Quordle today – hints and answers for Sunday, May 26 (game #853)

And so another week comes to an end with another Quordle. We're up to game number 853 now; who would have predicted that when the Wordle craze started a couple of years ago? Today's game is possibly a difficult one, or at least I found it to be tough and nearly lost my streak. Read on for my hints if you need them.

SPOILER WARNING: Information about Quordle today is below, so don't read on if you don't want to know the answers.

Marc McLaren

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief and has been obsessed with Wordle and its ilk for more than two years. He's authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar, including a daily today's Wordle answer column and a detailed analysis of the most common letters in Wordle in every position. He's also played every Wordle ever and only lost once and yes, he takes it all too seriously.

Quordle today (game #853) - hint #1 - Vowels

How many different vowels are in Quordle today?

The number of different vowels in Quordle today is 4*.

* 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).

Quordle today (game #853) - hint #2 - repeated letters

Do any of today's Quordle answers contain repeated letters?

The number of Quordle answers containing a repeated letter today is 2.

Quordle today (game #853) - hint #3 - uncommon letters

Do the letters Q, Z, X or J appear in Quordle today?

• No. None of Q, Z, X or J appear among today's Quordle answers.

Quordle today (game #853) - hint #4 - starting letters (1)

The number of today's Quordle answers starting with the same letter is 0.

If you just want to know the answers at this stage, simply scroll down. If you're not ready yet then here's one more clue to make things a lot easier:

Quordle today (game #853) - hint #5 - starting letters (2)

• B

• A

• F

• G

Right, the answers are below, so DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM.

Quordle today (game #853) - the answers

The answers to today's Quordle, game #853, are…

• BRINK
• ALLEY
• FENCE
• GUILT

Phew! I made two stupid mistakes today that very nearly cost me my Quordle streak. Worse still, the two mistakes were essentially one mistake repeated in double-quick time.

I'm usually a sensible player: I use set start words to narrow down the options, and play further narrowing-words as needed. That's what I should have done today with GUILT; I had green -UIL- plus a yellow T that I could see would fit at the end. Rather than take even two seconds to think about it, I played QUILT… and it was wrong. What an idiot, I thought – it must be BUILT… and it was wrong. Obviously the answer was GUILT, and what I should have done was to play a word such as BEFOG, which would have told me which of the three it was and saved me a guess.

With GUILT solved I now had only three guesses left and three answers to find. It was a little hairy at times, but I managed to come up with the remaining words and escape with a last-gasp victory.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Daily Sequence today (game #853) - the answers

The answers to today's Quordle Daily Sequence, game #853, are…

• TESTY
• WHISK
• RISER
• PASTE

• Quordle #852, Saturday 25 May: CREST, SLICK, RATTY, SPURT
• Quordle #851, Friday 24 May: COPSE, STINT, SPIRE, IONIC
• Quordle #850, Thursday 23 May: MOLDY, REBEL, SPORT, MECCA
• Quordle #849, Wednesday 22 May: BLAST, USAGE, AUDIO, DETOX
• Quordle #848, Tuesday 21 May: NUDGE, OVINE, STRIP, TABOO
• Quordle #847, Monday 20 May: FORCE, SPREE, CACHE, RADII
• Quordle #846, Sunday 19 May: ALIKE, USHER, FLAKE, SUAVE
• Quordle #845, Saturday 18 May: HUMPH, SHARD, LABOR, CROWD
• Quordle #844, Friday 17 May: DREAD, USUAL, LOVER, SPEAK
• Quordle #843, Thursday 16 May: COVEY, TWEAK, DITTO, DECAY
• Quordle #842, Wednesday 15 May: ABUSE, MANGY, WAGER, AHEAD
• Quordle #841, Tuesday 14 May: FLUTE, CARRY, BULLY, PURSE
• Quordle #840, Monday 13 May: CRASS, NICHE, CHEST, PRIZE
• Quordle #839, Sunday 12 May: BLAST, FRONT, CLACK, EAGLE
• Quordle #838, Saturday 11 May: SPINY, FRAME, GOOEY, FERAL
• Quordle #837, Friday 10 May: QUASH, PERKY, ENSUE, HARPY
• Quordle #836, Thursday 9 May: WOUND, IGLOO, MEALY, PASTY
• Quordle #835, Wednesday 8 May: SEVER, GLORY, RADAR, SMALL
• Quordle #834, Tuesday 7 May: DEFER, BOUGH, MISER, MAGMA
• Quordle #833, Monday 6 May: STAIN, GENIE, LEVEL, RELAY