Wordle players up in arms over word with 'too many options'

Furious Wordle players are up in arms over word with ‘too many options for the first letter’ that means they failed even though the other four were correct

  • Wordle made its transition to the New York Times website after being bought out
  • Many have been displeased since the transfer and have complained on Twitter  
  • Today people complained that there were too many options for the first letter of the word

Wordle has been slammed yet again today as players complained the puzzles answer had too many possible options for the first letter with many guessing incorrectly and  breaking their winning streaks.  

Fans have taken to Twitter to say the puzzle has become ‘too difficult’ since the New York Times took it over with today’s answer leaving players stumped.

Gamers claimed  they managed to guess the final four answers quickly but many eligible options for the first letter meant it was just a guessing game.

Some players said they correctly calculated the five-letter word ended in ‘ASTY’ on the second or third attempt, but still failed as they guessed TASTY, PASTY, HASTY, MASTY and VASTY before guessing the correct answer – NASTY.

Wordle has been slammed yet again today as players complained the puzzles answer had too many possible options for the first letter with many guessing incorrectly and breaking their winning streaks

Wordle, which only offers one puzzle per day to keep fans hooked, has amassed millions of players since it came online last October. It was created by New York based Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle for his girlfriend Palak Shah, who loves word puzzles. 

At the beginning of November, the simple game – which involves guessing a five-letter word in six tries – had only 90 players; now there are said to be three million.

However, since the American newspaper bought the game for a seven-figure sum, many players have complained the answers have become more difficult, obscure, and pretentious. 

Taking to Twitter today, one person wrote: ‘How was I supposed to get that it’s nasty there are so many words with asty’.

 Another added: ‘Who knew “asty” had so many possibilities?’

‘Too many options on that first letter,’ added one. 

‘Too many options left, and it’s all ways the last one I choose,’ wrote another.

‘All these Wordle 256 X with multiple lines of four greens – so many words with those five letters’,’ added one. 

Taking to Twitter today, one person wrote: ‘How was I supposed to get that it’s nasty there are so many words with asty’.

Social media users complain NYT have made Wordle ‘too obscure’ – but how do the latest words compare with the game’s earlier answers?

Jan 01 2022 REBUS

Jan 02 BOOST

Jan 03 TRUSS

Jan 04 SIEGE

Jan 05 TIGER

Jan 06 BANAL

Jan 07 SLUMP

Jan 08 CRANK

Jan 09 GORGE

Jan 10 QUERY

Jan 11 DRINK

Jan 12 FAVOR

Jan 13 ABBEY

Jan 14 TANGY

Jan 15 PANIC

Jan 16 SOLAR

Jan 17 SHIRE

Jan 18 PROXY

Jan 19 POINT

Jan 20 ROBOT

Jan 21 PRICK

Jan 22 WINCE

Jan 23 CRIMP 

Jan 24 KNOLL

Jan 25 SUGAR 

Jan 26 WHACK 

Jan 27 MOUNT 

Jan 28 PERKY 

Jan 29 COULD 

Jan 30 WRUNG 

Jan 31 LIGHT




  • Feb 01 THOSE
  • Feb 02 MOIST
  • Feb 03 SHARD
  • Feb 04 PLEAT
  • Feb 05 ALOFT
  • Feb 06 SKILL
  • Feb 07 ELDER
  • Feb 08 FRAME
  • Feb 09 HUMOR


  • Feb 10 PAUSE 
  • Feb 11 ULCER
  • Feb 12 ULTRA
  • Feb 13 ROBIN
  • Feb 14 CYNIC
  • Feb 15 AROMA
  • Feb 16 CAULK    
  • Feb 17 SHAKE
  • Feb 18 DODGE
  • Feb 19 SWILL 
  • Feb 20 TACIT 
  • Feb 21 OTHER
  • Feb 22 THORN 
  • Feb 23 TROVE 
  • Feb 24 BLOKE 
  • Feb 25 VIVID
  • Feb 26 SPILL
  • Feb 27 CHANT
  • Feb 28 CHOKE
  • March 1 RUPEE 
  • March 2 NASTY 


It comes just a day after games took to Twitter to slam yesterday’s answer, Rupee, a Hindi word that’s in the Oxford English Dictionary.   

