More Ghost Stories: Tedium and Ghosts

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More Ghost Stories by M.R. James has been a bit of a grind. So much so, that I’ve put it down multiple times and went on about life thinking, “Do I really need to finish that? By this point, I know how things are going to go.” I’m just so intrigued by the settings and stories that I’m willing to read them even if I find some points a bit tedious.

I can respect the inspiration and foundational impact of M.R. James has provided. Perhaps if I were reading these at Christmas time with some roasted chestnuts and some mulled wine, I’d enjoy them a bit more. However, with 97% of a thirty page story focused on where the garden keys are or courtroom proceedings – not drama, proceedings – or any other mundane proclivities of the early 1900’s, there’s only a blip of a page’s worth of ghostly goodness. 

I wrote this before I even finished reading the last story because, it doesn’t matter. They’re gonna find those keys. The MC Hammer Pants of a ghost of the valetudinarian uncle will show up. The characters will say they are spooked, but it’s really more of a good ole flummoxing. Everyone will be fine and unscarred, except the one and only character to be punished for his trespasses because he killed a woman, thus making her a ghost, and sentencing her to an afterlife of wearing three pairs of Hammer Pants at once and running on all fours. 

Okay fine! There is one more character that was punished, but I do not recall the specifics. I’m not going back to find which one. I’ve taken a cursory glance at the table of contents, nothing rang a bell. Even though I could look at the first page of the story and remember, I don’t want to.

Taking into account that these tales were published well over one hundred years ago, I bet they sure were scary at the time. I can truly appreciate the setting, the ideas; pretty much the whole she-bang minus the execution. I feel like I’m being groomed into accepting the slightest bump on a floorboard to be satisfyingly spooky. 

Which, it is. Each and every single time with previously heavy lidded eyes I say, “You did it again M.R!”. Though it’s fleeting, that’s the payoff. Which is the reason why I read the next story and that I’ll more than likely read the next collection of stories, A Thin Ghost and Others.

Wordle 319: Train Was The Answer

Wordle 319 would have been one of those kinds of Wordles that make me want to roll my eyes except for one key factor, I did it quickly. Which is a consolation when the puzzle is kind of dumb and more luck that anything.

Adieu started me out with two yellow letters, A and I. Naturally, I went with Stair next and turned the yellow letters green while adding T and R as two new yellow letters. 

What happened next was a little my fault. It was clear that semi-vowels weren’t in this Wordle, but I figured that there would some amount of cheekiness from this Wordle. Cheekiness includes double letters. That’s why I went with Trait. Everything went green except for that final T. Yeah, I should have picked something else. Obviously.

However, it was a bit of a crap shoot at this time. I just started guessing and hoping for the best. Trail. Nope. I started feeling nervous. Train was a good choice, but I was worried that there was some word I didn’t know lurking. I closed my eyes and hit return. Train made it all go green. 

Five guesses, but a quick five guesses.

Wordle 318: The Answer Was Hairy: Checks Notes. Yes, Hairy.

Wordle 318 was stupid. I woke up late and didn’t play Wordle until well into the afternoon. Not that I’m blaming that. Wordle 318 was stupid whatever time of day it was. I mean, Adieu did a great job of giving me a green I and a yellow A. However, it wouldn’t be enough.

My second guess was Rails and to my best recollection, this is the first appearance of Rails. Seemed decent, and it was. As the A went green and the R went yellow.

At this point, I thought Hairy could be a choice. Surely one of the semi-vowels had to be kicking around. I immediately dismissed Hairy as it didn’t seem on brand. In hindsight, if Zesty could be a Wordle than so should Hairy. Even if Hairy does seem a little gross. Possibly. Depending on the context.

Instead of choosing Hairy, I chose Cairn which made that R go green. Hairy crossed my mind again, yet I refused to waste a guess on it. I went with Fairy instead. At least it gave me a green Y

I spend the next minute combing over unused letters. Attempting to put absolutely any letter in front of all the greens, other than H. Eventually, it was more than apparent that the only choice was Hairy. 

