It’s the second to last day of August. What a blur this year has been. What a blur these last few have been, though, if we’re being honest, it’s all a blur. My memory is a valley draped heavy with fog. I walk along its edges and rarely glance down.
Time is the plateau and time is the vale. Our lives stretch out into the yawning prairie, and lay buried behind us in shadow. There, in the distance . . . the mountains, or perhaps the sea. The end of the road, no matter.
I am called to mind a haiku by W.H. Auden:
Thoughts of his own death,
like the distant roll
of thunder at a picnic.
And I’ve rambled long enough, and in such gloomy fashion. It’s Wordle Wednesday which means I’m doling out yet another riddle. Here goes . . .
George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking Pepsi. Following this pattern, is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?
I’ll post the answer tomorrow. In the meantime, if you figure it out shoot me a note on on Twitter or Facebook.
Let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Sonic.
The Clue: This word begins and ends with a vowel.
See yesterday’s Wordle #801 right here.
Wordle Bot Analysis
After each Wordle I solve I head over to the Wordle Bot homepage to see how my guessing game was.
I thought I might start today’s guessing game out with the word booty (don’t ask) but instead went with more vowels and chose boats. This ended up being a good move, as it left me with a yellow ‘O’ and a yellow ‘A’ and just 76 words remaining, though I didn’t know that at the time.
I couldn’t quite think of any words that used these two letters in the other order, so I decided I’d try something that began with ‘A’ and chose adore, which got me a green ‘A’ and a brand new yellow box with ‘D’. Turns out, this left me with just one option and I eventually sorted it out. Audio for the win! Huzzah!
Another good day today. I get 1 point for guessing in three and 1 point for beating Wordle Bot who guessed in four. 2 points! Double huzzah!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “audio” comes from the Latin word “audire,” which means “to hear” or “to listen.” It is related to various words and terms that pertain to hearing, listening, and sound in both Latin and other languages. The term “audio” is commonly used in modern English to refer to anything related to sound or sound reproduction, such as in “audio equipment,” “audio technology,” or “audio recording.”
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 me
- 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 me
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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