Wordle lovers have slammed the New York Times again over today's answer - with some branding it the worst in the game's history.
Recently, fans have been complaining thathas become 'too difficult' since the US newspaper took over, with previous answers like 'caulk' and 'agora' branded too niche for most players.
But while today's answer was a more common word, many players still had problems, finding that even with four correct letters in the right spot there were too many possibilities for the correct answer.
Some found themselves in the frustrating position of missing just one letter to solve the puzzle right the way through, but still failing to complete it in six guesses.
It follows a string of complaints from puzzlers that the game has become too hard since the takeover by the US media complany, while a technical glitch on Tuesday meant there were two possible solutions andanother hiccup last week saw players lose their winning streaks.
Wordle, which only offers one puzzle per day to keep fans hooked, has amassed millions of players since it came online last October. It was created by New York based Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle for his girlfriend Palak Shah, who loves word puzzles.
Wordle lovers have slammed the New York Times again today after the game gave players an answer many struggled to get as there were too many variations compared to guesses
The answer to today's Wordle was SHAKE - which many found difficult because the many different letter variations combined with limited guesses made it hard to work out
At the beginning of November, the simple game – which involves guessing a five-letter word in six tries – had only 90 players; now there are said to be three million.
In January, he sold the game to the New York Times for a 'seven figure sum' andthe game migrated to the NYT site.
Since then, players have complained that the game has become more difficult, largely as a result of how niche some of the answer words have been.
Today's solution was shake, but people who got close found themselves with too many possible words to choose from, like Shale, Shame, Shape, Share, Shade and Shave among others.
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One wrote: 'The worst kind of Wordle failure.'
Another commiserated, saying: 'That is the worst kind of word.'
One Wordle player with extremely strong feelings wrote that today's answer was the 'worst Wordle in the history of Wordles'.
Another was more philosophical, revealing their strategy of how to deal with these kinds of answers.
'When you have...more possibilities than you have goes... You need to change it around. You need to eliminate letters en masse. You have to fight the urge to be lucky. That's a real Wordle skill,' they wrote.
Wordle, which only offers one puzzle per day to keep fans hooked, has amassed millions of players since it came online last October. But recently fans have been annoyed by changes to the game since it was bought by the NY Times, like 'obscure' answers and glitches
Today's complaints also follow problems earlier in the week, as an apparent glitch in Tuesday's game resulted in two different solutions depending on the site used, as well as another hiccup which saw players lose their winning streaks.
The game is currently being migrated from the site of its original creator to the New York Times (NYT) website, following its purchase at the end of January for anundisclosed seven-figure sum.
However, due to some players still being able to access the original URL powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle - despite most finding themselves redirected to the NYT website, it has meant there are twocorrect answers for Tuesday's game.
Tuesday's original answer was deemed 'too obscure' by the NYT, and so was replaced with another word with a fairly similar arrangement of letters.
Yet social media users - who were left outraged when discovering their winning streaks were not transferred over to the NYT URL - have claimed the words have become 'too random' since moving from the original site.
Social media users complain NYT have made Wordle 'too obscure' - but how do the latest words compare with the game's earlier answers?
