The task is easy: guess a five-letter word in six tries or less. When you make a guess, the letters light up to show how close you were. If a letter turns green, it is in the right place and part of the word. Yellow/gold means it’s in the word, but not where it should be, and grey means it’s not there at all.
Josh Wardle, a software developer from New York, came up with Wordle as a play on his name.
Wardle explained why each word in Wordle gives players six chances to guess it.
He said, “There’s a reason why each word has five letters and you have six chances to figure it out. That might seem random, but when I made the prototype, I tried out different word lengths and different numbers of tries for each player.
“Through that process of getting better, I realised that five letters and six tries was the best balance. It’s just hard enough to make you think and feel challenged, but most people still figure out how to solve it. So you feel like you’ve really done something.”
Wordle was sold to the New York Times in January 2022 for a seven-figure sum that Wardle did not say.
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