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    Wordle

    The newest internet craze taking the middle classes by storm.

    Surely the intellectuals on this forum partake in a little wordplay over their morning constitution?

    Wordle - A daily word game

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Surely the intellectuals on this forum partake in a little wordplay over their morning constitution?
    Oh dear. wtf is a ‘morning constitution’?



    Kind of ‘boggle’ meets ‘mastermind’ isn’t it.

    Having a vocabulary and being able to use it is neither ‘middle class’ nor ‘intellectual’.

    Every time you try to be smart I’m afraid you show your arse.

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    ^ it seemed more like a post to catch that very response

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    Quite possibly.

    He should still stick to pictures, though. And it’s amazing how someone with so many hang ups about education is working in a school.

    It’s a chess game, innit.

    Gotta think a few moves ahead ‘n that.

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    Armo the next to be banned for... umm, starting threads!


    The audacity.

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    I got it on the fourth try. Shame you can only do one puzzle a day.

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    Took me all six goes........

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    Seen that mentioned on Twitter and was wondering what it was about. Got it in 5 only after I tried and failed to cheat—I’m not very good at these puzzle things

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    ^ it seemed more like a post to catch that very response
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Oh dear. wtf is a ‘morning constitution’?



    Kind of ‘boggle’ meets ‘mastermind’ isn’t it.

    Having a vocabulary and being able to use it is neither ‘middle class’ nor ‘intellectual’.

    Every time you try to be smart I’m afraid you show your arse.
    You don't have much fun in life do you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    You don't have much fun in life do you.
    He gives the impression he could kill a party dead at ten paces

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    Cyrille’s anal critique is part of his self deluded superiority. He can’t help himself looking down on the rest of us mere mortals.

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    Seems there is now an on line playable archive where you can have fun with the first 200 or so if you missed them.

    Wordle Archive

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    Nice back story to it, he was on TV the other day...

    Josh Wardle developed game to play with his partner – and now more than 2m others have joined in

    Wordle, a deceptively simple online word puzzle, has had a meteoric rise since its launch last autumn, from 90 daily players in November to 300,000 at the beginning of January, to 2 million last weekend. But, for its creator, the game’s rapid success has resulted in as much anxiety as excitement.

    The game has become an unexpected grassroots hit for Josh Wardle, who developed it for his puzzle-loving partner. The pair played it for fun on their sofa, and other users slowly began to join them.

    Every day, there is a new word to guess, and players get just six chances to identify it. Wordle’s popularity is thought to be partly because, in an era of apps aggressively competing for your attention and time, the game was deliberately built to be played once a day, and without features designed to promote its growth such as push notifications and email sign ups.

    As its popularity has snowballed on social media, Wardle, a software engineer based in Brooklyn who is originally from Wales, has begun to feel overwhelmed by the response. “It going viral doesn’t feel great to be honest. I feel a sense of responsibility for the players. I feel I really owe it to them to keep things running and make sure everything’s working correctly.”

    But he takes comfort in the knowledge that his game has brought joy to people at a difficult time. “I get emails from people who say things like ‘hey, we can’t see our parents due to Covid at the moment but we share our Wordle results each day’. During this weird situation it’s a way for people to connect in a low effort, low friction way.”

    The game really took off when one user in New Zealand (where the game is especially popular) displayed her results in a sequence of emojis on Twitter, prompting Wardle to build a function that would allow users to share theirs more easily, in a visually appealing Rubik’s Cube-style grid configuration.

    Wardle also thinks the game is so popular because it’s simple and accessible, yet also challenging. “Even though I play it every day, I still feel a sense of accomplishment when I do it: it makes me feel smart, and people like that.”

    Part of the appeal of Wardle’s game is that it harks back to a more innocent age of the internet, gaming experts say. Users have grown cynical about many apps’ ethically dubious use of their data and attempts to monetise game play or foster addictive behaviour.

    “The internet is in a really bad place at the moment, but this is great because it’s not doing all those nasty things. It’s what the web was like when we first had it, it was much more playful,” said Adam Procter, who leads the game design course at Southampton University.

    Prof Chris Headleand, the head of game design technology at Staffordshire University, added that Wordle may also have benefited from its timing. A short daily game is a welcome reminder to take a break for those who are working from home. Equally, people have missed out on opportunities to connect with family and friends over in-person games during the pandemic.

    The rules were also intuitive for people who grew up playing word games such as Scrabble, or a code-breaking game such as Mastermind, said Steve Bromley, the author of How To Be A Games User Researcher. Wordle combined this familiarity with an opportunity to show mastery and to improve performance over time, a blend which enabled players to enter into a “flow state”.

    The game has also proven popular among mathematicians, who enjoy applying information theory to work out the best strategies for success. One tweet shared an algorithm that it said would result in the answer 50% of the time, or a choice of three 90% of the time.

    Others have worked out which words are best to start with to maximise your chances of success. One suggestion is to start with adieu, which has a lot of vowels. Tim Gowers, a mathematics professor at Cambridge, suggested choosing two words with a lot of commonly used letters where none are reproduced, for example “tripe” followed by “coals”.

    Gowers explained that the game touched on the theory of entropy, which is a measure of how much information is needed to specify a particular object (the Wordle’s word of the day) out of a collection of objects (all the five-letter words in Wordle’s dictionary).

    The question Wardle is currently grappling with is whether to evolve the game further. “I need to be really thoughtful. It’s not my full-time job and I don’t want it to become a source of stress and anxiety in my life. If I do make any changes, I would like to think they are changes I would have made even if it was just [my partner and I] playing.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/games/2022/jan/11/wordle-creator-overwhelmed-by-global-success-of-hit-puzzle

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Seems there is now an on line playable archive where you can have fun with the first 200 or so if you missed them.

    Wordle Archive
    I've been using wordle unlimited. A third party website that let's you play as many as you want, and choose the amount of letters in the word.

    Wordle Unlimited - Play Wordle with Unlimited Words

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Oh dear. wtf is a ‘morning constitution’?
    Something that you type quite regularly on here

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    Created by a Welsh man.

    Released in October 2021.

    Sold 3 months later to the New York Times for $1 million+


    Well done Mr. Wardle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    He gives the impression he could kill a party dead at ten paces
    You give the impression you 'party' alone anyway.

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    So I started with 'PARTY' then got it on the 4th go.

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    I got me 3rd 3/6 today, pretty chuffed with that.

    16 Played 94% Win and 10 current streak overall.

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    Yup. Three for me today as well. I normally start with the same three words, and today the first two words gave me all the letters I needed.

    Apparently there is a "hard mode", where you have to use letters that are highlighted in the next guess (select through the little settings option at the top of the page). Might need to go to that, as my three starter words are making it a bit too easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    I've been using wordle unlimited. A third party website that let's you play as many as you want, and choose the amount of letters in the word.

    Wordle Unlimited - Play Wordle with Unlimited Words
    I got my 6 year old involved. First try he got it in 3, and is still the current reigning champion at Chez Diggler.

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    Thanks all nice game
    I hope the NYT doesn't put behind a paywall

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    I hope it'll help TD posters who face remedial vocabulary challenges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    You don't have much fun in life do you.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    I hope it'll help TD posters who face remedial vocabulary challenges.

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