When New York-based software engineer Josh Wardle first developed Wordle during the coronavirus lockdown, as a game “for me and my partner to enjoy,” he certainly had no idea he was in for a global one to trigger a sensation.
Despite these humble origins, Wordle enjoyed widespread popularity following its release in October 2021, with players from around the world completing and, in many cases, sharing their results on social media. The success was so great that Wardle was able to sell Wordle The New York Times in January 2022 for an undisclosed, low seven-figure amount, although the game was still free to play.
Erhan Aslan, an expert in applied linguistics who teaches at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, offered some advice to Wordle players in an interview with Newsweek.
Aslan said: “One thing I think is important in this game is the starting word chosen. It might be helpful to start with words that contain common vowels like e and a, consonants like r and t, and sound sequences.” .
“Choosing a word that starts with q, z, j, or x, for example, may not be the best choice. Because you get more feedback after a few guesses, users need to draw on some knowledge of phonetics to narrow down or eliminate some words they might be thinking,” Aslan added.
The answer to today’s puzzle will be revealed at the end of this article. So scroll down carefully if you want to find out for yourself.
“Wordle” #847, notes for Saturday, October 14th
Newsweek has put together five clues to help you solve today’s Wordle puzzle.
Note #1: The answer contains two vowels.
Note #2: There are no repeated letters.
Note #3: Synonyms for today’s Wordle include “assistant,” “handler,” and “agent.”
Note #4: The third letter is a vowel.
Note #5: May be associated with espionage.
‘Wordle’ #847, reply for Saturday October 14th
The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle is “Agent.”
Well, that was fun! Saturday’s brainteaser is a relatively common word with two vowels and may not be the hardest we’ve ever experienced, but it was still good. Did you get it? Congratulations if you do, but please don’t be put off if you don’t. Another Wordle puzzle will be released on Sunday, and Newsweek I’ll be back with a new round of hints and tips.
What does “agent” mean?
The Cambridge Dictionary defines “agent” as “a person who acts for or represents another person.”
For example: “The agent quoted our house as $350,000.”