Semantle: Can you think like a computer?

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my buddy is beta testing

Each guess must be a word (of any length). The similarity value is how similar word2vec thinks your word is to the secret word. The highest possible similarity is 100 (indicating that the words are identical and you have won). You will need more than six guesses. You will probably need dozens of guesses.
Words may be any part of speech. It's tempting to think only of nouns, since that is how normal semantic word-guessing games work. Don't get caught in the trap! Since our Word2Vec data set contains some proper nouns, guesses are case-sensitive. But I removed all but lower-case words from the secret word set, and if your word matches the secret word but for case, you win anyway. So if you want to know if the word is more like nice or Nice, you can ask about both.

Prior art. I discovered French Toast about 20 years ago, and immediately knew that I had to tell Dominus about it. He replied that in fact he and Ranjit had invented it 20 years before that, and called it "Plenty Questions".

But I wasn't thinking of French Toast when I invented this. Instead, I was thinking about Wordle and Worldle and about the dimensionality of data sets. I considered Filmle, a movie guessing game: You say "The Matrix", it says "Keanu Reeves has a bacon number of 3 where bacon is the lead actor in the target film." (and so on for Carrie-Ann Moss, Laurence Fishburne, and Hugo Weaving for actors at corresponding billings). But I don't care about movies. Too bad, because IMDB actually has exactly the data that you would need to implement it in a really easy form. Then I remembered word2vec, and here we are.

(Yes, I expect it to be way too hard -- that's not a bug, it's inherent vice. I promise that I have been able to solve some of these).

https://semantle.novalis.org/

originally here before the word nerds got testy
Tomtit in the tilth -- the NY TIMES SPELLING BEE thread

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Monday, 7 February 2022 15:37 (two years ago) link

Today's word seems to have loaded sometime last night, like by 9pm EST? Because I seem to have already finished it; reloading doesn't get me a new puzzle. I don't want to give anything away about today's solution.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Monday, 7 February 2022 16:06 (two years ago) link

managed to luck out and get today’s in 21 but really this game is just throwing a bunch of random words into a text box, not finding it particularly satisfying

donna rouge, Monday, 7 February 2022 17:58 (two years ago) link

I finally tried this. Best early guess was a 677/1000 then I had an 817/1000 but couldn't really tell what was up. When I finally gave up and saw the answer it didn't quite make sense.

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 February 2022 22:02 (two years ago) link

I got today's in 60 but a lot of that was me failing to think of a really obvious connected word and instead trying increasingly niche things that were connected to my close guesses.

emil.y, Monday, 7 February 2022 22:05 (two years ago) link

Now doing a post-mortem, post-season, whatever. I have words 997 and 998 and they still have less than 60% similarity.

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 February 2022 22:09 (two years ago) link

Cool. I just got it in 6, but that feels like beginner's luck!

jaymc, Monday, 7 February 2022 22:09 (two years ago) link

i'm going to say very much so!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Monday, 7 February 2022 23:58 (two years ago) link

Took me 51 this time, but that's still an improvement from the first few times when I decided it was impossible and gave up. There's definitely a learning curve.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 01:08 (two years ago) link

have three goes at this - first time i gave up, second time got it in a mere 172 guesses - today was 18 - so fully expecting to get it first try tomorrow

it's definitely initially interesting in the same way that Wordle is initially interesting, in that it requires you to foreground/attend to processes that are normally intuitive

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 01:47 (two years ago) link

*have had

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 01:47 (two years ago) link

Semantle author here! forkclovetofu invited me in. First, thanks to everyone who is playing! It always gives me a smile to see something I make get used. I plan to continue to make updates to Semantle over the course of at least the next few weeks. I am especially happy to make minor usability and legibility fixes, which don't require as much thought.

New puzzles appear at midnight UTC, which early evening here in NYC.

A similarity hint for today's word is (or should be) near the top of the page. I've just added some bold to make it a little easier to see.

A 60% similarity is fairly typical for the closest word. If you think about it, this makes sense: each word is represented as 300 numbers, and with 300 numbers, there are a lot of ways to be different. Someone in the previous thread complained about the low similarity of "elevator" and "lift". I understand that complaint -- but there is really only one context in which they are similar: up-going boxes. By contrast, "lift" can also refer to "bro, do you even lift?" -- a totally different part of speech. "Mood lift" is some sort of scam drug; "mood elevator" is some sort of scam book. "elevator music" seems to be much more common a phrase than "lift music". And so forth.

I hope to add one more wacky hinting mechanism, but it's kind of complicated and it's not clear that it will be at all useful. Probably later this week, or over the coming weekend.

David Turner (semantle), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 03:58 (two years ago) link

Hey David, welcome...
Sounds like an interesting project, I have been unable to play on my Android phone or my iPad, but I enjoyed reading the description... :)

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 04:13 (two years ago) link

Works on Android (Pixel 5, Firefox and Chrome) for me, and iPhone for my wife. If you give me more info about what sort of breakage you're seeing, I might be able to fix it.

David Turner (semantle), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 04:17 (two years ago) link

well fuck, that's my first time getting the word. 46.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 04:18 (two years ago) link

Measuring the "similarity" of words is a very squishy concept that could encompass a large number of concepts of what similarity means. But software deals in algorithms, not concepts, and if a programmer tried to implement more than one similarity measurement they would need to apply a method for resolving the unavoidable conflicts that would arise from applying all of them to the same case while each delivering a different numeric 'similarity' weight. All that programming would get messy in a hurry.

This leads me to think the basis for judging "similarity" and attaching a numeric weight to it would be the product of probably just one measurement, at most three. Figure out what drives the algorithm and you should be able to reduce the solution to an optimal strategy you could counter-program in your own computer. Creating such a program would literally exemplify "thinking like a computer". My guess is that somebody will do just that and the game will be over.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 04:32 (two years ago) link

Thanks David, I just type a word in, hit guess, and then nothing happens... no getting close meter, no rank, no guess count... (it's just the Samsung browser on my phone, and Safari on the iPad...)
Anyway, didn't mean to turn this into tech support, please don't sweat it...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 04:33 (two years ago) link

his leads me to think the basis for judging "similarity" and attaching a numeric weight to it would be the product of probably just one measurement, at most three. Figure out what drives the algorithm and you should be able to reduce the solution to an optimal strategy you could counter-program in your own computer.

the 'algorithm' here is a neural net, they are famously not amenable to reverse engineering and as david said each word is represented as 300 numbers.

ledge, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 10:01 (two years ago) link

Started to maybe get the hang of it today, my first not cold guess was only 303/1000, it could have led me to the answer quickly but I ended up going a completely different route and got it in 122.

ledge, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 10:04 (two years ago) link

121. Holy shit, I’m gonna waste a lot of time with this.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:06 (two years ago) link

I am giving up pretty early until I kind of understand what is going on.

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:11 (two years ago) link

The interface is definitely much easier to use on the computer than the (Android) phone. The enter box is tiny on the phone and if I zoom in enough to see it, the word list and leading text is gigantic. But this has promise as one of those quick "brain break" games for me - so much less autopilot than Two Dots or any of the Candy Crush variants.

Jaq, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:22 (two years ago) link

I love the idea of this game, but I'm just not getting it. I've given up in frustration both days so far, and playing around with it further after knowing the word only confuses me more about what's considered "close".

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:31 (two years ago) link

I am feeling that too, only I somehow managed not to get frustrated...yet.

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:36 (two years ago) link

what factors are considered in the comparison? Or is the fun lying in not knowing? I gave up too fwiw

Ste, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:39 (two years ago) link

Got it in 21 today! Much better.

I don't really have any advice for those who are struggling with it. I tend to start with a few guess words that are as semantically different as I can think of at the time and see what's closest, and then progress from there.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:40 (two years ago) link

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), what word were you trying? Someone just pointed out a bug with that symptom with "slice" (and about a hundred other misc words), which I just fixed.

David Turner (semantle), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:33 (two years ago) link

If anyone wants to know what "different" (as opposed to "similar") looks like on a related dataset, try https://www.datcreativity.com/task (not mine -- I'm just a fan).

David Turner (semantle), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:34 (two years ago) link

It doesn't know the word aeroplane

kinder, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:37 (two years ago) link

My first time playing it today and can't seem to get closer than 824 (32.73% similarity).

kinder, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:44 (two years ago) link

I tried a bunch of different words, I'm pretty sure it's just the doinky Samsung phone browser...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:45 (two years ago) link

If you can, switch to Firefox. Not for Semantle. But because with Firefox, you can install an adblocker like ublock origin, making everything much more pleasant.

David Turner (semantle), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:47 (two years ago) link

I gave up but I like the game, I'll try again tomorrow...

kinder, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:50 (two years ago) link

It doesn't know the word aeroplane

tbf, americans don't

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:00 (two years ago) link

Now that it's the next day, I can say that, for instance, the day the answer was CANDLE, I got my highest hits from (iirc, I've actually forgotten already) ALTAR and, like, words relating to textiles you might find in a religious setting. I think one of them was WIMPLE, in fact. Those prompts made me fixate on textiles and wardrobe items, when I apparently should have been expanding to other things found in a ritual setting? Did anyone else get CANDLE and if so, what was your approach?

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:13 (two years ago) link

the 'algorithm' here is a neural net, they are famously not amenable to reverse engineering and as david said each word is represented as 300 numbers.

Then I can't help but think that the dynamic between the player and the game will be similar to other situations where the reward is entirely erratic and unpredictable. If the reward is powerful enough and is dispensed often enough to reinforce, the player will continue to seek it and may even become convinced they discovered the secret method for winning. If the reward is too weak or too infrequent to be reinforcing the player abandons the game.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:14 (two years ago) link

i bailed before i got there as it was driving me nuts but i got highest with FIREPLACE, PYRE, FLAME. Couldn't find my way to where I was supposed to go. i have a funnier story about todays, but I will wait.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:15 (two years ago) link

it should be noted that, having won once, i am particularly interested in seeing if i have figured out the internal logic somehow or if that was a fluke.
given that there are people (on this thread even) who are maintaining some consistency, I don't think it's an erratic or unpredictable puzzle so much as it requires access to a specific perspective, one that i'm having issues attaining.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:17 (two years ago) link

My close guesses were LAMP and LANTERN, which you would *think* would give me a good basis for getting candle. I instead spiralled into guessing SEARCHLIGHT, SPOTLIGHT, LAMPSTAND, HEADLAMP and other stupid things, before taking a break and finally having CANDLE come into my mind.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:34 (two years ago) link

I did also get a glitch where one of my closer guesses didn't come up with the green indicator bar, but instead said "cold" - I can't remember what word it was so this isn't a good bug report, I guess, but I figured I'd mention it seeing as we have the creator here.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:36 (two years ago) link

gonna start c+ping my answers to post here post game

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 19:50 (two years ago) link

Can we just put the answer into one of those other sites and see the map of the close words or do we just keep guessing at the semantle site?

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 20:05 (two years ago) link

if you're seeing a way to do that, i'd be curious!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 20:13 (two years ago) link

I don't think it's an erratic or unpredictable puzzle so much as it requires access to a specific perspective, one that i'm having issues attaining.

This is where I am, I'm by no means faulting the game. Actually some of the posts made since I mentioned my frustration earlier have helped me already shift my perspective for next time.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 20:21 (two years ago) link

Yeah I think I'll give it a proper go tomorrow, as my initial confusion has been somewhat dispelled.

Ste, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 20:39 (two years ago) link

emil,y: Thanks for the report. The word you found wasn't a "normal" word (meaning, a word in the 370k-word all-lowercase wordlist that I am using to generate the top 1000). A friend of mine found this a few days ago with "winningest". It's weird to have two word lists, but I really didn't like some of the garbage in the full 3 million words of the word2vec data set I'm using (in one case, one of the top 200 words was some reporter's email address!). To reproduce: capitalize the first letter of today's 999/1000 word. I just changed the code to handle this case -- now it prints "????" with an explanation on hover.

It would be nice to display a map of the close words -- but "mapping" a 300-dimensional space is tricky. I guess I could run another round of principle component analysis on the top 1000, and take the top 2 components.... But I don't think that's going to happen this week.

David Turner (semantle), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 02:20 (two years ago) link

er, today's 996/1000 word.

David Turner (semantle), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 02:22 (two years ago) link

61 today, and I cheated by using a thesaurus at the very end.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 02:41 (two years ago) link

I don't know why I have zero interest in posting my wordle results but I do feel like reporting on this one, I think because it's less predictable how hard it's going to be.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 02:42 (two years ago) link

Wordle doesn’t really need a strategy beyond doing the obvious whereas this most definitely seems to require one.

Ferryboat Bill Jr. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 03:04 (two years ago) link

It's a bit like Scattergories in the way it tends to lock down your brain at a certain point, so that you know there are other words out there but your brain fixates on the ones you've already come up with and can't get past them.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 03:14 (two years ago) link

Yeah same

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 03:18 (two years ago) link

Yep

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 03:22 (two years ago) link

Cool. I just got it in 6, but that feels like beginner's luck!

― jaymc, Monday, February 7, 2022 4:09 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Yesterday I had the fortune of randomly guessing "lantern" for the second word (after "frog"), which led me to "candle" soon after.

Today I got to the closest match in about 100, but then got stuck. Finally decided to cheat by using a thesaurus, which got me to the finish line.

jaymc, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 03:56 (two years ago) link

63 guesses for me today - guesses included the 994, 997, 998 and 999th closest words - took a while to land on 1000, even when I could clearly see the pattern

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 04:08 (two years ago) link

when does the new word drop? Midnight? LIke the...like that other puzzle?

Ferryboat Bill Jr. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 04:10 (two years ago) link

It would be really interesting to know the optimal, say, six words to start with to narrow down the possibilities.

brisk money (lukas), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 04:24 (two years ago) link

107 words ... AND I used a thesaurus. The thing that broke it open for me was actually just free-associating. Not sure how I got from WHOOPSIE to ERROR but the answer came relatively quickly after that.

brisk money (lukas), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 04:36 (two years ago) link

*************SPOILERS IN POST ABOVE SORRY*****************

will try to get a mod to fix

brisk money (lukas), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 04:38 (two years ago) link

midnight utc it says

koogs, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 04:40 (two years ago) link

got stuck on 940 jigsaw and 952 difficult, eventually started typing in random words from the top of the page! got to 999 but still had to hit the thesaurus, maybe it would have come to me eventually. take home lesson: words in the mid 900s are not necessarily at all helpful.

ledge, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 09:38 (two years ago) link

(got it in 147. also confused by lukas' post as those two words are nowhere near the answer.)

ledge, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 09:48 (two years ago) link

97 but I thought I was going to have to give up even with the help of a thesaurus. Got 4 words over 900 reasonably quickly but stalled out hard after that.

This game is going to ruin my life. Which is a compliment!

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 12:23 (two years ago) link

lol the mod got creative with my post

brisk money (lukas), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 12:36 (two years ago) link

Ha!

ledge, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 12:43 (two years ago) link

81 today!
I hit on 932/1000 but other synonyms didn't seem to get that high at all. (There is one missing from the dictionary btw, it didn't recognise marvellous .) Once I got in the final ballpark I didn't look up any synonyms (I don't really consider that cheating if it jogs your memory, as unless you're really close it's unlikely to be one of those maybe?) I got the 997 and 998 before hitting on it.

kinder, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 16:50 (two years ago) link

Oh just realised it was probably a UK/US spelling thing in the 'missing' word.

kinder, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 16:51 (two years ago) link

Today was my first time doing this. It took 56 goes to get the word. I didn't use a thesaurus.

I have no interest in playing Wordle. I think this is probably because of people posting their scores on Twitter, which was annoting and how I first heard of it, rather than any intrinsic qualities of the game itself. This, however, is great and I plan to play again. Thanks, David!

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 19:32 (two years ago) link

I gave up on today's and had genuine difficulty understanding why my relatively "closest" word (27.14) was any closer to the correct word than many of the much further away words. It seems like until you get a much "closer" guess, the reasons are not apparent for "closeness"

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 19:41 (two years ago) link

Even so, some of the “closer” words are genuinely mystifying.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 19:49 (two years ago) link

Sometimes a word will be close in one form but far away in a different form, e.g. let's say cheater vs cheated vs cheating vs cheat could all have wildly different closeness scores.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 19:52 (two years ago) link

yes, and after i gave up i tried some synonyms of the winner that were "cold," while others were very close. and i couldn't find where my closest guess connected to the winner. anyway i got bored of wordle pretty quickly and this is way better.

towards fungal computer (harbl), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 20:46 (two years ago) link

Oof, today was a tricky one for me. Took me 127 and I did resort to thesaurus cheating at one point. It did give me an important semantic turn that I probably wouldn't have taken without it, though. I was stuck on 'hard', 'tough' etc, thesaurus gave me the idea to try 'critical', which then gave me a new line of enquiry.

I would say over ten of my tries were me getting frustrated and typing in things like 'shit', 'fuck', 'death', 'kill', so maybe I could claim 117 instead, heh.

emil.y, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 21:03 (two years ago) link

I must be at a hundred guesses now and I can’t get any closer than a similarity score just shy of 21. FML

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 10 February 2022 03:37 (two years ago) link

Yeah, this is killing me today.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 10 February 2022 04:08 (two years ago) link

Similarity stuck at 44 and I cannot think of any more synonyms

Lily Dale, Thursday, 10 February 2022 04:09 (two years ago) link

got it finally. only took me 511 guesses.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 10 February 2022 04:25 (two years ago) link

I've got similarity of 24/26/34, all are closely related ... and no idea where to go next.

brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 10 February 2022 04:38 (two years ago) link

Yeah this one was brutal.

JoeStork, Thursday, 10 February 2022 06:10 (two years ago) link

probably put a couple hundred guesses into this fella during a boring work meeting and got no higher than 566 (or so) (my only “getting warmer@ guess also)

then had another go at home and got it in 8

have often found this with cryptic crosswords, where a change of scene will reshuffle the neurons and offer new insights

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 10 February 2022 07:56 (two years ago) link

this game is impossible and makes no sense

flopson, Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:11 (two years ago) link

stuck on 950/1000 and can't think where to go next, have free-associated my head off.

ledge, Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:34 (two years ago) link

I've got a few 'warm' words, highest is 872/1000 and I'm also stuck. Might go back to it.

kinder, Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:35 (two years ago) link

I've guessed 386 words ;_;

kinder, Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:45 (two years ago) link

Oh God I just hit on it!

kinder, Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:51 (two years ago) link

My highest guess beforehand kind of had two relevant meanings to it

kinder, Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:53 (two years ago) link

Got there in 70.

hamicle, Thursday, 10 February 2022 10:24 (two years ago) link

gave up, this game is too hard for me

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 10 February 2022 11:27 (two years ago) link

ok someone give me a hint > 950 (this would be a good feature to add!)

ledge, Thursday, 10 February 2022 11:47 (two years ago) link

I’m at 936/1000, which is so annoyingly close but I’m totally stuck.

Yesterday’s wasn’t so bad, got it in 82

Roz, Thursday, 10 February 2022 11:58 (two years ago) link

This game is maddening.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 10 February 2022 12:37 (two years ago) link

i got stuck at 673/1000 with domains which i thought was close, but that was the first one i've done, and after giving up and seeing the answer, i realise now i was miles from the secret word. the progress bars gave me false hope. can't see that i'd have guessed.

.xlsm (P. Flick), Thursday, 10 February 2022 13:01 (two years ago) link

I didn't even get into the 900s. I browsed a few wiki pages for some of the words I had which gave me inspiration. No it's not cheating... (Most of the key terms I'd already tried).
Also I think it's key to try different variations of words e.g. (not related to today's as far as I know) literate, literature, literal. Some are cold when others are warm.

kinder, Thursday, 10 February 2022 13:25 (two years ago) link

I gave up after about 350 guesses. I can obviously see the connection between the answer and my closest guess license but i'm not sure how i could have got from one to the other without external inspiration - and I'd already tried all the nearest synonyms - or other than sheer luck guess one of the closer words. Still, I'll come back tomorrow for more punishment.

ledge, Thursday, 10 February 2022 14:02 (two years ago) link

first time ever getting it today after playing for about a week... in 69 guesses O_o

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 February 2022 14:04 (two years ago) link

of my guesses, the one deemed literally furthest away make seems imo like it should be closer to the secret word? but im not (yet) a computer so idk ~

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 February 2022 14:09 (two years ago) link

139 today. early guesses in the 10s were all small things -- pea, corn, dust -- which led me astray.

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 10 February 2022 14:26 (two years ago) link

johnny fever, i thought the same thing. i hit on manufacture which was one of my warmest guesses, but your word got nowhere.

kinder, Thursday, 10 February 2022 16:06 (two years ago) link

I'll get as far as 30 guesses before I can't resist and give up ha.

Ste, Thursday, 10 February 2022 19:10 (two years ago) link

i like the concept but the space is too vast and the goal too opaque. restricting to 5 letter nouns might help

flopson, Thursday, 10 February 2022 19:29 (two years ago) link

makes me think a fun application of GPT-3 would be to play 21 questions with it

flopson, Thursday, 10 February 2022 19:30 (two years ago) link

I like the idea of the long game, chipping away at it throughout random times in the day though.

Ste, Thursday, 10 February 2022 21:13 (two years ago) link

Today turned out to be brutally difficult -- it's just stuck off in its own arm of the semantic space. Sorry about that. Maybe tomorrow will be easier. Or maybe not!

David Turner (semantle), Thursday, 10 February 2022 21:31 (two years ago) link

I still have yesterday's loaded and haven't solved it yet. Now worried about trying today's.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 10 February 2022 21:38 (two years ago) link

What's happening to the Similarity column? It's all out of order. I can't tell what's working and what's not.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 10 February 2022 21:47 (two years ago) link

I’m seeing similarity sorted properly, but with your most recent guess at the top, which is a very welcome feature!

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 10 February 2022 22:35 (two years ago) link

Wow, I don't have the patience to come up with 600-800 words, plus I find that my brain gets stuck and just keeps coming up with similar words to the ones I've already guessed, even where they only score like 25. I literally don't think I ever would have gotten today's.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 10 February 2022 22:48 (two years ago) link

spoiler alert: the word "penis" is slightly closer than the word "university" and slightly further away than "paint."

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 10 February 2022 22:51 (two years ago) link

LOL

Wondering if starting with a seed word - say, the 1000th-closest word - would make the game more appealing.

I’m fascinated by it & can’t wait for the next drop (after having pulled the plug on today’s) but the early stages are a bit of a slog tbh.

I didn’t like the idea of hints, but maybe just a wee one? Say, calling for a hint gets you the word that’s one closer from the target word vs your highest guess, like if you had word 950 and you called for a hint you would get word 951. (And if you were stuck on 999, it would give you 998.) One per day.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 10 February 2022 23:10 (two years ago) link

I got it in 7.

well, at least that was the point I launched my computer over the balcony and put on Peacemaker instead

he's very big in the region of my butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 10 February 2022 23:12 (two years ago) link

86 today. I find there's a certain point when I just start entering words I know aren't going to be right.

Lily Dale, Friday, 11 February 2022 00:19 (two years ago) link

gave up yesterday. not sure i ever would have gotten it. even after i knew the answer, it was hard to come up with similar words.

then got super lucky today and got it in 21.

brisk money (lukas), Friday, 11 February 2022 04:48 (two years ago) link

84 today, gave up yesterday. I like the new addition of numbering the words and having the most recent guess come up at the top!

Roz, Friday, 11 February 2022 06:51 (two years ago) link

Think I'm getting the hang of this, took me 80.

Pre-Raphaelite Brah (King Boy Pato), Friday, 11 February 2022 07:46 (two years ago) link

Just trying today. I have the 'guess number' but the similarity isn't sorted by highest for me (Firefox). So it's not sorted by either similarity or guess number.

kinder, Friday, 11 February 2022 08:50 (two years ago) link

oh sorry I get it. Most recent goes at the top no matter what but everything else sorted by similarity.

kinder, Friday, 11 February 2022 08:51 (two years ago) link

Got it in 60 - are we all getting the hang of it or was it just easier today?

ledge, Friday, 11 February 2022 08:56 (two years ago) link

136 for me, easier than yesterday but think I need more practice.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 11 February 2022 08:59 (two years ago) link

118!
Yesterday's was more 'nebulous' I think - has connotations of law, science, application... bit more straightforward word today.

kinder, Friday, 11 February 2022 09:08 (two years ago) link

Mr kinder got it in 33

kinder, Friday, 11 February 2022 09:13 (two years ago) link

What is the strategy to adopt here? Is there a number of overall concepts that can be tried with a view to narrowing it down? I'm thinking of Roget's Thesaurus which is divided into six classes - existence, relation, quantity etc.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 11 February 2022 09:18 (two years ago) link

Had to give up yesterday and today. I'm impressed by those who got them both -- I doubt I would have even if I'd kept guessing for another hour. The possibilities are just so vast, frustration sets in after 100 cold guesses...

Sam Weller, Friday, 11 February 2022 09:52 (two years ago) link

Is there a number of overall concepts that can be tried with a view to narrowing it down? I'm thinking of Roget's Thesaurus which is divided into six classes - existence, relation, quantity etc.

