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Rewatching one scene in ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 1 will make you squirm after Season 2, episode 2

Three teen girls stands outside a cabin in the snow looking upset.

Well, it happened.

The Wiskayok High School Yellowjackets have officially cannonballed into cannibalism, feasting on their fallen pal, Jackie (Ella Purnell), after she was barbecued, nay, slow-roasted and smoked on her own funeral pyre.

In Season 2, episode 2, “Edible Complex,” the entire ravenous team excepting Coach Ben (Steven Krueger) emerge from their fireside slumber to the long-missed wafts of cooked meat infiltrating their cabin in the woods. Outside, they find Jackie steaming and well-done after a fateful snow drift alters her cremation. And in one of Yellowjackets‘ most intense sequences, cutting between reality and a surreal Dionysian banquet, the Yellowjackets tear their friend to pieces to the bleak sounds of Radiohead’s “Climbing Up the Walls.”

It’s this scene that’ll be in the back of your mind if you rewatch one scene from Season 1, episode 1, set before the plane crash.

Attending a party the night before they’re set to depart for Nationals as the state champions, some of the Yellowjackets are seething. Earlier, Taissa (Jasmin Savoy Brown) had taken her competitive nature out on freshman Allie during a training match — if you’ve forgotten that juicy compound fracture, allow me to reopen that wounded memory.

Three teen girl high school students stand around in their soccer gear.

Taissa’s plan to “freeze out” Allie did not go exactly to plan, but it worked.
Credit: Paul Sarkis / Showtime

A tense confrontation between Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) and Taissa leads to an argument. Natalie (Sophie Thatcher), Van (Liv Hewson), Lottie (Courtney Eaton), and Laura Lee (Jane Widdop) join in and start throwing insults at each other. Jumping in as the team captain she is, Jackie drags her teammates to a private spot away from the party, trying to mediate.

“We’re about to go to Nationals, and based on what I’m looking at right now, we might as well not even bother getting on that plane,” says Jackie. In hindsight, maybe she should have let them have it out at the party.

In the copse, Jackie requests that her Yellowjackets line up, then, one by one, they’re asked to “say one nice, true thing about every other girl on this team.” Laura Lee’s generic, faith-driven compliments fall flat, but Jackie pulls deeply thoughtful compliments for her friends out of nowhere.

“Taissa Turner, you have more fight in you than anyone I’ve ever known. I’m inspired by your determination. Vanessa Palmer, your smile makes me feel happy every time I see it. Laura Lee, I truly admire your faith. Nat, I love that you don’t care what anybody thinks, you’re so completely yourself.”

Teen girls at a party in the woods stand lined up next to each other, one standing in front of another, who appears shocked.

“Taissa Turner, you have more fight in you than anyone I’ve ever known.”
Credit: Paul Sarkis / Showtime

Eventually, the other girls cooperate, saying lovely things about each other and causing Shauna and Taissa to make amends.

Finally, Jackie does Shauna.

“Shauna Shipman, you are a terrible dancer and you have seriously questionable taste in music and you can’t hold your liquor for shit. But you’re the only one who’s always been there for me. You’re the best friend I’ve ever had.”

It’s extremely odd rewatching this scene knowing that these girls Jackie is praising, including her best friend, will make a literal meal of her. You just never know whether the pals you’re complimenting today will be gorging themselves on your spleen tomorrow.

Yellowjackets Season 2 is streaming on Showtime, with new episodes streaming weekly on Fridays. Episodes also air every Sunday on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET.

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Meet the American who is the ‘true father of baseball,’ New York City physician Daniel ‘Doc’ Adams

Daniel “Doc” Adams nurtured baseball in its formative years of the mid-1800s as if it were his only child. 

He laid down the laws of baseball in its infancy, guiding the sport the rest of its days.

He taught important life skills to the game, from playing shortstop to umpiring — all essential to its growth.

He provided for baseball when it was needy, making the earliest bats and balls so that others could enjoy the game he loved as his own. 

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“Doc Adams is the true father of baseball,” John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball, told Fox News Digital. 

Thorn first made that claim in a 1992 article for Elysian Fields Quarterly, a journal of baseball scholarship. He has repeated the statement many times since. 

Adams was dubbed the “father of baseball” in the press as early as 1895. Yet when he died in 1899, his legacy as the essential figure in the foundation of the National Pastime died with him. 

The vacuum in public perception of baseball lore was filled by other figures — less consequential figures, according to the experts today. 

The popular origin story of baseball is that it was invented by Abner Doubleday, later a Civil War hero, in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839; and that Alexander Cartwright, Adams’ teammate with the Knickerbockers Base Ball Club of Manhattan, codified the game while playing baseball at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey.

But a roar of protest has risen from the grandstand of Baseball America in recent years. 

Historians and enthusiasts hope to set the record straight in a sport that cherishes tradition more than any other but has had its own origin story wrong for many years.

They want Doc Adams given his due by baseball officials and the American public as the most formative figure in the early days of baseball. 

And they want him given a long overdue place of honor in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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“Abner Doubleday, Santa Claus and Dracula are equally mythic figures,” Thorn has said in the past, confirming his faith in the clever barb for Fox News Digital.

Doubleday Field at Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is dubbed “The Home of Baseball.”

Cartwright, meanwhile, is called “The Father of Modern Base Ball” on his Hall of Fame plaque. It credits Cartwright with the standards of the game we know today: bases 90 feet apart, nine innings per game and nine men per team.

“Everything credited to Cartwright on his Hall of Fame plaque should instead by credited to Doc Adams,” baseball historian Roger Ratzenberger, publisher of DocAdamsBaseball.org, told Fox News Digital.

Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams was born on Nov. 1, 1814 in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, to Daniel and Nancy (Mulliken) Adams.

The elder Adams was a renowned physician, first in Massachusetts, then New Hampshire. He was a local politician, author and textbook writer whose works were used in classrooms for decades.

Doc Adams attended college at Amherst and Yale, then medical school at Harvard. He looked to make his name in Gotham, arriving in New York City in 1839 or 1840. 

Baseball clubs by the early 1840s had played various forms of the game informally among themselves for several years. 

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“Its primary objectives were exercise and good fellowship,” baseball authority Eric Miklich writes on 19Cbaseball.com, his detailed compendium of the early days of the game.

Different clubs might play by different rules, while different cities had various versions of the game. “Town ball” in Philadelphia differed from “base ball” in New York, for example.

Doc Adams joined the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club. 

“The players included merchants, lawyers, Union Bank clerks, insurance clerks and others who were at liberty after 3 o’clock in the afternoon,” Adams told The Sporting News in an 1896 interview at age 81. 

“They went into it just for exercise and enjoyment, and I think they used to get a good deal more solid fun out of it than the players in the big games do nowadays.”

He soon became one of its leading figures on the field and in the office. 

He created a new position called shortstop in 1849 or 1850 — the position first devised to aid relay throws from the outfield; and soon became president of the Knickerbockers.

“The early Knickerbocker ball was so light that it could not be thrown even 200 feet,” Thorn wrote for the Society of American Baseball Research, “thus the need for a short fielder to send the ball in to the pitcher’s point.”

Adams took it upon himself to make better baseballs by hand. And he oversaw the birth of the baseball bat industry. 

“We had a great deal of trouble in getting balls made, and for six or seven years I made all the balls myself, not only for our club but also for other clubs when they were organized,” Adams told The Sporting News.

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“Finally I found a Scotch saddler who was able to show me a good way to cover the balls with horsehide, such as was used for whip lashes. I used to make the stuffing out of three or four ounces of rubber cuttings, wound with yarn and then covered with the leather. It was not until some time after 1858 that a shoemaker was found who was willing to make them for us. This was the beginning of base ball manufacturing.”

He added, “It was equally difficult to get good bats made, for no one knew any more about making bats than balls. The bats had to be turned under my personal supervision.”

The foundation of modern baseball was laid in January and February 1857, in a national convention of baseball players at Smith’s Hotel, 462 Broome Street, in what’s now the SoHo section of Manhattan.

Doc Adams presided over the convention.

Under his leadership, the conference emerged with uniform new rules as the recreational game grew into a larger and increasingly competitive sport.

The 1857 convention gave us the major framework we recognize as baseball today: These include nine innings per game, nine players per side and 90 feet between base paths.

These “Laws of Base Ball,” handwritten by Doc Adams, emerged in recent years and hit the auction block in 2016. 