Ugh!

Wordle 317: Story Was The Answer

Wordle 317 was the kind of Wordle that I needed to have after Wordle 316. Which took way too many hours of my life and caused undue stress. With some degree of hesitation I hit refresh and started Wordle 317. Getting nothing from Adieu. I fully knowing that the semi-vowels were back.

Really, the semi-vowels haven’t gone anywhere in the last month. They are truly on the board now. That’s why my second guess was Worst. Imagine my stress and delight to see everything but the W go yellow. 

Immediately, I tried putting V in with those letters. Soon after finding that it was impossible. I moved on to the next half-vowel and was taken aback with how simple it was. Story went in and everything went green. It was fast enough to make me wish for a timed mode once more. 

Wordle 316: The Answer Was Forgo: Not Porno And Defintitly Not Zorro

Wordle 316 was another toughy, just like Wordle 315. I began writing this before I even knew what the answer was. In some sort of hope that this would conjure the solution from the ether. 

Adieu gave me nothing, but the most bleak out. Those dang semi-vowels were probably back! Which caused me to give Worst a try. It checked a lot of boxes except for V and Y. The W came back gray, but the O and R were in the right place. 

After about twenty minutes of tryping, I finally hit return on Morph. Totally convinced that I’d solved it and everything was going to go green. Such folly. As the M went gray, I thought that at least something would go green. It did not. 

Now, I’m ready for my fourth guess. Writing this hasn’t helped. Eventually, I tried Boron. Which didn’t seem on brand, but I needed to do something. It was also similar to Borox that I had though of at some point. At least I discovered that there was another O

After another thirty minutes passed I became so flustered that I finally pulled the trigger on Zorro. Anyone can guess how that turned out. Then I just started tryping and hitting enter. I was so tired of working on this puzzle. Eventually, Forgo was typed. I feel less smart now.

Wordle 315: Larva Was The Answer

Wordle 315 was a bit of a toughy. Not that kind of toughy that make me Wordle X or even get to six guesses, but the kind that makes me spend thirty minutes on one guess. After writing about how my numbers have gone and the increase in five guess Wordless, I’m committed to slowing anything beyond four.

As anyone could have predicted, I began with Adieu. In turn, I learned of a yellow A. I smelled semi-vowels, but there could also be double A’s or even an O. To that end I thought it best to go with Roast. With added a yellow R and kept the A yellow. That lack of O sure was perplexing though. I knew then that a semi-vowel or double letter had to be hiding in there somewhere. 

I also hadn’t figured out where the A or the R actually went. So, Carry seemed like a good choice. It was okay. At least it got rid of Y. It also eliminated R as the double letter. Which I have to admit I was already pretty sure it wasn’t. 

Larva took me a good long while to get. I tried starting words with W or V. When that didn’t pan out I tryped them all over the place. I had to tell myself that things like Farva and Baral were not words, but words adjacent. That didn’t mean I didn’t try. 

To make matters worse, a friend and fellow Wordle player, happened to send me her results. She’s smart and I know there is a lot of luck in Wordle, but to see her with six guesses freaked me out. I went into panic mode. Trying to resist the urge to start hitting enter on not the best guesses. Eventually, Farva became Larva.

Wordle 314: The Answer Was Trash

Wordle 314’s answer was Trash! Also, I Trashed that Wordle and got it in three guesses. Three guesses are certainly a reason to get excited. Felt like I used to get them all the time. In fact, I remember setting the goal of having more threes than fours. That was back in Wordle 274. Since then the four and five guessers have pulled way out in front. There used to be only six more four than three. Now there’s ten. 

Adieu let me know there was an A in the puzzle somewhere. Which gave me the feeling that those weird semi-vowels weren’t hanging around. I shouldn’t have had that feeling, but I did. 

Since it hadn’t been used in awhile, I went with Roast. A normal word with a bunch of common letters and it paid off. I turned the A green as well as getting a green S.  In addition, the R and the T were both yellow.

