Wordle Wars: UMD students on popular word game and friendly competition


Wordle, the game created by British software engineer Josh Wardle for his partner who loved puns, has exploded in popularity in recent weeks.

Josh Horen, a senior family science and government and policy scholar at the University of Maryland, said he completes the Wordle every day as part of his morning routine. He plays the game next to his morning cup of coffee, the weather is too The New York Times and The Washington Post crossword. He discovered the game through his father and hasn’t stopped playing since.

When asked why he was so drawn to the game, Horen replied, “No push notifications. I don’t feel like my data is being mined. Many like-minded people can somehow come together and compete in a healthy way. Low stakes competition, instant gratification.

Many players discovered the game from encrypted messages on Twitter displaying rows of green, yellow and gray boxes – their solutions to the Wordle of the Day. But how do you play the game?

Players have six chances to guess a five-letter word that updates every day. After each guess, the game shows you which letters are in the word and in the correct place (the green boxes), which letters are in the word but in the wrong place (the yellow boxes) and which letters are not in the word at all (the gray boxes).

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For example, if the Wordle is “REPLY” and you guess the word “TRAIL”, the R and L will appear as yellow boxes, while the other boxes will be gray. These results could be used to figure out words that have these letters or to eliminate other possible letters from the word.

Nicholas Galloway, a graduate student in applied anthropology, said he played a lot of Scrabble. His strategy for Wordle is to start with words that have a lot of vowels, like “voila”. He likes to see if he completed the Wordle better than his friends and Twitter mutuals.

“You don’t really have to invest in that,” Galloway said. “It doesn’t take long. You just did it and you feel superior or inferior to your friends. I also run high.

The strategy used to play the game can tell a lot about a person – some may choose to eliminate as many letters as possible before guessing the word, while others may use the clues to guide them in their word choices. Some players may have a first word to guess each day, while others may change the word they use as a starting point.

The game also has a toggle setting that can be set to “hard” mode. This mode requires all clues revealed to be used in subsequent guesses.

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The game is currently accessible from a website, and there is no official app. However, many people have tried to make fake versions of the game and charge money. apple quickly removed all fake apps from the App Store.

Drew Fuentes, an environmental science and policy major, said she discovered the game over breakfast with her family. She now sends her Wordle results in a group chat every day and to her mother, to see who completed the Wordle best.

When asked if the game will last, Fuentes said: “I think it will probably die out. It looks like another one of those little fads, which is good.

If you’ve finished your Wordle for the day and are looking for more, there are other versions of the game on the internet. obscene is one such spinoff.

“Lewdle is a game of rude words. If you’re likely to be offended by the use of profanity, vulgarity, or obscenity, go play Wordle instead! the website advises.

Other Wordle clones include Absurd, swear words and byrdle. All of these similar versions of the game provide additional daily chances to play with different themes and featured words.

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