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Welcome to autumn, dearest Wordlers! Summer has fallen and fall has risen and it’s officially okay for you to enjoy pumpkin spice flavors and scents to your heart’s content. Soon the leaves will start to change as nights grow cooler. Sweater weather is upon us. Soup season.
This actually makes today’s Wordle somewhat ironic. That’s a free extra hint for you in today’s guide. It will pair nicely with the hint below. Speaking of which, let’s do this Wordle, shall we?
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Christmas.
The Clue: This word begins and ends with consonants.
See yesterday’s Wordle #825 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.
A lucky Wordle for your humble narrator today. I had just cleaned out my fridge and I used my leaf blower to blow out the back of it (so much dust!) and then I took the extension cord and wrapped it into a coil, after which I sat down to do my Wordle. I guess that coil stuck with me because it popped into my head and seemed like a good opening word. Turns out, it was a crazy good guess for today’s Wordle, leaving me with just 10 words to choose from.
With 1 green box and two yellows, I went with a word that would hopefully secure another vowel. Cloak added the letter ‘A’ to the mix and slashed the remaining words down to just one. I didn’t know that for sure at the time, but the only word I could make stick was carol. Sure enough, that was the Wordle! Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Come rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay!
But you do see how having carol—most closely associated with Christmas carols—is a bit ironic on the first day of autumn. Then again, there’s already Christmas stuff going up in stores and we have over a month before Halloween. Madness!
I get 1 point for guessing in three and 0 for tying the Bot. Pretty sure this is the third day in a row for that!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “carol” has an interesting etymology. It can be traced back to the Old French word “carole,” which originally referred to a round dance with singing. This Old French term itself likely came from the Late Latin word “choraula,” which referred to a choral dance or a song to be danced to.
Over time, the meaning of “carol” evolved to refer specifically to festive songs or hymns, especially those associated with the Christmas season. These songs were often accompanied by dancing and merriment. The association of carols with Christmas became particularly strong in the Middle Ages and continues to this day.
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.
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