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New York Times Best Mini Games

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The New York Times Games, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
New York Time Games Logos The New York Times Games, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Making its debut in late 2021, Wordle was released from the New York Times, played as a mini-game, and picked up by many people around the world. Made popular by social media, many people were captivated by the puzzle and ability to share scores amongst their friends because of the common word that was guessed every day. With this new gaining popularity many other games were made and others were brought to light like the mini crossword which was developed in 2014, and other new games being made like Connections which came out in 2023. The New York Times offers a variety of unique challenges and entertainment but among these games which is most appealing among people today?

Wordle is the game that started it all, taking the internet by storm, with its simple instructions of guessing a random 5-letter word with only six tries. Wordle manages to captivate players with the opportunity for strategy and the ability to narrow down the possibilities of the word. One of the fun aspects of the game as well, is the ability to share your score with others fostering friendly competition. However one of the downsides of this is that the game is limited to one word per day, making other apps with the same idea also gain popularity however, they have unlimited words to play. Variations of the game have also been made since the popularity of wordle, taking the same concept of the game except with longer more challenging words or even numbers. 

Wordle Logo
The New York Times Company, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

On the other hand, connections offer a different kind of challenge. Connections is a game where you are given random unrelated words or concepts that have hidden links between one another. These connections could range from straightforward associations to more abstract relationships, making players think outside the box. What makes this game challenging is that there is only a certain amount of tries a player gets before the categories are revealed to them. Like Wordle, there is only one game a day that can be played. 

Completing the trio is the Mini, with its daily rotation of crossword puzzles with a diverse range of clues over many different topics including pop culture, wordplay, and history. The daily rotation keeps players engaged because of its versatility and catering to people of all ages and backgrounds. Unlike Connections or Wordle, you are able to pay to play an abundant amount of crossword puzzles, still with a fresh assortment of challenges if you sign up for a yearly subscription. 

Overall, this begs the question, which is the best of them all? Well, this is held in the eye of the players. Some may enjoy the critical thinking of connections, and others, are better in the department of strategy while playing Wordle. Nonetheless, all these games have so much to offer to their players. 

 

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Lilianna Gomez, Lifestyle Reporter
In a world where people could only listen to @liliannanoel on Spotify. This is Lilianna (famous Christmas song) Gomez. She has lived in Arizona her whole life. Lilianna is currently a senior at Agua Fria and Captain of the Tennis team. She is the newest addition to the Lifestyle team in Journalism and is 18 years old. Lilianna spreads love and emits positivity to all of those around her. Part of the National Honors Society, Link Crew, Badminton, Tennis, Student Council, and the Senior-to-Senior program, Lilianna Gomez is very much involved in the Agua Fria community. In Student Council, Lilianna is a part of the advertising committee, being responsible for many of the posters we see posted around campus and at pep rallies. Lilianna is obsessed with all things music-related. Her favorite artists are constantly changing as she loves all music genres and is always finding new artists. Her family even named their dog after the famous Reggae artist Bob Marley! She joined Journalism in the hopes of improving her writing skills. As she progresses through her senior year, she plans on attending Arizona State University for a degree in Architectural Design. Her all-time favorite class that she has taken at Agua Fria is AP Psychology with Ms.Rams. She enjoyed learning about ways she could integrate psychological concepts and topics into her daily life. Also, Ms.Rams is her favorite teacher. She has had an immense impact on her life; she strives Lilianna to put her best foot forward and enjoy every moment. Also a part-time college student at Estrella Mountain Community College, Lilianna takes great pride in her educational journey. She hopes that these classes will shape her into a more intellectual student and citizen of this world. Her favorite recreational activity is playing tennis at Friendship Park with her father. Additionally, she enjoys going out for Yogurtini after every match with her friends. She loves shopping with her mother; they are always out together on the weekends enjoying one another’s company. But, one cannot come to understand Lilianna if they are unaware of her love for thrifting. Lilianna loves going on thrifting trips with her mother - to Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and many more places. Lilianna finds great pleasure in repurposing other’s clothing to add to her closet. She has adored her four years at this school. She hopes that she can continue to spread kindness and information through her articles through Journalism.

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