Over the past month or so I have become mildly addicted to Wordle, and I realized I needed to play more than just one game a day.
So after a little bit of searching, I came across Wordle Unlimited. It’s the same exact game, except you can play it as many times as you want. And that is what I have been doing.
I still play the original version once each day, but Wordle Unlimited I play multiple times per day.
Here is a screenshot of my stats from a couple of days ago. As you can see, I am currently close to my best streak, so naturally, I want to break. In fact, my goal now is 100 straight wins, and each time I win a game, I start to feel a bit more nervous.
So here is the game I was working on the other day:
My start word is always the same: RATES. As you can see, that did not reveal much.
I got lucky with my second guess, BLEND, since now I had three of the five letters, even though none of them were in the correct place.
I was quite excited when I came up with the word UNDUE, thinking that may be it. Unfortunately, that was not the correct word, but at least now I knew where the letter E belonged.
At this point, I just wanted to figure out where the D and the N might go, hence the word, DANCE. That gave me where the N was.
Now I was starting to get nervous. I only had two guesses left, I only knew where two letters belonged, and I had a third letter.
Since desperate people do desperate things, I did something I rarely do. I used a word totally unrelated to the word I was trying to guess, but one I thought would tell me where the D was and maybe one or two of the other letters.
The word IDIOT seemed to be a good word to use. Now I knew where the D went, and I knew the O was either the first or second letter.
So the word was either ?ONDE or O?NDE.
In my mind, I ran through every possible letter as the mystery letter, and none of the words seemed familiar.
It was time once again for that desperate people thing because I wanted to keep the streak alive.
So I went out to the web and searched for words that had the words ONDE in it, and here is the list that came back:
Only two words ended with NDE, RONDE and MONDE. I had already used the letter R, so that left MONDE.
I had never heard of the word, but ti seemed like there was nothing else I could do. (I have been to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, but I did not think of that as an English word, and if it was, it was not one I heard or saw in everyday usage.)
So I typed it in, very slowly, wondering the whole time if there was a simple word that I was just not seeing.
After I typed all five letters, I hit Enter, and here was the result:
I breathed a huge sigh of relief, my streak was still alive.
But I was also angry at Wordle Unlimited for using a word I would not describe as common, and I thought Wordle words were supposed to be common.
I did look it up, and it appears to be of French origin and means society or world.
So ultimately, no harm, no foul.
I just hope it’s not a sign that the game gets harder the longer one’s streak continues.
So that was a couple of days ago. I have since broken my 64 game winning streak, and am currently at 70 games in a row.
My nerves were on edge every time a game went past four guesses.
And while I am certainly hoping to get to 100 games in a row, I can’t imagine how nervous I’ll be while playing that big game.
I may need to do some breathing exercises before I start…
*image from WordleUnlimited