It’s time for your daily round of Wordle hints, expertly crafted to help you keep your streak going even on the toughest of days.
You might think that you don’t need any clues for Wordle today, but remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.
Below, you’ll find a selection of Wordle hints to guide you in the right direction. You don’t have to use them all, but there are five in total should you need them, covering vowels, starting letter, ending letter and more. 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, which remains the best of all the main Wordle alternatives.
SPOILER WARNING: Wordle hints and today’s answer are below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to see them.
Wordle hints (game #830) – clue #1 – Vowels
How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?
• Wordle today has vowels in two places*.
* 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 #830) – 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 #830) – 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 #830) – clue #4 – ending letter
What letter does today’s Wordle end with?
• The last letter in today’s Wordle is E.
E is the most common letter to end a Wordle answer by far. That’s one of the reasons why many of the best start words, including SLATE, CRANE, CRATE and STARE, all end with one.
Wordle hints (game #830) – clue #5 – last chance
Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #830.
- Today’s Wordle answer is a facial expression.
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 #830)
Today’s Wordle answer (game #830) is… SMILE.
If yesterday’s Wordle puzzle (see below) was among the hardest ones that we’ve had in recent weeks, today’s is the opposite extreme. WordleBot says it has an average score of only 3.4 – making it among the easiest we’ve had in 2023.
With a little investigation, though, a slightly different story might suggest itself – because how easy it was will depend a lot on your choice of the best Wordle starting words. If you began with SLATE, WordleBot’s favorite opener, you had just three possible solutions remaining. STALE left just two. But elsewhere, results were mixed. For instance, CRANE (126) and TRACE (127) were both well above 100. My pick, STARE, left 32.
So what you have is probably a two-tier puzzle, where anyone who played SLATE or STALE (or any other of the really good openers) will have had a good chance of a 2/6 and an almost-certain 3/6, whereas the rest of us will have been struggling to score a three and potentially ending up with a four or worse.
And in its own right, SMILE shouldn’t be that easy, because there are lots of other words that have a similar format. For instance, you might have been taken in by SLIME, or SLIDE or SLICE, or SMITE or many other words that have that S-I-E pattern.
That’s what happened with me: I gained a green S and green E at the start, but had a long list of words that would fit. In fact, of the 32 that Wordle listed after the game, I had 26 written down. And all could genuinely have been the answer.
I wasn’t going to shoot for the answer, then, so instead wanted a word to further narrow things down. The word I chose was PINCH, because the P, N, C and H were all letters that regularly follow an S with these kind of words (SPINE and SNIPE and SCOPE and SHONE for instance).
PINCH worked pretty well; it only gave me a yellow I, but by ruling out those four consonants it cut my options to four: SLIDE, SMILE, SLIME and SEIZE. But which to go for? Playing one of SMILE or SLIME made sense, as they both contained an L and M; if wrong, they would point the way to the other. And indeed, if there was an L but no M, it would have to be SLIDE, and if neither than SEIZE. Playing the latter, though, could have left me with three possible answers still.
So, SMILE or SLIME seemed best and SMILE was my favored option on account of being a more common word. My hunch proved correct and I scored a 3/6.
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Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #829)
In a different time zone where it’s still Tuesday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #829, too.
- Wordle yesterday had vowels in two places.
- The first letter in yesterday’s Wordle answer was L.
- There were repeated letters in yesterday’s Wordle.
- The last letter in yesterday’s Wordle was L.
- Yesterday’s Wordle answer is faithful.
Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #829)
Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #829) was… LOYAL.
It’s been more than a week since we last had a truly difficult Wordle, but today’s just about qualifies for that status. WordleBot, the NYT’s AI helper tool, says the puzzle has an average score of 4.1, and it’s not hard to see why it’s tougher than the previous week’s games.
For one, it has a repeated letter. L is a common repeat – it’s the third most likely, behind E and O – but there are still only 71 Wordles which have multiple Ls, so it’s far more likely that you’d just get one (or none). What’s more, there’s a Y in the middle of the answer; Y is the second most common ending letter, but is only 18th in position #3.
If your choice of the best Wordle starting words began with an L, you’ll have found it much easier – if you started with LEAST you had only 10 remaining answers, while LEANT (9) and LANCE (4) were better still. But those words aside, it was slim pickings. My word, STARE, left 186 options and that wasn’t an outlier.
Fortunately, for the second game in a row, my second guess worked amazingly well. I always play either BADLY or MADLY when I get a yellow A on the first guess, and today I played the first of those. That gave me a yellow L and, crucially, a yellow Y to add to the still-yellow A – and reduced my options to just one.
It took me a long time to find LOYAL, but by focusing on that Y I eventually realized it was a possibility and played it next for a 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 #829, Tuesday 26 September: LOYAL
- Wordle #828, Monday 25 September: ROCKY
- Wordle #827, Sunday 24 September: RIGHT
- Wordle #826, Saturday 23 September: CAROL
- Wordle #825, Friday 22 September: BRUSH
- Wordle #824, Thursday 21 September: STONE
- Wordle #823, Wednesday 20 September: SNARE
- Wordle #822, Tuesday 19 September: CLOSE
- Wordle #821, Monday 18 September: FRANK
- Wordle #820, Sunday 17 September: MUSIC
- Wordle #819, Saturday 16 September: ANGEL
- Wordle #818, Friday 15 September: EXERT
- Wordle #817, Thursday 14 September: RAYON
- Wordle #816, Wednesday 13 September: CLEAR
- Wordle #815, Tuesday 12 September: WHISK
- Wordle #814, Monday 11 September: OLDER
- Wordle #813, Sunday 10 September: QUOTE
- Wordle #812, Saturday 9 September: LUCKY
- Wordle #811, Friday 8 September: ROUSE
- Wordle #810, Thursday 7 September: DWELL
- Wordle #809, Wednesday 6 September: GNASH
- Wordle #808, Tuesday 5 September: BIRCH
- Wordle #807, Monday 4 September: GIDDY
- Wordle #806, Sunday 3 September: AWAIT
- Wordle #805, Saturday 2 September: ONION
- Wordle #804, Friday 1 September: SPACE
- Wordle #803, Thursday 31 August: BRIDE
- Wordle #802, Wednesday 30 August: AUDIO
- Wordle #801, Tuesday 29 August: CAPER
- Wordle #800, Monday 28 August: WRITE
- Wordle #799, Sunday 27 August: PEACE
- Wordle #798, Saturday 26 August: CHOIR
- Wordle #797, Friday 25 August: OCEAN
- Wordle #796, Thursday 24 August: WORDY
- Wordle #795, Wednesday 23 August: VERVE
- Wordle #794, Tuesday 22 August: SPICE
- Wordle #793, Monday 21 August: BEACH
- Wordle #792, Sunday 20 August: QUEST
- Wordle #791, Saturday 19 August: MAGMA
- Wordle #790, Friday 18 August: EXACT
- Wordle #789, Thursday 17 August: AMISS
- Wordle #788, Wednesday 16 August: SCRUB
- Wordle #787, Tuesday 15 August: INDEX
- Wordle #786, Monday 14 August: SNAKY
- Wordle #785, Sunday 13 August: WRATH
- Wordle #784, Saturday 12 August: QUICK
- Wordle #783, Friday 11 August: HELLO
- Wordle #782, Thursday 10 August: EMPTY
- Wordle #781, Wednesday 9 August: LOVER
- Wordle #780, Tuesday 8 August: BULLY
- Wordle #779, Monday 7 August: BROOK
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 or the New York Times’ Crossword app (iOS / Android), 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.