Jan 01 2022 REBUS
Jan 02 BOOST
Jan 03 TRUSS
Jan 04 SIEGE
Jan 05 TIGER
Jan 06 BANAL
Jan 07 SLUMP
Jan 08 CRANK
Jan 09 GORGE
Jan 10 QUERY
Jan 11 DRINK
Jan 12 FAVOR
Jan 13 ABBEY
Jan 14 TANGY
Jan 15 PANIC
Jan 16 SOLAR
Jan 17 SHIRE
Jan 18 PROXY
Jan 19 POINT
Jan 20 ROBOT
Jan 21 PRICK
Jan 22 WINCE
Jan 24 KNOLL
Jan 25 SUGAR
Jan 26 WHACK
Jan 27 MOUNT
Jan 28 PERKY
Jan 29 COULD
Jan 30 WRUNG
Jan 31 LIGHT
NYT SALE COMPLETED
- Feb 01 THOSE
- Feb 02 MOIST
- Feb 03 SHARD
- Feb 04 PLEAT
- Feb 05 ALOFT
- Feb 06 SKILL
- Feb 07 ELDER
- Feb 08 FRAME
- Feb 09 HUMOR
GAME MIGRATED TO NYT WEBSITE
- Feb 10 PAUSE
- Feb 11 ULCER
- Feb 12 ULTRA
- Feb 13 ROBIN
- Feb 14 CYNIC
- Feb 15AROMA
- Feb 16CAULK
- Feb 16 SHAKE
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Players of the hugely popular online game Wordle have been left furious after complaining the game has become more difficult after it moved to the New York Times (NYT) (pictured)
Wordle (pictured on the original site), which only offers one puzzle per day to keep fans hooked, has amassed millions of players since it came online last October - after being created by Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle for his girlfriend Palak Shah, who loves word puzzles
Some joked the term - a waterproof filler and sealant, used in building work and repairs - wouldn't be known to anyone who hasn't done DIY
One player wrote on Twitter: 'If I was being a cynic, I'd say the NYT are making #Wordle a lot more difficult.'
Another commented: 'I don't know guys...Wordle just feels different since New York Times took over. These words are just so randomly random. Two days in a row of me like, "That word?! Really!?" This win isn't even joyous.'
WHAT IS WORDLE?
Wordle is deceptively simple; you have six chances to guess a five-letter word.
After each guess, each letter will turn green, yellow or grey, meaning:
Green: correct letter, correct spot
Yellow: correct letter, wrong spot
Grey: wrong letter
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A third added: 'I swear since New York Times took over Wordle my vocab has went down the drain.'
Another wrote: 'NYT going for the "no limited-vocab pleb's allowed" approach to Wordle. Definitely a step up in difficulty over the last couple of days.'
The glitch was noticed byCaitlin Welsh, a regular Wordle player and editor for Mashable Australia.
'When my partner and I both had all five tiles flip green, we compared notes and found that we'd wound up with different answers, both correct, for the first time in over a month of playing,' she said.
'It soon became clear that Wordle game 241 was actually two different games, depending on which version of the site you're using.'
Welsh said she's still playing the game on the original site - powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle, which was where creator Josh Wardle first uploaded the game for the public in October after initially only sharing it with family and friends.
Since the transition, many social media users have been arguing that the game has suddenly become more difficult
NYT communications director Jordan Cohen has already told an Australian journalist that the original word for Tuesday was removed for being 'too obscure'.
'We are updating the word list over time to remove obscure words to keep the puzzle accessible to more people, as well as insensitive or offensive words,' Cohen said in an email. '***** is an example of an obscure word.'
Many people around the world noticed the glitch and headed to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
Twitter user @Zantareous described Tuesday as 'the day that divided Wordle', adding 'Are you team ***** or team *****?'
Another user,@judysuthrlandnz, called the whole issue a '#WordleScandal', while@noelhurley tagged the official NYT Twitter acocunt to say 'you seem to have broken Wordle'.
Twitter user @Zantareous described Tuesday as 'the day that divided Wordle', adding 'Are you team ***** or team *****?' in reference to Tuesday's two answers (MailOnline has blurred these for fans who are yet to play the puzzle today
'#WordleScandal': Fans have been left confused by the two answers available to Wordle fans on Tuesday
NYT communications director Jordan Cohen has already told Australian journalist Michael Slezak that the original word for Tuesday was removed for being 'too obscure'
It's also emerged this week that NYT has made other changes to the game since it's taken it over.
According to BoingBoing, several words from the upcoming Wordle list have been removed – including 'lynch', 'slave' and 'wench'.
NYT staff seem to have deemed these loaded terms that could cause offence, and therefore felt they had to go.
