Wordle Starter Words for Dangerous Troublemakers

Let’s see if we can make Wordlebot cry.

Jack Shepherd
Cellar Door
Published in
8 min readApr 3, 2024

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A Wordlebot grid with the words: SNASH / FEEZE / OUPHE

It’s widely known that those incurable squares over at Wordle have never had a minute of fun in their entire lives. This is why Wordlebot (the New York Times’s constipated bureaucrat of a Wordle analyzer) recommends that prospective Wordlers choose their starter words from the feckless trio of CRANE, SLATE, and…

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Jack Shepherd
Cellar Door

I have a newsletter about crossword puzzles and a podcast about rom-coms. Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail