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Today's Waffle #197: Check hints, answer for puzzle for August 6

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Ever since Wordle became a sensation and Twitter users’ favourite hobby, many spin-offs have cropped up. Some are better than others. Among the few that have been able to sustain their popularity and have managed to carve out a niche for itself are Waffle.

Despite being based on the same idea as Wordle, Waffle didn’t exactly follow in the former’s footsteps when it came to developing the game. Instead of asking players to input letters to solve for words, Waffle places letters in a grid. From thereon, players need to rearrange those letters to form words, both horizontally and vertically. In a move similar to that of Wordle, Waffle, too, has designated different colour tiles to specify if a letter is in its right position or needs to be moved.

As per the rules, green signifies the correct position. Yellow means the letter belongs to the word but in a different position. Because it is a grid, there’s a high probability that a yellow tile can come up in one of the corners. When that happens, it means the letter could belong to either the horizontal or the vertical word. The uncertainty that comes with such situations — that brings fruition to the idiom “pushed to a corner” — is what makes Waffle stand out from its competition.

With only 15 moves possible to solve the six words, deciding the correct position of letters can be the difference between victory and defeat. Completing the puzzle with moves remaining will fetch you stars. The least moves in which a puzzle can be solved is 10, hence, the most stars you can earn in a day is five.

Waffle #197 Answers for August 6
A new Waffle is released every day at midnight, and with it comes the opportunity for you to flex your word prowess in front of your friends. And just in case you are struggling, we are here with a helping hand. Don’t worry, a little help does no harm.

Here are the answers to the puzzle with their meanings.

Across:
GROIN
• the area between the abdomen and the upper thigh on either side of the body (noun).
• In architecture, a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults (noun).
RADAR
• a system for detecting the presence, direction, distance and speed of aircraft, ships, and other objects, by sending out pulses of radio waves, which are reflected off the object back to the source (noun).
HORDE
• a large group of people (noun).
• In anthropology, a small loosely knit social group typically consisting of about five families (noun).

Down:
GIRTH
• the measurement around the middle of something, especially a person's waist (noun).
• a band attached to a saddle and fastened around a horse's belly to keep the saddle in place (noun).
• surround; encircle (verb).

OLDER
• having lived for a long time; no longer young (adjective).
• belonging to the past; former (adjective).

NERVE
• a whitish fibre or bundle of fibres in the body that transmits impulses of sensation to the brain or spinal cord, and impulses from these to the muscles and organs (noun).
• one's steadiness and courage in a demanding situation (noun).
• brace oneself mentally to face a demanding situation (verb).


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