Wordle: Today’s Wordle hints and answer

Wordle: Today's Wordle hints and answer

Today’s Wordle answer seemed like an extremely hard one to me, but the stats  show a pretty standard performance from most players. According to the New York Times’ WordleBot(opens in new tab) tool, the average player will solve Wordle #646 in 4 steps in easy mode, or 3.9 if played on hard.

Yet, if you scan social media, today’s Wordle is one of the toughest puzzles in recent memory. As one player tweeted(opens in new tab), “If anyone having a difficult start to the day, do NOT attempt Wordle. You have been warned.”

Each day, we will update this article with Wordle hints and tips to help you find today’s answer. And if the hints aren’t enough, we’ll even give you the answer, in case you’re really stuck or just haven’t had time to complete today’s puzzle. Plus, we are also including an analysis of yesterday’s puzzle, #645, in case you’re reading this in a different time zone.

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #646. Only read on if you want to know today’s Wordle answer!

Today’s Wordle Answer #646 — Hints To Help You Solve It

Our 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 contains three of the five vowels.*
  • It has no repeated letters.
  • Two of the letters are in the top five most commonly used in Wordle.

* By vowel, we mean 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 bigger clues; or, if you just want to know the answer, then skip down further for that.

Alright then, here’s a larger hint: You might want someone to bat in your place to find today’s Wordle answer.

What Does Today’s Wordle Start With?

The answer to Wordle #646 starts with G, so combined with the hints above you should now have all the clues you need to get the answer and not break a Wordle streak. 

Drumroll, please — it’s GUANO.

Oh man, that was a toughie – and what a lovely word to start the Wordle week! 

I’m kind of surprised to see today’s Wordle answer taking players an average of four turns. It’s such an unusual world that I figured it would take down a few streaks – but maybe the lack of alternative options prevented a wipeout for most players. (Side note: it would be great if WordleBot included an average daily playtime for players!)

Anyway, I started today’s puzzle with my usual pick of the best Wordle start words: AUDIT. It was a pretty solid start today, revealing a green ‘U’ and turning the ‘A’ yellow in the process. 

According to WordleBot, that unusual ‘U’ placement, along with the revelation of an ‘A’ somewhere in the mix, reduced the number of possible answers to just 23. 

That’s good, but not the best possible start word today. PLANE would have left 19 possible answers, LEANT would have knocked it down to 12 and SLANT would leave just 10.

My immediate thought on seeing the ‘U’ in second place is that today’s Wordle might be one of those rare puzzles that begins ‘QU’. With that in mind, and wanting to test my ‘A’ elsewhere, I tried QUASH which turned the ‘A’ green but didn’t uncover any more letters.

Wordle: Today's Wordle hints and answer
Today’s Wordle hints and answer

I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was extremely lucky, as WordleBot says there were only two answers left. Unfortunately, I was going to play the wrong one first… eventually.

I say “eventually”, because I spent a good few minutes typing every letter on the keyboard in front of the ‘UA’ that I knew had to follow it… and I couldn’t see anything. The only thing I could think of was GUACC – the informal abbreviation of guacamole. I can now confirm that Wordle doesn’t accept this as a word.

Eventually, I realized that I was on the right lines, typing in GUAVA. Wrong, but the ‘G’ was confirmed. 

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“With two words to pick from, the best strategy is to guess whichever one you think is most likely,” says WordleBot “Unfortunately, GUAVA wasn’t the right answer this time, but it’s exactly what I would’ve guessed in this situation.” So that’s some consolation.

With the ‘G’ confirmed, it dawned on me that it had to be GUANO – or bat droppings to you or me. Lovely. Thanks, Wordle.

Hopefully, tomorrow’s Wordle will be slightly less unpleasant – in every sense of the word. See you then, Wordlers.


Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #645 was UNTIE

Sunday’s Wordle rounds off a brilliant week of puzzle form for me. Another two-turn win, taking me up to three for the week – which is quite something when I hadn’t had any below the 3-4 range in months. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed a similar run of good form.

Anyway: today’s Wordle. I began with my usual pick of the best Wordle start words: AUDIT. It was, as you’d imagine for a two-turn win, a great start, revealing a green ‘I’ alongside two yellow letters: ‘U’ and ‘T’.

On my two previous two-turn wins (DUVET and STAID), the starting word AUDIT eliminated all but one answer on the first go. Today, it wasn’t quite as effective, according to WordleBot, leaving two possible answers. That’s still enough to get me a luck score of 98%, of course, so no room for complaints.

I dug through WordleBot’s picks of starting words, and couldn’t find any that left just the answer. LITRE and SATIN were just as good, however, leaving two possible answers apiece. Most were in the 10-30 range today, which is unsurprising given all of the letters are in the top 11 most common in the game.

And that was the case today. I spent a good few minutes staring at the board, wondering where on Earth that ‘U’ could be placed, given it had to start the word, come before the ‘I’ or end the word. None of these seemed hugely likely for ‘U’.

Eventually, I reasoned the first of these was the least unlikely, and that was indeed correct. WordleBot said there were two words remaining, and both start with ‘U’. In fact, only one letter separates them: UNTIL and UNTIE.

Fortunately, I eventually thought of the latter, and typed it in. Another two-turn win! Happy days!

Hopefully, you ended your Wordle Week on a high too. And if not, don’t worry: tomorrow’s another week. I’ll see you then, Wordlers. 

Alan Martin


If you’re looking for a list of older Wordle answers, we can also help. Here’s a list going back 20 games.

  • Wordle #645: UNTIE
  • Wordle #644: VOTER
  • Wordle #643: GROUT
  • Wordle #642: STAID
  • Wordle #641: DUVET
  • Wordle #640: TOUGH
  • Wordle #639: GLOVE
  • Wordle #638: CREDO
  • Wordle #637: YACHT
  • Wordle #636: MEALY
  • Wordle #635: CIDER
  • Wordle #634: SWEEP
  • Wordle #633: SURLY
  • Wordle #632: BLAME
  • Wordle #631: BIRTH
  • Wordle #630: EMAIL
  • Wordle #629: REVEL
  • Wordle #628: WHERE
  • Wordle #627: REGAL
  • Wordle #626: HORSE


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). 

But if you’re still struggling with Wordle, check out how Tom’s Guide’s Wordle experts have honed their strategy after playing every Wordle so far and losing only once.

We also have plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share, like how we’ve analyzed every Wordle answer to look for patterns and have some further advice for you there. And if you’re new to the game you should also take a look at our What is Wordle? guide.


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.


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.  

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.

Other games like Wordle

If you find yourself struggling to land each answer every day, good news: there’s plenty of other similar games that can test your knowledge in other areas. The success of Wordle has meant that everyone has tried their hand at making similar games

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