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Celebrities Who Are Obsessed with Wordle—Just Like You

You’ve played Wordle by now, right? The deceptively simple vocab guessing game is a worldwide phenomenon—and celebrities aren’t immune. These famous folks are obsessed with Wordle, too.
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Wordle has taken the world by storm, with over 300,000 people playing the word game every day. While Wordle inspired plenty of clones and play-a-likes, the original has legions of dedicated fans. And among those fans are a few celebrities who aren’t shy about sharing their grids on social media.

C’mon, You Know What Wordle Is

In case you’ve been living on a desert island with no internet access for the last few months—and in which case, lucky—then you are already familiar with Wordle. The game was created by Josh Wardle in October 2021 as a gift for his partner, who adores word games. You can read the whole story here—but be warned that it’s very cute.  

You have a total of six guesses to discover the five-letter mystery word of the day. Each letter in the correct position lights up as green. A correct letter in the wrong spot is yellow. Everything else gets grayed out. It’s surprisingly challenging to figure out on some days, requiring players to ransack their vocabularies for little-used words like “banal” or “query.” If you want to make life harder for yourself, you can choose to play in “hard mode,” which requires you to use all your greens and yellows in the subsequent turns rather than guessing a not-quite-right word to eliminate common letters.

Wordle’s update to allow players to share their “grids” on social media was the turning point. It quickly became a cultural phenomenon, with hundreds of thousands of people sharing their daily frustrations and triumphs in the form of green, yellow, and gray squares. Since everyone gets the same puzzle every day—and there’s only one puzzle a day—Wordle provided a sense of solidarity and community that has been hard to find in the last two years.

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Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon introduced thousands of new fans to Wordle when he played it live on The Tonight Show in the clip above. After talking first-word strategy with announcer Steve Higgins and Roots drummer Questlove—more on him in a second, I promise—Fallon launches into a real-time journey of solving the day’s puzzle.

He starts with “arise,” a good opener that uses three vowels and two common consonants. Watching him blunder through is weirdly fascinating. It’s like listening to my own inner monologue as I try to figure out Wordle. His frustration and pep talk (“Don’t freak out”) is deeply relatable. Fallon solved one of the toughest, most frustrating puzzles in recent memory, and his delirious, borderline hysterical giggle toward the end is a sound that I’ve made before. Usually when I’m doing Wordle at 12:01 am…

Questlove

Ahmir Khalib Thompson—better known as Questlove—is a legendary multi-instrumentalist and co-frontman of the Roots. As a member of the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show, Questlove is a serious Wordle player.

Quest tweets his score with a brief commentary pretty much every day, as well as sharing other word games. I mean, his current display name is “ahmir*quest*5 letters only.” He might be the celebrity most obsessed with Wordle.

Jennifer Beals

Flashdance star Jennifer Beals is “officially obsessed” with Wordle. She said it, not me! It makes sense that Beals would get into the deceptively challenging word game—she’s a Yale graduate, after all.

Right now, I’m obsessed with Jennifer Beals as Garsa Fwip, the incredibly stylish Twi’lek who runs The Sanctuary on The Book of Boba Fett. She’s also starring in the revival of The L Word, reprising her role as Bette Porter, as well as a recurring role on Law & Order: Organized Crime. I bet Wordle is the perfect game to play during a quick break on set.

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Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers

Jeremiah Fraites, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Lumineers, doesn’t just play Wordle—he’s also really good at it. When Jimmy Fallon asked his Twitter followers who else was playing Wordle, Fraites chimed in with this impressed 2/6 score. In case you were curious, the solution for that day’s puzzle was “tiger.” Maybe not the hardest Wordle ever (I’m still salty about “abbey”), but a respectable score nonetheless

Richard Osman

Richard Osman is used to being one of the smartest (and tallest) people in the room. The Cambridge-educated UK quiz show host is also a massive fan of Wordle. Last month, the Pointless presenter revealed the secrets of getting consistently good scores.

