7+ Wordle Strategies & Tips, Best Starting Words To Ace Your Score

Wondering which letters to start with to ace Wordle? Discover seven Wordle strategies that will help you arrive at the correct answer every time.

Yes, there are lots of ways to solve the daily Wordle puzzle, but we can often get confused and overwhelmed with the hefty number of strategies out there. While some strategies may work for others, it may not work well for you. We’re here to give you the information that you need in an easy format. So scroll away and find the best strategy that works for you!

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What is Wordle? 

This question is valid, If you have been living under the rock for a while, but we are pretty certain you haven’t been underground in the past few months and have checked your Twitter once in a while. We are even more certain that you would have noticed little black, green and yellow Tetris boxes all over your Twitter feed. For the uninitiated, this may appear confusing but these boxes are players flaunting their Wordle scores.

Wordle is a five letter guessing game played across the globe. Wordle was a game started by Josh Wardle, who was inspired by classic word games like Jotto, Lingo and Mastermind. After it’s wild success, Wordle got acquired by NYT on Feb 1st this year.

How to play Wordle?

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You might be wondering how to play this game and flaunt your score on Twitter. The rules of the game are pretty straightforward. Every day you have to guess a new 5-letter word that is common for all the players across the globe. But, remember that you only have 6 chances to get it right.

As you notice in the image above, players type in their guesses. If a letter is guessed correctly and is placed in the right position by you, it’ll be highlighted in green. If the guessed letter is present in the correct answer, but not in the appropriate position, it’ll be highlighted in yellow and if a letter is not present in the correct answer at all, it’ll be highlighted in black and shouldn’t be used in your next guess.

If this seems overwhelming, take a look at the example from the Wordle website:

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If the example doesn’t make it clear yet, we suggest you watch this video


Step by step Wordle strategies 

Now that you have understood how to play Wordle, we’ll get into the fundamentals of Wordle strategies that are fairly simple:

Best words to start Wordle with

There are plenty of ways to choose the first word as suggested in the next section. There are simple and straightforward ways to go about this; starting with common 5-letter words, that are widely used. For example:

  • LATER
  • ALTER
  • ALERT
  • AROSE
  • IRATE
  • NOTES
  • RESIN
  • TARES
  • SENOR

Apart from these words, here are some common strategies that you should use to ace your Wordle game:


1. Use the vowels strategy

Vowels are the most used letters in everyday language, and they usually occur more frequently in all Wordle answers. Hence, it makes logical sense to use more vowels in your guesses. Words like ADIEU may help you crack all the vowels in one go. 


2. Use the common letters (Consonants) strategy

Apart from vowels, some letters like S, R, C, H, and K occur a lot in our colloquial English and this logically extends to Wordle guesses as well. You can use words like SNORT to crack consonants easily. Once you know which consonants to use, vowels may become fairly easy to guess.

Tip: You can also start with a combination of consonants and vowels to maintain a balance if you don’t want your strategy to be extreme. Using words like TREAD, 

3. Keep it simple

Wordle answers are rarely complicated words like Ailed, Lotic or Maile. They are everyday words that are simple to guess.

4. Use American English

Most of the Wordle answers have American English spelling rather than British English or Indian English spellings. Something like ‘color’ would be included in the Wordle dictionary instead of 'colour'.

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5. Don’t forget that letters may repeat


Some players often forget that letters can repeat as they often do in Wordle! Words like color, boron, lever etc... should be among your guesses. 

6. Eliminate letters

One of the hygiene factor principles to follow while guessing is to eliminate letters. Say you have R as your first letter, the  chances of second letter being E, I, O, A, U is very high. Hence, you can eliminate some of them and narrow your options down to one correct letter in just 1 or 2 guesses.

Best words to use (Hear from the experts!)

1. How to always win at Wordle by Andrew Taylor

This is a technique that Andrew Taylor figured out by looking at the possible set of answers and ranking them according to their numerical scores. All potential answers are ranked according to their respective values and the word with the least score has the highest possibility of being the next guess. This cascades down to give you the correct answer. The video in the link does a broader explanation of the same.

According to Andrew, these are the super words that you should inculcate in your guesses:

REAIS: This is the best starting word according to Andrew. The reason is there are only 168 answers with none of these letters in it, hence increasing your probability of winning from the get-go!

BLAHS: Andrew suggests that this is the best word to eliminate letters after your first guess.
CENTU: According to Andrew, this should be your third guess to eliminate letters  and narrow down your consideration set
DOGGO: This should be your fourth guess to eliminate potential letters. 

To get a full overview of what Andrew has to say, watch this video:


2. Wordle solver algorithm by Tom Neil

Tom Neil’s algorithm is to have your first two guesses consist of letters that are most widely used in English. This is slightly different from the conventional way of using a lot of vowels. Tom’s elimination method ensures your first two guesses cover most of the common letters, and narrow down your potential answer set.

Tom has used this algorithm as the cornerstone for his Wordle solver. You can read up a detailed analysis of his method on substack and don't forget to check out wordle solver by Tom.

3. Loren Shure Strategy

Loren wrote this post on Mathworks, which outlines his way of going about Wordle. Rather than using a hard-coded algorithm, his technique is grounded in common sense.

Loren looked up the 5-letter words in a dictionary and came to the conclusion that A, E, L, O, R and S are the most frequent letters and assembled 5 words which might be the best first words.

AROSE
EARLS
LASER
REALS
ALOES

4. Mahmood Hikmet algorithm

Hikmet came up with the best set of first words based on his algorithm. According to him, using these words as your preliminary guesses increases the chance of getting Wordle right up to 99.3%!

SLATE
SAUCE
SLICE
SHALE
SAUTE
SHARE
SOOTY
SHINE
SUITE
CRANE

Watch Hikmet’s full video here:


5. Tyler Glaiel strategy

Tyler Glaiel, a game designer worked out his strategy by lining up 2315 potential correct answers in Wordle and 12972 possible guesses. He assigned these potential answers a score.

The green letters are worth 2 points, yellow is 1 points and gray is 0 points. After every guess, the potential set of answers are ranked according to these scores and filtered out accordingly. 

According to Tyler:

A. Soare: 
This guess returned the highest score of all the possible answers, but this first word would not lead to solutions within 6 guesses.
B. Roate: 
Roate is a financial term that means net earnings after tax. This guess led to solutions in minimum possible steps, hence making it a very good starting word.
C Raise:
According to Tyler, this is the third-best term that can be used as the first guess, as it leads to potential answers within 6 steps provided players use common sense.  

 

6. William Spaniel’s strategy

William outlines a few words that could be good first guesses based on vowels and consonants that occur frequently:

1. Adieu
2. Audio
3. Raise
4. Atone
5. Stone

But he goes on to suggest that using the same words can have a pitfall in a '2 player game' where the game setters optimize for frequent guesses. This video explains his logic of 'The game wheel of fortune', which is similar to Wordle, where conventional wisdom fails, and frequently used letters have low probability of occurrence.

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Conclusion

When you are trying to solve a puzzle of Wordle, it is useful to keep certain tips and tricks in mind. They can help you focus on what words you want to put in, as well as how many of those letters you have to use. Hope this article provides you with the right prompt to come up with your own strategies, but at the end of the day, It boils down to your own ability. The more diverse your vocabulary set is, the higher the possibility of getting Wordle right. 

Love Word Games? Try out word games like Hangman, Word Building, Word Chain and Story Building by Ricotta.

But the best part? You can now play Wordle on Slack with your co-workers!



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