What is Wordle? This is a CRAZE online game

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This five-letter word game might make you want to say a few four-letter words.

Solving the daily Wordle puzzle in six tries is the latest Internet CRAZE.

What’s up with that?

Wordle was created by a Brit named Wardle to rock your mind.

It attracts a lot of people who don’t play word games (like me) because of FOMO (fear of missing out).

Google “Wordle” and there are millions of results for a word that not many people knew existed until recently. The name was wordy: “Have you ‘Wordled’ today?” Memes and GIFs have exploded on social media. So have some game board hacks. Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” did a skit with Donald Trump playing Wordle. Jimmy Fallon did it first.

So yeah, if you’re not Wordle-ing, you’re really missing something.

Software developer Josh Wardle created the game last October as a gift for his partner, who loves guessing games. The pun mimics the British game show “Lingo”.

Wordle started small in the UK and went viral this month. Maybe because it’s January. Last year, a Bernie Sanders meme got us through the January doldrums.

It’s also a nice distraction from another five-letter word, COVID.

Christa Meyer, 41, a home physiotherapist in Mountlake Terrace, often solves the puzzle in her car during breaks between patient visits.

Like many of us, Meyer learned about Wordle when green, yellow and gray emoji squares started popping up in her Facebook feed.

“I was like, ‘What is this diagram?'” Meyer said. “And then I looked up what Wordle is. And it was a pun and I was, ‘Oh, fun, I love that stuff.’ And I liked that there was only one a day so there was no risk of falling into the depths of lack of productivity.

Her husband also started acting. They don’t talk together.

She said it reminded her of Mastermind and Boggle.

Unlike Boggle, there is no time limit. You can worry about the word for hours, if you want.

The game is friendly. Go to Wardle’s website, powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle, and the game will appear free of charge, with no registration or advertising.

There is no app for Wardle’s Wordle. It’s browser only, but you can play it on your phone.

Don’t be fooled by fakes. Many people (like me) have mistakenly downloaded the “Wordle! which was created five years ago and has a different game format from Wordle. Imitations jumped on the craze: Wordlets, Wordie, Wordus – and Lewdle, a dirty version.

Oh my word!

In Wordle, everyone receives the same word. That’s one word a day. Miss a day and there’s no turning back.

Start with a blank grid. In the top line, make a five-letter word. Press enter and the squares of the letters change color.

Green indicates that the letter is in the word in the correct place.

The yellow shows that it is in the word but not there.

Gray means the letter is not in the word.

(Tip: Type seed words that eliminate running letters. “Goodbye” is filled with vowels. Others swear by “looks” and “tears.”)

The pop-up keyboard shows which letters have been used to help plan the next move.

Solve the word in four guesses and a “Splendid” banner will make you feel good about yourself. On the last try, you get a “Ouf”.

There is an option to share so you can brag to the world how worldly you are Wordle. For example, three rows of colored squares symbolize the nailing in three tries. Impressive.

A countdown shows how much time is left until the next match. (Wait, what? I have to wait 15 hours and 5 minutes and 12 seconds to do it again?)

The words are basic: Solar. Proxy. Indicate.

The Wordle word “Favor” caused an uproar among Britons. Those across the pond spell it “favor”. Sorry, man. Too many letters.

Letters can be used twice, like last week’s “Robot”.

“A tricky question today… took me a long time!” warned a post from a Facebook friend.

It took him three tries that day. Took me six.

People are sympathizing on social media with how addictive, frustrating, and wonderful Wordle is.

“Definitely what this January needed,” read one post.

Wordle has brought unity to many pandemic-weary souls.

“This has been the only collective joy we have experienced in 2 years,” reads Twitter.

Not everyone likes that: “Wordle? ‘Word dull’ is more like that,” said another.


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