For my final guess – not that I knew it was my final guess at the time – I guessed Trashed. Oh, it took a few seconds to come up with. I simply chose to go with words that started with T. Nothing else was really came to mind as I sifted through the unused letters. When I saw the H, I hit return and watched all the letters go green.

Wordle 313: The Answer Was Zesty

Wordle 313 had the zesty answer of Zesty. Which took me five attempts to solve, because who in their right mind would use Z any sooner. 

Adieu gave me a yellow E. Which gave me the same feeling that I had during Wordle 312. Knowing that it was going to be those kinds of vowels, I tried Woven and received nothing for it. Though I’m vowing to find an even better word. Not gaining ground on the E isn’t good. That’s for another post. 

Well, now I knew that the Wordle was only one kind of those kind of vowels or the letter E was used repeatedly. I thought it best to cover the most ground I possibly could with Style. Getting the Y in there while doing something with the E. S, T, Y, and E went and or remained yellow. 

Admittedly, I was a little offput with the results. Having Y in the word and no E at the end just made me feel like I was on unsteady footing. Even with S and T in there! Tyers I figured was a good choice. It was also the first word that came to mind. And still everything was yellow with one gray letter.

I knew I had to change it up. I tried starting the word with Y and got some weird attempt at something inspired by yesterday that would never work. I thought about Yeast. Which is a weird sentence to write. Immediately, I realized it was as impossible as my yesterday abomination. 

There been a few mind experiments where I put Y on the end, but they were all colloquial slang words that I didn’t think Wordle would except. With eventual immediacy I discovered the Z and gave it a go. There was a little bit of fear, could have been adrenaline I suppose, swimming around as I hit enter. I was thinking if the Z goes green, I’m in. If not, I have one guess left and no idea what the Wordle could be. Surely, the Z went green.

Wordle 312: The Answer Was Shown: LIke, Literally Shown

Wordle 312 started out like pretty much all of my Wordles, with Adieu. Which was responded to with five gray letters. A totally bleak way to start a Wordle, but I appreciate the no nonsense approach. At least I knew where I stood. “So it’s those kinds of vowels, eh?” I said aloud.

Those kinds of vowels being O followed by all the weird fair-weather semi vowels like W and Y. Though I was fairly convinced there was a V hanging out. So convinced in fact that I sacrificed a letter that I already knew wasn’t in the puzzle in order to cover as much ground as possible with Woven. A green N and a yellow W and a yellow O were a fair trade. Also, it was nice to know the status of V.

Known was my next guess and it shored up the uncovered letters, changing them to green. Everyone is into fantasy now, so I figured maybe The Times was cashing in on that bit of zeitgeisty goodness. To that end my fourth guess was Crown. No change. 

I punched in Shown quickly there after and was gifted green. 

Wordle 311: The Answer Was Heist

Wordle 311 was a good one. Could have been better if I hadn’t chosen Exile as my second choice, but I wasn’t taking no for an answer. I felt quite strongly about Exile being the Wordle. Which would have left me in quite the mood had I not chosen it and it ended up being the answer. 

Adieu started out fairly well with a green I and a yellow E. Even though Exile wasn’t the answer, it did really narrow down where the E could go and that there was only one.

Chime was next, after a brief searching of these posts to see if it had been used once before. I’d only used it as a guess, it hadn’t been a Wordle. I’ve still only used it as a guess. I also knew for certain where the E belonged.

Heist really should have been my second choice. At first I’d been focused on E before I and honestly, it contains S and T which are the letters that I’m always trying to suss out first. Why I didn’t go with it, I was a little too focused on Weird and knew that couldn’t be the solution.  

Wordle 310: The Answer Was Askew

Wordle 310 had the solution of Askew. Really, the entire Wordle was Askew. Was it my waking later than usual and that I wasn’t fully awake? Maybe. I sure couldn’t come up with many words to begin with. 

Of course, Adieu, happened quick. It’s basically a reflex at this point. Aches however took me a little while. Though I did think it was a fairly solid choice given the fact that Adieu had given me a green A and E. Aches was a decent choice, adding a yellow S. 

