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Let’s Wordle!

Let’s us start talking about love in today’s scenario of fight and terror. It is said that love can move the mountains. We have seen the example of ‘The TajMahal’ in India and there are various stories where people promise plucking moon and stars for the sake of love.

Coming straight to the point, I wanted to cite Josh Wardle as the latest example. He has developed something called ‘Wordle’, a web-based word game. And now the world is hooked on to it. It is said that around ninety players attempted this interesting ‘guess logically’ word game on November 1, 2021, the early days when it appeared in The New York Times (NYT). This number skyrocketed to over 300,000 on January 2, 2022 and to over 2 million a week later.

I too joined the league and found it really interesting. Though at times, it appears tempting, I have restricted the daily dose to the one that appears daily in the NYT that has a single solution which everyone attempts to uncover. Let me share my diary notes with you.

For some reason, Josh Wardle wanted the world to guess a five letter word in six tries. So, we have a grid of boxes having five columns and six rows. There also appears an alphabetical keyboard, similar to that on our mobiles for enabling us type the text.

When we start with the first guess, the alphabets in the keyboard turn green, yellow or gray based on the presence of the letters in the guessed word. If the letter is present and appears in the correct position, it is turned green. If the letter is present in the answer word but not at the correct position, it turns yellow. If none of the alphabet of the guessed word is present in the answer word, all of them turn gray.

For example, the answer word for the below Wordle is SHAKE

First guess:

I always try a different word for the first guess daily which has at least two vowels. Though it is wise to use words with three vowels such as ADIEU, MEDIA, ORATE, RADIO etc. The word ORATE is more scientifically backed to try for the first guess. But to make it more adventurous I tried RINSE. The letters ‘E’ and ‘S’ were common between RINSE and SHAKE. The letter ‘E’ was at correct place, so it turned green but the position of letter ‘S’ was not correct so it turned yellow.

Second guess:

Many players attempt the second guess with the common letters, I too do that but to explore more letters and also the possibility of another vowel, and I tried again a two vowel word BLOAT. Unfortunately only ‘A’ was common between BLOAT and SHAKE with ‘A’ being at the wrong place.  So it turned yellow. However, the gray letters gave the hint that at least these shall not appear in the answer word.

Third guess:

With ‘E’ at the fifth place (word ending with E) and ‘S’ and ‘A’ somewhere in the word, it was the time for the third guess. I assumed, if the word would start with ‘S’ there is more possibility of ‘A’ being at the third place. With this assumption, I tried SPADE. Fortunately the letters ‘S’, ‘A’ and ‘E’ found their correct places with these turning green. ‘P’ and ‘D’ made it to the gray list.

Fourth guess:

For the fourth guess, the selection of second letter was vital. ‘W’, ‘U’ and ‘H’ qualified for it based on the possible reach of my vocabulary.  Putting ‘H’ at the second place, SHAME became the obvious choice and possible correct answer. But, what the creators had in mind is the correct solution though our word may qualify. So, SHAME added green color to ‘H’ but was not the correct answer.

Final guess:

The final guess was an obvious SHAKE with fourth letter chosen amongst the available options. And that’s it! I could arrive to the answer sitting in this part of the world, what the creators had in their minds.

That’s how the logic works and by choosing a different first guess every day, we can make the guess work more challenging.  One can try for guessing the word of the day in three, two or even one go. But guessing the word in one and two attempts appears to be more magical or supernatural. The Wordle for some reason pats your back by exclaiming ‘Genius’, if you uncover the word in one try. It is impossible.

There are scenarios, where you keep your efforts in reading the creator’s mind by guessing logical words but it may end up exhausting your tries. For example the one mentioned below:

With all the vowels drained out in the first two tries except ‘I’, in the third try, it was easy to guess a word starting with ‘S’ having ‘I’ and ‘L’ in it. STILL fitted well but that was not the answer. Same was the case with SPILL in the fourth try and SKILL in the fifth one. But the creators had SWILL in their minds which finally was uncovered in the last guess.

Now there is one more catch. The letters can appear even twice in the solution. In the last example we had all the guesses STILL, SKILL, SPILL and SWILL with two ‘L’. This was comparatively better but if we see the example below, we may well appreciate the complexity.

There are cases where the guesses are logically obvious and easy to crack the answer. In the below mentioned example, though the first guess didn’t reveal any of the letters, it actually rules out five letters. With the second guess confirming the presence of three letters, ‘D’, ‘G’ and ‘E’ and fixing the position of ‘E’, it was easier to guess the word DODGE in the third try itself with the fact in mind that a letter can appear twice. It is to be noted that in the second guess, though ‘D’ was highlighted in yellow confirming the mismatch in its position, there was no clue or I can say no way to convey about ‘D’ being present twice in the answer.

