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A Kent MP says he is worried for the future of popular online word game Wordle after it was sold for a seven-figure sum.

Former minister Damian Green (Con) was over the moon today after guessing the word in just two tries – for the second day running.

Damian Green MP has had a successful streak on Wordle. Picture: Twitter
Damian Green MP has had a successful streak on Wordle. Picture: Twitter

Mr Green, who represents Ashford, managed to guess the word 'Those' in two tries yesterday, and also worked out today's answer in just two attempts.

(We won't reveal today's Wordle, for those who haven't yet completed the daily challenge.)

He took to Twitter both times to share his 'grid' and boast about his impressive results.

To anyone who isn't aware, Wordle is a free, online word game where users have six attempts to guess a five-letter word.

For every letter you guess correctly and in the right place, it will turn green, and for every correct letter but in the wrong order, it turns yellow.

You then use your previous guesses to inform your next guess.

There is a new word every day, and the word is the same for everybody.

A 'share' function allows users to share their results, without revealing the word to other competitors, which takes the form of a grid, with yellow, green and white squares.

The game was created by US-based software engineer Josh Wardle during the pandemic to entertain his girlfriend, who likes to play word games.

He then shared the game with friends and family, before releasing it to the world, for free, through a website.

Millions of people are now playing along, including celebrities such as Pointless' Richard Osman and Paul Sinha from The Chase.

Speaking about his impressive streak, Mr Green said he was shocked and also pleased.

He said: "Yesterday was my first ever two. I was so pleased I thought I'm going to do what I hate seeing and boast about it on Twitter.

"I did apologise in the tweet though.

"And then today I was very surprised to get another two. Although I did see someone today who got it in one."

Mr Green says he doesn't play every day, but likes to tackle the challenge during a five minute, mid morning pause.

He said he started playing it after seeing people discussing it on Twitter, and says it has encouraged more interaction with his constituents.

He says he will only share his score from now on if he manages to complete it in one guess.

There are lots of strategies being discussed online about how to improve your score, with some users sticking to the same first word each day.

But Mr Green says he is still experimenting with different first guesses.

Using common letters such as s, t and e is also recommended.

Another tip is to not use words with duplicated letters, such as 'silly' or 'beech', on the first try.

It is rarer to guess the word in one or two attempts, with one website reporting that second try guessers range from about 3% to 9%.

Yesterday, Josh Wardle revealed he has now sold Wordle to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

He posted on Twitter: “The game has gotten bigger than I ever imagined (which I suppose isn’t that much of a feat given I made the game for an audience of one).

"It has been incredible to watch the game bring so much joy to so many and I feel so grateful for the personal stories some of you have shared with me – from Wordle uniting distant family members, to provoking friendly rivalries, to supporting medical recoveries.

“On the flip side, I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t been overwhelming."

There are now questions over whether the paper will start charging users to play.

Mr Green said: "It is a bit worrying, as having spent that much money on it they will want to make some back.

"If it stops being free I won't be playing it anymore.

"I imagine they will get revenue through advertising."

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