These strategic words will get you to those green squares in no time.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the game Wordle? It’s pretty hard to miss these days.
The strategic word game has positively swept the internet in recent weeks. Some are comparing it to baking sourdough as the craze of choice for a new phase of the pandemic. The New York Times liked it enough to cover its backstory at length (spoiler: its creator, a software engineer, made it as a love offering for his partner) …and then buy the game for a sum in the “low seven figures.”
Wordle start words matter (a lot) to serious players determined to flaunt their skills: Even if you’ve never actually played the game, you’re probably pretty familiar with the grid of yellow and green squares its users can display on social media to show just how quickly they solved the puzzle. You get six tries tops — but devoted fans love to show off their skills when they complete the game in just two or three. (And yes, it’s probably this high-profile score flaunting that has won the game some notoriety among people who choose to be in the anti-Wordle camp.)
Another unique feature of Wordle: Players only get one puzzle a day. (There’s no official option to binge on endless archives — at least for now.) And that means you’re going to want to make sure each play really counts.
What word should I start with in Wordle?
Sure, you could just choose any five-letter start word that strikes your fancy. But did you know that you can also choose strategic Wordle start words that can get you to those green squares even faster (because… math)? Consider these options to improve your next game.
The goal of Wordle is to guess the 5-letter word in 6 tries (or fewer).
Best Wordle start words
If you’ve ever watched Wheel of Fortune, you know that it only makes sense to start out by guessing letters that occur most commonly in the English language.
Google’s director of research Peter Norvig analyzed all the available data from Google Books to generate a list of most commonly used letters in English. His report concluded that the most commonly used letters are E, T, and A. Here’s the top 10 in order:
Best Wordle starting word mathematically
So it stands to reason, then, that you’d want to choose a Wordle start word that includes as many of the most common letters as possible, without repeating any.
TikTok user crvlwanek used his computer science know-how (and, evidently, abundant free time) to generate an algorithm that spit out the best Wordle start words based on all past answers to the puzzle so far. These words are:
For more variations on Wordle start word options, consider others that use five of the most commonly used letters without repeating — such as RESIN or NOTES.
One strategy is to choose a Wordle start word that includes as many of the most common letters as possible.
How to win Wordle
Because every word must have a vowel, it’s also a smart strategy to kick off your daily play using a World start word packed with vowels — ideally three or more if possible.
Consider these examples of vowel-packed options:
Or, if you find it boring to use any version of the same starting word every time — or simply don’t see the point in ruining a perfectly fun pastime with overwrought strategy — just do you instead. Start with whatever word makes you happy… after all, Wordle’s just a game! (And, of course, there’s always sourdough.)
Ahead of Super Bowl 56, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, advertisers have been releasing a steady torrent of 2022 Super Bowl commercials. While the tone of the ads varies widely, the prevailing trends so far include ’90s nostalgia, celebrity-heavy cameos, and an emphasis on humor over more serious fare.
“Marketers are recognizing Americans have had a very heavy, difficult two-year period and are responding by bringing some good old-fashioned entertainment for Super Bowl Sunday,” Kimberly Whitler, marketing professor at the University of Virginia, told the Associated Press.
NBC sold out of its ad space briskly and said an undisclosed number of 30-second spots went for $7 million, a jump from the $6.5 million that last year’s ads went for.
Another trend to keep an eye out for? Crypto ads.
Advocates of the blockchain-based digital currency — which has captured the interest of investors and financial service firms alike — want to lure regular Americans too. Exchanges Crypto.com, FTX, and eToro have all announced Super Bowl ad plans, and others have been rumored but not confirmed.
Here are some of the 2022 Super Bowl commercials and teasers released so far.
Amazon’s 2022 Super Bowl commercial shows real-life spouses Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson living in a world where Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa can read your mind.
Conan O’Brien’s longtime sidekick Andy Richter embodies a tailgating Julius Caesar in this Super Bowl ad for Avocados from Mexico.
Weed innuendos abound as Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart star in the 2022 Super Bowl commercial for BIC EZ Reach lighter.
Bud Light enlisted the mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri, to promote its new hard soda.
(There are more, many, many more to come during the game and into the night. Let’s hope the game is better than the ads. Nothing says super more than crypto, weed and Alexa! Oh fyi, it’s the Rams vs the Bengals. Don’t eat too much.)
