Wordle Celebrates 1,000 Video games. Right here Are the Greatest Starter Phrases to Use

Wordle, the New York Occasions-owned on-line puzzle, celebrated its 1,000th recreation on March 15. The Occasions purchased the sport from creator Josh Wardle for seven figures in 2022. A Occasions spokesperson informed me it lists the very first Wordle as showing on June 19, 2021, so in case your games-played streak spans from the Occasions 2022 acquisition, you might not have a 1,000-game streak.

To rejoice, the Empire State Constructing lit up in Wordle colours — inexperienced, yellow and white. When you’re in New York, you will get particular treats by March 27.

I’ve written so much about Wordle — from greatest starter phrases to a useful two-step technique to controversial phrase modifications. I’ve even rounded up what I discovered enjoying the hit on-line phrase puzzle for a full 12 months. However just lately, I have not been making a variety of modifications to my technique. You see, I’ve discovered a favourite Wordle starter phrase and I simply can’t give it up.


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Wordle starter-word methodology could be very private. One particular person informed me they simply go searching no matter room they’re in and select a five-letter object to make use of as their starter phrase — hiya, COUCH or CHAIR. Early on, I adopted many Wordle gamers and selected ADIEU, as a result of it informed me the place 4 vowels may be. 

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Again in 2022, the Occasions examined consumer information and located that ADIEU was one of many prime 5 guesses, utilized by a median of 5% of customers every day — thousands and thousands of gamers. However I made a decision it was the consonants I actually wanted to slim down early. The vowels handle themselves, largely.


Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates loves Wordle, too, and says he and a bunch of mates share their each day scores to see who comes out on prime. In a video, Gates reveals his methodology of play and talks by it, and he begins with AUDIO — similar to ADIEU, simply subbing within the O for the E. Gates could also be a billionaire genius, however E reveals up extra in English phrases than O does. So actually, he ought to select ADIEU over AUDIO if it is vowels he desires to seek out.


However then I began digging into the science of letter frequency. There is a splendidly geeky rationalization on Reddit about why ROATE, a monetary time period, is the perfect phrase based mostly on letter reputation (however it would by no means offer you a win-in-one, as a result of it isn’t on the record of 2315 authentic Wordle phrases — an inventory which has since been barely edited by the Occasions). Many individuals know Wheel of Fortune gamers like to decide on some mixture of the letters RSTLNE attributable to their excessive frequency. These are nice methods, however they simply did not click on with me.


This all led to my favourite Wordle starter phrase, TRAIN. It makes use of three of these Wheel of Fortune letters, plus two well-liked vowels, it is certainly on the Wordle 2,315-word record, and it is simple to recollect. It additionally places some letters in prime spots. T is a standard first letter (perhaps the most typical first letter), and R is nice within the second spot as a result of many phrases start with BR, TR, CR, DR, and the like. N is a fairly acceptable end-word letter, too.

I’d argue that there is not any objectively greatest starter phrase, and that makes it extra enjoyable. ROATE and ORATE may need some tremendous well-liked letters, however I’ve discovered that TRAIN usually nabs me two or three letters, often with a minimum of one within the correct spot. TRAIN can also be a satisfying phrase to recollect and sort, and the outcomes are fairly stable, time after time. (A pal prefers TRAIL, and that is nice for her, however N reveals up extra steadily than L.)

Another excuse I like TRAIN? In keeping with a number of lists, T is the most-used first letter in English phrases. So there is a better-than-most likelihood that not solely will the phrase have a T, however it’ll flip up inexperienced, which means T is the primary letter of the phrase. The sooner I do know the answer is first letter, the higher.


I am nonetheless not completely proud of my normal second phrase, which is CLOSE. It actually pulls in 5 extra well-liked letters, with none repetition. However I do not like it. Many instances, it offers me no right letters, which does nothing besides get rid of 5 letter decisions. That is useful, however form of discouraging. Possibly I would like a greater second phrase, one which makes use of E, O and S, however hits extra usually. The jury continues to be out.

Winging it

However since I found TRAIN, I’ve determined my second phrase is far much less vital than easy second-guess technique. 

As soon as TRAIN has nailed me some letters, my gameplay methodology instantly shifts. If any letters are inexperienced, which means they’re in the precise spot already, hey, that is an enormous assist. However it’s the yellow letters, which means they’re within the phrases in a distinct spot, that actually assist with that second-word alternative. I mentally play with these yellow letters, searching out spots the place they appear to belong. 

So long as TRAIN gave me a few choices, I am often in a position to advance my recreation by juggling these letters on my second guess, usually scoring a win on guess No. 3.

Two classes to recollect

When you’re in that spot — have a number of yellow letters in want of right placement, however can not seem to discover a phrase utilizing them — listed below are two tip: 

Vowels can begin a phrase

First, do not forget that many phrases do begin with vowels, and Wordle appears to decide on these steadily.

Inexperienced letters can repeat

Additionally, word that letters could seem twice. So even when a phrase has a inexperienced T (or no matter) in a particular spot, do not cease fascinated about that letter. There might be one other T (even two extra). Greater than as soon as in my early enjoying days, I’ve made the error of ignoring a inexperienced letter, figuring I already nailed that one, and forgetting it may be within the phrase once more.

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