For all those who take pride in playing Quordle, a five-letter word game best known for being four times harder than Wordle, your word quest is justified. The cult dictionary brand Merriam-Webster bought the popular online puzzle and announced it on Thursday.

Merriam-Webster, which is owned by Encyclopedia Britannica, quietly bought the game, which launched shortly after Wordle became an online phenomenon in late 2021.

Quordle has a lot in common with Wordle. While Wordle asks you to solve a five-letter puzzle in five tries, Quordle asks you to solve four five-word puzzles simultaneously in nine tries.

A typical Quordle result that you can share without revealing the answer. Yes, it’s very similar to Wordle… but it’s more difficult. (Image credit: future)

Both provide a standard virtual keyboard, and after entering a five-letter guess, words appear on all four-word boards. The correct letters in the correct places are green, and the correct letters in the wrong places are orange. Yes, just like Wordle.