Word of the Day #581 Hints, Clues and Answers, Saturday January 21st

I’ve been playing around with AI a lot lately. Midjourney is a fantastic little toy for generating artificial artwork – also highly addictive. It’s never going to be as unique or incredible as actual art made by real artists, but it’s fun to put your ideas out there—your imagination—and see what you get back visually.

Then there is ChatGPT which is basically the written version of Midjourney. It’s quite remarkable what it can do, even if even at its best it lacks the human touch that a flesh-and-blood writer brings to the table. Today I asked it to write some flavor text about Wordle and got this really confusing output:

Wordle is a playful and addictive word game that challenges players to guess hidden words from a jumbled collection of letters. The game is easy to pick up, but with each level the difficulty increases as the words become more complex and the letters are arranged in more intricate patterns. With its bright colors and easy-to-use interface, Wordle is a fun and engaging way to practice your vocabulary and problem-solving skills. Whether you’re a casual gamer looking for a quick distraction or a word enthusiast looking for a new challenge, Wordle is sure to delight and entertain. Try it and see how many words you can uncover!

With each level, the difficulty increases as the words become more complex and arranged in more intricate patterns? Say what now? It is . . . not how Wordle works. It’s not even close. I mean, I’d play this game too, but Wordle it ain’t.

I asked it to do the same for its Wordle clone, Nerdle, which is an equation-solving math game, and got back an almost identical response:

Nerdle is a challenging and exciting word game that appeals to the inner nerd in all of us. It is designed for word enthusiasts who love to put their vocabulary and problem solving skills to the test. The game is easy to pick up, but as you progress through the levels, the difficulty increases as the words become more complex and the letters are arranged in more intricate patterns. The game has an elegant and sleek design that appeals to the nerdy aesthetic, and the gameplay is both challenging and rewarding. Whether you’re a casual gamer looking for a quick distraction or a word enthusiast looking for a new challenge, Nerdle is sure to delight and entertain. Try it and see how many words you can uncover!

Again, not Nerdle. So funny.

In any case, all this AI stuff is super controversial, but – as with so many controversial areas of technology – almost inevitably a big part of our collective future going forward.

Now combine AI with the robotic technology they have come up with lately and . . . well i have seen Terminator. I know what’s coming. I mean, check out this robot! He does backflips! Give him a plasma rifle and a lightsaber and go conquer space!

Ok, on to today’s Wordle!

How to solve today’s word (spoilers!)

The hint: A shorter part of a larger piece.

The Clue: There is a double letter in this word.

The answer:

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Today was a zero score game for your humble narrator. It took me and Wordle Bot assumes all four to solve this one. There are zero points for guessing in 4 and zero points for tying the fine. C’est la vie!

Flow was actually a very strong opening guess. Not quite sure what made me think of that, but it gave me a green box, a yellow box, and 23 remaining possible solutions. From there, cluster reduced the possibilities to 8, which is not a good move from 23. Still, it moved the “U” to green, and for whatever reason the next word I came up with blunt. ONE blunt an ax is not very good for chopping off heads with, says the executioner. Nor wood, suggests that loggers.

Here I was lucky. With three guesses left, for whatever reason blurb was the first thing I thought of. I thought about it too blush and almost went that direction but decided to go with my gut. Lucky me or the damn Bot would be gloating right now, taunting me mercilessly and all that. Not this time, Wordle Bot! Not this time!

Have a nice weekend, dear worders!

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