40 awesomely Gen X Wordle start words – plus how to play unlimited Wordle games

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Have a Wordle habit and need another fix? We have you covered. Here are three ways you can solve those 5-letter puzzles to your heart’s content — plus we have 40 Generation X-themed Wordle start words you can try! 

How to play unlimited Wordle games

1) Go wayback through the archive of original Wordles

Archive.org’s Wayback Machine has a collection of past snapshots of the official site that can be accessed here. Just hover over one of the date circles on the calendar, and pick one of the saved pages. (The original puzzles were only updated every 24 hours, so you will need to pick a different date to get a new puzzle.)

Note: You may need to close the toolbar frame at the top of the page to see the whole screen keyboard. (PS: You can also use a laptop or desktop’s actual keyboard to enter letters.)

2) Visit another original Wordle archive

A computational biologist named Devang Thakkar put together an archive of Wordle by Josh Wardle. The layout is slightly different, but it all works the same way. that can be accessed here.

3) Check out Wordle Unlimited

A copycat Wordle game, the WordleUnlimited.com site gives you access to hundreds of different puzzles. Be warned, though — these are not the original Wordle words, and some of them are not so basic, such as INFRA and MONDE. (There are also ads.)


Gen X inspired Wordle start words

Gen X inspired Wordle start words

These Wordle start words are inspired by the 80s & 90s, but are not proper nouns (meaning they’re legal to play in Wordle) and don’t have any repeated letters.

BACON: Not just a food, but an actor, too

BLUES: For “Hill Street Blues” & Blues music

BROWN: For “My Prerogative” singer Bobby Brown

CHiPS: For the old cop show with Ponch & Jon

CLASH: Should you stay or should you go?

COURT: For “People’s Court” and also “Night Court”

DIRTY: For the 1987 Jennifer Grey/Patrick Swayze movie “Dirty Dancing”

DUKES: From “Dukes of Hazzard”

EARTH: For the band Earth, Wind & Fire (and Duran Duran’s song “Planet Earth”)

FIELD: For 1989’s “Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner

FLINT: For “The Flintstones” TV show

GAMES: For War Games (plus there was a magazine called Games in the 80s)

GHOST: For both the 1990 movie “Ghost” and “Ghostbusters”

GIRLS: They just wanna have fun (and “Golden Girls” too)

HOUSE: For the hit TV sitcom “Full House” and “Little House on the Prairie” – plus the band Crowded House

JUICY: For Juicy Fruit gum (FRUIT, too)

MIKED: For Mike D of the Beastie Boys

NAKED: For the late 80s Leslie Nielsen “Naked Gun” movies & band Naked Eyes

NERDS: For the candy, and the “Revenge of the Nerds” movie

NIGHT: For the sitcom “Night Court”

PAINS: From the 80s-90s sitcom “Growing Pains”

PARTY: You gotta fight for your right to do it

POETS: For the “Dead Poets Society,” starring Robin Williams and several young actors who went on to stardom

PUNKY: For “Punky Brewster” *

QUEEN: For the band Queen, and the Sex Pistols song “God Save the Queen”

ROCKY: For Sylvester Stallone’s boxing epic, or, if you prefer, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

SAVED: For “Saved by the Bell,” the TV show that debuted in 1989

SHACK: From Caddyshack (you can play CADDY too, but that DD might be a waste of a letter)

SHORT: For Short Circuit (“Number 5 is alive!”)

SMITH: As in Robert Smith of The Cure, or simply The Smiths inspo. Your call!

STING: The police frontman

SUPER: For Superman (we like the Christopher Reeve ones best)

TIMES: From “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (RIDGE is another one you could play)

TUBES: For the band The Tubes

VOGUE: For the “Free Your Mind” singers En Vogue

WEIRD: For the “Weird Science” flick with Anthony Michael Hall

Other wordle start words to try with 2 of a kind

These have repeated letters, but they can help narrow down exact placements for letters you have already discovered.

SOAPS: For all the daytime dramas millions of people watched (but they wouldn’t always admit to that)

HAPPY: For “Happy Days”

BERET: She wore a raspberry beret. (The kind you find in a secondhand store.)

RIDER: For none other than Kitt’s TV show, Knight Rider (oh yeah, it had David Hasselhoff, too)

Nancy J Price & Betsy Bailey

Nancy J Price & Betsy Bailey

We're Nancy and Betsy, and we've been adventuring in the digital world since the mid-90s -- truly making us that type of entrepreneurial internet pioneer Gen X is known for! We started Myria.com back in 1998 and later launched SheKnows.com -- among various other online and print projects. Our partnership has spanned decades and crossed state lines (multiple times!). Nancy currently resides Arizona, and Betsy's newest home base is Minnesota. It's been an incredible journey of collaboration and innovation. You can read more about our story here!

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