Interesting Question of the Day – 14 March 2018

According to a mathematician who exhaustively studied the subject, what it the hardest word to guess in Hangman?

(Think of letters people are likely or unlikely to guess.)

The first new player to comment on the website with the correct answer wins a free drink at their next iQ Trivia show.

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6 comments on “Interesting Question of the Day – 14 March 2018
  1. Radley says:

    OK I’ll start. How about syzygy?

    • iqtrivia says:

      That would be tough, what with the lack of vowels, but there was one that was tested that was tougher (though we’re not sure if syzygy was checked.)

      • Andrew B says:

        Funny! I was thinking syzygy too… but I guess maybe if you go through the vowels and all you get are three y’s, it’ll be a bit obvious?

        • iqtrivia says:

          Yes, though y is not a common guess in hangman.

          This one is a four letter word, so not many correct guesses.


    the hardest word to guess in hangman is “jazz”.

    • iqtrivia says:

      It is.

      Only four letters, and only three different letters, so all 23 other letters get you closer to losing.

      And the J is an unusual guess, and the double Z is even more unusual. You’re likely to get the A, and then get nothing else.