As football fans are starting to get excited for Super Bowl LVI, many key questions are beginning to emerge. Who is the strongest team, the Rams or Bengals? Which player will dominate the game? Which commercial will garner the most likes?
Last year, NFL superfans got to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa Bay, Florida at the Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers’ iconic win was Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl with the team after spending 20 seasons with the Patriots (in New England, he won six Super Bowl titles and four Super Bowl MVPs). The Chiefs’ loss came as a shock to fans following the team’s 2020 win — and with powerhouse players like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyrann Mathieu, the loss was especially hard to accept. That’s all in the past as new competitors step up to play.
What day is the Super Bowl in 2022?
The 56th NFL Super Bowl will take place on February 13, 2022, in Inglewood, California at SoFi Stadium, starting at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT.
Super Bowl LVI will be the upcoming championship game of the National Football League for the 2021 NFL season. It will be played between the National Football Conference champion Los Angeles Rams and the American Football Conference champion Cincinnati Bengals.
How to watch Super Bowl LVI:
The 2022 Super Bowl will air live on NBC. If you are interested in watching the Super Bowl but don’t have cable, the game can be streamed live on Peacock or via NBC through subscriptions with Fubo Tv, Hulu + Live TV and Sling. If you miss the Super Bowl on Sunday night, the game can still be streamed on Peacock after February 13th.
Who’s performing at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show?
The Super Bowl halftime show is arguably the biggest performance of the year. Pop-culture icons such as Michael Jackson, Prince and Beyoncé have all made memorable performances over the years. This year, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and California legends Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar will turn the field into their stage. The 2022 halftime show will be the first time this roster of hip-hop artists have performed together on stage. It’s sure to be a huge night for the hip-hop genre. Per Pepsi, the group has collectively acquired 43 Grammys and 19 No. 1 Billboard albums.
You can throw a legendary Super Bowl party—even when you’re only watching for the commercials. Here’s what to do!
It seems that the best parties in the winter all revolve around football. Even if you don’t love sports, fear not. Throwing a Super Bowl party can be just as fun for the host as it is for sports fans. Stock up on tailgate snacks and slammin’ Super Bowl cocktails and let’s get going!
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Bring on the Drinks
Football wouldn’t be a great American sport without a great American beverage. Before the party, snag a local beer from the cities of the teams competing or pick up one of our favorite cheap beer brands for your shindig. If they’re not into beer, pick a signature cocktail for each team based on their city, mascot or team colors. Mix up a pitcher of each drink ahead of time with a little splash of food coloring to match each team’s jerseys.
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Do a Dip
Cheesy dips are a staple of any legendary tailgate, and a Super Bowl party is no different. Look for a few creative recipes and choose one that is cheesy, one that is meaty, one that is spicy and one that is vegan to appease all the different taste preferences of your group. Look to these dip recipes for inspiration.
To be the envy of all your friends (and the star of their Instagram stories) build yourself a snack stadium. Fill a few cardboard boxes or aluminum pans with all your favorite snacks (including some of these healthy Super Bowl recipes, for a well-balanced selection). Make a field out of a frosted cake and place it in the center. Learn how to build a snack stadium with our step-by-step guide.
It’s time to kick your cable box, and pricy cable TV bill, to the curb. Thanks to streaming, you don’t need cable or satellite service anymore to watch all of the TV shows, movies, news and sporting events live or on-demand. And if you’re used to your cable box’s DVR, live TV streaming services offer cloud DVRs of their own that work in the same way, no box required. All you need to cut the cord is a good internet connection and the apps built into your smart TV or running on an inexpensive streamer, such as a Roku or Amazon Fire TV.
More Americans than ever are cutting the cable TV cord in favor of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, HBO Max and Hulu. There are thousands of TV shows and movies to stream on-demand, but that’s just the beginning. Direct cable replacement services like Sling TV and YouTube TV start at $25 a month and can stream most of the live channels, sports and news available on your cable box with no contracts to sign, so you can cancel anytime. And if you don’t want to pay at all, numerous other services stream free TV shows, free movies and even live news.
Whether your favorite shows are on Netflix or NBC, Disney Plus or ESPN, Amazon Prime or your local ABC, Fox or PBS station, you can probably stream them without ever needing to use a cable or satellite TV box.
Here’s how to get started.