I tried it with the thesaurus subcategories that today's word appears in and they are all cold - I would guess they're too far away vertically, you need words that are more synonymous rather than more general, so it's just a case of blundering around till you hit on something.

ledge, Friday, 11 February 2022 10:35 (two years ago) link

it's further complicated by the fact that, apparently, sometimes a direct synonym of one sense of the word can be cold.

ledge, Friday, 11 February 2022 10:39 (two years ago) link

Got today's in 80. I don't think I'll ever be on super-low scores, as my tactic is to get as many data points as I can, rather than hoping to get lucky/be precise in a few guesses. Yesterday's was the first that made me give up, I got to 990 with INVENTIONS but couldn't make the leap.

I do like the new ordering system, but it was very confusing at first. How about adding a line space between the most recent guess and previous guesses?

emil.y, Friday, 11 February 2022 11:08 (two years ago) link

42 today, was in the hundreds for the last couple

devvvine, Friday, 11 February 2022 11:21 (two years ago) link

Found today's in 110 after skirting around it for ages.

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 11 February 2022 11:31 (two years ago) link

I've been struggling with this for a few days, but today I got it in 36.

My first non-cold guess was #14 (758/1000). I then did 20 more cold guesses before getting 943/1000 on #35. And then next guess I got it. Half satisfying, half a shrug of randomness.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 11 February 2022 12:01 (two years ago) link

70 today, felt like i steadily advanced on the target for oncd - previous goes have seen some pretty wild & uneven lurches towards the answer

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 11 February 2022 12:10 (two years ago) link

*once

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 11 February 2022 12:10 (two years ago) link

Gave up again. FWIW, the closest word I got was "mechanical" which was 20, and then I just kind of got stuck. Once again, I don't get how mechanical is any closer to the word than anything else that I guessed, in fact some other words seem logically closer to me.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 11 February 2022 15:55 (two years ago) link

a score of 20 I mean

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 11 February 2022 15:56 (two years ago) link

oh hey cool i just started today! 206 baby. proud i didn't give up (almost did about... 180 times)

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 11 February 2022 16:00 (two years ago) link

scores in the 20s are pretty meaningless, i carry on banging random words in till i get in the top 1000 and often well beyond that.

ledge, Friday, 11 February 2022 16:19 (two years ago) link

Since I rarely compute at the weekends I changed my system clock and played tomorrow's and Sundays ^_^ I got both, one somewhat quicker than the other.

ledge, Friday, 11 February 2022 16:39 (two years ago) link

Whoa, got it in 27 today! Sheer luck that one of my first 10 words thrown at the wall hit close.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 11 February 2022 16:46 (two years ago) link

162! With the help of a thesaurus. I don’t know if I’ll ever get one of these without a crutch.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 11 February 2022 17:05 (two years ago) link

I gotta say Dave, I didn’t think this would get traction without adding a crutch but clearly it has some magnetism!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 11 February 2022 17:43 (two years ago) link

Adding the "getting close" indicator seems to be the thing that made it playable. I can't wait until I add the incomprehensible vector directionality indicator.

David Turner (semantle), Friday, 11 February 2022 17:48 (two years ago) link

lol okay I went from like 30% to 100% that was a day.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Friday, 11 February 2022 17:52 (two years ago) link

Took me 97 guesses

Kim, Friday, 11 February 2022 18:46 (two years ago) link

haha i keep giving up early, but I keep coming back to this sodding thing!

Ste, Friday, 11 February 2022 20:27 (two years ago) link

yeesh, got to 959 in 11 guesses, then to 990 by 22, and now I'm up to 56 guesses and have gotten no closer, only filled in lower point words. I think it's going to be a stroke of luck for me to finally get this.

chinavision!, Friday, 11 February 2022 22:48 (two years ago) link

This one took me 92. Once again I got to a sticking point and just started entering word after word, then walked away for an hour, came back and got it immediately.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 12 February 2022 01:54 (two years ago) link

These always take me over 100 moves but I'm not really trying for a low score.

Got a 2-letter word in the top 100 early on today. It had some different definitions that threw me off.

Bugs me that "and" isn't recognized as a word.

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 12 February 2022 02:15 (two years ago) link

found today’s an absolute bastard and gave up!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 12 February 2022 05:43 (two years ago) link

Just got it in 136. Again with thesaural assistance, altho I snuck up on the final approach without.

My 8th guess cracked the top 1000, but I didn’t get closer until 70 moves later. I honestly think that starting with word 1000 as a seed word wouldn’t make this game much easier.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 12 February 2022 05:55 (two years ago) link

134. Really tough going early on - think it gets easier once you get to the 900s, though not by much.

Roz, Saturday, 12 February 2022 10:42 (two years ago) link

Found today's a nightmare and gave up after 248.

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 12 February 2022 11:48 (two years ago) link

Got this in about 60, got lucky by entering the right kind of word - so - early on for some reason, I don't normally go for those. an and to also not recognised as words.

ledge, Saturday, 12 February 2022 12:38 (two years ago) link

Got up to 998 in 193 guesses, but it took me another 140 guesses to get the word from there. wtf.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Saturday, 12 February 2022 13:02 (two years ago) link

131 today. Got bloody loads in the 'getting closer' range, but it took me a fair while to progress up to the final word.

emil.y, Saturday, 12 February 2022 13:39 (two years ago) link

Today is killing me. I got my first 'warm' as my 10th guess, to 989 by my 78th guess. 100 tries later I have surely exhausted all related words! I have hit on the 998 and 999!

kinder, Saturday, 12 February 2022 15:01 (two years ago) link

antonyms for my top words are still in the 900s which is puzzling me.

kinder, Saturday, 12 February 2022 15:02 (two years ago) link

and synonyms are 'cold'.

kinder, Saturday, 12 February 2022 15:03 (two years ago) link

OK I got it and had tried a variation of it ages ago and none of the 990+ words even mean the same thing!

kinder, Saturday, 12 February 2022 15:15 (two years ago) link

Yeah I had 999, 989, 988, 986, and I still struggled for ages. A friend who found it before me told me that the tree I was barking up was an adjacent tree

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 12 February 2022 18:47 (two years ago) link

Anyway, 188 with a gentle assist

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 12 February 2022 18:49 (two years ago) link

Said friend's opinion about today's word, but also a general statement (after doing this for two days lol):

It seems like the association algorithm sucks at words that are more grammatically functional and less like, semantically full
Like nouns and verbs are probably easier

Spoilered just in case it's a clue

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 12 February 2022 18:52 (two years ago) link

419 today, absolute nightmare

devvvine, Saturday, 12 February 2022 20:07 (two years ago) link

I've been climbing steadily since I realized something around guess #130 or so! But now I'm running out of related words and not getting above 962. Like Absurdle, this sometimes feels like I'm having to hunt down every last possibility like trying to get glitter out of the sofa cushions.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Saturday, 12 February 2022 20:25 (two years ago) link

My bad I am now at 995 but this is getting very silly.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Saturday, 12 February 2022 20:33 (two years ago) link

In classic fashion my top two guesses are opposites of each other.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Saturday, 12 February 2022 20:35 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #15 in 24 guesses. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Easiest one yet.

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 13 February 2022 01:33 (two years ago) link

Got this one in 49. First one I didn’t give up on so far.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 13 February 2022 03:16 (two years ago) link

I have never yet guessed anything that wasn't a "cold"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 13 February 2022 03:22 (two years ago) link

Today’s was maddening for me - got thrown off by my first warm guess that led me in the completely wrong direction. Got it in 400 guesses lol

Roz, Sunday, 13 February 2022 04:32 (two years ago) link

gave up again despite having a few guesses in the 99x range - these were all pretty unhelpful and sent had ne the exact wrong direction

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, 13 February 2022 05:27 (two years ago) link

Same. I was all backasswards on this one.

Got 3 words in the 99Xs before 40, then just a futile rooting around thereafter. I don’t know how I would have ever got round to it.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 13 February 2022 06:09 (two years ago) link

Got it in 200 but should've been quicker, I got lots that suggested parts of a bird but then I got 'nose' higher than 'beak' and futzed around with facial features for ages.

ledge, Sunday, 13 February 2022 08:10 (two years ago) link

stuck again, on 998, 995 and 994

kinder, Sunday, 13 February 2022 10:40 (two years ago) link

after giving up on my first gl yesterday got it in 26 today.

Fizzles, Sunday, 13 February 2022 11:03 (two years ago) link

56 for me. Best score I've had so far, but only just.

emil.y, Sunday, 13 February 2022 14:12 (two years ago) link

Same as ledge. Had it down to two or three similar words, but the opposite nature misled me for a long time. Took 238 I think

Kim, Sunday, 13 February 2022 17:04 (two years ago) link

Just going to apologize in advance for today's. It's stupidly hard for no good reason.

David Turner (semantle), Monday, 14 February 2022 02:54 (two years ago) link

128 guesses and still cold ;_;

Roz, Monday, 14 February 2022 03:58 (two years ago) link

Got to 999/1000 on turn 377 and I'm giving up for now.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 14 February 2022 04:24 (two years ago) link

I'm in the 990s...

kinder, Monday, 14 February 2022 10:15 (two years ago) link

I got 991 after 28 guesses, 996 after 92, 999 with some cheating after 188. I've basically given up though I haven't clicked 'give up' yet.

ledge, Monday, 14 February 2022 10:59 (two years ago) link

i gave up and honestly don't think i could've gotten it anyway. the closest word to the answer i could think of only had a similarity of 22! (ie am still not a computer)

Roz, Monday, 14 February 2022 11:32 (two years ago) link

I gave up and even knowing the word couldn't get something close to come up.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Monday, 14 February 2022 12:56 (two years ago) link

Yesterday I got close with “beak” but then didn’t get a chance to finish. Not sure “tail” ever would have occurred to me.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 February 2022 13:04 (two years ago) link

David I'm curious what you're doing to try to remove stupidly hard words?

brisk money (lukas), Monday, 14 February 2022 13:38 (two years ago) link

I am manually looking at the top thirty nearest words and seeing if they seem near to me. I just did this manually for the next week, and I'll probably build a UI to make it easy for the future.

David Turner (semantle), Monday, 14 February 2022 15:04 (two years ago) link

I cheated. The word is a (an) adjective while most of the words I found near it were conjunctions or adverbs, i think.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 14 February 2022 15:38 (two years ago) link

I gave up based on this thread, but probably shouldn’t have. I was closer than I thought.

Kim, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:01 (two years ago) link

I'll probably give up today, but I wondered if the word was hard because it was uncommon (technical language, for example) or because the nearest words are so far away?

kinder, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:04 (two years ago) link

Kim, same here.

Ste, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:05 (two years ago) link

I gave up, I lolled. Despite having four out of the top ten closest words and 20 of the top 100 I do not feel I was in any way close to getting it. I tried the first half dozen words that sprang to mind after the answer and only one of them - an antonym - was close, and only 589/1000.

ledge, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:26 (two years ago) link

xp to kinder, i was wondering the same - it is not an uncommon word by any means.

ledge, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:36 (two years ago) link

I had subsequent and second in my top three, so it might have happened!

Kim, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:37 (two years ago) link

xp to ledge: same. I gave up despite having 999, 996, 993 and 991, none of which seem to bear any relation to the secret word.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 14 February 2022 18:17 (two years ago) link

Incidentally, I likewise had those ones.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 14 February 2022 18:41 (two years ago) link

After a billion guesses (600?) I had 996-999 and quite a few others at 980+ but was nowhere near getting that answer. Oof! But I knew what I was getting into with the disclaimer and I did decide to read it as a challenge...

I had resorted to more or less entering everything that was the same part of speech as 998/999 and/or in a similar slightly literary/legalese/oldfashioned register, but the answer wasn't the same part of speech and not so flowery either

Also, my first interpretation of "stupidly hard" was that an abbreviation or something else weird had crept in, so I tried a bunch of abbreviations, random two-letter strings, German words* and html/javascript keywords, and quite a few were accepted as guesses. Hope they don't come up as answers! (OK, they won't, because David is vetting answers from now on. Thanks, David!)

* The German words were because I was getting highish scores on a seam of words which are a bit archaic in English, e.g. thereupon, thereby, etc, but German uses the equivalent a lot - so it seemed easier to think of German ones, which I typed in out of desperation, and dabei, darauf, darüber are all in the dataset, along with a lot of personal pronouns. Not that any of this matters since they seem to score too low to rank against an English target word & it won't affect anyone's guesses, but it was interesting to me.

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 14 February 2022 23:07 (two years ago) link

I'm scoring just under 30 and my top 4 words don't have anything in common with each other.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:20 (two years ago) link

This better be hilarious.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:20 (two years ago) link

Got it in 134 guesses :)

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:53 (two years ago) link

got it in 53 guesses.

no idea how I stumbled on the right path, but once I found the common link it was matter of elimination

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 01:54 (two years ago) link

anybody who was playing more than two hours ago, though, I had a different word than you. it changed at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 01:56 (two years ago) link

have lost interest in semantle

Dan S, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 01:58 (two years ago) link

i coulda done it in under 50 in my first two guesses weren't "poop" and "pee"

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 01:58 (two years ago) link

I hate this game

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:23 (two years ago) link

I got it in 45. Better!

Kim, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:32 (two years ago) link

My god Kim what does the inside of your brain look like?

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:53 (two years ago) link

320 guesses and I'm up to 991/1000 but I've danced all around my highest scoring answers and I'm out of ideas.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:55 (two years ago) link

got it in 166 today - fluked a jump from word #689 to THE WORD - happily all "warm" guesses were in fact pointing me in the right direction and my mind didn't seize up

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 03:09 (two years ago) link

I spent 5 minutes trying to guess answers after I knew the word and couldn't get anything else in the top 10.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 03:10 (two years ago) link

i tried this and got a couple in the top 10 - it's an interesting exercise! some words I would've imagined being pretty adjacent were way down the list

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 03:19 (two years ago) link

Dave informs me his user base is up to 76k?!?!?

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 03:27 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #17 in 22 guesses. Guess 8 was "hospital", very lucky.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 03:28 (two years ago) link

Nice! 111 for me today, def easier than yesterday

Roz, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 03:46 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #17 in 51 guesses.

yeah this one seemed easier (not complaining)

brisk money (lukas), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 03:48 (two years ago) link

121, took 63 guesses to get anything green then i took the roundabout route of professions, military ranks, scientists, psychiatrists etc, medical professions so I could have taken a shortcut there, but felt like a satisfying solve.

ledge, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:12 (two years ago) link

22 today. It's fascinating closing in on a vector.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:18 (two years ago) link

115 today. I agree with Fizzles. It's great closing in once you're in the right ballpark.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:52 (two years ago) link

lol, my first attempt and I just got a slight frisson of excitement getting a 20.16 after 20 odd much stone colder attempts, but I can see how the hunt could become addictive.

calzino, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 09:59 (two years ago) link

At the moment my top guess, at 28.01, is 'penis'.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:24 (two years ago) link

Which I've just beaten with 'breast' (29.84)

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:26 (two years ago) link

which is quite funny knowing the answer, and that the word that really got me on the chase was helicopter at 22.36.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:30 (two years ago) link

75 today. Love it when those green bars pop up.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:32 (two years ago) link

OK, clitoris at 30.80. And yet I still can't shake the feeling I'm barking up the wrong tree

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:34 (two years ago) link

Yeah, it's hard to know where to go next after you've found clitoris.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:36 (two years ago) link

Onward and upward, boring old kidney at 33.76

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:41 (two years ago) link

OK, got it at 77.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:52 (two years ago) link

115 today. I agree with Fizzles. It's great closing in once you're in the right ballpark.

― Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, February 15, 2022 9:52 AM bookmarkflaglink

I think the bit where i started closing in was the difference between helicopter 22.36 and airplane 17.82, which caused me, after some mechanical guesses, to go for hospital

Interesting to note that both ill and sick were respectively 11.27 and 9.82.

Say if the hidden text stuff is annoying! but i find it all interesting enough to want to discuss some of the process!

Fizzles, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 12:09 (two years ago) link

my first top 1000 hitdiplomat 29.06 sent me on a bit of a wild goose chase but I hit pay gold with doctor 67.93. I must be good at this because it give me a very high score!

calzino, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 12:18 (two years ago) link

by the time those NYT cunts have put wordle behind a paywall I'm hoping to be averaging regular sub 100 scores on this.

calzino, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 12:28 (two years ago) link

36 today, ended with an incredibly satisfying series of three logical guesses that correctly closed the circle. david this is the best game

devvvine, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 12:46 (two years ago) link

Got this one in 14. Also had a couple lucky early guesses.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 12:57 (two years ago) link

got today's in 30, made a leap from mechanic to the secret word

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 13:19 (two years ago) link

Yeah my son beat my score today by a few guesses, he came to the answer by a different route though. my guesses went from star to celebrity to leader and then other notable types of people while he found it with the multiple body parts to anatomy to doctor etc.

Kim, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 13:36 (two years ago) link

I gave up on yesterdays because my 4 closest guesses were (iirc) PERHAPS, NEITHER, uhh maybe SILKILY??!, and EITHER. None of them were going to get me to the answer, in retrospect.

*cracks fingers* let's try today's.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 14:57 (two years ago) link

Today's in 64. It took me a while to start scoring, and then when I did all mine were eye related, so I was in a similar ballpark but far too specific!

I did give up yesterday but only because I had to go to bed after having the page up all day to try new things - yes, I am one of those people who took "it's too hard" as a challenge. I got green scores at 25, 990 at 54, and then pages upon pages of green, very few of which were related to the answer in a way I would understand. My highest match was IRONICALLY, ffs. I was working on a few different strands, one was conjunctions and old-timey constructions (I had a lot of fun with inasmuches and heretofores), one was a sort of "quirky" adverb strand (QUIXOTICALLY and NEBULOUSLY and BIZARRELY all scored green), and I got a few that could theoretically have led me to the answer (SUBSEQUENTLY and CONSEQUENTLY), however more obvious matches like AFTERWARDS and LASTLY were cold, so I wasn't looking in that direction.

emil.y, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 15:24 (two years ago) link

Honestly, I love this game despite the frustration at machine-calculated relations.

emil.y, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 15:28 (two years ago) link

I had pretty much the same strands, emil.y! Less exhaustively than yours, I imagine, tho I even ran through all the contractions thinking maybe that was what made it "difficult."

I mean...SILKILY???! lol it's inexplicable.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 15:29 (two years ago) link

Got it in 144! Possibly my best day yet tho I maybe took a funny route.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 20:17 (two years ago) link

Got it in 25 today, which is my best yet.

hamicle, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 21:26 (two years ago) link

Took me ages but I got there. Highest was tendon] for a long time, then cardiac which led me to implant and scalpel

I have no idea how anyone does these in less than 100. I think I kind of enjoy typing random words into a computer text box... as my ILX posting history will demonstrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kinder, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 22:24 (two years ago) link

lol otm

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 23:07 (two years ago) link

I looked back on the "tail" one from the other day because I still had it open in a tab, and noted that while I got there from typing in "bird" then "flapping" then "wing" then various aeroplane/helicopter-related terms (it liked "propeller" and "rotor" quite a lot) and then typed "tail" while I was considering helicopter parts.

(I haven't spoiler-tagged these since it's not today's puzzle; sorry if anyone feels I should have done!)

Meanwhile, the names of various animals which have tails and particular noted behaviours thereof (dog, cat, pig) scored way less than bird, as did other things with tails (shirt and, uh, sperm), and things like "follow" and "stalk" which are synonyms of "tail" in some contexts scored cold too.

It's a mystery. But it's a fun mystery. Also kinder otm, such fun to type random words and follow weird tangents while imagining "the computer must be thinking really hard about why I chose this one!!"

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 23:16 (two years ago) link

xxp

I wouldn't feel bad at being crap at it, because you definitely aren't alone! But I feel like once you start getting a feel of how the word2vec data set works, then it will become even harder!

calzino, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 23:18 (two years ago) link

Kinder--I took a totally different route! My first hits in the green were BARBER and BEAUTICIAN, which then led (eventually) to CLINICIAN, and then I was in the home stretch. Random!

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 00:08 (two years ago) link

Just got the new one! 12 minutes, 108 guesses, but this is definitely a speed record for me.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 00:14 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #18 in 133 guesses. Again, felt like a pretty linear process (rewardingly so) once I got the first green bar!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 00:20 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #18 in 159 guesses. Went on a weird tangent when I got a hit on online, and then pay in the top 100.

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 01:24 (two years ago) link

got it in 127. sadly took me 70 tries after I got my first green to realize I'd been going the opposite path that it wanted.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 01:30 (two years ago) link

benefits was my first word approximating 20% similarity, and then pension was the first that got me green. all of my work jargon was helpful this time around.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 01:32 (two years ago) link

53, my best yet - got lucky with a green on my 9th guess

Roz, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 03:38 (two years ago) link

111, not too bad a showing. If I’d followed an instinct earlier I probably could have halved that, but I spent a long time chasing a dead end.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 05:24 (two years ago) link

Meanwhile, the names of various animals which have tails and particular noted behaviours thereof (dog, cat, pig) scored way less than bird

I'm guessing this is because 'bird' is a larger class than 'dog', 'pig', etc, and any text about parts of a bird or a particular species will use the same other words (beak, wings) whereas if it's about a cat it will mention paws and whiskers, if it's a pig it will mention trotters and snout, etc. 'Nose' was pretty high up though.

ledge, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:31 (two years ago) link

From memory nose, snout and beak and maybe proboscis all scored pretty highly on that one - which had me totally stuck looking for “animal face parts” - didn’t think for a second to look at the other end!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:48 (two years ago) link

Got today's in 162 because I am an idiot.

ledge, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 10:20 (two years ago) link

I got month in 65! Why did it take me another 100 guesses?

ledge, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 10:23 (two years ago) link

Stuck on the third closest word. No clue.

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 10:51 (two years ago) link

ha my 13th word just hit 989...total luck

Ste, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 11:30 (two years ago) link

I tried this for the first time and rage quit / gave up after 45 attempts all below 12.

StanM, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 11:33 (two years ago) link

but now it's got interesting, i've had four guesses since and not got higher than that one. From the info it seems my best guess is 10th. And I'm absolutely stumped. and scared. because the perfectionist in me wants to guess this right on my next guess.

Ste, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 11:43 (two years ago) link

this is my first time in the zone. so regular zone visitors, how many guesses on average do you usually take once you're very close?

Ste, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 11:52 (two years ago) link

The data set is small at the moment but, usually, loads.

ledge, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 12:22 (two years ago) link

Lol I did it for the first time yesterday and managed to get really close without having read the instructions and I thought similarity meant word composition ie combinations of letters rather than meaning

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 13:15 (two years ago) link

Weirdly I was able to make pretty good progress under this misapprehension

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 13:16 (two years ago) link

omg i got fucking burnt on this !!! haha

Ste, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 14:45 (two years ago) link

87! I could have done it in fewer if I'd realised that I hadn't already tried the answer - I had daily, hourly, weekly, yearly, so I just assumed I'd tried the answer already, doh. (That is particularly spoilery hidden text, don't click if you haven't got it yet.)

regular zone visitors, how many guesses on average do you usually take once you're very close?

Bloody loads, honestly. But I get addicted to the dopamine hit of the green. Can't stop playing. Never stop playing. Give me that green score baby.

emil.y, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:09 (two years ago) link

Does anyone else resort to typing words in the intro blurb if their first few random guesses don't get anywhere near? It actually seems to be quite a productive method of initially guessing. I also do some previous answers as I know what word2vec thinks is close to them now.

emil.y, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:11 (two years ago) link

haha yes

Ste, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:17 (two years ago) link

well 31 guesses, but I got sooo lucky, and then effed up, could have been less. I won't say anything, feared that I will mess up the spoiler text formatting tbf. I will reveal in a few days.

Ste, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:20 (two years ago) link

Definitely done that, yes! Or played while half-watching TV and typed words from the TV in.

Once I'm quite close, it takes me anywhere between a few guesses to several hundred guesses. On average? No idea but probably tens. The mean is probably 100+ after a couple of outliers (including the one flagged with a warning) where I didn't get it for ages after hitting the 990s.

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:24 (two years ago) link

this game is fun!

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:49 (two years ago) link

219 for me. Did that thing of being completely stuck and out of guesses despite being on 977. Went back to it later and it only took a few more.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 16:16 (two years ago) link

I got up to 977/1000 and got fucked off + gave up and damn it I should have spent at least another half an hour, because was so nearly there. But it's all good experience for getting a feel for how this word2vec scores the word similarity. If I ever see anyone claiming today's wordle was hard I'm going to link this to them from now on, it's child's play in comparison.

calzino, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 16:42 (two years ago) link

I managed it in 31 today. Seems like low similarity scores (<20) are words that might appear in the same sentence as the target word (how big of a content window is the algorithm using?), medium scores (21-40) are words that commonly appear adjacent to the target word, and medium/high scores (>40) start trending towards actual synonyms or members of the same semantic category?

