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‘Wordle’ bears a striking resemblance to favorite 1980s game show LINGO

A guessing game that takes the world by storm has been compared to the 1980s game show Lingo.

Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle playing with his partner Palak Shah.

After first playing the game with Ms Shah, Mr Wardle then shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world.

On November 1, Wordle had 90 players. Last Sunday, more than 300,000 people took part in the Daily Challenge, with the game spreading rapidly on social media.

However, it has now been compared to the game show Lingo, which aired in the US and UK in the 1980s. A recent UK wake-up call has been airing on ITV since 2020.

In the game show, Lingo contestants took turns guessing five-letter words.

Likewise, in Wordle, players are asked to guess a five-letter word once per day.

When submitting their proposal, Wordle tells you if any of your letters are in the secret word and if they are in the right place.

Players then have six attempts to guess what the secret word is.

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Wordle is a daily word game puzzle where users have six attempts to guess the 5 letter word. It has been compared to a 1980s game show

Wordle has been compared to the 1980s game show Lingo.  In the game show, Lingo contestants took turns guessing five-letter words in a grid similar to Wordle's.

Wordle has been compared to the 1980s game show Lingo. In the game show, Lingo contestants took turns guessing five-letter words in a grid similar to Wordle’s.

A 2020 Lingo reboot starring Adil Ray has also been described as looking like Wordle

A 2020 Lingo reboot starring Adil Ray has also been described as looking like Wordle

Josh Wardle created the game for his partner before opening it to the public.  It is now played by hundreds of thousands

Josh Wardle created the game for his partner before opening it to the public. It is now played by hundreds of thousands

Lingo aired in the US and UK in the 1980s. A recent UK wake-up show has been airing on ITV since 2020

Lingo aired in the US and UK in the 1980s. A recent UK wake-up show has been airing on ITV since 2020

ITV’s relaunched Lingo – hosted by Adil Ray – sees three pairs of contestants trying to find words that appear in grids and keywords.

The Lingo computer gives them the first letter of words of different lengths – and they can cash in if they can guess the whole word correctly.

Fans were quick to point out the similarities between Wordle and Lingo.

One of them wrote: “Is there any connection between Wordle and the Lingo TV quiz?” Or is it just a huge coincidence that they are exactly the same, down to the choice of colors? ‘

Another said, “So this Wordle thing that everybody does is just Lingo, isn’t it?” Did someone just steal Lingo and make an app of it? ”

While a third added: “Wait. So this Wordle thing that I keep seeing lately is actually just jargon? ”

Wordle creator Mr. Wardle, a former software engineer for Reddit, created a similar prototype in 2013, but ditched it after his friends weren’t impressed.

How does Wordle work?

  • Players visit the Wordle website every day to try to guess the five letter word of that day.
  • You have six turns to guess the word.
  • After each guess, the correct letters in the right place turn green, while the correct letters in the wrong place turn yellow.
  • Any letters that turn gray can be ignored because they are not in the word.
  • Players can share their attempts on social media as colored grids.
  • There is only one word per day.

However, during the pandemic, he revisited the game, after he and his partner “got really involved” in New York Times spelling and daily crossword puzzles.

This isn’t the first time Mr. Wardle has created something that has caused a storm online.

In 2015, he created Reddit’s The Button, a bizarre game where a button appeared on a website with a 60-second countdown.

Every time someone pressed the button, the clock would reset to zero, but each person could only press it once. While there is no award for clicking it, the sheer reward of being able to tap it has seen millions of people click it.

He is also the creator of Place, a collaborative social experiment that made waves in April 2017.

Place was a shared online space that allowed users to fight for what was drawn there.

This resulted in huge sprawling communities fighting for space on an online canvas.

Now based in New York City, Wardle says he enjoys “creating unique products that focus on human interaction.”

Ms. Shah says she now wakes up every day to play Wordle. Although it is now shared with the world, she said she appreciated that Mr. Wardle originally created it for her.

“It’s really sweet,” she said. “This is definitely how Josh shows his love.”

Mr. Wardle graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006 after studying Media Arts. He then studied digital arts at the University of Oregon.

His training was followed by two years as an artist for Reddit, before becoming a senior product manager and later a consultant for the company.

Mr. Wardle spent nearly two years as a software engineer for Pinterest before returning to Reddit in the same role in January 2020.

Discussing Worlde’s success, Mr Wardle told the New York Times: “I think people kinda appreciate that there’s this stuff online that’s just fun. He’s not trying to do anything. either fishy with your data or your eyes.

Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with his partner Palak Shah

Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with his partner Palak Shah

After first playing the game with Ms Shah, Mr Wardle then shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world.

After first playing the game with Ms Shah, Mr Wardle then shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world.

Wordle is a daily word game where users have six attempts to guess the 5 letter word

Wordle is a daily word game where users have six attempts to guess the 5 letter word

Hundreds of thousands of fans play Wordle - in which the goal is to guess a single five letter word known as

Hundreds of thousands of fans play Wordle – in which the goal is to guess a single five-letter word known as “Wordle” in six attempts

Today's Wordle, ATTEMPT ONE: For the first effort, we tried the word SHORT, finding that S was the first letter of the Wordle.

Today’s Wordle, ATTEMPT ONE: For the first effort, we tried the word SHORT, finding that S was the first letter of the Wordle.

ATTEMPT TWO: We tried the word SMALL, only to find that none of the other letters were in the word

ATTEMPT TWO: We tried the word SMALL, only to find that none of the other letters were in the word

ATTEMPT THREE: The word SIZED told us that I was the second letter of the Wordle and that it also had an E

ATTEMPT THREE: The word SIZED told us that I was the second letter of the Wordle and that it also had an E

ATTEMPT FOUR: Trying the word SINCE didn't reveal any new letters - but it did tell us the word ended with an E

ATTEMPT FOUR: Trying the word SINCE didn’t reveal any new letters – but it did tell us the word ended with an E

ATTEMPT 5: Knowing that this started with an S and an I, ended with an E and several other words

ATTEMPT 5: Knowing that this started with an S and an I, ended with an E and several other words “grayed out” and deleted, on the fifth try our estimate of SIEGE was found to be correct

He added that the game also appeals to gamers as it only takes three minutes a day.

Mr Wardle said: “It’s something that encourages you to spend three minutes a day. And that’s it. He doesn’t want more of your time than that.

His partner was the first player to play the game and played a key role in its preparation for the world

Wordle’s initial list of all five-letter words in the English language – around 12,000 – contained obscure words the couple believed were nearly impossible to guess.

Mr. Wardle eventually reduced the Wordle wordlist to around 2,500, which should take a few years.

However, fans have already complained about certain words, claiming that the words REBUS and TAPIR were not familiar enough.