Saturday is upon us as we tip-toe ever closer to fall—though you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking summer was already over. School is back. Nights are getting cooler. In some northern reaches, the leaves are just beginning to shed their green, trading it in for a hint of yellow or orange.
Some ignore equinoxes and solstices and just go by months. To these strange folk, September 1st marks the first day of autumn. September, October and November all fall under this season. Then December, January and February are winter. March, April, May comprise spring. And June, July, August make up summer.
In a way, that is simpler than the official seasons, which all change over around the 20th of each respective month. The next four season shifts occur on the following dates:
- Autumnal Equinox — September 23rd 2023 at 2:50 am ET
- Winter Solstice — December 21st 2023 at 10:27 pm ET
- Vernal (Spring) Equinox — March 19th 2024 at 11:06 pm ET
- Summer Solstice — June 20th 2024 at 4:51 pm ET
I suppose I have a natural fondness for this way of thinking about the seasons because summer often begins on my birthday, June 20th. But it’s certainly harder to remember!
Okay, Wordle time!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Number 7.
The Clue: This word starts with a consonant.
See yesterday’s Wordle #811 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.
Today was mostly, ahem, lucky from start to finish. My opening guess, token, left me with a respectable 77 remaining words. Caulk slashed that number to just 1. How lucky! Huzzah!
P.S. Somehow I scheduled the incorrect version of this post which had half of yesterday’s post mixed in with this one and yesterday’s word, rouse. My apologies!
I get 1 point for guessing in three and 1 point for beating the Bot, who got it in four! Also very lucky! 2 points! Huzzah!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “lucky” has an interesting etymology. It is believed to have originated from the Middle Low German word “lūk,” which means “good fortune” or “happiness.” This Middle Low German word is thought to have been derived from the Old High German word “luc,” which also means “happiness” or “joy.”
The word “lucky” in English started to be used in the 15th century, initially meaning “occurring by chance” or “happening fortuitously.” Over time, its meaning evolved to refer to someone or something favored by fortune or chance, hence the modern sense of being fortunate or having good luck.
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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