Wordle 485 infuriates players with impossible October-themed challenge, 'I don't speak german'

Wordle fans have been left frustrated after failing to solve a difficult challenge, but what is the meaning behind this tricky word?

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Wordle 485 has stumped a number of players who struggled to work out the tricky challenge set by the New York Times on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Wordle has been known to throw players a few curveballs, and words such as; leerycoylyquart, and agape have caused a lot of frustration for fans in the past. Yet again on October 17, fans have been completely stumped by another tricky challenge.

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The answer for Wordle 485 on Monday, October 17, 2022, was 'stein'. This word has links to the October beer festival, Oktoberfest, and many people struggled to solve this Germanic word.

"Wordle 485 X/6 #Wordle485 Me, I don't speak German," said one furious player who couldn't guess this tricky word.

"Man you tripping Wordle. Get outta here with these random words. Haha. Wordle 485 X/6," said another player who also struggled.

"Wordle 485 X/6 I mean, really! What sort of word is that anyway. It’s a silly game," said another. Another concluded that 'stein' was simply not a word, "Wordle 485 X/6 that is not a word."

"Wordle 485 X/6 #Wordle485 Would’ve never guessed and I didn’t #Wordle," said another.

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Stein meaning

Many players struggled with this challenge because they were simply unfamiliar with this term. The word is not particularly common and mostly appears in the German language, more than in everyday life. So what does the word stein mean?

The word stein is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as, 'a very large cup, usually made of clay and often decorated, that has a handle and a lid and is used for drinking beer.' The word also refers to the quantity of beet that is contained in the stein. The word stein is a German, Yiddish, and Norwegian word meaning 'stone' and 'pip' or 'kernel,' and is less common in the English language.

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If you struggled to solve this Wordle challenge, don't worry, you are not alone! This was a particularly tough challenge that stumped a lot of players. However, if you want to improve at this game, there are a number of Wordle hacks and Wordle tricks, that may help.

If you fancy something a little different instead, there are a number of Wordle alternatives that are just like Wordle, but with a slightly different twist to keep things interesting!

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