Quordle needs to be approached differently from Wordle. With four puzzles to solve in nine tries, you can’t blindly throw letters at them and expect to win – you’ll stand a much better chance if you think strategically.
This is of course also the case in Wordle, but it is even more important in Quordle.
There are two key things to keep in mind.
1. Use some opening words
First, you won’t want just one starting word, but you almost certainly will two or three initial words.
The first one should probably be one of the best wordle starters because the same things that make it work well will apply here as well. But then you should choose another word or two that uses much more of the most common consonants and that contains the remaining vowels.
For example, I currently use OLD > NAPKIT > PUNCH. Between them, these three words use 15 of the 26 letters of the alphabet, including all five vowels, Y, and the nine most common consonants (S, T, R, D, L, P, N, C, and H). There are plenty of other options – you might want to put an M, B, F or G in there instead of an H – but something like this should do the trick.
If all goes well, this will give you a good indication of what one, and sometimes two, answers might be. If not, well, good luck!
2. Narrow the range
Second, if you encounter a word whose answer could be one of several options – for example -ATCH, where it could be MATCH, BATCH, LATCH, CATCH, WATCH, HATCH, or PATCH – you will definitely want to guess the word that would narrow down those options .
In Wordle, you can instead try several of them in turn and hope one of them is correct, assuming you’ve made enough guesses. It’s risky, but sometimes it works. Other than that, it’s the only option in hard mode. But in Quordle it will almost certainly fail – you just don’t have enough guesses.
In the above scenario, CLAMP would be a great guess because it could point the way to four out of seven words at a time.