It’s Wordle Wednesday once again, which means that not only will we solve today’s Wordle from the New York Times, we’ll also solve a riddle.
Before we get to that, I thought I’d put in a plug for a puzzle game that you might have missed: Frase, which was developed right here at Forbes. It’s actually a pretty fun game! You’re given several rows of boxes and some words down below. You have to take the letters from those words and rearrange them to form a new phrase (er, frase). Your score is based on factors like how many times you have to clear the boxes and how long it takes to solve the puzzle, which makes getting a Genius rating pretty difficult. Take it for a spin and let me know what you think on Twitter or Facebook.
Okay, riddle time. I’m taking this one from Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, because I solved it faster than Ethan Hunt and co. (though, to be fair, I wasn’t under quite as much pressure).
Today’s Riddle: What keeps coming but never arrives?
Side-note: Today happens to be my youngest child’s 13th birthday, which is really making me feel old, especially since my eldest child turned 16 last month. Two teenagers in the house! Gah!
In any case, I’ll post the answer for today’s riddle tomorrow. For now, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Whoosh. Swirl. Spin.
The Clue: This word begins and ends with a consonant.
Wordle Bot Analysis
I’ve been watching Better Call Saul again so it’s possible I was thinking of Walter White when I guessed that today. More likely, however, I was just thinking of the most common letters out there, which include vowels and letters like ‘W’ ‘H’ and ‘T’ making white a very good opening guess! Today it was extraordinarily lucky, though it still took three to get the answer.
White left me with three green boxes in a row and six remaining words. That was the real trouble. It could be whisk or whirl or which or whiny and so forth. I decided to pick a word that had as many letters from these words as I could think of and went with frisk. This got me an ‘R’ and the only word I could conjure that had whi and r was whirl. Sure enough, that was the Wordle!
I had another good day today. Guessing in 3 gets me 1 point and beating the Bot, who guessed in 4, gets me another for a grand total of 2 points! Huzzah!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “whirl” has an Old English origin. It is derived from the Old English verb “hweorfan,” which means “to turn” or “to rotate.” This verb is also related to the Old Norse word “hvǫrf,” which has a similar meaning.
Over time, the Old English verb “hweorfan” underwent various changes in pronunciation and spelling. In Middle English, it appeared as “whervel” or “wharvel,” and eventually, it evolved into the word “whirl” as we know it today.
The word “whirl” is often associated with rapid, spinning movements, as in the motion of a spinning top or the swirling of water. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a state of rapid or chaotic activity.
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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