A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to the fun and free game Wordle. Since then, the New York Times acquired the game from its creator Joseph Wardle. The Times says the price was in the low seven figures, not bad for a project created as a present for Wardle’s word game-loving girlfriend.
The Times is behind a paywall but says the game will remain free for now. Some people say the difficulty level of the puzzles has increased since the takeover but I haven’t really noticed that.
In the meantime, a reader has shared advice on the best words to start the game with:
I use 1-3 words to usually get 3-4 letters.
STINE, BOARD, CLUMP
The word senorita has the most common characters in the English language; My first 2 words have those letters. All 3 words have 15 unique letters, so there are only 11 left to consider. I’ve played 150-200, maybe more, games and have only lost 1 game.
If I have trouble analyzing (a fancy word here for guessing), I try to create a 4th word using 1 vowel and 4 of the remaining letters to find a letter or eliminate a letter (along with word options that had that letter.
Luckily the words I’ve seen are all common words you have seen by the time you’re 10-11. Then I have 2-3 guesses to get the right word. The yellow and green indicators make the job easy as well.
My favorite first word to use is ADIEU – just because it gives me a pretty good idea of the vowels. Others suggest the word ROATE, as it hits the most commonly used letters in the English Language.
If you haven’t played Wordle yet, check it out here: https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html