The New York Times bought Wordle, the wildly popular free online word game that debuted in October and has millions of daily players, for a price in the “low-seven figures.” The Times, which has other popular word games, said, “at the time it moves to The New York Times, Wordle will be free to play for new and existing players, and no changes will be made to its gameplay.” But that doesn’t mean it will stay free, and after paying in the millions for the game, it might be a good bet that it won’t.
A Brooklyn software engineer named Josh Wardle created Wordle, originally making it for his partner, but deciding to release it publicly in October. The number of players grew from 90 on November 1st to 300,000 in just two months after people began sharing their scores on social media.
If you’re not familiar with the game, users must first enter a real word five-letters-long, and then the game indicates if you have entered any of the letters used in the word of the day by highlighting letters in green (indicating it’s the correct letter in the correct position) or yellow (indicating it’s a correct letter, but in the wrong position in the word). A player then has five more guesses to guess the word of the day.
Now, TikTok user @linguisticdiscovery has shared his personal recommendation as to what players should input as their first guess: “Irate.” Computer scientist @crvlwanek also developed code that produced the top 10 best first guess words to put into Wordle, and he claims the best first word to input is “Later” followed by “Alter,” “Alert,” “Arose,” then “Irate”, followed by “Stare,” “Arise,” “Raise,” “Learn,” and “Renal.”