Welcome back, dear Wordlers! It’s 2XP Friday for those of you playing Competitive Wordle with me, so double your points—positive and negative—when you tally up.
It’s already July 7th somehow, which means we’re one week into the month. It also means it’s First Friday, which in my hometown can be quite a party downtown, with an Art Walk, live music and all manner of revelry. My partying days are behind me now, but I may take the kids out for some grub and people-watching (if they’re not busy with friends, which is a pretty big IF these days).
Yesterday, Meta launched a new social media app called Threads, which is basically Instagram’s version of Twitter. If you’re on there and would like to follow me, I’d appreciate it! Here’s my Threads profile.
In any case, the weekend is upon us. I have big plans to get exercise and do yardwork. Truly exciting stuff, I know. I’m also determined to catch up on Silo, Apple TV’s excellent dystopian sci-fi show, and make some progress in Final Fantasy XVI. Let nobody say of me that I lack ambition.
Alright, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Defined by the hole.
The Clue: This word has more consonants than vowels.
Wordle Bot Analysis
Yesterday, I observed that guessing your Wordle in three guesses was a sign of skill, whereas guessing in two was more of a sign of luck. I think today’s Wordle, or at least my guessing game for today’s Wordle, illustrates that point to some degree.
My first guess was quite lucky. Trope left me with just 50 words remaining, though I didn’t know it at the time. I fiddled around with the letters and decided I’d try to move those yellow boxes into green instead of guessing all-new letters like I sometimes do.
To be quite honest, the first word I came up with while shuffling these around was donut. It’s a fun word, a tasty treat, and I didn’t think for a second it would be the answer, but I assumed ‘U’ was as likely as an ‘I’ or a ‘Y’. Much to my surprise, donut was the right answer! (I thought of doubt a little while after coming up with donut but it was such a negative word compared to donut and wavering from donut because of doubt seemed doomed to fail. Glad I stuck with my gut, so to speak).
Yet another lovely day of Wordling, and especially because it’s 2XP Friday. I swear, I’m always getting big negative scores on Fridays but this week is a winner. I get 2 points for guessing in two and 1 point for beating the Bot (who took three tries) for a grand total of 3 points x2 = 6 points. HUZZAH!!!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “donut” is an American English term that refers to a type of deep-fried pastry often shaped like a torus (a ring shape). The word itself is a shortened form of the original term, “doughnut.”
The term “doughnut” dates back to the early 19th century and is composed of two parts: “dough” and “nut.” The “dough” part obviously refers to the dough used to make the pastry, which is typically made from flour, sugar, eggs, and other ingredients. The “nut” part of the word is a bit more puzzling and has a disputed origin.
One theory suggests that the “nut” in “doughnut” refers to the shape of the pastry, resembling a nut or a knot. Another theory proposes that the term “nut” may have been used in a broader sense to refer to any small, rounded cake-like confectionery. This usage of “nut” as a term for a cake or sweet treat can be traced back to Middle English.
Over time, the spelling of “doughnut” began to change, and the shortened form “donut” started appearing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This spelling variation gained popularity, especially in the United States, due to its simplicity and ease of pronunciation. The usage of “donut” was further popularized by the successful American doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts, which adopted this spelling when it was founded in 1950.
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). You can also play against the Bot if you have a New York Times subscription.
- 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
You can either keep a running tally of your score if that’s your jam or just play day-to-day if you prefer.
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