The word refers to the currency of Pakistan, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

‘Rupee isn’t even an English word of course New York Times is already incorporating their own agenda to Wordle,’ said one. 

‘Blew my brains out. They should stick to English words. It drove me crazy to think of a word. I don’t consider Rupee as an English word,’ added another.

‘Really Wordle. Are you being political now?,’ added another. 

Wordle players have slammed the New York Times again today after the game gave an obscure answer that’s been deemed ‘political’ and ‘not even English’

Today’s answer, rupee, is the word for the currency of Pakistan, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka, was branded ‘not English’ with one person saying: ‘It doesn’t count as a word’

Gamers took to Twitter to say the answer – a Hindi word that’s in the Oxford English Dictionary – was used to ‘too political’.

‘No spoilers but todays wordle does seem like a potential “jump the shark” moment,’ added another.

Others suggested that they guessed ‘Ruble’ – the Russian currency – due to the the war in Ukraine.

‘My third guess would have been more related to current events seeing wordle is eschewing common English words,’ said one.

‘ Barely got this one. Didn’t even think that would be a legal English word,’ added another.

‘It’s not even English, might as well include Swahili words,’ said one. 

Wordle fans have once again criticised the New York Times after American players complained today’s answer was ‘too British’

Scores of players – who have also recently complained that their winning streaks haven’t been updated in a week because of a technical blunder – took to Twitter to voice their annoyance over today’s ‘British slang’ answer, which was ‘Bloke’ (pictured)

It comes days after American Wordle players complained that Thursday’s answer – Bloke – was ‘too British’.

One person wrote: ‘Good morning to everyone except that bloke who picked today’s Wordle word.’

Commenting on the word – which is British slang for man – another Twitter user said: ‘THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST BRITISH WORDLE I’VE SEEN. F****** BLOKE.’

A third added: ‘No one else uses “bloke” but the British’, while a fourth said: ‘Now why is Wordle giving me a British word I have never heard of.’ 

Reaction: Social media users from around the world react to the ‘bloke’ controversy today

The ‘bloke’ controversy follows further criticisms facing the game in recent weeks – including that answers like ‘caulk’ and ‘agora’ were too niche for most players.

Meanwhile, people also voiced their annoyance over their scores not being updated correctly on the stats screen.

Many said the number of days the game showed they had played was actually lower than the number of days they had successfully played in a row.

In January, the creator sold the game to the New York Times for a ‘seven figure sum’ and the game migrated to the NYT site.

Since then, players have complained that the game has become more difficult, largely as a result of how niche some of the answer words have been. Others have noted that the game has been glitchy.  

Fans have been annoyed by changes to the game since it was bought by the NY Times, complaining about ‘obscure’ answers, glitches, hard-to-guess answers

In mid-February, the organisation tweeted: ‘Please open the old URL last used to play Wordle. This will automatically redirect to the NYT Wordle page, carrying your streaks with you.’

It added that players needed to ‘migrate their stats’ to keep their streaks, or that they could use a reset link to do so.

However, as evidenced by their complaints, many are still struggling with streak-related glitches, with others saying the fix didn’t work for them.

One revealed they had lost days by following the link, writing: ‘You just got me to click that link now I lost four days of wordle wins. WTF guys. Why do you keep messing this up?!’

Another added: ‘Same, I lost five days. My streak went from 40 down to 35.’

On top of tech glitches, the game has been criticised over its answers. On Sunday, numerous Twitter users accused Wordle of ‘just making up words’ when they failed to correctly answer, as they did not recognise the day’s word – which was ‘swill’.

Some joked the term – a waterproof filler and sealant, used in building work and repairs – wouldn’t be known to anyone who hasn’t done DIY

Since the transition, many social media users have been arguing that the game has suddenly become more difficult 

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