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This month’s featured artist is Simone Noronha. You can read more about her Here.
Wordley 658 3/6
When I was invited to write one of these Wordle reviews my first thought was that there must have been some kind of misunderstanding. The email mentioned looking for “remarkable” reviewers, at least outside The Times’ newsroom, and I’m not that notable.
Inside the newsroom, my job is to manage a fast-paced team of multidisciplinary editors, so I assumed the games people had sent me the wrong note and should ask if my department could instead. Edit Wordle review. (As it turns out, they wanted us to do it, too.) But apparently they really wanted me — “a word guy,” they said — to review a Wordle. So, here we are.
Side note before I go: I always play on hard mode. While I won’t pass judgment on someone else’s choices, casual mode still feels vaguely cheating to me.
I don’t know which word to start with. I have a rotation of five or six opening words that I use, but my favorite, by far, is audio.
Why Audio? Well, I like the idea of starting with a four-vowel word, but I’m a bit inconsistent, so I refuse to go with ADIEU. Never mind that AUDIO is almost as popular. The most important of my initial calculations An article I read before buying The Times Word that the original settlement list specified “no loanwords” from other languages, and even if that was accepted as a guess, ADIEU ruled it out as a possible answer. Of course, now that Wordlay has an editor, I think it’s possible that ADIEU will appear someday, but it’s too late now because AUDIO has grown on me.
On AUDIO, I was right on the third D, and happily rejected four vowels. Good start. At this point, I was reasonably confident that I was looking for a word with two E’s or an E and a Y. I consider TEDDY briefly before moving on to more possibilities, putting it aside.
My mind went next to HEDGE, although I knew there were some rhymes there, and I risked getting exactly four letters. On hard mode, finding four letters is occasionally dangerous if there are still many possible options for the fifth letter. Imagine the answer is STOVE, try STOLE while R, K and N are still playing. But if I missed just one letter today, I could only think of two possible alternatives to the hedge, so I gave it a shot.
Actually, I got four letters right. On that third line, I was sure there was a 50-50 chance, and I guessed right.
That means not today’s Wordle WEDGE, I could have tried. This is the LEDGE, ie, According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary“a shelf-like projection” or “a rocky ridge.”
Statistics for today
This word Moderately challenging due to letter repetition and uncertainty.
The word has a common letter pattern with five or six possible answers. Getting the answer out of six guesses requires making strategic choices with each guess.
Our featured artist
Simone Noronha is a South Asian illustrator and art director from Dubai, based in New York. She enjoys weaving stories and intricate details into her imagery with saturated palettes and the moody lighting that has become her signature. In An interview with WiredHe said, “I like to think of illustration style as letting our natural imperfections shine through and making the best of it.”
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