wordle has become a global sensation since creator Josh Wardle first shared it with the world in 2021, and it’s showing little sign of losing its appeal.
The rules of the game are simple and could explain his meteoric rise. Players must solve a five-letter word in six or fewer guesses.
Each letter takes on a different color in an attempt to show the player how close they are to solving the puzzle.
A green letter means the letter is correct and in the right place, while yellow means the letter is in the word but in the wrong place. Gray means it is not in the word at all.
A few months after its release, the game grew from dozens of regular players to a player base of millions.
Wardle, a Brooklyn-based Welsh software engineer, originally created the game for his puzzle-obsessed wife before it caught the attention of his wider social circle.
He said before Newsweek that he was shocked to learn that the puzzle game first became popular in New Zealand.
He said last January: “For obvious reasons, wordle was mainly popular in English-speaking countries. After all, it’s a language-based game. When it was launched, it was first established in New Zealand.
“The Twittersphere over there is quite small, so everyone tends to be pretty interconnected. That means if one person shares something a lot of others are likely to see it as well, that’s how wordle gained such momentum.”
In January 2002, wordle was sold to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure amount. It remains free to play through the publication’s website.
‘Wordle’ #575 Tips and Hints for Sunday, January 15
wordle players can use these five clues to solve puzzle #575.
Tip #1: There are no repeated letters in the answer.
Tip #2: There are two vowels in today’s puzzle.
Tip #3: The word is a noun.
Tip #4: The word can be associated with a church.
Tip #5: Merriam-Webster describes the word as “a tapering rood screen or analogous pyramidal construction surmounting a tower.”
‘Wordle’ #575 Answer for Sunday, January 15
The answer to today’s wordle is “Spire”.
Today’s puzzle may have puzzled many players today, but luckily there will be another chance to test your English language skills when the game resets at 7 PM ET. Newsweek will be back with another round of tips and tricks.
What does “spire” mean?
Merriam-Webster defines “arrow” as “a slender, tapering blade or rod (like grass)”.
For example: “A church spire”.