Part of the fun of Wordle is that you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes, you might be handed an easy puzzle you can solve with two tries. Other times, Wordle spits out a weird or obscure word that has you scratching your head right up into the sixth guess. If you’re lucky, you’ll end up getting the right answer before you run out of attempts. Still, there are always some people who are left out in the cold. From all the Wordles so far, here are some of the most commonly missed, hardest Wordles.
- Caulk (Wordle #242, played February 16th, 2022)
Caulk, meaning “a waterproof filler and sealant used in building work and repairs,” caused quite the stir when it became the Wordle of the day in mid-February. Though none of the letters in the word were particularly uncommon, the term was just rare enough that few people thought of it. Others even insisted it was an unfair term to include. “WHAT IS A CAULK? COME ON WORDLE,” one person tweeted.
- Epoxy (Wordle #280, played March 26th, 2022)
Epoxy, “any class of adhesives, plastics, or other materials that are polymers of epoxides” followed in the steps of Caulk when it caused an uproar in March. The two terms have a lot in common: both are home improvement supplies and both are not necessarily commonly chatted about. And that X in the middle of epoxy! This was not an easy one.
- Skill (Wordle #232, played February 6th, 2022)
I guess a lot of people didn’t have the skill for this one. Get it? Jokes aside, the double-L at the end of this term really threw a lot of players off. In combination with the K in the second spot, it was a tough one for many.
- Nymph (Wordle #281, played March 27th, 2022)
Another tricky one, this word has both rare letters and is not exactly a common term. Meaning “a mythological spirit of nature,” it’s a fantasy-heavy word that doesn’t fit into most people’s day-to-day conversations. And with the lack of vowels – aside from the Y – people were finding themselves stumped.
- Larva (Wordle #315, played April 30th, 2022)
I get the creepy-crawlies just thinking about this word, and probably so do the people who lost their streaks to it at the end of April. Meaning “the active immature form of an insect,” larva has a V, an RV combo, and two As.
- Rupee (Wordle #255, played March 1st, 2022)
One of the most controversial Wordles so far, rupee means “the basic monetary unit of India.” It wasn’t just the double-E at the end of this word that made things difficult, though that was a factor. Many people argued that this shouldn’t be considered an English word at all. Where do you fall on the scale?
- Trove (Wordle #249, played February 23rd, 2022)
Trove, “a store of valuable or delightful things,” proved a challenge for many players when it was played on February 23rd. Unlike some of these other puzzles, players quickly came to guess the OVE ending. But then they got stuck with way too many possible options.
- Bayou (Wordle #344, played May 29th, 2022)
If you’re from Louisiana, maybe this one was obvious. But for those of us elsewhere, it was hard to find all three of these vowels and arrange them in the right order. Bayou just doesn’t jump to mind.
- Vivid (Wordle #251, played February 25th, 2022)
Vivid, “producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images” threw a lot of people off. Not only does it contain the relatively rare letter V twice; it also contains another double letter with the double-I. While vivid is a relatively common word, it’s no wonder many people didn’t think of this one.
- Cynic (Wordle #240, played February 14th, 2022)
Perhaps the most notorious Wordle term of all time is cynic. When this term was played on February 14th – a fitting Valentine’s Day tribute for all the single people out there – it seriously threw off many players. The double C bookending the term, as well as the Y in the middle of the word, made it a very hard one for players to guess.
Other Wordle-Type Games
One of the most unique features of Wordle – the fact that you can play it only once a day – is also one of the most frustrating. If you’re looking for a way to get your Wordle fix beyond the daily puzzle, try checking out our Lingle puzzles. From 3-letter to 10-letter Lingles, you can flex and hone your word-guessing skills. Or, for more tools to help you out the next time Wordle plays a hard word, try checking out our Wordle Solver to help you maintain your streak.