Semantle: Can you think like a computer?

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I solved Semantle #74 in 96 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.04. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 42.90 (965/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Roz, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 03:06 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 44 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.24. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #3. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.73 (248/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

got in early with "dream" (771), "dream come true" led me to "triumph." kind of surprised it ended up being such a nondescript word after landing every variation of "champion" in the 990s. i don't think i would've thought of the word without a thesaurus if i wasn't familiar with pro wrestling and vince mcmahon's obsessive rule about only referring to championship belts as "titles"

, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 03:09 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 80 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.10. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #20. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 37.81 (942/1000).

After a give up and a skip, this was nice.

First game: 24
Total days played: 50
Wins: 40
Win streak: 1
Give-ups: 7
Did not finish: 3
Total guesses across all games: 9161
Average guesses across all games: 183.22

Two 500+ games and three 300+ games and, well, yeah.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 05:10 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 105 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.52. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.55 (817/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Got to #994 on guess 54 but pussy footed around before getting there. Never heard of 988 and 989 are they American usage?

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 08:02 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 110 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.97. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #17. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.74. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Also spent a long time in the 990s on this one.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 09:21 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 94 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.02. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.69.

Hit #999 on guess #51 but took me another 43 guesses to get it. Infuriating

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:21 (eleven months ago) link

I got 987/1000 on guess three, 120 guesses later i now have all but three of the ten closest, including 999, and i still can't get it :/

ledge, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:31 (eleven months ago) link

Gave up. Ridiculous.

ledge, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:44 (eleven months ago) link

Ha, me too!

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:58 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 64 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.74. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #23. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 75.60 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:17 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 41 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.76. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 60.48 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:30 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 62 guesses. Was also surprised by literature-related words not really making an appearance, I took a solely sports-based approach up to the word.

emil.y, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 13:59 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 67 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.06. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.88. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Considering I had 999 at guess 32, that took a frustrating path to get there.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:01 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 62 guesses. Was also surprised by literature-related words not really making an appearance, I took a solely sports-based approach up to the word.

The database is news articles iirc. There are way more articles about sports than literature.

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:16 (eleven months ago) link

Eeep, non-hidden spoilers, PBKR! Am abusing my mod powers to hide them.

Also, yeah, I guess your point is right. Still at least a little surprising, though!

emil.y, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:20 (eleven months ago) link

Oops, sorry!

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:34 (eleven months ago) link

49 today, quite a few high 900s before

nxd, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 15:55 (eleven months ago) link

66 guesses for me, had basically the whole top 10 before getting it.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 20:31 (eleven months ago) link

Got #75 in 68 guesses. A long time messing around with words for building/construction eventually led me to my first (low) green 'assembly', which led to 'meeting' in the high greens and I got it a couple of guesses later.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 14 April 2022 00:30 (eleven months ago) link

34 - my first green was ’fete’ so messed around with party, gala, feast, celebration, wedding etc before I decided to broaden it out and stumbled on the solution on the first try. Didn’t get anything above 987.

Roz, Thursday, 14 April 2022 03:49 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #75 in 109 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.95. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #88. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 34.83 (945/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 14 April 2022 04:44 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #75 in 65 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.14. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #34. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 6.84.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, 14 April 2022 07:09 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #75 in 54 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.33. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 25.98 (647/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Got to 956 on guess #4 then went down a food rabbit hole, moved to meeting on guess #41 and got it fairly easily from there.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 14 April 2022 07:54 (eleven months ago) link

Good one today!

I solved Semantle #75 in 23 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -4.25. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #8. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 12.18.

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 14 April 2022 08:43 (eleven months ago) link

14! Maybe my best yet. Having set as one of my early guesses finally pays off.

ledge, Thursday, 14 April 2022 08:47 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #75 in 56 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.61. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #46. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.03 (866/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 14 April 2022 09:35 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #75 in 72 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.01. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #43. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 11.75. https://semantle.novalis.org/

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Thursday, 14 April 2022 11:52 (eleven months ago) link

110 for me. Was stuck on synonyms for a good while, should have thought of juggalos sooner.

emil.y, Thursday, 14 April 2022 14:20 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #75 in 22 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.16. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 34.85 (946/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 14 April 2022 14:53 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #75 in 200 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.00. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #56. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 42.64 (990/1000).

Got stuck on time-of-day things, then meal-times, then hit upon celebration/ceremony and honed in with -- lots of other guesses.

