I read about the online word puzzle Wordle from an article in the New York Times on Monday. It was created by an engineer from Brooklyn named Josh Wardle for his partner Palak Shah. Palak loves word games so during one of the pandemic lockdowns, Josh set this one up for her. Palak enjoyed it so much Josh decided to share it online so others could play.
You get six tries to figure out a five-letter word and after each try, you are told which of the letters you guessed are in the word and whether or not they are in the correct position.
I’m not great at word games. I’ve never beat my husband Dave at Scrabble in almost fifty years of marriage and as he flies through the New York Times crossword puzzle every Saturday I struggle to finish the simpler one the Winnipeg Free Press carries on the same page.
So…….. I wasn’t sure Wordle would be for me. I tried it on Monday and Tuesday and didn’t even come close to guessing the word of the day. But…….when I tried it this morning I SOLVED IT !!
Part of the appeal of Wordle is you only get to play it once a day. When you are done a timer tells you how many hours it will be till a new puzzle is posted.
There are 12,000 five-letter words in the English language but Josh and Palak have figured out which are the 2,500 most common ones and those are the words being used on Wordle.
During this new pandemic phase when I am not socializing and spending most of my time at home WORDLE is going to be a neat way to start my day!
I did take a screenshot of my winning solution to today’s puzzle but then I realized if I inserted it into this post that would mean you couldn’t play it. So give it a try and let me know if you solved it!