Looking for Wordle tips? Social media is a strange place at the best of times, but over the past six months it has been overrun with strange, contextless posts made up of numbers and colored squares that look like this:
Wordle 195 3/6
These are Wordle answers, proudly presented by the game’s global pool of players after completing the daily puzzle game by software engineer Josh Wardle (really) who created it for his partner who loves word games, then sent it to his family who also adored it, then released it to the public in October 2021. “It’s something that encourages you to spend three minutes a day,” Wardle told The New York Times, the site buying the game for an undisclosed seven-figure sum in January 2022. “And that’s it. Like, he doesn’t want your time more than that.”
This low time commitment is key to the game’s appeal. There’s only one puzzle available each day (unless you’re playing one of the many other games like Wordle that have sprung up in response to the popularity of the game), so you can’t binge for hours on Wordles, and there’s no chance of falling behind an overzealous friend who has suddenly dedicated his life to these five mailboxes. It only takes a few minutes, it’s fun, and it can be a bit of a challenge for your day without sucking up an entire afternoon.
With that in mind, here’s how to play, plus some Wordle tips to help you protect your perfect winning streak.
How to play
Wordle Rules: How to Play Daily Puzzle
In this free word game, you must figure out which secret word fits in a five-letter box using no more than six guesses. Each time you type a word, the letters turn around and the boxes take on one of the following three colors: a green box means that you have the right letter in the right place, a yellow box indicates that it is the right letter but that it must be somewhere else in the word, and finally a gray box to let you know that the letter is not present in the word at all (there is also a high contrast mode, which makes the boxes green bright orange and the yellows a light blue).
In the next row, repeat the process for your next guess using what you learned from your previous guess. You have six tries and can only use US English words (so no filling in the boxes with EEEE to see if there is an E and where exactly it should be if it appears – and international players will need to remember to drop these We).
When you’ve won (or lost), it’s time to share your results on social media using Wordle’s thoughtful sharing system: it shows how many tries it took you to get the answer, without revealing the solution. This way you can easily show off your genius skills, email them to grandma, or even add that once you guessed the right word when you first looked at your resume.
Want to play Wordle? Of course you do. But if there’s one thing better than playing Wordle, it’s playing Wordle well, which is why I’m going to share some quick tips to help set you on the path to enigmatic success:
Start with a word that uses several different vowels and common consonants. ALERT, RAISE, and MILES are all good examples, but anything along these lines will do just as well. ATAXY, on the other hand, uses A twice and has an X and a Y which, if discarded, probably won’t help you all that much in your next guess.
Keep in mind that a letter can appear several times in the solution. If you enter TAINT and the A turns yellow or green, it does not mean that the answer contains only one A. There may be more than one. The answer could be the MAFIA. That said, make the most of your first guesses by sticking to words with no repetitions or already ruled out letters. Each guess should provide as much information as possible.
Don’t forget pluralizations. “BIRDS”, “TRIPS” and “CLOGS” may not reflect the highest pitches of your personal vocabulary, but they still confirm the presence or absence of a vowel and some common consonants in both directions and leave you more informed.
Don’t rush your guesses. There is only one Wordle per day and there is no time pressure beyond ensuring it is done before midnight (local time). So if you want to spend an hour or more going through the clues in your mind while you work on other things (like the actual job), there’s no reason not to treat the game like a crossword. casual diary and come back to it later.
And if you need a little extra help, I post a helpful hint and the answer to the last riddle every day in our dedicated Wordle section.