Puzzle game

Wordle is a free puzzle game covering the Internet in small squares


You may have noticed that the internet has been dotted with little green, white, and yellow squares over the past week or so. They come from Wordle, a free once-a-day word puzzle where everyone tries to guess the same five-letter word. I’ve been addicted to it since Christmas – and you should play it too.

It really is that simple. Wordle presents you with a blank grid of squares, in which you type letters. You have six guesses to get the word out. Personally, I like to start with what I call “the farts game”, and I always use FARTS as my first word. It helps to find or exclude a common vowel and some of the more common consonants.

If a letter in a word you type contains a valid letter, it turns yellow. If it’s the right letter in the right one place, it turns green. Make it to the end and you will have the option to share your completed grid without any letters. Since everyone is playing the same puzzle and there is only one per day, it is oddly interesting to compare the color charts with other players.

I have been playing Wordle daily and comparing results with friends every day for a few weeks now. I’m having a great time – although I admit I’m still not sure if Wordle is even a good game.

There is a lot of luck involved, in the number of letters and positions you find with your first guess or any subsequent guess. It doesn’t even necessarily reward having a large vocabulary: it’s easy to have four correct letters and still have four or more possible winning words, in which case there’s no way to tell which one is correct. beyond guessing and hoping you’ll figure it out before you run out of tries.

Yet it is undeniably convincing. No matter how much luck is involved, it’s skillful to mold your guesses around each letter you discover. The fact that it can only be played once per day also adds tension; I haven’t completed a puzzle yet and I want to keep the momentum going.

Not that there is any recognition in the play of this sequence. Wordle is wonderfully stripped down, playable via a simple web page. No connection, no rewards, nothing to make it “sticky” other than the fun. As reported by the New York TimesWordle was designed by a man named Josh Wardle as a gift for his wife, and it shows in the best way.

Here is how I did with today’s one. Wordle 201 5/6:

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