remember how often they double (and sometimes) triple up on letters.
Haven’t played Wordle.
Yeah I had my first Wordle fail today – and my dad and a family friend didn’t get it either! We were all super pissed. The NYT said that usually 99% of people get the word in 6 tries, and earlier today they said today only 41% of players got it in 6.
@JPL: Yeah I would go with gravel for that one, and maybe you get the right letter, but if not at least you have eliminated 3 of them!
@Baud: I would never announce the word – that would spoil it for someone else. Have you never met me before? :-)
@PsiFighter37: It’s so easy to fall in the trap of paver, paler, pager, etc. It might not occur that it could be paper or parer.
I got it in 5 today, though I admit it was a stupid-ass word.
Anyone else do Learned League? I got 5/6 today. Should have been 6/6, but alas.
@MattF: I refuse to play that game because the fucking NYT shoves it in my face every day. Don’t you want to play spelling bee????
Yes, I am still mad that they bought Wordle and plastered their name all over it.
@Mel Brender: There’s a Wordle hard mode?
@WaterGirl: It’s addictive, I can testify.
I also play in hard mode. Even when I play Phordle (Phish related words… well they’re mostly words) that doesn’t have a hard mode, I still default to that mode because it’s how I like playing: slowly building up from whatever letters I get in the first guess.
I had a 196 streak broken 2 weeks ago and then somehow I missed a day or the streak counter missed a day, so starting over isn’t the worst fate, especially because we could all bond over how much this word SUCKED!
I am stupid.
Edit: what JPL said.
3 letters will do it if there are 4 choices.
@WaterGirl: it’s in settings.
Basically if you get a letter, you have to use it in subsequent guesses and if you get a letter in the right slot, you have to keep it there.
What it does let you do is if you know that there’s a T but it’s not in spot two, you can still try staff as a guess.
I just read that KING Charles has an assistant iron his shoelaces and I was very ambivalent before but now I am on #teamfuckthemonarchy.
@Suzanne: You’re against the British jobs creation?
Got it in 5 but was warned by my husband that it was a BS word. I probably wouldn’t have gotten it without that hint
Wouldn’t that mean shoelace presser would be out of a job?
They must have fed me an easy Waffle — I got it with 5 swaps left to go, and got the light-show.
It would make sense that they would offer an easy one for novices, in order to encourage them.
@Spanky: Of course, it could be awkward when someone asks “so what do you do, mate?”
Terrible word, ended my streak too! Too many possibilities.
Gin & Tonic
@Suzanne: Chuckie may be a dick, but his tailoring is world class.
@Suzanne: Are we certain ‘iron his shoelaces’ isn’t a euphemism for something else? Those Brits can be wacky!
My fifth guess should have been “gravy”. Would have either shown the answer or eliminated 3 of the 4 possibilities.
@Comrade Scrutinizer: i had 4 letters by the third attempt, but there too many options for the last letter. Not my lucky day.
@Jertian: That looks like all the condo buildings they’re slapping up all over the place.
Steve in the ATL
@SiubhanDuinne: There’s only so many words!
@zhena gogolia: I think…you may have just figured out why I don’t really enjoy Wordle. I mean yeah I get it but what’s the real point?
Half of my Wordle text buddies got the dreaded X/6 today. I survived and got it on 6/6. It was a questionable word for sure.
took me down a notch after getting yesterday in 2/6.
@The Golux: Your idea of using a guess to eliminate letters in this situation is a good one. I use three starter words to show me 15 common letters, because my interest is in winning, not concerned about the number of tries. So by the fourth guess I already knew all but the middle letter. But I didn’t realize how many possibilities there were at first glance.
This broke our streak (it’s a morning activity for my husband and me) at 39. We had been up to 130-something before that.
Wordle 454 Fri
@Baud: Nuh uh.
I feel your pain. Today’s word was horseshit (I got it in 6 only because it was about the last possibility and thought, nah, they wouldn’t, would they, and they did).
@Baud: I am sure Shoelace Presser can find a better use of their talents.
GOD. What a fucking DICK. I am just overcome with contempt.
@oldster: I got 5 stars in one of my first ones, too! But everyone gets the same word. So I think they mix in easy ones and hard ones, and that shakes it up. It’s fun to get the 5 stars, but then there are hard ones so you can’t get too cocky.
@FelonyGovt: Like I said. Bastards! And not just too many choices, but they chose the bullshit choice.
I must have a weird mind. I always do TRAIN and LOUSE first, and then based on those, I did CARED. So I had the middle three letters. Seems like others here got the beginning or end of the word first.
She could always learn to code.
@Steeplejack: But did you already know it was a bullshit word when you solved it?
Welcome to the dark side. I have nothing but contempt for these upper class twits.
No, I did it at like 12:15 last night. I scrupulously avoid spoilers or spoiler-adjacent whining.
@Suzanne: Interesting we have the same first word (Train or Suite, depending on the mood). Sign of great minds think alike or perhaps great concern.