The following failed one also is worth a look:

The following also got me caught between WOULD or COULD and wasted one extra guess though POUND did the damage control that FEAST created. I could enjoy feast with pound.

And this one was a googly for a person who at times started the first guess with POINT.  But for change this time my first guess was GOURD. But the second two vowel guess finally hinted that the answer could be POINT. I just refused to be called genius.

So guys, lets daily Wordle!!!

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These amazing kids!

r_cub

Kids today are quite difficult to handle as compared to the kids of earlier days. Probably, due to the fact that they are exposed to the gadgets at an early stage. No wonder kids start watching TV or videos in smart phones right from their first birthday. These kids can embarrass the elders the way they operate the mobile phones and explore the features. Parents also conveniently leave their kids with the smart phones so that they do not disturb them. Incidentally we can see every member of the family busy with their mobile phones. Continue reading

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Should we help others?

This straightforward question started troubling my mind when I encountered a situation which is quite common for all.

Recently I had to go to the railway station to pick up my wife as my happy days as forced bachelor were coming to an end with the arrival of my wife from her mother’s place. She always insisted on me picking her up from the station. Possibly she wanted to read my expressions on encountering her after a lull. But I am doubly sure even if the expectations on the expressions were not up to the mark she is not going to catch a return train back home in any case? Continue reading

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Prompts! Missing You!

How will our literary instinct wake up everyday?

How will our writing passion shake up everyday?

The wait for daily prompt was an awaited ritual

To motivate irregulars and make them habitual

To placate the mind with tons of fresh creations

To interact with talented and build the relations

photo challenge made amateurs skilled professionals

to express themselves out as comforted individuals

response to all challenges was quite overwhelming

the community felt alive, energised and self impelling

but now there remains an unending lull and a void

as if clock has stopped ticking and emotions destroyed

all the WordPressers feel cut off and virtually offline

neither the writing is better nor their reading is fine

You left us in the lurch but still we are wishing you

O WordPress prompts! we are terribly missing you

 

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O my doppelgänger!

O my doppelgänger, I can see your anger

you wan’t me smart, but I remain candor

that has cost me heavily in all my endeavors

my contemporaries excelled, I remained in fears

you told me to be diplomatic but I didn’t change

my straightforwardness was regarded as strange

you asked me to be ambitious I remained same

neither cared for fame nor worried for name

you told me to be opportunists, biased and selfish

but I thanklessly didn’t even fulfill your wish

so, O my doppelgänger, I respect your anger

I will remain as I am, don’t try to tamper

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inspiring start

I think all my companions are magician

because they all come in limited edition

they are good at the art of disappearing

they have mastered magic engineering

some write the blog posts and disappear

and do not turn up for more than a year

some reply to comments and disappear

how they vanish so fast is never clear

some like posts as if they are around

but surprisingly they are never found

let me also learn this beautiful art

and try to make an inspiring start

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Good bye to all !

Though it takes too much of determination to say goodbye to WordPress, I have finally decided to do so. In this one and half year of my journey on this beautiful platform I had just awesome experiences. It is worthwhile to mention few of them on this day of bidding the farewell.

I want to apologise my fellow blogger who thought and expressed that my words are too much dipped in the flirting sap. Though I do not own a ransomware I wan not very sure what for she was afraid of? Even there was nothing physically possible online? Till now I didn’t understand how the relations became that toxic. She even mailed and asked me not to come on her board and stay off. I did that obediently. 

I also thank my other fellow blogger who asked for my photo praising my word (though I never believed that from the bottom of my heart) . I was also surprised that after knowing much about me, how can one ask for the photo? So I didn’t give that personally but I posted it on the site. 

I want to ask my other fellow blogger who was so excited to converse with me and we did that quite regularly for few days and nights. Then she inquired about my background and other details. I asked her to search on the site as there is a tunnel that leads to real me. May be she got into it and then all her conversations reduced and finally stopped. 

I want to apologise few other bloggers who followed me and asked to follow back that I didn’t do. I want to thank all other blogger who have become like my family conversing either on their site or mine almost everyday giving their beautiful and valuable inputs and comments. I will really miss all of them.

Last but not the least I want to thank WordPress for allowing me to hang on here without a valid literary passport. 

Thank you all. Good bye!!!

And this one is what came to my mind when I came across the prompt Toxic

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complicated dialect

Someone help me with the tuition

I am  in reality not a magician

how do I understand her language

I don’t have any past advantage

she often speaks from her eyes

I could never decode it otherwise

her silence has the power of words

how do I break this type of password

her hands give me lots of indications

I can’t understand those abbreviations

her killer smile too says the entire story

I could never read anything confirmatory

it appears that I am a big foolish moron

who is not conversant with such lexicon

if someone can teach this complicated dialect

it will surely enhance my romantic intellect