So how do you play Wordle?
Game play is really Q-U-I-T-E simple. Players have six chances to guess a five-letter word.
Each guess, which must be an actual word, is followed by feedback indicating whether the letter you’ve selected is correct and if it’s in the correct position.
Green means the letter is in the word — and that yes, it’s in the right position.
Yellow means the letter is in the word, but not in the correct position.
Grey means the letter is a T-O-T-A-L dud.
Here are more Wordle F-A-C-T-S you must know!
1. Brooklyn-based software engineer Josh Wardle released his free, in-browser word-guessing game in the fall of 2021. The game reportedly went from 90 players this past November to 2 million just last weekend. (And the name Wordle, by the way, is a play on Wardle’s last name.)
2. Wordle is NOT an app. It’s old school — in-browser only.
3. Multiple copycat versions of Wordle were recently taken out of the App Store, Apple confirmed this week to BBC News. However, some similar-looking games are still available there. (Keep reading for more on this topic … )
4. A separate Twitter account called @WordleStats, established earlier this month, tracks Wordle’s Twitter mentions, the number of “hard mode” players, and the percentage of people who solved the daily puzzle in a given number of tries. (“Hard mode” players use previously revealed hints in subsequent guesses.)
5. Some 76% of players needed four tries or more to solve Wednesday’s puzzle; 3,017 played the game on “hard mode”; and 153,880 results were found on Twitter, according to WordleStats. (The WordleStats account says it is not affiliated with Wordle — but Josh Wardle himself, Wordle’s creator, follows the account and has shared tweets from it.)
6. On Friday morning, Jan. 14, 2022, Wardle confirmed on Twitter that Steven Cravotta, a fellow developer with an app (that happens to be called Wordle) is hoping to donate the proceeds from his app to a worthy charity, “preferably a literacy focused nonprofit organization.” (Cravotta’s app saw a sizable uptick in sales when people began googling to find Wardle’s in-browser game but instead stumbled on the Cravotta app.)
7. You can use the same letter twice in your word puzzle, by the way — for example, P-R-E-S-S (this fact can trip up beginners).
See the T-W-E-E-T below with more details — and a few more details A-F-T-E-R that. (S-O-R-R-Y, just couldn’t resist.)
And note: There is only one official P-L-A-C-E to play Wordle.
That would be its free website, powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle.
There is no official smartphone or mobile app for Wordle.
So, no downloading. (S-W-E-E-T!)