ETA: For you, I mean. I’m a bit bonkers (useful for BJ).
This morning I thought this was going to be my own private misery, but no! The internet is with me!!!
I feel seen.
@Suzanne: Have you seen the leaky pen video yet?
@Dangerman: My second guess had four letters in the correct spaces and I just needed to find the fifth in four turns. Unfortunately, as with night/sight/light/might/etc on an earlier wordle, there were more than five options.
Those are my downfall. For lack of a better term, I call them “rhyming” Wordles.
I failed Wordle today, too, as did many of my friends.
My condolences, WaterGirl.
(I solved it in five.)
@Falling Diphthong: Yeah, that’s the flaw in the game; kind of the same with Sudoku, where there are some solving methods that could only gave been imagined by the Zodiac (he or she must of been on some serious shit on that last cipher that was only decided in the last year or so).
ETA: OK, he is a sure thing.
@zhena gogolia: Don’t we all get cranky when a pen leaks all over us? I’m giving him a freebie on that one.
@Falling Diphthong: i see that we are all in good company.
Eh, they’re just pancakes with a funny shape. But still good with butter and syrup. ;-)
Got my first Wordle loss ever today, on my 232nd game. There’s an ongoing Wordle thread over at the Straight Dope Message Board where I sometimes hang out, and out of 21 of us who’ve put up their scores, we’ve had 12 losses, and nobody did any better than a 4.
According to the NYT, only 41% solved within 6 guesses today; usually it’s more like 99%.
@WaterGirl: He takes it out on the underlings (and his wife). Not cool. His mother never said the word “bloody” in public in 70 years. He has no self-control.
Preaching to the choir here, but what a bullshit word! Got lucky on the 5th try is all.
Wordle 454 5/6*
Looked up my Wordle stats. Out of 241 played:
1 – 0
2 – 11
3 – 56
4 – 89
5 – 51
6 – 23
* – 11
My current streak is only 32. Think I got nuked by one of the “rhymers” last month.
Before today’s little disaster, in the last 11 games I’d had seven 3’s, one 5, and the rest 4’s. While that’s an unusually good streak for me, I’m not finding that it’s getting harder. Either that, or maybe it just took me a couple hundred games before I finally hit my stride.
@zhena gogolia: Yes and it made me convinced that Mr. Bean would be a better king.
@Suzanne: He’d be great!
Wordle 454 5/6*
James E Powell
I failed at both wordle & quordle, but I nailed waffle with four moves to spare.
@Suzanne: Unbelievable. What a waste of O2.
One of the royal valets describes an occasion when Chuckles rang him from the royal library with an urgent request. Seems that a letter (from the Queen, no less!) had fallen from the desk into a wastebasket right next to the royal chair, and Chuckles couldn’t be arsed to bend down and fish it out himself with his sausage fingers, so he made the valet do it instead. Useless. Utterly useless.
Daily Sedec-order #215
@Spadizzly: guesting you meant Secordle?
I looked at that once and couldn’t really make sense of it. I am sticking with Quordle.
Last year I got caught up in the NYT crossword puzzle streak trap, and kept one going for 9 months. Which was totally idiotic, because it created a deadline every day, despite the fact that I only really enjoy Friday and Saturday. But once a streak starts building, the fallacy of sunk costs sets in, and breaking it appears to destroy something valuable, so that even risking breaking it creates anxiety. How imbecilic is that — a supposedly enjoyable pastime creating anxiety?
I swore off streaking (ok, that no longer means what it once meant, I guess). Now I’ll just occasionally do a Friday or a Saturday. It’s much more pleasant that way.
@Spadizzly: I got hooked on Sedecordle due to a commenter on this damn blog. Y’all know exactly how to waste my time in the best ways. I usually get it in 19. Today I got it in 20. One glorious day, I got it in 18.
Wordle 454 3/6
I guessed right for a change!
wife and I (we play together) got the third letter by turn 3; we had two shots where all we needed was the last letter….who knew paren and parev were both real words?
Wordle 455 Sat
A welcome change after the Friday killer!
I used to get mad because my NYT streak would get killed by one of the hokey “rebus” answers on Thursday (and sometimes Sunday). Finally had to just let it go.
Having said that, I’ve probably jinxed my current streak, which is over 100 days, I think. 😹
I’ve never played wordle, or squirdle, or turdle, hell, I’m just gonna send Cole some dick pics and move into his house for a month. Now that’s a puzzle worth solving.
it’s not five letters. unless irony is used.
@WaterGirl: I know, it sounds confusing, but there’s difference:
Sedecordle allows you to solve each of the 16 words in random order, whereas in sedecorder, you must solve each word in order before lyou can work on the next one. I have played it both ways and find sedecorder to be easier, but YMMV.
@Suzanne: 18 is impressive!
@p.a.: What is this Waffle?
@karen marie: Another word game.
(I haven’t played it, or Wordle, myself.)