Play PlusWord, the Telegraph’s free online word puzzle daily

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Play PlusWord now at telegraph.co.uk/pluswordwhere a new crossword puzzle is released each day at midnight.

2022 has seen word search challenges take the world of puzzles and crosswords by storm. Puzzles like this have been around for years, from the decades-old game of Bulls and Cows, to the board game Mastermind of the 1970s, to the recent Wordle craze. All have at their heart a simple decryption challenge: use a series of guesses to identify a series of four or five letters, numbers or colors, then be told after each guess if each letter, number or color is a) part of the series and b) in the correct position.

We are happy to have launched our own word search game, PlusWord, which combines the challenge of a decryption puzzle with the content of our famous crosswords. PlusWord is quick and easy to play and consists of a miniature version of our Quick Crosswords, in which some squares are colored; the letters in these shaded squares allow you to determine the additional five-letter PlusWord.

The initial concept for the game originated almost two decades ago, as a cryptic crossword compiled for a few friends, in which a group of cells in the middle of the grid acted as another puzzle in which a number of colored cells led to a Wordle-style challenge.

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