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Calling all music nerds: there’s a new version of Wordle that tests your song knowledge

Can you guess the track in six attempts or fewer?

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

The Wordle craze is far from over. And now, after being translated into dozens of languages, having spawned copycat versions dedicated to Shakespeare, Taylor Swift and airports, and with the OG having been sold for big bucks to the New York Times, here’s yet another addictive spin-off.

This one’s called ‘Heardle’, and the aim is for players to guess the song from the least amount of intro. It’s pretty similar to a classic pub quiz round, designed to test just how fast you can recognise some of the most famous pop songs ever made.

Heardle is all about how quickly your brain wires into some classic tunes. Songs featured over the past week include everything from Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ to ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ by Whitney Houston.

Here’s how it works. The player listens to a little bit of the intro, then if they guess wrong or skip a guess, they unlock a bit more intro to guess from. You get six goes, and the increments go up from one second to two, four, seven, 11 and finally 16. If you don’t get it within that timeframe, you lose.

If that sounds really, really difficult, fear not. Heardle is made easier because you can listen to each snippet as many times as you want. You also have to guess from a limited bank of better-known songs, so you don’t have to worry about blindly guessing from one of the millions of tracks ever made.

So, are you ready to get incredibly frustrated about songs you definitely know, but just can’t quite put your finger on? Have a go at Heardle here.

Did you see that there’s a version of Wordle where you have to guess the country from its shape?

Plus: you can now play an ‘airport code’ version of Wordle.

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