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There’s a new version of Wordle where you have to guess the country from its shape

The spin-off, named Worldle, tests your geographical expertise – and is just as fiendish

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Still hooked on Wordle? Not turned off by the big move to The New York Times? If you’ve room for another puzzle in your life, you can now add Worldle to your daily brainteaser list.

The premise is simple: instead of being presented with five empty squares, you’re shown the shape of a country. Fill in your first guess – if you get it in one, you’re a geographical genius. If you don’t, you’ll be shown how many kilometres away you are, a percentage indicating how close you are, and an arrow hinting at the direction of the correct answer.

Let’s take an example from the site itself. You’re shown a long, thin-looking nation. Type in Chile – seems like a good start – and you’re told it’s 13,557km away from the target country, with the arrow pointing north-east. You have only 32 percent ‘proximity’ because it’s pretty damn far away. 

Your second guess is Finland, seeing as that’s sort of the right shape and in the right direction. You’re still not there, but you’re closer: the target country is 3,206km away, somewhere to the south-east and you’ve got 84 percent ‘proximity’. 

Third try? Lebanon. And guess what – you’re totally correct. So you got it in three, not bad at all. 

Like Wordle, there’s only one game a day and you get six tries. What are you waiting for? Put away your world map and get guessing. 

Looking for more spin-offs? Try playing Wordle in Russian, Tamil or Turkish.

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

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