Welcome back dearest Wordlers! It’s the last Thursday of summer. The Spring Equinox rapidly approaches!
Yesterday was Wordle Wednesday, which means I gave you all a logic puzzle to solve. Some of you puzzled out the answer. Some of you sent incorrect solutions. Today, I will reveal the solution!
Here’s the puzzle:
The Three Switches and Three Light Bulbs Puzzle:
You are in a room with three light switches, each controlling one of three light bulbs in the next room. You cannot see into the next room, and once you leave the room with the switches, you cannot return.
You want to determine which switch controls which light bulb, but you can only enter the room with the light bulbs once. How can you figure out which switch is connected to each light bulb?
Remember, you can flip the switches as many times as you like while you’re in the room with them, but you can only enter the room with the light bulbs once.
The solution is a bit complicated but pretty straightforward when you think about it. Basically, turn one switch on and leave it running for a few minutes. Then turn it off and turn the second switch on. Then go into the room. The lightbulb that belongs to the first switch will be off but still warm to the touch. The second switch’s lightbulb will be turned on. The third switch was never turned and its bulb will be cool to the touch. Problem solved!
Okay, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: In Harry Potter this magical item could turn metal into gold and produce an immortality elixir.
The Clue: This word ends with a vowel.
See yesterday’s Wordle #823 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.
I feel pretty good about today’s guessing game, though I was so close to guessing the right answer on guess #2. So close but no cigar!
Flake actually left me with a whopping 222 words to choose from, though I didn’t know it at the time. I managed to slash two of those 2’s away with store, which left me with just 2 possible solutions: stove and stone. I thought of stone first and good thing, too!
I get 1 point for guessing in three and 0 for tying the Bot. 1 point is pretty good, though! Huzzah!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “stone” has its origins in the Old English language. Here is a breakdown of its etymology:
- Old English: The word “stone” can be traced back to the Old English word “stan.” Old English was spoken in what is now England and southern Scotland from around the 5th century to the mid-12th century. In Old English, “stan” referred to a hard, solid mineral substance, such as rock or mineral material.
- Proto-Germanic: The Old English word “stan” has its roots in the Proto-Germanic language. The Proto-Germanic word for “stone” is believed to be “stainaz,” which also meant a hard mineral substance.
- Indo-European: The Proto-Germanic word “stainaz” can be traced further back to the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European root “*stāi-” or “*steh₂i-,” which meant “to become hard” or “to thicken.” This root is related to the idea of solidity or hardness, which is characteristic of stones.
Over time, the word “stone” has remained relatively consistent in its meaning across various Germanic languages and has been adopted into many other languages with variations in pronunciation and spelling. It has continued to refer to hard, solid, naturally occurring substances of mineral origin.
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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