Is your daily Wordle going to become tougher?
The New York Times announced updates to the popular word game, which include the addition of a dedicated editor and a fresh word list curated by the media outlet.
“Wordle’s gameplay will stay the same, and answers will be drawn from the same basic dictionary of answer words, with some editorial adjustments to ensure that the game stays focused on vocabulary that’s fun, accessible, lively and varied,” reads a statement from Everdeen Mason, The Times’ editorial director for games.
Answers would avoid plural forms of three- or four-letter words that end in “s” or “es.” However, players might see plural words such as “fungi,” for example. Players can still use any five-letter words to help narrow down their guesses, Mason said.
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Wordle requires players to correctly guess a five-letter word in six tries. With each guess, letters will change color to indicate how close they are to the right answer.
Green means it’s the right letter in the right spot, yellow letters are correct but in the wrong place, and gray letters are nowhere in the word.
The game surged in popularity in part because players could share their daily attempts on social media. Wordle spawned a variety of similar games and led to an acquisition by The New York Times that was announced in January.
Wordle’s success led to a variety of similar games with twists to the rules. For example, Quordle requires players to complete four separate Wordle puzzles at the same time. Hello Wordl lets players adjust the difficulty and the option to guess as high as 11-letter words.
Other games have adopted the same rules as Wordle, only they don’t focus on words. Worldle gives players five chances to correctly guess a country based on a silhouette. Meanwhile, Heardle offers players several chances to correctly guess a song based on a series of short clips.
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