It’s Wednesday and as we all know, Wednesday is for Wordlers. In fact, Wednesday marks the third day in a row with a fairly challenging word, though it’s unlikely we’ll see a word as hard as Monday’s any time soon.
I’ve started doing double XP on Fridays but I think we should do something special on Wednesdays also, for alliteration’s sake. How about riddles? Each Wednesday I’ll post a riddle and you can contact me with the answer either via email or via Twitter or Facebook if you’d like or wait for Thursday when I’ll post the answer.
Today’s Riddle: What is 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat, and 2/4 goat?
Alright, let’s do this Wordld
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Hounded by troubles from all sides.
The Clue: There’s a repeat letter in this word.
Every day when I’m done with my Wordle I go to the New York Times’ Wordle Bot website to run an analysis of my guessing game. That’s where I get the above screenshot each day. The Wordle Bot takes each guess and shows you how many words you’ve eliminated (or, rather, how many remain). It tallies your performance and offers up suggestions about what you could have done better. It helps you up your game, and I always play competitively against the Bot to see if I can outguess it. Okay, let’s take a look!
Wordle #646 Analysis
Today started off bad—as most days do when turn straight to opium—leaving me with a whopping 751 remaining solutions. That’s probably a Top 10 Worst for me. Fortunately, employing Wordle Bot’s favorite word, slate, as my second guess drastically reduced that number to just 7. Since I knocked out so many vowels at this point, I had a much narrower field of options to come up with. I wavered between reset and beset but ultimately went with the word I thought was the most interesting, and presto voila! it was correct! Beset for the win!
This is actually a big win, too. Wordle Bot guessed reset on its third try and only got to beset on guess #4. That means I get 1 point for guessing in three and one point for beating the bot for a huge 2 point victory. Huzzah!
(See scoring rules below).
ChatGPT’s Etymology Lesson
I asked the AI chat bot ChatGPT to explain the etymology of today’s word. Here’s the answer:
The word “beset” comes from the Old English word “besettan,” which is a combination of the prefix “be-” (meaning “around” or “about”) and the verb “settan” (meaning “to set” or “to place”). Thus, “beset” originally meant “to set or place around” something. Over time, the meaning of the word evolved to include the sense of being surrounded or besieged by something, as well as being troubled or afflicted by difficulties or problems.
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!I’ve been playing a cutthroat game of PvP Wordle against my nemesis Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And your helpful Wordle guide, of course).
- Here are the rules:1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points for getting it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating Erik
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points for getting it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for losing.
- -1 point for losing to Erik