Of Wordle

Wordle is a word puzzle game that has taken the worlde by storm…

Wordle game

If you haven’t heard of it before, this is you hearing about it now, do you perhaps still use internet explorer while you are at it? Maybe you have run into it and seen people post their green, yellow and grey squares on their social media and wondered what was up that?

Wordle answer square

What is Wordle?

Wordle is a love story… The brains behind the game Josh Wardle knew his partner Ms Palak Shah loved word games, so he created a guessing game for just the two of them. The name of the game, Wordle came from a play on his name.

Wordle Rules

The object of the game is to guess the word of the day, a five-letter word in six tries…. sounds easy enough right?  

The Wordle Website is a simple no frills website without adverts or pop-ups which can run easily on computers and mobile devices.  The website collects game stats and allows results sharing in spoiler-free coloured squares.

Each day there is a new word to guess and the beauty of it is that everyone is playing the exact same game, lending the game with an air of digital camaraderie.

How to play Wordle

Playing Wordle takes a combination of word generation skills and blind luck… When you guess the correct letters in their correct places you get green squares🟩 if it’s the correct letter but in the wrong position 🟨it appears as yellow and if wrong you get the grey squares. 🔲

Hot Tip Trick when playing Wordle your starting word guess should use as many vowels as possible to eliminate or establish vowel positions and thus narrowing down the word range you have to work with.

*Also note once you have used a letter and it is wrong (greyed out) don’t use it again, the answer lies in letters you haven’t used.

5 Stages of Wordle

  1. Wondering what Wordle is 🤔
  2. Understanding the basics 😅
  3. Addictive winning streak 🥳
  4. Anguish on losing streak 😭
  5. Zen level of Wordle 😇
The Zen level of Wordle Mastery is when you are an oasis of tranquility unphased by the grey squares or green ones, whether you get the word in 1 try, 2 or 6 tries or not at all have I told you you look wonderful today 🎶

History Of Wordle

Mr Wardle created and played the game with his partner for months and later introduced it to his family and relatives in a WhatsApp group before releasing it to the rest of the world in October 2021.

•On 1 Nov, 90 people played.
•On Sunday, just over two months later, more than 300,000 people played.
•Now, the puzzle has millions of daily players.

Though Wordle is now shared with the world, Ms Palak Shah appreciated that Mr. Wardle originally created it for her. “It’s really sweet,” she said. “This is definitely how Josh shows his love.”

The New York Times acquired Wordle

Wordle will be joining The New York Times’s portfolio of original, engaging puzzle games after having been acquired by the New York Times for an undisclosed amount in the low the seven figures

An update on Wordle - A statement by Josh Wardle
Statement by Josh Wardle

According to The New York Times, Wordle will be free to play for new and existing players, and no changes will be made to its gameplay.

But some sceptics feel that it’s going to disappear behind a paywall or be filled with some marketing gimmicks; while some applaud Josh Wardle for making a small fortune out of a hobby he created out of love, some feel the corporate wheels turning getting to us all.

Have you played Wordle? What stage of Wordle are you?

~B

32 Comments

    1. Oh it’s super interesting and quite a way to start of the day… It’s now become my mid-morning break routine to refresh my mind and kill a few minutes… As a fan of crossword puzzles and word games it’s perfect

      •B

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    1. Been playing for a little over a week 🤣 guess distribution all over the place sometimes it seems like blind luck 😅 starting word strategy really helps things along.
      The other day my starting word was one letter short of the word of the day… If I ever get it in one go I’m so never playing again 😂
      And the world won’t hear the end of it

      ~B

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    1. With this takeover by NYT am guessing more people are going to be talking about it and couple this with the curiosity to see how NYT will handle it which might make or break the game’s allure
      ~B

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  1. First heard of it from Trevor Noah then seen it on your Twitter feed now am intrigued to actually check it out. Thank you for sharing and I would hate to lose hahahaha

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    1. You should totally check it out 🤣🤣🤣 it’s some interesting fun right there…
      Nobody likes losing 😅 but as with life one learns to know how you won’t always get the answer 🤗

      ~B

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  2. Oh I haven’t played this game. I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never attempted playing. Maybe I should do so I can have something to say about it. Thanks for the explanation. I feel NY want to use it to attract audience, hope they won’t spoil its basics.

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    1. Hahaha you should totally do one game and tell us how it goes…. Takes only a few minutes to play.

      NYT definitely saw the value in a game that’s attracting millions of players everyday and they will obviously try to leverage that reach one way or another…
      Just like you I hope they won’t spoil the basics of it and would love to be proved wrong but already have a draft post titled
      Is Wordle Deadle? How NYT murdled Wordle 🤣🤣🤣

      ~B

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      1. 😂😂 surely, that so soon? They’d murder it such so soon? Haha. But people love some freedom in using what they enjoy and i think this might be the problem with them owning the game and using it in whatever way they like. I’m sure going to give this Wordle a player’s shot and see what’s with it. 😊

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    1. It’s got such a beautiful beginning…. Like for example in creating the game he made sure to test out the 2000+ word database the game runs on using words he knew his partner would have in their vocabulary. In a way knowing that may or may not help you play the game as you realise it’s not meant to be an elusive or tricky game… When I first tried playing it I was trying to think of complex words and almost failing to find the answers only to realise most of the solutions are the first words that come to mind… 🤣🤣

      ~B

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  3. I just heard about it for the first time this morning when the radio was talking about the sale.

    And call me pessimistic, but how long do you really think it will remain free?

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    1. Crazy thing is as I was writing this article I tried to refer back to an article I had seen on TNYT only to find had exceeded my monthly quota and would need to subscribe…. I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before Wordle goes the same way.
      Not being pessimistic but simply putting myself in these guys shoes they paid 7 figures for it, they will want a return on investment… It’s just a question of how will they make players pay; adverts, newsletter subscriptions, sign-up protocol with a dash of plain old data harvesting…
      As they say on the streets there’s no free lunch

      ~B

      ~B

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  4. I’ve just heard of it this week from your blog and one other blog I read. Interesting, I like word games but am not sure if I’ll check it out. Thanks for sharing how to play and all things Wordle! 😀

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    1. I ran into the game about a fortnight ago and as sucker for wordgames, crossword puzzles and those 9 word anagrams, definitely got into the spirit of it.🤣

      You are welcome and thanks and oh you can also just share it around and seem like “you know things” all mysterious 😂
      ~B

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  5. I tried to resist wordle until a few days ago 😂😂 my first word was a disaster. But I’m hooked and I got the option to play previous words from this year. Incredible!

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    1. How do you get this option? Did you find a bootleg version of Wordle… I think I saw someone advertising an offline version

      ~B

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  6. I actually saw a meme about it today and your post clarified everything for me 😅. I doubt if i I will play it cause I already have a word puzzle game on my phone that is stressing me enuf 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  7. I had to Google it when I began to see multiple people in my Tweet feed post these squares w/o any explanation. I tried it and… left it behind. I didn’t like the fact that it’s always the same number of letters in a word.

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  8. Been seeing some update on people’s SM
    Well, now I know what it’s all about.
    Looks interesting and something I’d love to try as a 4pics 1 word addict.
    Thanks for the info.

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