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Connections #408 2024-07-23
  • Connections Puzzle #408 🟨🟨🟨🟨 🟦🟦🟦🟦 🟪🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟪🟪🟪🟪

    A tricky one today - default purple win. TWEET snuck into my green section. I would probably never have gotten purple on my own.

    HOT DOG. Even as an American that was obscure. It feels like a real "old timey" kind of saying - and I'm no spring chicken.

  • A fourth victim has died a day after a shooting at an Arkansas grocery store, police say
  • News articles are full of people dumbfounded about what to do and also thanking God for protecting them.

    How fucking diluted are people. Enact common sense gun laws. Don't worship the God who allowed 4 people to get murdered while grocery shopping.

  • Wordle #1099 - Sat 22 June 2024
  • #Wordle1099 5/6* Grade: B-

    ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ >!AUDIO!< D
    🟨🟨⬜🟨⬜ >!DINER!< C
    ⬜🟨🟨⬜🟨 >!FIELD!< F
    🟨⬜🟩🟨🟨 >!CHIDE!< A+
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 >!EDICT!< A+

    Accidentally guessed one letter in the same place today. That's what I get for playing sleepy in bed.

  • Wordle #1096 - Wed 19 June 2024
  • #Wordle1096 3/6* Grade: B

    ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ >!AUDIO!< F
    🟨⬜🟨⬜🟨 >!SPENT!< D
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 >!TERSE!< A+

    One flaw I now see in the gradle app, it doesn't eliminate plurals from the pool. After SPENT it says there are 71 possible words but a lot of those were plural 4 letter words. As far as I know, wordle doesn't just slap an s on the end of a word to get to the answer.

  • Wordle #1095 - Tue 18 June 2024
  • #Wordle1095 6/6* Grade: C+

    ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 >!AUDIO!< F
    ⬜🟩⬜🟨🟨 >!SOLVE!< B+
    ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 >!MOVER!< B-
    ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 >!HOVER!< D-
    ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 >!ROVER!< A+
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 >!COVER!< A+

    Bad luck getting to the answer but at least I didn't kill my streak.

  • 10x10 Challenge 2023 and 2024

    It's that time of year again. A time to reflect on the last year and look forward to the next. In 2023, my partner and I decided to undertake a 10x10 challenge despite having two kids under 5 taking up a lot of our time.

    We made some minor adjustments to the 10x10 formula to fit our situation better. Instead of a single game, we included a small games category we could check off every time we brought out a game like Fox in the Forest or something similarly light and quick. We included a family game night category so our 4 year old could mark off things every time we suffered through played a riveting game of Candy Land. Finally, we included "game nights" as a category in an attempt to make the time to invite friends and family over for games, or to get out and attend other friend's game nights.

    To track everything I made up a chart to keep on the fridge and color in every time we played a game on the list. As you can see below, we did not finish our 10x10 challenge but we did have a good time. There was a lot more gaming than was captured on the chart due to game nights and just playing games we didn't include on the list.

    My favorite games for 2023 were probably Race for the Galaxy and Heat: Pedal to the Metal. Hopefully, I catch Heat in stock soon so I can add it to my collection.

    Looking forward to 2024 we again reworked the 10x10 to suit our style a bit more and encourage playing more of our collection. We chose 5 games to play 10 times and 10 games to play 5 times. This still gives us a goal of 100 games played. There is still a wild card category to catch some one off games we're itching to play.

    We have also included bonus points for putting together puzzles and for hosting game nights.

    Click here to see the 2023 and 2024 charts.

    Is anyone else doing a challenge this year? Anything new or old you're especially excited to include?