Wordle is a huge craze right now, with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe competing to guess the same five-letter word each day. Wordle is easy to understand and doesn’t require anything more than a basic grasp of the English language, making it fun for all levels of players.
What is Wordle? How to play
Wordle is a simple word-guessing game. It’s available as a website and can be played from any computer or mobile device. Be aware, that there is no Wordle app. Plenty of scammers has tried launching clones in order to grab views and profit off advertising. The original Wordle website has no ads and does not try to sell you any upgrades or boosters.
When you load the Wordle website, you’ll see a simple grid and a keyboard. You type your first five-letter word guess, and that becomes the top row of the grid. There are no hints – your first guess has to be completely random. Any letter that is in the correct space will be highlighted in green. Any letter that’s in the word but isn’t in that exact space will be highlighted in yellow. Letters that are not in the word will be greyed out.
There’s no way to undo a turn in Wordle and no second chance.
Best starting words
Start with a guess that uses the most commonly used letters in the English language: by most accounts, these are E, A, T, R, S, I, O, and N. The least common are usually Q, Z, J, X, and V. Don’t start with words that repeat letters. For example, “stare” is a better guess than “start” since it leaves less ambiguity once the game reveals which letters are in and which are out.
Eliminating more vowels early on will help drastically narrow down the possible Wordle answer. Once you have one or two letters locked in place, you’ll be able to tell where vowels fall, which helps guess which other letters work around what you already have.
Strategies to optimize guesses
If a letter is marked yellow after a Wordle turn, it cannot be in the same position in any subsequent guess. It also cannot be in any position that has already turned green. This means you don’t have to consider trying all four remaining slots for a yellow letter – the correct position is often easy to figure out.
Tips to remember
Some words that you might not even consider, such as “favor”, “color”, etc, are possible matches. Consider words with repeated letters and don’t get too caught up with rhyming patterns.
(Courtesy Gadgets 360)