Fighting with Wordle? You are not alone. And that’s why we’ve put our heads together and listed our best Wordle tips.

The opening words are key: “ADIEU” is popular because it includes four vowels, although it is a game designer Tyler Glael suggests the mathematically optimal first assumption is ‘ROATE’, which is not a word I’ve heard of (Merriam-Webster informs me that this is an outdated spelling of ‘rote’).

I understand the argument that there are only five vowels (and sometimes Y), so you don’t have to understand them right away. But eh, what can I say, I like to know the vowels, it helps me narrow my options. I started with ADIEU, but these days I also like to start with REGAL, just to learn the E and A information and see if my favorite consonants are included. AISLE is also a favorite for me, using three vowels and two favorite consonants.

And look at that CNET TikTok, which recommends starting with ADIEU and then adding STORY. This is a great hit one or two that covers many popular letters. The first time I tried it, I was able to use the letter information I got from these assumptions to understand the word easily on my third try.

I asked Wordle creator Josh Wardle to share his techniques – I haven’t received an answer yet, but if he answers, I will definitely share. In the meantime, I asked CNET staff to share their Wordle strategies and favorite opening words. I hope it will give you a BOOST or maybe an INCENTION.

Large AUDIO dynamite

“AUDIO. Remove 4 of the 5 vowels immediately and focus on narrowing the consonants. Don’t be afraid to deviate from your usual opening word – sometimes a random word that pops into your head turns out to be more intuitive than you might think. “-Ashley Eskeda

Empty ZYAR

“My favorite is STARE. I’m a little inspired by the course of Wheel of Fortune to guess RSTLNE first, and that’s also killing two vowels. At the very least, it often seems to give me something to get up early. “-Eli Blumenthal


I go through TEARY, PIOUS and ADIEU as the first word to kill some common letters and invade with vowels. Then I choose my next word based on the results, although sometimes I just raise my hands and use TEARY and PIOUS one after the other, no matter what. “Amanda Cooser

MAKER mark

“MAKER. This word puts me in the mood to “create” the answer based on the data I get from the killing of the above combination of letters. Then I move on to animal names like TIGER. It’s not so much tactical as just having fun for five minutes. “-Mike Sorentino

Use strange words

“You don’t play Wordle properly if you use the same word to start every day. This is my official rule and I am amazed that you use the same word every day. What? Use strange words. Take a dictionary, close your eyes and turn to any page. Start with YACHT one day, try ULCER the next. Take a look around the room! TOAST? Why not? Just do it! Come on, people. It’s not about clearing every day with the least moves, that’s about it to learn to love yourself. “-Jackson Ryan

MOMS and try NYT Spelling Bee

“I played with the use of FIRST, MANIC or CHEAT to begin with. I don’t know if this speaks more to my mood than to my word-solving skills, but this approach has largely led me to solve in three words. (I got PANIC the other day after two!) But I have to say that while I’m enjoying Wordle, I’m still a bigger fan of Spelling Bee at NYTwhere you have to create words using seven letters and each word has to use the letter in the center of the puzzle. Playing Spelling Bee s my husband (he gets half the points for Genius; I get the other half). We play with Wordle against each other to see who can decide faster. So Spelling Bee just looks better. “-Connie Guglielmo

Wheel good plan

“First, don’t forget to do it before your morning coffee, for added difficulty. or the number of vowels, or the good old-fashioned letters from the Wheel of Fortune: RSTLNE. If he works for Pat Sajak’s crew, that’s enough for me. –Andrew Croc

Argument for ADIEU

“I have been using ADIEU since day one. Funny, I still misspell it sometimes. Sometimes, to shake things up – mostly under pressure from Jackson Ryan – I’ll try something different. But every time I deviate from ADIEU, it manifests itself in a huge hard struggle, from which I can barely recover. Anyway, I don’t know what we’re arguing about. Someone did an experiment on this. The best the word is ROATE. “-Mark Serres

Time for history

“I stole Mark’s word, ADIEU, and followed it with STORY. Then it’s just a matter of putting all the letters I found in the places I think they are and banging my head on the table, saying, “I’m not so stupid, is it?” until I understand it. “-Oscar Gonzalez

The first word you think of

“I am a high-risk, high-reward Wordle player. I really choose the first word that comes to mind, with absolutely no strategy. Apart from the fact that this is the purest form of Wordling (as experts say, obviously), when I am lucky enough to accidentally guess three or four of the five letters correctly, it is extremely satisfying. “-Monisha Ravissetti

It is not easy to be green

“TREAD is a winner, but I like to mix up my first word. However, I always have a few rules for first guessing. At least two vowels. Never use S. (This guess S will be useful on the track when you find out you are incredibly dark and can only think of four-letter guesses. Last rule: Your second guess should never include your greens from guess one (except if you’re not in hard mode). Save these greens for later and add five new letter guesses to the mix. , I will judge you. “-Claire Riley

Guess the two

“My ultimate goal in Wordle is to guess the word on my second try. For this purpose, I use STEAR as the first word, which provides a solid set of letters in unusual positions – so I can often predict where they will go if they turn yellow. From now on, I make aggressive assumptions, even if they are strategically inadvisable (duplicate letters, several vowels, low probability letters, etc.). Since I started this strategy, my average has been about the same as always, but now I sometimes win with two assumptions. So, success? “-“David Priest.”

Don’t fail

“I do not believe in strategies. Choose the word that speaks to you the most in the morning and follow your heart. Starting with a tactically effective word makes it too easy anyway. And what if you fail? It’s just Wordle! (But I would like to make it clear that I never fail, even when there is an X in the word.) “-Sarah McDermott

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