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 17:42 (two years ago) link

sorry, context window not content

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 17:42 (two years ago) link

63 in the end

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 18:30 (two years ago) link

Took 43 to get a green

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 18:31 (two years ago) link

Solved the new semantle, #19, in 2 minutes, 36 guesses

Lily Dale, Thursday, 17 February 2022 00:03 (two years ago) link

got it in 61. trimming the fat a little, but once again, I could have saved ten guesses if I pivoted earlier once I knew I was heading in the right direction.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 17 February 2022 00:29 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #19 in 41 guesses. Most straightforward experience yet, still fun. First green was something crazy high like #969.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 17 February 2022 00:48 (two years ago) link

I have now three other friends playing this

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 17 February 2022 00:55 (two years ago) link

26. far and away my best result, and looking at others' results, this seems a particularly easy one.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 17 February 2022 01:02 (two years ago) link

lol every time I'm like "damn, awesome, I'm getting better at this", I look and everybody else got it in like 10 guesses

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 17 February 2022 01:02 (two years ago) link

Oh don't worry I gave up on today's.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 17 February 2022 01:41 (two years ago) link

51, my best showing yet. I think the game is getting a little easier, altho practicing no doubt helps.

50-100 guesses is still a big commitment for most people (a coworker said I must be spending all day playing if I was guessing hundreds of words) so I feel like the current level strikes a good balance between being hard enough to be challenging but not so hard that it’s a chore for die-hards only.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 17 February 2022 01:42 (two years ago) link

didn't get yesterday's but don't feel that bad about it - for a while my only green was electricity. I tried water, gas, utilities and they were all cold. shrug.

brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 17 February 2022 01:48 (two years ago) link

I've started to use a category approach, like....if I start to see my results improve, even if cold, I have really started to strain my brain to figure out if there's any linkage between them.

for instance, tonight's was consume, and pretty early on, I was in the 20% range, so still cold, but on the right track, and it was all food related guesses like chips, mashed, broccoli, burger. so originally I was guessing all food stuff, and then I said 'well obviously if it was a type of food, these wouldn't all be 20%s', so I started guessing words like meal, snack, which were also....in that range, but slightly higher.. And then I realized well shit, it's probably not about food, or the meal itself, but how it is ingested and within 5 guesses I had it. so the 'waste' was all the pointless 'food' guesses.

fuck shit ass shobadeedoowop

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 17 February 2022 02:04 (two years ago) link

food related guesses would have definitely helped in my case, all my warm guesses were destruction-based e.g. burn, destroy, drown so struggled with words like murder, kill, crash and accident until i got hungry and punched in 'ate' and from there i got it immediately.

170 today, but i think i'm getting the hang of it somewhat

Roz, Thursday, 17 February 2022 02:51 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #19 in 33 guesses. https://semantle.novalis.org

I'm improving.

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 17 February 2022 04:45 (two years ago) link

30 but could have been quicker! First green was guess 15 with drink/981 then i messed around too long with synonyms for that (verb and noun) instead of trying related concepts.

ledge, Thursday, 17 February 2022 08:50 (two years ago) link

Today's, #19 - 21 guesses.
Was about to sack off this game but now I'm back in!

kinder, Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:09 (two years ago) link

49. Had 997 on my 20th guess but got fed up of firing related guesses with no luck so resorted to a thesaurus.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:15 (two years ago) link

Today's word is v close to a word that I got stuck on yesterday (but which barely had any relation to yesterday's word) so it was in my mind

kinder, Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:21 (two years ago) link

This game reminds of that scene in Seinfeld where Kramer tries to guess Georges bank card password "Bosco". He straight away goes in for the food area and quickly hones in on chocolate. Then chases George out the apartment yelling all the wrong chocolate products.

Ste, Thursday, 17 February 2022 11:11 (two years ago) link

Gave up on 200, got within 178 early on but every other guess was cold.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 17 February 2022 11:17 (two years ago) link

Got it in 60 with only one guess in the 900s. I've been too focused the last few days on related words (synonyms) instead of the underlying process, so that change helped.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:05 (two years ago) link

yeah I got super caught up on a specific vector of do - manage - require etc

brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:35 (two years ago) link

Got this one in 19, but very lucky again

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:56 (two years ago) link

In 16 rather. I had a bunch of cold guesses (26 was the highest) and then I randomly hit on a super close word that made it easy.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:59 (two years ago) link

Sigh. I just spoiled today's puzzle (#19) for myself because I un-hid Neando's post thinking it was about yesterday's. Using the puzzle number is more useful than I had realized because it changes in the evening during prime "working on stuff" time.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 17 February 2022 13:58 (two years ago) link

The page also shows yesterdays word, so be weary of that too

Ste, Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:07 (two years ago) link

But you can't play previous days' games.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:22 (two years ago) link

I think someone upthread said they'd found a way of doing it

Ste, Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:23 (two years ago) link

or i'm telling big fat fibs

Ste, Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:23 (two years ago) link

Oh maybe you can do it by changing the system clock idk

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:26 (two years ago) link

oh that could have been it, I guess they wouldn't see the new page with the answer then

Ste, Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:30 (two years ago) link

Yeah, if you leave the tab open, it's still operational the next day.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:52 (two years ago) link

212 today. Got to 997/1000 very early, pretty much at random, but was struggling for a bit to nail it.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 17 February 2022 17:01 (two years ago) link

#19 took me 193. I genuinely thought I was going to get a really low score, but it turned out my green guesses were related to creation (PRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE, SYNTHESIZE, GENERATE), when I needed things more related to destruction (DIGEST, EAT). The key to my turn was actually scoring high with DEFECATE, hehehe. Got it fast after that.

emil.y, Thursday, 17 February 2022 17:57 (two years ago) link

8th guess botches!

plax (ico), Thursday, 17 February 2022 18:03 (two years ago) link

16 on puzzle #19!

My best yet and feels like less of a fluke than my previous best, where after getting 15-20% on "person" I typed in a random profession which turned out to be half-connected to the answer. (Even then I spent a while going through the wrong half of the concept and guessing other related professions.)

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 17 February 2022 18:48 (two years ago) link

51 today

a relative saunter

Number None, Thursday, 17 February 2022 20:13 (two years ago) link

This one (#20) took me 117, but the solution actually popped into my mind much earlier and then popped out again, so I convinced myself that I had already guessed it and didn't try it for ages.

Lily Dale, Friday, 18 February 2022 00:20 (two years ago) link

#20 took me 74 - got to green relatively quickly and then spent an absolute fuckload of time (and probably 40+ attempts) racking my brain for Perry Mason words - there are an awful lot of 'em!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 18 February 2022 00:43 (two years ago) link

fuck fuck fuck.

got it in 143. but I was...once again, in the right ballpark by like 80. I went through every courtroom related word imaginable too.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Friday, 18 February 2022 00:52 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #20 in 117 guesses. https://semantle.novalis.org/
Guess 23 was sentence which got me to the top 10, then I futzed around trying every related word I could think of.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 18 February 2022 01:28 (two years ago) link

This was a weird one for me because I only had three guesses in the green before I solved it, but I had more than 100 completely cold guesses.

Lily Dale, Friday, 18 February 2022 01:44 (two years ago) link

it was the opposite for me!

I solved it in 70 but 38 were green guesses - it was pretty clear what the ballpark was, just a matter of hitting the right term

Roz, Friday, 18 February 2022 01:56 (two years ago) link

ok so i have a query and maybe someone with word2vec smarts can help me out and sorry if it's totally dumb - but in #20 the trail leading to the target word was very courtroom-based, which is fine - but in this case the word itself isn't exclusively a "court" word - like, it's a word with general meaning that i guess is used most commonly in a courtroom context, esp in media - but words like "implore" and "beg" i would consider very similar in meaning, but these are way down the list - does that mean that being 'usage adjacent' is more significant to the dataset than being 'meaning adjacent'?

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 18 February 2022 01:56 (two years ago) link

Mr semantle I love it. Probably too niche to look at but doesn't work on qutebrowser. Submit button doesn't seem to do anything.

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. (hugo), Friday, 18 February 2022 02:55 (two years ago) link

does that mean that being 'usage adjacent' is more significant to the dataset than being 'meaning adjacent'?

I'm not an expert (I've taken a couple classes on computational linguistics and played around with Python NLP libraries) but word embedding (which is the essence of what Word2vec does) is about inferring semantic relationships between words based on what words they appear next to and how often in a large corpus... the algorithm correctly inferring meaning adjacency is sort of the goal.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Friday, 18 February 2022 03:17 (two years ago) link

(Semantle #20 took me... 201 guesses)

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Friday, 18 February 2022 03:19 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #20 in 46 guesses. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Which is worse than it sounds, given that my first guess was trial. Wall of green guesses.

brisk money (lukas), Friday, 18 February 2022 04:26 (two years ago) link

92 today.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 18 February 2022 04:34 (two years ago) link

so frustrated with yesterday’s: followed a hook from “lasting” through “sustainable” up to “dispose” “burn” “calories” “incinerate” which got me in the green, the last one 700 odd and then just got stuck. didn’t turn it round from waste to the consumption part.

Fizzles, Friday, 18 February 2022 07:53 (two years ago) link

107. I'm gradually improving at this but still haven't done it in less than a hundred ffs! But consider me addicted to the green rush!

calzino, Friday, 18 February 2022 08:59 (two years ago) link

I was sent on a red wild goose herring and did not could.

StanM, Friday, 18 February 2022 09:05 (two years ago) link

Up to 306 so far today, I suppose I've avoided the feeling of having finished wordle, quordle, semantle and worldle and having nothing left to do.

ledge, Friday, 18 February 2022 09:18 (two years ago) link

^^all that plus spelling bee and nyt crossword lol

aside from the xword and tough days on semantle, most of these take less than ten minutes each tbf

Roz, Friday, 18 February 2022 09:27 (two years ago) link

stuck around late 900s for quite a few guesses now hmmm

nxd, Friday, 18 February 2022 09:50 (two years ago) link

I got a 996 answer and still ended up giving up, after 50 more tries. Ruined my day!

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 18 February 2022 09:55 (two years ago) link

ha i was at 996 too
got it in 62 in the end :)

nxd, Friday, 18 February 2022 09:56 (two years ago) link

You found it in 553!

Had mind (296) fairly early and got stuck on that for about 250 guesses, then psychiatrist (615) for another 100, then a slow crawl up from cries (702). Weird that 'cries' and 'calls' are up in the top 1000, 'cry' and 'call' aren't but the word itself is singular.

ledge, Friday, 18 February 2022 10:00 (two years ago) link

I got a 996 answer and still ended up giving up, after 50 more tries. Ruined my day!

997 but yup :(

Number None, Friday, 18 February 2022 11:24 (two years ago) link

urgh, one average green out of 100 guesses. Gave up.

Ste, Friday, 18 February 2022 11:34 (two years ago) link

Im so good at this game. I got it in 37 today after 2 green

plax (ico), Friday, 18 February 2022 13:51 (two years ago) link

obviously luck has a lot to do with it

plax (ico), Friday, 18 February 2022 13:51 (two years ago) link

you've got to be bare forensic as well, innit! I think I need to slow down and be a more selective and thoughtful with my guesses instead of rapid firing them off like a maniac.

calzino, Friday, 18 February 2022 13:57 (two years ago) link

yeah i do that, and stupid things like guessing a word way too similar to one I already did that didn't compare well.

Ste, Friday, 18 February 2022 14:05 (two years ago) link

You have to do that though - 'cry' nope, 'crying' nope, 'cries' yeah, fuck you.

ledge, Friday, 18 February 2022 14:17 (two years ago) link

Im so good at this game. I got it in 37 today after 2 green

was watching this thread like a hawk to see if anyone would beat me, damn you

brisk money (lukas), Friday, 18 February 2022 14:29 (two years ago) link

Dave, a leaderboard would be wise

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 18 February 2022 15:01 (two years ago) link

(daily, weekly, lifetime)

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 18 February 2022 15:01 (two years ago) link

41! My best so far.

emil.y, Friday, 18 February 2022 15:49 (two years ago) link

Finally got #20, after 119 guesses! Wall of green otm, I had so many close attempts.

This game is so much more of a head-fucker than all the other word games precisely because it's so random from day to day! It kind of defies the attempt to strategize or get better at it ime.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Friday, 18 February 2022 15:55 (two years ago) link

Dave, a leaderboard would be wise

not necessary at all but I’d kinda like user stats too - wanna know what my average guess count is

Roz, Friday, 18 February 2022 17:08 (two years ago) link

had about ten guesses in the 900s having reached the top 1000 v rapidly but damned if i can get any further.

Fizzles, Friday, 18 February 2022 17:11 (two years ago) link

I got a 996 answer and still ended up giving up, after 50 more tries. Ruined my day!


ok yes i’m on 993 and yes.

Fizzles, Friday, 18 February 2022 17:16 (two years ago) link

i had to take 5 minute pauses between guesses to refresh my brain at that point.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Friday, 18 February 2022 17:33 (two years ago) link

I think you have to think less of the similarity of words and more the differing contexts they're likely to be used. That's my guess anyway. Like mist might be closer to perfume than dew

plax (ico), Friday, 18 February 2022 18:10 (two years ago) link

if you get too much of a fixed idea when start hitting those greens it can end up costing lots of bad guesses, you've still got keep it open but not so open that you are veering away. If that makes any sense.

calzino, Friday, 18 February 2022 19:00 (two years ago) link

ico otm

Ste, Friday, 18 February 2022 19:16 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #21 in 71 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 22.35. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #42. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 28.09 (601/1000).

Well there you have it. Definitely still feeling my way into how the algorithm groups words - trying to be both more and less literal if that makes sense. Sometimes feel like I am being trained in a new mode of language processing, which I guess I am.

Need to learn to be a bit more parsimonious with my guesses if I want to match some of the enviably low score around here though. Something quite compulsive about pouring words into the box until you get a close one tho - fast and furious guessing kind of matches the mental rummage through all the words that are somehow in my head.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 19 February 2022 00:21 (two years ago) link

agree it's more fun to just spam it with guesses, took me 134 for #21 (didn't get a green until guess #62)

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Saturday, 19 February 2022 01:54 (two years ago) link

56! woohoo

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 19 February 2022 02:14 (two years ago) link

ooh i like that the Share feature now includes more details:

I solved Semantle #21 in 56 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 17.90. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #32. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.46. https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 19 February 2022 02:15 (two years ago) link

the weird part of today is the thing that got me on the right path was, at #17, I guessed a word based on my previous guesses, that got me to almost 20%. I didn't make green until I considered a secondary definition of the word i played at #17, rather than the primary definition. which got me onto the green. and then from there, I was stuck for a bit until I considered the word that got me into green from a different perspective, and from there it was basically an open goal.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 19 February 2022 02:19 (two years ago) link

As close as 996 and feeling stuck.

brisk money (lukas), Saturday, 19 February 2022 08:08 (two years ago) link

I'm stuck on 994.

ledge, Saturday, 19 February 2022 08:43 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #21 in 111 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.59. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #57. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 15.25. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Roz, Saturday, 19 February 2022 09:10 (two years ago) link

I'm stuck on 993 in 84 guesses, not going to crack this in under a hundred today.

calzino, Saturday, 19 February 2022 10:56 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #21 in 104 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.54. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.40 (771/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

ffs! but also yeah!

calzino, Saturday, 19 February 2022 11:12 (two years ago) link

Beginners luck I think

I solved Semantle #21 in 77 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.48. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #32. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 36.08 (940/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

mardheamac (gyac), Saturday, 19 February 2022 11:22 (two years ago) link

73 today. Kicking myself afterwards.

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 19 February 2022 12:13 (two years ago) link

#21 in 34 guesses. My best ever. Could have been 25 but I forgot to try different forms of the word instead of synonyms.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Saturday, 19 February 2022 12:52 (two years ago) link

34 is impressive! I made the same mistake, except I ended up getting it in 110 guesses. I hit upon word 948/1000 on my 39th guess and proceeded to rack up about 30 green words before it occurred to me that the secret word might be a different part of speech. my 102nd guess was the adjectival form of the secret word. on the bright side, I now have a sizeable lexicon of words that I might want to use if I ever decide to publish a book about optical illusions

in walked airbud (unregistered), Saturday, 19 February 2022 12:59 (two years ago) link

I did it in 230, no idea how you guys are getting these so easily. One thing I did notice is that UK spellings now automatically seem to be "corrected" to US spellings and counted as guesses.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Saturday, 19 February 2022 14:30 (two years ago) link

Finally got it in about 300 (two attempts on different devices). Was in the right area (religion) but my closest were saint and savior so I was thinking too much along the lines of holiness, goodness, protector.

ledge, Saturday, 19 February 2022 14:53 (two years ago) link

it was feat that opened it up for me.

calzino, Saturday, 19 February 2022 15:48 (two years ago) link

Mine was doodling around the area of rarity, obscurity, etc. decided to spiral off from rarity and went with wonder (warm), marvel (warmer), some other word I now can’t recall, then finally the word itself.

mardheamac (gyac), Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:12 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #21 in 140 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.52. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.79.

lol at my penultimate guess being so wildly out, and it taking me so long after getting green at #5. Most of my hits were medical-based, it took me ages to get any warm hits that were kind of religious, so my brain was not on the right track at all for the longest time.

emil.y, Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:13 (two years ago) link

Got it in 59. First green word was gasp, then I got to feat, then magic, which got me stuck on a bunch of words related to magic shows and audience reactions and so on.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:20 (two years ago) link

One new thing (I think) is that if you misspell a word, it still counts it as one of your guesses and gives you a ranking for it. I was going fast and wasted two guesses on typos.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:22 (two years ago) link

Dave: it's likely to need some kind of moderation (ugh), but a bare bones chat app on the page would likely engender this kind of conversation among all users...

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:49 (two years ago) link

also there's apparently a reddit but i think you knew that
https://www.reddit.com/r/Semantle/

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:50 (two years ago) link

Just got my friends onto it and they're trying today's, they've been stuck on marvellous, amazing, breakthrough, eureka. After 200 guesses they've got onto religion but despite being Christian haven't made the link yet. It's pretty entertaining watching them try and figure it out!

ledge, Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:52 (two years ago) link

I don't know if I'm the typical type of user, but I wouldn't use an on-page chat. Too much possibility of random assholes and spoilers. And keeping stuff simple seems like the best idea to me.

emil.y, Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:53 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #21 in 132 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.82. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.87.

My route was baby, then medical terms, then deliverance which put me on the right track.

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:58 (two years ago) link

I'm desperate. I've got a whole screen of green but where is this going?? On #105.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Saturday, 19 February 2022 16:59 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #21 in 88 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 21.53. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 41.68 (985/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

This one was a little tricky, despite the fact I solved it in under 100. My brain just wasn’t going there until I started plugging in all the related words I could find.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 19 February 2022 20:03 (two years ago) link

37 today, personal best!

nxd, Saturday, 19 February 2022 22:06 (two years ago) link

ugh 92 today

plax (ico), Saturday, 19 February 2022 22:48 (two years ago) link

I'd say the magic's gone, kid. But tbf anything less than a hundred is actually pretty good!

calzino, Saturday, 19 February 2022 23:11 (two years ago) link

Every day around three I start counting down the minutes until the new semantle arrives.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 February 2022 23:26 (two years ago) link

Ahahahaha I gave up and checked the answer and now I'm so annoyed after spending all day at 994 but unable to just get all the way there. I was on the wrong track for a while because I got high scores with NIGHTMARE, DREAM, and TRAGEDY, which seemed to lead another direction.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Sunday, 20 February 2022 00:07 (two years ago) link

On #21 I got a (low) green on my 2nd guess, then doubled the score on my 3rd by typing its antonym, which was very exciting but didn't help me at all in the end, as I took 399 guesses to get the word. Oh well!

I got stuck in a very similar rut to in orbit, stuck in the 800s with tragedy, calamity, misfortune and similar for ages. Even when I branched out to religion via rapture & armageddon it took me a long old time.

It's past midnight so I could do #22 now but I probably should go to bed at a somewhat reasonable time instead.

a passing spacecadet, Sunday, 20 February 2022 00:19 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #22 in 134 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.54. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 2.12. https://semantle.novalis.org/

satisfying, i usually tap out once im over 100ish or so guesses. had prob two dozen guesses in the top 90% for this one

johnny crunch, Sunday, 20 February 2022 00:29 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #22 in 60 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.50. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #20. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 2.97. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I couldn't wait until the morning, my first half decent score.

calzino, Sunday, 20 February 2022 00:38 (two years ago) link

for a dyslexic who frequently misses words when typing and is a complete idiot. I feel like I'm getting quite good at this!

calzino, Sunday, 20 February 2022 00:44 (two years ago) link

gave up on #22 despite having many many little green lines including 998/1000 - couldn't quite find that last mental zag, just kept zigging

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, 20 February 2022 01:13 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #22 in 25 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.12. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.00. https://semantle.novalis.org/

woo! also probably never topping this score again lol. The solution was imo very similar to the only green word I got, so I thought at most it would be another green - wasn’t expecting it to be actual word

Roz, Sunday, 20 February 2022 01:23 (two years ago) link

when I get to 25 I'm going to bake a cake

calzino, Sunday, 20 February 2022 01:28 (two years ago) link

Incredible feat!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, 20 February 2022 01:29 (two years ago) link

fuck this sucks

I solved Semantle #22 in 173 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.52. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #22. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.53 (113/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 01:55 (two years ago) link

i had cleared 30% similarity by guess 32, and just kept grinding and couldn't get the precision needed to find the right word.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 01:57 (two years ago) link

gah, this one took me 208.

I'm starting to know when I've won, even before the screen changes - I start to get a sense for which words are too close to what I've already entered, and then when I hit on a word with the right amount of distance, and connections to everything I've typed in so far, it just feels right.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 20 February 2022 02:08 (two years ago) link

389 for #22. Synonyms, man.

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 20 February 2022 02:26 (two years ago) link

I gave up at 104 but I had been at 998 and 997 since the 50s.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Sunday, 20 February 2022 03:21 (two years ago) link

I also said the word out loud and thought I entered it, but had not.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Sunday, 20 February 2022 03:22 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #22 in 85 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.10. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 38.83 (988/1000).

…I started guessing synonyms around my 75th guess and zeroed in on it!

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Sunday, 20 February 2022 03:27 (two years ago) link

Personal stats are likely at some point -- they're in the top-five or so requested features. A leaderboard is not happening, because (a) the game is so deeply unfair and (b) it would be immediately filled up by cheaters, and (c) it's about the journey. But also it would require me to store stuff on the server, and that sort of programming is less fun than my day job.

David Turner (semantle), Sunday, 20 February 2022 13:01 (two years ago) link

"it's about the journey"

yep.

calzino, Sunday, 20 February 2022 13:12 (two years ago) link

101 today, got to 970 within 30 but struggled after that. Think I put too much weight on synonyms, when I put an antonym in got it within 6 guesses.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 20 February 2022 13:46 (two years ago) link

Been stuck on 992 for 150 guesses, I have so much green pointing in one direction but either that's hugely misleading or there's a synonym (or antonym) that's eluding me.

ledge, Sunday, 20 February 2022 14:55 (two years ago) link

Gave up today, frustratingly was 10 words away on my 28th guess but I wandered off the correct track, gah.

mardheamac (gyac), Sunday, 20 February 2022 15:31 (two years ago) link

Ooooh got it in 66! That makes a nice change from recent hopelessness.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Sunday, 20 February 2022 15:35 (two years ago) link

Very hungover, took me 205. Had a look at the nearest words and this one stood out as quite WTF: 872 footcandles 28.76 ?!?!?!

emil.y, Sunday, 20 February 2022 16:44 (two years ago) link

Forgot to do #21. Just got #22 in 14.

hamicle, Sunday, 20 February 2022 16:54 (two years ago) link

I was very close on #20 but never got it.

hamicle, Sunday, 20 February 2022 16:54 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #22 in 100 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.84. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 9.51. https://semantle.novalis.org/

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 20 February 2022 16:55 (two years ago) link

emil.y that's hilarious! And..........inexplicable? Computers wtf.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Sunday, 20 February 2022 17:03 (two years ago) link

the thing I'm realizing about synonyms is that I often tend to guess ten dollar words when the answer is a 5 cent word.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 17:56 (two years ago) link

have to remind myself the answer is more likely to be simple, not shit like "sesquipedalian".

I was so mad yesterday because I knew exactly what the answer was looking forward, but I kept missing the synonym because I was getting too cutesy with it and the answer was of course much easier than what i was guessing.

ffs I guessed echelon, percentile, quadrant before I could think oh shit, "level"

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 17:58 (two years ago) link

Personal stats are likely at some point -- they're in the top-five or so requested features. A leaderboard is not happening, because (a) the game is so deeply unfair and (b) it would be immediately filled up by cheaters, and (c) it's about the journey. But also it would require me to store stuff on the server, and that sort of programming is less fun than my day job.

