Welcome back, dearest Wordlers! It’s Tyr’s Day, which is an interesting day of the week because it’s when a lot of video games are released. Tuesday is one of the most common days for video game releases and other stuff, including books, partly because of how physical inventories work, which is why in an age of digital releases we’re seeing more and more stuff release on Fridays instead.
It is also my mother’s birthday—happy birthday mom!—and very nearly Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to this week a great deal. I’m very much in the holiday spirit this year, more so than any year since COVID-19 swooped in and darkened the world and, along with all the other bad things that happened over the past few years, cast a shadow over my heart. I feel determined to cast that shadow off.
And on that light and cheery note, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Billy Joel.
The Clue: This word ends with a vowel.
See yesterday’s Wordle #883 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.
Well I outdid myself here, though I think luck was simply on my side for whatever reason. I was originally thinking spies when I went to guess today but then I thought “Why guess a plural, when plurals are never the answer?” But I already had spi typed in so I pivoted to spine and was rather happy when two yellow boxes and a green box all turned over.
But as I sat with it and ruminated over what possible words could be left, I came to the dawning realization that I could think of only one: piano. I popped it in and was happily met with five green boxes. Piano for the win, and in just two guesses! Huzzah!
I get 2 points for guessing in two and 1 point for beating the Wordle Bot who guessed in three today for a whopping—and huzzah worthy—3 points. HUZZAH!!!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “piano” is short for “pianoforte,” which is derived from the original Italian name for the instrument: “gravicembalo col piano e forte.” This name, which translates to “harpsichord with soft and loud,” reflects the instrument’s ability to produce sounds at different volumes depending on the player’s touch. This was a novel feature when the piano was invented, as earlier keyboard instruments like the harpsichord and clavichord had much less dynamic range.
The name “pianoforte” itself is a combination of two Italian words: “piano,” meaning “soft,” and “forte,” meaning “loud.” Over time, “pianoforte” was shortened to “piano,” which became the commonly used name for the instrument.
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.
Read the full article here