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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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your ignorance

your ignorance to my existence is progressively killing me

as I can experience the difference, I can hear, I can see

the serene undulation of the breeze tell me that you came

the letters from the keyboard line up to spell your name

but I am left broken, unwanted for you never turn to me

you take diversion as the destination you feel is not fit to be

I understand the specific logical expectations of your own kind

but the fervent heart has to be overruled by the conscious mind

and the resonant vibes hardly ever follow the social norms

for them, it is harmony of thoughts between us that conforms

so what if we cannot stay below one roof in this life forever

so what if we cannot savor the fruits of being physically together

let’s talk to each other as the time in the clock is ticking by

let’s not leave this small task for us to execute after we die

we should be happy as god has given us the gift of companionship

because this ship will never sink even where the waters are deep

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the divine fire

O the divine fire of love and affection

burn me with flames of your power

Bestow me with scorching evidence

douse me in that passionate shower

treasure of love should never be over

as there is plenty to spend all around

humans are poorer than never before

deficient of love and affectionate ground

outspread of love is turning orthodox

takers and givers have a different genus

neither the men look to be from mars

nor women appear to be from venus

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falling in love with a poet

the way words come together and bow to you

the way expressions liquidate and flow to you

the way your writings make the world crave

the readers surrender self and become slave

you are literary soldier of this classical space

the captivating exaltation embedded in place

I have not seen you yet I know you from ages

your literary image has filled my empty pages

when I confront you someday I may not recognise

but the smell of your literature will always suffice

this is eternal bonding that connects two hearts

thus the story of falling in love with a poet starts

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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

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the inherent asymmetry

the habit of settlement is not always good

the need for dissension is never understood

life cannot always offer a cakewalk to us

it is a mad mad world with a crazy rush

so please pour some acid of disagreement

on the biological assay of our relationship

stir it with the tender ladle of togetherness

so that we can well make a perfect grip

let there be a conflict of millions of words

let’s forget our flock, let’s forget our herds

let us respect our inherent asymmetry

and convert it into a a perfect chemistry

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our relationship

why my gags don’t impress you now?

why my blogs don’t attract you now?

why my messages don’t have that effect now?

why we don’t have that close connect now?

life is too short to think of wrong or right

it is irrelevant to continue the cold fight

let’s come together and share our emotions

let’s stay together with our deepest devotions

permit me to steal the collyrium from your eyes

permit me to share the dreams from your mind

permit me to remain in your lovable heart forever

permit to allow stay our relationship undefined

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the glittering prize

the tears from my heart have run dried

but you can still sympathize with me

my expectations have died their own death

but you can still empathize with me

sympathy can bring enemies together

you are my best friend anyways

but don’t laugh on my situation today

as it was not the case always

I am the victim of so called selfless love

that has claimed many hearts till date

I would have been a happier person

had I watered the plant called hate

but I have no qualms whatsoever

as I never gone for a compromise

though failure has embraced me today

it appears to me as a glittering prize

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No strategies, its my life

when I fail in my endeavours, they say I am not practical

but why do I plan a strategy, I am not a political animal

so what if success doesn’t come to me in an open platter

thought hope is not a strategy, for me it really does matter

I may lose to contemporaries, but that won’t hurt me at all

as I don’t have much expectations, my ambitions are small

failures never get to my heart, the success not on my head

and I will keep trying it my way till I am completely dead

so, if I will not find my love, my love may find me someday

I may not be there fully, but I am closer than I was yesterday