― David Turner (semantle), Sunday, February 20, 2022 8:01 AM bookmarkflaglink

that's awesome! and agree on the leaderboard, that would actually hurt my enjoyment of it a little. thank you for this new daily addiction :)

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 17:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #22 in 430 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.40. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 29.43 (895/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

And I cheated with a thesaurus. Was stuck on low (992) forever, tried all variations and antonyms, had a wall of green that all pointed towards ranking / grading. I never considered equality, though I've just tried 'equal' and it's cold, wtf. What were some words higher than 992?

ledge, Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:28 (two years ago) link

surely using a thesaurus isn't cheating? lol I'm a total cheat if that is true. And sometimes I think using a thesaurus actually makes it harder in some ways!

calzino, Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:33 (two years ago) link

well maybe not harder but it will send you in many more wrong directions

calzino, Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:35 (two years ago) link

i used one last night but that was the first time and I also had a friend venting to me in a crisis so I couldn't focus like normal

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:36 (two years ago) link

it did cause me to waste guesses I woldn't have otherwise wasted as well

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:37 (two years ago) link

I think my definition of cheating would be using a thesaurus that was constructed using the same word algorithm semantle uses. But a human constructed thesaurus is a potentially useful tool if you use it well, but not a cheat.

calzino, Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:41 (two years ago) link

I agree tbh. I mostly find it easier to just go from my own brain. it actually caused me to blow 30 guesses yesterday lol, and the thesaurus didn't pick u pthe right word.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:59 (two years ago) link

Ah you can now see the top words after winning! The top ten is pretty bonkers imo and I'm not sure it would have helped me, even with a thesaurus.

ledge, Sunday, 20 February 2022 20:04 (two years ago) link

good choice for baiting the hook for new players and for teaching people how to THINK LIKE A COMPUTER

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 20 February 2022 20:06 (two years ago) link

hey dave you should post pictures of your pottery in here as it is fucking amazing

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 20 February 2022 20:06 (two years ago) link

Pottery! Yes! (Though maybe take it over to the 'forks throws pottery' thread so as not to go too far off-topic here?)

emil.y, Sunday, 20 February 2022 21:08 (two years ago) link

oh yeah, i forgot dave is not an ilxor exactly:
forks throws pottery (and maybe you do too?) - An ILX Ceramics Thread
Many of the pieces in there are joint things with Dave! It's an embarrassing showcase, especially when i scroll up.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 20 February 2022 21:16 (two years ago) link

TOday's took 131 but I did it quickly. First green word was therefore - no real idea why. Got kind and grade and type quite early

kinder, Sunday, 20 February 2022 23:31 (two years ago) link

holy fucking shit - I did it in 35!

I solved Semantle #23 in 35 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 22.96. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.64. https://semantle.novalis.org/

calzino, Monday, 21 February 2022 00:17 (two years ago) link

I got very lucky with try quite early

calzino, Monday, 21 February 2022 00:24 (two years ago) link

In a sea of 900s, still can't get it

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 February 2022 00:42 (two years ago) link

This is so frustrating - I have 991, 992 and 995 and I still can't get it

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 February 2022 00:52 (two years ago) link

same... i got 995 on my 25th guess, but can't close in more than 100 guesses later

Roz, Monday, 21 February 2022 01:05 (two years ago) link

my god, this was brutal

I solved Semantle #23 in 166 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.66. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #110. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.21. https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 February 2022 01:06 (two years ago) link

110 guesses to even crack the top 1000. I was completely off base until then. and even after that I was off base again.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 February 2022 01:07 (two years ago) link

Hit 337/1000 after 50 guesses, gave up after 70.

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 21 February 2022 01:09 (two years ago) link

i "solved" #22 in 7 guesses... just got lucky with a random guess

micah, Monday, 21 February 2022 01:11 (two years ago) link

i was solidly hitting in the top 1000 early every one up until this, I started to feel like an imposter a bit

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 February 2022 01:18 (two years ago) link

Second time I've given up despite being in the 990s

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 February 2022 01:20 (two years ago) link

finally got it in 194.

for the longest time, my highest words were provide, give and receive which made me think about gifting or trading terms like deliver, grant, and supply, and ten thousand similar synonyms. very misleading.

Roz, Monday, 21 February 2022 01:27 (two years ago) link

Exactly the same with me! But I didn't have the patience to go to 194!

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 February 2022 01:28 (two years ago) link

yeah or the time! it can definitely chew up the minutes this game - anyway i got stuck in pretty much the same dead end as Roz - yesterday i had a similar experience where all my green words were kind of climbing movement-related, like 'elevate' and 'inspire' and 'promote' - then i got 'threshold' which was #997 i think, and my brain just locked up - i would never have got to 'level' in a million years

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 21 February 2022 03:30 (two years ago) link

I am hopelessly stuck on this one; I'm at 995/1000 right now and I think I must be going in the wrong direction with my guesses but cannot figure out where else to go.

Lily Dale, Monday, 21 February 2022 03:40 (two years ago) link

995 feels like it should unlock everything, but didn't for me!

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 February 2022 03:47 (two years ago) link

in case you guys want a hint (and don't worry, it's not a spoiler word) - if you managed to get guess 994, that is a better indicator than 995

Roz, Monday, 21 February 2022 03:50 (two years ago) link

ah dammit sorry!! that was meant to be hidden - fuck you bbcode

Roz, Monday, 21 February 2022 03:50 (two years ago) link

64, got lucky today. After 60 cold guesses, I landed on something close quite by chance.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 21 February 2022 09:16 (two years ago) link

Semantle is punishing us for stealing English vocabulary from all and sundry

brisk money (lukas), Monday, 21 February 2022 12:17 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #23 in 224 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.72. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.81. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Turn 6 was act at 209/1000, shortly followed by enact in the top 100. Which led to me trying a bunch of legal terms again.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 21 February 2022 16:57 (two years ago) link

Average similarity per guess might be an interesting stat to see afterward.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Monday, 21 February 2022 17:35 (two years ago) link

Oof, took me 185, and it was a bit of a stab-in-the-dark guess that I genuinely didn't expect to be correct (I was on the same track as Roz). I was thinking I'm getting worse at this game, but seems like aside from a couple of v low scores most people struggled with this one?

emil.y, Monday, 21 February 2022 17:50 (two years ago) link

Yeah I'm struggling too, 158 guesses and can't get past 995 - and that was with help from my wife after being stuck on 992. I did enjoy last week when it seemed I was getting good at this.

ledge, Monday, 21 February 2022 19:33 (two years ago) link

lol how on earth did I manage to do it in 35 last night. Pure drunk luck obv!

calzino, Monday, 21 February 2022 19:36 (two years ago) link

I gave up - I think if you have a bunch of close guesses in the same area but have really exhausted all available synonyms etc there's no choice but to start from scratch. Or just give up.

ledge, Monday, 21 February 2022 19:52 (two years ago) link

It's not just about synonyms though is it, otherwise it would be piss easy with a thesaurus once you'd hit green. Rather, it's about related concepts.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 21 February 2022 20:45 (two years ago) link

True, that definitely seems to be the way it goes - I'm still quite surprised though that e.g. search is nowhere near today's.

ledge, Monday, 21 February 2022 21:22 (two years ago) link

this is precisely why using a thesaurus can sometimes be useful, and at other times a total hindrance.

calzino, Monday, 21 February 2022 21:39 (two years ago) link

yesterday it got me to the finish line instantly, because the terrible tv show that was on was blocking me from thinking of the one word I needed.

the other day it fucked me

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 February 2022 21:50 (two years ago) link

Argh! I was so close at 175 guesses and word #996. Just didn’t get there in time.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:02 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 43 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.88. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #25. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.37 (817/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:10 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 32 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.01. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #14. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 15.80. https://semantle.novalis.org/

YEAH MOTHERFUCKER

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:21 (two years ago) link

It's happening again... I've got 998 and 996 and I still can't get it

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:25 (two years ago) link

Finally, with 67 guesses. Having got 998 at guess 15. Searching for synonyms can really put you off your game, but I'm struggling to work out what's the right strategy.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:36 (two years ago) link

Oh I gave up today. Not that the word was obscure or anything, but the synonyms for the answer scored low and didn't point the way.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:52 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 24 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 24.16 (492/1000).My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.45.

This will never happen again, but I will enjoy it after the pain of the last two days.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 01:11 (two years ago) link

I think it's really difficult to think contextually in the way that's required here. You tend to look for synonyms/antonyms, but when you actually look at the the top 20 or so closest words, generally very few are direct synonyms/antonyms. In yesterday's one, I got give/receive/provide in the 990s and proceeded to try a million synonyms/antonyms. But the answer was seek, ie not a synonym/antonym of those others, but rather in a close contextual relationship with them, ie in seeking something, you want someone to give/provide you with something.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 01:13 (two years ago) link

testing the spoiler tag

spoiler

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 02:19 (two years ago) link

okay did that right

stalled out at 808/1000, taking a break

38 visionary 27.20 808/1000
70 innovator 26.51 758/1000
80 inspiring 26.31 743/1000
71 innovative 25.89 713/1000
94 cutting edge 24.87 ????

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 02:20 (two years ago) link

My kid got this one in 54, proud of her

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 02:22 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 37 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 38.41 (980/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I'm glad the stats all start from today and all records of my terrible attempts from last week are lost

calzino, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 02:41 (two years ago) link

yeah only problem is i can now only play semantle on my work computer, in order to preserve forever my ridiculously lucky session today

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 02:51 (two years ago) link

Ugh today’s is tough for me - 80 words in and nowhere close

Roz, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 03:22 (two years ago) link

I now have 4 friends on FB playing this religiously w/ me.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 03:49 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 330 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.75. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #23. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 4.03

yeesh that was a slog - followed all the wrong leads

Roz, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 04:16 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.15. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #39. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 69.46 (999/1000). My early low-level hits were ancient, zodiac, constellation, fantasy, myth so I was on the wrong track for a while.

I gave up on #23 around guess 120 but only because I was really busy last night/today! I think I like the harder ones more.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 04:53 (two years ago) link

#24 in 72 guesses. Guess 32 was internet which was 884/1000 and led to a very lucky guess.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 05:03 (two years ago) link

I really like the new personal stats tracking... would be fun to see (my own) quickest and longest solves on there.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 05:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 43 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.54. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #30. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.53.

After giving up on yesterday's at 200 or so guesses this was a treat

Number None, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 07:42 (two years ago) link

just jumped from cold to 997/1000 in one go (a decently guessed stab in the dark) and now i’m stuck because i’ve got no through line to follow.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 07:49 (two years ago) link

ok got there in 32.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 07:49 (two years ago) link

76 today, fun way getting there

love the nearest word list, almost poetic

nxd, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 08:27 (two years ago) link

74 for me. Once I was on the right track this one wasn't too hard to get.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 08:54 (two years ago) link

I'm done with this, several of my words which really should have been extremely close were nowhere near today.

Ste, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 09:15 (two years ago) link

what words?

micah, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 09:38 (two years ago) link

done in 36 btw

micah, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 09:38 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 35 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.91. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 12.39.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 15:53 (two years ago) link

You know what? I found that much less satisfying than getting it at ~100 guesses. And also now I have nothing to do with my day, boo.

emil.y, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 15:54 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 218 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 14.26. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #122. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.55. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Wow, that one was a struggle. Took me over 120 guesses to get into the green, another 50 guesses to get into the 900s, & a further 50 guesses to nail it. Satisfying finish, tho, enabled by a surprising intuitive leap at guess 211.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 15:58 (two years ago) link

79 guesses for #24, sheer luck as I was banging in words at random.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 16:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #24 in 113 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 14.26. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #46. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.93. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I'll take it. Once I got a sort of close guess (851) thinking laterally not literally definitely helped - this one time anyway.

ledge, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 16:41 (two years ago) link

lots of "most x thing in the world" in the top 1000, and one of the highest is "horniest".

ledge, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 16:50 (two years ago) link

did it in SEVEN today, fuck yeah

kinder, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 17:25 (two years ago) link

This one took me 228 guesses. I was stuck for a really long time at 977, then got one guess a few steps higher than that and immediately found the solution.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 19:30 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #25 in 167 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.00. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #46. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 73.47 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I'm not proud but I'll take it. I think I have a new Playing Semantle at Work strategy - make a bunch of guesses, get stuck, do something else and come back to it later.

Which is probably a good Semantle strategy even without the "at work" part.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 00:58 (two years ago) link

Yet again, swimming in a sea of green, well into the 900s, and yet I can't get it. Will take the above advice and take a break.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 03:24 (two years ago) link

did it in SEVEN today, fuck yeah

― kinder, Tuesday, February 22, 2022 12:25 PM (eleven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

i don't understand how this is even possible

i made it to 998 today and still ended up giving up

, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 05:00 (two years ago) link

Taking a break at guess 700 today. got to 992/1000 and I'm stuck.

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 05:29 (two years ago) link

BTW:

The Twitterverse also likes to tweet at the Wordplay account and, in the early days of the digital game, one particularly incensed solver drove home the point that the word RAFFIA should be accepted, by mailing a package of the palm fiber ribbon to the home of crossword editor Will Shortz, to Mr. Shortz’s complete bewilderment.

This was a buddy of mine who did this! He was proud it got called out in the article.
― When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Friday, October 22, 2021 4:26 AM (four months ago)


three guesses who the raffia buddy in question is

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 05:41 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #25 in 46 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.61. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #40. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 34.87 (832/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

a lot of luck in this game

brisk money (lukas), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 06:14 (two years ago) link

ugh after being so cold i tried something completely different i got 972/1000 on guess 8 and quickly got to 993/1000 on guess 10 and…. now i’m on guess 25 and stuck.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 06:21 (two years ago) link

Stuck at 998 and >300 guesses. :/

Roz, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 07:45 (two years ago) link

I cheated. I don't think I would have got today's.

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 08:12 (two years ago) link

I gave up despite once again getting a couple of 990s. Think I could have got it if I'd persevered.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 08:39 (two years ago) link

stuck on 997 and heading towards 200 guesses

calzino, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 10:41 (two years ago) link

same, but I'm on 998

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 10:51 (two years ago) link

998 really lulls you into a sense of false confidence, I could never get that close to the answer and think I still need to change direction. The jump from 998 to 999 makes some sort of theoretical sense I guess but all of my answers in the 990s were related to cumbersomeness or convolutedness, had to assume I just wasn't hitting the right synonym. Costliness feels like a whole different world

, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:11 (two years ago) link

972 is my best so far, but unlike Fizzles I have yet to progress further from it.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:08 (two years ago) link

plenty of time, mike. i'm still stuck on 993 despite picking it up occasionally and throwing in increasingly desperate tangents.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:18 (two years ago) link

I gave up after being stuck at 998 for 200 guesses. Boy, my early stats are really not looking great lol

Roz, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:26 (two years ago) link

I have had a few tries at this in the last couple of weeks and have got literally nowhere (like punch in 40+ words at random and never see any green) before giving up.

Today I am closer - the thrill of seeing that green bar for the first time! - and am stalled on 987 after a miraculously low (for me) 95 goes.

Tim, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:32 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #25 in 197 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.00. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #99. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.08. https://semantle.novalis.org/

felt like finishing below 200 was an accomplishment today.

calzino, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:37 (two years ago) link

finishing that was far more satisfying than my best score of 35 the other day tbh. Mo struggle = mo fun!

calzino, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:42 (two years ago) link

133! What a boost.

I put the right answer in as part of a bunch of words chosen in exasperation with not getting anywhere with the full expectation of not getting anywhere.

My first reaction was to think I'd crashed the browser.

Tim, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 14:23 (two years ago) link

Got in the top 100 after 15 guesses but rage quit at 157 today

Number None, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 16:31 (two years ago) link

I'm at 278 and can't seem to get any closer at all, not quite at the point of rage quitting but getting close.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 16:48 (two years ago) link

Gave up

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 17:02 (two years ago) link

Gave up at 447.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 17:03 (two years ago) link

my first white flag today, got most of the closest ones leading up to 998

nxd, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 17:31 (two years ago) link

I'm stuck at 998, just hit 300 guesses. Going to go away for a while and do something else. I will not be defeated!

emil.y, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 18:09 (two years ago) link

I'm stuck at 998, just hit 300 guesses. Going to go away for a while and do something else. I will not be defeated!


lol emily i was about to give up but reading this i’m like, no way!

especially as it would break my streak of one (1)

Fizzles, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 20:20 (two years ago) link

I'm never giving up again, play to the death every time! I took a couple of breaks from it earlier and resisted the urge to rage-quit.

calzino, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 20:28 (two years ago) link

i’m on guess 49 and have had seven in the 900s.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 21:03 (two years ago) link

no way devilish should be 1.64 imo.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 21:19 (two years ago) link

the way computers think these days, eh!

calzino, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 21:22 (two years ago) link

i think it was the most recent one where i typed in "world" and got a similarity of 0.00

had to ponder for a moment if this had any deeper philosophical significance and then decided it was just a bug

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 22:23 (two years ago) link

FUCK YOU PUZZLE #25 I BEAT YOU IN 657 GUESSES HAHAHAHA FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING FUCK

emil.y, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:19 (two years ago) link

that's the spirit!

calzino, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:19 (two years ago) link

Apologies for the outburst, but I feel it was warranted.

emil.y, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:21 (two years ago) link

Gave up after 200 guesses and one mid tier green. almost all of the top few hundred are adjectives and maybe I rarely guess adjectives? Either way don't think I would ever have got this.

ledge, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:29 (two years ago) link

I think I got this because all my biggest scoring greens where adjectives - I was on the hunt for one.

calzino, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:41 (two years ago) link

had to talk my semantle-skeptic partner and our 10-yo kid through #25, was interesting coaching and nudging them towards the answer, trying to suggest how the machine would think

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:43 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 81 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.96. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #24. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.02. https://semantle.novalis.org/

literally guessed similar variations of said word in the first 30-40 guesses, this one I think was easier to solve because there are less possible variants of words on this particular 'topic' than in #25. also I quit focusing on synonyms so much.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 February 2022 00:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 125 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.31. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #35. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.07. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Enjoyed this one - tricky but not maddening. My Green Path was not misleading and the mental effort of scrabbling around for related words paid off.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 24 February 2022 00:46 (two years ago) link

I gave up on #25; #26 took me 106 guesses and I also found it fairly straightforward once I got in the green.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 24 February 2022 00:53 (two years ago) link

same. yesterday's was flummoxing so I probably burned 10 extra guesses trying to be cutesy thinking it was trying to trick me, then realized no this is very linear

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 February 2022 00:55 (two years ago) link

Wow, gave up on 25 and don’t think I’d ever have got it. Just seems like a massive leap from where I was at, even as close as #996.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 24 February 2022 00:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 45 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.54. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #27. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 15.31. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Well, that was a better result than yesterday’s fiasco, and a pretty satisfying line of progression, from musical instruments through the word “classical” to the ancient world, and then suddenly “philosopher” which skyrocketed me to 987, at which point it was a steady circling the answer (and kind of a lucky guess when I hit it, TBH).

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 24 February 2022 01:34 (two years ago) link

Got it in 136. Echoing everyone else, this was much more linear than most of them.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 24 February 2022 02:14 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 193 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.22. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #108. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 36.80 (667/1000).

my first one! now i'm hooked for life i guess.

, Thursday, 24 February 2022 03:08 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 45 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.00. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #17. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.30 (27/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Definitely a lucky guess. My top three before that lucky guess were poet, essayist, author so I can't even tell you why I guessed what I did. Agree on this being easier / more linear but I don't mind at all.

brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 24 February 2022 04:19 (two years ago) link

fun when you can convince yourself "no I wasn't just guessing, I was tapping into my inner semantic network"

brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 24 February 2022 04:29 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 104 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 22.90. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 12.80.

could’ve been faster tbh, I’d gotten the root word pretty early on but didn’t think to try the other forms even after it was clear it was looking for an occupation.

For the quick finishers, do you guys have a strategy for which words/word types you punch in at the start to have a high chance of getting in the greens? In the past few games, it’s taken me close to 100 guesses before I even get warm

Roz, Thursday, 24 February 2022 05:51 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 73 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.64. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #20. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 50.40 (967/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I'm OK with this. nouns seem to be the easiest.

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 24 February 2022 05:58 (two years ago) link

I don't normally finish at all, and when I do get to green is it definitely luck. I don't know why I decided to guess sailor today. Soon after, maybe because I was watching Bill Bailey, I tried comedian and it was pretty straightforward from there.

brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 24 February 2022 05:59 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 27 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.70. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.95.

...much better than yesterday which I couldn't get!

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Thursday, 24 February 2022 06:41 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 21 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.21. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.09. https://semantle.novalis.org/

pissed it today

calzino, Thursday, 24 February 2022 08:04 (two years ago) link



For the quick finishers, do you guys have a strategy for which words/word types you punch in at the start to have a high chance of getting in the greens? In the past few games, it’s taken me close to 100 guesses before I even get warm


i try a few things, not necessarily definitively successful obv. one is choosing words that potentially have more connections - eg “run” that you can the break down in terms of direction if needed - “direct” “move” “spill”

another is to choose different grammatical elements especially where there’s been no movement on the similarity, eg noun, adjective, adverb, verb. this partly to avoid the trap of always thinking of nouns.

obviously after being v “cold” the need to think across widely disparate sets or concepts but that’s obvious and intrinsic to the game.

all that said i only got a hook (tend to consider this “above 10 similarity) after 15 today. reached 954 in another 8 but am now stuck.

i didn’t get yesterday’s but should have thought in terms of psychological costliness, instead i was trapped in “complexity” as an attribute of an object and didn’t get out.

Fizzles, Thursday, 24 February 2022 08:05 (two years ago) link

I got my highest scoring guess in this one, my first 999 with scholar. it was never going to take a lot of guesses after that.

calzino, Thursday, 24 February 2022 08:08 (two years ago) link

Today was my best yet. Got it in 36.

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:04 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 86 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.90. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.94. https://semantle.novalis.org/

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 24 February 2022 10:19 (two years ago) link

@Calzino: I dunno, I got that one as my 68th guess, and still ended up needing 110 guesses. I got too hung up on synonyms etc for a little while.
First time I actually finished one of these.

I solved Semantle #26 in 110 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.70. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.87 (454/1000).

Looking back through it now, it's funny to realize that my 11th word was history. At some point I also tried historicist, which I suppose is proof that I don't think like a native English speaker.

Øystein, Thursday, 24 February 2022 11:50 (two years ago) link

I think sometimes that the more heavily verbose people playing this might struggle more because they overcomplicate it, or maybe that's just bollox and some people get lucky!

calzino, Thursday, 24 February 2022 11:57 (two years ago) link

Stuck on 999, aaargh.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 February 2022 13:20 (two years ago) link

^ That was me today. Got 999, then did another 100 guesses, then gave up.

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 24 February 2022 13:24 (two years ago) link

it was my third guess after the 999 that did it, but like I say if you can't be brilliant be lucky.

calzino, Thursday, 24 February 2022 13:26 (two years ago) link

I've now got 6 of the top 10 and 12 of the top 20. I hate this game.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:26 (two years ago) link

Found it on guess #288. My 999 was guess #191, and I was going to give up on guess #291, so that was lucky.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:34 (two years ago) link

instead i was trapped in “complexity” as an attribute of an object and didn’t get out.
― Fizzles, Thursday, February 24, 2022 8:05 AM (six hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I did the same yesterday and ultimately didn't get it. I would have kept working at it but accidentally restarted my browser so I lost yesterday's page.

Onto today's!

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:40 (two years ago) link

Oh well okay I just completely randomly got it on guess #69 after dancing around a parallel track for about 6 guesses.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 73 guesses.

Much better than yesterday's though I did hit a synonym rut for a bit, needed to widen my net rather than trying *every single variation* of a word. I needed to look at types of scholar rather than trying to hit every direct synonym for it, of course I did - also needed not to try every school of philosophy when I hit philosopher (while it could have been 'sophist' it was highly unlikely to have been 'deconstructionist', come on brain.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 February 2022 15:40 (two years ago) link

61! fucking finally. jesus. i had history on guess 16 annoyingly. the hook into this was dream from which i got to memory.

Fizzles, Thursday, 24 February 2022 21:25 (two years ago) link

did it in about 90. Route was sort of book, librarian, scribe, archivist

kinder, Thursday, 24 February 2022 21:31 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #26 in 38 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.99. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.92 (126/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Route was artist, writer, biographer

ledge, Thursday, 24 February 2022 23:28 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 58 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.12. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 29.48 (775/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Felt relatively straightforward - or as straightforward as Semantle ever gets - real glad i didn't get too trapped in wrong guess hell today!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 25 February 2022 00:33 (two years ago) link

Yep, pretty straightforward, got it in 39.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 25 February 2022 00:41 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 75 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.84. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #21. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 13.65. https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Friday, 25 February 2022 01:46 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 39 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.55. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 0.66.

i guess i'm really really good at this now (day 2)

, Friday, 25 February 2022 01:50 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 19.54. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.95.

