It's Monday, which means the start of another week of Wordle. And today's Wordle answer is a tricky one. According to WordleBot, people are solving it in an average of 4.1 guesses, but I wouldn't be surprised if some people found it a lot harder than that makes it sound.
You certainly might want some Wordle hints, because failure in this game is only ever six guesses away. I've played every day since December 2021 and can give you some clues to ensure your streak stays intact.
So read on for my hints and the answers to game #646 and bookmark this page so you can easily return tomorrow. Oh, and if you also play Quordle then my Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that, too.
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 400 mark and he'll be inconsolable if he loses it. Yes, he takes it all too seriously.
Wordle hints (game #646) - clue #1 - Vowels
How many vowels does today's Wordle have?
• Wordle today has three vowels*.
* 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 #646) - clue #2 - first letter
What letter does today's Wordle begin with?
• The first letter in today's Wordle answer is G.
G is the eighth most common starting letter, featuring in 115 Wordle answers. It's often paired with an L to make GL--- - but I'm not revealing whether that's the case today.
Wordle hints (game #646) - 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 #646) - clue #4 - ending letter
What letter does today's Wordle end with?
• The last letter in today's Wordle is O.
O is a middling ending letter. It ranks 12th in this regard, and finishes 58 Wordle answers in total.
Wordle hints (game #646) - clue #5 - last chance
Still looking for Wordle hints today? Don't worry, I'll give you one more for game #646.
- Today's Wordle answer is a 'gift' from the skies.
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 #646)
Today's Wordle answer (game #646) is… GUANO.
This is potentially a tough one. WordleBot, the NYT's helpful AI game analysis tool, reports that people are solving it in an average of 4.1 guesses, which in itself isn't too high. After all, we tend to think of 4 as the par score, so it's only just above that.
However, GUANO is a fairly uncommon word, so I suspect some people will have struggled to solve it today. In fact, I've seen exactly that scenario on Twitter, with people complaining that it's a word they've never heard of.
So, what does it mean? Well, the Merriam-Webster definition (opens in new tab) is "a fertilizer containing the accumulated excrement of seabirds or bats" but most people would just use it to mean bird poo, or at least sea bird poo. So yeah, it's basically fancy bird poo. That's a nice thing to think about while you're having your breakfast, right?
And it is fairly obscure, as words go. The website Word and Phrase Info (opens in new tab) states that it's only the 32,382nd most common word in the English language - whereas most Wordle answers sit within the top 10,000 and plenty are in the top 1,000.
Another thing to note about it is that today's Wordle answers marks the start of a new era for the game. That's because this is the first solution that wasn't among the 2,315 answers compiled by the game's creator, Josh Wardle. Fun fact, eh?
Aside from its relative obscurity, it also has a fairly unusual word pattern. There are three vowels in its five letters - already less common than getting two or one - and an O at the end.
The U and A sitting together isn't that likely, either. Though 15 Wordle answers have this format, most follow a Q as in QUAIL or SQUAD. GUARD, GUAVA, USUAL and SUAVE are the only other Wordle answers that follow this pattern.
Against that, the lack of alternative answers might have made the task easier in other ways. For instance, among the best Wordle starting words, CRANE left just 20 possible solutions. SLANT was only 10.
WordleBot's favorite SLATE (59) and my choice of STARE (43) weren't so helpful, but those options will quickly have narrowed down with a good second word.
That's how my game played out; I went with CLINK, which left out the green A I already had in favor of including another letter. WordleBot would have done almost the exact same thing, suggesting CLUNK.
As it happens, both were fine choices - either way, I'd have been left with just one possible answer! To jump from 43 answers to one in a single guess is not the kind of thing that happens often, so I definitely had a bit of luck today. Equally, it shows again the value of really thinking through that second guess. Either way, my reward was a 3/6.
How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.
Yesterday's Wordle hints (game #645)
In a different time zone where it's still Sunday? Don't worry - I can give you some clues for Wordle #645, too.
- Wordle yesterday had three vowels.
- The first letter in yesterday's Wordle answer was U.
- There were no repeated letters in yesterday's Wordle.
- The last letter in yesterday's Wordle was E.
- Yesterday's Wordle answer means to free from restraint.
Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #645)
Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #645) was… UNTIE.
