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Discussion: Worldle: A map version of Wordle

in: Orienteering; General

Feb 12, 2022 2:06 PM # 
Feb 12, 2022 8:38 PM # 
Fun! We do quizzes like this at work. I'll have to clue them in.
Not easy. (I got it on my 3rd guess, but I think I have an advantage as a cartographer. :-) )
Feb 12, 2022 10:26 PM # 
Love it. Got it in 2, but I've been there.
Feb 12, 2022 10:52 PM # 
Pink Socks:

There's also this one, which is kinda like the first one (if you have the images turned off for a higher difficulty).
Feb 13, 2022 11:20 AM # 
I should have got it on the 4th attempt but I could only think of a neighbouring region that's not even a country (I'm not great with geography) and didn't want to cheat by looking at an actual map.
Feb 13, 2022 1:26 PM # 
Not to brag but got it in one and I have never even been to that continent.
Feb 13, 2022 2:01 PM # 
I think by the time you got to it it was a new day. You’ve definitely been to the continent of yesterday’s.
Feb 13, 2022 4:11 PM # 
I think Cristina is correct. Yesterday's was Saint Lucia. Today's was not an island (I also got it in one guess, also never been there).
Feb 13, 2022 4:50 PM # 
Got it in one. Pretty distinct shape, and the fact that it appears to be oriented correctly helped for sure. Never been there either
Feb 13, 2022 7:52 PM # 
Worldle does have an option to randomly rotate the countries....
Feb 14, 2022 2:44 AM # 
I've been there and I *didn't* get it in one guess. "Hmm, that sure looks familiar..."
Feb 14, 2022 5:47 AM # 
I had Nepal as yesterday's (I was trying to enter Tibet but you need to go through the proper channels for that).
Feb 14, 2022 7:31 PM # 
Got today’s in first guess, but I’ve been there. It did have much more territory and a longer name then.
Feb 15, 2022 1:18 AM # 
So how does that work? My first guess was a bordering country. They touch each other. But the respnse was 265km with and arrow pointing to the upper right and 99% What do those things mean?

