Three Tips to Get Better Wordle Scores

Wordle is 2022's first viral sensation, and it's almost too wholesome. But deep down, don't you kinda want to post better scores than your friends? Here are tips to solve the daily Wordle puzzles in around three moves . . . maybe less.

(A quick primer: The goal in Wordle is to guess a five-letter word. Each turn you guess a word and learn if its letters are in the correct answer or not.)

1. Pick a starting word with lots of common letters. Since your goal on your first word is to identify as many correct letters as possible, try starting with words like "arise," "stare," "roast," and "irate." If you love vowels, how about "adieu"?

2. Remember there can be double letters. One of the toughest words so far since the Wordle sensation began was "abbey" . . . because lots of people didn't realize there could be double letters. So keep that in mind as you're trying out possible answers.

3. Instead of building off your first word, try a second word with all different letters. If you get a few letters right in your first guess, your instinct will be to use those letters in every guess. But . . . you could try a totally different second word instead.

For example, you could use the first word "notes" and the second word "acrid." Now you've hit most of the common English letters and may have four or five good letters ready for turn three. You probably weren't going to win on turn two after all.

A few other pairs of five-letter words that cover lots of common letters: "resin" and "loath" . . . "tares" and "chino" . . . and "senor" and "ducat." 


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