The next Wordle puzzle is showing up online in 10 hours, 26 minutes, 5 seconds, so I’ll see you again after my 10 hour and 25 minute nap!
And I’m not the only one obsessed with this little word game, which only releases one new word puzzle every 24 hours, leaving Wordlers wondering how to fill the endless empty minutes between challenges. Twitter feeds around the world are full of people humbly bragging or sharing shame about their scores – and their angst over Wordle.
“The summit of solving the Wordle in two, followed by the weak point of achieving nothing in life really matters” a devotee tweeted.
The game even made its way into a New Yorker cartoon.
Wordle – originally created by software engineer Josh Wardle for his word game loving partner – features a five-letter hidden word to guess in six tries based on clues in the form of green, yellow, and gray boxes. These indicate if the winning word contains a letter that you have chosen in the same place where you placed it (green); somewhere else in the word (yellow); or not at all in the word.
The graphic below gives an idea of how it works.
The box grids that now fill social media feeds have become a visual language in their own right that has spawned its fair share of jokes. My favorite riff on the boxes so far is this one image that shows the descending Tetris blocks, with an “I’m doing this wrong”.
Then there are images of Wordle Worldling making their way into movie scenes, like the one of John Cusack holding the boombox up in the air during Say Anything. It is only in this version that the in front of the portable music player is a Wordle puzzle.
There are pictures that reconfigure the little boxes into little cartoon characters, like the “sheriff of wordle. ”
And images that make the game much more complex than it should be.
Then there are those who are tired of seeing everyone’s Wordle scores.