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Wordle – the popular new puzzle

Malak Kassem/YJI

NEW YORK – Wordle is a name you’ve probably come across more than a few times in the last couple months. An online puzzle, Wordle gives players six chances to guess the five-letter word of the day, providing yellow and green tiles to provide clues on their accuracy.

What’s great about the game is that it’s easily accessible. Without the need to download an app, people are encouraged to play and don’t face any barriers affiliated with lack of storage on their smartphone.

All you have to do is search “wordle” on your browser, and you are all set. 

Josh Wardle, a software engineer in Brooklyn, created the game. Wordle was released to the public in October 2021 and skyrocketed in popularity ever since.

Wordle made headlines in The New York Times on January 31 when the newspaper reported that it had purchased the game for more than $1 million.

This is an extraordinary number, given that the game was created just a few months ago. 

It seems that people from a variety of backgrounds and interests find excitement in Wordle. It takes just a few minutes to complete the daily word.

The absolute most I find myself taking is 20 minutes. Players find the short time span especially attractive. The fact that they can finish a game within a morning commute or on the breakfast table gives some people a particular piece of mind. 

It’s no question that Wordle gained a massive amount of players in less than six months – the question is whether it can stay that way.

It seems that The New York Times is the perfect place for the game. Its crossword, now in its 80th year, is famous.

What we don’t know yet is whether people will continue to play Wordle for years to come or if it is just a passing trend.

Malak Kassem is a Junior Reporter with Youth Journalism International.

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