I’m sure You’re Not At All Bored With Wordle

It took me a surprisingly long time to get interested in what the little gray and yellow and green squares were all about, poke at the internet, and discover Wordle. While not exactly obsessed, I have played it a fair number of times since then, enough to select specific words to start with (arise, youth, and cling). I realize that some people consider it better to reserve vowels for later so as not to waste vowels on the fourth guess. I don’t know, maybe that’s better. I don’t think I’m interested enough to find the all-time best strategy and words and so on. But I do sort of like it.

So a coworker pointed me to Quordle:

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You see what this is, of course: four Wordle games played simultaneously. If you start with “arise,” then that’s the first word you start with in all four games; you can’t enter one word in one game and a different word at the same time in a different game. Thus the challenge. That’s also why you get eight tries; not that likely you could do all four correctly in six tries.

Anyway, I’ve only played Quordle a few times, but this is the first time I won all four games, so that makes me want to share it. I can’t share the grids on Twitter — too many characters — which means Quordle will probably never take off the way Wordle did. But here it is, and any of you who want to click to Quordle and try it, here you go.

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7 thoughts on “I’m sure You’re Not At All Bored With Wordle”

  1. According to the stats, I’ve played Worlde 101 times. I’ve only lost once. I hadn’t heard of Quordle. I think I got lucky, since I solved today’s (Mar 7) puzzle (3, 4, 7, 8).

    If you want a Wordle clone you can play more than once a day, there’s Word Master

  2. Hah! Did you know there’s an Octordle?! It’s becoming a bit of a de-stress ritual, working my way through all three games. I share with my sone when I do well.
    I actually find the NYT Spelling Bee a bit more challenging – I don’t feel satisfied till I’ve found the panagram and I don’t feel like I’ve won till I reach genius level.
    Word games – such a nice escape from everything.

  3. I like spelling bee and quordle too. Some of my friends like semantle, where you’re told how semantically similar your guesses are til you get the right one, but it was too fiddly for me (you start with category guesses, a la “animal, vegetable or mineral”, then drill down).

  4. Octordle, wow. Maybe I’ll try that, although honestly Quordle is probably challenging enough for me.

    According to this computer here, I’ve played Wordle only 17 times, but it treats this computer and my phone as different players and I don’t know how many games I’ve played on my phone.

    I’ve lost Wordle quite a few times, about 15% of the time on this computer, the statistics indicate. Sometimes I get bored with trying to figure it out and just want to know what the heck the word is, and at that point I just fill in random five-letter words in order to just be done with the day’s puzzle and find out. Or sometimes the word my be “honey” or “money” or “coney” and I guess too many of the wrong possibilities. Honestly, I do think Wordle could go to a little trouble not to pick words that vary from a dozen different words by just one letter, but I suppose it’s probably more difficult to do that then it seems.

    I’m finding Quordle kind of appealing, but I don’t know if I’ll try Octordle!

  5. I was very late to find Wordle, but I’ve lost that only once in the 49 times I’ve played it since then. I tend to hover in the 4-5 guesses range, with some 3s and rare outliers.

    I just tried quordle and got only 3 out of 4, because I got the last 2 letters right but they needed to switch places, which I find frustrating.

  6. I do play Wordle, though I agree it’s irritating to try to guess a word that’s got 46 almost-the-same cousins.

    What’s more frustrating is Worldle. (https://worldle.teuteuf.fr/) You’ve given the silhouette of a country and have to guess which country it is. Who knew there were so many tiny little island countries in the world? But it is educational :)

  7. Mary mentioned Octordle a month ago, but I didn’t have the guts to try it until recently. I actually find that I like it better than either Wordle or Quordle.

    Like Quordle, you can play practice games as well as the single daily games. I find that I usually win, though it’s often a near thing. I always start with the same two words.

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