Aspen was next and it turned that S green, but did nothing else. Now, I was thinking that was a double letter in there somewhere. Heck, I even thought there could be a triple S usage in Asses. However, I reviewed my previous choices and found that wasn’t possible. 

I went with Asset instead and got nothing for it. Well, nothing that wasn’t in grayscale. Finally, I chose Askew. Those pesky V and W are most certainly back.

Wordle 309: Inert Was The Answer

Wordle 309! I needed you to happen. It’s been a good long while since I felt like quite properly solved a Wordle. This one was quick and done in three, just like old times. 

Adieu started me off with a I and E both in yellow. Which was a fairly decent way to start. 

Tiers is a new addition that I’m going to continue to use in the future. It’s a great way to sort through the heavy hitters of consonants while dealing with E and I. In this case, the E went green and the T and R went yellow. 

After a minute or so of tryping, it became apparent that the word didn’t being with T or end with I. I also recalled a brief moment I’d had earlier where I thought the word could be Intern. Which it can’t due to length. Intern was my initial third guess word. Shortly after, I realized it was Inert. 

Wordle 308: Olive Was The Answer

Wordle 308’s answer was Olive and it was the second time this week that the Wordle began with an O. In order to figure that though I had to burn through a lot of useless guesses.

Adieu wasn’t useless and though I’m a little bored with it, I’m not changing Adieu anytime soon. Next was Swine. I figured a W or V had to be lurking. I was right and wrong at the same time.

Chime seemed like the next obvie choice. It wasn’t. Tripe didn’t seem on brand, but was there to fish out some letters. It did it’s job by letting me know those letters were out.

Two guesses left and stuff was getting real. I was also running out of letters. That’s when I changed tactics. Starting words with E didn’t work, but it did get me to think about O followed be realizing the V was still available.

Wordle 307: The Answer Was Plant

Wordle 307 was a much need break in nearly Wordle X’ing. It was nice not feeling my heart rate quicken as I role into my fifth guess with far more possible choices than two.

Adieu and Roast got me to the point of having A and T in the hue of green. With a lot of letters out of the running, I figured Chant would be a good choice. 

I also thought Chant may have already been an answer. If I only would have checked my chronicling I would have confirmed that feeling was correct and more of a fact than intuition. If I have that feeling again, I will be sure to refer to previous posts. 

Which would have made me choose Plant one guess sooner. Oh well.

Wordle 306: Oxide, Oxide, Oxide

Wordle 306’s answer was Oxide and, oh my goodness, did it take me awhile to figure it out. Once again, to whoever is choosing the words over at The Times, kudos.

Adieu I know I said I was getting a little bored, but I can’t stop using you. Not until you’re a solution to a Wordle. Also, Adieu was super helpful today. A green I with a D and E in yellow. 

I was off to a great start. I figure this was going to the a three or four guesser. Oh was I wrong! Pride, Glide, Chide, and Snide all flew from my fingertips in a matter of seconds. Each word was a point on the emotional hill I was journeying down. At first, I had Pride at my second choice, figured I’d Glide in for a three guesser, then I felt the puzzle Chide me, only to realize how Snide this Wordle was. 

Yet none of them were correct! I switched up tactics, trying to start the word with a D or an E. It wasn’t until tryping the non-word Exide that I realized that I was wrong about the O. 

Oxide.

Wordle 305: The Answer Was Cargo

Wordle 305 was quite the Wordle, even though I felt a little disinterested. Just a bit tired, that’s all. It’s not your fault Wordle. It’s not your fault. 

Maybe I’m getting bored of using Adieu as my starting word. Yet, it’s so useful. In this case it gave me a yellow A and nothing more. 

Which was a pretty good indicator that there had to be an O. So, I went with Roast. Which added that O and an R. Both in yellow. Croak kept those letters yellow and added a green C. 

It was Carol that finally turned A and R green. It also let me know that the O was at the end. Since Carbo probably isn’t respected by Wordle, I went with Cargo. I was right.