Like many expert Wordle players, his opening word is the same every time and it contains three vowels. He told Winkleman: “I often start with the word ‘aline’ which is not a word it would ever be, because it’s too obscure, but it’s got three vowels in it and an L and an N, which is quite useful as well, it’s got an E in a very good place,” he said.

He doesn’t think that using a word with an “s” in it is a good strategy, and in fact calls an early “s” a “red herring. His study of the game has revealed that of the 10,000 possible five-letter English words, only 2,500 are likely to be the answer to the day’s puzzle. And according to him, Wordle doesn’t often use plurals, so that “s” is all but useless.

Osman—who was one of my favorite Taskmaster contestants, thanks to his puzzle-solving skills—has some thoughts about the coveted 1/6 score. He thinks it’s a “fluke” to guess on the first try! Osman is much more impressed by a consistent 3/6. “I’d say getting it in three is a beautiful skill, that’s somebody who you want to have lunch with,” he said.

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David Tennant

Apparently, Doctor Who and Good Omens actor David Tennant plays Wordle with his wife, fellow actress Georgia Tennant. She shared a series of text messages with her husband that are equal parts funny and adorable.

When David failed to guess Wordle #209, he wrote that he was “[g]eniunely gutted” and “may not be able to carry on.” When Georgia expressed her sympathy and encouragement, her husband reeled off an epic text that I can 100% imagine the 10th Doctor saying:

“That’s easy for you to say,” David wrote back. “You are riding high in a bliss of unbroken wins. I remember those halcyon days but now I live in a bubble of failure and self recrimination.”

Paul Sinha

Like fellow quiz show host Richard Osman, Paul Sinha has been bitten by the Wordle bug.

“The Sinnerman” shared his surprising results for Wordle #215, where he guessed the right answer in three tries with only one correct letter to work with. Sinha replied to his own tweet with the humble addendum, “I put this up for reference. It means nothing other than I had an inspired guess on the third go.”

The solution to that particular puzzle was “robot,” and he guessed it with only the first letter in green! Frequent players of the game know that words with repeated letters are some of the most challenging, so that’s truly impressive. Then again, Sinha’s job on The Chase is to be smarter than everyone else.

Not Everyone Loves Wordle

One person who isn’t totally impressed? Will Shortz, the legendary New York Times crossword editor. “There’s virtually no way to predict fads like this,” he said. “They take off for no apparent reason and then die as people move on to other things.”

Shortz also threw a little gentle shade in the form of this backhanded compliment: “It’s a great puzzle, and it doesn’t take long to play, which makes it perfect for our age when people have short attention spans.”

You know, unlike word games for smart people, like crossword puzzles. Ironically, the New York Times recently bought Wordle from creator Josh Wardle. The game is still free, though, and Wardle claims that it’ll stay that way.

A Wordle Game Show Is Coming… Sort Of

Following the massive success of Wordle, CBS has decided to revive the game show Lingo. The show originally ran from 1987 to 1988, then again from 2002 to 2007, followed by a failed reboot in 2011. Now that we’re all moderately obsessed with guessing five-letter words, the time seems ripe for another round of Lingo.

The show’s original format involved teams of two contestants guessing words to fill up a bingo card. Lingo gives the players the first letter, but the rest of the gameplay is very similar to the Wordle we know and love. What’s wild, though, is that CBS was already developing the Lingo reboot before Josh Wardle’s game became a global hit.

RuPaul Charles will host the revival of the hour-long show, which promises to be a fast-paced puzzle game with fabulous prizes. Mitch Graham, the senior vice president of alternative programming at the network, stated:

“The word game craze is sweeping the nation, and ‘Lingo’ will deliver a fast-paced, fun and addictive show for the whole family,” he said. “RuPaul’s flair and sharp wit, coupled with the ability for viewers to play along at home, make this a timely show with wide appeal that we’re excited to join our network lineup.”

A UK revival of Lingo is already thriving across the pond, so chances are good that Wordle-obsessed Americans will be tuning in to watch the show when it premieres in the US later this year.