Wordle cheats: shortcuts to guessing it right every time

Someone who should have used Wordle cheats to keep a 100% streak
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Wordle cheats can be a good thing to fall back on, when tackling the harder puzzles. The game has been around for a while now, and there have been some real head-scratchers as of late. There's no shame in needing a little help with it every now and then, especially if you're particularly proud of your win-streak.

Whatever excuse you have for wanting to take a sneaky shortcut, you’ll find no judgment here - just solutions to one of the Internet’s most beloved (and frustrating) language puzzles that took the Internet by storm this year.

If you’re on the fence about taking the darker path to Wordle success, perhaps we can help push you over that hurdle. These three handy tips will help you baffle your friends and family as you conquer any Wordle puzzle with ease.

Whilst you’re at it, you might also consider checking out our guide to the best starting words for Wordle or reading our handbook on how to win Wordle every day as well as going full cheater mode. 

Ready to get going? Here are some sneaky Wordle tricks.

Three Wordle cheats

Wordle cheats: Play Wordle in incognito mode

Chrome Incognito page

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Switching to Incognito mode in your browser lets you work out the answer before entering any solutions in the version that tracks your guesses. This way you can use your main window for your ‘proper’ guesses (read: guesses you show your friends). Look, all we’d suggest is don’t make it too obvious, alright? Get a couple of misses in there and then, on the third try, you miraculously got the word right. 

Incognito mode doesn’t just have to be for cheating. It can also be a way to up your number of guesses on a particularly troublesome day. Because there’s no cookie data saving your attempts, every time you go to the Wordle website it will be blank. So if you’re still none the wiser after five guesses but don’t want to reveal the solution, hit refresh and just keep going. It can be incredibly useful, especially if the word of the day is something like ‘tacit.’ 

Wordle cheats: Use a crossword solver

Wordle cheats using a crossword solver

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This is a method if you want to maintain the illusion that you’re not cheating. It’s like the equivalent of Wordle blood doping. Essentially, by using a Crossword Solver you’ll find a detailed list of suggestions for the day’s Wordle answer. 

Make sure to set the letter count to five, and then enter the green letters that you do have and put them in the right positions. Hit enter and you’re presented with the possible solutions to today’s puzzle.

Wordle cheats: Look at the Wordle word list

The Wordle puzzle, with the inspect menu highlighted over it

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If you’re looking to cheat properly with no interest in putting lipstick on this proverbial pig, you’ll want to look at the Wordle source code. Hidden in the web page on the New York Times is every upcoming word that will appear as a Wordle solution. It’s also surprisingly easy to view.

Head to the Wordle home page and right-click anywhere on the page. Select inspect from the dropdown menu:

Select the Sources tab and click the three dots I con on the top right to bring up the search bar (or press CTRL + Shift + F). Enter today’s answer into the search box you should see some code snippets appear in the viewing window at the bottom of the inspect panel. Select the  one with ‘/games/wordle/main’ in the address:

Wordle source code, highlighted

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This opens the code in the debugger window. Click that, press CTRL + F, and type in today’s answer again. This will take you to the answer in the word list and from there you just need to read along to see what words are coming up in the coming days:

Wordle cheats

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And there you have it: a variety of ways to cheat at Wordle, two which toe the fine line between research and cheating and another which is straight-up devious (yet effective).