Wordle 304: Foyer Was The Answer: The Foyer of Phew

Wordle 304 dang near made me think I was going to Wordle X again. Which would have been just four Wordles from the previous time. Luckily, I got on the the wrong scent, that was short lived and covered a bunch of letters. In the end it could have been Mower or Foyer. Turns out Y is back on the menu. It also helps to assume that Mower just isn’t on brand for The Times. 

Adieu gave me a green E. Which was a decent way to start. I felt strongly that an O had to be in the puzzle somewhere. For some reason, once Otter was in my head, I couldn’t think of another word. I even let it sit for five minutes. Before hitting enter. I really just wanted to Otter to be the answer. At least it gave me a yellow O and a green R.

The fact that I couldn’t think of a better word than Otter was strange, as the rest of the puzzle went quick. Poser was entered before I could even fully grasp. The O went green, but that was all. Loner was my fourth guess and didn’t do anything for me except use a guess. Cover was next, giving into my paranoia around the letter V. Two consecutive guesses and not uncovered. It’s difficult to discover letters when there are only two spots available. 

I was on my sixth guess. How could I have gotten another Wordle X so soon? At least I didn’t have time to get my streak high before failing. There really weren’t many choices left. When Foyer was conjured, I knew it just had to be the Wordle. It’s so on brand.

Wordle 303: Flair Was The Answer

Wordle 303 was an emotional roller coaster. That was really short as it had one climb and one drop. 

I started strong with Adieu, getting yellow A and I. Next, I tried Stair and turned the yellow letters green while also getting a green R. 

Chair was the obvious first choice. I was sure I’d won. In only matter of seconds too. I was wrong. 

Then, I tried Glair. Which is a book binder made from egg white. At least I learned something new and got a green L.

Barely a beat had passed before I entered Flair. It was the only logical choice left. Admittedly far more logical than Glair was. In hindsight, Flair was the more obvious choice.

Wordle 302: Ample Was The Answer And The Answer Was Ample

Wordle 302’s answer was Ample.  I got it in four, should have been able to get it in three. Instead I went with the Apple first. Believing that there has to be some sort of letter trickery happening. Double letters or lesser used letters like W, Y, and V, have all made appearances recently. For me, I need to realize that these are usually the exception to the rule. Whomever’s plotting the word choices over at The Times has done fantastic job of turning me against myself.

I had a green A and a yellow E after Adieu. I went with Alert which added a yellow L. At this point, I’d figured that the E most likely had to be down on the end. 

For tryping I tried Aqqle. Which in a way looked like Apple. Maybe I should have looked around a bit more before hitting enter. I didn’t. At least Everything else went green except the first P. After that, I was certain the answer had to be Ample. It was the only answer the made sense. 

And it was.

Wordle 301: Cheek Was The Answer

For Wordle 301, I picked myself up and dusted off the Wordle X’ing that was Wordle 300. Which was much easier to do than last time. I guess Wordle X’s get easier the more they happen. That perfect 100% win stat, mangled beyond repair. Now, it’s at 98%. I’ve read that some people stop playing after an X. 

I got a green E right off the hop from Adieu. Which seemed like a win, but for some reason that placement of that E wasn’t working for me. I conjured up Beret for my next guess. Which worked pretty well. At least it let me know there was another E. Though it was in yellow.

Next, was a boneheaded move that was Queen. It’s been awhile since I made the mistake of re-using a gray letter. Still smarted though. However, both of the E’s were now green. 

H made a lot of since at this point. I gave Sheep a shot. Lo and behold the H went green. This was strange Wordle. Lots of green and gray. Only one yellow letter. 

I had to remind myself that Cheem probably wouldn’t be recognized by Wordle. Now, I kind of regret not hitting enter. I really wanted a win though. Needed it after yesterday’s X. I didn’t want to lose again and definitely wanted to continue playing Wordle.

I turned the other Cheek so to speak. 

