Wordle tips: These tricks will help you master word puzzle game – USA TODAY

Wordle tips: These tricks will help you master word puzzle game – USA TODAY

By now, you have likely heard of Wordle.
The internet sensation has captured our attention and work productivity since January, when the game burst onto the scene.
As you know, it requires players to successfully guess a five-letter words in six attempts. With each guess, the letters change colors to show how close you are to the right answer.
A gray letter means it’s not in the word. When it’s yellow, you’ve got the right letter but in the wrong spot, while green letters are right where they should be.
Since then, we’ve also seen a variety of Wordle spinoffs, including Worlde, Quordle, Heardle, Word Master, Dordle (two Wordle puzzles at once), and Crosswordle, which combines Wordle with crosswords.
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But no matter whether you are starting your Wordle journey or just want to bump up your statistics, a little help never hurts. Here are a couple of handy tips on how to master Wordle (and similar games).
It’s perhaps the most important step when playing Wordle: what word do I choose first? Even a mathematician tested out an algorithm to help determine what starting words might work best.
There are a couple of different approaches. My technique: use a word with lots of vowels, three to four to be precise. I often start with words like OILED, ABOUT or ADIEU.  You could also try the Wheel of Fortune approach and focus on words with R, S, T, L, N and E. For example, STERN or RENTS is a good word using several popular consonants. 
That first guess should help easily narrow down other words you can choose. You might have a couple letters available, or even none at all. Depending on your guess, focus on letters you haven’t used yet.
Let’s say you play ABOUT, and the O is green but the T is yellow. Try to figure out words with that O in the middle that not only include a T, but that don’t use the A, B or U. Also, in this case, don’t use the T at the end. The faster you can narrow down letters and placements, the quicker you find a solution.
This is where Wordle can sometimes mess with you. If you’re stuck on a word and none of the other letters make sense, it’s possible the answer uses the same letter more than once. This is where the virtual keyboard on the Wordle website helps. Pay close attention to the letters you have available. It can help you figure out whether you need to repeat a letter.
Practice makes perfect, right? If you’re new to the game, there is a Wordle Archive available where you can play all of the game’s earlier puzzles. It’s a great way to practice guessing words and prepare for the latest daily puzzle.
Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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