The Sunday Wordle is here, and it’s a pretty difficult one. WordleBot says people are solving it in 4.2 guesses, and I suspect lots of players will find it harder than that, depending on their choice of start word.
Fancy some Wordle hints before you begin? Then read on for a selection of clues to guide you in the right direction. And if you don’t have time to play at all, you can see the answer, too. Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game.
SPOILER WARNING: Information about today’s Wordle answers are below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to see them.
Marc is TechRadar’s UK Editor in Chief and has been playing Wordle for more than a year. He’s authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar and its sister site Tom’s Guide, including a detailed analysis of the most common letters in every position. His streak recently reached the 460 mark and he’ll be inconsolable if he loses it. Yes, he takes it all too seriously.
Wordle hints (game #694) – clue #1 – Vowels
How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?
• Wordle today has one vowel*.
* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too).
Wordle hints (game #694) – clue #2 – first letter
What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?
• The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is S.
S is the most common starting letter in the game, featuring in 365 of Wordle’s 2,309 answers. In fact, it’s almost twice as likely to begin an answer as the next most common starting letter, C.
Wordle hints (game #694) – clue #3 – repeated letters
Does today’s Wordle have any repeated letters?
• There are no repeated letters in today’s Wordle.
Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.
Wordle hints (game #694) – clue #4 – ending letter
What letter does today’s Wordle end with?
• The last letter in today’s Wordle is F.
F is not a particularly common ending letter in Wordle. It only ranks 17th in this regard, and a mere 26 of the 2,000-plus original Wordle answers end in this letter.
Wordle hints (game #694) – clue #5 – last chance
Still looking for Wordle hints today? Don’t worry, I’ll give you one more for game #694
- Today’s Wordle answer wraps you up.
If you just want to know today’s Wordle answer now, simply scroll down – but I’d always recommend trying to solve it on your own first. We’ve got lots of Wordle tips and tricks to help you, including a guide to the best Wordle start words.
If you don’t want to know today’s answer then DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER BECAUSE IT IS PRINTED BELOW. So don’t say you weren’t warned!
Today’s Wordle answer (game #694)
Today’s Wordle answer (game #694) is… SCARF.
Are you one of those people who regularly starts with CRANE? Then you’ll be in the midst of a nice run right now. For Friday’s puzzle (SNACK), you had just two possible solutions for your second guess. For yesterday’s (ACRID, see below) you had 11. And today? Well, today you have a mere three to whittle down.
Good news for you if so, because SCARF is a pretty tough word in some ways. WordleBot says people are solving it in an average of 4.2 guesses, and it’s one of those words with several similarly spelled alternatives.
Certainly anyone who started with STARE, as I did, will have felt that pain: though I only had 11 possible solutions left, it still took me three further guesses to find the right one. SCARY, SHARP, SPARK, SHARK, SWARM, SHARD, SNARL, SCARP… there are just too many to narrow it down quickly enough.
I suspect that there will have been something of a split today, because CRANE wasn’t the only one of the best Wordle starting words to narrow things down nicely: CRATE also left just three, while TRACE (6) and CARTE (8) were also pretty good. On the flipside, ADIEU left more than 250 options!
The F on the end of SCARF doesn’t help much either; this is a rather uncommon occurrence in the game, with only 26 of Wordle’s original 2,309 solutions finishing with that letter.
With three greens on the first guess, my task was seemingly simple: identify the second and fifth letters. But there were just too many of them, with various combinations of C, H, M, N, P, L, K, W, Y and F all available to me. I tried to narrow it down on my second guess by playing CHIMP – which WordleBot said was a “wonderful choice” but which still left me with two options for my third go. And of course I picked the wrong one, going for SCARY rather than SCARF. So, a 4/6 for me, but I doubt I’ll be the only one to struggle a bit today.
How did you do today? send me an email and let me know.
Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #693)
In a different time zone where it’s still Saturday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #693, too.
- Wordle yesterday had two vowels.
- The first letter in yesterday’s Wordle answer was A.
- There were no repeated letters in yesterday’s Wordle.
- The last letter in yesterday’s Wordle was D.
- Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a sharp taste or smell.
Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #693)
Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #693) was… ACRID.
As with yesterday’s game (see below), this is a rather easy one if your starting word is one of a few popular options. ADIEU, which is always the most commonly played opener, left just three possible solutions today, a figure matched by CARTE. CRATE (11) and CRANE (10) were also pretty good.
Certainly the reduced options for ADIEU players (and AUDIO too) will have brought down the overall average, which WordleBot says it at 3.6 compared to yesterday’s 3.7.
If you didn’t play that, and instead started with one of the best Wordle starting words (which ADIEU isn’t, usually), you may have had a tougher time. That said, I wouldn’t expect too many failures today. All five of the letters are common in Wordle, and there aren’t too many options once you find a couple of the consonants.
In my case, for instance, my opening STARE left me with 82 possible solutions, but my second guess reduced that immediately to just one!
