Wordle 270 was a great example of the game’s unfairness, but we overcame

Getting most of the letters in 2 guesses doesn’t mean you can guess all of them… unless you do

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Wordle 270 wasn’t hard as such because Wordle is almost never hard if you know English and words and that. However it was a classic example of how Wordle is not really fair. But then you know what else isn’t fair? Life. And another thing that isn’t fair? Flair. That’s phonetically very similar, but it’s not fair. Being invaded by another, somewhat larger, country is also not fair, so let’s keep a lid on the things we get upset about here. 

Looking at Twitter, we can see a few Wordlers who have got 4 out of the 5 letters very efficiently today, but then been left guessing the 1st one while chewing their fingernails and fretting – some requiring the full 6 guesses. It would be very interesting to see some win/lose and number of guesses required stats for each day’s Wordle. We get the impression most people got this one correct – we nailed it in 4 – but it took them slightly out of their comfort zones. 

Today’s Wordle solution wasn’t a difficult word, but there are just enough words very similar to it – in terms of spelling – to raise a cold sweat. 

Hints for Wordle 270

Now this Wordle winner is a good word, that it’s hard to give clues about without giving it away or being too gnomic. But like a great chef, you need to get every ingredient right with this one. 


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How to solve Wordle #270

Use a standard opening word with as many vowels as possible. Because we are in a hurry we’re always playing with ‘hard mode’ turned off, and no, that’s not some sort of innuendo. So we open with ALIEN, follow up with SHOUT. That practically always gives most of the letters in any given 5-letter word.

If you like to play this game the hard way, using a word like ALIEN or ADIEU or SEATY – sadly that last one is not an actual word so don’t be trying that one – would net you only 2, 2 or 3 letters respectively and then working out the full 5 is still entirely possible but it’s harder. That’s why it’s called hard mode, dig? 

Wordle #270 answer

Wordle 270

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CATER. You know: produce food for a gathering. Or produce anything that sustains a gathering, such as a guide to winning at simple  word games. 

Easy right? Except, unless your opening word contains a C, which most probably it doesn’t, the likelihood is you would soon make your way to -ATER. Yup.

-ATER? I never even met ‘er! From here, you could try water, dater (one who dates), gater (one who gates), hater (one who… you get the picture), later, mater, pater, rater… there’s lots of words that could be today’s Wordle, and your guesses are running TF out. So you could easily lose through no damn fault of your own. Unfair, right? 

However, there’s a smaller number of -ATER words that are commonly used. So, after failing at the water hazard, we picked CATER over hater, mater and pater – the latter two being ‘posh’ English terms for mother and father. Later had been ruled out earlier, of course. 

If you want to know more about this frankly rubbish and unfair game and how to win, I recommend taking a read of T3's guide to Wordle – it explains how the game is played and provides our master moves that have up to now retained our 100% success rate. From now on, we play with hard mode activated and no, that is not some sort of innuendo. 

Duncan Bell

Duncan is the former lifestyle editor of T3 and has been writing about tech for almost 15 years. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. His current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."