Wordle #429

Wordle # 429 game board

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Line 1: One of my typical start words. “E” and “T” and both in the right place. Nice start!

Line 2: And… I am so smart, yes?

It was a good guess – and I was very lucky. Not the first time I’ve gotten the wordle in 2, but this is why I went with “merit”:

  1. “E” ends up in a lot of words in the second place, but often together with another “E” or an “A”. “EE”, “EA”. “A” had already been ruled out. “EI” is rare (and the weird exceptions are famous!) I didn’t want to double the “E”, for the sake of playing letters, so trying to think of words with “E” and ending with “T” that might have to have another vowel that was not “A” kind of became the challenge.
  2. There are a fair number of words which start “RE” but I figured that it was unlikely that they were going to have something like “repot”.
  3. “Depot” was actually Wordle #279, so I wasn’t going to play it again.
  4. I suspect that since Merrick Garland has been in the news recently, the word “merit” is of somewhat easier recall in my brain at the moment. I know… I’m probably more weird than smart! 🙂

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