Set up a home internet plan with unlimited data, if you can
Even if you cut cable TV, you’ll still need a home internet connection for streaming. Many people get their internet as part of a cable TV bundle, maybe with phone service too. Often your cable company is the same one providing your internet connection, but sometimes you can shop around to multiple internet providers.
You’ll need to find out how much home broadband costs by itself, without a TV bundle. If your bundle is $130 a month, maybe you’ll have to pay $60 for just internet. That leaves $70 of potential savings by cutting cable TV. That’s a lot of money every month to pocket or spend on new streaming services.
Other things to consider as you shop for internet-only plans:
Are you under contract? If so, you’ll have to either wait it out, renegotiate a new internet-only deal with your cable company or eat the early termination fee.
How fast of a connection do you need? Start by pricing out the same speed you have already but keep in mind that with everyone in your home streaming more, you might need a faster connection.
You should get a plan with unlimited data, if available, which can cost more than data-limited plans. Streaming video can really add up.
Which TV shows and channels are your must-haves?
Now it’s time to figure out your TV must-haves. canceling cable means you’ll need to stream the stuff you normally watch on your cable box.
Make a list of the shows and channels you and your family watch regularly. In some cases, you’ll be able to replace your favorite channel programming with a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu, but be aware that many current-season episodes won’t be available immediately.
The best option to replace your cable box directly is with a live TV streaming service. Each offers a package of live channels you can watch on a streaming app that, with a bit of a learning curve, works just as well as (or better than) a cable box. They include program guides, cloud DVRs and extras your box can’t deliver including user profiles and mobile streaming. Prices start at $25 a month but to get live local channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or PBS) and a package comparable to cable, you’ll need to pay at least $65 per month. For premium shows, HBO ($15 a month), Showtime ($11) and Starz ($9) all have standalone services, too.
The best part about any of the services above? Unlike cable, you can cancel and restart service anytime without contracts or penalties. You can subscribe to follow a particular show, for example, and then cancel after the finale.
Try to replace your DVR’d shows with streaming options
Do you use your cable box’s DVR a lot? Live TV streaming services offer a “cloud DVR,” but they do have some limitations compared to TiVo or the DVR from your cable company. They often have storage limits, shows that expire after a certain time, limitations on which channels can be recorded, and some even force you to watch commercials. YouTube TV has the best cloud DVR we’ve tested, and in most ways it’s as good as TiVo, but other services’ cloud DVRs aren’t as good.
Thanks to on-demand, however, you might not miss your DVR much at all. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others let you watch shows on-demand — often the same shows you’re using your DVR to record. And live TV services such as YouTube TV and Sling TV offer a lot of on-demand shows, and you can often pause or even skip commercials. On the other hand, every episode of every show might not be available.
Install a TV antenna for local channels
One way to get around the high cost of local networks on streaming is to use an antenna. To qualify as a television, and not a monitor, a display needs to have an over-the-air tuner built-in, so you can plug in an antenna and watch broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS. Reception varies widely depending on where you live, however, and unless you buy an antenna DVR like the Fire TV Recast, AirTV or TiVo Bolt OTA, you’re restricted to live-only viewing.
Use a streaming device: smart TV, game console, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast or Apple TV
You won’t need that cable box anymore, but you will need some kind of streaming device to watch services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max. Maybe the app is built into your smart TV, maybe into your game console, or maybe you have to buy a new streaming device like a Roku or Apple TV. In any case you’ll also need to connect such a device to each TV that’s currently connected to a cable box.
At least they’re relatively cheap ($17 and up), and you don’t have to pay the cable company every month to rent one. And with most services you can also watch on your phone, tablet or computer.
Do you care about watching sports?
Sports fans have an increasing number of streaming options that show live games, but depending on which sport(s) you follow, the local team(s) in your area and how many games you want to watch, it can get costly. Channels devoted to pro basketball, hockey and baseball teams, known as RSNs (regional sports networks), are available on most cable networks but are rare and expensive on streaming services. These are the channels you’ll need to watch most regular season games for those sports.
Unfortunately, live TV streaming service DirecTV Stream’s $85 plan is often the only option if you want to watch your local RSN via streaming, although in some parts of the country a somewhat cheaper service (namely YouTube TV or Fubo TV at $65) will carry your channel. Coverage varies widely by sport, team and city, so check out our dedicated guides for more details — including exactly which services carry your local team and how much they cost.