Other removed upcoming words include fibre (likely because this is the British spelling of the word, rather than the American spelling) and, rather more curiously, pupal.
Understandably, NYT has also removed some offensive racist and sexual slurs from the list of acceptable guesses, BoingBoing also claims.
Reaction: Many people around the world noticed the glitch and headed to Twitter to voice their displeasure
It comes days after fans of the game complained they had lost their high scores since moving to the New York Times website.
Previously, to play the game, people had to go to powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle, the website of Wordle's creator.
Now, many people who enter this URL are finding themselves redirected to the NYT website, albeit with reset winning streaks.
Another Shanghai-based Wordle fan said she can no longer access the game because of China's national firewall, which blocks the NYT website.
When players win a game of Wordle – i.e. they guess the word in six guesses or fewer – they're shown stats including how many games they're played, winning percentage and their winning 'streak' (how many games they've won on the trot).
Wordle isn't an app – it's web browser-based – and players don't have to login to a personal account on Wordle. Instead, their browser will remember their past performance including winning streaks.
It comes days after fans of the game complained they had lost their high scores since moving to the New York Times website
The NYT addressed the issue on Twitter late on Thursday, saying that it's currently working on a fix.
@NYTimesWordplay, the crossword and games section of NYT, posted on Twitter: 'We are aware that your 'current streak' has been reset today.Our Games team is currently investigating. Stay tuned for more #Wordle updates.'
It later provided an update: 'We have identified the problem affecting users' streaks and are actively working on a solution. Thank you for your patience.'
BOFFINS FIND LIST OF UPCOMING WORDLE ANSWERS IN SITE CODE
It's been increasingly difficult to avoid Wordle spoilers on social media as the game's popularity has soared.
But several internet boffins have been sharing long lists of upcoming answers after delving into the site's source code.
Student Owen Yin has leaked the full list of answers on Medium.com. He claims there are enough answers in the website's backend for the game to last until October 20, 2027.
Meanwhile, Robert Reichel, a software engineer currently at GitHub, has posted an entire blog on how he managed to pick apart the source code and get the right answer on the first try every day.
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However, users weren't impressed; one Wordle fan under the username@IndirectLemon on Twitter said: 'Oh c'mon @nytimes, you had one job. #wordle #streak #broken.'
Another Twitter user,@JohnHeaner, wrote: 'The Times screwed up this simple little pleasure faster than expected.'
@HollyLMcKenna said: 'The B******* at NY Times removed my Wordle streak, excuse ME. I had 29 straight days of Wordle success and now THIS?'
And @agcornish91 said: 'Wordle moved to the NYT website and it RESET MY STREAK as a result. I am canceling my subscription and filing a motion to sue the times for psychological damages.'
Yet another user,@stardustsummons, criticised the NYT for tweaking the Wordle user interface, which 'made the logo ugly'.
Meanwhile, Shanghai-based Wordle fan @mhchiang_ also pointed out thatChinese players can no longer access the game as China's national firewall blocked the entire NYT site.
'I know it's not your paper to blame on this, but plz keep the original URL for China,'@mhchiang_ said.
Other fans reported that they were still accessing the game on the original URL, suggesting the transition to the NYT is still ongoing.
Wordle creator Josh Wardle decided to sell the virtual puzzle to NYT after it snowballed and became 'overwhelming' to run.
NYT has said it will 'initially remain free to new and existing players', although fans have expressed fearsthat it will go behind a paywall sooner or later, like much of the NYT's website.
Richard Mann, a British Wordle fan, data scientist and creator of maths-inspired game Nerdle, thinks there are various monetisation strategies NYT might use.
'I wouldn't bet on a pay wall – 99 per cent of users would vanish overnight – and I think NYT's mini crossword is still free,' he told MailOnline.
'I suspect we'll see promotions on the win screen soon – maybe encouraging an upgrade to a NYT subscription or premium access to other Wordle-like games.'
