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Wordle Tips and Tricks | The Ultimate Guide for New Players

So, you’ve tried Wordle; the latest web-based game that’s become a viral hit on Twitter.

Perhaps you’re just getting started, or maybe (like me) you’re completely addicted. Regardless, here are some essential Wordle tips and tricks that’ll help solve your daily challenge.

Got any tips of your own? Stick them down in the comments below 👇

1) Choose your first word carefully

Your first attempt can make or break your entire Wordle run. Putting in a random word is purely pot-luck, and you might not even get any letters.

Ideally, pick a word with three or more unique vowels. This will almost always yield a letter, helping your subsequent attempts.

Audio is an ideal word because it covers every vowel except E. Another option might be Adieu. You can use a Scrabble tool to find more.

Try not to use a word that repeats vowels, because it’ll use up a potential slot for another letter.

2) Understand the Prompts

This is a simple tip.

Upon entering a guess, you’ll be greeted by three results – yellow, green, and grey. 

Green means you’ve guessed a letter in the correct part of the word. Yellow means the letter is included in the word, but in a different place. Meanwhile, grey means that letter is not part of the word.

3) Use the on-screen keyboard

For our next Wordle tip, we’ll be looking at the keyboard.

You’ll notice that letters on your keyboard reflect the colours on your main Wordle board. 

Helpfully, the remaining letters that you’re yet to try remain highlighted in a light grey. Look at these on your subsequent attempts and see which letters would help make a word, based on the letters you’ve already correctly guessed.

And of course… never use a dark grey letter – you’ve already tried that one!

4) Letters can be used more than once

Whilst you’ll want to avoid using multiples of the same letter in your first couple of guesses, it’s worth knowing that Wordle allows you to use the same letter more than once (after all, many words contain duplicate letters!)

Try and prevent yourself from using these until you’re reasonably certain that there’s a duplicate letter.

5) Take your time

Wordle doesn’t need to be a quick game. After all, we only get one word every 24 hours, so do take your time.

Pay attention to the letters you’ve used, and especially those remaining.

Taking your time with Wordle will actually enable you to guess correctly in a far shorter number of turns.

6) Play on the same device

Wordle is a browser game, so it saves your progress based on cookies installed on your device.

If you play on another device, your beloved winning streaks will not carry over. Also, if you delete your cookies, you’ll lose your stats and progress.

So, in an ideal world, pick a device (typically your mobile) and stick with it.

However, because it’s prudent to delete cookies every now and again to save space on your device, you may wish to set up an exemption for the Wordle website. 

Click or tap one of the icons below to do this.

Manage Cookies in Edge

Manage Cookies in Chrome

Manage Cookies in FireFox

Manage Cookies in Safari

These tips should help you get started with Wordle. If I’ve missed any obvious Wordle tips and tricks, do let me know in the comments below!

Winterset Hollow by Jonathan Edward Durham Book Review

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Winterset Hollow is a novel about a novel called Winterset Hollow.

Sound confusing? Don’t worry – it isn’t. 

Jonathan Edward Durham’s debut novel is, however, a fascinating blend of genres.

Dark fantasy meets metafiction, whilst whimsical children’s fiction meets slasher. The result of this rather outlandish experiment is a remarkable piece of fiction that sticks long in the memory.

Winterset Hollow
Overview

It’s Barley Day on Addington Isle – an isolated private island where reclusive author Edward Addington, the author once resided. Winterset Hollow, a popular in-text fictional novel, was once written by Addington and has since acquired a cult following.

Adored in particular by Eamon, our protagonist, and a plucky group of teenagers (as is customary), they plan a trip to the island to celebrate the novel, and commemorate its mercurial author.

But like all good horror tales, the euphoria of our emboldened cast of impressionable youths is short-lived, with things going south rapidly, and rather spectacularly.

Barley Day is, after all, a day of feasting, hunting, and extravagant celebrations. But this time, the anthropomorphised animals of Addington’s tale – Flaxwell Frog, Bing Bear, Finn Fox, and Runny Rabbit (amongst others) – are out for revenge, revolting against their own author, and its readership.

It’s as if Beatrix Potter’s merry cast of creatures developed a predilection for torture and violence. Disturbing, but admittedly a lot of fun.

A Horror Classic with Literary Merit

Despite its slasher elements, Winterset Hollow remains literary in its pretensions. It’s well written, explores metafictional ideas of authorhood, and challenges the morality & ethics of our own contemporary society.

The novel also utilises some fascinating meta-elements, not least by including a novel of the same name within the text. 

It’s clever, without being complex or gimmicky, and serves as a prism through which we, as readers, judge our own actions. The inversion of animals hunting humans being the most obvious social and ethical commentary.

Whereas the humans in the novel range from plot meat bags to endearing and relatable, Durham’s creature-characters are all a genuine thrill and the true highlight of the novel. 

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The visual equivalent of reading Winterset Hollow

Lovingly detailed, Durham breathes genuine life into the full horror of Addington’s complex menagerie.

Consider the names Runny Rabbit and Bing Bear, for example. They conjure an image of a Saturday morning children’s cartoon; plush, friendly, and easy-going creatures. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth – these animals are cunning, gruesome, and violent.

And yet, they’re also extraordinarily charismatic, with motives that extend beyond a mere love of killing. Some, in fact, resent it entirely. Their behaviours, masochistic in practice, are underpinned by complex, albeit jilted, moral justifications.

This makes for a fascinating and thoughtful read.

Conclusion

Winterset Hollow is a truly unique novel. Blending the twee with the macabre, Durham has produced a delightfully dark fantasy that thrills.

The setting of Addington Manor is dripping with detail; it’s halls sinister and lonely. This level of rich detail is lightning in a bottle for any author, and Durham excels at it.

The characters are fantastic, for the most part, with Addington’s creatures shining the brightest. Eamon serves as a serviceable protagonist, whilst his companions aren’t quite so memorable. On the other hand, Finn Fox is a real standout. Creepy, unpredictable, and highly unnerving, he’s a persistent foil to the protagonists.

There are some minor pacing issues, mind. What begins as a slow burner, quickly pivots into an action frenzy and never really slows down. Revelations are made that perhaps deserved more time and consideration, but instead struggle to properly surface amidst the gluttony of action.

Some readers won’t mind this, however – especially because the novel is tremendously fun, and the writing remains of a very high quality.

A lot of love and attention has gone into Winterset Hollow, and it shows. It’s a fantastic debut effort, and I’d strongly encourage my readers to add this to their TBR lists – especially with it being available on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited programme.

4/5

Winterset Hollow is available at Amazon in both paperback and eBook.

Full disclaimer: A review copy was kindly provided by the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.