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Wordle letter stats and my new strategy


Like everyone else in the world today, I’ve been playing Wordle lately. I’m notoriously horrible at spelling, but it’s been fun since it’s basically a logic game. As with any logic game, Math can be helpful so I grabbed every valid word from the world JavaScript and ran some stats on it. I found that letters are used as follows

LetterCountRepeats (in word)1st Letter2nd Letter3rd Letter4th Letter5th Letter
a5330646737226312361074680
b15191039098133524359
c1920106922176392411127
d229814968584390471823
e5705918303162888223271522
f9901185982417823382
g15439963876364423143
h170852489546120235370
i358916916513831051880280
j28922021146293
k14446137695272503259
l3114250577699848771476
m1868102693188511402182
n2787159325345964788530
o39115252622096993698389
p1885127859231364418147
q111178151324
r39092466289401198719673
s59367171565935335163958
t3033254815239616898727
u243673189118766740167
v67420242522401564
w10281141316327112864
x287116571331270
y2031431812712131081301
z391421052914212632

This gives me some basic info, but I thought it would also be good to what actual words include letters the most common, so here are the 10 words with no repeating letters that are most common:

  • cares
  • bares
  • pares
  • tares
  • cores
  • bores
  • mares
  • pores
  • canes
  • dares

Based on this, I thought I should come up with a strategy to always use cares as my first word. I then re-raran the stats and looking at words that didn’t include those five litters AND didn’t include doubles, decided my second word would be litho

The Cares/Litho Strategy

If you use Cares as your first word and litho.as the second, you are going to have at least one match with all but 65 words. I’ll also get perfect matches in a few thousand words (the most being in the fifth position)

c/la/ir/te/hs/o
11723646181425624347

I put my strategy to the test today with Wordle 206.

Wordle 206 4/6

โฌœโฌœ๐ŸŸจโฌœโฌœ
โฌœ๐ŸŸจโฌœโฌœโฌœ
๐ŸŸจโฌœ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉโฌœ
๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ

I got 1 letter the first time and 1 the second but no positions. After finishing, I ran the numbers and see there are 520 words that include an r, but not as the 3 letter and include an i but not as the second. My guess of ruins was designed to figure ou the positions of both of those words while also trying the unused letters of n and u. Running some numbers, briny would have been better to use here since I already knew the s wasn’t going get me a winner. I was able to guess drink since ruins gave me the position for the i and the n and the r was well placed.

Let’s see if my cares/litho strategy works going forward!


Today is my friend Matt’s birthday. He asked people to celebrate by writing, so I wrote this post. In the old school spirit of Webrings, here are 3 more friends who published something recently.

Jeremy Felt – How To Blog Every Week

Patrick Martin – Don’t Judge A District By It’s Shape

Mika Epstein – Best (US) Network of 2021


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