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Hello, listeners. This is Brett Molina. Welcome to Talking Tech. We’re in the middle of January and we have the first big hit game of 2022. This is called Wordle. You may or may not have heard of it. I will write about this in a story you can read at tech.usatoday.com. We’ll start by talking about Wordle, what it is, how you play, and then I’ll give you some tips on how to succeed in Wordle, because it’s a fun puzzle game, but it can be a little tricky.

Basically, that’s how it works. You go to the Wordle website, which you can find in my story, and the goal is to guess the five-letter word of the day in six attempts. It has a square scheme, just like a Wheel of Fortune. You basically have six rows of five-letter words, and you have to try to guess each time. You enter the five-letter word you think and go down. As you guessed, the letters rotate in different colors. If the letter is gray, it means that the letter is not in the word. If it’s yellow, the letter is verbal, but it’s not in the right place. If it’s green, you clearly understood it, so the right letter, the right dot.

Again I talked about it happening every day, they come up with new puzzles every day. One of the main reasons for its cancellation is social networks, especially Twitter. They have this amazing sharing feature. Whatever you do, it copies the results of the puzzle and presents it in those squares, so people just see the colors of the squares without saying what the word is. You can see this grid of different squares, and you can see a green line that shows that you understand the correct word. But then you can have rows that have a pair of green or yellow to show you the process until you understand what the word is.

Obviously, now you’re in one of two camps or three camps. You’ve never heard of Wordle, you don’t know what it is. You’ve heard of Wordle, you like it. You always play it. Or you’ve seen Wordle spread so much on social media that you’ve found all the filters on earth to avoid any tweets related to this game. If you’re someone who loves Wordle and aspires to improve it, or if you’ve never played Wordle before and want to get some tips on how to try it out, I’ll share a couple I see. I did it that way. Most of this is just to try the game, but also to see other people on Twitter talking about their strategies.

The first tip is to try to find words with a few vowels. I’m talking like three vowels, three different vowels, not just A and I, but they use A twice, no matter what, “about” where there are three different vowels or words like “alone”. This will definitely help a lot in shortening the word because you will understand what vowels are there. Sometimes luck smiles on you and it’s in the right place too, so it’s a bonus and again it helps you get closer to understanding what the word is.

The next step, I mentioned the Wheel of Fortune as an example, is about the process of really destroying it. You want to try to get as many popular letters as you can in the first or second guess to understand what the word might be. You think about the last show on the Wheel of Fortune, they give you very popular letters like S, T, R, L. Find words that use all of these letters. So you can click on as many different letters as possible. So I try to make the first two guesses every time because you probably won’t hit it early. So, if you try to add as many different popular consonants and vowels as possible in these first two assumptions, it is a big step towards figuring out what the word is and shortening it. This will definitely make it much easier.

The third thing to keep in mind is that they don’t really say it, and it’s important to note that sometimes letters can be used twice. The next day they played a puzzle. The answer was gorge and I froze because I had four out of five letters. I couldn’t think of a match. I was just guessing random things and then the fact that G was there twice shocked me. They do it. They don’t even show it in a puzzle. What you want to notice when you play the game is that this website has, as you might guess, a virtual keyboard, and the letters on the keyboard change color.

In fact, it gives you information about what letters are left that you haven’t tried yet. This is also good, because when you shorten your choices, no matter what different letters you use, if there is a word that has no meaning, think: “Maybe this is where I should use it. there is a letter. twice or more. ” This is really different. Obviously, use the keyboard on the website, as this will help you narrow down what the letters mean and better understand what your word might be. I still like it. This is very interesting. It’s a nice thing to stretch your brain a bit, to do it every day to relax. Fun game. You can check Wordle. You can check out my tips. If you need to know where the website is to play Wordle yourself, go to my story at tech.usatoday.com.

Listeners, let’s hear from you. Do you have comments, questions, demonstration ideas, or technical issues we want to solve? You can find me on Twitter @ brettmolina23. Please don’t forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a comment on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, anywhere you get your podcast. Remember it’s Thursday. This means that a new edition of Talking Tech Newsletter has been released. You can subscribe to newsletters.usatoday.com. You listened to Talking Tech. We return from the world of technology tomorrow with another quick hit.

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