Cladder: what is online word puzzle game perfect for Worlde fans – and how to play

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In just 60 seconds to figure out all 10 clues, do you have what it takes to crack Cladder?

If there’s something the internet can’t get enough of, it’s a good puzzle or brain teaser to really get your head around.

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earlier this year, Wordl took the internet by storm and after being bought by the New York Times for more than $1 million, remains popular with its loyal fan base.

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part of Attractiveness of Wordleand probably one reason for its longevity, is that it exists only one puzzle a daymeaning its fan base can’t burn itself out too quickly by playing it intensely for short periods of time.

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However, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your everyday puzzle repertoire, let me introduce you Cladders.

What is Cladder – and how do you play it?

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Players have 60 seconds to solve all 10 clues. You start with a four letter seed word and get a hint where you have to change one letter from the previous word to get the answer.

For example (this isn’t a real Cladder answer, so don’t panic about potential spoilers!) if your starting word is CASH and the clue says “run fast,” you’ll need to replace the C with a D to make the word DASH.

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You must then change a letter of the word DASH to solve the next clue. For example, if the clue says “a plate of food,” you’ll need to replace the A with an I to get the word DISH – and so on until you’ve solved all 10 clues.

Can you understand all 10 words correctly in 60 seconds? (Photo: Cladder)

You won’t be penalized for wrong guesses, and if you wait long enough because you stumbled, Cladder will highlight the letter that needs to be changed. However, you don’t want to wait too long as you have a pretty tight time limit.

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If you’re at a loss as to how to go about it, there’s a jump you can use – but it’ll cost you five seconds of your 60-second limit.

Similar to Wordle, there’s only one new Cladder each day, but if one Cladder a day isn’t enough for you, then good news – you can play the entire archive of past Cladder puzzles if you feel like it.

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Simply click on the archive option located below the play button and you will be taken to a numbered grid representing all previous days of Cladder games.

What are the different modes you can play in?

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Besides the ability to toggle between dark mode and light mode, there are three modes you can choose to play:

  • Hard Mode: Your skip is unavailable, nor does it give you any indication of which tile to change if you get stuck. If you choose to play Hard Mode, an asterisk will appear next to your score to show you’ve accepted the Hard Mode challenge against your fellow Cladder players
Do you know the answer? (Photo: Cladder)
  • Pick Mode: In pick mode, just tap a tile to change its letter instead of typing the whole word – this might be a much more efficient way to play the game, especially for mobile players
  • Teacher Mode: This setting is designed for a classroom – there is no timer in this mode to encourage collaborative play in the classroom

You can also opt for practice mode if you want to get comfortable with the flow of the game without hurting your stats.

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Who Made Cladder?

Cladder was made by Joe Martella and his wife Shannon.

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According to Martella’s Twitter account (@Martellaj), he is a developer for Microsoft working on Outlook by day and Cladder by night.

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