My choice was CAROL, which WordleBot said was an excellent choice. On the face of it, not that much changed; the R turned green, sure, but the A stayed yellow. I did add a yellow C too, though, and that combination was enough to leave ACRID as the only possible answer. I played that next for my WordleBot-beating 3/6.
Wordle answers: The past 50
I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than a year now and have tracked all of the previous answers so I can help you improve your game. Here are the last 50 solutions starting with yesterday’s answer, or check out my past Wordle answers page for the full list.
- Wordle #693, Saturday 13 May: ACRID
- Wordle #692, Friday 12 May: SNACK
- Wordle #691, Thursday 11 May: BROOM
- Wordle #690, Wednesday 10 May: ETHIC
- Wordle #689, Tuesday 9 May: COCOA
- Wordle #688, Monday 8 May: AGLOW
- Wordle #687, Sunday 7 May: GHOUL
- Wordle #686, Saturday 6 May: ANGER
- Wordle #685, Friday 5 May: BELOW
- Wordle #684, Thursday 4 May: GUPPY
- Wordle #683, Wednesday 3 May: HORDE
- Wordle #682, Tuesday 2 May: SULKY
- Wordle #681, Monday 1 May: RANGE
- Wordle #680, Sunday 30 April: PLAZA
- Wordle #679, Saturday 29 April: CEDAR
- Wordle #678, Friday 28 April: CIRCA
- Wordle #677, Thursday 27 April: LOGIC
- Wordle #676, Wednesday 26 April: METRO
- Wordle #675, Tuesday 25 April: JOKER
- Wordle #674, Monday 24 April: DITTO
- Wordle #673, Sunday 23 April: UNZIP
- Wordle #672, Saturday 22 April: BROKE
- Wordle #671, Friday 21 April: KAYAK
- Wordle #670, Thursday 20 April: PLATE
- Wordle #669, Wednesday 19 April: THUMP
- Wordle #668, Tuesday 18 April: HOUND
- Wordle #667, Monday 17 April: WHIFF
- Wordle #666, Sunday 16 April: DWELT
- Wordle #665, Saturday 15 April: AGONY
- Wordle #664, Friday 14 April: THIEF
- Wordle #663, Thursday 13 April: CARAT
- Wordle #662, Wednesday 12 April: BORAX
- Wordle #661, Tuesday 11 April: QUALM
- Wordle #660, Monday 10 April: UNDER
- Wordle #659, Sunday 9 April: SNAFU
- Wordle #658, Saturday 8 April: LEDGE
- Wordle #657, Friday 7 April: LOCUS
- Wordle #656, Thursday 6 April: LEAFY
- Wordle #655, Wednesday 5 April: SMASH
- Wordle #654, Tuesday 4 April: RATIO
- Wordle #653, Monday 3 April: FLORA
- Wordle #652, Sunday 2 April: STOCK
- Wordle #651, Saturday 1 April: MARCH
- Wordle #650, Friday 31 March: EVERY
- Wordle #649, Thursday 30 March: BREAD
- Wordle #648, Wednesday 29 March: BESET
- Wordle #647, Tuesday 28 March: HURRY
- Wordle #646, Monday 27 March: GUANO
- Wordle #645, Sunday 26 March: UNTIE
What is Wordle?
If you’re on this page then you almost certainly know what Wordle is already, and indeed have probably been playing it for a while. And even if you’ve not been playing it, you must surely have heard of it by now, because it’s the viral word game phenomenon that took the world by storm last year and is still going strong in 2023.
We’ve got a full guide to the game in our What is Wordle page, but if you just want a refresher then here are the basics.
What is Wordle?
Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day. You get six guesses, with each one revealing a little more information. If one of the letters in your guess is in the answer and in the right place, it turns green. If it’s in the answer but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it’s not in the answer at all it turns gray. Simple, eh?
It’s played online via the Wordle website (opens in new tab) or the New York Times’ Crossword app (iOS (opens in new tab) / Android (opens in new tab)), and is entirely free.
Crucially, the answer is the same for everyone each day, meaning that you’re competing against the rest of the world, rather than just against yourself or the game. The puzzle then resets each day at midnight in your local time, giving you a new challenge, and the chance to extend your streak.
What are the Wordle rules?
The rules of Wordle are pretty straightforward, but with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure.
1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.
2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow.
3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray.
4. Answers are never plural.
5. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.
6. Each guess must be a valid word in Wordle’s dictionary. You can’t guess ABCDE, for instance.
7. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses unless you play on Hard mode.
8. You have six guesses to solve the Wordle.
9. You must complete the daily Wordle before midnight in your timezone.
10. All answers are drawn from Wordle’s list of 2,309 solutions. However…
11. Wordle will accept a wider pool of words as guesses – some 10,000 of them. For instance, you can guess a plural such as WORDS. It definitely won’t be right (see point 4 above), but Wordle will accept it as a guess.