How Does Michigan Stack Up Against Wordle Players in Other States? (We Kinda Suck)
If you think you're really, really good at Wordle, hold the phone. (Well obviously you're probably already holding the phone to play Wordle.) The point is, we, as proud Michiganders, aren't really all that good at the daily word puzzle that has become a part of so many of our daily routines.
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First, a Little Bragging
(There are a few spoiler alerts from previous days' Wordle puzzles below - be aware if you're playing the Wordle archive.)
I solved Monday's puzzle (#261, 3/7) in about 15 seconds. My favorite starting words are 'Unite' and 'Radio' because they each have three vowels. I used 'Radio' Monday, which gave me a running start in order to help me figure out (in just three tries) that 'Hoard' was the answer to that puzzle.
But They're Not All That Easy
What ones have you struggled with? I've been defeated by a few puzzles along the way, not solving 'Helix,' 'Wooer,' and 'Error.' (Those words with double letters like 'Error' really kick my but.
And there have been some real head-scratchers along the way, haven't there? 'Feign,' and 'Rupee' come to mind as words that seem less than common. 'Rupee?' Really? What the hell, New York TImes?
So How Do Michigan Players Do?
Sorry, Michigan, your Wordle skills are somewhere in the middle of the pack. According to Fortune, North Dakota is the US state that solves the daily puzzle in the fewest attempts. North Dakota players come to a solution in just 3.65 tries on average while Michiganians take an average of 3.97 attempts.
We do, however, manage to outrank states like Nevada, Alaska, and Nebraska whose players usually take more than four attempts to get it right.
Take a look at this graphic which shows each state's score.
There is one bright spot for Michigan, though. Folks in Ann Arbor are pretty darn good at the daily puzzle, taking an average of just 3.59 tries each day, putting them at number three in the country just behind St. Paul, MN and Reading, PA.
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