My WittyCulus Wordle Challenge, which was initiated in the game prior to this, continues with Wordle 3.

Let’s see how it affects Wordle gameplay by forcing the first guess…

Mark's Wordle 3 solved in 6 moves
Wordle 3 – Jun 22nd 2021

Answer to Wordle 3: HUMPH

Number of guesses*: 6

*in WittyCulus Challenge Mode

Progression of clues:

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0 + 2
  • 2 + 1
  • 4
  • 5

Played on Feb 8th 2022 via Wordle Archive

Step-by-Step Replay of Wordle 3 Puzzle

Guess #1

What gives with SISSY?

Guess #2

Zilch, that’s what! Now I have a 5-move game lol. RATED is my next guess.

Guess #3

Nothing again? Wow! O and U left for vowels, so how about GHOUL?

Guess #4

Hmm… Wordle likes words with a single vowel, like in the last game? We can rule out words beginning with CH, PH, WH. If H were in front, then U must follow… but I suddenly see PUNCH, so am going for that. Lol 🙂

Mark's gameplay for Wordle 3
An obscure word for Wordle 3? It certainly was a close call there!

Guess #5

I’m stumped here. I see an M in there, but what word can fit the _UP_H or _U_PH pattern? _UMPH is most likely, but I dunno. Oops, I entered BUMPH and Wordle took it! What does that word mean? (Google says this is a Brit word, same as “bumf”… ah, so “f” and “ph” sounding the same here?)

Guess #6

I’ve got F, H, J, K, M, U, V, W left to try as the first letter; Q is definitely out, X and Z don’t look it. What should I do? Lemme lay this out to stare at: fumf – humf – jumf – kumf – mumf – uumf – vumf – wumf. Covering the F at the end, we have fumf, humf, mumf and vumf looking like candidates. My instinct says to test the U — luckily the “word” wasn’t accepted lol. My next guess is VUMPH; still a non-word. How about M? Yet another negative! Going to do the H next…

And most fortunately, the solution for Wordle 3 was found in HUMPH.

This has been a wacky round with wild guessing during that last move! The WittyCulus idea of starting each game with the previous puzzle answer makes for tough (and handicapped!) play, I must say.

Still, I will push on with the challenge… until my head cracks lol 🙂

Incidentally, “humph” means a snorting sound which expresses doubt, dissatisfaction or disapproval.

So humph! My Wordle Challenge gameplay surely can be better; needs a strategy to overcome limitations of fixed initial guesses! 🙂

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