US spelling of solution to Wordle puzzle baffles players on this side of the Atlantic
By SEAMLESS DAILY
13 January 2022
Eventually, with all six guesses used up, the real answer was revealed to the quizzers- the word 'favor '.
Another claimed he had found the U they had lost 'down the back of the sofa ! '
Wordle was originally created by software engineer Josh Wardle for his girlfriend Palak Shah who loved word puzzles.
Having first played the game with Ms Shah, he shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world.
Each day you are invited to guess a five-letter word.
“ So gross. ” The once-a-day free game involves guessing a five-letter word in six tries or less, with clues given based on previous guesses.
After each guess, correct letters in the right place turn green, while correct letters in the wrong place turn yellow.
Players are able to share their attempts on social media in the form of coloured grids.
But during the pandemic, he revisited the game, after he and his partner 'got really into' the New York Times spelling bee and daily crossword.
Though it is now shared with the world, she said she appreciated that Mr Wardle originally created it for her.
It's not trying to do anything shady with your data or your eyeballs. '
Wardle eventually narrowed the list of Wordle words to about 2,500, which should last for a few years.
However, fans have already complained about some words, saying that the words REBUS and TAPIR were not familiar enough.
No good deed goes unpunished – as is the case with Wordle, the viral linguistic guessing game which found itself with a deluge of apparent clones flooding Apple's App Store this past week.
"I am a bit suspicious of mobile apps that demand your attention and send you push notifications to get more of your attention," Wardle has previously said in a BBC Radio interview.
"This is why tech culture sucks," read one tweet.
Others have pointed out that Wordle itself seems to draw inspiration from other language puzzles, including American TV show Lingo – which also featured a five-letter guessing game.
He released it to the public for free in October, and despite its viral success said he has no intention of making any money from it.
The puzzle's creator said in an interview with The Guardian that he was overwhelmed by Wordle ’ s success.
“ I feel a sense of responsibility for the players.
At the beginning of November, this deceptively simple game had only 90 players : now there are two million, with celebrity fans such as Pointless co-host and bestselling author Richard Osman sharing their daily progress on Facebook and Twitter.
Holed up in their apartment in New York, they turned to crosswords to pass the time and, realising how much she enjoyed them, Wardle devised a word game just for the two of them.
Using these clues, you have five more attempts before the website reveals the word.
David Bodycombe, a puzzle compiler for the Mail, plays Wordle regularly and has this tip : 'Think of the Greek wine Retsina.
With the remaining letters available, I could think only of V-A-P-O-R, but surely Wordle's dictionary wouldn ’ t use American spellings?
British Wordlers were up in arms yesterday, some demanding a steward's inquiry, others declaring the Americanism a diplomatic incident.
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