Wordle 300: The Answer Was Shame : But I Didn’t Know It Yet And It Sure Was: A Note Found In A Cabin In The Woods

Wordle 300. If you find this letter, it means something bad has happened. I’ve probably been Wordle X’ed. I can feel it’s foreboding presence, lurking. Moving down the hall. Now, it’s at my door. I’m on my sixth guess and there are two possible ways for this to go. Shave or Shame.

As I posted my Wordle 299 post I realized that the next Wordle would be a noteworthy landmark. That’s a lot of Wordling. Sixty five days short of a year. For me it means I’ve done seventy-eight Wordles. This being the seventy-ninth. 

Adieu my Swiss Army knife of vowels gave me a yellow A and E. Stare turned them green and added an S in the same hue. I was doing pretty dang well. 

I thought Scale would be a good next guess. It wasn’t. Then there was Snake. Also, not a good guess. 

Shape was a fairly good guess. Just a little late as it was number five. That’s when I began writing this. I still have yet to Wordle X for the second time. My current streak is thirty-four my previos was forty-three. Just yesterday I was thinking of how close I was getting to surpass my previous streak. Now, I have to wonder if V has returned or if I’m just being paranoid. In all honesty, I know Wordle is just a simple little game, but this has been a bit agonizing to write. To draw out the finale. I don’t want to Wordle X. 

So, is it going to be a close Shave or a dang Shame?

I chuckled a little bit. To have Shame appear in a black box as I Wordle X’ed was humourously meta.

Wordle 299: The Answer Was Mince: Mince For Six Hours

Wordle 299 was tough. My first three guesses came in rapid succession. Guesses four and five occurred over a six hour period. Another Wordle playing friend asked if I wanted hint. I refused. However, as the hours went by I could feel my resolve – and my interest – waining. 

Adieu left with with a yellow I and E. Piers turned that I green. Eight offered no change.

I was concerned and stumped. Eventually I tried Mille. Everything, but the L’s went green. Which was still terrible because I wasn’t connecting the dots. I was sure that V or W would make their return. I was also sure Minoe was a word. No. It is. Not.

It would only be after taking the dogs out, mumbling words and none words alike to myself. In a effort to either get the current channel of thinking out of my mind or jar something loose. When I got back to my desk, the zoom window was sitting over the top of Wordle. Leaving only the bottom row of letters exposed. That was when I saw C and N.

Mince!

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Wordle 298: The Answer Was Chunk: I Really, Really Wanted To Write Chuck

Wordle 298 could have gone better. Except for one glaring issue. One thing that I just couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Something I just couldn’t help myself. For my fourth guess, I went with Chuck. Yeah, it was an inefficient and arguably stupid move. I really wanted to write it though. Oddly enough, so did a friend of mine.

Adieu. It’s kind of boring when Chuck is floating around out there somewhere. Right? I think so. U was yellow. Blah.

Next I tried Hours for a few reasons. It seemed like a good place to see where U was or was not. It would deal with O and S. Also, it was different. 

I was stumped. Which was ironically not a word choice at that point in time because S was out. After a good couple of minutes of tryping, I came up with Thumb. I was sure I had solved the puzzle. All I did was get a green H. Which is something I guess.

Wrong. So I went off script and hit enter on Chuck. Even though it was silly to have two C’s on a word that didn’t seem like a likely Wordle. I also knew that N was available. I just couldn’t help myself from guessing Chuck. Then I typed in Chunk.

I’m going to call this 4.5.

Wordle 297: The Answer Was Royal: Thankfully Not A Royal Pain, Just Moderate

Wordle 297 is the triumphant return of Y. Which experienced quite the heyday a few weeks back. Nymph being its crowning achievement. Wordle X’ing a lot of people.

I began with Adieu followed by Roast. Which was a good way to get three letters in yellow. A, R, and O. 

Looking back, I was really sold on Roman. It just didn’t feel right, but I was sure there had to be an N in there somewhere. Oh, was I wrong.