They were purchased by Hayden Trubitt, an attorney with Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in Newport Beach, California, for a cool $3.26 million. 

He mortgaged his house to help fund the purchase of what Thorn called the “Magna Carta of Baseball.”

Trubitt knew little about Doc Adams at the time. He knew only that the documents were important, and that they fulfilled his passions for baseball, law and history. 

He’s since come to realize that Adams holds a special place in the American sports pantheon — by following the arc of the rules conventions through the handwriting of its president.

The meeting “was like the U.S. Constitutional Convention,” Trubitt told Fox News Digital. 

“It was a beautiful expression of American government sensibilities.”

“The ‘Laws of Base Ball’ is a document of unparalleled importance in the history of America’s National Pastime,” SCP Auctions’ Vice President Dan Imler said in a statement after its sale. 

“This [$3.26 million] figure represents not only the highest price ever paid for a baseball document, but the third-highest price ever for any piece of sports memorabilia.”

“With the rules better defined and with the success of the 1857 convention, the game became increasingly popular. Subsequent conventions attracted more teams,” writes Miklich. 

“The Civil War caused membership to decrease but helped introduce the game to southern parts of the United States. The membership of the National Association of Base Ball Players increased to more than 300 members in 1867.”

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, formed in 1869.

The National League — the same “senior circuit” that still competes today — was founded in 1876. The American League was formed in 1901. 

The first World Series between the competing leagues ensued in 1903. Baseball was off and running, played by the rules Adams set down, played with equipment he pioneered, with his hands touching every aspect of the sport.

Adams authored another baseball first in 1858, the year after the rules convention. Now well into his 40s, he officiated the first all-star game series in Queens, New York, where he was the first umpire to call balls and strikes in competitive baseball. 

Dr. Daniel Lucius Adams died on January 3, 1899, in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 84 years old.

He’s buried today in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, beneath a stone in which the letters have grown worn and muddled, as if his name is being lost to history. 

Perhaps the neglected memorial soon will get the same renewed attention as the man himself.

His star began to shine again through the research uncovered by Thorn, and by the dogged work by Doc Adams’ great-granddaughter, Marjorie Adams, now deceased, to revive his contribution to the game. 

The nation’s longest-running vintage baseball tournament was renamed the Doc Adams Old Time Baseball Tournament in 2015. It’s held each summer in Bethpage, New York.

Adams enthusiasts now hope he’ll get his long-overdue plaque at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

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The Early Baseball Era Committee of the Hall of Fame meets every three years. 

Adams was on their 2016 ballot right before his Laws of Base Ball were discovered early that year. He missed induction by two votes. 

His next opportunity to be inducted into the Hall of Fame comes in December 2024, when the committee votes on its 2025 inductees. 

Hall of Fame or not, Adam’s greatest contribution may be instilling a nation with a love for the sport he fathered and is now cherished as the National Pastime.

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“Our playground was the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, a beautiful spot at that time, overlooking the Hudson, and reached by a pleasant path along the cliff,” Adams told The Sporting News in 1896.

“Once there we were free from all restraint, and throwing off our coats we played until it was too dark to see any longer.”

To read more stories in this unique “Meet the American Who…” series from Fox News Digital, click here.

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Wordle today: Here’s the answer, hints for March 30

Woman plays Wordle on her smartphone from the living room of her home

You’re nearly there! Tomorrow is Friday (and please note, also March 31, which is a real date). Pass the time between meetings with today’s Wordle! If you’re struggling, don’t worry — we’re here with our daily hints and tips to help you figure out the solution.

If you prefer to just be told the answer, you can scroll to the end of this article for March 30’s Wordle solution to be revealed. But if you’d rather work through it yourself, keep reading for some clues, tips, and strategies to assist you.

Where did Wordle come from?

Originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, Wordle rapidly spread to become an international phenomenon, with thousands of people around the globe playing every day. Alternate Wordle versions created by fans have even sprung up, including battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once

Wordle eventually became so popular that it was purchased by the New York Times, and TikTok creators even livestream themselves playing.

Not the day you’re after? Here’s the Wordle answer for March 29.

What’s the best Wordle starting word?