Pictured is the new user interface for Wordle on the New York Times website. One Wordle fan called it 'ugly'
After the sale was confirmed on January 31, creator Josh Wardle thanked users for sharing touching stories about the effect the game has had on their lives and relationships and added that he was 'thrilled' and relieved about the takeover.
He said: 'Since launching Wordle, I have been in awe of the response of everyone that has played.
'The game has gotten bigger than I ever imagined (which I suppose isn't that much of a feat given I made the game for an audience of one).
'It has been incredible to watch the game bring so much joy to so many and I feel so grateful for the personal stories some of you have shared with me – from Wordle uniting distant family members, to provoking friendly rivalries, to supporting medical recoveries.
'On the flip side, I'd be lying if I said this hasn't been overwhelming.'
NO-ONE LIKES A SPOILSPORT! TWITTER BANS A BOT ACCOUNT THAT LEAKED THE 'WORDLE' ANSWER TO MILLIONS OF EAGER PLAYERS
In January,Twitter suspended a bot account that was spoiling the solution to the next day's Wordle, the wildly popular online word puzzle.
The Twitter profile that called itself 'The Wordlinator' (@wordlinator) seemed determined to ruin the fun for players posting their scores.
It's thought that the person behind the account found the upcoming winning words by simply looking at the Wordle web page's source code.
The mean-spirited 'Wordlinator' automatically responded to accounts posting their Wordle scores with the message: 'Guess what. People don't care about your mediocre linguistic escapades. To teach you a lesson, tomorrow's word is...' followed by the next day's answer.
One Wordle fan on Twitter said: 'Just what kind of sick, twisted person do you have to be to hate the sight of people enjoying a harmless activity so much you hack Wordle?'
Another Twitter user said: 'Amazing how fast Twitter can respond to important issues.'
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This happened as Wordle is a browser-based game and if a user has not updated their browser, they will not get the newer version of the puzzle.What is the controversy with Wordle? ›
The New York Times has apologised after the word "fetus" was included as the solution to the day's Wordle challenge for some players. The inclusion of the word comes amid widespread public debate about the future of abortion access in the US.What is today's Wordle September 27 2022? ›
The full answer to the September 27 Wordle is... "soggy." Certainly a common word, but the repeating "g" will almost definitely trip some players up along the way. Hopefully, every player was able to get the Wordle correct and continue their streak.What is today's Wordle 343? ›
Wordle 343 Hints And Answer
If not, here is the correct answer. The Wordle 343 word of the day is 'CREPT'.
Occasionally, though, Wordle has accepted two different solutions as correct on the same day. This is because the New York Times made changes to the Wordle word list after acquiring it, and sometimes swaps out words from the original list.Does everybody get the same Wordle? ›
When we acquired Wordle in January, it had been built for a relatively small group of users. We're now busy revamping Wordle's technology so that everyone always receives the same word. We are committed to ensuring that tens of millions of people have a gratifying and consistent experience, every day.What 5 letter word has the most vowels? ›
- MIAOU. ...
- ADIEU. ...
- AUDIO. ...
- AULOI. ...
- LOUIE. ...
- AUREI. ...
- OURIE. ...
Sorry Bill Gates, but AUDIO isn't the best word to start with when you're playing Wordle. A pair of MIT researchers recently set out to find the optimal starting word for the popular online puzzle, discovering that the statistically superior first guess is SALET, which is a 15th century helmet.Why did The New York Times change today's Wordle? ›
“But we know that some people won't do that and, as a result, will be asked to solve the outdated puzzle.” The publication says it is working to avoid errors like this in the future. "We're now busy revamping Wordle's technology so that everyone always receives the same word," the Times said.What is todays Wordle 344? ›
The answer to today's Wordle puzzle is "bayou."
'ATOLL' is the Wordle 345 word of the day.Is todays Wordle crept? ›
Today's Wordle Answer #343
If you want to cut to the chase and find out what the Wordle of the day is, please expand this box to see below. The word today is ' CREPT '.
