Wordle is the online gaming sensation which could lead to divorce – Cornwall Live

The popular puzzle will test your relationships as well as your mind
Forget Candy Crush, Minecraft, Fortnite and those dirty sites I dare not mention, Wordle has become THE online sensation of the year so far.
January can be the cruellest of months. Bereft of cash and warmth, it can be a slog and this January has proved even worse thanks to a Government falling asunder as we look on bemused, the prospect of war in the Ukraine and even innocent old tennis mired in controversy.
We needed something to take our minds off things, but who knew it would come in the form of a relatively easy word game?
Read more: How to play Wordle, the new word game that's gone viral?
Wordle has become so addictive, it's the first thing we reach for in the mornings before our glasses, dressing gown and partners. It wouldn't be a surprise if Sue Gray's imminent verdict on the Boris Johnson parties is delayed because it took her five lines to get 'prick' (it really was the answer a couple of days ago).
It's now overtaken that other word beginning with 'w' that people do surreptitiously online – 'wasting' time. What else did you think I meant?
If you're one of the few who doesn't wake feverishly, desperate to play Wordle, then you're obviously missing out.
Invented by New York-based software engineer Josh Wardle (what a beautiful example of word play) for his puzzle-loving partner, Wordle was at first just shared between his family members until he decided that the entire globe was missing out.
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Its first public airing in October saw about 90 people playing. By January 2, more than 300,000 were taking part. It's safe to say that figure will now be in the millions thanks to all those people Wordle-bragging on Twitter and Facebook (yes, I'm one … and so are you).
The joy of the game is that 1. you don't have to pay for it, 2. you don't have to download anything, just open it on your browser, 3. it's pretty easy to get the hang of and complete, 4. you can show off your result by sharing a cute little graphic on social media.
The aim is to guess a mystery five-letter word in six goes. The colour of the tiles changes to show if you've got a letter in the right place or if it's in the word but in the wrong place. The fact that everyone is trying to guess the same word makes you feel like you're taking on the whole planet.
Get it in three or four lines, you're pretty damn hot, get it in two and you're a genius. Get it in one and you're a witch and should be burned at the stake.
Beware though – at best it can lead to angry outbursts of the sort of five-letter words that will never be included in the game, at worst it can lead to arguments between partners as one forces their three-line win in the face of their five-line lover. The bets are on when the first divorce-by-Wordle will be announced.
Don't expect Wordle to be a flash in the pan, either. Wardle has submitted 2,500 words, meaning there are enough daily games to last six years.

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