What’s the hardest word to guess, when playing hangman? I’ll come back to that.

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The “sweet spot” in the bottom right is the set of words which you would expect a perfect player to fail to guess, assuming that they’re given a limit of 10 “wrong” guesses.

In case you’re interested, then, here are the theoretically-hardest words to throw at your hangman opponent. While many of the words there feel like they would quite-rightly be difficult, others feel like they’d be easier than their ranking would imply: this is probably because they contain unusual numbers of vowels or vowels in unusual-but-telling positions, which humans (with their habit, inefficient under normal circumstances, of guessing an extended series of vowels to begin with) might be faster to guess than a computer.

WordGuesses taken“Wrong” guesses needed
quiz2420
jazz2219
jazzy2218
quaff2218
zinc2117
oak2017
vex2017
vox2017
foxing2216
foxed2116
queued2016
fuzzy2016
quay2016
pinup2016
fox1916
yuk1916
vaquero2215
jazzier2115
quizzed2115
hazing2115
favour2115
yoking2115
quays2015
quark2015
joked2015
guyed2015
foyer2015
bumph2015
huge1915
quip1915
gibe1915
rump1915
guan1915
quizzed1915
oaks1915
murk1915
fezzes1915
yuck1915
keno1915
kazoo1915
Download a longer list(there’s plenty more which you’d expect to “win” with)

If you use this to give you an edge in your next game, let me know how it works out for you!