The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#513 — November 14, 2022 ) is maple. Maple is the common name of any tree of the genus Acer, of the family Aceraceae. It’s also the name of the hardwood obtained from said tree, commonly used for flooring or furniture (via Merriam-Webster). Of course, it’s also the source of the culinary goodness that is maple syrup, and the maple leaf, which has become an autumn/fall symbol. In Old English, the tree was called “mapultreow”, “mapolder,” or “mapuldre,” but was eventually (and thankfully) simplified to just maple.
It took four tries to solve the puzzle today, but we were still one step ahead of WordleBot, which did it in five guesses (wood you look at that?). Our opening guess word, south, was a very unlucky one, like most of the others recently. WordleBot said there were 802 possible solutions left, which is alarming when you only have five guesses left. Next, we played one of the most recommended starting words, crane, and that shrunk the pool down to just 21 words. After the third guess, with the word abide, the answer became clear.