Math + Wordle = Nerdle

I love word games. Crosswords are my constant companion. Scrabble is scrumptious. Wordle is wonderful. But math? I’m not typically moved by math. So, I was surprised to find myself enjoying Nerdle, the mathematical equation riff on Wordle!

From creator Richard Mann:

Driving home with Imogen, we were chatting about the Wordle craze and agreed there must be an equivalent for us maths fans. A few minutes later, we’d decided on the rules of the game and the name “nerdle”. As far as we can work out, there are over 100,000 valid words but we have chosen 17,723 valid “words” as there are quite a lot we thought you wouldn’t like. We think it’s just as fun playing with numbers as playing with letters. See if you agree!

My only quibble with the game is that I got the equation right on my third try in the game shown below, but the arbitrary placement of two numbers made the answer wrong in terms of Nerdle rules. They cover this commutativity issue in the FAQ here.


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