We're right in the midst of one of the easiest Wordle patches we've had - only five of the past 20 games have had an average score of above 4, and today's puzzle should be particularly straightforward for most people, with WordleBot reporting a score of just 3.6.
Not everyone will find it so easy, of course, and a lot will depend on whether you use one of the best Wordle starting words. Almost all of WordleBot's top choices narrowed things down considerably today: SLATE left just 23 answers, while CRANE (24), TRACE (23), CARTE (22), CRATE (22) and STARE (24) were all in the same ballpark. A few options were even more successful; if you played TRICE today, you'll have had just three possible options remaining!
A look at the letters involved explains why: four of the five are in the top 10 most common letters overall, and E is the most likely letter to end a Wordle answer. Lots of people will have begun today's game with a green E at the end.
That's what happened to me, with a yellow T also appearing after my starter of STARE.
From there, it was a simple task of listing the answers, then choosing a good second word that narrowed things down further. I came up 17 of the 24 that WordleBot reckons were solutions, but the eventual answer wasn't among them.
No matter; I got very lucky with my second guess, TITLE, which I figured would establish the T's position and might even give me a 2/6.
It did the former but not the latter, and also uncovered an I. Remarkably, that left just two possible solutions: CUTIE and UNTIE. However, I hadn't spotted the first of those two, so played UNTIE with an assumption that it had to be right. Well, today the Wordle gods smiled on me and it proved to be the correct solution, giving me another 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 #645, Sunday 26 March: UNTIE
- Wordle #644, Saturday 25 March: VOTER
- Wordle #643, Friday 24 March: GROUT
- Wordle #642, Thursday 23 March: STAID
- Wordle #641, Wednesday 22 March: DUVET
- Wordle #640, Tuesday 21 March: TOUGH
- Wordle #639, Monday 20 March: GLOVE
- Wordle #638, Sunday 19 March: CREDO
- Wordle #637, Saturday 18 March: YACHT
- Wordle #636, Friday 17 March: MEALY
- Wordle #635, Thursday 16 March: CIDER
- Wordle #634, Wednesday 15 March: SWEEP
- Wordle #633, Tuesday 14 March: SURLY
- Wordle #632, Monday 13 March: BLAME
- Wordle #631, Sunday 12 March: BIRTH
- Wordle #630, Saturday 11 March: EMAIL
- Wordle #629, Friday 10 March: REVEL
- Wordle #628, Thursday 9 March: WHERE
- Wordle #627, Wednesday 8 March: REGAL
- Wordle #626, Tuesday 7 March: HORSE
- Wordle #625, Monday 6 March: PINKY
- Wordle #624, Sunday 5 March: TOXIC
- Wordle #623, Saturday 4 March: TREND
- Wordle #622, Friday 3 March: SQUAT
- Wordle #621, Thursday 2 March: ABOVE
- Wordle #620, Wednesday 1 March: MOOSE
- Wordle #619, Tuesday 28 February: POLKA
- Wordle #618, Monday 27 February: WORSE
- Wordle #617, Sunday 26 February: SYRUP
- Wordle #616, Saturday 25 February: FIFTY
- Wordle #615, Friday 24 February: ARBOR
- Wordle #614, Thursday 23 February: VAGUE
- Wordle #613, Wednesday 22 February: RIPER
- Wordle #612, Tuesday 21 February: RUDDY
- Wordle #611, Monday 20 February: SWEAT
- Wordle #610, Sunday 19 February: KIOSK
- Wordle #609, Saturday 18 February: AVAIL
- Wordle #608, Friday 17 February: CACHE
- Wordle #607, Thursday 16 February: MAGIC
- Wordle #606, Wednesday 15 February: SALSA
- Wordle #605, Tuesday 14 February: SOUND
- Wordle #604, Monday 13 February: USAGE
- Wordle #603, Sunday 12 February: GIANT
- Wordle #602, Saturday 11 February: DEBUG
- Wordle #601, Friday 10 February: HEADY
- Wordle #600, Thursday 9 February: STAGE
- Wordle #599, Wednesday 8 February: FLAIL
- Wordle #598, Tuesday 7 February: APPLE
- Wordle #597, Monday 6 February: NINTH
- Wordle #596, Sunday 5 February: DANCE
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.