When New York software developer Josh Wardle first developed Wordle during the coronavirus lockdown, he simply wanted to create a game “for me and my partner to enjoy.”
The rules are very simple, doubtless helping to explain the game’s viral growth. Each day the player has to guess a new five-letter word, in six attempts or less.
After each guess the letters light up, letting the player know how accurate they were. If a letter goes green, it is both in the word and in the position you put it. Yellow means the letter features, but in a different place, whilst gray tells you it’s not in the word at all.
Speaking to Newsweek, Dr. Erhan Aslan, associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Reading in the U.K., gave some tips on playing the game.
He said: “One thing that I think is important in this game is the starting word chosen. Starting off with words that include commonly used vowels (e.g., e, a), consonants (e.g., r, t) and sound sequences might be helpful. Choosing a word that starts with q, z, j, or x, for instance, may not be the best choice. As you get more feedback after a few guesses, users need to draw on some knowledge of phonics to narrow down or eliminate some words that they might be thinking.
“For example, if the second letter of the target word is L (indicated by green) and the player feels that the word starts with a consonant, they will need to know that there are only a few consonant cluster possibilities (e.g., bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl).”
In January, Wardle sold Wordle to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.
The answer to today’s puzzle will be revealed at the end of this article, so scroll down with caution if you want to work it out for yourself. To help you solve today’s Wordle, Newsweek has provided some hints and tips on the latest puzzle.
‘Wordle’ #524 Tips and Clues for Friday, November 25
Wordle players can use these five hints to solve puzzle #524.
Hint #1: There are no repeated letters.
Hint #2: The word contains two vowels, one of which can function as a consonant in a different word structure.
Hint #3: Synonyms for today’s answer include “tingling” and “prickling.”
Hint #4: The first and final letters are vowels.
Hint #5: Makes you scratch!
‘Wordle’ #524 Answer for Friday, November 25
The answer to today’s Wordle is “itchy.”
That was uncomfortable, in more ways than one! Containing two of the least used vowels, today’s puzzle was certainly a brainteaser. Did you get it? Congratulations if so. But don’t worry if not, one of the beauties of Wordle is seeing if you can improve your score over time. Whatever your result, we hope you’ll join us again tomorrow for more Wordle hints and tips.
What Does ‘Itchy’ Mean?
The Cambridge University Dictionary defines itchy as “having or causing an itch.”
For example: “The dust made me feel itchy all over.”
The next Wordle puzzle will be available at 7 p.m. ET, when the daily update occurs.