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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

jaymc, Monday, 7 February 2022 22:09 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

*have had

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 01:47 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

It doesn't know the word aeroplane

kinder, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:37 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

kinder, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 18:50 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

er, today's 996/1000 word.

David Turner (semantle), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 02:22 (three months ago) link

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

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 02:41 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

Got it in 22. 'Space' was a high cold, hit green with 'rocket', then airplane - flight - FOUND!

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 12 May 2022 00:11 (one week ago) link

I got #103 in 81 guesses (hey that is good for me ok) ... was lucky because i start with random words that pop into my head from recent conversations and emails and my coworker was telling me about a friend of his that was going on a solo sailing trip

sarahell, Thursday, 12 May 2022 01:18 (one week ago) link

197. Took way too long to get past flight, pretty much guessed every other aviation-related word

Roz, Thursday, 12 May 2022 02:56 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #103 in 23 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.51. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 59.36 (997/1000).

Hit a middling green with air early on which took me to aircraft and flight in short order.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 12 May 2022 07:42 (one week ago) link

51. Much the same trajectory as ZZ except I tried a few more plane and flight related words, then thought of the answer, then thought 'nah it can't be that'. luckily i tried it anyway.

buffalo tomozzarella (ledge), Thursday, 12 May 2022 07:44 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #103 in 33 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 30.46 (826/1000). My penultimate guess had a similarity of 59.36 (997/1000).

my 1st green was 'crew', followed by 'cabin' so it was a question of whether I focus on boats or planes. Went the right way.

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 12 May 2022 07:49 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #103 in 85 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.65. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #30. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 59.36 (997/1000). https://semantle.com/

Didn't get past move for the longest time.

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Thursday, 12 May 2022 12:06 (one week ago) link

53 today. Went into the top words because I wanted to see if there were any related to the meaning of the word indicating the corridor bit at the top of stairs. There were not, as far as I could see, which led me to question if that's even a thing in American English? Do you guys call it something else? I mean, obviously it could just be that it is a much 'lesser' meaning, but I am curious now.

emil.y, Thursday, 12 May 2022 12:48 (one week ago) link

yeah i was curious too, stairs is fairly high but not green.

buffalo tomozzarella (ledge), Thursday, 12 May 2022 13:27 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #104 in 17 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 17.41. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 64.86 (998/1000). https://semantle.com/

lucky this was one of the occasional days i remember to guess "ball"

, Friday, 13 May 2022 01:28 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #104 in 94 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.85. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #28. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 50.10. https://semantle.com/

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 13 May 2022 01:45 (one week ago) link

the meaning of the word indicating the corridor bit at the top of stairs. There were not, as far as I could see, which led me to question if that's even a thing in American English?

yes, that's what we call it in American English ... at least in my line of work, which deals with such things regularly

sarahell, Friday, 13 May 2022 07:24 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #104 in 63 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.39. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #4. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 13.39.

Had soccer on guess #5 and tournament on guess #26, but didn't think of the target word for another 37 guesses after that.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 13 May 2022 10:35 (one week ago) link

35, despite getting #998 on guess 2.

buffalo tomozzarella (ledge), Friday, 13 May 2022 10:48 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #104 in 54 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.30. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #51. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.24 (296/1000). https://semantle.com/

Stumbled around then went team>group>side>word.

daBobo (PBKR), Friday, 13 May 2022 12:55 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #104 in 35 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.85. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.13.

been too busy to do this for a few days, that felt like an *easy* one.

calzino, Friday, 13 May 2022 20:46 (one week ago) link

Got #105 in 133 guesses. No hints, but did resort to a thesaurus, and probably wouldn't have got it otherwise. Eventually narrowed it down to something you wear on your head/face, was stuck on 995/1000 (sunglasses) for an age.

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 14 May 2022 01:12 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #105 in 219 guesses with 1 hint. My first guess had a similarity of 13.53. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #162. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 4.72. https://semantle.com/

First green was cupholder... tried every automotive thing I could think of

papal hotwife (milo z), Saturday, 14 May 2022 02:00 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #105 in 124 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.99. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #57. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 24.65. https://semantle.com/

Had windshield/windscreenat 80 and 81, so should have gotten it sooner.

161. First green at #86 was jacket, then tried every clothing word I could think of before getting in the 990s with helmet and then goggles.

buffalo tomozzarella (ledge), Saturday, 14 May 2022 13:58 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #105 in 48 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.75. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 45.72 (979/1000).

Enjoyed that one. 1st green was 'glass'

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 14 May 2022 14:25 (one week ago) link

179 guesses -- no hints, no thesaurus -- i figured it was some sort of protective garment or term related to such things about 90 guesses in after getting in the green for "knee," "ankle" "wrist" and "shoulder" earlier on

sarahell, Saturday, 14 May 2022 19:08 (one week ago) link

238 guesses, up to 100 my only greens were carve and chisel, another 80 to luck into stab.

