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    Default Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Being a fan of word games (the NY Times Spelling Bee and crossword every morning with my first coffee) I was glad to find a new word puzzle.

    Wordle starts with a blank 5 x 6 grid and a keyboard. You fill in letters one row at a time, trying to get a certain word.

    It helps to know the frequency of occurrence for letters in English: ETAOIN SHRDLU. Linotype machines had these letters in two rows of 6, in their approximate order of frequency in the English language. Typesetters would test their machines by running their fingers down the rows, or use the letters to indicate an error in the typesetting, and occasionally would forget to remove them from the finished piece.

    It also helps to know the common arrangements (th, qu, ing, ed, ea, etc.)

    A fresh puzzle posts every day.

    https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    I've been playing for a few days now, and really enjoying wordle

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Here's the layout with a recent game—



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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    I wondered where the letter popularity order came and found this interesting page
    https://www.lexico.com/explore/which...-are-used-most
    I wonder if that sequence would apply to modern writing as it's over 150 years old. Also, I found the other sequence interesting.

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
    M: I came here for a good argument.
    A: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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    Thanks for the puzzles. I got today's in 4 guesses/2:30. Yay?

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
    M: I came here for a good argument.
    A: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    I wondered where the letter popularity order came and found this interesting page
    https://www.lexico.com/explore/which...-are-used-most
    I wonder if that sequence would apply to modern writing as it's over 150 years old. Also, I found the other sequence interesting.
    Here's a table based on present usage. An analysis based on letter frequencies in international publications (e.g The Guardian) which include quite a few non-English words would be somewhat different.


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    20 minutes and all the guesses. I didn't know they sometimes use repeat letters. Tricky buggers....


    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
    M: I came here for a good argument.
    A: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    I don't want to be a spoiler. I got today's in 4.

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
    M: I came here for a good argument.
    A: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Took me three attempts to get the middle letter for this one!

    Wordle 200 5/6

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    🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩
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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    I usually go four rows with an occasional three. A few days ago I got skunked. On the fifth row I guessed sieve. The word was siege.

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    I like it that they only post one puzzle each day. Here's my stat sheet so far: five wins, one skunk—


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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    I came across Wordle just last night. Very smart to have one a day so you don't binge away hours. I would note that the puzzle is up for exactly 24 hours so the previous post, Chip, is a total spoiler if someone wanted to play today. Maybe just show past examples?
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Oops! I thought it had expired. Deleted the screenshot. I'll check on the timing, maybe GMT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Oops! I thought it had expired. Deleted the screenshot. I'll check on the timing, maybe GMT?
    I hadn't thought about the timezone thing. With the ".uk" in the link GMT might be a consideration. Anyway, just wanted to mention. I happened to catch the game last night around 11:30 PST and when I finished, it said a new game was coming in 30 minutes, with a countdown timer. Maybe it is time-zone corrected? So I played two games in a row about 1/2 hour apart, but have to wait for next one.

    ETA: logging into Wordle shows the countdown to midnight for new game is linked to my time zone, not sure if that is global or what. I'm in PST.
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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    I'm in Atlantic Standard Time, and its countdown is to my local midnight. I guess that answers the question.

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    my dad just sent a link to this game on a different channel. this thing is the omicron of word games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    my dad just sent a link to this game on a different channel. this thing is the omicron of word games.
    Viral games for viral times.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Works for me

    Wordle 203 3/6

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Quote Originally Posted by Stands on Feet View Post
    I'm in Atlantic Standard Time, and its countdown is to my local midnight. I guess that answers the question.
    Same here. So, to avoid posting a spoiler, one should wait the time shown on the puzzle plus how many hours?

    I find time zones perplexing. When we lived in New Zealand we had to calculate the best times to make calls to the US, Ireland, etc., most often after midnight. Ugh!

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    Default Re: Fun, Free Word Puzzle

    Wordle 204 4/6

    ⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜
    🟩🟨⬜⬜🟩
    🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

    That one was hard!

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