Give me Geo guesser any day!
Feb 15, 2022 1:39 AM # 
Gord, click on the question mark on the top line to the left of "Worldle" and all your questions will be answered.
Feb 17, 2022 12:57 PM # 
22-02-17 Who the heck thought that would be more than a split second teaser? Bring back the Guyanas of the world.
Feb 17, 2022 7:37 PM # 
The tragedy is I picked a neighbouring country but because it's so large it said it was over 2000km away (from the midpoint) so I tried the neighbouring continent for my next guess, not that I would have known the correct country regardless.
Feb 17, 2022 7:50 PM # 
Today's was easy!!
Feb 21, 2022 12:47 PM # 
How many here can get today's in one guess?
Feb 21, 2022 12:58 PM # 
Today - Feb 21 - was a one-guesser thanks to those two distinctive islands to the southeast.
Feb 21, 2022 8:01 PM # 
I'm afraid it took me 2... :(
Feb 21, 2022 10:07 PM # 
@mbo, me too. :-/
Feb 22, 2022 12:05 AM # 
Feb 22, 2022 2:05 AM # 
First guess :)
Feb 22, 2022 2:39 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
@jayne, same :)
Feb 22, 2022 2:42 AM # 
Det var helt lätt.
Feb 22, 2022 2:51 AM # 
At least I'm not the only one who mixes up east and west.
Feb 22, 2022 5:14 AM # 
Today's is about the same.
Feb 22, 2022 10:52 AM # 
Don't try telling the people who live there that they are about the same.
Feb 22, 2022 12:20 PM # 
Telling them would not be equally easy, that's for sure.
Feb 22, 2022 1:22 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
Here's another geographical guessing game:
When you make a guess you get the great circle distance from your guess to the picture location, using that you should be able to get much closer on subsequent attempts.
Feb 22, 2022 3:09 PM # 
Applying appropriate math, you should always be able to get that one on the second try, right?
Feb 22, 2022 4:18 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
Yes, of course! Applying the great circle formulas would always hit exactly, but estimating this in your head (or at least in mine!) is pretty hard. (Particularly when my first guess was in the wrong hemisphere...)
Mar 12, 2022 11:10 PM # 
Bouvet Island? Who the heck would have ever heard of Bouvet Island (except perhaps a few Norwegians)?
Mar 12, 2022 11:53 PM # 
^^^^ They have been getting increasingly and annoyingly more obscure. I couldn't even find Bouvet Island searching on Google Maps in its general area
Mar 13, 2022 12:31 AM # 
Heard of it, yes. Expected it to make the cut as a country or territory, when other islands in that neck of the wood with actual populations don't, no. (Though shouldn't complain, having it not accept Ascension saved me one wrong guess once I'd narrowed it down to South Atlantic...)
Mar 13, 2022 12:44 AM # 
Got Nauru in one, but Bouvet? Fail. Population zero...
Mar 13, 2022 12:50 AM # 
...then burnt a guess or two today completely misjudging the scale!
Mar 13, 2022 1:53 AM # 
If an island belongs to Norway, shouldn't Norway have been a good enough answer ? ;)
Mar 13, 2022 3:14 AM # 
Very obscure, didn't keep me guessing as long as Guernsey though! But two days ago was nice and easy Greece, a week ago pretty obvious Tanzania. They seem to alternate through a couple really obscure ones, then an actual country. I suppose if they want to keep the game going through new places for longer than a year, then they need more than just countries.
Mar 13, 2022 2:07 PM # 
I didn’t get Bouvet. Guernsey took me several guesses.
Having mapped all these places, I feel like I should do better, but those islands all merge together in my mind!
Mar 13, 2022 2:15 PM # 
Today's is much easier.
Mar 13, 2022 3:42 PM # 
Yes, some of them like Bouvet an Guensey seem pretty bogus, but it is fun and makes me learn about new places. Plus gives me something else to complain about over my morning coffee ;-)
Mar 22, 2022 12:38 AM # 
Sorry for this folks but every time this topic is about to disappear I'm likely to post something to bring it back to the top.
Mar 22, 2022 1:43 PM # 
I'll help you, Gord. I got today's answer without resorting to Google Maps. A first!
Mar 22, 2022 2:05 PM # 
Hasn’t changed today, reminding me that it took 5 tries to home in on the answer.
Mar 22, 2022 3:01 PM # 
Mine changed today.
Mar 22, 2022 3:05 PM # 
The Marina outline quickly narrowed down the options for today
Mar 22, 2022 3:17 PM # 
Yeah, being able to see that level of detail made it a dead giveaway for me. First guess.
Mar 22, 2022 7:17 PM # 
Well, I did it late last night but thought before midnight. Perhaps not. When does it change?
Mar 22, 2022 8:29 PM # 
I don't know about Worldle but Wordle changes at midnight in my time zone.
Mar 23, 2022 5:46 AM # 
My guess is that Worldle changes at midnight in France being a .fr url, which fits that here (NZ) the one time I've gone to it in the morning it hadn't refreshed but I do get the new one if I do it in my lunch break. Globle either exists in a similar time zone or I haven't yet hit the discrepancy between the two.

Today was the first day I was truly thrown by the rotation - apparently country A when rotated 90 degrees becomes instantly recognisable as my mental model of the outline of country B - despite only one of them being an island.
Mar 23, 2022 10:21 PM # 
Well today's was the first one I got correct on the first guess. Yes I'm not very good at geography.
Mar 23, 2022 10:31 PM # 
Is that today's today or Australia's today which is tomorrow? Or is it yesterday?
Mar 23, 2022 11:28 PM # 
I'm not going to try and clear up gord's confusion, because as far as I'm concerned, you're ALL living in the past ;-)

