Today's Wordle hints - answer, clues and tips for game #651, Saturday, April 1

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A new month, but the same old Wordle, challenging us to solve a five-letter puzzle in six guesses or fewer. Today's Wordle answer is not so difficult as yesterday's, though, so you have every chance of starting April with a good score. 

Of course you might still want some Wordle hints, because this game is never without complications. And I should know, because I've played every day since December 2021.  

So, read on for my hints and the answers to game #651 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.

Your Wordle expert
Marc McLaren
Your Wordle expert
Marc McLaren

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 450 mark and he'll be inconsolable if he loses it. Yes, he takes it all too seriously. 

Wordle hints (game #651) - 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 #651) - clue #2 - first letter

What letter does today's Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today's Wordle answer is M.

M is a middling letter when it comes to starting a word. It sits 10th in the rankings, with 107 occurrences in the 2,309 answers.

Wordle hints (game #651) - 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 #651) - clue #4 - ending letter

What letter does today's Wordle end with?

The last letter in today's Wordle is H.

H is a regular visitor to the final spot in a Wordle word. It occurs 137 times at the end of a Wordle answer, making it the sixth most common letter there.

Wordle hints (game #651) - clue #5 - last chance

Still looking for Wordle hints today? Don't worry, I'll give you one more for game #651.

  • Today's Wordle answer is not today.

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 #651)

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Today's Wordle answer (game #651) is… MARCH.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Thanks for that, Wordle.

Today is of course April 1st, AKA April Fool's Day. It most definitely is not the last day in March, which was yesterday. Is this the NYT's own April Fool? Is it just coincidence? I'm guessing the former, but either way it's not too difficult an answer to find. WordleBot says people are solving it in 3.7 guesses, and that feels about right for an answer without any major complications.

As a word, MARCH has two very common letters (A and R) and three that sit in the middle overall. C is very common at the start of an answer, but less so elsewhere and is 10th in total. M is 16th overall and H is 14th. 

However, H does have the advantage of being quite common at the end (sixth) and is regularly paired there with a C before it. In fact, that's a pattern that occurs 56 times in total - making it the second most common ending combo of all.  

The letters don't imply that it would be super easy, but some of the best Wordle starting words will have helped massively today, giving some players a massive advantage early on. For instance, CRANE left only 10 possible answers, according to WordleBot, and CRATE just 11. But the really, really good starters were TRACE (5), CARTE (3) and CARET (also 3) - so well done if you began with one of those.

My own starter word, STARE, was not so helpful, giving me yellow A and R and leaving me with 82 possible solutions. That was too many for me to realistically score a 2/6, so instead I tried something I've WordleBot do a few times and played a word that contained each of my two yellow letters twice.

This might seem counterintuitive; after all, that that reduced the number of new letters I could play to just one. But it made it far more likely that I'd change a yellow to green, and also covered off the chance of a repeated letter, to an extent.

I went with RADAR and it proved to be quite helpful; I ended up with a green A and effectively with a green R, because there was now only one space where it could go. That reduced my options from 82 to nine, WordleBot says, but I suspect it was fewer than that in reality.

I certainly didn't find nine myself, instead coming up with CAROL, BARON, MARCH and HARPY. Somehow I missed PARCH and LARCH, and I didn't find CARNY or CAROM. I did also spot CARGO, but dismissed it as a past Wordle answer

Looking at the answers I just had a hunch that Wordle might try something silly for April 1, and it so it proved. I went with MARCH and was entirely unsurprised when the letters all turned green.

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of this approach. Maybe I'm dull, but I'd rather the answers were truly random and that I was playing against the game rather than against another human's selection process. But as I've said before, I probably take all this too seriously! 

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

Yesterday's Wordle hints (game #650)

In a different time zone where it's still Friday? Don't worry - I can give you some clues for Wordle #650, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had one vowel, repeated.
  • The first letter in yesterday's Wordle answer was E.
  • There was one repeated letter in yesterday's Wordle.
  • The last letter in yesterday's Wordle was Y.
  • Yesterday's Wordle answer is all.

Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #650)

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Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #650) was… EVERY.

Well now, the difficulty level just ramped up again here. We had a brief respite yesterday, but this Wordle is arguably the hardest we've had since all the way back to March 10, when REVEL (game #629) caused all manner of problems. On that day the average score was 4.6, and though EVERY is not quite so high (4.4) it does share some similarities in terms of its structure.

Among them are the repeated E and the inclusion of a V. The latter is actually a less common occurrence than the former; there are 172 answers that include two Es, and only 159 that include a V.

Or at least that was the case - because we don't entirely know what will happen next. As I explained on Monday, Wordle has now entered a new era, with the inclusion of an answer that wasn't among Josh Wardle's original solutions list. That means my probability calculations won't be 100% accurate from now on. That said, V is likely to remain an uncommon letter in the game.

There's also a multiple answers problem here, because lots of words end either E-RY or ERY. Anyone playing on Hard mode may well have found today's particularly tricky as a result - although my colleague Lance Ulanoff believes Wordle Hard mode is easier than normal mode

Fortunately, I got very lucky with my choice of the best Wordle starting words. STARE left me with just 14 possible answers, whereas anyone playing SLATE still had 329 solutions to wade through, CRANE left 187, SLANT 530, TRACE and TRACE 171 and CARTE 163. 

It still took me three more goes to find the solution even so. With a green R and a yellow E I had a good idea that I was looking at a word that ended in either Y and came up with a list including EVERY, FIERY, QUERY, EMERY, FERRY, MERRY, LEERY and BERRY. I also had CLERK and WEIRD, but missed REFRY, DECRY, EXURB and JERRY.

With so many Ys among my 10 possibles I knew I'd include that at the end. I also decided to move the R to the middle position, in case it was MERRY, BERRY or FERRY. Playing DERBY enabled me to do that, while including a D that could have pointed the way to WEIRD and a B that would have helped with BERRY.

WordleBot thought this was OK, but suggested that BEEFY would have been better. And indeed it would - my choice still left me with four possibles, whereas WordleBot's would have cut it down just two.

Still, I was close now. At this stage I nearly guessed EVERY, because it would have given me a chance of a 3/6 and would have guaranteed a 5/6 at worst. However I took a more cowardly option and played EVILS in order to guarantee a 4/6. When the E and V both turned green I knew the answer had to be EVERY and came away with the same score as WordleBot. 

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 #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
  • 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

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.

Marc McLaren
UK Editor in Chief

Marc is TechRadar’s UK Editor in Chief, the latest in a long line of senior editorial roles he’s held in a career that started the week that Google launched (nice of them to mark the occasion). Prior to joining TR, he was UK Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, where he oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage. He's also a former editor of the tech website Stuff and spent five years at the music magazine NME, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. He’s based in London, and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and pretty much every other type of gadget you can think of. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). He also enjoys live music, gaming, cycling, and beating Wordle (he authors the daily Wordle clues page).