Quordle needs to be approached in a different way than Wordle. With four puzzles to solve in nine attempts, you can’t blindly throw letters and expect to win – you’ll have a much better chance if you think strategically.
This is of course the case in Wordle too, but it is even more important in Quordle.
There are two key things to remember.
1. Use multiple seed words
First, you won’t need a single seed word, but it’s almost certain that two or three starting words.
The first of these should probably be one of Wordle’s best starting words, as the same elements that make them work well will also apply here. But after that, you need to select another word, or even two, that use many more of the most common consonants and include the remaining vowels.
For example, I currently use STARE > DOILY > PUNCH. Between them, these three words use 15 of the 26 letters of the alphabet, including the five vowels, Y, and nine of the most common consonants (S, T, R, D, L, P, N, C, and H). There are plenty of other options – you might want to insert an M, B, F or G instead of the H, perhaps – but something like this should do the trick.
If all goes well, this will give you a good idea of what one or sometimes two of the answers might be. Otherwise, good luck!
2. Refine things
Second, if you’re faced with a word whose answer could easily be one of several options – for example -ATCH, where it could be MATCH, BATCH, LATCH, CATCH, WATCH, HATCH or PATCH – you’ll definitely want to guess a word that would reduce these options.
In Wordle, you can instead try several in succession and hope that one of them is right, assuming you have enough guesses left. It’s risky, but it will work sometimes. Additionally, it is the only option in Hard mode. But in Quordle this will almost certainly result in failure – you simply don’t have enough guesses.
In the above scenario, CLAMP would be a great guess, as it could point the way to four of the seven words in one go.