What is Wordle and how to play? Tips and tricks to help you master the word game
What is Wordle?
It’s a daily pun that went viral earlier this year. It can only be played on one website.
Who brought us this?
Wordle was created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer from New York. He created a prototype in 2013 and dusted it off during the pandemic for his partner, who likes to play word games.
How to play ?
Wordle is simple: You have six chances to guess the secret five-letter word of the day. Type a word as a guess, and the game tells you which letters are or aren’t in the word.
The goal is to find the secret word with the fewest guesses.
What changes has The New York Times made to Wordle?
A spokesperson for the media company said it was updating the word list and removing obscure words as possible answers, such as “Agora.” She also removes words that she thinks are insensitive or offensive.
Did people get two different answers on the same day?
Yes, for the Wordle game number 284 of March 30, there were two answers. The reason: A New York Times spokesperson said the word “Harry” was removed for obscurity and replaced with “Stove,” but some players were still seeing “Harry.” He said players should refresh their browser to see the new response.
This is the second time this has happened since The New York Times bought Wordle. For game number 241 on February 15, some players saw the word “Agora” removed instead of “Aroma”.
What do the green and yellow squares mean?
When you make a guess in the game, the letter tiles change color to show how close you are to the secret word.
If you guess “tired” and the “W” turns green, that means the secret word starts with a “W”. If the “E” turns yellow, the letter is in the word but not there. All letters that are not in the secret word turn gray.
Can the letters of the secret word be used twice?
Yes. Knoll and Abbey were recent responses. The game will not tell you if a letter you guess is found twice in the secret word, unless you guess a word containing both letters.
Is there an app?
Nope. It can only be played on the game website.
But that hasn’t stopped others from creating their own copycat games to cash in on the trend. Bogus Wordle apps filled Apple Inc.’s App Store, topping the top of the most downloaded charts. Apple said it removed these apps.
Can I play more than once a day?
Some gamers have found a way to do this: they use the Wayback Machine, an online Internet archive where you can access Wordle’s website from days gone by and play old games.
It’s child’s play. Is there a harder way to play?
There is a way to switch to “hard mode”. This means that when a letter turns green or yellow, you must use those letters in the following guesses.
Whether it’s hard or not depends on how you already play. Some are already continuing to guess words with the correct letters. Others, when they can’t find a word with the correct letters, guess with a word that has different letters.
To enter hard mode, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the game and click to activate hard mode.
I want to become a Wordle pro. Any tips, tricks, or five-letter words?
There is a lot of debate among fans about the best way to play. Mr Wardle himself said he didn’t know the best strategy. “You’re asking the wrong person,” he said. “I’m very bad at it.”
Avid gamers usually have a favorite first word that they believe gets them the fastest response. Two groups emerged: those who type high-vowel words first, such as “adieu” or “arose”, and those who search for common consonants with words such as “stare”.
Some have even created spreadsheets to determine the most common letters in five-letter words. A player determined it was E, S, A, R, and O and chose to use “popped up” as the first guess.
Others just love it and type whatever comes to mind. If you’re looking for strategies, try finding a Wordle Facebook group like WORDLE Friends, where people share tips, tricks, and cheats.
Another tactic in the first two guesses is to use words with completely different letters. The idea is to eliminate as many letters as possible quickly. For example, use “soare” as the first guess, then “linty” as the second.
If you want to spend more time researching strategies, the internet is full of them. On YouTube, a user shows you how to solve Wordle using scientific theory. WordPlay.com rates your first word quality and will spit out second words for you to try.
How do I share my results?
After completing a game, tap or click the “Share” button that appears. You can then go to Twitter, Facebook or a messaging app and paste your results to share.
Why are my Facebook and Twitter feeds a sea of green and yellow squares?
First of all, sorry about that. This is partly why the game has gone viral. The creator noticed that New Zealand fans were posting results with colored boxes that they drew themselves. It has therefore facilitated the sharing of the results of the game.
What do the numbers mean when people post their results on social media?
When people post their results, numbers appear above the green and yellow squares that look like this: 208 4/6. The first number means that the person played game #208. Every day a new game gets a new number. And the “4/6” indicates the person who guessed four times before correctly guessing the word of the day. The “6” represents the six guesses the players have. An X/6 means the player has lost.
How did Wordle go viral?
Mr Wardle said the game started to take off in mid-November, when technologist Andy Baio put a link to the game on his blog. Mr Wardle then made it easier to share the results by posting the green and yellow squares on Facebook, Twitter and texting apps, and the game went viral from there.
“The Show Tonight” host Jimmy Fallon tweeted about the game several times, helping to fuel its popularity.
What should I do after playing Wordle?
Wordle’s obsession drives people to rediscover decades-old games they played as kids. Some search home for forgotten board games, such as Mastermind, or download apps based on them, such as Jotto.
Is a pun show coming to TV?
Yes. CBS is relaunching the “Lingo” game show, where teams of two must guess words after receiving the first letter.
CBS didn’t mention Wordle in its February announcement, but did hint at the country’s recent obsession with word games.
“Everyone’s looking for a five letter word, we have one… ‘Lingo,'” CBS said in a tweet.
The show will air in 2022 and will be hosted by RuPaul Charles, the host of the drag show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Did Wordle appear on “Saturday Night Live”?
Yes. He was featured in a skit on the Jan. 22 episode, featuring James Austin Johnson, who impersonates former President Donald Trump. Mr. Johnson’s Trump gives a long speech about booster shots, actor Jason Momoa and other unrelated stuff, filling the Wordle game with words. In the end, Wordle’s answer was “Trump”.
How many people are playing?
When The New York Times bought Wordle, it said it was played by millions, but didn’t give an exact figure. That’s a big increase from November 1, 2021, when 90 people played the game, according to Wardle. He said some 1.8 million people had played it on January 7.
Why is it only once a day?
The once-a-day aspect also helped the game go viral. Since everyone in the world receives the same Wordle game at midnight in their time zone, this allows players to talk to each other about how they did and what guesses they made.
“It becomes a shared experience,” Mr. Wardle said.
Why is Buffalo Wild Wings tweeting about Wordle?
Brands can’t help but jump on a viral trend. It’s a way to join the conversation and gain followers and likes. The Chain of Chicken Wings turned the game into a series of five-letter words: Order. Wings. Today.
Lego has reinvented Wordle with its colorful bricks. IKEA saw the game in one of its shelves.
London-based Starling Bank Ltd. used Wordle’s squares to tease rivals on Twitter and proclaim itself Britain’s best bank.
Do celebrities play it?
Yes. Musician Questlovetweeted that he was “legitimately amplified” after solving his first Wordle puzzle. Mr. Fallon of “The Tonight Show” tweeted in early January to his 51 million followers that he was “addicted” to the game. Three days later, the comedian tweeted that he was “still addicted”.
I am color blind. Is there a way to play?
There is a “colorblind mode” that changes correct guesses from green and yellow to orange and blue, colors that are easier for people with colorblindness to distinguish. Click the gear icon in the top right corner of the game and click colorblind mode to change it.
Anything else I should know?
Yes. Several parodies and variations of Wordle have appeared. For geography buffs, there’s Worldle, where you’re shown the outline of a country and have to guess the location. If you can navigate the New York City subway without a map, try Subwaydle, which asks you to find the best subway lines to get to your destination.
You can try to guess the letter of the day on Letterle. Or there’s Sweardle for meaner words if that’s your thing. When you guess the correct four-letter word, the site tells you, “I’m sure your mom will be very proud.”
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