Somebody managed to work out how Wordle chooses a word each day and someone else is using that knowledge to stop ‘Wordle bragging.’
Even though it’s not a particularly demanding game, Wordle has people hooked to the point where they’re worried about having the day’s puzzle spoiled for them like it’s a soap opera.
Now, somehow, the risk of Wordle spoilers has become even worse because some people are being told the answers to future puzzles.
Earlier this month, one Robert Reichel, out of sheer curiosity, decided to try and reverse engineer Wordle to see how it decides which word it’s going to pick each day.
If you’re curious you can see his workings out on his website, but he was essentially able to figure out the algorithm it uses by picking through Wordle’s source code, something anyone can do if they want.
Not only that, but he was also able to use the algorithm to see what the next day’s word would be. Unfortunately, someone is using his work to spread spoilers over Twitter.
An automated Twitter bot called The Wordlinator can be found responding to anyone who shares their Wordle result with the answer to the next day’s puzzle.
The creator’s identity is unknown, with the Twitter bio simply reading ‘I was sent from the future to terminate Wordle bragging.’ Basically, somebody got sick of seeing all the Wordle posts on Twitter and decided this was the best way to stop them, because god forbid anyone try to have fun on Twitter.
This anonymous user and Reichel aren’t the only ones to have cracked Wordle’s code either. Sam Gregson, a Doctor of Physics from the University of Cambridge, was able to use the source code to discover every future Wordle answer for the next five years.
Unlike the Wordlinator creator, however, Gregson has promised not to disclose any of the answers, but you should consider blocking or muting the Wordlinator if you have a tendency to share your own Wordle results.
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