Over 15% of Wordle's words of the day start with S. Only six other starting letters appear in more than 5% of Wordle words. In order of frequency, they are C, B, T, P, A, and F. These starting letters might seem pretty surprising, but they are close to the order of general five-letter words.What is the Wordle September 28? ›
The Wordle answer for word 466 on 28th September, 2022
The Wordle answer today is USURP. Another challenging day today!
This is a recreation of the original Wordle by Josh Wardle with additional modes and features, allowing you to play infinite wordles. Switch to infinite mode to play an unlimited number of times. Open the settings menu to see some of the additional features.Does Wordle use plurals? ›
There is nothing from stopping Wordle answers from being plural. However, none have been plural so far in 2022, suggesting either that the makers are choosing not to use plurals or that they are just very rare. Three Wordle answers have ended in S in 2022, but they are FOCUS, REBUS and TRUSS.How many 5 letter words are there? ›
The Free Dictionary lists more than 158,000 words with five letters. The the Official Scrabble Dictionary (which allows some pretty obscure five-letter words), puts the number at about 9,000.Can I play yesterday's Wordle? ›
Since Wordle is an online game and is available to everyone with an internet connection, there is a way to access previous Wordle challenges. Specifically, there are three main ways you can achieve this: Changing the time and date on your device of choice. Using a handy Wordle-related Chrome extension.Do most people solve Wordle? ›
The same survey found that only 14% admit to doing so. Wordle players have up to six tries to guess a five-letter word of the day, with the game offering feedback after every try. If a player identifies one of the correct letters, Wordle will highlight it in a shade of yellow.Is Wordle good for your brain? ›
Wordle is only the latest brain game to gain so much popularity. (Remember Sudoku or the craze over crossword puzzles?) But studies suggest that Wordle isn't just a fun challenge, it can actually benefit your brain, too.
Nope, the true Wordle can only be found on the creator's website. If you didn't already know that Wordle can only be played on Josh Wardle's website, you might think it's an app with how many people are playing it on their phones.Is there a word with all 5 vowels? ›
Eunoia, at six letters long, is the shortest word in the English language that contains all five main vowels. Seven letter words with this property include adoulie, douleia, eucosia, eulogia, eunomia, eutopia, miaoued, moineau, sequoia, and suoidea. (The scientific name iouea is a genus of Cretaceous fossil sponges.)Do any 5 letter words have 3 vowels? ›
The following is a list of 5 letter words with 3 vowels: Abide. Abide. Abies.What is a five-letter word with no vowels? ›
Crwth and cwtch are Welsh words that English has adopted. Grrrl and grrls are slang words, and phpht is a commonly accepted onomatopoeic word.What is the average Wordle score? ›
Wordle in Four
Most people should, on average, get it in at least 4, even on days where it is harder. Especially if you aren't making risky moves, four guesses should supply you with enough information to make a correct guess.
- Humph (Wordle #003) ...
- Aphid (Wordle #397) ...
- Sower (Wordle #042) ...
- Tryst (Wordle #398) ...
- Knoll (Wordle #219) ...
- Truss (Wordle #198) ...
- Agora (Wordle #241) ...
- Epoch (Wordle #170)
If you belong to the category of 4 or 5 guesses, you are an average player, maybe not extraordinary, but you are doing very well in the game. Anyone who solves it within 6 chances is a Winner, no matter!Why is my Wordle different than my friends? ›
While this is a very real phenomenon, don't worry — it has an easy fix and a valid reason. It appears that if a player has kept the browser open that they continuously use for Wordle and have not refreshed their page, they will be playing the original version of the game from before the Times' purchase.Why does Wordle drop an answer? ›
In that case the Times confirmed the answer had been changed as it removed potentially obscure or insensitive words “in an effort to make the puzzle more accessible”. When the Times acquired Wordle it also removed words such as “lynch,” “slave” and “wench”.Why was Butch removed from Wordle? ›
In the leaked draft majority opinion, Judge Alito's argument also puts certain rights at risk, most notably same-sex marriage and contraception (particularly emergency contraception), which may partially explain the removal of 'butch' as well, though there are other reasons to remove it from this month's answers.
