"I've long admired The Times's approach to the quality of their games and the respect with which they treat their players," Wardle said in the statement.
"Their values are aligned with mine on these matters and I'm thrilled that they will be stewards of the game moving forward."
Wardle, a British resident of New York, initially decided not to monetize the game with advertising or a subscription, before selling it to The New York Times.
The newspaper said that the game would continue to be free and that no changes would be made.
The acquisition comes as The New York Times continues to diversify output, offering a special subscription to the crossword and other games that passed the one-million subscriber mark in December.
Other products not tied to news include NYT Cooking and the audio platform Audm. Such products made up 11 per cent of turnover in the first nine months of 2021.