(assuming there's no Chatham Islanders or Tongans here, that is)
Mar 23, 2022 11:42 PM # 
Chatham Islanders or Tonga: how long before one of those is featured on Worldle?
Mar 24, 2022 12:56 AM # 
That's rich coming from a country that doesn't seem to allow international travel.
Mar 24, 2022 11:03 AM # 
Finally, a super easy one for N Americans!
Mar 24, 2022 12:02 PM # 
Assuming my today is the same as tRicky's today -- I got it on the first try, too!
Mar 24, 2022 3:46 PM # 
Me too!
Mar 24, 2022 9:17 PM # 
They're all easy ;-)
Okay, Bouvet Island was a fail for me, and a lot of those little island nations, esp in the Caribbean, are tricky.
Mar 24, 2022 9:52 PM # 
Today's, or tomorrow's (?) is a good one for orienteers.
Mar 24, 2022 11:45 PM # 
Not if you assume it doesn't repeat (or at least won't repeat in the relatively short time I've played).
Mar 25, 2022 2:43 PM # 
Worldle is doing something weird today. Two different locations. A coworker brought it up and saw one, copied the URL into a chat message, then clicked on the link in the chat message and saw the other one. I saw one on my own computer earlier, and the other on my work computer when I clicked on his link.
Mar 25, 2022 5:25 PM # 
The one I see today is a repeat from a couple of weeks ago. I guess there are only so many countries to go around.
Mar 27, 2022 11:51 PM # 
how many guesses today, tRicky?
Mar 28, 2022 12:58 AM # 
@slow-twitch...posted in another thread
Mar 28, 2022 3:32 AM # 
Janet - that was the previous day's.

Couldn't for the life of me figure out today's. I think they just made that one up.
Mar 28, 2022 5:17 AM # 
I knew it existed, but had no idea what it looked like, so that's a fail for me, after yesterday's first-guess triumph.
Mar 28, 2022 8:07 AM # 
Today’s shouldn’t be a problem.
Mar 28, 2022 8:55 AM # 
I think there's a definite dichotomy in the worldle world, and based on a conversation I've been having in another network, I'm going to guess that today jj had a small principality with a high concentration of wealth while most of the rest of us got sand and snakes...
Mar 28, 2022 9:08 AM # 
In that case the answer is Dorne.
Mar 28, 2022 10:53 AM # 
It's that island that looks like an American buffalo head spitting out some phlegm.
Mar 28, 2022 12:07 PM # 
Wow, maybe a trichotomy, because I had a place perhaps better known by the repetitive, whimsical sounding name of it's capital city. (Same as what Gord is seeing?)

Yeah, I just looked at my work computer and I see I a different place entirely, one that looks like it couldn't possibly exist and would be terrifying if it did.
Mar 28, 2022 12:25 PM # 
There is a cache issue, hard refresh (ctrl-f5 for me) got me to Dorne today.
Mar 28, 2022 12:41 PM # 
Not far from Melbourne.

Mar 28, 2022 1:25 PM # 
Recognized Tasmania instantly. Used GE to ID the big land mass to the north.
Mar 29, 2022 2:29 AM # 
IF only:
Sorry to bring this back vaguely to the topic of Wordle, but if you want to play it 3 times a day. @MOrienteer has created an app at
Apr 3, 2022 11:18 AM # 
Today's Worldle features an appallingly erroneous silhouette.
Apr 3, 2022 12:08 PM # 
Dorne... so again I am reminded of the unending wait. Winter might be coming but the Winds of Winter isn't.
Apr 6, 2022 7:40 PM # 
Fun - particularly the first time whilst thinking about the process and the proportion of the movements around the globe.

