You’re going to need to be on top form to find today’s Wordle answer. WordleBot is reporting an average score of 4.5 — so even higher than yesterday’s — and I’m seeing quite a few lost streaks on Twitter.
With that in mind, you might again find a few hints to be useful; after all, a Wordle failure is only ever six guesses away.
I’ve played every Wordle so far and lost only once, so I’ve got plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share. I’ve also analyzed every Wordle answer to look for patterns and got some further advice for you there. And if you’re new to the game you should also take a look at my What is Wordle? guide.
Each day, I’ll be updating this article with tips to help you find today’s Wordle answer. And if the hints aren’t enough, I’ll even give you the solution, in case you’re really stuck or just haven’t had time to complete today’s puzzle. I’ve also included my analysis of yesterday’s puzzle, #390, in case you’re reading this in a different time zone.
So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #391. Only read on if you want to know today’s Wordle answer!
PS: If you’re a music fan then also check out our guide to today’s Heardle answer.
Today’s Wordle answer #391 — hints to help you solve it
My first tip is that you should use one of the best Wordle start words for every game you play. But if you want some more specific clues to today’s Wordle answer then here you go:
- It uses vowels in two places*
- It has one repeated letter
- It ends with a very common ending letter
* By vowel I’m meaning A, E, I, O, U. There are other letters that are sometimes considered to be vowels, depending on how they are used.
Those hints should get you at least some of the way towards finding today’s Wordle answer. If not, then you can read on for a bigger clue; or, if you just want to know the answer, then skip down further for that.
Alright then, here’s my final hint: Today’s Wordle answer can separate or split.
OK, it’s time to scroll down for the answer…
Today’s Wordle answer #391, Friday, July 15
So, what is today’s Wordle answer for game #391?
Drumroll please — it’s WEDGE.
Based on average score at least, this is the most difficult Wordle puzzle we’ve had in nine days, since FLUFF (4.7). I scored a 5/6 today and don’t think I made any major mistakes, to the extent that WordleBot awarded me a reasonably high 92 for skill. Given that WordleBot itself scored a 5/6, I think we can agree that this is quite tricky.
So, what’s the problem? Well, once again it isn’t obscurity — Word and Phrase Info (opens in new tab) ranks it at 6,341 in its list of the most frequently used English words, which is reasonably high. Instead, the problem stems from a combination of the letters used and (more so) the number of potential answers that fit a similar pattern.
As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, W is not a particularly common letter in Wordle, ranking at 21st overall. It’s a bit more common as a starting letter, where it’s the 13th most likely, but it’s not exactly up there with S, C or B as a letter you’d think to use early on.
There’s also a repeated E here. This is not uncommon as repeated letters go — nearly 7.5% of all Wordles have multiple Es — but any reusing of a single letter tends to take at least one extra guess to find, as very, very few people will think to play one on the first or second go.
But the bigger issue here is less one of letters being uncommon and more about a very common letter pattern that may well have had you guessing blindly around three greens. The DGE ending here occurs in 12 other Wordle answers, plus several others that aren’t answers but that are accepted as guesses. Working your way through these will probably have been your challenge in the later stages of your game.
That’s certainly what happened for me. As always, I started with STARE, my choice of the best Wordle start words, and turned up a single green E.
WordleBot says I had 87 possible solutions left at this point, while anyone playing its favored CRANE had 102, and I already had a decent list of options I could play for my second guess, based on games such as VOICE (game #384) and HINGE (#338).
In both those games I went with CLONE as my second guess, and did the same again here. Unfortunately, today that wasn’t particularly helpful, giving me no extra letters whatsoever — not even a single yellow somewhere.
I had, however, now narrowed it down from 87 possible solutions to just 13; by using very common letters in my second guess, I’d eliminated 6/7ths of the options open to me.
Based on the letters I had left, BUDGE seemed a good second guess, and that proved to be the case, confirming that DGE combination for the end of the word. I only had three options left now — HEDGE, WEDGE and MIDGE — but my task had been made easier by ruling out A, O and U already. If you still had any of them left to play, you may have also had to contend with the likes of BADGE, FUDGE, NUDGE, DODGE, LODGE and so on.
Given that two of the three possible solutions had a repeated E, it made sense to play either HEDGE or WEDGE first, in the knowledge that I’d be guaranteed a 5/6 either way and might get a 4/6 if I got lucky.
HEDGE seemed the more likely option, so I played that, but luck wasn’t with me today and I was left to play WEDGE on the next guess and scored a 5/6. I’m not particularly upset about that, though — not least because WordleBot also scored 5/6 and had the same BUDGE > HEDGE > WEDGE pattern for its final three goes too. Anyone scoring less than 4/6 today can give themselves a big pat on the back.
Let me know how you did in the comments or via email (opens in new tab) — and if you have already got in touch then apologies for the delay in replying, you will get a response soon (honest)!
Yesterday’s Wordle answer #390, Thursday, July 14
Reading this in a time zone where it’s still Thursday? The Wordle answer for game #390 was LIVER.
Well now. ‘Wordle 390 X’ is already trending in some countries, and with good reason — because this puzzle could be a difficult one to solve. WordleBot is reporting an average of 4.4 for it, which is up there with the likes of EGRET and AGAPE, although I’d suggest it’s proving tough for different reasons.
