MALDEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Though the daily puzzle game Wordle has a worldwide fan base, one town in Massachusetts is markedly better at solving them than most Americans.
The game has become incredibly popular since the beginning of 2022, where users are tasked to guess a five-letter word everyday within six guesses. According to WordTips, an online word finder, Malden is fifth in the United States for the best Wordle scores, averaging 3.62 guesses a puzzle. Saint Paul, Minnesota came in first with an average 3.51 guesses, and the state with the best score was North Dakota. Wordtips said that the results came from Twitter data, after they analyzed the puzzle outcomes from people across the globe.
But compared to the rest of the world, the U.S collectively fell short of being in the top ten, as Sweden takes the top spot.
Some Malden residents were confused how they ended up in front of Boston or Cambridge but theorized that it may have to do with the fact that they have the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in the city.
Not to sour the high score praise, but New England may have a couple cards up their sleeves when it comes to taking on Wordle.
Wordfinder, an online tool used to solve Wordle puzzles, said they analyzed Google Trends data over the past three months to see how often Wordle players were looking up the answers online. According to Wordfinder, the top six biggest cheaters are from New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, and Maine.
Cheating, Wordfinder said, is at an "all-time high" since the New York Times bought Wordle in January.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.