You think Wordle is hard now? A woman saved him from being much harder


Wordle’s list of answers has so far included real doozies. But if you think it was extremely difficult, it could have been downright hellish. Luckily for all of us, an angel of mercy intervened. A little.

Josh Wardle – self-described “not a game developer” – took the stage at GDC to talk about creating the puzzle. Among the snippets that stand out from his speech is the story of how we narrowly avoided a list of nightmarish words that border on nonsense (via PC Gamer). Some of them don’t even have online dictionary entries.

List of Wordle answers to GDC that didn't make the game

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As you can see from the list Wardle shared at the Game Developers Conference, our collective stress levels would have been off the charts. The revolutionary five-letter word pool includes gems such as eughs, golps, and dawts. I don’t know what they mean, but they ring like the noises you’d make if they made the cut: “uh, my three-month streak is ruined!”

Luckily, Wardle decided to run the 13,000 Wordle list of answers in front of his partner first. She was going through a “hard time” and was looking for a simple, stress-free game. Wardle has therefore created an application containing the database of words that she must browse.

The words appeared, one at a time, as she was prompted to choose one of three response options: “I know”, “I don’t know” or “I might know”. And so formed the list of Wordle Answers we know and love/hate today.

The game’s difficulty level and responses have sparked countless conversations on social media. Words like “jump” and “knell” have really rubbed some people the wrong way.

Luckily, we have a daily blog full of tips and clues for today’s Wordle answer. It’s updated regularly, so if you’ve hit a wall and run out of guesses, click on it for your salvation.


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