Understanding Double-letters

Understanding Double-letters

The most confusing and tricky words have double letters. Sometimes we don't consider them. Guessing a double-letter with the 1st or 2nd word is usually a bad play. So sometimes we forget about them in the 5th and 6th guess.

Here is a graph to help you decide if a double letter guess is a good idea. There are 768 double-letters in the solution data, of course we all know from VIVID that there are double, double-letters at times.

In the below example, most of us stare at the light gray letters on the keyboard. We think we know the answer, it is MIGHT (or WIGHT. There are some obscure answers, but a less obscure one will often be overlooked.

Did you see it, it is TIGHT. Lesser known is another double-letter of HIGHT along with WIGHT and DIGHT.

HIGHT - To be called or named
WIGHT - a person of a specified kind, especially one regarded as unfortunate
DIGHT - make ready for a use or purpose; prepare

Lets discuss understanding the 🟨 and 🟩 letters and what the hints mean.

First lets discuss if you get two 🟨 tiles for feedback. I used the word SPEED for all the examples. So if you enter SPEED and both the "E" are yellow, it means that there are 2 "E" in the solution. Neither being in the correct location. So SPEED has the two "E" correct, the solution ERASE has both "E". The "E" is in the 1st and 5th location, not the 3rd and 4th.

For the next example, there is one 🟩 "E" and one 🟨 "E" in SPEED. This confirms that there are 2 "E" in the solution. One "E" is correct, the other is out of position. The word CREPE has the 3rd position "E" and a 5th position "E". This confirms there is at least a double letter.

The answer could be a triple-letter "E" as well with the provided information. DEERE, REEVE, WEEKE, TEENE, LEESE would all receive the same hints for the SPEED "E"s.

Now for SPEED guesses indicating there it NOT a 2nd "E". The example below, SPEED has one 🟩 "E" and the other ⬛. This indicates there is an "E" in the 3rd position, and no 2nd "E" in the solution. The answer STEAL shows SPEED with a 🟩 "S" and 🟩 middle "E".

The next example has a solution of ABIDE. Now there is an "E" in ABIDE, but it is not in the 3rd or 4th position. WordPlay reads the letters from left to right and makes the 3rd position "E" as 🟨. Looking at the next "E" in the 4th position, there is not another "E" in ABIDE.

Hopefully now you understand the double-letter hints provided by WordPlay. The biggest problem with a double-letter is you have to guess it to confirm or deny. When you guess and are wrong, it seems like a wasted guess.


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