Yes, Wordle has two answers for game #324 today, due to the New York Times deciding to swap one out in favor of an alternative. However, which one you see may well depend on whether you've refreshed your browser recently.Why are there two different Wordles Today May 10? ›
Why are there sometimes two different Wordle answers on the same day? As we've previously reported, this is down to some changes the New York Times has made to creator Josh Wardle's original word list to remove obscure, potentially offensive, or confusing words.Are there two different Wordle games? ›
New changes in Wordle
Users who refresh or open a new browser are automatically redirected to The New York Times' version. This is why two versions of the game can simultaneously exist.
Tap Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the overflow menu. Tap Clear Browsing Data on the pop-up. That's it. When you return to New York Times' Wordle game page, you will find that your Wordle statistics have reset and you are all set for a fresh start.What 5 letter word has the most vowels? ›
- MIAOU. ...
- ADIEU. ...
- AUDIO. ...
- AULOI. ...
- LOUIE. ...
- AUREI. ...
- OURIE. ...
Sorry Bill Gates, but AUDIO isn't the best word to start with when you're playing Wordle. A pair of MIT researchers recently set out to find the optimal starting word for the popular online puzzle, discovering that the statistically superior first guess is SALET, which is a 15th century helmet.Does Wordle use plurals? ›
There is nothing from stopping Wordle answers from being plural. However, none have been plural so far in 2022, suggesting either that the makers are choosing not to use plurals or that they are just very rare. Three Wordle answers have ended in S in 2022, but they are FOCUS, REBUS and TRUSS.Why is Wordle 325 Butch? ›
5/10's Answer (May 10, 2022 - #325)
The answer to the Wordle puzzle on May 10, 2022 is gecko or butch. The word had been previously set to be butch. New York Times stated that they were unable to change the words for all users, so some will have butch and some will have gecko. How was it?
The answer for Wordle 260 is “cloth”, which one Twitter user said was the “easiest one yet”. Another user, who guessed the word on their second try, said: “Well... huh.Why are people getting different Wordles? ›
Why are Wordle Answers Different Today for Players? Ever since NYT acquired Wordle on 31 January 2022, the words change sometimes because the original word could be outdated. It is completely at the discretion of New York Times. And if they believe that an answer needs to be changed, they will.
Antiwordle sounds mind-boggling until you actually play it. It looks a lot like classic Wordle, the daily word-guessing game that's swept the internet. But the idea is to not guess the right word so you make as many attempts as possible while avoiding the correct answer.Is Wordle good for your brain? ›
Wordle is only the latest brain game to gain so much popularity. (Remember Sudoku or the craze over crossword puzzles?) But studies suggest that Wordle isn't just a fun challenge, it can actually benefit your brain, too.Which Wordle is the real one? ›
Nope, the true Wordle can only be found on the creator's website. If you didn't already know that Wordle can only be played on Josh Wardle's website, you might think it's an app with how many people are playing it on their phones.What is longest Wordle streak? ›
Spencer Evans was the one whose accomplishment impressed me the most: 83 unbroken wins and counting. A wordsmith himself, Evans first discovered Wordle earlier this month.Does clearing cache delete Wordle history? ›
Why Your Wordle Streak is Gone. Your Wordle streak will disappear if you delete your browsing history, delete your browsing data, or reset your phone. Any of these things will cause your Wordle streak to be permanently reset.What is Max streak in Wordle? ›
Max Streak shows the maximum number of games you have won in a row (in an unbroken streak) in the game; it doesn't necessarily be the current streak. Guess Distribution is a representation of the number of guesses you make to successfully solve each challenge.