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Wordle: Best Starter Words, Tips & Advice

keeping a Word Following a streak can be difficult. Your initial word of choice is key. “ADIEU” has been popular since the game began. And that makes sense, since it includes four vowels. But not everyone wants to know the vowels right away.

game designer Tyler Glaiel suggests the mathematically optimal first guess is “ROATE”, which is not a word I’ve ever heard of (Merriam-Webster informs me that it’s an obsolete spelling of “memorist”).

I took some time and pored over a list of the most used letters in english wordsY Lately I’ve been starting Wordle with the double hit of “TRAIN” and “CLOSE”. That combo uses every one of the top 10 letters, and almost always leaves me with a decent set of correct guesses, though not always in the right places. That’s what guesses three through six are for.

Look at this CNET’s TikTok, which recommends starting with ADIEU and then adding STORY. It’s a great one-two punch that covers a lot of popular lyrics. The first time I tried it, I was able to use the letter information I got from those guesses to get the word easily on my third try.

I asked Wordle creator Josh Wardle to share his techniques; I never got an answer. In the meantime, I asked the CNET staff to share their Wordle strategies and favorite starting words. I hope it gives you a BOOST or maybe a PUSH.

Great AUDIO dynamite

AUDIO. Drop 4 out of 5 vowels right away and focus on reducing the consonants. However, don’t be afraid to deviate from your usual opening word; sometimes a random word that pops into your head ends up being a lot more intuitive than you could have imagined. —Ashley Esqueda


My option is STARE. I take some inspiration from the Wheel of Fortune move of guessing RSTLNE first, and with this, I also drop two vowels. If nothing else, this often seems to get me something on the board early. —eli blumenthal

get tears

Cycle between TEARY, PIOUS and ADIEU as the first word, to remove some common letters and dabble with vowels. I then choose my next word based on the results, though sometimes I just throw my hands up and use TEAR and TWEET one after another no matter what. —amanda kooser

the brand of the MANUFACTURER

MAKER. That word makes me want to ‘create’ the answer based on the data I get from removing the previous letter combination. Then I move on to animal names like TIGER. It’s not so much about tactics as it is about having fun for about five minutes. —mike sorrentino

use weird words

You are not playing Wordle correctly if you use the same word to start every day. That’s my official rule and I’m surprised they use the same word every day. What? Use weird words. Pick up a dictionary, close your eyes and turn to a random page. Start YACHT one day, try ULCER the next. Look around the room! TOAST? Why not? Just do it! Come on people. It’s not about clearing each day in the fewest moves, it’s about learning to love yourself. —jackson-ryan

CHEAT and try the NYT Spelling Bee

I have been playing using FIRST, MANIC or CHEAT to start with. I don’t know if that says more about my state of mind than my word solving skills, but this approach has led me to solve in three words. (I panicked the other day in two!) But I have to say that while I enjoy Wordle, I’m still a bigger fan of the NYT Spelling Bee, where you are asked to create words using seven letters, and each word has to use the letter in the center of the puzzle. Spelling bee game with my husband (he was helped with the Genius points; I was helped by the others). With Wordle, we play against each other to see who can solve the fastest. So Spelling Bee seems better. —Connie Guglielmo

wheel good plan

First, I make sure to do it before my morning coffee, for an added layer of difficulty. I don’t have a word to go by as it feels pretty cheap, but I generally aim for beginning words that have a high number of vowels or the good old fashioned Ferris wheel letters: RSTLNE. If it works for Pat Sajak’s team, it’s good enough for me. —Andrew Krok

An argument in favor of ADIEU

I have been using ADIEU since day one. Hilariously, I still sometimes misspell it. Sometimes to shake things up, mainly based on pressure from Jackson Ryan, I try something different. But every time I stray from ADIEU, it manifests in a gigantic uphill struggle that I barely recover from. Either way, I don’t know what we’re arguing about. Someone did an experiment on this. the best the word is ROATE. —serrels brand

story time

I steal Mark’s word, ADIEU, and follow it up with STORY. So it’s just a matter of putting all the letters I discovered in the places where I think they are, and banging my head on the table, saying, “I’m not that stupid, am I?” until you find out. —Oscar Gonzalez

The first word you think

I am a high risk, high reward wordle player. I really choose the first word that comes to mind, without any strategy. Aside from this being the purest form of wording (as the experts say, obviously), when I’m lucky enough to accidentally guess three or four out of five letters correctly, it’s immensely satisfying. —monisha ravisetti

It’s not easy being green

TREAD is a winner, but I like to mix up my first word. That said, I always have some first guess rules. At least two words. Never use an S. (That S guess will come in handy in the future when you realize you’re incredibly dumb and can only think of four-letter guesses. Final rule: Your second guess should never include your greens from guess one (a unless you’re on hardmode). Save those greens for later and add five new letter guesses to the mix. If I see you post a Wordle answer on Twitter that has tall green columns of letters that stay in the same place, I want judge you. —Claire Reilly

Guess in two

My ultimate goal in Wordle is to guess the word on my second try. To that end, I use STEAR as my first word, which provides a solid set of letters in unusual positions, so I can often predict where they’ll go if they turn yellow. From there, I make aggressive guesses, even if they are strategically inadvisable (duplicate letters, few vowels, low-probability letters, etc.). Since I started this strategy, my average is about the same as always, but now I occasionally win on two tries. So success? –-David Priest

Do not fail

I don’t 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. So 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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