Wordle 551 devastates fans with tricky challenge 'Lost my 130 day streak by one ba**ard letter'

Wordle 551 has confused a number of players with an uncommon word, but what is the meaning and definition of today's tricky challenge?

Excel - Wordle 551 has confused a number of players with an uncommon word, but what is the meaning and definition of today's tricky challenge?
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A certain word has infuriated a number of Wordle players who struggled to solve a particularly uncommon five-letter word on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

Wordle players have been totally stumped by yet another tricky five-letter word as the game makers at the New York Times challenged players to solve an unfamiliar word.

This isn't the first time players have been thrown a curveball - as words such as; leerycoylyquart, and agape have caused a lot of frustration for fans in the past. However, this challenge on December 22, posed a particularly hard challenge for fans.

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The answer for the Wordle challenge on December 22 was 'excel'. Players who struggled to solve this challenge took to social media to complain about the difficulty of this game.

"Lost my 130 day streak by one ba$tard letter Wordle 551 X/6," said one player who failed to solve the puzzle. 

"Wordle 551 X 5/6 Whenever I start to think I excel at this game, something happens that makes me realize that I ain't that good. #Wordle551," said another.

"Wordle 551 X/6 Muuuuahahaha, I'm so stupid," added yet another player. "Wordle 551 X/6 Yeah this was so difficult!" agreed a fourth wordle fan.

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Other players still found the challenge tricky, but managed to scrape through.

"I was sweating there for a minute...lol Wordle 551 5/6," said one player. "Wow, this one gave up vowels and letter placement one grudging step at a time. Glad I got there in the end. #Wordle551," added another.

"Think I made a bit of a meal of this one, hope you all do better! Wordle 551 5/6," added yet another player.

Others blamed their poor performance on their overconfidence. "Pride comes before a fall etc. This is all about yesterday's brag Wordle 551 X/6," said one player who found yesterday's wordle too easy and got cocky.

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Excel meaning

Many players struggled with this challenge because they were simply unfamiliar with this term. The word is not particularly common in everyday life, so what does the word excel mean?

The word excel is defined by the dictionary as, verb meaning 'to surpass others or be superior in some respect or area; do extremely well: to excel in math.' The word can also be used with an object, 'to surpass; be superior to; outdo: He excels all other poets of his day.'

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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 players on their toes!

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