Wordle ‘down’: New York Times game crashes for players as frustrated users whinge ‘my morning ritual is in tatters’


WORDLE players have been left frustrated after the popular New York Times game crashed for users.

The viral game sees players guess what the five-letter word of the day is within six turns, before waiting until the next day for a new puzzle.


Wordle is currently down with users fumingCredit: AFP

But gamers have been left annoyed today after being unable to log in.

Several frustrated users have taken to X – formerly Twitter – to discuss the outage, with one claiming it has “completely ruined their morning routine”.

“Wordle is down. My 12am ritual is in tatters,” another user wrote, indicating that the game has been down for hours.  

Fans of the game who pride themselves on maintaining a series of unbroken daily wins have blasted it as a total “streak breaker”.

A third moaned: “Wordle being down on day 200 of my current streak is CRUEL.”

When accessing the game, many users faced an error message which read: “Timed out while waiting on cache-lcy-eglc8600075-LCY.”

Some reported being able to get in after multiple attempts using the app compared to the website link.

Wordle was created by software engineer and former Reddit employee, Josh Wardle, and was launched in October 2021.

The title of the internet word game is a pun on Wardle’s last name, hence Wordle.

Each day, players must guess the same five letter word.

They have six chances and each time letters turn green if they’re in the correct place or yellow if they’re included in the final world but not in the correct place.

The inventor initially devised the game during lockdown for himself and his wife.

But it proved so popular that the New York Times announced that it had purchased Wordle in 2022 for an undisclosed, low-seven figure fee. 

What is Wordle?

WORDLE quickly becoae a gaming phenomenon and has been played by millions of people across the world.

Wordle was created by software engineer and former Reddit employee, Josh Wardle, and was launched in October 2021.

Wordle challenges players to find a five-letter word in six guesses.

Due to all players solving the same puzzle, there’s a way to directly compare yourself to other users.

Trying to guess a five-letter word without help would be pretty difficult, Wordle helps its players with a color coded system.

Once you guess a word, the letters of your guess will either turn green, yellow, or gray.

If the letter is green, that letter is in the word and is in the correct spot.

If it’s yellow, that letter is in the word but it is not in the correct spot.

If the letter is gray, the letter does not appear at all within the day’s word.

It’s a creative way to help guide players to the right word while also not giving it away.

Users can also turn on hard mode, which forces players to use the hints they’re given, stopping them from guessing words at random.

The game is available to play online.

On January 31, 2022, the game creator sold his popular brain teaser to The New York Times for an undisclosed amount.

Both parties broke the news on the date of the transaction.