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:47 (one week ago) link

Weird one - solved in 81 guesses with no greens, think that’s the first time that’s happened. my highest guess was “stitch” at 30.39

Roz, Sunday, 15 May 2022 10:36 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #106 in 126 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.78. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 13.30.

Grandpont Genie, Sunday, 15 May 2022 10:51 (one week ago) link

162. I got that it was some kind of small and cute gesture quite quickly, but it took me ages to get to the actual one.

emil.y, Sunday, 15 May 2022 13:34 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #106 in 203 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.80. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 33.03 (480/1000).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Sunday, 15 May 2022 19:34 (one week ago) link

I solved Semantle #106 in 30 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.33. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.80. https://semantle.com/

I kind of got this one out of the blue. First one in a while feels like.

Got #107 in 70 guesses. Fairly straightforward run there: into the greens with space, then scope, then free - which eventually led to unrestricted - restricted - FOUND!

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 16 May 2022 01:38 (six days ago) link

114, 'huge' and all related words, then 'infinite', 'finite', bingo.

buffalo tomozzarella (ledge), Monday, 16 May 2022 09:54 (six days ago) link

I solved Semantle #108 in 186 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 0.84. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 0.87. https://semantle.com/ - took me to 150 to get past eat and meat in the low 100s.

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 17 May 2022 01:55 (five days ago) link

I solved Semantle #108 in 133 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.12. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 12.16.

just firing words out of the thesaurus, hit stick and got to the target word straight from there.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 17 May 2022 07:56 (five days ago) link

i got #108 in 72 guesses! Very uncharacteristic! I had "meat" and "athletic" as the two closest guesses to the word -- #52 and #58 -- and I tried words that could be related to both of these

sarahell, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 08:06 (five days ago) link

I solved Semantle #108 in 109 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.97. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #69. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 19.43.
'stagger' was the crucial green for me.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 10:57 (five days ago) link

leaning toward giving up

drunk and inebriated in the greens, lead nowhere until I tried tipsy and amorous... nowhere then the hint was persnickety - are we getting words from my great-grandmother's diary?

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 02:33 (four days ago) link

I solved Semantle #109 in 63 guesses with 2 hints. My first guess had a similarity of 14.33. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #59. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 34.06 (298/1000). https://semantle.com/

the more time i commit to redactle the worse i get at semantle. i tried every variation of "memory" i could think of because it was in the high colds.... could have solved it quickly if i'd remembered to guess antonyms but gave up and hinted myself to drunkard > drunk > forget > forgetful

, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 05:55 (four days ago) link

I solved Semantle #109 in 32 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.26. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #29. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 11.21.

weird one, my first green was forget but it was a low one so I tried the target word expecting to go a bit higher but not that much... bingo

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 07:37 (four days ago) link

I have a million greens but can't seem to crack it

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 08:16 (four days ago) link

same, can't seem to get past 996. :/ i also have 991, 992 and whole lotta greens below

Roz, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 08:56 (four days ago) link

Gave up in the end, despite getting into the 990s. Don't think I would have got it though.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 09:53 (four days ago) link

Gave up today. Sounds like my experience is/was similar to a lot of you. I had a very early green which was high scoring - lazy, 4th guess, 979/1000, but it didn't help!

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 10:36 (four days ago) link

finally got it but it was a struggle. 209 guesses

Roz, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 13:10 (four days ago) link

Having had a rough few days, I fluked #110 in 9 guesses - one of my habitual starter words was 991/1000 and I got it next go.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 19 May 2022 00:17 (three days ago) link

I solved Semantle #110 in 6 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 24.41. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #3. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 32.12 (893/1000).

^ same

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 19 May 2022 06:36 (three days ago) link

i got #110 in 4 guesses -- definitely fluke!

sarahell, Thursday, 19 May 2022 17:43 (three days ago) link

I solved Semantle #110 in 23 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 26.98 (491/1000). My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.48. https://semantle.com/

and here I was feeling good about that score...

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:29 (three days ago) link

I solved Semantle #111 in 78 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.14. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.31 (109/1000).

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 20 May 2022 06:50 (two days ago) link

I solved Semantle #112 in 61 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.02. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #30. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 3.77.
1st useful green was 'healthy'

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 21 May 2022 10:30 (yesterday) link

Gave up

first word was #864, knight - no surprise a dead end, then I started getting a bunch of sports related stuff - tennis, soccer, volleyball, baseball all above 900. Tournament was only #492 below all those

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 22 May 2022 00:38 (seven hours ago) link

#113 in 75 guesses guess 9 was "art" in the green, and guess 16 was "skill" even higher; guessed things related to training/education, trades, and sports and all were cold

sarahell, Sunday, 22 May 2022 01:29 (six hours ago) link


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