A Year of Wordle

Partway through the second week of February 2022, a global phenomenon named Wordle captured my attention. At first hesitant, I dismissed the word game as another millennial fad. But I couldn’t ignore the growing number of people—many in the over-fifty group—who flaunted their successes in my Twitter feed.

A brief recap

All players have to guess the same five-letter word in six attempts. After each attempt, the tiles turn gray to show which letters are not in the word, gold for which letters are in the word but in the wrong position, and green for which letters are in the correct spaces. Players have one day to solve the puzzle before the game resets with a new word.

Determined to stay current, I made two feeble attempts before achieving my first Wordle success. While it took five out of six tries to get that coveted row of green letters, I was overjoyed. Most days, it takes three to four attempts, slightly below the global average of 4.016 guesses. I also enjoy receiving complimentary comments from the Wordle powers-that-be:

# of Tries654321

Afterward, I share my successes on Twitter and welcome the likes and “thumb-up” emojis from fellow Wordlers.

My strategy

While sipping my morning coffee, I input one of three “vowel-heavy” words [audio, ounce, canoe] in the first row. I use the second row to test for any remaining vowels. Once I have my vowels, I experiment with consonant pairs like bl, ch, dr, and st.

So simple, yet so satisfying, Wordle has an intriguing back story:

Josh Wardle, a software engineer in Brooklyn, wanted to alleviate his partner’s boredom during the pandemic, so he created a guessing game for the two of them. As a play on his last name, he called it Wordle. After playing for several months, Josh introduced Wordle to his relatives. In October 2021, he released the game to the rest of the world and later sold it to The New York Times for a seven-figure amount in February 2022.

Wordle is now available in 64 languages, including natural languages and made-up ones from Star Trek and Lord of the Rings.

Any other Wordlers out there? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio…

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About Joanne Guidoccio

In 2008, Joanne retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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7 Responses to A Year of Wordle

  1. sueberger3 says:

    I love Wordle. I also discovered Quordle and those two games normally start my morning. My average is four guesses but occasionally I get it to her at three. It really is fun.

  2. Loved hearing your strategy on this game, Joanne. I have several good FB friends who play and regularly post their experience. I tried it twice and was worthless. LOL After reading this, I may give it another try using your strategies. 🙂 I’ll share.

  3. viola62 says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t have time to try it. Some of my friends love it.

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