Secondtime interesting. Does the photograph suggest a higher latitude? Longer twilight than where I live?
Apr 7, 2022 7:48 PM # 
Was above 90% and closer just could not recall all the countries in the region
Apr 7, 2022 8:04 PM # 
You must see something different. Obviously Japan.
Apr 7, 2022 10:51 PM # 
There seem to typically be two per day,. I haven't figured out what determines which one you get. I see Japan now, but earlier it was Kiribati.
Apr 7, 2022 11:16 PM # 
I had Japan yesterday, not what I had two hours ago.
Apr 8, 2022 9:06 AM # 
Pleased to pick today's african nation in one.
Apr 8, 2022 10:57 AM # 
I failed, though one of my rejected guesses was the old (ca. 1900) name for the place.
Apr 8, 2022 2:29 PM # 
I got it in one today too, which wouldn't have happened before Worldle forced me to learn more about African geography. I'll bet Peggy gets a lot of them in one!
Apr 9, 2022 12:24 AM # 
I'd be embarrassed if I didn't get today's in one.
Apr 9, 2022 6:38 AM # 
The Milky Way?
Apr 9, 2022 9:09 AM # 
I seem to be better at Globle than Worldle. With no hints at all I seem to randomly pick the correct country on early guesses when my initial attempt is on the other side of the world. It's on the ones where I get close that I start chewing through the guesses.
Apr 9, 2022 3:58 PM # 
Globle also doesn't limit your guesses.
Apr 16, 2022 9:42 PM # 
Just to keep it on the list.
Apr 17, 2022 12:37 PM # 
Perhaps nothing to do with today's Worldle but does anyone know how the UAE came to have a parcel of land totally surrounded within a part of Oman that is totally surrounded by the UAE?
Apr 17, 2022 1:10 PM # 
Apr 19, 2022 11:08 AM # 
Yay I got today's in one for something different but I've done MTBO there.
Jun 2, 2022 11:15 AM # 
Got it on the first try!
Jun 2, 2022 11:39 AM # 
Lol, me too!
Jun 2, 2022 11:55 AM # 
Mercator !
Jun 2, 2022 1:44 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
Finally got one in one try!
Jun 2, 2022 2:52 PM # 
Was waiting for this one to show up!
Jun 2, 2022 8:44 PM # 
Gord's question awhile back got me thinking about enclaves and exclaves, which I think are fascinating. Check out this cool, short (ca. 7 min.) video about the Vennbahn, a spaghetti shaped piece of Belgium inside Germany. In English, with German subtitles.
Includes a few maps of course.
Jun 2, 2022 8:51 PM # 
The border between Netherlands and Belgium is pretty nuts. Likewise the border between India and Bangladesh, and until a few years ago, it was way crazier.
Jun 2, 2022 11:50 PM # 
The boarder at our house is crazy too. She moved in back in March for three weeks then left to go travelling and has not been back in nine weeks. Of course it means we have one room less to use in our already small house. I'm considering putting her stuff out in the street (she's not paying us anything). I'm thinking that may create its own boarder dispute.
Jun 4, 2022 9:10 PM # 
I thought Australia had no land boarders???
Jun 5, 2022 12:13 AM # 
We call them refugees although you are correct, many do come by ocean.
Jul 14, 2022 7:57 AM # 
There's bits missing today
Jul 14, 2022 11:04 AM # 
Technically I believe the map is accurate as of today if one follows the name used as the answer - the far-flung "bits" are "dependencies" or "territories". Indeed a number of close-by islands have been correctly excluded.
Jul 14, 2022 12:19 PM # 
Clockwise, St Kilda, Shetland, Lindisfarne, Wight and Scilly are missing. Some random tiny islands like Colonsay are included. That vexes the Shetlandic and Scilly islanders a fair bit. I wonder how the map is generated.
Jul 14, 2022 8:22 PM # 
I reckon Scilly, St Kilda and Lindisfarne might be too small to show at that resolution, but clearly Wight should be visible.

The omission of Shetland would make the map unlawful if used by a government body in Scotland:
Jul 15, 2022 12:27 AM # 
Given that approximately 2/3 of Tonga was missing from their silhouette, the UK has done well here in terms of representation of small island kingdoms
Jul 15, 2022 12:52 AM # 
Well THAT explains why I couldn't identify Tonga!
Aug 31, 2022 9:25 AM # 
YAHOO! Set a new personal record for the least time taken to recognize a country.
Aug 31, 2022 10:08 AM # 
Well done!

I also set a new record having already guessed what it was likely to be before even going to Worldle.
Aug 31, 2022 12:07 PM # 
This was one of those ones like Spain whre I didn't have any trouble recognizing it, but my thought was "that's so weird, I don't think I've ever seen it isolated like that". Also, the Mercator distortion makes it look kind of strange.
Aug 31, 2022 12:45 PM # 
As soon as I saw it, I thought "Ooh, there's going to be an AP discussion about this!"
Aug 31, 2022 2:32 PM # 
Are you guys suggesting the world isn't tubular/ cylindrical?
Aug 31, 2022 3:14 PM # 
I suppose the Cylindrical Earth Theory is more entertaining than the Flat Earth Theory.

But yeah, Ellesmere Island isn't really as big as BC, AB, SK, and MB combined, it's really half the size of NL.
Jul 10, 2023 5:36 AM # 
Really tough Worldle today -- especially for orienteers...
Jul 10, 2023 10:43 AM # 
I missed on the population.

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