Royal took me a good while to get. Plenty of Q’s were tryped in as placeholders. There were plenty of weird ones. I was trying to make something inspired by Rocca. Which I doubt is even in the database of words, but who knows. Maybe I will find out one day.

Anyway, the answer was Royal.

Wordle 296: The Answer Was Squad: Finally Q and U Appear!

Wordle 296 is a milestone for me. As far as I can remember, this is the first time that I’ve experienced a Wordle that included Q and U. I know this mostly because Q is my go to placeholder letter when tryping. Many a time it’s lined up in front of a U. Which made me wonder if it would ever actually appear. Finally it did today!

Adieu gave me A, D, and U – obviously – all three in yellow. Which was a great start. 

Next, I tried Daunt. Which made the U go green and made me feel kind of bummed that I had chosen Daunt. Nothing else. Though I did have a pretty good idea that the A came after the U. 

Just to make sure I tryped Qquda. I looked over the available letters and didn’t get a good feeling. All I could figure was Gouda. I wasn’t vibing.

Then I tryped Qquad. A cursory double check on the status of the S, it was available. I punched in Squad hit enter. Then watched each and every letter go green. Far to excited that Q and U had appeared.

Wordle 295: The Answer Was Black: Holy Smokes B Appeared!

Wordle 295 was noteworthy because for the first time in awhile, B appeared in the Wordle. This is something I began to realize a couple weeks ago. In my opinion, B isn’t the most common letter but should appear more often than the time between March 5th and April 10th

Anyway Adieu, followed by Roast, gave me a green A and a bleak outlook. “Is this the puzzle where the other shoe drops and W and V come back with a vengeance?” I think to myself as the dog is sleeping and thoroughly uninvested in Wordle. I feel like they aren’t. The time of W and V is either over with or going to stay dormant a few more days. 

My third guess I sit on for a bit. Tryping all sorts of different words. Plenty of good ones, but they don’t feel right. I decide on Clamp. Which gives me a green L and a yellow C. 

Flack seems like a pretty obvious next choice to me. I can even recall think, “It’s not B. It’s never B.” To have everything beside the F be green was a pretty clear indicator that it was in fact, B. 

Add another fiver to my lifetime achievement board!

Wordle 294: The Answer Was Stair: My First Wordle Two

Wordle 294 was the first time I solved a Wordle in two guesses! Which feels gosh dang amazing. One guess is a fluke. Total luck. With two guesses there’s still a lot of luck involved, but if there are any yellow or greens kicking around there’s a bit of skill. 

At the same time it feels kind of, boring. That’s all the Wordle there is for the day. Luckily for me, I stretched out the play time for a bit while I got some more coffee and pondered. 

Without further Adieu, see what I did there? I had two yellows, A and I. I thought for a bit and tried a couple of words. Really trying to get some of my current fave letters in there. Waist was there, but I realized the I was no good. 

For a flitting moment Island was in my head. However, the D had already been eliminated. In the very next split second, Stair entered my brain. Covering my absolute favorite consonants, plus the yellow vowels I’d already uncovered. It was perfect!

It really was.

Wordle 293: The Answer Was Scare

Wordle 293’s answer was Scare. It was also another example of how we’re in the golden age of Wordle. Whoever has been picking the Wordles has been doing a fantastic job of picking out letters that aren’t so common and using them in a way that convinces me that I need to enter a W and a V in almost every puzzle for the last week. Even though it’s starting to look like that isn’t the case any longer. I’m onto you. The second I drop my guard, I know those letters are coming back. 

Adieu gave me A and E in the hue of yellow. My alternate take on Warts, Waste, kept the A yellow, but flipped the E to green. It also gave me a yellow S. 

Shave was my next guess. Convinced that one of those tricky letters had to be in there. Also, H has been making several appearances as of late. I was wrong. At least I know the word started with S.

Space seemed like a good choice. To some degree it was. While the P stayed gray, the C went yellow. Which at this point in time, it may as well be green. If you know what I mean.

I typed in Scale and almost hit enter. It just didn’t feel right. I backspaced a bit and hit enter on Scare. 

All was green and all was good.