I've analyzed every Wordle answer used — here's what I found

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Last year, my former colleague Mark McLaren downloaded the entire list of every Wordle answer to look for patterns and clues that could help you possibly solve the puzzle faster. 

Intrigued by his findings, I decided to take a different approach and analyze every Wordle answer that's been used. After all, we've a ways to go before every one of the possible 2,309 answers have been used, and now that Wordle is owned by The New York Times, the order isn't always the same. 

With that, here's my Moneyball-style analysis of the Wordle answers used thus far. I'll try and keep this story up to date as more answers are revealed. 

Of course, if you're stumped on the game, be sure to check out our today's Wordle answer story, which is updated daily.

One quick note before we start: this analysis is of every Wordle answer used from the start to July 12, 2023, and includes those days when there were two answers. I plan to update this story periodically as we get new puzzle solutions.

Most common letters

As you can see from the list below, E is by far the most common letter used, appearing 376 times (and counting), followed by A with 339 and R (302). Also topping 200 are T (254), O (250), L (218), and I (203). That's the same order as we found when we analyzed every Wordle answer. 

I was actually surprised that S (189) was the eighth-most popular letter — certainly that it was outranked by I. 

Those high-value Scrabble letters — J and Q — are the least frequently used letters, so don't expect to find them all that often.

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Most common letters
D 122
X 14

Most common letters by position

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Starting letterFrequency
C 70
A 57
B 57
T 49

Next, let's look at where letters have appeared the most, starting with the first letter: S has been used the most often — 103 times — followed by C (70), A (57), B (57), and T (49). 

For the second letter, O is the most popular, with 108 appearances, followed by A (100), R (92), L (72), and E (68).

When it comes to the middle letter, A (104) is the most common, followed by O (87). Then, there's a drop-off to I (83), U (56), and E (55).

In the fourth position, E is by far the most common letter at 83 appearances, followed by R (56), A (54), N (53), and S (49). 

When it comes to an ending, you're most likely to find E here, as it's shown up 146 times — nearly 20% of the time. Next is Y (102), followed by T (95), R (68), L (49), and D (44) and H (43). After that, things drop off pretty quickly.

So, how does that compare to every Wordle answer? It's slightly different — right now, O has been used the most as the second letter, rather than A. 

Most common starting combos

If you plan to start your guess with ST, you'll have better odds of hitting the correct letters than with any other pair. That's because ST has been used 23 times so far. 

That also tracks with our analysis of every Wordle answer, in which ST shows up 65 times. So, ST has been used about 3.2% of the time, but it's only in 3% of the words in total.

If you choose to end your word with ER, you'll have even better luck: that combination has been used 43 times so far, and is more than double the next-most popular combo, RY (17). That's about 5% of all Wordle answers thus far. However, it appears in 6.1% of every possible Wordle answer (eventually, it will appear 141 times), so the frequency at which it shows up should increase ever so slightly.

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Starting combosFrequencyEnding combosFrequency
ST23ER 43
CR16RY, TE 17
TR, FL, 16GE, CH, 16
GR15CK, ST, VE15
BR, MA, CH, MO, SH14AL, ET, TH14

Double letters

What are the chances you'll see double letters when you play Wordle? Not great. Double letters have appeared just 94 times so far — roughly 12% of the time. That should increase to about 15% by the time Wordle has used every five-letter word, assuming the New York Times doesn't repeat a word.

And when they have, they've been largely limited to a few selections. EE and OO have appeared the most often, at 16 and 17 apiece, followed by LL (14) and SS (12). After that, it's all single-digit appearances.

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DD, BB, ZZ1 each

Vowels vs. consonants

Where are you most likely to see a vowel versus a consonant? It all depends on how you feel about the letter Y.

Regardless of your opinion, the vast majority of Wordle answers thus far have both started and ended with a consonant, rather than a vowel. If you consider Y to be a vowel, then there's about a 60% chance that the last letter is a consonant; if you think Y is a consonant, that figure jumps to 74%.

However, the second and third letters are as likely — if not more — to be a vowel, rather than a consonant. 

The fourth letter is twice as likely to be a consonant than a vowel. 

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Vowel vs. consonant (where Y is a vowel)
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Vowel vs. consonant (where Y is a consonant)
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Three of one letter

Exceedingly rare is when three of a single letter appear in a word. In fact, it's only happened five times so far: ERROR, FLUFF, MUMMY, NANNY and SISSY. 

What would you like to see?

Hopefully, this gives you some greater insight into all the Wordle letters used. It was a great way for me to dive into a lot of spreadsheets, that's for sure. Leave some notes in the comments as to what other analysis you'd like, and I'll try and add it to the story.

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Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.