The best Wordle starting word is the one that brings joy to your heart. But if what brings you joy is strategy, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that might help you find the solution faster. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

The entire archive of past Wordle puzzles used to be available for anyone to enjoy whenever they felt like it. Unfortunately, it has since been taken down, with the website’s creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times.

Is Wordle getting harder?

It might feel like Wordle is getting harder, but it actually isn’t any more difficult than when it first began. You can turn on Wordle‘s Hard Mode if you’re after more of a challenge, though.

Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?

Though usually Wordle will only accept one correct solution per day, occasionally it will rebel against the norm and deem two different answers acceptable. This is due to changes the New York Times made to Wordle after it acquired the puzzle game.

The Times has since added its own updated word list, so this should happen even less frequently than before. To avoid any confusion, it’s a good idea to refresh your browser before getting stuck into a new puzzle.

Here’s a subtle hint for today’s Wordle answer:

Arguably the greatest food of all time.

Does today’s Wordle answer have a double letter?

Nope!

Today’s Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with…

Today’s Wordle starts with the letter B.

What’s the answer to Wordle today?

We’re finally about to reveal the answer to today’s Wordle, so get your guesses in now!

Are you ready?

The solution to Wordle #649 is…

BREAD.

Don’t feel discouraged if you didn’t get it this time. The beauty of Wordle is that there’s always a new one to try the next day, and we’ll be here again with more helpful clues and hints. In the meantime, have some bread. It’s so good.

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Benefits of cold water: Health guru and extreme athlete Wim Hof says we have ‘power within’ to heal disease

The ability to control our health could be right inside us.

This is according to the philosophy and practices of Dutch athlete Wim Hof, father of the Wim Hof Method.

Hof, 63, revealed how his teachings have revolutionized public health in an on-camera interview from the Netherlands with Fox News Digital.

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The Wim Hof Method has three pillars: cold plunging, breathing and mindset.

The method has been proven scientifically — according to numerous medical journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) — to have monumental impacts on mental and physical health.

Nicknamed “the Iceman,” Hof shared that one chief benefit of his method is reducing inflammation. It’s the leading cause of most ailments and autoimmune diseases, he noted.

“I’m bringing my knowledge from nature through science to global health care, showing that through science — no speculation — we are able to do so much more within our physiology,” he said. 

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“And I think it’s time to have that get out to the world to bring people some consolation in these confusing times, that there is much more autonomy over mind and body,” he said.

“I’m a man on a mission. I want everybody to be happy, strong and healthy.”

His “powerful” techniques are “available for anybody” worldwide, he said. All it takes is commitment and a little cold water.

Hof is best known for his daring physical feats, such as running marathons while barefoot beyond the polar circle and climbing through the “death zone” of Mt. Everest in only his shorts.

The extreme athlete first felt the pull to immerse himself in the cold as a kid growing up in Sittard, Netherlands, according to his book, “The Wim Hof Method.”

At 17, Hof took his first cold plunge on a Sunday morning in winter at Beatrixpark in Almere, Netherlands — and discovered the power of cold water.

Hof met his wife, Olaya, when he was 22 years old. The couple had four children together.

Olaya struggled with depression — and in 1995, she fell victim to the illness and committed suicide.

“The whole of psychiatry could not help [Olaya],” he said. “How broken I was in my heart and there was nothing that could help me.”

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He continued, “I had no money. I had four kids left behind and the love of my life — gone.”

This “devastating” moment expanded his method to include mental health.

What helped him cope the most was “going into the cold,” he said.

“Because then, at that moment, you are surviving,” he said. “You learn to survive instead of being taken on by your emotional agony,” he continued.

“The emotional agony eats you alive and that will make you, finally, depressed. It will take the life force out of you,” he said. 

With cold water plunging, “you open up to peace inside — and that inaugurates the healing,” he said. 

“I began to have control over my emotions,” he added.

The cold exposure boosted Hof’s mental wellness as well as his energy levels, which started him on a journey of spreading the word to others who were experiencing similar hardships.

“After 49 years … all these moments of faith, like drops, [have become] a tsunami,” he said.

Since then, the method has caught fire across the world. Hof said people have thanked him “straight from the heart” for changing and saving their lives.

“They give me tears and all,” he said. “It’s real.”

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Many communities, like New York’s Sunday Swim, preach the positive effects of cold-water therapy by practicing cold plunging in large groups.