By my third guess I was hitting up around 960 but had to fire about fifty synonyms at it before I got the right word (and, annoyingly, it was a slight variant on one I'd already guessed)

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Friday, 25 February 2022 03:53 (two years ago) link

What was #25? I got utterly stuck and I can't see how to see previous answers.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 25 February 2022 03:58 (two years ago) link

Guayaquil, #25 was costly.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Friday, 25 February 2022 04:37 (two years ago) link

Guayaquil, #25 was fucking brutal.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 25 February 2022 04:46 (two years ago) link

Wow I was not even close! Or rather, I thought I was close but the several top-10 words I had were not leading me towards that at all. And yet I can totally see it, now that I've been told. This is a great game.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 25 February 2022 04:48 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 92 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.65. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #21. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 13.65.

Another one of those “wall of greens” situations where I got into the 99x’s early on but struggled to make the leap to the secret word.

Roz, Friday, 25 February 2022 05:10 (two years ago) link

hadn't played in forever but got it in 80 with a friend playing with me

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 25 February 2022 06:03 (two years ago) link

can see how it would be quite fun played in company

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 25 February 2022 07:25 (two years ago) link

33 today, new pb!

nxd, Friday, 25 February 2022 08:55 (two years ago) link

massive struggle today. hanging around in the low 20s, stuck in an area i know isn’t the right area but *is* adjacent. got to 800s with guess 54. but that’s been my peak, currently on 71. a grind.

Fizzles, Friday, 25 February 2022 10:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 18 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.12. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 36.07 (943/1000).

got lucky today. hit a high green on my second guess.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 25 February 2022 10:11 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 43 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.07. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #20. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.04 (805/1000).

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 25 February 2022 10:16 (two years ago) link

I got frustrated just 60 guesses in and used a thesaurus, despite being at 995 or so. Feel regret and shame.

brisk money (lukas), Friday, 25 February 2022 10:29 (two years ago) link

f’ that. i’ll use any means necessary to get that damn word. and often i’ve found the thesaurus is not your friend but your enemy.

yes i’m still stuck what of it.

Fizzles, Friday, 25 February 2022 12:44 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 172 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.23. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #25. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 55.82 (995/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

mike t-diva, Friday, 25 February 2022 13:26 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 138 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.37. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #31. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.74 (838/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Definitely feel like I'm getting worse at this. Took me ages to get anywhere close today, though, so a lot of wasted words.

emil.y, Friday, 25 February 2022 14:40 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 29 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.49. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #3. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 56.01 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

hit the top 100 on my 5th guess and then it was basically a breeze

Number None, Friday, 25 February 2022 14:51 (two years ago) link

When I play this on my phone I suck, when I play it on my laptop I'm good.

Idk why that is

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Friday, 25 February 2022 15:21 (two years ago) link

yeah, can't play it on the phone at all

Number None, Friday, 25 February 2022 16:31 (two years ago) link

Woah, first time I've found the word after generally hundreds of guesses on other days before giving up.

I solved Semantle #27 in 9 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.52. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #3. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 34.17 (918/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

silverfish, Friday, 25 February 2022 18:34 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 253 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.83. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #42. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 51.72 (993/1000).

Another day with a ton of near-synonyms. I didn't have a method to hone in on the right word. interesting that few of the similar words used the definition of "going up in value".

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 25 February 2022 19:31 (two years ago) link

abanana i’m still in that hellscape

Fizzles, Friday, 25 February 2022 19:46 (two years ago) link

I thought this was going to be a breeze: green at guess 7, 991 at guess 14. Now in the hundreds.

ledge, Friday, 25 February 2022 19:54 (two years ago) link

here we are. dante’s semantic purgatory.

Fizzles, Friday, 25 February 2022 19:57 (two years ago) link

990s would be paradiso tbf.

Fizzles, Friday, 25 February 2022 19:57 (two years ago) link

980s are “you still need to make another jump fucko”

Fizzles, Friday, 25 February 2022 19:57 (two years ago) link

Without giving too much away I'm stuck in a cul de sac of love, what about you?

ledge, Friday, 25 February 2022 20:52 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #27 in 143 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.62. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 46.47 (987/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Had to resort to Roget in the end.

ledge, Friday, 25 February 2022 20:55 (two years ago) link

xxp That's the annoying thing, sometimes 980s are "another jump fucko" and sometimes they're "this word has a lot of synonyms, try them all". Hell, sometimes 998 is "another jump fucko, this time at right angles, possibly through a dimension you can't see".

Anyway I got today's earlier but then I checked this thread and couldn't remember the answer so I went to the site, typed a few guesses I remembered passing through earlier and still couldn't jog my memory, so pressed "give up", and then realised I'd buggered up my stats with a "gave up" (did it on work PC earlier, on laptop now). Not that it matters.

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 25 February 2022 21:01 (two years ago) link

Without giving too much away I'm stuck in a cul de sac of [Hidden text. Tap to view], what about you?


i’m in a world of wonderful and exceptional and award

Fizzles, Friday, 25 February 2022 21:15 (two years ago) link

Various xps: yeah i still don’t get how pretty tight synonyms can sometimes score so low - like, does the neural net write a different hierarchy of associations based on its selected primary definition? So if it’s looking for say, “croak” (frog sound) then it won’t be interested in “die” of “perish” - sorry if this is dumb or incoherent, still learning to think like a computer here

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 25 February 2022 21:39 (two years ago) link

There is some mention on the site about polysemy* causing low scores - I guess the multiple uses mean they're found in different contexts more often and therefore aren't counted as semantically similar. Whereas a usual English-speaking brain would count the meanings additively, the computer penalises them via subtraction. Or something.

(Interestingly, 'polysemous' is not an accepted word in the corpus.)

emil.y, Saturday, 26 February 2022 00:08 (two years ago) link

Aw, nuts! I forgot to finish yesterday’s puzzle, which I woulda likely nailed in a few more guesses. My first guess was “love”, which I think was in the top 100? Green anyway. And I got to the 990s pretty quick. Anyhow, no braggin rights.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 26 February 2022 00:24 (two years ago) link

8 sleep -1.14 (cold)

are negatives supposed to be possible?

, Saturday, 26 February 2022 00:27 (two years ago) link

xps, I think it depends on what contexts it sees most in its corpus of example sentences, which the FAQ says are mostly taken from news articles?

So it doesn't deliberately pick a specific meaning of "croak" but it probably won't rate "croak"/"die" very high as it would be unlikely to appear with that meaning in many of its sample news articles. Meanwhile, there'll be a lot of words with more obviously similar meanings to "die" which it will have grouped "die" with instead.

Or the other day, when the word was "level" it didn't rate "flat" or "even" very highly although they're close synonyms in one not-very-newsworthy context but the 900s were full of words which might appear before "level" in news articles like "higher", "lower", "raise" etc.

(OK, the "before" part still mystifies me, regarding when it scores synonyms highly, vs not necessarily same-in-meaning but interchangeable-in-sentence words like antonyms, vs words which might appear nearby or just in the same sorts of article.)

This is basically what emil.y said except longer and less clear, but I don't think it deliberately subtracts scores for multiple meanings, it's just the algorithm doesn't understand multiple meanings at all, so the meanings it doesn't see as often don't rate highly at all. But I guess it may also penalise even the most common meaning, because there's effectively more noise in the data set from the meanings it doesn't know what to do with.

a passing spacecadet, Saturday, 26 February 2022 00:33 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #28 in 145 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.67. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #63. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 74.70 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 February 2022 00:57 (two years ago) link

I had guesses that had negative relations wtf

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 February 2022 00:59 (two years ago) link

nice job...i struuuggled w/ #28, didnt even get in the green and tapped out @ 183 guesses

johnny crunch, Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:06 (two years ago) link

very stuck on 995

, Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:25 (two years ago) link

Re negatives: I adjusted the similarity algorithm today to be more correct (that's what I get for copy-pasting code!). And as of a few seconds ago I have adjusted the intro text to explain the range.

It's technically "cosine similarity" (multiplied by 100), if that means anything to you.

David Turner (semantle), Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:40 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #28 in 193 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.94. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #56. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 74.70 (999/1000).

this game makes me feel like a gigantic dumb lug googling "words related to politics"

, Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:49 (two years ago) link

Thanks for explanation David! And thanks for this awesome game!

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:54 (two years ago) link

158. Tough one!

Roz, Saturday, 26 February 2022 02:18 (two years ago) link

tonight I had help from a friend who wanted to play, so it was more of a two-pronged effort.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 February 2022 02:55 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #28 in 647 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -4.23. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #315. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 16.84. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Took me over 300 guesses to get into the top 1000. with "animus" of all things

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 26 February 2022 03:17 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #28 in 111 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.99. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 74.70 (999/1000)

fun one that, good journey

nxd, Saturday, 26 February 2022 03:28 (two years ago) link

Jumped from not on the list to 999/1000, and then got the answer due to a habit of trying variations that has never paid off before.

vcrash, Saturday, 26 February 2022 05:32 (two years ago) link

gross today!!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 26 February 2022 07:47 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #28 in 109 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 74.70 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Fuck, I should have got it in the 20s, took me having political, philosophical, theological and cultural all up there before it clicked, and then it was so obvious. Gah. Not sure my insomnia-ridden brain helped either.

emil.y, Saturday, 26 February 2022 09:21 (two years ago) link

ok got it in an embarrassingly large no of guesses - smashed my head against a wall forever with half the top ten and totally stuck, then came back to it between sets at a gig and got it immediately argh!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 26 February 2022 10:23 (two years ago) link

After a lot of dithering in the cold mid-20s, I crashed straight into the top 1000 at 945, leapt immediately up to 999, and have been stuck there ever since.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 26 February 2022 10:45 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #28 in 98 guesses - my first successful one in a while.

My first guess had a similarity of 31.24 - thanks, I guess, to Putin-caused current events.

My first word in the top 1000 was ”hatred” at guess #13 - and I got to 425 at #29 with “propaganda”, but couldn’t get past there for ages. It was guess #81 ”polarize” that provided the necessary course correction to steer me into the home straight.

My penultimate guess had a similarity of 74.70 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Saturday, 26 February 2022 11:45 (two years ago) link

leapt immediately up to 999, and have been stuck there ever since.


mike, my advice would be to keep it as simple as possible. it really is a dead giveaway from there!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Saturday, 26 February 2022 11:52 (two years ago) link

Fuck. Have got 993 and still can't crack it. This game is taking over my life.

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 26 February 2022 12:21 (two years ago) link

OK, cracked it 115.

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 26 February 2022 13:00 (two years ago) link

Well, that was a little lucky: I solved Semantle #28 in 22 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 53.67 (983/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 26 February 2022 16:00 (two years ago) link

I got the 995 blues.

ledge, Saturday, 26 February 2022 16:31 (two years ago) link

yeah me too.
Yesterday's I was so close to getting, I think I probably assumed I'd already done all versions of that word, but hadn't.

kinder, Saturday, 26 February 2022 16:33 (two years ago) link

Oh, FINALLY. My big blind spot was discounting adjectives and assuming nouns - I must have guessed every "ism" there is.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 26 February 2022 17:04 (two years ago) link

I thought I'd guessed every ist or equivalent but I guess not.

ledge, Saturday, 26 February 2022 18:56 (two years ago) link

the answer to this thread's title is: no, I can't. I give up.

StanM, Saturday, 26 February 2022 19:37 (two years ago) link

I gave up. top guess was 'political', must have entered every political persuasion bar cornish independence; I did try to think more generally and I had 'dogmatic' but couldn't make the link.

ledge, Saturday, 26 February 2022 21:17 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 107 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #82. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 47.24 (581/1000).

, Sunday, 27 February 2022 00:15 (two years ago) link

wacky one, took me 82 guesses to get in the green and then 4 guesses later i had 999, and then i honestly thought i might not get it. expected it to be something directly related to violins at least, especially after yesterday had 996-999 all some variation of the answer itself

, Sunday, 27 February 2022 00:19 (two years ago) link

Got it in 44. Pretty straightforward once you get into green

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 27 February 2022 00:33 (two years ago) link

Gave up on #28 but got #29 in 44 as well. Guessed a cluster of words in the twenties having to do with writing, got from there to poetic, which was almost in the green, and from there it was an easy few jumps to lyrical --> musician --> music --> guitar --> piano.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 27 February 2022 00:37 (two years ago) link

Yep, followed a very similar route

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 27 February 2022 00:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 21 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.58. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.79. https://semantle.novalis.org/

dumb luck but felt good

johnny crunch, Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:02 (two years ago) link

I always guess "tree" first. only cos it gets me going and often ranges between 8-10 percentile

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:03 (two years ago) link

holy fuck, that was the easiest one for me yet

I solved Semantle #29 in 39 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.99. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #39. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 0.71. https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:09 (two years ago) link

only got in the top 1000 once...when I guessed the word.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:09 (two years ago) link

that is awesome!

, Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:11 (two years ago) link

all of my guesses had to do with vehicles, and then pedal almost got me into the top 1000, but other things like 'pedal' weren't working, so I thought of a pedal for a piano, and...that was it

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:11 (two years ago) link

I solved Pimantle #4 with 229 guesses and no hints!

https://semantle.pimanrul.es

someone made a clone with a 2D visualization, though i can't say i got any use out of it at all

, Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:32 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 48 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.01. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 77.56 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Phew, much less agony than yesterday. This game either provides a nice little lunchtime (AEST) diversion, or completely eviscerates my day.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:43 (two years ago) link

After 400 guesses on #28 — and being stuck at 995/1000 — I went to a family get-together and couldn’t get back in time to SURELY solve that maddening thing. DNF! Then…

I solved Semantle #29 in 30 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.01. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #28 (923/1000 woot). My penultimate guess had a similarity of 54.14 (826/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

…which is the best I’ve done and it felt pretty good.

Neanderthal, mine was 28, 29, 30: accordion >>> keyboard >>> bingo!

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Sunday, 27 February 2022 02:44 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 80 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.25. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #40. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 58.69 (918/1000).

Fun one.

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 27 February 2022 04:30 (two years ago) link

I wonder if the pimantle guy is a Mel Croucher fan.

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 27 February 2022 04:46 (two years ago) link

I am now stuck on the 999/1000. I am absolutely baffled as to what it can be given that I guessed the words that obviously seem like the closest words.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 27 February 2022 06:37 (two years ago) link

I'm baffled that you're baffled! It's amazing how this game reveals the different types of semantic leaps people make. I didn't get 999 but I got a very similar one in the high 990s and then immediately guessed the answer. But then there have been games where I've had several in the high 900s and still given up.

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 27 February 2022 07:13 (two years ago) link

no i understand being baffled! i had pretty much 990-999 and for ages was unable to see what it could possibly be - i guess if you work your way up via a particular route, it can kind of obscure some other possibilities

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, 27 February 2022 07:40 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 98 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 20.22. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #84. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 72.63 (991/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Phew, scraped in under 100.

ledge, Sunday, 27 February 2022 08:13 (two years ago) link

Lots of extremely niche words in the top 1000, which explains the difficulty (for me anyway) in getting the first green.

ledge, Sunday, 27 February 2022 08:18 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 114 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.72. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #75. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 73.12 (993/1000).

There are so many words related to music that it could have easily taken me 30 more guesses to get there, or indeed 30 fewer.

Grandpont Genie, Sunday, 27 February 2022 09:12 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 125 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.51. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #71. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.22 (428/1000).

I like the text he's recently added to the preamble:

By "semantically similar", I mean, roughly "used in the context of similar words, in a database of news articles."

I find it really helps to keep that in mind. It's not about synonyms, it's about words in the same wheelhouse.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Sunday, 27 February 2022 10:40 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 149 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.83. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #30. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.66. https://semantle.novalis.org/

mike t-diva, Sunday, 27 February 2022 12:53 (two years ago) link

i definitely quibble with the semantically similar calculations -- thinking about my guesses for #29 that the game said were way off base, and then finally getting it, I was like, "uh, those two words tend to go together quite a bit?"

sarahell, Sunday, 27 February 2022 13:45 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #29 in 58 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 34.50. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #32. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 63.51 (970/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Nice and simple! My first guess was both good for me in being close but also a bit of a distraction, lots of guesses about art before making the leap to music. And then of course my brain tried sousaphone before it tried the real answer.

emil.y, Sunday, 27 February 2022 14:28 (two years ago) link

29 guesses for #29

certainly found the last few a bit easier than the ones about a week ago

nxd, Sunday, 27 February 2022 14:38 (two years ago) link

426 bloody guesses for today's. 371 before I got a single green, yet millions of 20-30+ colds. (mainly furniture and house related objects, "sofa" was top of the list for a long time )

kinder, Sunday, 27 February 2022 19:47 (two years ago) link

(ie Semantle no. 29)

kinder, Sunday, 27 February 2022 19:49 (two years ago) link

Puzzle 24, today's: I am at 999/1000 lol

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Sunday, 27 February 2022 23:31 (two years ago) link

Sorry 29, not 24.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Sunday, 27 February 2022 23:31 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 162 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.82. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #27. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.78. https://semantle.novalis.org/

hard one!

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 February 2022 00:44 (two years ago) link

Despite hitting the green at guess 6, I'm still completely lost at guess 99.

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 28 February 2022 00:55 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 322 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 26.76 (509/1000).My penultimate guess had a similarity of 15.14. https://semantle.novalis.org/

my first two greens were guess #1 and guess #143

, Monday, 28 February 2022 01:05 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 93 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.69. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #14. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 29.21 (718/1000).

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 28 February 2022 01:20 (two years ago) link

I got 963/1000 at #19 and then it was a slog

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 28 February 2022 01:20 (two years ago) link

Yep - 963/1000 is my top green so far, and I've tried everything and am no closer

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 28 February 2022 01:44 (two years ago) link

My new rule is to give up if I haven't got it by 200 guesses, so I don't destroy the entire day with it. Accordingly, gave up on this one despite a sea of green - but I wasn't conceptually that close to getting it, highest guess was 982/1000. Tough one indeed!

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 28 February 2022 02:24 (two years ago) link

I'm baffled that you're baffled! It's amazing how this game reveals the different types of semantic leaps people make. I didn't get 999 but I got a very similar one in the high 990s and then immediately guessed the answer. But then there have been games where I've had several in the high 900s and still given up.

― Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 27 February 2022 07:13 (yesterday) link

Now that I know the answer I remain baffled. The 999/1000 word was “violin”. I thought for sure that meant it had to be viola or cello. From a musical perspective piano is so much further away than any number or other possible musical instruments or words.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 28 February 2022 04:09 (two years ago) link

I didn't get 'violin', but I did get 'guitar', so I just immediately thought common musical instruments. Of which, piano was the first to come to mind.

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 28 February 2022 04:40 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 137 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.37. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 11.28. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Trickier! But not brutally unfair I don't think - again, was stuck on a certain line of thinking and had to make a little conceptual nudge sideways.

Now that I know the answer I remain baffled. The 999/1000 word was “violin”. I thought for sure that meant it had to be viola or cello. From a musical perspective piano is so much further away than any number or other possible musical instruments or words.

Yeah I was really fixated on "members of the orchestra" for this one - whereas if you're looking more broadly at "musical instruments" then it shakes loose a bit I think.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 28 February 2022 06:32 (two years ago) link

I was down to racking my brain for orchestral instruments past timpani before I took a flier on piano on that one.

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 28 February 2022 06:42 (two years ago) link

not finished the last few - flailing around in the 700s/800s - pleased to get back on track.


I solved Semantle #30 in 33 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.15. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 56.11 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Fizzles, Monday, 28 February 2022 08:37 (two years ago) link

interesting that my penultimate guess at 996 would have probably had me giving up if i’d come at it from a different angle. not sure idve made the leap.

Fizzles, Monday, 28 February 2022 08:38 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 139 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.28. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #95. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 62.64 (997/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 28 February 2022 08:51 (two years ago) link

Best ever!

I solved Semantle #30 in 39 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.03. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #22. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.94.

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 28 February 2022 10:20 (two years ago) link

Jesus, totally stuck on this one. Highest is 963, I have a definite subject area my greens are all in - military shit - but not everything there hits and can't seem to find the right tangent.

ledge, Monday, 28 February 2022 10:35 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 613 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.90. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #85. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.08. https://semantle.novalis.org/

ugh well i sure made a meal of that.

ledge, Monday, 28 February 2022 10:51 (two years ago) link

The 999/1000 word was “violin”. I thought for sure that meant it had to be viola or cello. From a musical perspective piano is so much further away than any number or other possible musical instruments or words

It's not about a strictly musical perspective though. Say you're reading a magazine article about music. If the article mentions the violin, then it's more likely to also mention the piano than it is to mention either the viola or the cello.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 28 February 2022 11:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 177 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.54. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 46.44 (979/1000)

Can’t tell if I’m getting better at this or not

Roz, Monday, 28 February 2022 13:44 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 51 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.63. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.83.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 February 2022 14:23 (two years ago) link

Now that I know the answer I remain baffled. The 999/1000 word was “violin”. I thought for sure that meant it had to be viola or cello. From a musical perspective piano is so much further away than any number or other possible musical instruments or words.

― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, February 28, 2022 4:09 AM (ten hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Totally same. I tried every band and orchestral instrument, musical terms, component parts like "reed" and "armature," and would never have guessed piano because I don't think of a piano as part of the orchestra (rightly or wrongly). Too much human brain!

One thing I think a lot is that often the answer is something much easier and more common/less specialist than I think it is. Except for IDEOLOGICALLY or whatever.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Monday, 28 February 2022 14:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 291 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 20.38. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #96. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.24.

High number of guesses because my first green bars were romance, fling, tryst.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Monday, 28 February 2022 15:22 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 172 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.69. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #163. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.64. https://semantle.novalis.org/

i was stuck for ages on movie, drama, bikini, watch lol how did I not get it until immediately after i got a green with secret

kinder, Monday, 28 February 2022 15:53 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #30 in 117 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.90. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #33. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.96. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I've found I'll quite frequently get it after a very cold guess, because at that point I'm searching around a bit more widely than just using synonyms for my top guess. Big exception was getting ideology when I knew it should be a different form of the word, that's my only jump from 999 to the correct answer I can think of. My route today was through crime and criminals, getting up to hackers and terrorists and assassins, then to the right answer.

emil.y, Monday, 28 February 2022 16:03 (two years ago) link

route for me was via oft used helicopter, airplane, rocket, satellite, intelligence. if i’d hit intelligence at 997 without coming in via satellite, i would have been doing a lot of guessing in the wrong area!

Fizzles, Monday, 28 February 2022 16:21 (two years ago) link

Heh kinder that wasn’t my route (which was similar to emil.y’s) but I got it immediately after that last green too.

I’ve also found that I tend to waste a lot of guesses trying out different forms of a word which was very confusing today cause assassin was ranked higher than assassinating, but hoaxing was higher than hoaxer, and pretending was green but pretender was not even close to warm

Roz, Monday, 28 February 2022 16:27 (two years ago) link

Tried it today for the first time, got it in 153. Interesting feeling to look at your old guesses and see how they're connected to the answer, especially the cold ones hovering around 25 similarity. Started to get it with "assassin" but still took me another 50 guesses to figure it out.

Nhex, Monday, 28 February 2022 18:09 (two years ago) link

This was naaasty

I solved Semantle #31 in 158 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.26. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #65. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.99. https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 1 March 2022 02:17 (two years ago) link

118 guesses. Not the easiest...

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 02:53 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #31 in 241 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.24. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #128. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.76. https://semantle.novalis.org/

rough... stuck on 997 forever

, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 02:54 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #31 in 227 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.65. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #173. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 38.73 (969/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 1 March 2022 03:17 (two years ago) link

horrible, so horrible i am ashamed to share the number of guesses it took me

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 1 March 2022 06:29 (two years ago) link

guess 61 and reached a dead end at 982 - been messing about in the greens for some time now. will come back to it later.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 07:12 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #31 in 336 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 32.01 (893/1000).My penultimate guess had a similarity of 45.24 (986/1000).

that was a real hard slog

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 1 March 2022 07:35 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #31 in 157 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.56. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 29.50 (819/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Thought I was going to string it out for a lot longer. Closest for ages was 'relevant' at 907, on a whim I tried 'nice', and remembered its old fashioned meaning of 'precise/exact', which somehow led me to 'fitting/appropriate'.

ledge, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 10:01 (two years ago) link

34 guesses today - my best I think. Partially luck though.

Kim, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 14:17 (two years ago) link

spoke to soon about this getting easier, nightmare couple of days lol
168 today

nxd, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 15:25 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #31 in 90 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.12. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 31.62 (875/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

kinder, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 15:58 (two years ago) link

my problem is now, using the same intro words as my initial guesses has me always following the same pattern of guesses, which sometimes results in gold, but often times gets me wasting ten guesses and going down the wrong path.

I just like starting with "tree" because it's easy, but it almost always winds up an 8-10%er, then I wind up guessing "building", "house", and then sometimes that means I'm coming at it from the wrong angle.

I'm going to go random today and see how that helps.

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 1 March 2022 16:35 (two years ago) link

Gave up at 186, but my best guess was so close (998/1000)!

