Wordle #862 Hints, Clues & Answers For Sunday October 29th.

Yet another weekend has passed, and October has officially come to a close—only a few more days left until Halloween! Time sure does fly when we are having fun or doing nothing at all!

I know it has been an extremely hectic week here and that there will never be enough time to accomplish everything, but there will always be breaks between tasks where work can be completed.

This weekend, I put together two streaming guides. Check out my ‘What to Watch’ list or my special scary movie list.

My experience shifted quickly from negative to positive when one option (horror) completely altered it, leaving me with 329 words from which to choose.

Since I knew I needed new letters, as an alternative option “Ghoul” helped narrow down my search significantly, eventually settling upon “Phony”.

Today’s Score Went Well Like yesterday, my scores went well today, as I earned one point by correctly guessing three numbers while not tying with the bot. Overall, I am pretty pleased! Let’s hope I keep at it! Huzzah!

Today’s Wordle Etymology The word “phony” dates back to the late 19th or mid-20th century; its exact source remains unclear; however, several theories exist as to its development:

One popular theory ties the term “phony” back to an old British trust trick known as the Fawney Rig. Basically, this scam involved dropping a brass ring known as a Fawney in front of potential victims; later, when found, they would attempt to sell it as real gold for sale to new potential victims under false pretenses.

Fawney comes from the Irish word Fainne, which translates to ring. It can be traced back to 18th-century Britain, where this practice first emerged before eventually becoming associated with being false or “phony”.

Over time, “Fawney” has come to symbolize something unreal or non-genuine—an abstraction or pseudo-identity.

An alternative, less well-known theory suggests that “phony” could have become synonymous with anything fake or misleading due to megaphones or telephones being used to alter voices and conversations, leading to its widespread usage as a term describing anything false or misleading.

Another theory suggests a connection with the phonograph. Since early phonographs did not accurately reproduce sound reproductions, people began referring to their reproduction by calling it “phony.”

At the turn of the 20th century, “phony” had become an accepted term to refer to things that were fake or counterfeit.

“Competitive Wordle Against Me!

For months now, Wordle and I have engaged in competitive wordle by playing PvP wordle against each other, providing plenty of challenge! Now it’s your turn—come play against me and learn more, Wordle! Don’t forget that an NYT subscription also grants access to compete against my bot.

Here are the rules: For every three attempts it takes, one point will be deducted: 2.25 points if only two guesses or one guess are needed and three for only one guess, but only one if beating me; otherwise, no credit (0.0 points in four guesses); however, one point can be awarded for successful five and six guesses without failure (six guesses, respectively; this counts as two failures and one failure), so as long as no failures (-3) take place!

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