# “Wordle” No. 850 Hints, tips and answers for the puzzle from Tuesday, October 17th

Some players found today’s Wordle a bit tricky, then Newsweek has put together five tips to help point you in the right direction. And for fans still unsure about their final guess, the answer is at the end of this article.

The game, which attracts players from around the world, challenges users to solve the puzzle by guessing a mysterious five-letter word in six tries.

The puzzle is updated every day, with a new word to work out from scratch. Wordle tries to help users find the right word using a color-coding system. Each correct letter in a guess turns green or yellow if it appears in the word but is currently in the wrong place, or gray if it is incorrect.

## The origins of “Wordle”

Game creator Josh Wardle, a Welsh software developer based in the US, created the puzzle to play with his partner. He had started working on it back in 2013, but returned to it during the pandemic, perfected it and named the game with a variation of his own last name.

Wardle released the game in October 2021 and it quickly became a global phenomenon – gaining more than 45 million users after launching with just 90 active players. He said he only wanted to deploy a single game each day because he’s always been “wary of apps that want to take up all of your time.”

The software developer sold his game to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum in January 2022 and the mystery moved on to a February release. The word game has become so popular that it has inspired a number of other everyday games such as the music-based game Heardleand the mathematical-based Nerdle.

## ‘Word’ #8505 tips for Tuesday, October 17th

Newsweek has put together five pointers to help players who are stuck today Wordle.

Each clue is more revealing than the last, so players should stop reading at the point where they are sure they have guessed the correct answer.

Clue #1: Today Wordle has no repeating letter.

Note #2: The word has two vowels.

Note #3: This word starts with the letter “A”.

Note #5: Merriam-Webster defines the word as “fully developed and mature.”