Wordle has fully embedded itself into people’s morning rituals (or for those who are extra keen, it has become a 12.01am tradition).
The game remains as popular as ever after blowing up earlier this year, and is still free to play on the New York Times’ website, at least for now.
Today’s Wordle is the 268th edition. If you haven’t attempted it yet and don’t want to know the answer, look away now.
Wordle is a simple word game that gives players six attempts to guess a five-letter word each day.
There is a new word every day, and the word is the same for everybody.
The game now has millions of players, and has become instantly recognisable on social media, with people sharing their scores in the form of little green, yellow and white (or black if you’re playing on dark mode) squares.
OK, this is your final chance to avoid spoilers, so if you don’t want to know the answer yet, leave this page immediately. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The Wordle 268 answer for Monday 14 March is… SMELT.
Smelt can be the past participle of smell, but it can also be a verb, which the Cambridge Dictionary defines as “to get a metal from rock by heating it to a very high temperature, or to melt objects made from metal in order to use the metal to make something new”.
Wordle 268 X/6
Plenty of players found today’s Wordle tricky, and “Wordle 268 X” was trending on Twitter, meaning many never found their way to the correct answer.
Wordle 268 6/6
i was fighting for my life
You can play Wordle online, either on a computer or mobile device, right here.
Start by inputting a five-letter word and hitting enter.
The letters will then either turn green, yellow or stay blank.
Here’s what those colours mean:
You can use your previous guesses to inform you next guess, and attempt to guess the word within six attempts.
Once you have finished the game will give you the option to share your score on social media.
Everyone has their own strategies, but there are a few golden rules worth remembering if you want the best chance of winning.
First, you want to start with words that contain a lot of common letters. Many players like to use a lot of vowels early, as well as common consonants like R, S and T.
Various experts, from linguistics professors to mathematicians and computer scientists, have weighed in on what the best starting word is.
A computer scientist who goes by crvlwalnek on TikTok looked into Wordle’s source file to analyse the frequency of each letter in winning answers, and found the best starting word was “later”.
Other starters people have vouched for include:
Another good tip is not to use duplicate letters early on. For example, starting with a word like “awake” is not optimal, as it uses two As.
Sometimes you may want to ignore your previous guesses to eliminate some letters. However, Wordle also has a “hard mode” which stops you from doing this. You can access this by hitting the settings icon in the top right.
Finally, it is important to think about common conventions when guessing words. For example, there are lots of words that end in -ICK or start with an SH-. Go through the alphabet while making your guesses and see what works phonetically, and you’ll be rewarded with those satisfying green squares.
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