Today’s Wordle went like this for me:

Wordle 497 5/6


If you get to a point like my third guess, where you have several fixed letters, but many options in the remaining places, pause.

Trying the remaining options one at a time can lead to trouble. Instead, collect the most likely letters that fit and try a word that uses as many of them possible. This will narrow the field dramatically.

I was sure my fourth guess would generate a hit, which would tell me the answer, but five misses had the same effect. Often, I find that this helps when a letter appears more than once in the word and I have mistakenly ruled it out.