What is a Wordle? I saw all these publications with yellow, green and gray boxes on social networks? Yes, this is Wordle.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Wordle?

Wordle is an everyday word game that you can find online here. It’s fun, simple and can only be played as a crossword puzzle once a day. Every 24 hours there is a new word of the day and it is up to you to find out what it is. The site itself does a fantastic job with explaining the rules:

This game is so good.


Wordle gives players six chances to guess a random five-letter word. As shown above, if you have the correct letter in the correct place, it is displayed in green. The correct letter in the wrong place is shown in yellow. A letter that is not in the word c all kinds the spot is grayed out.

You can enter a total of six words, which means you can enter five words to write, from which you can learn tips on letters and their location. Then you get a chance to use these tips. Or you can try to perform and guess the word of the day for three, two or even once.

Simple things, but also incredibly fascinating.

So this is a play on words? Big deal…

Yes, it’s just a play on words. But it’s super popular: over 300,000 people play it every day, according to The New York Times. This popularity may sound confusing, but there are a few small details that have led everyone to go completely insane.

There is only one puzzle a day: This creates a certain level of betting. You only have one shot at Wordle. If you make a mistake, you have to wait until tomorrow to get a brand new puzzle.

Everyone plays exactly the same puzzle: This is crucial as it makes it easier to ping your friend and talking about the puzzle of the day. “Today was difficult!” “How did you do?” “Did you understand it?” Which takes us to the next point …

It’s easy to share your results: After successfully or unsuccessfully completing the puzzle of the day, you are invited to share your Wordle journey for the day. If you tweet the image, it looks like this …

Note that the word and letters you have chosen are hidden. All that is shown is your journey to the word in a series of yellow, green and gray boxes.

It’s very fascinating. If you get it easily, maybe on the second or third try, there is a glee that allows you must show your followers how smart you are and share.

If you catch it through the skin of your teeth in the sixth move, it’s also a great story. But most importantly, the puzzle itself is not broken.

So Wordle is not just a play on words, it is the beginning of a conversation and an opportunity to appear on social media. That’s why it goes viral.

Tips and tricks

If you are a fan of puns, you may want to avoid the following tips and rely entirely on your own instincts. For everyone else who is tired of seeing gray boxes, here are some tips that may be helpful.

Choose your first word: The first word is probably the most important. To maximize the value of your initial gambit, choose a word with three vowels and five different letters. Some examples: oratory, media, radio. I always use “goodbye” for some reason. It’s a habit and I refuse to break it.

I just finished reading a fascinating piece of Tyler Glaelprogrammer and game designer who tried to come up with the best possible starting word. Obviously we all need to start Wordle with the word “roate”. Honestly, read this whole article, it’s great.

Avoid reuse gray: At the bottom of the Wordle board is a keyboard that shows which letters are green, yellow, and gray. Avoid reusing letters that have turned gray. Yes, that sounds obvious. But it can take time and effort to come up with five-letter words that don’t use letters you’ve already tried. This effort will pay off.

The letters can appear twice: This complicates things, especially when you run out of letters to try a word four or five. But the letters are often repeated, as in words like chill, sissy and Ferry, which have been the correct answers in the past.

Who created Wordle?

Wordle is the work of software engineer Josh Wardell, who originally created the game for his partner, a fan of word games and says the BBC will never be loaded with ads. Extremely online people can remember Wardle as the creator of Place, a completely wild collaborative art project / social experiment that sparked the internet in April 2017.

Place was a shared online space that allowed literally anyone to fight for what was painted there. This has led to huge, scattered communities vying for space on this giant online canvas.

In the end, it looked like this:

Image from the online space Place

Do you remember the Place? It was a wild time.


Wordle was mentioned in The New York Times in November, but really gained momentum when the sharing element was added.

In a Reddit post, Wardle said he wanted Wordle to feel like a croissant, a “delicious breakfast” he enjoys from time to time. This is explicitly why there is only one puzzle a day. “They enjoy it too often,” he explained, “and they lose their charm,” Wardle said.

I agree.

Acquisition of the New York Times

At the end of January, creator Josh Wardle sold Wordle to the New York Times for the figure “in the low seven digits”.

Wardle noted that his “game has become bigger than I imagined” and added that he was “just one person”.

The game will eventually become part of the New York Times subscription puzzle service, but Wardle has made sure Wordle stays free to play and that the current streaks will be kept in motion.

“It’s important to me that as Wordle grows, it continues to provide a great experience for everyone,” Wardle said. “Given this, I am incredibly pleased to announce that I have reached an agreement with The New York Times to take control of Wordle move forward.”

Wordle has not become more difficult since joining the New York Times

It just isn’t! Come on people!

According to The New York Times, “Nothing has changed in the game,” Times communications director Jordan Cohen told CNET in an email.

If you look at the game’s script, you can see that the New York Times has not made any significant changes to the game.

Wordle clones …

After the success of Wordle, there were clones. Lots of clones. Some have been cynical money-grabbing, but a huge amount of them are unique, interesting alternatives.

  • Worldle invites you to guess the countries based on their outlines.
  • A quarrel is a multiplayer, Battle Royale version of Wordle.
  • Dordell forces you to solve two Wordles at once.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a quite an exhaustive list of word games you can check if your original is tired.


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