This method is so powerful as practiced in groups due to our pre-historic beginnings, noted Hof.

“The cold in pre-historics was our enemy and that brought people together,” he said. 

“It creates a natural camaraderie because the opposing force is out there, and once you begin to act like a community, you become stronger.”

The cold, Hof said, “wakes up” the feeling of togetherness in a world that’s become “over-individualized.”

The cold awakens the human cardiovascular system, which is made up of 70,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries, Hof said, noting that this system is long enough to wrap around planet Earth twice.

Comprised of what Hof called “millions of little muscles,” this system is only awakened in the cold — and successive generations of warming up in the colder months have put those muscles to rest.

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“You feel your cardiovascular system bringing the blood flow to all cells, which is the life force,” he said. 

“Then an explosion of energy happens because they get fed greatly … The heart is a muscle, so all the little muscles are being stimulated.”

When the body enters cold temperatures, he said, “the heart rate goes down, energy goes up.”

This also expels stress, benefiting mood and mental state.

While cardiovascular illnesses are the number-one killer in America, Hof has faced skepticism about his method.

For this reason, he’s accepted invitations from multiple scientists who have studied his lifestyle to prove its credibility, he said.

Experiments include being encased in ice for 80 minutes for a study at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, Amsterdam, where he was able to keep his body temperature stable.

Hof’s blood samples from that experiment were then exposed to bacteria known to cause violent reactions — and no reaction took place. The university subsequently invited Hof to participate in another study.

This time, Hof agreed to be injected with E. coli bacteria so that the strength of his immune system while practicing the method could be investigated.

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Hof’s system, along with those of his panel of 12 trained male subjects, showed no side effects from the bacteria. Previously, it made the other 240 subjects in the study ill.

“I showed no inflammation,” he said. “My group of people was 100% not sick.”

He added, “This showed for the first time in science that the autonomic nervous and innate immune system [can be controlled].”

The novel findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in 2014.

The study proved that inflammation can be naturally suppressed, which is the “cause and effect of any disease,” he said.

This includes conditions suchh as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. 

This ability to ward off illness isn’t a trait unique to Hof, who’s successfully trained other subjects to adapt their bodies in the same fashion.

He’s brought groups of people, some suffering from autoimmune illnesses, to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro by preparing them through the Wim Hof Method, he noted.

This includes a 76-year-old Lyme disease sufferer, who joined Hof on his last trek up the mountain. The man was able to summit the mountain in 31 hours — in only shorts — with no prior climbing experience, Hof said.

“That is the power of the mind,” Hof added.

The method works in any demographic without limitations, Hof noted. All it takes is about 10 days for the body to “fully uptake” the practice, he said.

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Although anyone can practice the Wim Hof Method, its founder said it can be adapted to fit people’s individual conditions as well.

Hof suggested that the E. coli study should have “broken open” the scientific world, but modern-day medical rhetoric has hushed the idea of autonomy over the body.

“There’s a lot of money going on with disease,” he said. “That’s what I’m afraid of.”

Hof’s message to the skeptics is to try his method at least once to discover the untapped power and energy nestled inside the human body.

“You don’t need to do it, but I offer you this,” he said. “If it doesn’t work, blame me.” 

“This is love,” he added. “Love is the ability to bring somebody else into a healthy, happy, strong state of being.”

Hof referred to another study, this one from Detroit’s Wayne State University called “brain over body,” conducted in 2014. Here, he proved he was able to control his body temperature with just his mind.

In response to study results, the university wrote, “The Wim Hof Method may promote the spontaneous release of opioids and cannabinoids in the brain. This effect has the potential to create a feeling of well-being, mood control and reduced anxiety.”

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Hof said, “You can make the body work from the inside and do the right thing to neutralize the impact. The mind is able to connect with the physical body to make it stronger.”

This “willful control” over the body should be studied “so much more” than it has been to date, he suggested.

“I want to bring light into the darkness,” he said.

Today’s health care system can seem like a “money-making scheme,” Hof said, adding that true science should be “what benefits mankind.”

He continued, “Not their wallet, not the economy. It should benefit human wellness and the prosperity of health, happiness and strength.”

