The Wordle Archive, created in January by computational biologist Devang Thakkar, enables errant players of everyday word games to complete puzzles they previously missed or failed.Archives proved very popularreceived 100,000 daily visitors in the weeks following launch.
Now, though, the dossier has been removed at the behest of The New York Times, which bought Wordle earlier this year from its original creator, Josh Wardle, for an undisclosed seven-figure sum. In a statement posted on his website, Thakkar said: “It’s been a fun three months since I launched this dossier, it has brought joy to many of us, but all good things must come to an end – Honestly, I wonder what keeps them so long.”
This isn’t the first Wordle Archive to suffer this fate.Back in March, Wordle Archive, run by freelance website and app developers Metzger Media Closing after receiving an offer it couldn’t refuse, the company’s owner, Noah, said on the archives website that “The New York Times has requested the Wordle archives be taken down.”
In both cases, the Times’ request is unsurprising. One of the appeals of Wordle is that it’s an everyday activity. You have 24 hours to solve the puzzles provided, and if you fail or forget, it’s the difficult vocabulary – you have to move on to the next puzzle. Having a large archive of existing Wordle puzzles somehow goes against the spirit of the game, even if it doesn’t do any real harm. The two files are also likely to have some legal forays.
While Wordle Archive may have found the great dictionary of heaven, there are plenty of other ways to solve your confusion.Check out PC Gamer’s extensive list of Wordle-alikes, including math-based bookwormgeographic orientation worldand multiplayer quarrel. I still can’t believe no one has ever made a cheese guessing game called Curdle. It’s time to cash in!