Dr Sam Gregson, the ‘Bad Boy of Science’ tackles Wordle’s solutions Sam Gregson/Josh Wardle

Two physicists who met at Cambridge have cracked the next five years’ worth of answers to the viral word puzzle, Wordle.

Former PhD student and YouTube star, Dr Sam Gregson (or the “Bad Boy of Science”) worked with his former teacher and Queens’ computer science don, Dr Ramsey Faragher, to crack the game.

The premise of Wordle is simple: to guess a different five-letter word each day through trial and error. But for some, the error has been axed.

When looking for banned words, Faragher realised that future solutions can be found in the website’s source code.

The code not only reveals the answers but their chronological order, allowing the pair to see the answers for the next five years. According to Faragher, the final word will be “shave” on 20th October 2027.

However, once they realised the hack they were bombarded with concerned messages from players who didn’t want their fun ruined. As a result, they’re keeping the answers secret.

Faragher supervised Gregson for his PhD in particle physics in 2013. According to Gregson, Faragher put him on the “right track” after giving him a “bollocking” in their first supervision.

Faragher has since remained in Cambridge, currently a computer science bye-fellow at Queens’. Gregson on the other hand has taken to YouTube, running a science channel with over 30k subscribers.

Gregson has an alternative approach to teaching science. Writing on his website, he “want[s] to bring the joys of science and critical reasoning to everyone: young and old, rich and poor, scientific veteran or beginner. But, I want to do it with a witty comment, a side-ways look and an amusing angle!”

“We live in a world fractured along lines of ideology, politics, race and many other factors. I truly believe that an understanding of science, critical reasoning and an ability to determine the objective facts behind complex issues is the best way to bring us closer together!”


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The Wordle puzzle exploded from 90 daily players around the time of its release to over 2m. With six chances to guess the word of the day, people can share their attempts on social media and see how friends and family have done.

Wordle was developed by a Welsh software engineer, Josh Wardle, for his partner. Following its success others have introduced their own versions such as Primel for five-digit prime numbers, or Lewdle, which only offers expletives.

When asked about Wordle’s success, Wardle suggested that part of it was because in contrast with flashy and data-hungry games; Wordle is “just a game that’s fun”.

It remains a mystery whether more words will be added. But for the foreseeable future, Twitter will stay covered in grey and green squares every morning.