January 16, 2022
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Wordle – The new viral internet game

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With the arrival of the new year, a seemingly simple game called Wordle has gone viral. It consists of guessing a word of 5 letters in maximum 6 attempts. There are several versions depending on the language. Every day offers a new word that we have to guess and share on different social networks.

Wordle is a web-based word game developed by Josh Wardle, a programmer who had previously created the social experiments Place and The Button for Reddit. The game became a viral phenomenon on Twitter in late December 2021, allowing the option to share the game’s results, allowing users to copy their results in the form of a grid of colored square emojis.

How it works

The operation of the game is simple and can be seen in Fig. 1. First you write a word, which is present in the 5-letter dictionary and the page highlights in 3 colors what you have achieved.

  • Gray, the word entered is not in the word being searched.
  • Yellow, the word entered is in the word being searched, but in another position.
  • Green, the word entered coincides in position with the word we must guess.
Figure 1. Wordle daily result

Versions of Wordle

There are several versions in different languages and every day it offers a new word. These versions would be:

Share your achievement

One of the reasons for its viral is that it offers the option to share the result you have obtained. For example, this is my result of today’s word:

Wordle (ES) #10 6/6


Ways to earn in Wordle

The game has become very popular among both mathematicians and people of letters, who are looking for the best ways to decipher the daily word. There is a tweet that talks about an algorithm that gets a satisfactory result in a few attempts. It is based on an optimal three-step Wordle hard mode algorithm for English words:

  1. Write “RAISE” first.
  2. Find the resulting pattern in the shared table in the tweet to guess the word in that pattern.
  3. Guess the right answer.

Other ways to win is to start by maximizing the chances of success. One suggestion is to start with the word adieu, which has many vowels. Tim Gowers, a professor of mathematics at Cambridge, suggested choosing two words with many commonly used letters where none are reproduced, for example, “tripe” followed by “coals”. Gowers explained that the game referred to the theory of entropy, which is a measure of how much information is needed to specify a particular object (Wordle’s word of the day) from a collection of objects (all five-letter words in Wordle in a dictionary).

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