Created in January by computational biologist Devang Thakkar, the Wordle Archive allowed errant players of the daily word game to complete past puzzles they had missed or failed. The file proved to be extremely populargetting 100,000 visitors a day within a few weeks of launch.
Now, though, the file has been removed at the behest of the New York Times, which bought Wordle from its original creator Josh Wardle for an undisclosed seven-figure sum earlier this year. In a statement posted on his website, Thakkar said, “It’s been a fun three months since I released this file and it’s brought joy to many of us, but all good things must come to an end – to be honest, I was wondering what got them so far. soon.”
This is not the first Wordle File to suffer such a fate. In March, a Wordle file run by a freelance website and app developer Metzger-Media closed after receiving an offer it could not refuse, with company owner Noah stating on the archive’s website “the New York Times has requested that the Wordle Archive be taken down”.
In both cases, The Times’ request is not surprising. One of the great attractions of Wordle is that it is a daily event. You have 24 hours to solve the given riddle and if you fail or forget it is a difficult thesaurus – you need to move on to the next puzzle. Having a huge archive of existing Wordle puzzles is a bit contrary to the spirit of the game, even if there is no real harm done to it. It’s also likely that both files were stepping on some nice toes.
While Wordle Achive may have gone to the big dictionary in the sky, there are still plenty of other ways to get its intriguing solution. Check out PC Gamer’s extensive list of Wordle-alikes, which includes the math-based game geekthe oriented geography Worldand the multiplayer Argument. I still can’t believe no one has made a cheese-based guessing game called Curdle. Time to make money!