NFL pro football games are usually carried on local CBS, Fox and NBC networks, but you’ll typically need an antenna, a live TV streaming service, Paramount Plus (for CBS games only) or Peacock (for NBC Sunday Night games) to watch them. Amazon Prime Video also streams many Thursday Night Football games free for Prime members and will host Thursday Night Football exclusively from 2022. And of course, you’ll need ESPN, available on most live streaming services, to watch Monday Night Football.
During MLB playoffs, you can typically watch the games on Fox and TBS, which are available on most live TV services, but that changes once the regular season resumes in the spring, when fans who want to watch every day will need to opt for a service that includes their local RSN.
If you like to chat with friends in real-time during the game, or follow live games on Twitter or social media, be aware that streaming sports are often delayed compared to the “live” game on cable or elsewhere. The Super Bowl, for example, lags 30 seconds to a minute behind cable.
Do a trial run before you cut the cord for good
Cutting the cable cord can save you a lot of money but you’ll need to do some planning to make the transition as painless as possible. It pays to get all your streaming ducks in a row before you make that final fateful call to your cable provider.
Go through your checklist and figure out which services you need to subscribe to and which devices you’ll need to get. Install everything on your main TV, unplug your cable box and get used to using streaming instead. Familiarize yourself first, then move on to helping other members of your household.
Chances are you’ll experience some bumps along the way. The menu systems on some streaming services are different, the remote controls on devices are different, even the lack of channel numbers and need to use search can be tough to grok. Give it time and patience, however, and it will be fine.
Ready? It’s time to cancel your cable service
After you’ve lived with streaming for a while and have grown comfortable with the process of clicking on an app rather than firing up your cable box, it’s time to make the fateful call. Your cable provider might offer you incentives to stick around and you’ll have to weigh those against the benefits of cutting the cord, but do so carefully. Especially if the offer is contingent on signing a two-year contract. A lot can change in two years and with the freedom of streaming, it’s simply a lot easier to save money than with cable.
In the end, cutting cable TV isn’t for everyone. No single device or service has as many channels as a premium cable package. Juggling different services to find the shows you want to watch can be more effort than some people are willing to put in.
On the other hand, cutting cable is getting easier with every new option that hits the market. Beyond the savings, you get the freedom of being able to pick and choose the service you want — and drop it like a hot potato if you don’t like it anymore, your favorite show ends or something new comes along. Cutting cable is all about choice and if you do it right, you’ll never miss that old cable box.
The days may be short and the nights may be cold — but don’t let yourself get even more down in the dumps by missing something you’ve been planning to watch on Netflix.
As we head into the year’s shortest month, there’s a slew of titles leaving the streaming platform, including several star-studded films. There’s the romantic drama Chocolat with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Kevin Costner’s Best Picture-winning Dances with Wolves, and one of comedy’s best duos, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, in Step Brothers.
The first month of 2022 is almost over. That means lots of new movies, TV shows and Netflix Originals are just around the corner. Here’s everything coming to Netflix in February and what to watch.
Some great movies land on Netflix on the 1st of the month, including Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and the Tom Cruise historical drama The Last Samurai. Kids will be excited for the return of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.
Two One Piece anime films are also landing on the streaming service next month—One Piece: Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Water, Miracle Sakura and One Piece: Episode of Alabasta. Really terrific month for One Piece fans!
Coming To Netflix In February:
Business Proposal — NETFLIX SERIES
Juvenile Justice — NETFLIX SERIES
Love, Life & Everything in Between — NETFLIX SERIES
One Piece: Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Water, Miracle Sakura
One Piece: Episode of Alabasta
My Best Friend Anne Frank — NETFLIX FILM
Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Raising Dion: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES
The Addams Family (1991)
The Book of Eli
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Dark Knight
Despicable Me 2
The Devil’s Advocate
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
The Last Samurai
The Lucky One
The New Guy
New Year’s Eve
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Guys
Patsy & Loretta
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Dark Desire: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES
MeatEater Season 10 Part 2 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
The Tinder Swindler — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Finding Ola — NETFLIX SERIES
Kid Cosmic: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Murderville — NETFLIX SERIES
Loop Lapeta — NETFLIX FILM
Sweet Magnolias: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES
Through My Window — NETFLIX FILM
Child of Kamiari Month — NETFLIX ANIME
Love is Blind Japan — NETFLIX SERIES (weekly episodes)
You may have noticed that 2022 is already shaping up to be a great year of TV, and Netflix’s latest offerings are further proof. If you jump on the service this weekend, you’ll find some compelling new shows and seasons have just dropped. For example, there’s the second season of a reality phenomenon that was hit with a scandal during its hiatus. Or you can press play on the final chapter of one of Netflix’s most-nominated prestige dramas. Read on to find out what other shows you should be watching on Netflix right now.
