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Creator Of Wordle Made The Popular Game For His Partner


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People love word games and the latest game to take the world by storm is Wordle!

I'm sure you've seen people posting their results with the green blocks on their Twitter every day and its the new popular puzzle to get your brain working every day!

The concept is easy. You have six tries to guess the five-letter word of the day. After each guess, Wordle will color code the letters of your word. Gray signals those letters aren't in the word of the day. Yellow means the letter is in the word, but you don't have it in the right spot. And green means that the letter is both in the word of the day and in the correct spot. With each guess, you're meant to strategize based on the letters you've used, the letters you have left, and the color codes provided.

Software engineer Josh Wardle knew his partner loved word games, so he created one for her! "I wanted to come up with a game that she would enjoy," he told the New York Times.

Wardle said he first created a similar prototype in 2013, but his friends were unimpressed and he scrapped the idea. In 2020, he and his partner really got into the New York Times Spelling Bee and the daily crossword, which lead to the creation of the game. The breakthrough, he said, was limiting players to one game per day. That enforced a sense of scarcity, which he said was partially inspired by the Spelling Bee, which leaves people wanting more.

On Nov. 1, 90 people played, and this past Sunday just over two months later, more than 300,000 people played.

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