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Maybe you’ve notice as you’ve scrolled on social media a distant acquaintance bragging about their guess featuring a few randomly placed yellow and green squares. This is Wordle. It’s a new web-based daily word puzzle giving the user six tries to guess the 5-letter word of the day.  It’s gained popularity and attention quickly in 2022, and was acquired by the New York Times this month from the owner for a price “in the low seven figures”. Wowza (that’s 5 letters). 

With each guess, the game reveals clues of the correct letters by color. When the user has typed in their guess and hits enter, Wordle turns incorrect letters grey, correct letters in the correct place green, and correct letters in the incorrect place yellow. It is the word version of the color-themed game Mastermind. When the letters have been guessed they grey out below. It is a simple creation, yet it’s the simplicity of the game which makes it so popular. You don’t have sign up or sign in, you just play, and then brag on social media if you do well. Unlike the noisy and annoying, ad-packed games people commonly play, Wordle engages the language and logic areas of the brain with a fresh start every day. Today, the game has over 2 million users, and Josh Wardle, the inventor of Wordle created the game as a gift for his partner who loves word games. 

The community Wordle has build is a bit of a phenomenon as well. With some digging, you could probably find the solution to the puzzle, but the Wordle community seems to keep the answer under wraps for everyone to discover for themselves. But, because people can easily share their results—with just a photo of the colored blocks, not the letters—on their socials, the secret becomes more tantalizing and motivating to beat your friends with more accurate guesses. The master list of 5-letter words consists of about 2,500 words. There is no monetization of the game currently which adds to its simplicity, and it only requires a web browser to play. 

With its popularity and internationally recognizable yellow, green and grey blocks, Old World Christmas decided to jump in on the fun. We created a Christmas-themed word game ornament for you or your favorite word game enthusiast. This fabulous ornament is available now for pre-order, and will arrive later this Summer. On our Christmas ornament “Santa” was a solid first guess, but only the “s” was correct for the second guess. “Bells” rang in our second guess, and we added “e” and “l” to our correct letters, but in the wrong spot. “Merry” was guess number three, but we only came away with “e” as a correct letter in an incorrect place. We started to get worried at our guessing abilities, but got some additional clues when our fourth guess was “Claus”. Though it wasn’t correct, we learned where the “l” and the “s” needed to go. Thankfully, by guess five we solved our first Christmas-themed word puzzle with five green blocks and “Elves” as our winning guess. 

If you love word games, or know someone who is obsessed, then don’t miss our newest, highly popular word game ornament from Old World Christmas. 

February 11, 2022 by Rachael Mitchell

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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