Nhex, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 18:12 (two years ago) link

123 for me. Wouldn't feel too bad about it but I made my boyfriend start playing and he got it in 50-something.

emil.y, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 18:21 (two years ago) link

I do 'tree' 'woman' 'world' 'know' early on but they don't always help. Today I was channeling Borat on my 12th guess/1st green guess...

kinder, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 23:30 (two years ago) link

I didn't solve #31. Got to 982 or so and then got stuck.

I solved Semantle #32 in 189 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.88. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #74 (skin). My penultimate guess had a similarity of 71.74 (997/1000).

I'm still having fun with this game.

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 00:20 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 40 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.05. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 23.27. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I had fun today! But yesterday was pure suffering.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 00:21 (two years ago) link

i am completely lost on today's

, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 00:25 (two years ago) link

Got today's in 27 after just one guess in the green.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 00:26 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 247 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.39. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #209. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 51.10 (962/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

That was painful

, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 00:38 (two years ago) link

Did it in 17, my best ever, but it was just random luck.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 00:41 (two years ago) link

well that's just the dumbest luck lol

179 liver 100.00 FOUND!
175 blood 42.23 487/1000
177 hematoma 36.00 (cold)

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 00:47 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 126 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.27. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #95. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 31.82. https://semantle.novalis.org/

good stuff today, i had given up the last 2 days... still enjoying playing :)

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 01:05 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 33 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.75. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 60.70 (994/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Did much better than my attempt for #31 where I gave up after 200 guesses or so.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 04:05 (two years ago) link

#31 - gave up at 301 guesses and 10 minutes to go

I solved Semantle #32 in 40 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.50. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.22.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 04:25 (two years ago) link

FUCK

I solved Semantle #32 in 183 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.51. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #160. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 9.09. https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 04:28 (two years ago) link

I was lost because words related to fish were all popping at 20-30%, and I still have no idea what made me pivot to stomach other than suddenly I started listing foods other than fish and thought hmm I'm hungry

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 04:30 (two years ago) link

looking at the top 1000 this one seems really impenetrable if you don't happen to guess a medical/anatomy term.... i was stuck on "death" as my top guess forever but i wasn't thinking about it in a medical sense as much as an existential/terminal sense. didn't have a breakthrough until i guessed "comatose," which i still wasn't really thinking about in a medical sense........

, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 06:11 (two years ago) link

well that was ridiculous. fiddling around in nothing land for ages, then jumped from cold to 998. annoyed i didn’t get yesterday’s.

I solved Semantle #32 in 57 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.69. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #53. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 10.62. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Fizzles, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 06:29 (two years ago) link

*988

Fizzles, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 06:29 (two years ago) link

it is *interesting* looking at the word list what’s in there and say not chicken, which was an early guess.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 06:32 (two years ago) link

Yeah, that does confuse me too. Like, even if certain words are more closely associated because of the nature of the computer’s reading list - I get that - but I still don’t understand how secondary meanings (or words that might have a secondary set of semantic associations) are pushed right off the list.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 06:41 (two years ago) link

Got to 487 in 4 and 995 in 11 - and that’s where I’m at still, after 48 guesses. Time for a break.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 07:55 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 51 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.73. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #49. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 73.89 (999/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 08:14 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 73 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.31. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #52. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.88 (750/1000).

Towards the end I may have wasted a few guesses by choosing words that were too scientific, like lymphocyte! It's hard to know - maybe this helped me focus on terms which were biological in nature.

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 09:13 (two years ago) link

Bless you, David, for creating such an addictive game. Also, curse you, David, for creating such an addictive game!

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 09:18 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 77 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 13.39.
My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #39. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 28.10.

kinder, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 09:18 (two years ago) link

Yeah, that does confuse me too. Like, even if certain words are more closely associated because of the nature of the computer’s reading list - I get that - but I still don’t understand how secondary meanings (or words that might have a secondary set of semantic associations) are pushed right off the list.


i would guess the semantic domain here is heavily defined by a particular industry corpus (having seen the full wordlist)

Fizzles, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 09:29 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 35 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.67. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 73.89 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

My quickest result yet. Guess 7 was container (16:03), guess 16 was vessel (25.31). After faffing around a bit with other meanings of vessel, I tried artery (guess 26) and leapt to 851/1000. Then it was mostly swift and linear, through aorta, lung, kidney to liver.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 11:54 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #32 in 110 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.49. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #106. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 73.89 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

fuck. no greens till #106 blood then got it in five. highest (but not green) for a while was hospital, should have played around with that more maybe. or, looking at the full word list, maybe not.

ledge, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 13:30 (two years ago) link

I had a go with the mirror site yesterday, trying some earlier ones i didn't play (or did but forgot about, so fickle is memory). Had more instances of taking over 100 to get green. Was stumped for ages with one where glue, cloth, tree, wood were all green but nothing else close to any of those words was. (It was candle.)

ledge, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 13:36 (two years ago) link

Best yet!

I solved Semantle #32 in 31 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.56. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 71.74 (997/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Came very close to getting stuck and wasting hundreds of guesses on fish, but gill led me to try lung which got me there super-quick.

emil.y, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 15:03 (two years ago) link

should have got there sooner but took too long to hit green!

75 guesses today, fun one!

nxd, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 16:49 (two years ago) link

652 to 666 on the word list is pretty funny

nxd, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 16:58 (two years ago) link

Today was my first. I guessed the third (or second?) closest word on my 25th guess. Let’s say this word was “rhubarb”

So then I spent some 25 more guesses on rhubarbs, rhubarbic, rhubarbian, rhubarb pie, rhubarb salad, phylodoxyglycosirhubarb, brabuhr? rrrrrhubarb? rhubarbara?

The answer ended up being celery

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 17:12 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 34 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.23. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #21. My penultimate guess had a similarity of -6.61. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I have a busy day and my productivity is very grateful for this result.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 3 March 2022 00:21 (two years ago) link

I'm getting much worse at this

I solved Semantle #33 in 357 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.83. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 39.61 (972/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 3 March 2022 00:58 (two years ago) link

in my defense, i have to take a dump and I didn't want to play this on the toilet so I was guessing rather rapid-fire

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 3 March 2022 00:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 175 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.71. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #45. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 38.02 (964/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

i think i could've gotten this a hundred guesses sooner. are adjectives the least fun ones? i just crawl and crawl through the thesaurus until i find the right one

, Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:19 (two years ago) link

yeah I hate the adjectives

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:29 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 290 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.37. My first word in the top 1000 change was at guess #25. My penultimate guess beautiful had a similarity of 26.40 (310/1000).

Good puzzle today. I could have gotten it sooner by figuring out how guesses like #25 were related.

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:53 (two years ago) link

Gave up around guess 180. Kicked myself when I saw the answer, a very easy jump from the many greens I'd already got.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:58 (two years ago) link

I have a bad tendency of guessing words of the same level of syllables once I go green

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:59 (two years ago) link

22! personal best :)

nxd, Thursday, 3 March 2022 04:13 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 43 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.23. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #30. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.23 (462/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

odd one this. only had three greens the highest of which was 800, but had a flash of realising what domain i was in and fluked the answer immediately after.

Fizzles, Thursday, 3 March 2022 07:40 (two years ago) link

actually having looked at the wordlist, that’s not true. id identified an area - advertising - which covered the green words i’d uncovered - and in the end it was just luck.

Fizzles, Thursday, 3 March 2022 08:57 (two years ago) link

That feeling after getting a high green early on, of your number of guesses marching inexorably into the hundreds.

That feeling of sudden inspiration, 'yes this must be it!', typing it in, hitting 'guess' ... cold.

ledge, Thursday, 3 March 2022 09:31 (two years ago) link

absolutely. that moment of “ah! i know!”… 1.16

Fizzles, Thursday, 3 March 2022 09:46 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 108 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 18.86. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #25. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.32 (55/1000).

I use a thesaurus pretty much every day for this now. I do think of it as cheating, but the alternative - sheer frustration - is unattractive.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 3 March 2022 10:00 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 207 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.41. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 49.76 (992/1000).

feels like this should’ve been easier for me sigh

Roz, Thursday, 3 March 2022 10:47 (two years ago) link

Struggling with this one, got one in top 1000 on 6th guess. Got to 991 on guess 130, up to 203 but seem to be going nowhere.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 3 March 2022 11:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 178 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 14.77. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #32. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 28.20 (595/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Wasn't expecting that! Managed to get it by pure chance after being stuck on 'smart' (but not 'intelligent'), 'swift' (but not 'fast'), and then getting my highest green with the frankly unhelpful 'farsighted'.

ledge, Thursday, 3 March 2022 12:23 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 6 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.36. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.32 (886/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I don't think I'm ever going to beat this. First guess in green was #981>#886>#1000. Completely random.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Thursday, 3 March 2022 12:33 (two years ago) link

nice!

Roz, Thursday, 3 March 2022 12:57 (two years ago) link

wow great job!

nxd, Thursday, 3 March 2022 13:10 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 231 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.70. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.93. https://semantle.novalis.org/

What a slog that was.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 3 March 2022 14:54 (two years ago) link

I gave up on #32, and looking at the answer, no, I was never going to get it.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 3 March 2022 14:58 (two years ago) link

Incredible, PBKR.

Took me 180 today, for #33. My first green was pretty useless (ironically, it was 'green'), but eventually I went from colours, through stylishness, to dangerousness, and the combo of the last two areas led me to the answer.

emil.y, Thursday, 3 March 2022 14:59 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 52 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.53. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #18. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 11.27. https://semantle.novalis.org/

daunting was my first green and it sent me in the totally wrong direction. It was pure luck that I got it during a flurry of rapid guessing, because the direction I was going in would have took me nowhere near it.

calzino, Thursday, 3 March 2022 15:11 (two years ago) link

I just scored a NEGATIVE 4.54, possibly my worst guess score ever.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 3 March 2022 15:30 (two years ago) link

still not sure how negatives work
got a -10.5 the other day

nxd, Thursday, 3 March 2022 15:34 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #33 in 54 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.98. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 18.66.

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 3 March 2022 17:17 (two years ago) link

I got it, it took a lot of guesses!

I’d love for there to be an option to pursue the LEAST-semantically related word to the solution, once you’ve solved it, that’d be a fun time

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 3 March 2022 17:40 (two years ago) link

Gave up at 218. Whenever I approach the 200 guess mark I feel like quitting. Best word was 947/1000.

Nhex, Thursday, 3 March 2022 17:40 (two years ago) link

Had a much easier time here

I solved Semantle #34 in 54 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 14.03. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #45. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.24 (992/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Friday, 4 March 2022 00:10 (two years ago) link

Got #34 in 94 guesses, definitely getting better at this.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 4 March 2022 01:01 (two years ago) link

107 guesses. But I was basically lost until 100 or so - the longest I've ever had before hitting the green.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 4 March 2022 01:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 26 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.22. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #22. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 4.18. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Wild fluke, I’ll take it

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 4 March 2022 01:53 (two years ago) link

Zelda Zonk, we seem to have a very similar guessing pattern. This took me 110 guesses, and I didn't get a guess in the green until #103. Then I had a few more completely cold guesses and then got the answer.

Lily Dale, Friday, 4 March 2022 01:57 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 57 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.33. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #38. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.92. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Relatively quick today

Roz, Friday, 4 March 2022 02:33 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 112 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.96. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #95. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 10.76. https://semantle.novalis.org/

, Friday, 4 March 2022 05:30 (two years ago) link

bit of a slog today - slowly making my way up through the greens (first guess in greens was 54/1000). got sidetracked by sustainable, fair, trade and only really got somewhere with market at guess 66.

I solved Semantle #34 in 85 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -3.15. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 23.92. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Fizzles, Friday, 4 March 2022 08:09 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 92 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.73. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.66.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 4 March 2022 08:20 (two years ago) link

YES, finally. Got #34 in 70.

Sam Weller, Friday, 4 March 2022 08:57 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 119 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 14.86. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 3.59. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Another grind into the 100s, first dozen greens were almost entirely unhelpful. 'Size' but not mass or length or width or height so I don't know why I persisted with 'volume', but that led me towards 'sales'.

ledge, Friday, 4 March 2022 08:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 11 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.49. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.01. https://semantle.novalis.org/

incredible luck, but I was owed

brisk money (lukas), Friday, 4 March 2022 10:25 (two years ago) link

the weird thing is that haggle to value is super straightforward but haggle wasn't even top 1000.

brisk money (lukas), Friday, 4 March 2022 10:32 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 46 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.24. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 13.42. https://semantle.novalis.org/

This game isn't really about synonyms at all. They can point in the right direction initially or to find the final word when you are close, but if I'm not making clear progress with each series of guesses, it's time to switch up the strategy.

Also, words in the 800s aren't really that close sometimes. Often you are just as well off thinking of a completely new path, than trying to get from 800 to 1000 if you are stuck.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Friday, 4 March 2022 12:54 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 39 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.89. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #27. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 23.20. https://semantle.novalis.org/

the highest green I got was 626 with profit and it didn't take many guesses after that because it was very close really.

calzino, Friday, 4 March 2022 13:14 (two years ago) link

Gave up at 256. I'm just getting worse everyday lol

Nhex, Friday, 4 March 2022 14:54 (two years ago) link

Well, I was feeling good about my 54, but looks like most of you beat me. Bah.

I actually think my prime enjoyment game is where it takes me about 90-odd. Just scraping in before the hundred, lots of guesses to play with, not too frustrating but difficult enough to provide a challenge.

emil.y, Friday, 4 March 2022 15:36 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 139 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.82. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.27 (57/1000).

Good lord it took a lot of circling around for me to get there.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 4 March 2022 15:38 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 91 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.80. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #57. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 48.66 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

took ages to hit green!

nxd, Friday, 4 March 2022 17:08 (two years ago) link

words 510 to 513 are the highlights today

nxd, Friday, 4 March 2022 17:10 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #34 in 79 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.06. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #33 (straight in at 943!) My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.53.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 4 March 2022 18:47 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 24 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.93. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.73 (770/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Saturday, 5 March 2022 00:39 (two years ago) link

meh I shoulda got this sooner

I solved Semantle #35 in 113 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 21.56. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #22. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.94. https://semantle.novalis.org/

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 5 March 2022 00:42 (two years ago) link

stuck on 998

I don't know the word xwoba.

, Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:05 (two years ago) link

it's from Shaggy's "Boombastic"

Mr Xwoba Xwoba

sorry Mario, but our princess is in another butthole (Neanderthal), Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:07 (two years ago) link

57 for me. Took over 50 guesses to get in the green but it was quick from there

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:48 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 52 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -2.51. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 55.80 (997/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

thought for a hot second it was gonna be the Shane Warne Memorial Semantle

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 5 March 2022 02:12 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 54 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.47. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 5.55. https://semantle.novalis.org/

just got that one out of nowhere but also feel it was a decent enough guess. my nearest prior guess was 826.

47 swing 35.88 826/1000
38 play 31.87 707/1000
41 game 30.32 645/1000
16 wood 27.72 443/1000
48 frame 27.40 408/1000
32 wooden 25.68 165/1000

interesting how much cricket dominates the domain list (id been wondering about US/UK corpus bias) RIP Warne

also it’s a word testing the question of whether you get multiple meaning domains - here would bat as in pipistrelle also feature in the wordlist - no is the fairly obvious answer - these are semantic fields - but my early “going up” scores with “tree” and “garden” did have me wondering.

Fizzles, Saturday, 5 March 2022 04:52 (two years ago) link

actually that’s baloney cricket doesn’t appear until 864. ignore me, it’s usually best and i haven’t had much sleep.

Fizzles, Saturday, 5 March 2022 04:56 (two years ago) link

Interesting how completely one-sided Semantle seems to be when it comes to words with multiple meanings. I mean 'bat' as in the flying mammal is not exactly a rare usage, but there's virtually no association with it at all in the top 1000. 'Echolocate' comes in at 693.

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 5 March 2022 05:12 (two years ago) link

yeah that’s weird. i’ve read over the word2vec document again and my assumption that the semantic domain will define the meaning of the word (where there are multiple meanings/polysemous) looks wrong. so it must be predominant usage in the corpus?

Fizzles, Saturday, 5 March 2022 06:21 (two years ago) link

ZZ I tried exactly that after arriving at the answer from the other direction ball, pitch, racquet - I then tried 'echolocation' which was 599 and 'bird' which was 477 but 'fly' was cold

kinder, Saturday, 5 March 2022 13:16 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 80 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.25. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 43.34 (953/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Could have chopped 40 guesses out v easily. Oh well.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Saturday, 5 March 2022 13:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 188 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.64. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #24. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 48.38 (986/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Fuck this game! Got 'play' early on (after mistyping 'fly'); 'game' yep, 'sport' no, 'rugby' no, 'football' no - ah well better not try any other sports then. Bastard.

ledge, Saturday, 5 March 2022 13:56 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 61 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 22.98. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.99.

Total fluke!

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 5 March 2022 14:07 (two years ago) link

lol ledge i would have been livid.

Fizzles, Saturday, 5 March 2022 14:22 (two years ago) link

it’s all about the angle you come in at. small increments at low levels are really unhelpful and you have to force yourself to almost start from scratch and expand the net of “good” guesses. multiply the angles.

Fizzles, Saturday, 5 March 2022 14:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 26 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.87 (203/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Apparently I did come at it a different way to you lot, my path was toward the flying animal - my first green hit was 'bird', so I just tried some other flying things and got lucky with the cute lil night friend.

emil.y, Saturday, 5 March 2022 15:02 (two years ago) link

I eventually got there with ball which I should have guessed earlier than I did; I did guess hit which isn't there wtf, though some derivatives are.

ledge, Saturday, 5 March 2022 15:07 (two years ago) link

Gave up on 418 today.

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 5 March 2022 15:23 (two years ago) link

Ridiculous number of greens (43) which were a combination of words about warfare, weapons, woodwork tools and gardening tools. .

So, totally see how those relate to what the answer is, but I am not sure I'd have ever got there! Well done those who did.

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 5 March 2022 15:28 (two years ago) link

emil.y just swanning in and laughing their way at all the constraints everyone else is wailing about. it’s fascinating how you can create a sub domain out of the main domain and get to the right answer (this happened to me with “bold” where i’d assumed “advertising” out of my words).

ofc get on the wrong tack and omg such a slog.

Fizzles, Saturday, 5 March 2022 15:37 (two years ago) link

Got there in 62 guesses today

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Saturday, 5 March 2022 16:06 (two years ago) link

Gave up today, best was mitt at 959. With my British head on didn’t think about baseball as I’m sure I would have got it if I’d thought of that context.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 5 March 2022 16:23 (two years ago) link

I got a bunch of early hits on guns, rifle - but no other army/violence/injury words - then “projectile” led to “ball” and it was a relative waltz from there, but in my mind was definitely cricket rather than baseball - “wicket” scored quite highly i think

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 5 March 2022 19:09 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 59 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.28. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 46.21 (974/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I went from wood to door to doorknob to opener and stump and as soon as I tried some cricket words is was straightforward top hits from there!

calzino, Saturday, 5 March 2022 20:53 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #35 in 69 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 22.98.
My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5 with “home”.
Got all the way up to 477 at #35 with “bird” and 864 at #65 with “cricket” while being totally on the wrong track (or was I?) (I was thinking flying animals), and then, when I wanted to rule out the *other* meaning with “wicket”, I struck gold. But ironically, it turned out to be a flying animal after all!
My penultimate guess which was “wicket” had a similarity of 46.21 (974/1000).

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 March 2022 22:35 (two years ago) link

That’s a pretty great encapsulation of what makes this game infuriating/fun. I suddenly feel sorry for the poor computers tasked with trying to make sense of this dumb fkn language.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 5 March 2022 23:23 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 30 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -2.47. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #27. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.35 (990/1000)

I felt like I was doing a much better job of swivelling through possible domains this time (allowing that there’s always a great deal of luck involved in getting onto the green).

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, 6 March 2022 00:39 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 45 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.38. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 39.12 (986/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Sunday, 6 March 2022 00:59 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 139 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 16.88. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #42. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 3.99. https://semantle.novalis.org/

i got 2 words above 800 and struggled. getting the answer didn't really feel like "getting" it even though the answer isn't really far off from what i was stuck on.

, Sunday, 6 March 2022 02:02 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 63 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.98. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.42 (317/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

slow start but fairly quick once I got into the greens

Roz, Sunday, 6 March 2022 02:03 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 114 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -5.71. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #42. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 54.97 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Sunday, 6 March 2022 03:09 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 86 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -12.47. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 54.97 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Nhex, Sunday, 6 March 2022 08:13 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 76 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.26. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #53. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 52.26 (995/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Can't be unhappy with that but I wish I'd tried my customary 'option' sooner, it only took me three guesses after that.

ledge, Sunday, 6 March 2022 08:20 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 24.42 (766/1000) with “input”, and I had “team” (558/1000) at #5, but I still couldn’t get back in the green with any of the workspace or management speak words I tried until “process” at #47, and I only saw the light at #51 with “diversity” (874/1000).
My penultimate guess ”array” had a similarity of 32.60 (960/1000).

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:02 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -8.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 35.45 (976/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

it took me another 10 guesses after select which is what I presume ledge meant by customary 'option'.

calzino, Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:04 (two years ago) link

lol nice score, breastcrawl!

calzino, Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:05 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 44 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.74. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #35. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 52.26 (995/1000).
The word that clinched it this time was when I hit on menu.

Grandpont Genie, Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:13 (two years ago) link

Just after I started playing my wife turned in the TV and my first few words were picked out of questions Sophie Raworth was asking the Deputy Minister of Ukraine.

Grandpont Genie, Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:16 (two years ago) link

*prime minister!

Grandpont Genie, Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:17 (two years ago) link

lol nice score, breastcrawl!

very nice, innit? the tie breaker definitely falls your way tho, what with that -10 handicap!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:31 (two years ago) link

-8.42, I do apologize

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:32 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 55 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -2.07. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #50. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 1.12. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Was going nowhere until I randomly got collection

kinder, Sunday, 6 March 2022 09:33 (two years ago) link

it took me another 10 guesses after select which is what I presume ledge meant by customary 'option'.

I meant 'option'! which is one of my customary guesses along with mind, brain, love, emotion, math, logic, object, abstract, god, time, space, distance, place, set, run, do, have... and others. Don't know how good a strategy that is as more general terms often aren't a close match but it's probably no worse than any other!

ledge, Sunday, 6 March 2022 10:55 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 38 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.03. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.42 (317/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Sunday, 6 March 2022 11:31 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 113 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -4.03. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 52.26 (995/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I got trapped at 947 with quality for quite some time.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Sunday, 6 March 2022 13:12 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 4 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.71. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 5.16. https://semantle.novalis.org/

^ absolute fluke as it was so close to one of the starter words I always use. Still, feeling smug today.

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Sunday, 6 March 2022 13:21 (two years ago) link

still trying to get a hang of this thing ... i didn't give up this time and got it in ... 94 lol. First green word came fairly early -- "taste" -- but then I ventured down multiple wrong paths. Then I decided to think like a computer in terms of what people commonly use computers for, and I got there quite quickly! (for me)

sarahell, Sunday, 6 March 2022 14:59 (two years ago) link

It's normal practice on this thread to hide words that might be construed as hints in spoiler text, fyi.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Sunday, 6 March 2022 15:02 (two years ago) link

Oh my god, this one was a nightmare for me.

I solved Semantle #36 in 257 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.20. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 54.97 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

My first word in the green was input and it did not help AT ALL. So many wrong paths - I don't think I've ever had as many minus scores. I only got on the right path by sharing ideas with my bf, who I believe is still working on today's.

emil.y, Sunday, 6 March 2022 15:38 (two years ago) link

i’m doing abysmally. just cannot seem to get in the right place despite one in the 800s.

Fizzles, Sunday, 6 March 2022 15:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #36 in 133 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.63. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #121. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.92. https://semantle.novalis.org/

another one that took aaaages to hit green but once in it played fine

nxd, Sunday, 6 March 2022 17:02 (two years ago) link

why was 'cherry' in the top 1,000 wtf

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 6 March 2022 23:52 (two years ago) link

Probably because of ‘cherry pick’ing things?

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Sunday, 6 March 2022 23:56 (two years ago) link

i think a new cricket ball is sometimes called a cherry?

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 7 March 2022 00:05 (two years ago) link

Got it in 68, woo

Nhex, Monday, 7 March 2022 00:06 (two years ago) link

Got today's, #37, in 47 guesses, by a very similar route to the one from a few days ago where the answer was "bat." First time I've seen semantle sort-of repeat itself.

Lily Dale, Monday, 7 March 2022 00:07 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 41 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.03. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.44. https://semantle.novalis.org/

It's definitely going through a more forgiving phase at the moment - I dare not assume I am getting better at it.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 7 March 2022 00:11 (two years ago) link

158 guesses this time - my approach of spamming the keyboard with obviously irrelevant words while I think is ugly... and has not triggered a path to success yet. But by god I'm going to keep doing it.