1 Ozark (Pictured above)
On Friday, Jan. 21, Netflix drops the first half of the final season of its hit crime series Ozark, with stars Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner returning to carry out more illegal activities and rack up more Emmy nominations. While the show started with the Byrde family fleeing to the Ozarks with a cartel on their heels, the fourth season finds them in a somewhat cushier spot, but with many of the same problems. The streaming service has yet to announce the premiere date of Season 4 Part 2, so you have plenty of time to catch up before the almost certainly bloody conclusion.
2 Too Hot to Handle
In the storied tradition of reality shows that trap attractive singles together on an island somewhere, Too Hot to Handle sets itself apart with its No. 1 rule: the dollar amount of the grand prize decreases every time any of the contestants share any sexual contact—even kissing. Check out the newly arrived Season 3 to see who hooks up and how low that number goes.
3 The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman
The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman centers the experience of the victims of Robert Hendy-Freegard, a con artist who perpetrated some seriously elaborate schemes. In the ’90s, he was able to convince several people that he was an MI5 spy, and in the ’00s, he began dating a divorced mother of two, seducing her further and further away from her family. Her adult children are key figures in the true crime docuseries, unpacking how Hendy-Freegard was able to deceive their mom so completely that she would run away with him. The two are still at large.
4 Archive 81
In the mood for something creepy? Try Archive 81, an original Netflix horror series about a film and video expert (Mamoudou Athie), who’s tasked with restoring the archive of a grad student who was investigating a suspicious apartment building fire. Working in the secluded compound of his mysterious client, Dan becomes more and more obsessed by the content of the videos and how they unravel some sinister truths.
5 After Life
Co-creator of the original U.K. version of The Office, Ricky Gervais, is also the star of and brains behind After Life, the third season of which just started streaming on Netflix. His character, Tony Johnson, inconsolable after the death of his wife, decides to seek payback from the universe by simply doing whatever he wants, no matter who that hurts. But with the help of people around him, he begins to realize that life as he knew it may not be entirely over after all.
The reality series Cheer became a very buzzy Netflix success when the first season premiered in early 2020. But its audience’s newfound interest in competitive college cheerleading and the Navarro College Bulldogs specifically was tainted when accusations of sexual abuse and other crimes were made public against breakout star Jerry Harris. Season 2 of Cheer doesn’t ignore that controversy but addresses it head-on, giving his accusers a platform and showing how the team has dealt with that upheaval.
Every month, Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. While the service’s original programming isn’t going anywhere, the many other movies and shows in its library arrive and depart regularly, and sometimes without much notice. We’ll update this article monthly with Netflix announcements about what’s leaving, and help you prioritize what to watch now before it’s too late.
Sometimes, we need a friendly nudge from our past to remind us that we’re exactly where we’re meant to be. In Chateau Christmas, Margot (played by Merritt Patterson) returns home to Chateau Neuhaus to rediscover her passion for music — and along the way, she revisits an old love (played by Luke Macfarlane).
Molly (played by Alvina August) finds herself in a love triangle — or so she thinks. While she’s falling for Josh (played by Eion Bailey) IRL, she’s also pouring her heart out to a mystery man via text. The best part: She doesn’t realize they’re the same guy.
3) Christmas Everlasting
More of a tear-jerker than Hallmark’s other offerings, Christmas Everlasting offers a poignant reminder to face life head-on even if it means owning up to your secrets and insecurities along the way. Tatyana Ali steals the show as Lucy, a hotshot lawyer who is forced to confront her past after her sister passes away.
Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliot’s relationship is a gift to us all. Months after they warmed our hearts in the inaugural All of My Heart movie, the pair stunned in this Christmas favorite, directed by the one and only Mariah Carey. And if you can look beyond Lacey and Brennan’s on-camera chemistry, you’ll catch a special appearance by the Queen of Christmas herself.
Click below to find more Christmas movies including Christmas at Graceland and Christmas at Dollywood.