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Hof revealed some new studies in the works, including research with UCLA on bipolar conditions and DNA; research on performance and stress resilience with Queensland University; and research in Sydney, Australia, on endometriosis.

New research also includes a Penn State University study in partnership with a Dutch university, set for April 1 and 2, on cognitive ability and enhancement techniques.

“I want to heal the world and I will bring it on through science, no speculation,” he said. “Let them all come and prove me wrong. I think faith in the good is [what] will stay forever.”

Hof offered his definition of a life well-lived: It’s living up to a purpose that “drives you and that pushes you.”

“Once you get into the goodness, it comes to you,” he said. “And it’s big-time love.”

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He said, “They always say I’m crazy, but I’m bloody f—ing crazy about life and my wife. And that’s not crazy at all.”

Hof, who’s almost 64 years old, revealed that he’ll be plunging for 64 minutes in icy water in celebration of his life and to show that he’s still “bloody strong.”

“I’m a simple man, but I’m going to change the world,” he said. “That power now is also for anybody else. We are built to be in control of ourselves.”

He continued, “We have an innate capacity to have much greater autonomy over mind and body to become happy, strong and healthy, guaranteed. That is what I wish every parent in the world to be able to pass onto their children.”

He added, “That is love. That’s what I want. And that mountain, I’m going to climb to the summit and enjoy the view.”

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Wordle today: Here’s the answer, hints for March 29

Wordle game displayed on a phone and a laptop screen

It is Wednesday, my dudes, and there’s a new Wordle. If you’re struggling, don’t worry — we’re here with our daily hints and tips to help you figure out the solution.

If you prefer to just be told the answer, you can scroll to the end of this article for March 28’s Wordle solution to be revealed. But if you’d rather work through it yourself, keep reading for some clues, tips, and strategies to assist you.

Where did Wordle come from?

Originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, Wordle rapidly spread to become an international phenomenon, with thousands of people around the globe playing every day. Alternate Wordle versions created by fans have even sprung up, including battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once

Wordle eventually became so popular that it was purchased by the New York Times, and TikTok creators even livestream themselves playing.

Not the day you’re after? Here’s the Wordle answer for March 28.

What’s the best Wordle starting word?

The best Wordle starting word is the one that brings joy to your heart. But if what brings you joy is strategy, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that might help you find the solution faster. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

The entire archive of past Wordle puzzles used to be available for anyone to enjoy whenever they felt like it. Unfortunately, it has since been taken down, with the website’s creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times.

Is Wordle getting harder?

It might feel like Wordle is getting harder, but it actually isn’t any more difficult than when it first began. You can turn on Wordle‘s Hard Mode if you’re after more of a challenge, though.

Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?

Though usually Wordle will only accept one correct solution per day, occasionally it will rebel against the norm and deem two different answers acceptable. This is due to changes the New York Times made to Wordle after it acquired the puzzle game.

The Times has since added its own updated word list, so this should happen even less frequently than before. To avoid any confusion, it’s a good idea to refresh your browser before getting stuck into a new puzzle.

Here’s a subtle hint for today’s Wordle answer:

On all sides!

Does today’s Wordle answer have a double letter?

A vowel appears twice!

Today’s Wordle is a 5-letter word that ends with…

Today’s Wordle ends with the letter T.

What’s the answer to Wordle today?

We’re finally about to reveal the answer to today’s Wordle, so get your guesses in now!

Are you ready?

The solution to Wordle #648 is…

BESET.

Don’t feel discouraged if you didn’t get it this time. The beauty of Wordle is that there’s always a new one to try the next day, and we’ll be here again with more helpful clues and hints.

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Drop in patriotism, tolerance is US wake up call and a Christmas present to these key players

Patriotism, tolerance, religious observance and community involvement are all on steep declines, according to new polling published in the Wall Street Journal, and if we are being honest, the results are scary.

The declining numbers in almost every area of civic life are not just a threat to civility and social cohesion, they are a threat to America’s national security.

The numbers strike a stark and quite serious chord. In 1998 70% of Americans surveyed said that patriotism was very important to them. Today? Just 38%, and that’s down from 61% in just 4 years.

IMPORTANCE OF TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES HAS PLUMMETED ACROSS US, POLL SHOWS

There are similar deep dips in the numbers for how important religion (down 33%) or community involvement (down 35%) are, in fact the only object that has surged in importance according to this polling is money which gained a cool 12% points.