I used to want to get my scores below 100. Now I just want a few greens before guess 50.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Thursday, 14 April 2022 16:34 (eleven months ago) link

Gave up today. I was on the right track but graduate, draft, etc. pointed the wrong direction.

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 15 April 2022 00:59 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #76 in 92 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 30.07 (841/1000).My penultimate guess had a similarity of 3.95.

Guess #1 was train. Choo-choo related? No. What athletes do? No. Guess #43 was "job" and #70 was "hire" which got me there.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Friday, 15 April 2022 04:26 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #76 in 36 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -1.21. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 29.01 (791/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

another good day for me today. :) route was university - college - enrol - enlist, and a few guesses from there to the target word

Roz, Friday, 15 April 2022 04:59 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #76 in 75 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.04. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 13.51. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Neither good nor bad! Thought I was on another sport words journey - which sort of worked for me, but I can take a step back and see it in a broader context now.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 15 April 2022 05:22 (eleven months ago) link

Gave up too, 12 day win streak comes to an end. Got to 990 and had more greens than any other attempt.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 15 April 2022 08:29 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #76 in 96 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.55. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #45. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.95.
not a green, but the word that set me on the right path turned out to be 'rookie'

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 15 April 2022 11:07 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #76 in 16 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of -0.47. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #7. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 56.42 (994/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

new pb!

nxd, Friday, 15 April 2022 13:39 (eleven months ago) link

75. A very satisfying game to play, making steady progress from low to high greens, finding related concepts, trying antonyms, switching verb/noun forms e.g. graduate (though the answer also works both ways I got there via enroll). A six hour time out helped with the final euraka moment.

ledge, Friday, 15 April 2022 14:24 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #76 in 126 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.83. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #6. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.08. https://semantle.novalis.org/

I had cultivate (942) at guess #18, so this one took me a lot longer than it should have.

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Friday, 15 April 2022 15:11 (eleven months ago) link

I had cultivate (942) at guess #18, so this one took me a lot longer than it should have.

similar story here. enlist (991/1000) was my 41st guess, and from there I threw out a bunch of words relating to matriculation and military recruitment and job applications. the secret finally popped into my head (with a feeling of "there's no fucking way this can't be it") on guess #83. my brain is a lot less efficient at this game when I'm tired and irritable

in walked airbud (unregistered), Friday, 15 April 2022 23:27 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #77 in 25 guesses. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #13 (love, 774/1000), and from there I jumped from admire (#14, 878/100) to "appreciate" (#15, 985/100) to "thank" (#16, 997/1000). I would have gotten it more quickly if I hadn't been so convinced it was a verb. my penultimate guess was "thankful" (999/1000), mostly prompted by lack of imagination

in walked airbud (unregistered), Saturday, 16 April 2022 00:41 (eleven months ago) link

Got it in 12 guesses, which must be my best ever, making up for a dismal performance yesterday which ended in giving up. 'Happy' (984/1000) at guess 4 put me on the right track.

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 16 April 2022 01:17 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #77 in 86 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.59. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 89.77 (999/1000).

Kind of a high score, but a fun one.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Saturday, 16 April 2022 02:39 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #77 in 21 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.61. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #3. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 16.91. https://semantle.novalis.org/

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 16 April 2022 03:25 (eleven months ago) link

12 guesses very strong ZZ! My (early) first green was “appreciate” (985/1000) which was helpful - although needed a few guesses to flesh out context! I was convinced it was a verb also

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 16 April 2022 03:29 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #77 in 67 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.84. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #10. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 21.28.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Saturday, 16 April 2022 07:04 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #77 in 158 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.68. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #14. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 63.60 (992/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Slow work today, 46 greens, got there in the end.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 16 April 2022 08:08 (eleven months ago) link

It had to happen, someone is youtubing their games. This is yesterday's, so not a spoiler obviously:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQMiBj1FPQs

It's frustrating for me to watch someone who is a far better player of this game than I could ever hope to be. Like in this example he makes the leap from "attract" to "hire" which is something that would never have occurred to me in a million years.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Saturday, 16 April 2022 09:15 (eleven months ago) link

I solved Semantle #77 in 171 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 25.96 (283/1000).My penultimate guess had a similarity of 89.77 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Wasting away again in Synonym-ville, looking for another word for generous.

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Saturday, 16 April 2022 13:28 (eleven months ago) link

Got #985 at guess six. Gave up 100 guesses later, after leaning on the thesaurus and reading all the spoilers here! Some you win & some you lose.

ledge, Saturday, 16 April 2022 18:00 (eleven months ago) link


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