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 7 March 2022 00:26 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 72 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.60. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #43. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 18.36. https://semantle.novalis.org/

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 March 2022 00:28 (two years ago) link

once again, the 'duh' moment happened ten guesses later than it should have

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 March 2022 00:28 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 60 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.06. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 16.00. https://semantle.novalis.org/

i got my second guess in the green because i typo'd the word i really meant to try and then took forever to figure it out, i think i have reached the peak of my ability here

, Monday, 7 March 2022 00:29 (two years ago) link

I got this one in 20. Kind of dumb luck because my nearest guess was “cold” - although to me it didn’t seem cold once I knew what the word was.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 7 March 2022 00:42 (two years ago) link

Fluked it in 15. Which is fortunate as I have a ton of work to get through.

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 7 March 2022 00:55 (two years ago) link

I seem to do best when I shut off my brain and just flail around at random with words.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 7 March 2022 00:57 (two years ago) link

some hilarious words in the top 1000, looking at that list I now have no idea how I managed to arrive at the answer

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 7 March 2022 01:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 333 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.21. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.25 (35/1000).

Sooooo many wrong trajectories.

Average guesses across all games: 248.43

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Monday, 7 March 2022 04:17 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 28 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.67. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.77 (915/1000).

Might be my best yet. My second guess was diamond which put me on the right track.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 7 March 2022 04:29 (two years ago) link

failed miserably at yesterday's, got this one in 18, took about 2 minutes, by far the best i've ever done

JoeStork, Monday, 7 March 2022 05:10 (two years ago) link

finally got #37 in 64 tries -- i agree w/emsworth re forgiving phase and doubt i am improving -- though i guess i should feel good that i remembered so many words associated with American football considering I haven't followed it in over 30 years

sarahell, Monday, 7 March 2022 06:16 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 48 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 23.73 (494/1000).My penultimate guess had a similarity of 40.69.

first guess was home and the closest opening guess I've made yet. The penultimate guess was a typo where I got two letters the wrong way round of the secret word and the first time I've noticed you get a score for misspellings that are very similar.

calzino, Monday, 7 March 2022 06:18 (two years ago) link

yesterdays was a miserable failure. got there easily today.

I solved Semantle #37 in 27 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.20. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 14.42. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Fizzles, Monday, 7 March 2022 06:50 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 59 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.48. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.26 (996/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 7 March 2022 08:13 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 104 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.45. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #22. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.11.

Sam Weller, Monday, 7 March 2022 08:48 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 71 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.97. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.26 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Stuck on 982 ball for a while, the 'give it a rest and try again later' strategy really helped here, even just for 5 or 10 minutes.

ledge, Monday, 7 March 2022 09:28 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 72 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.26. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #28. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.99.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 March 2022 12:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 27 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.40. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 10.90. https://semantle.novalis.org/

It's definitely going through a more forgiving phase at the moment - I dare not assume I am getting better at it.

― lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, March 6, 2022 7:11 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

otm

johnny crunch, Monday, 7 March 2022 12:13 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 72 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.06. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 29.00 (874/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I only had one guess in the 900s and after continent, zone, center didn't get me there, I backed out and went range>pasture>the word in three guesses. There are a lot of paths with this word.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Monday, 7 March 2022 12:35 (two years ago) link

pilon, blooped, squibbing, skelly, colligate, fungoes, yd, gapper, cuppy - are these all US sports terms or what? I know we have shit like 'silly mid off' but come on

ledge, Monday, 7 March 2022 13:38 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 91 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.99. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 5.15. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I just like typing in words too much. My penultimate guess was 'dodecahedron' just because I wanted to type that in (not hidden because I can't really see that being a spoiler for any reason).

emil.y, Monday, 7 March 2022 14:33 (two years ago) link

25 today! thanks to a big 982 after ten guesses

nxd, Monday, 7 March 2022 14:43 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 38 guesses.

My first guess had a similarity of 2.78.

My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9.

My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.33

Should've gotten that faster considering where I go every day

kinder, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:10 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 57 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.83. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #17. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 31.60 (933/1000).

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 7 March 2022 17:59 (two years ago) link

Not gonna lie the Wordle share thing is a lot easier to read

Nhex, Monday, 7 March 2022 18:44 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 11 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.06. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #3. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.58 (912/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

wild, will probably never top this.

von kelson, Monday, 7 March 2022 20:27 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #37 in 116 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 16.65.
My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #24 with “season”, which came up when I was heaving moderate success with (northern hemisphere) climate- and geology-related words, which got me as far as “tundra” at 629 and “circle” (as in polar —) at 811 (at guess #74). I guess I could have explored things from the sports angle early on from “season”, but we just had a sports-related word recently, so I thought nah, I’m good.
My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.26 (996/1000).

Even though this was a bit of a rough one for me, it took several rounds across the day to get there, I like that I seem to get them in the end no matter what now. Knock on wood.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 March 2022 21:44 (two years ago) link

I just like typing in words too much. My penultimate guess was 'dodecahedron' just because I wanted to type that in (not hidden because I can't really see that being a spoiler for any reason).


maybe not a spoiler, but it’s immediately clear to me why you would try that word! our paths seem quite similar a lot of the time. (I also type in lots of words, but I don’t want to also be bothered with keeping the number of guesses as low as possible, as long as I get the word I don’t care)

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 March 2022 21:55 (two years ago) link

I find the "figuring out the jump" the hardest, because I almost always hit words that are in the 15-20% range long before I get any greens, and obviously finding similar words to those in the 15-20% are just going to have you endlessly finding other 15-20% words.

yesterday I started to get better at that, like thinking of other words that might be related to that grouping of words that aren't really synonyms and trying some of those out instead. each time I get int he green I can't figure out how my brain made the leap, but it does.

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 March 2022 22:32 (two years ago) link

I just like typing in words too much

this is my problem. my impulse is to just try a million words and go wherever free association takes me, even if those words aren't really hits. and trying every variation of a word and close synonyms even if they aren't really hits.

and then i wonder why it always takes me 100+ tries. though i think i'm also just really bad at free associating to a wide array of concepts. i latch onto things

, Monday, 7 March 2022 23:22 (two years ago) link

Onto #38 and fuck this. Over 200 guesses, many greens, my highest at 994/1000... and still I can't get it.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 01:12 (two years ago) link

From the sublime to the ridiculous in fact, as yesterday I got it in 17. Just when you think you're getting the hang of it, you're not getting the hang of it.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 01:13 (two years ago) link

Took me 108 to get to green but then 40 more to strike gold.

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 01:19 (two years ago) link

I gave up. Had a shit day and don't feel like chasing endless dead ends.

Lol I was in the greens and never would have gotten it

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 01:48 (two years ago) link

Gave up too. Might have got it if I'd persevered I guess, but over 200 guesses is enough.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 02:06 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #38 in 149 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.51. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #22. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.70 (993/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 03:28 (two years ago) link

362 guesses lol. was completely misled - it took me more than 200 guesses to get past my highest green at 808/1000

Roz, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 03:39 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #38 in 264 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -4.94. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.78.

Would not have got it without a thesaurus. I was floundering in the 800s and typed in the first related word I looked up, bingo.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 07:51 (two years ago) link

What are people's average # of guesses? I'm averaging 155.73 at the moment.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 07:53 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #38 in 260 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.77. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #135. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.15. https://semantle.novalis.org/

That was hard! I was out on site all day so had various opportunities to chip away at it, but wasn’t really til I got home and could concentrate that I finally got somewhere.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 08:14 (two years ago) link

#38 -- i'm at guess 206, with 7 guesses in the 900s and my brain needs a break

sarahell, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 08:31 (two years ago) link

got 879/1000 on guess 4. am now on guess 97.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 08:34 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #38 in 36 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -3.16. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 58.56 (998/1000).

Nice. Semantle owed me one.

Sam Weller, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 08:44 (two years ago) link

stuck on 969/1000, 160 guesses.

ledge, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 09:26 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #38 in 274 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.49. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #14. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 26.52 (623/1000).

Average guesses across all games: 250.13

I, too, like typing out the words.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 09:50 (two years ago) link

stuck on 969/1000, 160 guesses.


stuck on 962, 134 guesses.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 09:52 (two years ago) link

stuck on 986 on 111 guesses. Going take a break because I am going nowhere fast

calzino, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 10:16 (two years ago) link

makes me so mad when the solution is just another form of a word i’d entered dozens of guesses earlier, which happened today.

Roz, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 10:21 (two years ago) link

yeah that is annoying, feels like wasting guesses typing e.g. guess guessing guesses guessed, but sometimes it has to be done.

found todays in 284 with thesaurus help which seems unnecessary in retrospect.

ledge, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 10:31 (two years ago) link

did today's, #38, in 36. hit on a low green on my 4th guess and it was quite a pleasant route to the word e.g. cloud, thick, envelop, surround

kinder, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 11:48 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #38 in 142 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.46. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 1.53.

hah! I had the plural of the secret word like about 60 odd guesses ago.. durr!

calzino, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 12:10 (two years ago) link

194 for #38! My average is 142, which I feel is alright.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 14:21 (two years ago) link

Gave up on #38 at 268 guesses.
Closest I came was "lingering" at 984/1000 - you can see my frustration.

Nhex, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 15:43 (two years ago) link

I used ilxors' hints to finally get it in 230 ... i first got closer with building > urban > area so I could have been stuck in a maps and building plans rabbit hole for hundreds more

sarahell, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 17:12 (two years ago) link

I did terrible. Tried on two devices and didn’t get anywhere without hints here. Ugh.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 17:22 (two years ago) link

I couldn't get it because my first green was a series of words like "related", "relationship", "other", "linked", and 'related' was in the 900s, but there was no way for me to get "surrounding" from that

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 17:23 (two years ago) link

my second `give up` today ;_;

nxd, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 17:28 (two years ago) link

Got to 945 at guess #36 and haven’t been able to get closer. Did get to 910 at guess #85 by making an earlier cold word plural, but that’s it. Now at #113. Think I’m letting this one go. It’s been a hard enough day already, this is just additional frustration. Guess I didn’t knock on wood hard enough yesterday!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 21:21 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 23 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.28. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 14.10. https://semantle.novalis.org/

holy moly. i think people will have an easier time with this one. the top 1000 is pretty uniform except for the word "stroganoff"

, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 00:27 (two years ago) link

Haha I had a terrible time, although maybe not ideal to be doing this in lifts and corridors when walking around my workplace

I solved Semantle #39 in 170 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.27. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 34.77 (874/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 02:18 (two years ago) link

Best in a while, 46

46 generous 100.00 FOUND!
44 magnanimous 53.53 995/1000
42 kindly 35.26 883/1000
39 saintly 30.86 717/1000
43 magnanimously 30.82 714/1000

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 02:38 (two years ago) link

my first green was "meal", which wasn't very helpful at all! the effect of having your expectations wrongly primed by a misleading first green can be CATASTROPHIC imo

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 03:09 (two years ago) link

In 118, although I was stuck on 996/1000 for 40 guesses...

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 03:42 (two years ago) link

66, relatively comfortable stroll today compared to yesterday

Roz, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 04:04 (two years ago) link

solved #39 in 52 guesses. I feel like I'm getting a lot better at this, although I also still quit a lot. Again best approach just seems to be total random/free association until I get close. Sometimes I listen to a podcast while I'm doing it and just randomly enter words I hear in the podcast.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 05:16 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 26 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 24.93. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.78 (428/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

i haven’t finished the last two days so relieved to do this relatively quickly.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 06:53 (two years ago) link

Both sad and happy there's no practice mode for this. I feel like I could get better at this but it would also be too addictive.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 07:00 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 49 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 14.45. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 39.67 (951/1000).

nice start to the day

calzino, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 07:43 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 32 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.08. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #29. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.08.

total fluke, hit a high green on #29

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 08:20 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 119 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.14. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 11.26.
I actually thought it was going to be worse than that, once I got going, since all my early greens were superlatives, and there are obviously so many of them! It was only once I hit on 'abundance'that I started to make useful progress.

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 09:36 (two years ago) link

got it in 75, but weirdly after only one green ( gift, but `present` was cold ).
but had lots of high-ish colds.

kinder, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 09:44 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 34 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.85. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 35.97 (903/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

brisk money (lukas), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 09:50 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 84 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.90. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 45.97 (982/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

From guesses 28 to 56 I went from good to judicious to gift and it was pretty direct from there.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 12:04 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 116 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 17.34. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 42.46 (970/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/\\

Green in 8, great I thought, then I got stuck on handsome (930) for ages. Was trying other complimentary words not to do with attractiveness too but not well enough.

ledge, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 13:19 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 196 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.57. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #62. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.15. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Took me ages to get anywhere near a green, then I got stuck exactly where ledge did, then finally got the additional senses of caring and large to get me off the attractive track.

emil.y, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 15:47 (two years ago) link

xp PBKR - i feel like my extensive experience with charitable fundraising was a hindrance because i got over a dozen high 900s based on words used in the context of thank you letters written to donors but then i thought about the tendency for the words to be polysemous and i thought of the guesses that were somewhat close that were related to food and i got it.

sarahell, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 16:33 (two years ago) link

63 today, only 2 greens then a lucky leap to the correct answer, always a nice double take when that happens

nxd, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 17:24 (two years ago) link

xp Several ppl have mentioned it, but the first green you get and the route you take can really make things harder or easier for you.

removing bookmarks never felt so good (PBKR), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 17:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 75 guesses.
My first guess (“wine”) had a similarity of 16.33.
My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11 with “sweet” - got stuck on the sugary sense of it for too long, until “lovely” at guess #30 shot me up to 848. Still took me 45 (!) more guesses in the same realm (both adjectives and nouns) to finally get there.
My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.46 (375/1000).

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 18:24 (two years ago) link

part of me thinks this might be a "better" game if you're given the #1000 word from the start. a lot of the time it doesn't feel like getting into the green is an actual skill, just random chance. but that's not true, some people are clearly better at it than others

, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 19:36 (two years ago) link

got puzzle #40 in 53 guesses. largest leap so far, only had 3 in the green and closest was 356/1000

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 March 2022 00:23 (two years ago) link

50, trying an animal-vegetable-mineral type of approach to early guesses

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 10 March 2022 00:28 (two years ago) link

Got it in 41. Struck the high greens at 13, then just a question of trying out a bunch of words in the general area.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 10 March 2022 00:36 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 59 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.12. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #42. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.75. I was due!

johnny, I had only two in the greens, and the closest was...356/1000.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Thursday, 10 March 2022 00:48 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 41 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.66. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.31 (937/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Best one for me in a while

Roz, Thursday, 10 March 2022 01:11 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 71 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.10. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #40. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 14.97. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I’ll take it!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 10 March 2022 02:46 (two years ago) link

part of me thinks this might be a "better" game if you're given the #1000 word from the start. a lot of the time it doesn't feel like getting into the green is an actual skill, just random chance.

hmm not sure I agree with this - there's been a lot of times where following a thread from the 10-15 guess range eventually got me into the greens. Today it was "computer", which led v quickly to "device", a low green.

but yeah, definitely not fun on the days where it takes ages to get there though.

Roz, Thursday, 10 March 2022 03:13 (two years ago) link

i mean i don't agree with it either

I solved Semantle #40 in 78 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.19. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 43.35 (991/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

got to 998 fairly early and was stuck there forever

, Thursday, 10 March 2022 04:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.78. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #38. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.30 (102/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Maybe the most satisfying Semantle for me ever, in that my winning guess neatly combined two different lines of inquiry, music-related and group leader related. Normally I'm desperately trying to branch out from a single approach.

brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 10 March 2022 05:30 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 57 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.00. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #35. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.81 (619/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

my winning guess neatly combined two different lines of inquiry

Nice. I was stuck on president and leader for a while - so tempting to just hammer out synonyms but they weren't even top ten so it had to be something slightly more tangential.

ledge, Thursday, 10 March 2022 08:52 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 73 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.27. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.21 (569/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 10 March 2022 10:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 93 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.23. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 15.07.

I went down a musician wormhole but diverged from soloist and vocalist to find the word.

calzino, Thursday, 10 March 2022 12:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 39 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.45. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 31.68 (909/1000).

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 10 March 2022 13:39 (two years ago) link

95 today. Interested to see other people's paths, I basically followed the same chain as calzino, got stuck writing down every single musician type - violinist, trombonist, pianist etc - that I could think of before moving more laterally.

emil.y, Thursday, 10 March 2022 13:42 (two years ago) link

My 1st green was 'voice' on 26 guesses. There are lots of directions you could potentially go from there but luckily for me my higher greens to get me to the solution included both 'megaphone' and 'microphone'.

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 10 March 2022 13:44 (two years ago) link

xp

yeah I did the whole orchestra as well lol, with the forlorn hope one of them might miraculously be the right one!

calzino, Thursday, 10 March 2022 13:47 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 61 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.00. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.66 (882/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Was surprised to finally get it - all my close guesses were stuff like "leader", "president", "elected", "governor", etc.

Nhex, Thursday, 10 March 2022 15:49 (two years ago) link

same, i was stuck on legislator, parliamentarian, lawmaker, leader, politician - guessed "orator" on a whim and got the answer next guess

, Thursday, 10 March 2022 16:18 (two years ago) link

nearly done the whole bloody orchestra and related terms and am on 935/10000 fuuuuuuuck. realised it’s some like beach or something and i just haven’t made some sort of obvious in retrospect lateral jump.

Fizzles, Thursday, 10 March 2022 16:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 8 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.01. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.47.

Insane, sheer blind dumb luck, I was listening to Eleventh Dream Day when I opened up the tab, so my second guess was "guitar" which led to "feedback", "music", "noise" and "amplifier".

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 March 2022 16:50 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #40 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.77. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.04 (728/1000).

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 10 March 2022 18:25 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 23 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.47. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 18.35 (41/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Wooooo needed this today!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 11 March 2022 00:31 (two years ago) link

Gave up after getting every word from 988 to 998 and then spinning out - I thought I'd already guessed the answer

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 11 March 2022 00:33 (two years ago) link

124 - but I was completely lost until the last 3 guesses

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 11 March 2022 02:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 46 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -4.23. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 51.22 (991/1000).

First green guess was 950/1000. After that, all my little sidetrips were just that -- little.

This is the first puzzle where I said "This has got to be the answer" and it was!

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Friday, 11 March 2022 03:00 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 41 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.62. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #20. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 42.17 (977/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 March 2022 03:06 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 57 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.56. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 48.15 (988/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

i hate spending this much time in the green. got stuck in a technology profession loop (programmer, technician, etc) before trying "controller" for some reason, which got me to leader and then director.

, Friday, 11 March 2022 03:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 34 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.36. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.41 (466/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

two good days in a row yay

Roz, Friday, 11 March 2022 05:56 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 46 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #28. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 26.28 (765/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 11 March 2022 06:35 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 49 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -2.19. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #41. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 66.64 (998/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

lol at “speaker” yesterday. i was getting high scores for pianist, violinist and my highest for soloist. totally got me in a the wrong space. needed to go back down and work up again.

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 06:46 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 44 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.69. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 43.43 (981/1000).

got agency + department after a dozen guesses, which led in a straight line towards boss and it was a lot easier going than yesterday.

calzino, Friday, 11 March 2022 06:52 (two years ago) link

people who got to ‘speaker’ via hi fi means are very fortunate! i spent forever trying to think of obscure parliamentary terms (admittedly i should have thought of speaker sooner).

also makes me think that sometimes word2vec is better at polysemy than other times (i guess more equal representation of each meaning in its reference marerial?)

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 11 March 2022 08:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 34 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.30. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #32. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.06 (155/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

one more like this and my average might get below 150!

ledge, Friday, 11 March 2022 09:00 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 52 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.84. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 43.68 (983/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Friday, 11 March 2022 14:13 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 53 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -9.65. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 31.24 (888/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Tantalizing one - almost half my guesses were in the green, actually got #998 at guess 25

Nhex, Friday, 11 March 2022 15:44 (two years ago) link

92. God damn all of you guys!

emil.y, Friday, 11 March 2022 15:47 (two years ago) link

i had actually quit playing for a few days, given up early because I was getting frustrated, but yesterday I did a speed run where instead of thinking about it, I just rapid fire started guessing words, and that seemed to help a lot. that and the path being a little more linear.

think when I move slower, I tend to just do the synonym olympics rather than being instinctual

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 March 2022 15:51 (two years ago) link

satisfying 29 today, just pipped by two of my friends by one guess which is a little less satisfying

nxd, Friday, 11 March 2022 16:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #41 in 103 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.99. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #80. (!!!!!!!!!).
My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.35 (560/1000).

What the hell! I never had so much trouble getting a decent score in - first 15+ word at guess #35.

why though do we get a very similar word to the one we had yesterday?

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 March 2022 18:40 (two years ago) link

“similar” depends on your vector i think (again i use vector irresponsibly). unless you mean “a noun”.

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 19:36 (two years ago) link

see yermans point about “feedback” and me being stuck on “soloist”

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 19:45 (two years ago) link

one thing i’ve found myself doing quite early on, without any sense of whether it’s a viable heuristic, is do “city” and “country” or sometimes “urban” and “rural” to divide between “natural” and intensively human spheres. both of the last two days have been “city” based definitely but not sure that makes them the same as such.

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 19:54 (two years ago) link

another one is whether things are spatial (geography) or time based (history).

please to be clear my success rate is rubbish. however i will stick to my superstitious success heuristics. #cargocult

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 19:57 (two years ago) link

please Fizzles don’t spoiler!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 March 2022 20:02 (two years ago) link

as in you’re openly responding to my hidden comment

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 March 2022 20:03 (two years ago) link

oh no! i didn’t think i was. didn’t feel opened up in any meaningful way?

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 20:09 (two years ago) link

both are about yesterdays?

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 20:10 (two years ago) link

my comment most certainly wasn’t

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 March 2022 20:14 (two years ago) link

want to address your points too, but I’ll wait till after the next game is out

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 March 2022 20:16 (two years ago) link

the word yesterday was so similar to day before's that I bailed on that I guessed the day before's word, thinking I needed to refresh my cookies or something

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 March 2022 20:20 (two years ago) link

sure but my comment was about your invisible comment and i don’t think anyone is going to be able to divine the solution from my comment unless they reveal yours.

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 20:31 (two years ago) link

an xpost.

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 20:32 (two years ago) link

the thing to do is not open the thread until you've done that day's puzzle

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 11 March 2022 20:49 (two years ago) link

the point of hidden texts is that even if you do open it up you won’t get spoilers. people have been adhering to this and it was working very well.

why are we having this discussion?

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 March 2022 20:59 (two years ago) link

i have no idea! i’m a bit lost!

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 21:05 (two years ago) link

reread my comments and i don’t see it. as you might see upthread i was being extremely cautious and apologetic about the extreme use of hidden text tags.

Fizzles, Friday, 11 March 2022 21:07 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 88 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -2.59. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #70. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 38.25 (599/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

lots of blundering around, first green was in the high 800s (think it was “meal”), second was #999, “meat” - from there it was pretty straightforward - anticipating low scores today!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 12 March 2022 00:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 24 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.17. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 49.60 (961/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 March 2022 00:30 (two years ago) link

19 guesses, nice easy run today: country - rural - cow - milk - beef - FOUND

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 12 March 2022 00:46 (two years ago) link

i almost always guess food related shit cos it's dinner time when I play here, so it actually being about food made it easy

i read to 69 position (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 March 2022 01:12 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 65 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.56. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 65.42 (997/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Took me longer than it should have tbh but my first three greens were whiskey, wine and bourbon which led me down the wrong path for a while

Roz, Saturday, 12 March 2022 01:15 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 70 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.11. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #20. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 13.68.

pie >> food (at guess 52) >> vegetables >> meat >> FOUND

Three decent scores in a row, it does feel more forgiving.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Saturday, 12 March 2022 01:29 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 48 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.94. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 65.42 (997/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

i was literally just thinking, as i was walking over to my laptop to do the semantle, carrying a muffin, "i wonder if there's ever gonna be a food semantle" but i still waited until 9 to guess "food." i then guess "muffin" which wasn't in the green.

, Saturday, 12 March 2022 03:14 (two years ago) link

Found it in 32, first guess in green was 999/1000

JoeStork, Saturday, 12 March 2022 04:08 (two years ago) link

Found it in 36, got from animal to chicken very quickly then dicked around with all manner of farmyard animals for a while before realising the animal and the meat have the same word.

ledge, Saturday, 12 March 2022 08:07 (two years ago) link

I've got to 999 on my 13th guess which is a record for me, but lets see how many more it takes

calzino, Saturday, 12 March 2022 09:02 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 25 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.58. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 49.83 (964/1000).

calzino, Saturday, 12 March 2022 09:30 (two years ago) link

I had just browned some diced beef when I started today's so it was a lucky guess to get in early

calzino, Saturday, 12 March 2022 09:34 (two years ago) link

i got semantle #42 in 40 guesses.

in today's pimantle i put in quaternion as a silly guess and it turned out to be #17

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 12 March 2022 09:59 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 101 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.97. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 66.01 (998/1000).

As someone easily amused, I did chuckle when things like 'supper (cold)', 'kebab (cold)' kept appearing.

