Frequently Asked Questions


What is a valid word?

Squaredle uses the official North American Scrabble Players word list (NWL2023). Only words in that list are valid (apart from a handful of other words that are longer than Scrabble's 15-character limit).

Notably, only lowercase English words are valid. Proper nouns and adjectives, such as "Dane", "Santa", or "Irish", are not valid; nor are abbreviations, initialisms, nonstandard words, or hyphenated words. Prefixes, suffixes, and parts of of multi-word terms (e.g. "diem" from "per diem") are also invalid, unless they're found in NWL2023 as standalone words.

You might see some words in Squaredle that look like proper nouns — that means they're valid lowercase words, e.g. fine china or a panama hat.

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How do you determine bonus words?

It's often a judgment call.

I start from an American English word frequency list, so infrequently used words are typically bonus words. I also check a few dictionaries to see if words are categorized as dialectical, archaic, or obsolete. Finally, I use my judgment, my own experiences, and comments from friends and the Squaredle community to determine whether enough people are aware of a word to make it required, including a voting system in our Discord chat server.

I try to err on the side of "bonus word", since if you don't know a required word, you have to brute-force the puzzle to find it — which isn't very fun.

Read more about my thought process in The Making of a Squaredle.

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Why is today's puzzle so hard?

I try to publish the easiest puzzles on Mondays and the hardest on Fridays. But my difficulty rating is a "guesstimate" — the puzzle might be easier or harder than the number of stars would suggest.

Having trouble? Twelve hours after each puzzle releases, you can enable hints in the word list — these will show you the alphabetical order of the words you're missing, as well as their starting letter(s).

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How do I see the answers?

Regular daily puzzles: You can find the answers tomorrow by opening the word list (tap the word count at the top) and tapping the "Yesterday" tab.

An "end puzzle" option is coming soon.

Special puzzles: Answers are coming soon!

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Leaderboards & Scores

How are the leaderboards sorted?

The leaderboards are sorted by word count, then by one of 3 tie breakers you can choose: bonus word count, accuracy, or speed.

After that, ties are broken based on who completed the puzzle earlier.

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What impacts my accuracy ranking?

Your accuracy is the number of required words you've found, divided by the total number of required words and non-words you've submitted.

Only "Not a word" and "Not a word: proper noun" hurt your accuracy score. "Too short", "Already found", and bonus words don't impact your accuracy.

Entering the same non-word again DOES count against your accuracy again.

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What impacts my speed ranking?

Your personal stopwatch runs whenever the game is visible unless a pop-up is open. You can pause the stopwatch by opening a pop-up, hiding the browser tab, minimizing the browser, or putting your device to sleep.

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How do I see my time?

Enable the timer in Settings to show your game time below the game board.

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Can we see times or accuracy on the leaderboard?

No, sorry. I've heard from many players that they don't want their time or accuracy to be shared with other players.

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How do I find my friends on the leaderboard?

You can star someone on the leaderboard to follow them. You'll see their scores even when they're not in the top 500, and you can see them in one place by switching your view from Global to Favorites.

If you can't find your friends on the leaderboard, ask them for their link! Tap "Compare with friends" to find your own link at the bottom of the leaderboard. When someone opens your link, their device will automatically favorite you in the leaderboard so they can find you.

When you open someone else's link, you'll automatically favorite them.

I'm working on making finding friends easier. Stay tuned!

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What does the asterisk * mean in the Share text?

An asterisk * next to your word count means you solved the puzzle without using any hints or reveals from the word list. Nice job!

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How do I enter words using a physical keyboard?

Just type out the word and press <Enter>. The grid will adjust to select the right letters to form your word.

Use <Backspace> to delete a letter.

The <Space bar> toggles between squares that have the same letter, if you're a visual thinker.

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What does the reload button next to the board do?

It's actually a rotate button. Try it! It won't reset your game.

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What are the globe and star icons in the progress bar?

The globe represents the current average progress in today's puzzle by all players.

The star shows when you'll receive the next perk.

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What do the numbers inside a square mean? What are the perks?

Each day, you start with a fresh board. As you earn points, you earn perks for that day's puzzle:

  1. Squares show a number in the bottom left corner representing how many words start with that square.
  2. Squares show a number in the bottom right corner representing how many words include that square (anywhere in the word).
  3. Hints are unlocked in the word list, letting you sort your missing words alphabetically and see their starting letter.
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What does the + (plus sign) inside a square mean?

In larger puzzles, a + just means there are 10 or more words that start with (or use) that square — too many to fit in a small space!

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Why do some letters fade out?

Squares fade out when they're no longer used in any required words. You can safely ignore those squares, unless you're looking for bonus words!

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Can I still find bonus words when letters fade out?

Yes, faded out letters can still be used to find bonus words. They're just a bit harder to select; you need to drag over the very center part of the square.

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How do I cancel a word I'm entering?

Swipe up to the top of the page to quickly cancel your word without impacting your accuracy.

On a physical keyboard, press the Esc key.

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Squaredle Squared

How do I sign up for Squaredle Squared?

Sign up for a monthly or annual membership with a credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or PayPal.

If you'd like to support Squaredle by paying more for your membership — $6/month or more — you can also sign up for Squaredle Squared via Ko-fi Memberships. Select the "Square" tier or higher. This also gives you access to the Beta!

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What are the benefits of Squaredle Squared?

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How do I change or cancel my Squaredle Squared subscription?

Most subscribers can manage their subscription or cancel auto-renewal in the Squared section at the bottom of the Settings window.

Make sure you're signed in to the correct account, or your subscription won't show up.

If you need help canceling your subscription, please submit feedback and be sure to include your email address.

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How do I ask more questions?

If you've read this far, you must really like my game! Join our chat room in Discord to talk with the creator and fellow players about all things Squaredle.

You can also ask a question privately by submitting feedback.

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How can I help?

Most importantly: Tell your friends about Squaredle!

Please submit feedback if you have suggestions, ideas, bug reports or questions. I read every comment, and I'll respond to questions if you leave your email address.

Support the server by signing up for Squaredle Squared, the premium membership that lets you play puzzles from the archive and more. Or, donate directly to Squaredle.

New: Official merch for sale! Comfy shirts & hoodies and beautiful, nerdy mugs.

We're privileged to have a "Squaredle Squad" consisting of real players who work hard to improve the game. So your support means a lot to all of us!

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