Wordle Tips And Best Starter Words: What I Learned Playing Daily For A Year

Wordle Tips And Best Starter Words: What I Learned Playing Daily For A Year

What a year for Wordle. Software developer Josh Wardle released the game in 2021, and The New York Times valued it at seven figures in January 2022. Since then I don't think I've had a single day without her. Or should I say the end of the day… At midnight the Times publishes a new mystery and I usually do that. Crossword puzzles are one of the last things I do before bed.

I'd say Wordle has become more of a pop culture epicenter in 2022 than any other TV show, movie, book, or podcast. Oh miss, hey, who cares? Also, I'm not interested in sharing my results. I don't care how long it took others to find an answer and I never thought I wasn't interested.

But I'm looking for great tips, tricks, and first words to solve puzzles. I know it's okay to change your strategy as you go – and the more I play, the more refined my strategy becomes. I learned this the year it became a semi-obsession.

1. Introductory comments are very important

You can imagine any word but I need a strong word to be mentally strong. I use the simplest first word, ADIEU, because I like lots of vowels. But after a year of playing, I decided that I liked mixing familiar consonants. My favorite is the beginner train, which gives me some commonly used consonants and a couple of vowels. I usually go next to CLOSE and then BUMPY. But sometimes the train gives me so many letters that I immediately start guessing which word fits the pattern.

Readers send in a few favorite combinations that I keep in my back pocket in case I need to change something up. Interestingly, the first two words beginning with "TR" refer to STANDBY, TRAIN.

Follow the trend

From Randy: "Trend is always the first word. If there's no E, then bull. If there's an E, I'm going to the bar. The last word is bull."

Randy changed things up a bit later: “I really like TREND, FLASH, GUMBO and PICKY. Like Wheel of Fortune, RSTINE is on TREND and FLASH. Four words, all letters except QWZXVJ.'

Stay on the road

Jeff had a 206-game hitting streak while recording his best three starts as TRAIL, CONES and DUMPY.

He later changed CONES to SCONE and discovered that the "S" in SCONE never appeared at the end of words because the editors of the New York Times had officially declared that they would not use the regular plural (meaning the word would never be). For simple plurals, like FOXES) or SPOT, the words simply add S or ES to the word. But it can also take many more complex forms, for example B. GEESE).


Rusty is said to be lucky with her name as her first greeting.

"The top three should be Rust, Bliss, Boeing or Rose," he says. "The last word depends on the C or L match."


And my good friend Lisa, a strong word player, has been doing well lately with ROAST as a starting word. Sometimes it starts with BEAST for a change.

2. Remember that you can use letters more than once

I am guilty of assuming that Wordle words do not repeat any letters. Wrong – they did. Just because the puzzle tells me there's an E in the last part doesn't mean there isn't an E somewhere else. Word. Now I try not to think like that.

3. Some words start with a vowel

This may sound like a big DUH to most of you, but I tend to think that a word should start with a consonant. This is a big mistake on my part – and the mistake would actually be a good first guess for the vowel, especially if I already have the R but don't know where it is. I also sometimes fall under the assumption that "consonant, vowel" when many words start with two consonants – BR, SH, combinations of these types.

4. Don't forget y

Remember the old "sometimes Y" vowel rule. Y can stand as a vowel. So, if you're upset that AEIO and U aren't, consider Y. The keyword can be NYMPH, CRYPT, or one of several options. Or maybe Y isn't the only vowel, but the placement bothers you. I love that BUMPY gets Y in turn to see if the word ends with her.

5. Check your assumptions

The thing that helped me the most was the web itself, saying a good word or two to get started. Since I don't know the letters, I like to write probabilities on the Wordle grid using an "X". I know the word ends in ambulance and I know there's a D in there somewhere. So I can type DXXER and then I'll try to figure it out. (Diver?) If I don't see anything, I'll rewrite it with D somewhere else. And I try to remind myself that there can be more than one D, E or R.

I chose X because I like to insert directly into Wordle grids, and X looks too empty for me. Since these tests are not really words, there is no danger of stumbling over the entry and accidentally ignoring the guess.

6. Give yourself time

My final lesson of the Wordle year? Give yourself time. There is no ticker clock in this game. If I wake up at night and have three guesses and am confused, I turn off the light and go to sleep. Sometimes it is enough to look at it in the morning to see the answer.

And if you don't think online help is too much trouble, you can try a site that says search for a five-letter word like a crossword puzzle and then type in the letters you have. It only really helps if you know where at least two characters are, but it pays off big if you get off to a good start.

Here's to another year full of introductions and new strategies. I think I will change everything in 2023.

Beginning of the word: same or different

94 thoughts on “Wordle Tips And Best Starter Words: What I Learned Playing Daily For A Year

  1. First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thank you!

  2. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  3. Simply want to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is simply excellent and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.

  4. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone else experiencing problems with your blog. It appears like some of the text on your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? This might be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen before. Thanks

  5. We are a gaggle of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with useful information to work on. You have performed an impressive process and our whole community will probably be grateful to you.

  6. I got this site from my pal who informed me about this web site and now this time I am visiting this site and reading very informative posts at this place.

  7. I think this is one of the most important information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The website style is ideal, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  8. Hi there, I found your website by the use of Google whilst searching for a similar topic, your site got here up, it looks good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  9. Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thank you

  10. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this issue here on your site.

  11. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  12. I was extremely pleased to discover this web site. I want to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and I have you book-marked to check out new things on your web site.

  13. I seriously love your blog.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own blog and would like to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Cheers!

Leave a Comment

error: Content is protected !!