Perhaps the most shocking and dangerous result of the survey involves tolerance of others and their views. In 2019 80% of Americans backed this foundational American value, today that has dwindled to a mere 58%.

Placed on top of each other these numbers present a pernicious palimpsest of an America that is changing, and not for the better. We are now a nation with less pride in our flag, a nation without a God to obey, a nation in which communities are crumbling as Americans distrust and even hate each other.

If these numbers are a cold cup of coffee for a country that needs to wake up to its internal divisions, they are a Christmas present to our geo-political foes who not only thrive on but also stoke this disastrous divisiveness.

MOST AMERICANS DON’T BELIEVE THE US IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, POLL FINDS

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped his report on foreign interference in the 2016 election we were so focused on the guilt or innocence of then President Donald Trump that we mostly ignored the report’s main finding, that Russia’s internet troll farms were not so much trying to swing an election as make Americans revile each other.

As Rep. Michael Waltz put it after an intelligence briefing in 2020, “You name the divisive issue — racial tensions, gun rights, pro-life, pro-choice, and what they’ve talked about is trying to stir and sow discord on both sides of every issue.”

While it is not entirely clear just how much of an impact foreign information operations, not just from Russia but also from China, Iran, and others, have had on these declines in support for basic American values, what is clear is that these declines harm us and help them.

For those authoritarian nations wishing to depose America and the West as the global superpower, a steep decline in patriotism is a dream come true. Furthermore, the drop in tolerance is an opportunity for our enemies to not just foment anger and division, but actual violence.

TRADITIONAL VALUES DISAPPEARING FROM AMERICAN CULTURE: YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TAUGHT ‘AMERICA IS A BAD COUNTRY’

Just this month in response to Stanford Law students shouting down a supposedly anti-trans federal judge attempting to give remarks, one professor at Wayne State wrote on Facebook, “I think it is far more admirable to kill a racist, homophobic, or transphobic speaker than it is to shout them down.

What is amazing and darkly troubling here is not just that the professor made such a statement, but that they felt comfortable posting it on social media, as if their friends and acquaintances would just nod along saying to themselves, “yeah, maybe I should kill people I disagree with.”

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The American political and media class need to take a long, sobering look in the mirror. Sadly, these steep declines in patriotism and tolerance, the vicious othering of those with whom we disagree can generate votes and clicks, but at a price far too dear for America to pay.

If there is a sliver of silver around the cloudy disposition of the American body politic it may be that we are waking up to external threats, especially those posed by China. A separate Gallup poll found that in 2018 53% of Americans had a positive view of the communist nation, today that had cratered to a mere and record low 15%.

We need leaders who will stress that we are all in this unlikely American experiment together, and that there are powerful global forces who want nothing more than to destroy it.

It was Benjamin Franklin who wrote, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence that “we must all hang together, or most assuredly, we will all hang separately.” 246 years later it is still true.

Now is the time for patriotism, now is the time for community involvement, and now is most assuredly the time for tolerance.

In the United States of America, it is never too late.

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‘Quordle’ today: Here are the answers and hints for March 28

A woman's hands holding a mobile phone playing 'Quordle'

If Quordle is a little too challenging today, you’ve come to the right place for hints. There aren’t just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you’ll get what you need.

What is Quordle?

Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it’s not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.

Is Quordle harder than Wordle?

Yes, though not diabolically so.

Where did Quordle come from?

Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer’s creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. 

How is Quordle pronounced?

“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like “curdle.”

Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?

Yes and no.

Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you.

After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle.

What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?

Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can’t afford to waste guesses unless you’re eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. 

Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn’t the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it’s a normal part of the player’s strategic toolset.

Is there a way to get the answer faster?

In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses:

Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We’ve had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.”

Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses.

If strategy isn’t helping, and you’re still stumped, here are some hints:

Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?

One word has a double letter.

Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?

No.

What do today’s Quordle words start with?

S, F, D, and T.

What are the answers for today’s Quordle?

Are you sure you want to know?

There’s still time to turn back.

OK, you asked for it. The answers are:

  1. SUGAR

  2. FIBRE

  3. DITTY

  4. TRIAD

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