Wordle Punt Strategy

Wordle Punt Strategy

The wordle answer for today (243) had opportunties for failure. Especially in hard mode. But playing normal mode leaves you options to keep your streak.

I am going to show two different games of Wordle 243. It is fun to compare the method. There should be something to learn. The best way to avoid a rhyme-type situation is to avoid certain words. Guessing LIGHT as a 3rd word, could result in

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Words left when LIGHT is played


If LIGHT is played in the 3rd round, then some of the above possibilities may be eliminated. With only 3 more chances, there will likely be more than 3 left.

Here is Wordle 243 from 2/17/2022.

The left player started with STORY. The right player started with ARISE. ARISE is ranked as the 12th best starting word. We told you about STORY previously and it ranked 688 out of nearly 13,000.  Story gets a 🟩 "S" and ARISE hits good with 🟩 "E" and 🟨 "A" and "S".

Left: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› Β Right: Β πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©

The left player places a double "E" with SIEGE. This finds a 🟩 "E". The right player goes with STALE and converts the 🟨 into 3 🟩. Both players are in good position to win in the next 3 to 4 turns.

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The left player uses all the hints provided, using SHAME. Right player uses SPACE and doesn't find anything new. At this point the left player is boxed in the SHAME with only the 4th spot unknown.

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Left player has options of SHAKE, SHADE, SHAVE, SHAPE, SHALE, and SHARE. The first word STORY ruled out only SHARE. There are 5 options left and 3 chances. In hard mode, the left player with lose 2 out of 5 games. In easy mode, the player could create a word with "K","V","D","P","L".

I call this strategy a "Punt" word. This strategy would guarantee a win by playing PAVED as the 4th word. If PAVED gets a 🟨, then the player will win in 5. If MAPLE misses, then only "L" and "K" remain.

Left: πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ©β¬›πŸŸ© Β Right: Β πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ©β¬›πŸŸ©

The right player has the same issue potentially and goes with SHAME in the 4th round. The strategy on the left will only win 60%, and is your only option in hard mode. Guessing more common words should help your chances slightly. Avoiding these sorts of guesses is the best strategy for keeping a streak alive in hard mode. Guessing LIGHT or SHAME when little is known is risk.

The right player shifts the strategy, and guesses DOCKS in the 5th round. Possible words are SHAKE, SHADE, SHAVE, SHAME, SHAPE, SHALE, and SHARE. SHAME was just eliminated, and SHAPE, SHALE, and SHARE are out as well. This player recognized that there are two guesses left, with SHAKE, SHADE and SHAVE remaining. The guess of DOCKS guaranteed victory.


  • The left player had a 60% chance with 3 word guesses remaining.
  • The right player had removed the 33% chance of losing with a "Punt".

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