The issue here isn’t obscurity — according to Word and Phrase Info (opens in new tab), it’s a common word, ranking at 4,711st in the list of most frequently used English words. However, letters could be a bit of a problem, because there’s a V in LIVER.
As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, V is one of the least common letters among Wordle answers, featuring in just 253 games in total. That puts it down in 22nd place overall; it’s really not among the letters you’d usually play early on without a good reason.
On the other hand, the remaining letters are all in pretty regular use. E is the most common overall, R is third overall and fourth when used at the end of a Wordle answer, L is sixth and I is seventh.
A bigger problem than the V, however, is the too-many-answers thing — words ending in ER are very common and once you get trapped in searching for one, you can be in trouble (particularly if you play in hard mode).
I don’t, and my game went very well — thanks to a massive slice of luck. As always, I started with STARE, my choice of the best Wordle start words, and turned up yellow R and E.
WordleBot says I had 115 possible solutions to choose from at this stage, while anyone playing its favored CRANE had 122, but I knew from experience that there were too many to try to identify them all.
Instead, I thought about good ER-ending words that would use other common letters, and decided to go with LONER.
This proved to be incredibly fortunate, narrowing down my options from 115 to just three in one fell swoop! And I was about to get another healthy slice of luck on my third go, too.
I went through the options for L–ER and could only come up with three — the same number that WordleBot subsequently told me I had open to me. The thing is, my three were different from its, and two of mine were not real answers.
I’d identified LIVER, LIFER and, um, LIKER. I don’t know what a ‘LIKER’ is, but it sounded plausible. However, the actual three possible answers, WordleBot says, were LIVER, LEPER and LEVER — I’d completely forgotten that I could repeat the E!
As it happens, LIVER seemed by far the most likely choice out of the three that I’d come up with, so I played that and scored another 3/6 — my third in succession. But I was really quite fortunate to do so on this Wordle.
Previous Wordle answers
If you’re looking for a list of older Wordle answers, we can also help. Here’s a list going back 20 games.
- Wordle #390: LIVER
- Wordle #389: BLAND
- Wordle #388: NIGHT
- Wordle #387: MADAM
- Wordle #386: BERTH
- Wordle #385: STEAD
- Wordle #384: VOICE
- Wordle #383: AGAPE
- Wordle #382: FLUFF
- Wordle #381: FIELD
- Wordle #380: SEVER
- Wordle #379: LILAC
- Wordle #378: EGRET
- Wordle #377: PINTO
- Wordle #376: HUTCH
- Wordle #375: GAWKY
- Wordle #374: DROLL
- Wordle #373: RETRO
- Wordle #372: RUSTY
- Wordle #371: BEADY
Wordle tips — how to win at Wordle
The best tip I can give is to use one of the best Wordle start words. I can’t stress this enough — it makes a massive difference.
Without one, you’ll be scrabbling around in the dark trying (and possibly failing) to find the right five letters (or possibly fewer) out of the 26 possibles. But clever people (not me) have done the math and identified the best start words based on both frequency in English and frequency among Wordle answers. So use them!
Secondly, think about combinations, especially at the start and end. Some options are far more common than others — for instance, SH, ST, CR and CH all feature frequently.
Vowels obviously need consideration too: not all Wordle answers will contain more than one, but plenty do, and some even have three. A good Wordle start word should have used a couple, but if they don’t feature you might well want to try another one or two on your next go.
Plus, remember the Y — this sometimes acts as a surrogate vowel, and is easy to forget. It also appears at the end of plenty of words.
Finally, try out possibilities. So long as you don’t press ‘Enter’ you can try possible answers to see how they look on screen. Put in likely letters plus any you know are definitely in the word, then mentally change one to the other available options. This technique has worked for me multiple times, and it’s particularly helpful when the word in question is not an obvious one (like FJORD or ISLET).
What else should I know about Wordle?
Wordle officially launched in October 2021, but actually started in June of that year and celebrated its first birthday on June 19, 2022. (You can read my thoughts on the 5 things Wordle needs to improve if it’s to keep us playing for its second year.)
However, it only grew in popularity towards the end of the year, then went viral in January as the world woke up to its charms. In fact, it proved so successful that The New York Times bought Wordle for a seven-figure sum in early February and the game is now part of NYT Games.
It’s played via the NYT Games website here (opens in new tab), and is entirely free. Both the NYT and the game’s creator, Josh Wardle, have stated that it will remain free. Some people think that Wordle has got harder since the NYT takeover, but it really hasn’t.
Wordle is a simple game in which your challenge is to guess a five-letter word in six attempts. Each time you guess, you’re told which of your chosen letters are in the target word, and whether they are in the right place.
If a letter is in the correct place, it turns green. If it’s in the word but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it’s not in the word at all, it turns gray.
There’s just one puzzle a day, and everyone completes the same one. It resets at midnight each day. You’ll find more information about the game in our What is Wordle? article.
If you’re eager for another game to pass the time while you wait, we’ve put together a list of the best Wordle alternatives. We also have a page on today’s Quordle answers, because it’s our favorite, and also today’s Heardle answer — because that’s great too.
Other Wordle alternatives to try are the ultra-stressful (but very good) Squabble and the soccer-themed, Who Are Ya?. We also like the geography-based Wordle clone Worldle, the Star Wars-themed SWordle and the math-based Mathler.
There are certainly plenty of options once you’ve finished Wordle for the day!