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How To Master Wordle #shorts

Cracking The Cryptic
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Everyone’s playing this clever new (free) word-guessing game from Josh Wardle:

Here we give a few tips on how to always finish it in your six guesses 🙂



  1. My starting words are Cause and Point to get all the vowels. Might try Siren and Octal tomorrow.

  2. My openers for Wordle:

    CLEAN (10, 9, 1, 2, 7)

    WORKS (20, 5, 3, 21, 8)

    FIGHT (18, 4, 16, 15, 6)

    DUMPY (12, 11, 14, 13, 19)

    Adjust appropriately as you go, of course. You can also opt to go for:

    CLEAN (10, 9, 1, 2, 7)

    RIOTS (3, 4, 5, 6, 8)

    DUMPY (12, 11, 14, 13, 19)

  3. Best first word to use is LARES which eliminates 97.7% of Wordle’s dictionary on average.

    Src: I wrote a program for playing the game perfectly using worlde’s own dictionary

  4. Today I used "siren", "octal", "dumpy", with only two yellow letters. Given what was left, I made whack on the fourth try.

  5. Why not use LOUSE and TRAIN? Top 5 consonants and all 5 vowels. More popular than the C in octal usually.

  6. Sure "doing" and "going" are fine guesses… but commonality of letters is not as big a factor as people tend to credit, these words have been deliberately chosen, they're more interesting, less common, and I'd be willing to bet have skewed fairly noticably from the common frequency charts.

  7. Isn't this just the peg game called Mastermind, Codebreaker, or Password?

  8. SPOILER –

    That's roughly my approach. Test and eliminate letters for up to 3 rounds (often less if I get enough known letters), then start with the educated guesses. My first two words are AROSE and UNTIL. My 3rd word is from a small set that mostly test 4 new letters while reusing one of the most common letters in a new position. I choose the 3rd word based on the yellow letters I need to nail down. It would probably be better to chose words that use common letters that don't often appear together (subdividing the language) but that's much more work to figure out.

  9. My 1st 2 guess words are CLEAR, MOUSY, then I go for KINKY if there's a Y

  10. Thanks for the tip. Doesn't help my dum butt but still, thanks!

  11. Never heard of this. Seems like a word version of the number game I know as bulls-and-cows.

  12. "Step 5: AVIAN is possible…" I don't think it is – if the answer were AVIAN, then the first guess of SIREN would have given a green N instead of a yellow N, wouldn't it?

  13. We had this on dutch television and got so saturated after decades of this that it stopped airing forever ago! Way ahead of its time, apparently.

    We called it lingo, there's some clips on youtube I'm sure

  14. Did my first wordle. On my second word, I had placed three of the five letters. I spent the next few words guessing what the other two could possibly be, and I got no new letters until the game was over. That sure was fun lol.

  15. Simply memorize all five-letter words in the English language and you're good

  16. well it worked, got today's word on fifth attempt, synonym for puzzle it seems

  17. Thanks for pointing out this game everyone is playing but I'd never heard of. Got today's word in three tries by just starting with some common letters (hitting 3 in the wrong place), then trying another word with 5 different letters that might combine well. After the second word gave me one in the right place, there was really only one word it could be.

  18. is there a german version? cause my english sucks

  19. Oh I love it, that's for the introduction – never heard of it. The best thing is there is only 1 a day so I won't get caught up for hours!

    Edit: I'm 4 / 4 starting off with Siren. And actually, I DO wish I could play more back to back!

  20. Is Avian even possible? Can you use 2 A's in the same word?

  21. Grey letters are surprisingly powerful. For this puzzle my guesses were `PAIRE` and `GUSTO`. Only one green and one yellow, but unify is the only possibility in the dictionary left.

    I wonder what the optimal guesses are. With a branch-and-bound algorithm similar to the optimal mastermind approaches I found a decision tree with worst case 4 guesses, but optimizing the average case is really hard.

  22. I went LEAST, E was green and S was yellow.
    I went SERUM. E and U were green, S and R were yellow.
    I went REBUS. Win in three.
    True, using the E in the second word probably wasn't the best move, as if I went SHRUB instead of SERUM I could have picked up another possible letter. The third word, I only had a few possible words left that could use ERSU with U and E in the same position.
    When you have multiple guesses left, it's actually better not to use the Green letters until you have picked up around 4 of your letters, although you may want to try to use your yellow letters again to find their position. It's also best to not reuse letters during your initial guesses, because you want to discover as many possible letters as you can as quickly as you can.

  23. With a lot of grep, I worked out the best starting words to get position information (green letters) in the next row. For each 5 letter word, I counted the number of words that the starting word shares no letter with (eg grep ‘[^s][^i][^r][^e][^n]’ ). Smallest numbers win. By this metric, the best words to start with that have no repeated letters are cries, cares, pries, each giving position information for more than 60% of the dictionary. Siren gives just under 50% even though all the letters in it are very common. The worst options are oxbow, infix, ethic, each of which give position information for just 10% of the dictionary.

  24. I started this particular puzzle with "BEACH", which contained none of the letters of the eventual answer, and I won in three levels. I took this video's advice, started today's with "SIREN", and also got it in three levels. I can't imagine it's hard to get it within six levels every time if you're an English speaker.

  25. First I've heard of Wordle – I'll have to try it.

  26. Thank you for introducing it to those of us like me who've not know about it! 😄

  27. I had never heard of this before CTC tweeted about it, but a Google search informs me it's the latest viral trend. I wonder if it's more popular in British Twitter than it is in the States?

  28. anyone know of an iOS version of this game or an app for the number version?

  29. Cool! I hadn't seen this game before. Mastermind with words!

  30. a great addition to the channel, i like these shorts

  31. Is this an app or just website? On the website they say they release only one each day

  32. Got suckered in by the thumbnail (but I would have watched it anyway) thinking it had something to do with computer math. Why would I think any interest in "octal" was as an actual word (other than the video title)?

  33. How is this a new word game? Isn't it just a five letter variant of hangman? Or a hybrid of hangman and mastermind.

  34. This is literally just the game show Lingo.

  35. There definitely are cases where reusing a grey letter can be helpful. For today's word I had two green letters and two yellow, so I was able to spell out a word using a letter I had already tried because even though it was wrong, it confirmed the positions of the two yellow letters, meaning I had 4/5 letters found and I just needed to figure out that last spot

  36. thank you for introducing me to the game! and the tips too

  37. Nice. On my first wordle I try BLOAT. The B, O and T went green. I spent a couple of minutes thinking what word could it be. I went with BOOST and guess correctly.

  38. Played it for the first time – thanks for the introduction Simon – the funniest thing is, at step 3 today my thought was… "AHA! Naked single position 3!" I think I have my games muddled!

  39. Find the vowel/s ( a, e, i, o, u, y) is important. Also remember those green and yellow letters can repeat

  40. I start with the words IOTAS or ACUTE. It gets 3 vowels out of the way and S and T.

  41. “Stone” might be a good first guess. Very common letters, checks for the n in “ing” and checks for a silent e at the end.

  42. Any recommendations for the best Wordle app?

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