January 28, 2023

For all those who take some pride in playing Quordle, the five-letter word game best known for being four times as difficult as Wordle, your word search is vindicated. Iconic dictionary brand Merriam-Webster has bought the popular online puzzle and announced it on Thursday.

Merriam-Webster, owned by Encyclopedia Britannica, quietly acquired the game, which launched shortly after Wordle became an online phenomenon in late 2021.

Quordle has a lot in common with Wordle. Where Wordle asks you to solve a five-letter word puzzle in five tries, Quordle asks you to simultaneously solve four five-word puzzles in nine tries.

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A typical Quordle result that you can share without revealing the answers. Yes, it’s very similar to Wordle… but more difficult. (Image credit: Future)

Both present you with a standard virtual keyboard, and after entering a guessed five-letter word, letters appear on all four-word boards. The correct letters in the correct places are green, and the correct letters in the wrong places are orange. Yes, like Wordle.