In February 2021, GCHQ went viral after responding to a tweet by the breakfast cereal brand Weetabix, which had suggested eating Heinz baked beans with the wholegrain cereal.
Replying to the tweet, the official GCHQ Twitter posted an emoji of a detective and wrote: “We found … No intelligence.”
Initially created by software engineer Josh Wardle for his partner after the pair began playing word puzzles during lockdown, Wordle has fast become an online phenomenon with millions of daily users.
On Monday, Mr Wardle announced that his creation had been bought by The New York Times Company for a sum “in the low seven figures”.
Mr Wardle, who lives in New York but was born in Wales, thanked users on Twitter for sharing touching stories about the effect the game has had on their lives and relationships and added that he was “thrilled” about the takeover.