Today’s Wordle Review: August 13, 2023

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Our columnist reviews the day’s puzzle. Warning: Contains spoilers!

An illustration of an assortment of pink, red and blue insects and people interacting with the five Wordle boxes. The Wordle number of the day is displayed inside the boxes.
Credit…Mojo Wang

Welcome to The Wordle Review. Be warned: This article contains spoilers for today’s puzzle. Solve Wordle first, or scroll at your own risk.

This month’s featured artist is Mojo Wang. You can read more about him here.


★★★★★

Wordle 785 2/6

⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 OXBOW
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 WRATH

I have no idea how this happened. I was thinking I’d make a shape again, and was thinking about interesting five-letter words to open with. There’s an OXBOW lake near where I went to college, and I thought that a lake with interesting shape would be a good place to start a review where I try and make my own little art project.

With the W, I figured it would end up being the first letter, but what about the rest of the word? WRATH appeared from somewhere within the depths of my brain and felt like a strong contender. It starts with W and has some useful letters in it, and the letters are in slightly unorthodox positions, which might lead to a fun-looking grid.

Instead, I simply solved the puzzle. Five stars for a quick solve.


Today’s word is WRATH. According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, it’s a noun that refers to intense anger, rage or fury.


Today’s Wordle is moderately challenging because of the unfamiliarity of the word. The letter pattern is distinct enough that the answer can usually be found using elimination strategies within six guesses.

For more in-depth analysis, visit our friend, WordleBot.


Mojo Wang is an award-winning illustrator based in New York City whose work focuses on building his own visual world. He is a fan of creating harmony with detailed and compositionally structured images set in seemingly chaotic scenery. Mr. Wang is a former photo editor of Elle Men and a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in illustration at the School of Visual Arts.


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A correction was made on 

Aug. 14, 2023

An earlier version of this article misstated its author. It is Isaac Aronow, not Elie Levine.

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