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UPDATE: Jun. 17, 2022, 11:19 a.m. EDT While you could once play the entire archive of past puzzles, the archive was taken down at the request of the New York Times, according to the site. “[A]ll good things must end,” wrote creator Devang Thakkar. “The New York Times has requested that I shut the archive down – to be honest, I was wondering what took them so long.” Our original story remains below.

Have you breezed through today’s Wordle and tackled all the Wordle clones and alternatives? Well, you can finally play the game’s entire archive thanks to the aptly titled Wordle Archive website.

The free daily word game Wordle blew up in popularity at the start of 2022 despite not having an app and only allowing players to tackle one puzzle per day. Both were intentional choices, as Wordle founder Josh Wardle told the BBC, so fans couldn’t spend too much time on it. As such, previous puzzles aren’t available through the official website.

Wordle is very simple and you can play it in three minutes — and that is all you get,” Wardle said in his BBC interview. “There are also no ads and I am not doing anything with your data — and that is also quite deliberate.”

Nothing gold can stay, however, and the New York Times bought Wordle mere weeks after it became a viral phenomenon. While the game will remain “initially” free, that won’t be the case forever. It’s also unknown whether the Times will house an archive of its own, or try to have this one pulled offline.

For now, though, you don’t have to worry about a Times paywall with Wordle Archive — or about sticking to one game a day. Computational biologist Devang Thakkar built the archive, and even included dark and color blind modes. Now you can replay days that stumped you, or practice your skills for upcoming games.

What Wordle‘s future looks like with the Times is anyone’s guess, but for now we’re free to enjoy this archive of past puzzles with no disruptions.

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