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Well today is a momentous occasion: The 666th Wordle is here in all its demonic glory. I was all prepared to guess things like devil and Satan but I spaced it entirely and only realized afterward that I’d forgotten what day it was. Bonus tip for today’s Wordle: It is not themed to coincide with any biblical end-times stuff.
The number is considered “the mark of the beast” in Revelations, and is associated with allegiance to the Antichrist. You might celebrate today’s diabolical word with a viewing of Rosemary’s Baby or The Omen.
In the meantime, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Having lived somewhere, but not anymore.
The Clue: This word has almost no vowels.
Tough word! It’s so archaic I’m a little surprised it’s even a Wordle answer. Then again, snafu was the answer the other day so anything is possible.
My opening guess was lousy. Well, it was brain which ended up being lousy, leaving me with 513 remaining possible solutions. I slashed that number to 55 with shore, but still had just one correct letter—a lonely ‘E’ in yellow.
I tried to quell my growing fears with my third guess, and found myself rather stumped. I discovered after the fact that I had only one word remaining at this point, but for the life of me—as I pondered the solution—I could not think of anything.
Finally, I thought of dwell and since I’d already ruled out the second ‘L’ I went ahead and guessed the past-tense version of the word, thinking it was a long-shot but, with no other options, it was the only shot I had. Happily, dwelt was the answer.
Long ago, the Hobbits dwelt in the Shire, smoking pipes and tending to their gardens. They knew little of the outside world, of elves or wizards or High Kings.
Have a lovely Sunday, dearest Wordlers!
(My score today: 0 for guessing in 4 and -1 for losing to Wordle Bot, who guessed in 3 somehow for a total of -1. Boo!)
Today’s Wordle Etymology (Via ChatGPT)
The word “dwelt” is the past tense and past participle of the verb “dwell.” The verb “dwell” comes from the Old English word “dwellan,” which means “to go astray, wander, or linger.” This word later evolved to mean “to abide, remain, or inhabit” in Middle English. The origin of the Old English word “dwellan” is uncertain, but it is believed to be related to the Old High German word “twellen,” which means “to tarry or delay.”
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 Erik
- 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 Erik
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