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 12 March 2022 10:14 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 19 guesses. My best score so far, by some distance (I think my previous best was 62).
My first guess had a similarity of 8.07. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11 with “cattle”, straight in at 897.
My penultimate guess had a similarity of 55.25 (985/1000).

lol I tried Fizzles’ urban-rural thing, and zooom! “rural” 17.32 > “farm” 31.92 > “cattle” 897/100

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Saturday, 12 March 2022 10:20 (two years ago) link

this total lack of frustration and struggle today is disappointing tbh. It's a buzz to hit a high green early but not 999 ffs!

calzino, Saturday, 12 March 2022 10:24 (two years ago) link

As for yesterday’s minor kerfuffle (so a kerfizzle then?), there aren’t many metrics by which “speaker” and “manager” aren’t similar kinds of words, even within the subcategory of nouns. I had a score of 967 for “president” the day before yesterday, and yesterday it scored 966. Same thing for “chairman/woman/person”.

I do also feel that nouns in general seem to be extremely overrepresented in this game. More verbs, prepositions, adverbs, et cetera, I say. Make the word categories more unpredictable.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Saturday, 12 March 2022 10:27 (two years ago) link

did I miss a rare clusterfizzle? blimey whatever next. Some fair points there about how this puzzle could be improved.

calzino, Saturday, 12 March 2022 10:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 54 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.69. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #44. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 65.42 (997/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Saturday, 12 March 2022 10:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 52 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.18. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #41. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 41.08 (784/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Saturday, 12 March 2022 13:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 147 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.73. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #51. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 40.92 (772/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Feel like today's was very easy to get, but my brain just wouldn't skip to the right answer. Had pretty much all of the top ten greens, but not the actual target!

emil.y, Saturday, 12 March 2022 14:37 (two years ago) link

Also I was very sad because my path went from animal -> pet -> the correct area. Don't want to eat my pets ;_;

emil.y, Saturday, 12 March 2022 14:39 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #42 in 13 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.70. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.58. https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 March 2022 14:57 (two years ago) link

guess #4 was fish which got me quickly to beef & meat the closest greens possible

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 March 2022 14:59 (two years ago) link

Messed around with lots of forms of potato after I got that and 'roast' early on, plus many other typically roasted vegetables, before trying the holy quaternity of chicken, beef, pork (then would've been lamb)

kinder, Saturday, 12 March 2022 18:39 (two years ago) link

I got Semantle #43 in 27 -- y'all are gonna get it way faster than me as usual, I'll bet

sarahell, Sunday, 13 March 2022 00:33 (two years ago) link

nah i had a shocker! 117 guesses

first greens were all mealtimes so i got super stuck trying to think of variations on “lunch”!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Sunday, 13 March 2022 00:38 (two years ago) link

i have a tendency to start with words related to building systems and guessed "vent" and "door" and when "door" was closer than "vent" i guessed "welcome" and then was close

sarahell, Sunday, 13 March 2022 00:44 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #43 in 86 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.09. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #17 (948/1000). My penultimate guess had a similarity of 31.39 (579/1000).

Should have been about 50-something. I faffed about with the military after “salute” at guess 17.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Sunday, 13 March 2022 00:56 (two years ago) link

utterly lost, have 8 answers in the green up to 819 but i feel like i'm at a dead end and have to start over

, Sunday, 13 March 2022 02:07 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #43 in 179 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.16. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #42. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.54 (736/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

frustrating! i went through every verb in the world. went observe>pray>celebrate>bless and then got stuck on the concept of worship and admiration for 7 hours

, Sunday, 13 March 2022 02:20 (two years ago) link

I got it in 40! What a fun game, thank you for this thread - I’ve never heard of it.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 13 March 2022 03:11 (two years ago) link

I am a computer programmer so I guess yes. Yes I can.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 13 March 2022 03:12 (two years ago) link

I ate shit on this one, hit 100 without a green.

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 13 March 2022 04:19 (two years ago) link

147 - not great despite hitting green on my very first guess. Got led astray by a bunch of fancy meal-related guesses like "toast", "banquet", "luncheon", "brunch", "fete" etc. and didn't get close until I finally guessed "reception"

Roz, Sunday, 13 March 2022 07:57 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #43 in 283 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -2.36. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #54. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 41.07 (948/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

This one was absolutely brutal for me. Fumbled around with schmooze, meet, etc. etc. for 200 guesses. Didn't get it until I got reception>toast>salute. Ugh!

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Sunday, 13 March 2022 14:43 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #43 in 108 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.93. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.17. https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Sunday, 13 March 2022 15:36 (two years ago) link

p lost until guess 99 hello

johnny crunch, Sunday, 13 March 2022 15:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #43 in 197 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.50. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #26. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.05.

I had greeting 25 guesses ago 🤡.

calzino, Sunday, 13 March 2022 16:03 (two years ago) link

Oh thank god most of the rest of you struggled with this one too. I was expecting my usual thing of opening up the thread to find everyone got it in under 30, where I was stuck until 161.

emil.y, Sunday, 13 March 2022 16:39 (two years ago) link

Took me over 70 to get to 986, another 100 to get to 996 and I'm still stuck.

ledge, Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:29 (two years ago) link

took fucking ages despite getting a green at about guess 32 and guessing a variation of the word about 100 guesses before i hit the right one. and in the meantime a whole ilx clusterfuck had been born, lived and died (idk i haven't actually read to the end of the threads but it felt like an eternity to do today's Semantle)

kinder, Sunday, 13 March 2022 19:19 (two years ago) link

53 today, got a good green after only 7 guesses but found myself in a rut for ages

nxd, Sunday, 13 March 2022 20:18 (two years ago) link

Gave up, should have got it. I blame brain fog after hosting a six year old's birthday party.

ledge, Sunday, 13 March 2022 21:03 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 136 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 16.93. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #33. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.19 (736/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

lotta greens in the 900s, satisfying to ultimately get it

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 March 2022 00:19 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 25 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.43. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 11.50. https://semantle.novalis.org/

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 14 March 2022 00:26 (two years ago) link

stuck at 995. so done

hrep (H.P), Monday, 14 March 2022 00:34 (two years ago) link

998 now. painful

hrep (H.P), Monday, 14 March 2022 00:35 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 44 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.92. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 5.58.

was thinking about horseracing and farming after "field" and was sort of on the right ...erm... thing

calzino, Monday, 14 March 2022 00:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 37 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.20. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #28. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.80 (780/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Phew. Was really ready to have a non-horrible Semantle experience.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 14 March 2022 01:11 (two years ago) link

100 today
fun one

nxd, Monday, 14 March 2022 01:33 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 57 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.77. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #18. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.09 (910/1000).

Five straight games under 100, I'll take it.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Monday, 14 March 2022 01:41 (two years ago) link

A green in the 800s in my very first guess... but then took another 60 to get there

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 14 March 2022 03:25 (two years ago) link

997/1000 is a word I've never even heard of!

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 14 March 2022 03:31 (two years ago) link

ha woo yeah that’s an odd one

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 14 March 2022 04:15 (two years ago) link

It's probably only used in reference to the dirt on a horse track I guess?

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 14 March 2022 04:51 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 33 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.47. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 32.25 (943/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 14 March 2022 08:20 (two years ago) link

i’m a bit surprised that horse-related meanings push trains so far down the list - maybe the computer reads an awful lot of the Racing News or something?

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Monday, 14 March 2022 08:39 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 34 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.16. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 16.07. https://semantle.novalis.org/

ledge, Monday, 14 March 2022 09:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 47 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.24. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.96 (718/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

This one probably has a lot of different ways to get there.

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Monday, 14 March 2022 11:30 (two years ago) link

Gave up on yesterday’s puzzle. Got into the green (417) with “ceremony” at guess #17 and then nothing but agonizing religious slavering until I finally improved it at guess #112 with “pray” (673). I sort of sensed religion was not the answer, and neither were funerals, but I got stuck again. All it would have taken was a simple hello…

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 March 2022 12:22 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 95 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 16.56. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 28.94 (883/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 14 March 2022 15:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 171 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.95. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #73. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.49 (686/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Fucked up twice today. Firstly, I usually have sport as one of my starting guesses and forgot to use it today. Would have been straight in the green. Secondly, I thought I'd already tried the target word! So I was purposefully doing related things until I realised I hadn't actually typed that one in.

emil.y, Monday, 14 March 2022 17:42 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #44 in 148 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 18.35. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.93. https://semantle.novalis.org/

My first green word was "weather" at 500/1000 which really led me astray, hence 142 guesses to win...

Nhex, Monday, 14 March 2022 17:44 (two years ago) link

got #44 in 18 guesses after a lucky green at guess no. 3

kinder, Monday, 14 March 2022 18:05 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 81 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.28. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 10.20. https://semantle.novalis.org/

mostly lost today but a few of my mid greens arc & arch led me to the word

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:19 (two years ago) link

#45 -- back to my old slow self at 143 guesses -- i had the same two mid greens johnny did but also terms i associated with baseball and still am unclear why those are close to the word except for maybe the fact that there are probably a lot of articles about sports in the dataset used to determine proximity

sarahell, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:28 (two years ago) link

#45 took me 104. Got bogged down with blank - emptiness - cosmos - universe - galaxy, as one does.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 01:38 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 67 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 17.71. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 4.70. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Once again, took longer than usual cause I’d already guessed a different version of the word earlier.

But I’m happy to back under 100 guesses! Yesterday’s was brutal for me.

Roz, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 02:23 (two years ago) link

The worst I've ever done. 150 in without a green.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 03:05 (two years ago) link

Gave up, after getting a couple of greens that were of no help. I did guess 'square', which you'd think would be high up in the greens, but it was cold.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 03:51 (two years ago) link

like if yr green guesses were field, blue, sky, infield, ball, fence, arc, arch, plus pitch, dugout, and crowd around 19% ...

sarahell, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 04:22 (two years ago) link

idk what do the rest of you think about it seeming like sports terms are often closer to the word than you would think if you were just thinking about words

sarahell, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 04:24 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 82 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.26. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 10.70.

I was thinking about planets and the cosmos and was going along a moon, universe, orb route to cracking it

calzino, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 06:52 (two years ago) link

my first high but non-green was "dancing" so that was my route: pirouetting, twirling, spinning, whirling before making the jump to adjacent words

Roz, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 08:12 (two years ago) link

got there eventually but that was my worst ever score

forgive myself for not seeing a path through my first greens - lamp, sky, blue, neat, heaven and - at 973! - crease?!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 08:55 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 80 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 5.18. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #39.
My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.97.

first green was garden after "flower" got quite high. lots of fence/ boundary related guesses after that

i think my brain is slowly adjusting to moving to the right sort of tangents - at times.

kinder, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 09:07 (two years ago) link

Got it in 124, this game is perverse. Why universe, galaxy, sky, moon but not planet, star, satellite, sun? Why triangle and rectangle but not square? Why arc but not curve? Why not shape or round?

ledge, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 09:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 263 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.69. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #58. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 23.97 (152/1000).

this was a slog, only got it with the help of a thesaurus.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 10:37 (two years ago) link

37 today, not too bad considering it took 29 to hit green

nxd, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 11:21 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 46 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.29. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #37. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.30. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I only had two not particularly high greens moon and orbit, tried several more space-related terms without success, then hit the word from there. Weird one for me.

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 12:19 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 7 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.61. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 11.51. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Ahahahahahahaaaaa. It's a semi-regular starting guess for me, for some reason. But I don't like getting them too quick, it takes all the fun out of the game.

emil.y, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 14:11 (two years ago) link

Yes, but nice juice to your stats once in a while!

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 14:17 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 121 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.85. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 16.08. https://semantle.novalis.org/

One of the worst played so far. Why is "front" at #796? Why are "blue", "sky" and "bracket" in the top 1000?

Nhex, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 14:29 (two years ago) link

189 guesses and still plugging away. I have 8 greens and a few that seemed to be promising paths, but only hitting dead ends so far.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:17 (two years ago) link

Lately I've been bailing at around 100 guesses if I'm in the middle of the green with no improvement. Rarely do I see the answer and think 'oh I would have gotten there eventually'. I'm impressed by you all.

Sam Weller, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:26 (two years ago) link

Because it's not about synonyms, it's about words that you are most likely to find in a newspaper article where the target word also features.

xxp

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:26 (two years ago) link

idk what do the rest of you think about it seeming like sports terms are often closer to the word than you would think if you were just thinking about words

― sarahell, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 04:24 (eleven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah and not just common sports terms but arcane ones like 'deking' and 'carom', wtf.

ledge, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:34 (two years ago) link

I tapped out at around 350 guesses, just wasn't getting there. Somewhat kicking myself now though.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:54 (two years ago) link

Because it's not about synonyms, it's about words that you are most likely to find in a newspaper article where the target word also features

anagram otm ...this is part of the challenge! (not saying it isn't worth complaining about)

sarahell, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 17:07 (two years ago) link

what is close answer #989 about

nxd, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 17:22 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 89 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 15.30.
My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #51 with “field” (709). And then, around guess #77, I realized, “hey, there’s a sports opening here!”, and I was most of the way there, because half of the time there’s a sports connection, right? Still, I plucked the target word out of thin air really. Good for me, I guess, after two consecutive non-finishes.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 17:28 (two years ago) link

funny how everyone today is grumbling about the disproportionately big sports bias in the target words

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 18:00 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #45 in 147 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.85. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #65. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.53 (711/1000).

so many contexts to today's word, so not surprised it took me a while. My 1st green was 'pond', and rather than think "they are often round" I reeled off a list of things found in parks and gardens and finally hit on 'pyramid' which led me on to the various shapes.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 19:23 (two years ago) link

before i started guessing words related to sports i had gotten sky, blue and field so i had a bunch of guesses related to painting then i started on parks/outdoor recreation areas

sarahell, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 19:51 (two years ago) link

Having failed miserably on the last one, I got #46 in a mere 17 guesses, having hit a high green on my third guess. Having looked at the list of greens, I think most people are going to find this one easier than yesterday's

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 00:08 (two years ago) link

omg

199 guesses

The big key guesses, in order of closeness, were: monologue -> harmony -> descant (?!) -> chorus -> prayer -> samsara (?! I get it now) and then it was about a hundred random dead-ends before pyramid got me on the right track

flow, my crimson tears (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 00:25 (two years ago) link

Holy crap I just guessed it in 5!

Guess #2 was time, guess #4 was space, and then I got it.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 00:30 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 45 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 17.53. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 56.85 (998/1000).

I went through a stage of thinking why is North scoring higher than S + E + W and remembered junior school geography: Never Eat Shredded Wheat.

calzino, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 01:49 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 43 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.47. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 42.96 (965/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

I had to get less specific instead of more in the end.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 01:52 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 34 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.98. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 14.30.

Average guesses across all games: 195.70
Down from 250 at #38

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 68 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.14. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6 urban. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 56.85 (998/1000).

ty ilx

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:06 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 115 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.80. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 16.83. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Phew, not as grim as yesterday but still slow going - albeit I did always feel like I was getting closer. Need to practice my leaps of intuition!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:37 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 157 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.41. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.14.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 08:12 (two years ago) link

my first guess was green!

I solved Semantle #46 in 22 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 28.99 (585/1000).
My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.30. https://semantle.novalis.org/

kinder, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 09:25 (two years ago) link

Weird one - needed only two greens.

I solved Semantle #46 in 42 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.58. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #31. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 3.99. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Roz, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 09:35 (two years ago) link

Well whaddya know.

I solved Semantle #46 in 4 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.19. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 9.88.

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 09:41 (two years ago) link

FOUR?! I was proud of seven a couple of weeks ago!

kinder, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 09:48 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 56 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.44. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 28.99 (585/1000).

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 09:52 (two years ago) link

Found it in 37, average guesses across all games:120.00.

Wonder how fizzles will get on with this one... I was caught up in specifics for a while (city, suburbs, downtown) before zooming out.

ledge, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:08 (two years ago) link

Four guesses is wild!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:18 (two years ago) link

I know, blind luck. Though I do tend to use the answer as one of my early guesses on most days, so it just happened to be the winner today.

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:21 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 54 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.59. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #12. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.91 (859/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Pretty straight forward and probably lots of ways to get there.

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:46 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 12 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.32. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 32.16 (790/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

two 4's ! wow, took me 3x as long lol

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 11:25 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 34 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 32.27 (797/1000) with “rural”. Once again, Fizzles’ rural-urban opening gambit served me well, although that super score for “rural” had me thinking I was basically there already. Good thing I reminded myself to check out “urban” as well, just to make sure.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 13:33 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 3 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 18.51. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 28.22 (517/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

how

von kelson, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 13:40 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 65 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.90. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #14. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 53.97 (995/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 14:35 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 25 guesses.

These last two have been far too fast. 25 at least feels like it involved some work on my part, though, so I can be proud of it. 7 was completely random.

emil.y, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 14:58 (two years ago) link

The very weird close words 476-474 have given me the title of my new sexy mystery novel: Spadefoot in Cockloft

emil.y, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 15:02 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #46 in 23 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.02. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.14 (828/1000).

nxd, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 16:36 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 67 guesses. Average guesses: 90.95.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 17 March 2022 00:32 (two years ago) link

Got it in 44. Had 986/1000 on my 4th guess, but it took another 40 to get there.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 17 March 2022 00:50 (two years ago) link

currently at guess 156 with #978, #987, #988, #996 and #997 -- i am very not good at this game

sarahell, Thursday, 17 March 2022 03:35 (two years ago) link

lol - 188 guesses and finally got #47 - it makes sense now that philosophy and rational were high in addition to the numerous synonyms

sarahell, Thursday, 17 March 2022 03:48 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 120 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.67. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #97. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 48.97 (996/1000).

Not excelling at this game lately!

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 17 March 2022 06:49 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 48 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 4.55.
My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16, straight in at 986 with “strategy”, and “goal” at #37 got me to 996. In conclusion, I could have gotten there a wee bit quicker than I did. But nice to have such a straightforward one.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 06:59 (two years ago) link

zome zerious Zelda Zonk zynchronicity going on today, I zee!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 07:02 (two years ago) link

Indeed, and I got the 996 as well!

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 17 March 2022 07:07 (two years ago) link

very much included that in my zynchronicity azzezzment

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 07:09 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 218 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.35. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #142. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.77.

another hard slog, I think I'm getting worse at this

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 17 March 2022 08:20 (two years ago) link

some just seem to be harder than others. after a high green at guess 10 i'm now over 200 and just plugging in words randomly.

ledge, Thursday, 17 March 2022 09:38 (two years ago) link

going to start guessing some obscure american sports terms. jart, ganker, plex, truntle...

ledge, Thursday, 17 March 2022 09:55 (two years ago) link

oh fuck

ledge, Thursday, 17 March 2022 10:09 (two years ago) link

got it in 253; tenth guess was philosophy at 850, given that the subj/obj distinction is one of my perennial concerns in that area i might have fluked it a bit sooner.

ledge, Thursday, 17 March 2022 10:15 (two years ago) link

discovered the secret: since catching covid, i've got all of these in under 60 guesses, and mostly under 40

devvvine, Thursday, 17 March 2022 10:45 (two years ago) link

Semantle: Can you think like a covid-19?

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 11:05 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 74 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 20.22. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #27. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 32.46 (902/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Came in from view and opinion so had to flip it around a bit.

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Thursday, 17 March 2022 13:06 (two years ago) link

surrendered today, had greens of 993, 996, 997 but could not crack it

johnny crunch, Thursday, 17 March 2022 13:58 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 77 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.99. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #53. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.92 (416/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Came in from concentrate -> focus -> target, thankfully I missed any philosophy-related words or I might have been stuck guessing completely irrelevant stuff for ages.

emil.y, Thursday, 17 March 2022 14:45 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 401 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.81. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #25. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 14.33. https://semantle.novalis.org/

That was ugly, but I didn't want to give up. And, yep, got caught in a philosophy related rabbit hole for far too long.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 17 March 2022 15:27 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #47 in 79 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.96. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 46.51 (993/1000).

started this after midnight and was aimlessly going through synonyms of success. I cracked it this morning in a more computer like state of mind.

calzino, Thursday, 17 March 2022 15:29 (two years ago) link

“Synonyms of Success”, now there’s a title of a bestseller waiting to happen!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:08 (two years ago) link

title *for*

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:11 (two years ago) link

I guess

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:11 (two years ago) link

Paradoxes of Failure sounds a better title!

calzino, Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:29 (two years ago) link

Puzzle #47: Gave up at 268 guesses today. Nearest words didn't help at all

Nhex, Thursday, 17 March 2022 17:02 (two years ago) link

[Hidden text. Tap to view] sounds a better title!

perhaps, but will it sell?

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 17 March 2022 17:06 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 74 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.94. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.97. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Ok could have been worse - got very stuck in teaching/telling words before making a leap to making words - once again, I have to remember not to get too fixated on the first green

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 18 March 2022 00:29 (two years ago) link

A hell of a lot more long-winded than it needed to be, but got it in 134. My way in: work (in the mid-greens) - employ - utilize - deploy - install - create - construct - build - FOUND!

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 18 March 2022 00:51 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 101 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.62. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 15.60. https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Friday, 18 March 2022 00:52 (two years ago) link

Starting to get more of a feel what the guesses mean - a high cold/low green may be helpful in terms of whether it's an object or abstract concept you're after, and whether it's a noun/verb/adjective/adverb. Mid greens may give you a very general feel for the area, but it's only when you get into the 980s that you're really getting a clearer idea of what it is. And even then...

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 18 March 2022 01:00 (two years ago) link

Didn't hit inside 900 until guess 200

I solved Semantle #48 in 242 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.34. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #45. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 39.75 (957/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 18 March 2022 01:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 45 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 21.98. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 12.39.

I can think like a computer almost every day now, despite being a dyslexic who left school at 15!

calzino, Friday, 18 March 2022 01:47 (two years ago) link

first guess was place, 6th guess was organise. I had a good start here.

calzino, Friday, 18 March 2022 01:51 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 60 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.76. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #5. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 42.95 (974/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Not too bad - average guesses down to 136.6 now from 176 last week. Still only one “give up”.

Roz, Friday, 18 March 2022 04:35 (two years ago) link

(I solved Semantle #47 in 74 guesses.)

I solved Semantle #48 in 20 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.55. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 20.99.

Very lucky to get build 48.93 992/1000 at guess #6. Very fun, though!

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Friday, 18 March 2022 04:55 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 562 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.74. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #34. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 23.51.

Oof. I resorted to googling synonyms.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 18 March 2022 05:11 (two years ago) link

562, now that's real dedication! I tend to give up if I haven't got it by 200 guesses.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 18 March 2022 05:23 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 49 guesses.

A fluke, nothing till guess 48, then 993/1000 then bingo.

ledge, Friday, 18 March 2022 08:34 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 48 guesses.

Lucky with getting early greens lately.

Sam Weller, Friday, 18 March 2022 10:15 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 141 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.14. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #61. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 48.93 (992/1000).

That might be most greens (18) to get there, as there are so many words relating to work, offices, being a manager and arranging meetings.

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 18 March 2022 10:33 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 36 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -9.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #14. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.42. https://semantle.novalis.org/

My wife shouted the answer to me as I was thinking out loud.

I've been on a run and I am within sight of getting my average guesses below 100.

move over GAPDY, now there's BIG THIEF! (PBKR), Friday, 18 March 2022 11:55 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 98 guesses.
My first guess had a similarity of 3.25.
My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #71 with “work” (636/1000). *WHAT IF* I had tried that word right after “job”, my guess #7? But you know, that one scored 7.73 🤷🏻‍♂️

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 18 March 2022 13:33 (two years ago) link

108 today. Not bad, but got stuck in a bit of a synonym rut again.

emil.y, Friday, 18 March 2022 14:02 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 63 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 16.29. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 3.44. https://semantle.novalis.org/

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 March 2022 14:21 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #48 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.70. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 47.89 (991/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

nxd, Friday, 18 March 2022 17:15 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #49 in 30 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.66. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #17. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 63.15 (998/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Most straightforward for a while, for me.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 19 March 2022 00:49 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #49 in 30 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.66. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #17. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 63.15 (998/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Most straightforward for a while, for me.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 19 March 2022 00:49 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #49 in 156 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 13.42. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #9 fish, 507/1000. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.16. https://semantle.novalis.org/

That first word in the top 1000 threw me way off. No idea how it's related.

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 19 March 2022 01:01 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #39 in 53 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.50. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 58.75 (998/10

calzino, Saturday, 19 March 2022 01:17 (two years ago) link

I did it all on my phone and it printed an old one from the clipboard

calzino, Saturday, 19 March 2022 01:22 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #49 in 55 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.22. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #22. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 27.76. https://semantle.novalis.org/

calzino, Saturday, 19 March 2022 01:23 (two years ago) link

once it seemed obviously to be cooking pan related it was a piece of piss

calzino, Saturday, 19 March 2022 01:28 (two years ago) link

I solved Semantle #49 in 105 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.17. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #100. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 63.15 (998/1000).

Guesses 100 -- weed (964/1000) -- through 105-FOUND, were the only ones in the "green".

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Saturday, 19 March 2022 02:02 (two years ago) link